Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary Of Significant Accounting Policies


Description of Operations and Basis of Presentation

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the "Company") was incorporated in the State of Delaware on October 17, 2001. The Company is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of drugs targeting the microenvironment of solid tumors.

In June 2005, the Company formed a wholly-owned subsidiary, THLD Enterprises (UK), Limited in the United Kingdom in connection with conducting clinical trials in Europe. As of December 31, 2011, there has been no financial activity related to this entity.

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, and reflect the elimination of intercompany accounts and transactions.


The Company has product candidates in various stages of development as well as discovery and, since inception, has devoted substantially all of its time and efforts to performing research and development, raising capital and recruiting personnel. The Company has incurred significant losses since its inception. At December 31, 2011, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $252.1 million. The Company continues to incur substantial expenses related to performing research and development since December 31, 2011 and management believes that it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. On March 16, 2011, the Company sold to certain investors an aggregate of 14,313,081 shares of its common stock for a purchase price equal to $2.05 per share and, for a purchase price equal $0.05 per share, warrants exercisable for a total of 5,725,227 shares of its common stock for aggregate gross proceeds equal to $30.1 million. Net proceeds generated from the offering were approximately $27.8 million, which includes underwriter discounts and estimated offering costs. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company sold an aggregate of 971,037 shares of common stock at an average price of $2.66 pursuant to the Company's At Market Issuance Sales Agreement for net proceeds of $2.3 million.

The Company expects to need to raise additional capital or incur indebtedness to in-license or otherwise acquire and develop additional products or programs. The Company may seek to raise capital through a variety of sources, including:



the public equity market;



private equity financing;



collaborative arrangements; and/or



public or private debt.

The Company's ability to raise additional funds will depend on its clinical and regulatory events, its ability to identify promising in-licensing opportunities, and factors related to financial, economic, and market conditions, many of which are beyond its control. The Company cannot be certain that sufficient funds will be available when required or on satisfactory terms. If adequate funds are not available, the Company may be required to significantly reduce or refocus its operations or to obtain funds through additional arrangements that may require the Company to relinquish rights to certain of its products, technologies or potential markets, any of which could delay or require that the Company curtail its development programs or otherwise have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, the Company may have to delay, reduce the scope or eliminate some of its research and development, which could delay the time to market for any of its product candidates, if such adequate funds are not available. To the extent that additional capital is raised through the sale of equity or convertible debt securities, the issuance of such securities would result in ownership dilution to existing stockholders. There are no assurances that the Company will be able to raise additional financing for the amounts required to execute the Company's business plans and on the terms acceptable to the Company.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers all highly liquid investments purchased with original maturities of three months or less on the date of purchase, to be cash equivalents. All cash and cash equivalents are held in the United States of America in financial institutions or money market funds, which are unrestricted as to withdrawal or use.

Restricted Cash

Restricted cash represents one certificate of deposit held at a financial institution that serves as collateral for the Company's facility lease agreement.

Marketable Securities

The Company classifies its marketable securities as "available-for-sale." Such marketable securities are recorded at fair value and unrealized gains and losses are recorded as a separate component of stockholders' equity (deficit) until realized. Realized gains and losses on sale of all such securities are reported in net loss, computed using the specific identification cost method. The Company places its marketable securities primarily in U.S. government securities, money market funds, corporate bonds, commercial paper and certificates of deposit.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The carrying amounts of certain of the Company's financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximate fair value due to their relatively short maturities. Estimated fair values for marketable securities, which are separately disclosed in Note 3, are based on market prices for the same or similar instruments. The carrying amount of the common stock warrant liability represents its estimated fair value.

Concentration of Credit Risk and Other Risks and Uncertainties

Financial instruments which potentially subject the Company to concentrations of risk consist principally of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. The Company invests in a variety of financial instruments, such as, but not limited to, certificates of deposit, corporate and municipal bonds, United States Treasury and agency securities. The Company is exposed to credit risk in the event of default by the financial institutions for amounts in excess of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insured limits. The Company performs periodic evaluations of the relative credit standings of these financial institutions, and by policy, limits the amount of credit exposure with any one financial institution or commercial issuer.

Any products developed by the Company will require approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") or foreign regulatory agencies prior to commercial sales. There can be no assurance that the Company's products will receive the necessary approvals. If the Company is denied such approvals or such approvals are delayed, it could have a material adverse effect on the Company.


The Company has one drug candidate in development, which has not received regulatory approval. To achieve profitable operations, the Company must successfully develop, test, manufacture and market its products. There can be no assurance that any such products can be developed successfully or manufactured at an acceptable cost and with appropriate performance characteristics, or that such products will be successfully marketed. These factors could have a material adverse effect on the Company's future financial results.

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment is stated at cost less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is computed on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the related assets, generally three years. Leasehold improvements are amortized using the straight-line method over the estimated useful life of the improvement, or the lease term, if shorter. Accordingly, leasehold improvements are being amortized over lease terms of approximately 4-6 years. Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations as incurred. Upon sale or retirement of assets, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the balance sheet and the resulting gain or loss is reflected in operations.

