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Fair Value Measurements

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Fair Value Measurements
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements
4. Fair Value Measurements
The following fair value hierarchy table presents information about the Company’s financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019:
 
    
Fair Value Measurement as of March 31, 2020
 
    
Quoted Prices

in Active

Markets for

Identical Assets

(Level 1)
    
Significant

Other

Observable

Inputs

(Level 2)
    
Significant

Unobservable

Inputs

(Level 3)
 
Cash equivalents
   $ 6,836,611      $ —        $ —    
Marketable securities
     6,018,894        —          —    
Warrant liabilities
     —          —          5,653,145  
  
 
 
    
 
 
    
 
 
 
Total
   $ 12,855,505      $ —        $ 5,653,145  
  
 
 
    
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
    
Fair Value Measurement as of December 31, 2019
 
    
Quoted Prices

in Active

Markets for

Identical Assets

(Level 1)
    
Significant

Other

Observable

Inputs

(Level 2)
    
Significant

Unobservable

Inputs

(Level 3)
 
Cash equivalents
   $ 21,433,639      $ —        $ —    
Warrant liabilities
     —          —          6,068,978  
  
 
 
    
 
 
    
 
 
 
Total
   $ 21,433,639      $ —        $ 6,068,978  
  
 
 
    
 
 
    
 
 
 
The Company issued warrants to the purchasers of its 2016 Offering (the “2016 Warrants”)
.
 The Company determined that these warrants should be classified as a liability and considered as a Level 3 financial instrument (see also Note
 
8
—“
Capital Structure”). The 2016 Warrants are
re-measured
at each subsequent reporting period and changes in fair value are recognized in the consolidated statement of operations. The following assumptions were used in a Black-Scholes option-pricing model to determine the fair value of the warrant liability:
 
    
As of

March 31,

2020
   
As of

December 31,

2019
 
Expected volatility
     137.2     121.4
Remaining contractual term (in years)
     1.33       1.58  
Risk-free interest rate
     0.19     1.59
Expected dividend yield
     —       —  
The Company issued warrants to the purchasers of its 2017 Offering (the “2017 Warrants”). The Company determined that these warrants should be classified as a liability and considered as a Level 3 financial instrument (see also Note 8
—“
Capital Structure”). The 2017 Warrants are
re-measured
at each subsequent reporting period and changes in fair value are recognized in the consolidated statement of operations. The following assumptions were used in a Black-Scholes option-pricing model to determine the fair value of the warrant liability:
 
    
As of

March 31,

2020
   
As of

December 31,

2019
 
Expected volatility
     113.3     104.2
Remaining contractual term (in years)
     2.33       2.58  
Risk-free interest rate
     0.25     1.60
Expected dividend yield
     —       —  
The following tables present a reconciliation of the Company’s financial liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019:
Warrant liabilities
 
    
Three Months Ended

March 31,
 
    
20
20
    
201
9
 
Balance at beginning of period
   $ 6,068,978      $ 20,781,663  
(Decrease) increase in fair value (1)
     (415,833      (17,799,629
  
 
 
    
 
 
 
Balance at end of period
   $ 5,653,145      $ 2,982,034  
  
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
(1)
The change in fair values of the warrant liabilities is recorded in other income (expense) in the consolidated statement of operations.
The key inputs into the Black-Scholes option pricing model are the current
per-share
value and the expected volatility of the Company’s common stock. Significant changes in these inputs will directly increase or decrease the estimated fair value of the Company’s warrant liabilities.