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Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Fair Value of Financial Instruments
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value of Financial Instruments

3. Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The carrying amount of certain of the Company’s financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, accounts payable and accrued expenses and other payables approximate fair value due to their short maturities.

As a basis for determining the fair value of certain of the Company’s financial instruments, the Company utilizes a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value as follows:

Level I – Observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level II – Observable inputs, other than Level I prices, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices in markets that are not active, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.

Level III – Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.

This hierarchy requires the Company to use observable market data, when available, and to minimize the use of unobservable inputs when determining fair value. Assets and liabilities measured at fair value are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The Company's assessment of the significance of a particular input to the entire fair value measurement requires management to make judgments and consider factors specific to the asset or liability. The Company's cash equivalents are classified within Level I of the fair value hierarchy.

The following table provides a rollforward of the Company’s Level 3 fair value measurements:



Contingent Consideration


Balance at December 31, 2017





Change in fair value





Balance at September 30, 2018





The change in the fair value of the contingent consideration of $665,936 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 reflects an increase in the probability of reaching Pelican’s dosing of the first patient in its first Phase 1 trial for an oncology indication based on the passage of time and impact of progress in antibody manufacturing. Adjustments associated with the change in fair value of contingent consideration are included in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss.

The following table presents quantitative information about the inputs and valuation methodologies used for the Company’s fair value measurements of contingent consideration classified as Level 3 as of September 30, 2018:






Unobservable Input


Weighted Average
(range, if applicable)









Contingent Consideration


Probability weighted
income approach



Milestone dates








Discount rate


3.9% to 9.3%






Probability of occurrence


23% - 86%