Menlo Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
~ Phase 2 Data in Refractory Chronic Cough Expected in October 2018 ~~ Phase 2 Data in Psoriasis Expected December 2018 or January 2019 ~~ New Phase 2 Study in Chronic Pruritus of Unknown Origin Expected to Start in Q4 2018 ~
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Menlo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:MNLO), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of serlopitant for the treatment of pruritus associated with various conditions and for refractory chronic cough, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 and provided an update on its clinical development programs.
“We are expanding the serlopitant clinical development program to include a Phase 2 study in chronic pruritus of unknown origin, which we plan to initiate in the fourth quarter. After our recently completed Phase 2 study for the treatment of pruritus in atopic dermatitis patients, we conducted retrospective analyses of our three completed Phase 2 studies of serlopitant in pruritus to provide more insight. As a result of these analyses and discussions with experts in pruritus, we plan to begin a Phase 2 study in patients with chronic pruritus of unknown origin, a significant population that is gaining increasing awareness in the medical community,” stated Steve Basta, Chief Executive Officer of Menlo Therapeutics. “Our Phase 2 study in refractory chronic cough enrolled quickly, and we look forward to the results from that study in October. Our Phase 2 study in pruritus associated with psoriasis is nearly fully enrolled, and results are expected in December or January.”
Second Quarter Business Highlights and Recent Developments
-- In June, Menlo and Japan Tobacco Inc. and Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (together referred to as “JT Torii”) agreed to terminate their License and Collaboration Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2016, for the development and commercialization of products containing serlopitant in Japan. As a result, Menlo now has reacquired full ownership of the development and commercialization rights to serlopitant in Japan. -- In May, Menlo announced a realignment of roles with the promotion of a key member of the clinical development team. Mary Spellman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist who served as Menlo’s Senior Vice President, Clinical Development for the previous year, has been promoted to Chief Medical Officer and will manage the planning and execution of late-stage clinical programs for serlopitant. Paul Kwon, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, and Menlo’s Chief Medical Officer for the previous two years is now Menlo’s Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Kwon is now responsible for leading the scientific strategy of the serlopitant clinical program, exploring potential new indications and overseeing early stage clinical trials of serlopitant to support the anticipated new drug application.
Clinical Program Updates
-- Prurigo Nodularis o In May, Menlo began enrollment in the first of two Phase 3 studies in pruritus associated with prurigo nodularis in the U.S. and expects to begin enrollment in the second study in Europe in the third quarter of 2018. The company expects to enroll approximately 200 patients with prurigo nodularis in each study. o Menlo is currently enrolling a 52-week, multicenter, open-label safety study of serlopitant for the treatment of pruritus. The objective of this study is to provide long-term safety data for serlopitant in adults with pruritus associated with prurigo nodularis, atopic dermatitis, or psoriasis. -- Psoriasis o Menlo’s Phase 2 study in pruritus associated with psoriasis is approximately 90% enrolled, and the Company expects to report top-line data in December 2018 or January 2019. This trial is limited to patients with psoriasis lesions covering no more than 10% of their body surface area. -- Chronic Pruritus of Unknown Origin o Based on recent retrospective analyses of Menlo’s previously completed Phase 2 clinical trials of serlopitant for the treatment of pruritus, Menlo plans to initiate a Phase 2 study in approximately 200 patients with chronic pruritus of unknown origin in the fourth quarter of 2018. o Menlo’s recent retrospective analyses showed trends that suggest patients without inflammatory skin disease, older patients or patients who had been pruritic for longer, appeared to respond better to serlopitant therapy than patients with inflammatory skin disease, who were younger or had a shorter duration of pruritus. -- Atopic Dermatitis o In April, Menlo announced top-line results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of serlopitant for the treatment of pruritus in adults and adolescents with a history of atopic dermatitis. The study did not meet its primary or key secondary efficacy endpoints with no statistically significant difference demonstrated between the serlopitant treated groups and the placebo treated group. Numerical differences favoring the serlopitant treated groups were evident at all timepoints. Serlopitant was well-tolerated in this study.
