Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Acquisition of Ceregene

Acquisition of Ceregene
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Business Combinations [Abstract]  
Acquisition of Ceregene


In August 2013, Sangamo acquired all the outstanding shares of Ceregene, a privately held biotechnology company focused on the development of AAV gene therapies. The acquired assets included certain intellectual property rights relating to manufacturing of AAV, and toxicology and data from Ceregene’s human clinical trials. The acquisition closed in October 2013 (the Closing Date).

The aggregate consideration transferred or transferable by Sangamo to former Ceregene stockholders at closing consisted of 100,000 shares of Sangamo common stock, with an approximate fair value of $1.2 million and a contingent earn-out of $1.5 million on the Closing Date. The $1.8 million fair value of the contingent earn-out liability was reduced to zero in March 2015 upon Sangamo’s decision not to pursue development of Ceregene’s technology.

Intangible Assets

Intangible assets include In-Process Research and Development (IPR&D), which consists of Ceregene’s two clinical product candidates, CERE-110 for the treatment of AD and CERE-120 for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Company determined that the combined Closing Date estimated fair values of CERE-110 and CERE-120 was $1.9 million. The Company used an income approach, which is a measurement of the present value of the net economic benefit or cost expected to be derived from an asset or liability, to measure the fair value of these two product candidates. Under the income approach, an intangible asset’s fair value is equal to the present value of the incremental after-tax cash flows (excess earnings) attributable solely to the intangible asset over its remaining useful life. In the first quarter of 2015, the Company decided to discontinue the CERE-110 and CERE-120 clinical trial programs. As such, the probability of achieving projected revenues and cash flows associated with these programs were adversely affected. The Company does not believe the programs have an alternative future use for itself or other market participants. Accordingly, during the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company recognized a $1.9 million impairment charge related to these assets

Intangible assets also included $1.6 million in goodwill, the excess of the consideration transferred over the fair values assigned to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Goodwill represents benefits that Sangamo believes will result from combining its operations with the operations of Ceregene and any intangible assets that do not qualify for separate recognition, as well as any future, yet unidentified products.  The Company tests goodwill for impairment on an annual basis or sooner, if deemed necessary. There have been no changes to the goodwill since the Closing Date.