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Note 6 - Commitments and Contingencies

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Note 6 - Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2016
Notes to Financial Statements  
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]
6.         Commitments and Contingencies
 
Operating Lease
 
In January 2012, the Company entered into a lease agreement for office and laboratory facilities. The lease agreement, as amended in January 2015, commenced in March 2012 and will terminate in March 2017. Rent expense for the six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 was $109,000 and $101,000, respectively.
 
 As of June 30, 2016, future minimum payments under the lease are as follows (in thousands):
  
Year Ending December 31,
 
 
 
 
2016 ( remaining 6 months)
  $ 115  
2017
    58  
Total minimum lease payments
  $ 173  
 
 
Indemnification Agreements
 
The Company enters into standard indemnification arrangements in the ordinary course of business. Pursuant to these arrangements, the Company indemnifies, holds harmless and agrees to reimburse the indemnified parties for losses suffered or incurred by the indemnified party, in connection with performance of services within the scope of the agreement, breach of the agreement by the Company, or noncompliance of regulations or laws by the Company, in all cases provided the indemnified party has not breached the agreement and/or the loss is not attributable to the indemnified party’s negligence or willful malfeasance. The term of these indemnification agreements is generally perpetual any time after the execution of the agreement. The maximum potential amount of future payments the Company could be required to make under these arrangements is not determinable. The Company has never incurred costs to defend lawsuits or settle claims related to these indemnification agreements. As a result, the Company believes the estimated fair value of these agreements is minimal.
 
Loss Contingencies
 
The Company is or has been subject to proceedings, lawsuits and other claims arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company evaluates contingent liabilities, including threatened or pending litigation, for potential losses. If the potential loss from any claim or legal proceeding in considered probable and the amount can be estimated, the Company accrues a liability for the estimated loss. Because of uncertainties related to these matters, accruals are based upon the best information available. For potential losses for which there is a reasonable possibility (meaning the likelihood is more than remote but less than probable) that a loss exists, the Company will disclose an estimate of the potential loss or range of such potential loss or include a statement that an estimate of the potential loss cannot be made. As additional information becomes available, the Company reassesses the potential liability related to pending claims and litigation and may revise its estimates, which could materially impact its condensed consolidated financial statements.