Impairment of Long-lived assets

In accordance with the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 360, "Property, Plant and Equipment," the Company reviews long-lived assets, including property and equipment, for impairment whenever events or changes in business circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be fully recoverable. An impairment loss would be recognized when estimated undiscounted future cash flows expected to result from the use of the asset and its eventual disposition is less than its carrying amount. Impairment, if any, is measured as the amount by which the carrying amount of a long-lived asset exceeds its fair value. The Company considers various valuation factors, principally discounted cash flows, to assess the fair values of long-lived assets. As of December 31, 2011, the Company has not incurred any such impairment losses.

Related Parties

The Company's offering of common stock and warrants, on March 16, 2011, included 952,380 shares of common stock and warrants exercisable for a total of 380,952 shares of common stock sold to entities affiliated with Sutter Hill Ventures ("Sutter Hill"). Jeffrey W. Bird, member of the Company's board of directors, is a managing member of Sutter Hill. Also as part of this offering, certain members of the Company's management team purchased 340,472 shares and received warrants to purchase 136,186 shares of common stock.

The Company's offering of common stock and warrants, on October 5, 2009, included 1,570,980 shares of common stock and warrants exercisable for a total of 628,264 shares of common stock sold to entities affiliated with Sutter Hill, and 1,047,120 shares of common stock and warrants exercisable for a total of 418,847 shares of common stock sold to entities affiliated with Three Arch Management III, L.L.C. ("Three Arch"). Jeffrey W. Bird and Wilfred E. Jager, members of the Company's board of directors, are managing members of Sutter Hill and Three Arch, respectively. Also as part of this offering, certain members of the Company's management team purchased 248,690 shares and received warrants to purchase 99,475 shares of common stock.

Comprehensive Income (loss)

Comprehensive income (loss) generally represents all changes in stockholders' equity (deficit) except those resulting from investments or contributions by stockholders. The Company's net loss and unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale marketable securities represent the only components of other comprehensive loss.

Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes revenue in accordance with the provisions of ASC 605, "Revenue Recognition". In 2011, the Company recognized $0.1 million in revenue in connection with the Company's 2009 agreement with Eleison Pharmaceuticals ("Eleison") for the development of glufosfamide, which represents a 50% share of an upfront payment from a sublicense by Eleison. Revenue was recognized upon receipt of this payment because the Company does not have any further obligations with respect to this sublicense. In connection with the Company's agreement with MediBIC Co. Ltd. ("MediBIC"), the Company recognized revenue from the non-refundable, upfront payment ratably over the term of its performance under the agreement. The upfront payment received, pending recognition as revenue, was recorded as deferred revenue and classified as a short-term or long-term liability on the consolidated balance sheet to be recognized over the period of deferral. Revenue was fully recognized on a straight-line basis through 2008, the development period. In 2009, the Company had no responsibilities for development activities and in May 2009, the Company dissolved the Joint Development Committee ("JDC") comprising MediBIC and the Company.

Research and Development expenses

Research and development expenses are charged to research and development expense as incurred. Research and development expenses consist of salaries and benefits, laboratory supplies, consulting fees and fees paid to third party contract research and manufacturing organizations.

Preclinical and Clinical Trial Accruals

The Company's preclinical and clinical trials are performed by third party contract research organizations (CROs) and/or clinical investigators, and clinical supplies are manufactured by contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs). Invoicing from these third parties may be monthly based upon services performed or based upon milestones achieved. The Company accrues these expenses based upon its assessment of the status of each clinical trial and the work completed, and upon information obtained from the CROs and CMOs. The Company's estimates are dependent upon the timeliness and accuracy of data provided by the CROs and CMOs regarding the status and cost of the studies, and may not match the actual services performed by the organizations. This could result in adjustments to the Company's research and development expenses in future periods. To date the Company has had no significant adjustments.

Income Taxes

The Company accounts for income taxes under the liability method. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the difference between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amounts expected to be realized.


The Company has one reportable segment and uses one measurement of profitability to manage its business. All long-lived assets are maintained in the United States of America.

Stock-Based compensation

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC 718, "Compensation—Stock Compensation," which requires measurement of all employee stock-based compensation awards using a fair-value method and recording of such expense in the consolidated financial statements over the requisite service period. See Note 9 "Equity Incentive Plans and Stock Based Compensation" for further discussion.

The Company accounts for equity instruments issued to non-employees in accordance with the provisions of ASC 718 and ASC 505, "Equity," which require that such equity instruments are recorded at their fair value on the measurement date. The measurement of stock-based compensation is subject to periodic adjustment as the underlying equity instruments vest.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-04, Financial Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs ("ASU 2011-04"). ASU 2011-04 provides a consistent definition of fair value and aligns the fair value measurement and disclosure requirements between U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). ASU 2011-04 clarifies the application of certain existing fair value measurement guidance and expands the disclosures for fair value measurements that are estimated using significant unobservable (Level 3) inputs. This ASU will be effective for the Company's first quarter of 2012 and should be applied prospectively. Early adoption is not permitted. The Company does not expect the adoption of ASU 2011-04 to have a material impact to the consolidated financial statements.

In June 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income. ASU 2011-05 requires an entity to present the total of comprehensive income, the components of net income, and the components of other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. ASU 2011-05 eliminates the option to present other comprehensive income as part of the statement of stockholders' equity. This ASU will be effective for the Company's first quarter of 2012 and should be applied retrospectively. Early adoption is permitted. The Company does not expect its adoption of ASU 2011-05 to have a material impact to the consolidated financial statements.