Corbus Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter Financial Results and Corporate Updates

  • Topline results for lenabasum Phase 3 RESOLVE-1 study in systemic sclerosis remain on schedule for summer of 2020, followed by Phase 2b study data in cystic fibrosis
  • Phase 1 trial of CRB-4001 remains on track to initiate in third quarter of 2020
  • Recent appointment of Dr. Pete Salzmann to Board of Directors
  • Implemented COVID-19 mitigation and monitoring plan to ensure patient safety, data integrity and completion of key clinical studies
  • Company to host conference call and webcast today, May 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. ET

Norwood, MA, May 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) (“Corbus” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage drug development company pioneering transformative medicines that target the endocannabinoid system, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2020. The Company also provided clinical and corporate updates.

“We had a busy first quarter as we implemented a comprehensive mitigation and monitoring COVID-19 plan to help ensure the integrity of our clinical programs. As a result of this plan, we are reiterating that we continue to expect topline data for RESOLVE-1 this summer, followed by our Phase 2b study results in cystic fibrosis,” said Yuval Cohen, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to the patients, physicians, site staff and our own employees who remain committed to these studies and for the significant additional effort that they provided to overcome this unique challenge. Our other programs remain on track, with focused emphasis on preparations for potential lenabasum NDA submission, FDA approval and commercial launch. Lastly, our organization is functioning well with remote working practices.”

Recent Corporate Highlights and Achievements:

  • Implemented COVID-19 mitigation plan to ensure safety of employees and adequate oversight of safety of subjects in ongoing studies while maintaining data integrity in our studies.
  • In February, raised $46 million in gross proceeds from a public offering of 7,666,667 shares of common stock, priced at $6.00 per share, including 1,000,000 shares sold pursuant to the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.
  • In March, announced the appointment of Pete Salzmann, M.D., MBA, to the Board of Directors. Dr. Salzmann brings 20 years of industry experience with a track record of successfully launching and commercializing a number of drugs, including autoimmune products.
  • Commercial launch preparation activities for lenabasum in systemic sclerosis and cystic fibrosis are advancing. Corbus introduced a disease education campaign called “Total SSc” to educate healthcare providers on total disease burden of systemic sclerosis, current treatment limitations, and potential new treatment approach of targeting the endocannabinoid system.
  • Published previously reported Phase 2 safety and efficacy results of lenabasum in randomized, placebo-controlled trial of adults with systemic sclerosis in Arthritis and Rheumatology, the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

Clinical Program Updates:

Lenabasum: a novel, oral, selective cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) agonist

  • Topline results for lenabasum systemic sclerosis study remain on schedule for summer 2020, followed by cystic fibrosis study results.
  • Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) – Phase 3 “RESOLVE-1” topline results in SSc, a rare disease and the most lethal of the systemic autoimmune diseases, remain on track for the summer of 2020. The multicenter study of 365 patients is randomized 1:1:1 for twice a day dosing of lenabasum at 5 mg, 20 mg, or placebo for 52 weeks, with a 4-week follow up. The primary endpoint is ACR CRISS score. The open-label extension of this study is active.
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) – Phase 2b topline results of lenabasum in people with CF who are at high-risk for recurrent pulmonary exacerbation expected following RESOLVE-1 data results. The multicenter study of 426 patients is randomized 1:2:2 for twice a day dosing of lenabasum at 5 mg, 20 mg, or placebo for 28 weeks, with a 4-week follow up. The primary endpoint is event rate of pulmonary exacerbation.
  • Dermatomyositis (DM) – Phase 3 “DETERMINE” study in DM, a rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease characterized by skin and muscle inflammation, is ongoing with enrollment expected to be completed in 2020, and topline data expected in 2021. The double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled, multinational study expects to enroll 150 subjects. The primary endpoint is ACR / EULAR 2016 Total Improvement Score (TIS) in Adult Dermatomyositis & Polymyositis. The open-label extension of this study is already active.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, U.S. study, funded and managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has enrolled 86/100 patients to date.

CRB-4001: a peripherally restricted CB1 inverse agonist potentially for NASH

      ·Phase 1 study of CRB-4001 continues to be expected to commence in the third quarter of 2020. The study will evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of CRB-4001. CRB-4001 has demonstrated potent effects on glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, lipid metabolism, body fat, and hepatic fat in animal models of disease, with robust literature supporting these beneficial metabolic effects.

