NEW YORK, May 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing best-in-class, oral therapies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and highlighted recent activity.
"The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a period of intense, additional focus for Immunic, as we quickly recognized the potential of our lead asset, selective oral DHODH inhibitor, IMU-838, as a possible therapeutic for the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections, given its already well-recognized, broad-spectrum antiviral effects," stated Daniel Vitt, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Immunic. "After performing preclinical testing, we recently announced that, in cellular assays, IMU-838 successfully demonstrated antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 at blood concentrations which are well below those associated with IMU-838 dosing regimens studied in our ongoing and previous clinical trials. Based on these positive results, we are preparing a phase 2 clinical development program for IMU-838 as a potential treatment for this devastating disease."
Dr. Vitt continued, "On the heels of this encouraging preclinical data, we were able to bolster our financial position with a successful $15.0 million financing. As a result, we expect to be well funded through key, near-term milestones including top-line data from both our phase 2 trial of IMU-838 for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), expected in the third quarter of this year, as well as results from the investigator-sponsored phase 2 trial for IMU-838 in primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), expected in early 2021."
First Quarter 2020 and Subsequent Highlights
- April 2020: Completed a $15.0 million registered direct offering led by institutional investor, Altium Capital.
- April 2020: Announced that lead asset, IMU-838, has successfully demonstrated preclinical activity against clinical isolates of SARS-CoV-2 associated with COVID-19. As a result, the company is now exploring the feasibility of conducting a prospective, multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind phase 2 clinical trial in patients with moderate COVID-19.
- April 2020: Reported several changes to the company's executive team, including the resignation of Chief Financial Officer, Sanjay S. Patel, CFA, and the promotion of Glenn Whaley to the position of Vice President Finance, Principal Financial and Accounting Officer. Additionally, announced that Duane Nash, MD, JD, MBA, current Chairman of the Board of Directors, has temporarily assumed the role of Executive Chairman.
- January 2020: Exercised option to obtain the exclusive worldwide rights to commercialization of a group of compounds, designated by the company as IMU-856, aimed at restoring intestinal barrier function, from Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.
Anticipated Clinical Milestones
- Top-line data from the phase 2 EMPhASIS trial of IMU-838 in RRMS is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2020.
- Completion of preclinical and manufacturing activities necessary for initiation of phase 1 clinical studies of IMU-856 are expected during the first half of 2020.
- The current, single ascending dose part of the ongoing phase 1 trial of IMU-935, being conducted in Australia, is planned to be followed by a multiple ascending dose (MAD) portion in healthy volunteers and a safety evaluation in patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis as a third part of this phase 1 trial. Based on the temporary pausing of trials in healthy volunteers imposed by Ethics Committees in Australia due to COVID-19, the MAD portion of the trial is expected to start in the second half of 2020.
- Top-line data from the phase 2, investigator-sponsored proof-of-concept clinical trial for IMU-838 in PSC, being conducted at the Mayo Clinic, is expected to be available in early 2021.
- Top-line data from the phase 2 CALDOSE-1 trial in ulcerative colitis (UC) is expected to be available during the fourth quarter of 2021.
- Immunic will host a virtual R&D Day on May 19, 2020. Immunic's management and invited key opinion leaders, specializing in multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease, will discuss today's treatment options for, and the unmet medical needs of, chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, as well as clinical progress of the company's selective oral immunology programs and their potential advantages over the current treatment landscape. Management will also discuss the company's COVID-19 program.
Financial and Operating Results
- Research and Development (R&D) Expenses were $6.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to $3.4 million for the same period ended March 31, 2019. The $3.1 million increase was primarily attributable to (i) increased development costs for the phase 2 clinical trials of IMU-838 in RRMS and UC, the IMU-935 phase 1 clinical trial, and preclinical activities with IMU-856, (ii) increased employee costs related to the growth in headcount and (iii) other expenses.
- General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses were $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to $1.3 million for the same period ended March 31, 2019. The $1.3 million increase is primarily due to becoming a public company and expanding operations into the United States.
- Other Income was $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to $0.3 million for the same period ended March 31, 2019. The $0.2 million increase is primarily attributable to research and development tax incentives for clinical trials in Australia as a result of increased spending on clinical trials in Australia.
- Net Loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $8.5 million, or $0.79 per basic and diluted share, based on 10,749,460 weighted average common shares outstanding, compared to a net loss of approximately $4.3 million, or $5.09 per basic and diluted share, based on 846,953 weighted average common shares outstanding for the same period ended March 31, 2019.
- Cash and Cash Equivalents, as of March 31, 2020, were $18.6 million. With these funds and the money raised in equity issuances in April 2020, including approximately $13.9 million in net proceeds from the registered direct offering closed on April 27, 2020, and an additional $2.3 million in net proceeds from ATM issuances, the company expects to be able to fund operations beyond twelve months from the date of the issuance of this earnings release.
About Immunic, Inc.
Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of selective oral immunology therapies aimed at treating chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis. The company is developing three small molecule products: IMU-838 is a selective immune modulator that inhibits the intracellular metabolism of activated immune cells by blocking the enzyme DHODH; IMU-935 is an inverse agonist of RORγt; and IMU-856 targets the restoration of the intestinal barrier function. Immunic's lead development program, IMU-838, is in phase 2 clinical development for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis, with an additional phase 2 trial considered in Crohn's disease. The company is also investigating IMU-838 as a potential treatment option for COVID-19. An investigator-sponsored proof-of-concept clinical trial for IMU-838 in primary sclerosing cholangitis is ongoing at the Mayo Clinic. For further information, please visit: www.imux.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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