Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Notes to Financial Statements  

Spotlight Innovation Inc. (the “Company”) was organized under the laws of the state of Nevada on March 23, 2012 under the name Spotlight Innovation, LLC. In December 2013, the Company, through a reverse acquisition, merged with American Exploration Corporation (“American Exploration”). Spotlight Innovation Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring the intellectual property rights to innovative and proprietary therapeutics designed to address unmet medical needs, with an emphasis on rare, emerging, or neglected diseases. To find and evaluate unique opportunities, we leverage our extensive relationships with leading scientists, academic institutions and other sources. We provide value-added development capability to accelerate progress. When scientifically significant benchmarks have been achieved, we will endeavor to partner with proven market leaders via sale, out-license or strategic alliance.


As of June 30, 2017, the Company had four subsidiaries: Celtic Biotech Iowa, Inc. (“Celtic Iowa”), Caretta Therapeutics, LLC (“Caretta”), SMA Therapeutics, LLC (“SMA”), and Zika Therapeutics, LLC (“Zika”).




On June 4, 2014, Celtic Iowa acquired Celtic Biotech Limited (hereinafter "CBL"). CBL was founded in 2003 in Dublin, Ireland and is developing novel and highly specialized compounds derived from snake venom, for the treatment of solid cancers and cancer imaging.


Pain Management


Caretta was formed in August 2016 to develop the commercialization of over-the-counter products. Caretta holds a license agreement to develop, manufacture and sell certain products derived from snake venom that may have analgesic properties.


Zika Virus Infection


On August 19, 2016, the Company entered a Sponsored Research Agreement (the “SRA”) with the Florida State University Research Foundation (“FSURF”) starting September 1, 2016, to perform certain research, over a two-year period, related to the discovery, synthetic modification, and preclinical validation of drug-like compounds intended to treat patients with Zika virus infection. The research is being conducted under the direction of Professor Hengli Tang.


Spinal Muscular Atrophy


In October 2016, the Company entered into an Exclusive License Agreement with Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation to commercialize STL-182, an orally-available small molecule that may have therapeutic potential for treating spinal muscular atrophy. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is an autosomal recessive disorder that is a leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers.


Basis of Presentation


The accompanying consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company's latest Annual Report filed with the SEC on Form 10-K. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position and the results of operations for the interim periods presented have been reflected herein. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. Notes to the financial statements that would substantially duplicate disclosures contained in the audited financial statements for the most recent fiscal year, as reported in the Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2016 filed with the SEC, have been omitted.