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Commitments and contingencies

Commitments and contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and contingencies
Note 10.  Commitments and contingencies:
The Company's subsidiary, BDI, had a lease commitment on its office and laboratory space that was scheduled to expire March 31, 2018, requiring future non-cancellable lease payments as of May 2017 of approximately $294,000 for the remainder of its original term. During May 2017, an agreement with the subsidiary's landlord was reached to terminate the lease by surrendering the facility in May 2017, making a $80,419 prepayment of rent through July 31, 2017 and surrendering the $37,000 lease deposit. Rent expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 totaled approximately $229,000, including $216,000 in rent expense for BDI, inclusive of the payment of the early termination fee and the surrender of the $37,000 lease deposit and $13,000 in rent expense incurred by the Company under short-term rent agreements. The Company’s rent expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was immaterial.

On February 25, 2016, the Company completed the sale of its corporate headquarters, land, building and certain fixtures and equipment to a third party at a purchase price of $4,053,000. The sale resulted in a gain of approximately $1,933,000 and generated approximately $1,799,000 in net cash after expenses and mortgage payoffs. The Company is renting space in the building under short-term lease agreements that provide certain storage space.
As of September 30, 2017, the Company has an employment agreement with one officer providing aggregate annual minimum commitments totaling approximately $272,000.  The agreement contains customary confidentiality and benefit provisions.

In the ordinary course of business and in the general industry in which the Company is engaged, it is not atypical to periodically receive a third party communication which may be in the form of a notice, threat, or "cease and desist" letter concerning certain activities.  For example, this can occur in the context of the Company's pursuit of intellectual property rights.  This can also occur in the context of operations such as the using, making, having made, selling, and offering to sell products and services, and in other contexts.  The Company makes rational assessments of each situation on a case-by-case basis as such may arise.  The Company periodically evaluates its options for trademark positions and considers a full spectrum of alternatives for trademark protection and product branding.

We are currently not a party to any legal proceedings, the adverse outcome of which would, in our management's opinion, have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.