Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

  5) Commitments and Contingencies


Operating Leases


Our corporate office is currently located at 14 Norfolk Avenue, South Easton, Massachusetts 02375. We are currently paying $6,950 per month, on a lease extension, signed on December 29, 2017, that expires December 31, 2018, for our corporate office. We expanded our space to include offices, warehouse and a loading dock on the first floor starting May 1, 2017 with a monthly rent increase already reflected in the current payments.


We extended our lease for our space in Medford, MA to December 30, 2020. The lease requires monthly payments of $6,912.75 subject to annual cost of living increases. The lease shall be automatically extended for additional three years unless either party terminates at least six months prior to the expiration of the current lease term.


Rental costs are expensed as incurred. During the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 we incurred $46,723 and $30,896 in rent expense, respectively for the use of our corporate office and research and development facilities.


Following is a schedule by years of future minimum rental payments required under operating leases with initial or remaining non-cancelable lease terms in excess of one year as of March 31, 2018:


2018   $ 124,765  
2019     82,953  
2020     82,953  
2021     -  
Thereafter     -  
    $ 290,671  


Government Grants


We received a $1.02 million NIH SBIR Phase II Grant in November 2014. Under the grant, the NIH has committed to pay the Company to develop a high-throughput, high pressure-based DNA Shearing System for Next Generation Sequencing and other genomic applications. In March 2018, we received an extension on the SBIR Phase II grant to utilize unused funds until November 30, 2018.