Additional Candidate Compounds

      ·Corbus anticipates the selection of an additional candidate compound this year for IND enabling pre-clinical studies.

Financial Results for First Quarter Ended March 31, 2020:

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $29,657,000 or a net loss per diluted share of $0.43, compared to a net loss of approximately $26,235,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.43, for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020 revenue decreased by approximately $0.1 million to $1.8 million, due to a decrease in the revenue from the $25 million Development Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 increased by approximately $3.2 million to $31.6 million. The increase was attributable to clinical studies costs, the costs to manufacture and supply lenabasum for clinical trials, staffing costs, commercialization costs and non-cash stock compensation expense.

The Company completed a public offering in February 2020 that raised approximately $43 million in net proceeds. The Company ended the quarter with approximately $46.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and expects its cash and cash equivalents on hand at March 31, 2020 together with the $7.5 million remainder of the expected milestone payments from the $25 million Development Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund operations into the fourth quarter of 2020.

Conference Call and Webcast Information:

Corbus management will host a conference call and webcast presentation for investors, analysts and other interested parties today, Monday, May 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. ET.
To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-3978 (domestic) or (412) 902-0039 (international). The live webcast will be accessible on the Events page of the Investors section of the Corbus website,, and will be archived for 90 days.

About Corbus

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. is a Phase 3 clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat inflammatory and fibrotic diseases by leveraging its pipeline of rationally designed, endocannabinoid system-targeting drug candidates. The Company’s lead product candidate, lenabasum, is a novel, oral, selective cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) agonist rationally designed to resolve chronic inflammation and fibrotic processes. Lenabasum is currently being evaluated in systemic sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, dermatomyositis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Corbus is also developing a pipeline of drug candidates targeting the endocannabinoid system. The pipeline includes CRB-4001, a 2nd generation, selective cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) inverse agonist designed to be peripherally restricted. Potential indications for CRB-4001 include nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), among others. Corbus expects data from its Phase 1 safety study in 2020.

Lenabasum is not approved for the treatment of systemic sclerosis, dermatomyositis, cystic fibrosis or systemic lupus erythematosus. CRB-4001 is not approved for the treatment of NASH/NAFLD. For more information on Corbus’ clinical programs, please visit here.

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 Forward-Looking Statements

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Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    March 31,   December 31,
    2020   2019
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 46,617,921     $ 31,748,686  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     3,596,908       3,724,932  
Contract asset     4,443,124       2,681,065  
Total current assets     54,657,953       38,154,683  
Property and equipment, net     4,851,317       5,083,865  
Operating lease right of use asset     5,680,467       5,818,983  
Other assets     14,085       84,968  
Total assets   $ 65,203,822     $ 49,142,499  
Current liabilities:                
Notes payable   $ 432,905     $ 752,659  
Accounts payable     9,960,544       11,091,363  
Accrued expenses     23,516,354       22,447,939  
Operating lease liabilities, current     742,893       595,745  
Total current liabilities     34,652,696       34,887,706  
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent     7,859,636       8,097,228  
Total liabilities     42,512,332       42,984,934  
Commitments and Contingencies                
Stockholders’ equity                
Preferred Stock $0.0001 par value:10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019            
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized, 72,490,449 and 64,672,893 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively     7,249       6,467  
Additional paid-in capital     245,164,999       198,975,056  
Accumulated deficit     (222,480,758 )     (192,823,958 )
Total stockholders’ equity     22,691,490       6,157,565  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 65,203,822     $ 49,142,499  

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations


    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2020   2019
Revenue from awards   $ 1,762,059     $ 1,885,682  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     23,947,866       21,783,704  
General and administrative     7,699,479       6,624,747  
Total operating expenses     31,647,345       28,408,451  
Operating loss     (29,885,286 )     (26,522,769 )
Other income (expense):                
Interest income, net     101,993       334,595  
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss), net     126,493       (46,635 )
Other income, net     228,486       287,960  
Net loss   $ (29,656,800 )   $ (26,234,809 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.43 )   $ (0.43 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     69,272,402       61,675,904  

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Contacts:
Ted Jenkins, Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Phone: +1 (617) 415-7745

Lindsey Smith, Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Phone: +1 (617) 415-7749

Christina Tartaglia Stern IR, Inc.
Phone: +1 (212) 362-1200


Source: Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.