Refractory Chronic Cough
-- Menlo has completed the enrollment (185 patients) of its Phase 2 study in patients with refractory chronic cough and expects to report top-line data in October of 2018.
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Menlo reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $8.3 million, or $0.36 per share for the second quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of $6.2 million, or $1.21 per share for the same period in 2017.
Collaboration and license revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $10.1 million, compared to $0.4 million for the same period in 2017. The increase in collaboration and license revenue is primarily related to the accelerated recognition of the initial upfront payment resulting from the termination of the JT Torii Collaboration Agreement in the second quarter of 2018 and a $2.0 million milestone payment pursuant to the Collaboration Agreement prior to its termination.
Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $16.2 million, compared to $5.5 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to an increase in clinical trial expenses and a $3.0 million milestone payment to Merck associated with the initiation of Menlo’s Phase 3 clinical trial for pruritus associated with prurigo nodularis.
General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $3.1 million, compared to $1.2 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to higher personnel-related expenses to support Menlo’s expanding operations.
As of June 30, 2018, Menlo had $164.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments, compared to $62.5 million as of December 31, 2017.
About Menlo Therapeutics
Menlo Therapeutics Inc. is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of serlopitant, a once-daily oral NK1 receptor antagonist, for the treatment of pruritus associated with various conditions and for refractory chronic cough. The Company’s clinical development program for serlopitant includes ongoing and planned Phase 3 studies for the treatment of pruritus associated with prurigo nodularis, ongoing Phase 2 studies for the treatment of pruritus associated with psoriasis and refractory chronic cough, and a planned Phase 2 study for the treatment of chronic pruritus of unknown origin.
To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding Menlo Therapeutics, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the timing of the anticipated announcement of results of Phase 2 clinical studies for pruritus associated with psoriasis and for refractory chronic cough, expectations about the start and conduct of a Phase 2 trial for chronic pruritus of unknown origin and a Phase 3 clinical trial in Europe for pruritus associated with prurigo nodularis. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risk and uncertainties that could cause Menlo Therapeutics’ development program for serlopitant, future results, achievements or performance to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks that the timing of results, enrollment or commencement of clinical trials may be delayed, the risk that subsequent trials do not replicate the results from completed clinical trials or do not demonstrate efficacy of serlopitant in the studied indications, the risk of adverse safety events, risks that the costs of clinical trials will exceed expectations, risks that Menlo Therapeutics will need to raise additional capital and will be unable to do so on favorable terms or at all, risks of competition and the risk that Menlo Therapeutics is not able to successfully defend or protect its intellectual property. These factors, together with those that are described in greater detail in Menlo Therapeutics Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 28, 2018 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that it expects to file on August 1, 2018, as well as any reports that it may file with the SEC in the future, may cause Menlo Therapeutics actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by our forward-looking statements. Menlo Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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Menlo Therapeutics Inc. Condensed Statements of Operations (In thousands, except per share data, unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2018 2017 2018 2017 - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Collaboration and license revenue $ 10,143 $ 449 $ 10,640 $ 898 Operating expenses: Research and development 16,226 5,460 27,246 10,452 General and administrative 3,090 1,214 5,787 2,226 - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Loss from operations (9,173 ) (6,225 ) (22,393 ) (11,780 ) Interest income and other expense, net 826 72 1,388 153 Net loss $ (8,347 ) $ (6,153 ) $ (21,005 ) $ (11,627 ) - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Net loss per share attributable to common $ (0.36 ) $ (1.21 ) $ (1.04 ) $ (2.29 ) stockholders, basic and diluted - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Weighted average common shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, 22,872,196 5,092,331 20,242,341 5,082,026 basic and diluted - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- -
Menlo Therapeutics Inc. Condensed Balance Sheet Data (In thousands) June 30, 2018 December 31, 2017 (1) ------------- --------------------- (unaudited) Cash, cash equivalents and investments $164,180 $62,479 Working capital 147,514 56,044 Total assets 166,916 66,867 Stockholders’ equity (deficit) 158,189 (57,034) (1) Derived from the audited financial statements, included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.
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