Corbus Pharmaceuticals Reports 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results and Provides Business Update
- Topline data for Phase 2 study of systemic sclerosis on track to be reported in fourth quarter of 2016 -
- Topline data for Phase 2 study of cystic fibrosis on track to be reported in first quarter of 2017 -
Norwood, MA (November 10, 2016) – Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) (“Corbus” or the “Company”), a clinical stage drug development company targeting rare, chronic, serious inflammatory and fibrotic diseases, announced today its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
The Company also provided an update to its corporate progress and the clinical status and anticipated milestones for Resunab, its novel synthetic oral endocannabinoid-mimetic drug that is designed to resolve chronic inflammation and halt fibrosis. Resunab is currently being evaluated in three separate Phase 2 clinical studies in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (“systemic sclerosis”), cystic fibrosis (“CF”), and skin-predominant dermatomyositis. A fourth NIH-sponsored clinical study of Resunab in systemic lupus erythematosus (“SLE”) is planned to begin during the first half of 2017.
Recent Corporate Highlights
|●||Received Orphan Designation for Resunab in the treatment of CF in the European Union;|
|●||Announced the completion of Phase 2 study of Resunab for systemic sclerosis;|
|●||Presented preliminary data on the mechanism of action of Resunab in a clinical research model of inflammation and its resolution in healthy volunteers at the 6th European Workshop on Lipid Mediators; and|
|●||Announced the completion of patient enrollment of Phase 2 clinical study of Resunab in CF.|
“We are pleased with the progress we have made over the course of 2016 and our ability to execute a complex clinical development program. We look forward to clinical data from our three current Phase 2 studies,” stated Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Expected Near-Term Milestones
|●||Report topline data from systemic sclerosis study in Q4 2016;|
|●||Complete dosing in Phase 2 clinical studies for CF in Q4 2016, report topline results of the study in Q1 2017;|
|●||Continue open-label extension study in systemic sclerosis;|
|●||Complete enrollment of Phase 2 clinical study in dermatomyositis in Q2 2017;|
|●||Seek Orphan Drug Designation in Europe for the treatment of systemic sclerosis by the end of 2016;|
|●||Complete additional pre-clinical mechanism of action studies; and|
|●||Launch of the Phase 2 clinical study in patients with SLE expected in H1 2017.|
“Moving forward, we continue our commitment to clinically advance Resunab as a potential therapy for individuals with serious inflammatory and fibrotic diseases,” concluded Dr. Cohen.
Summary of Financial Results for Third Quarter 2016
For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $5,347,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.12, compared to a net loss of approximately $2,254,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.06 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $12,428,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.31, compared to a net loss of approximately $6,352,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.22 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.
The increases in the net losses for the three and the nine months ended September 30, 2016 are attributable to increased spending on clinical studies for systemic sclerosis and CF and increased compensation related to increased staffing, bonuses, and stock-based compensation expense.
The Company ended the quarter with approximately $18.9 million of cash and cash equivalents. The Company expects the cash on hand together with the remaining milestone payments of $1,500,000 from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc., which the Company expects to receive in the first quarter of 2017, to be sufficient to meet its operating and capital requirements into the fourth quarter of 2017 based on current planned expenditures.
Resunab is a novel synthetic oral endocannabinoid-mimetic drug that preferentially binds to the CB2 receptor expressed on activated immune cells and fibroblasts. CB2 activation triggers endogenous pathways that resolve inflammation and halt fibrosis. Preclinical and Phase 1 studies have shown Resunab to have a favorable safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile. It has also demonstrated promising potency in preclinical models of inflammation and fibrosis. Resunab is designed to trigger the production of “Specialized Pro-resolving Lipid Mediators” that activate an endogenous cascade responsible for the resolution of inflammation and fibrosis, while reducing production of multiple inflammatory mediators. Resunab has direct effects on fibroblasts to halt tissue scarring. In effect, Resunab triggers endogenous pathways to turn “off” chronic inflammation and fibrotic processes, without causing immunosuppression.
Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat rare, chronic, and serious inflammatory and fibrotic diseases. Our lead product candidate, Resunab, is a novel synthetic oral endocannabinoid-mimetic drug designed to resolve chronic inflammation, and fibrotic processes. Resunab is currently in Phase 2 clinical studies for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis and skin-predominant dermatomyositis, with a fourth Phase 2 trial in systemic lupus erythematosus planned to commence during the first half of 2017.
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Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
|For the Three Months Ended||For the Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Research and development||4,315,632||1,634,800||10,056,568||4,065,486|
|General and administrative||1,760,696||790,576||3,891,810||2,571,521|
|Total operating expenses||6,076,328||2,425,376||13,948,378||6,637,007|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest income, net||1,731||1,037||420||773|
|Foreign currency exchange loss||(14,729||)||—||(16,196||)||—|
|Other income (expense), net||(12,998||)||1,037||(15,776||)||773|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.12||)||$||(0.06||)||$||(0.31||)||$||(0.22||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||43,783,504||34,770,597||40,059,364||29,242,236|
Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|September 30, 2016||December 31, 2015|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||18,909,348||$||12,338,275|
|Total current assets||19,225,146||12,714,790|
|Property and equipment, net||345,428||124,138|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Deferred revenue, current||1,315,865||1,591,358|
|Total current liabilities||6,427,207||3,630,033|
|Deferred revenue, noncurrent||—||260,260|
|Other long-term liabilities||15,503||—|
|Commitments and Contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized, 43,987,361 and 37,605,134 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015||4,399||3,761|
|Additional paid-in capital||39,016,054||22,259,063|
|Total stockholders’ equity||13,314,239||8,985,010|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||19,756,949||$||12,875,303|
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