Novus Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 13, 2018--Novus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVUS), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing products for patients with disorders of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT), today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
“This is an exciting time for the company as we transition into the clinic with a potential first-in-class treatment option for otitis media. We continued to advance the OP-02 program during the quarter and are now positioned to achieve several milestones over the next few quarters,” said Gregory J. Flesher, CEO of Novus Therapeutics. “We have successfully manufactured and released OP-02 drug product for our phase 1 safety and tolerability study in healthy adults. We expect to enroll the first subject in the coming weeks.”
“We recently received IRB approval to initiate additional phase 1 safety and exploration of efficacy studies; a study in adults with acute otitis media and a pharmacodynamic study in healthy adults. We expect to begin enrolling these studies in 2019,” concluded Mr. Flesher.
Anticipated Milestones in Q4 2018 and 1H 2019Q4 2018 – Initiate phase 1 study in healthy adults (safety/tolerability) Q4 2018 – Initiate phase 1 study in patients with acute otitis media (explore efficacy) Q1 2019 – Initiate phase 1 study in healthy adults (pharmacodynamic effects) 1H 2019 – Initiate phase 1 study in patients with otitis media with effusion (explore efficacy) 1H 2019 – Topline data from phase 1 studies
Financial Results for Third Quarter 2018
For the three-months ended September 30, 2018, Novus reported a net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.43 per share, for the same period in 2017.
For the nine-months ended September 30, 2018, Novus reported a net loss of $9.5 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to a net loss of $11.0 million, or $2.25 per share, for the same period in 2017.
The company had $16.3 million in cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2018. Novus believes that its current cash will be sufficient to complete the planned phase I program.
Research and Development (R&D)
R&D expenses were $1.7 million during the three-months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $0.5 million for the same period in 2017. The increase for the three-month period was primarily due to an increase in formulation development costs for OP-02 of $658,000, an increase in clinical related costs for OP-02 of $359,000, and an increase in personnel related costs of $117,000.
For the nine-months ended September 30, 2018, R&D expenses were $4.1 million, compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2017. The increase for the nine-month period was primarily due to an increase in formulation development costs for OP-02 of $1.9 million, an increase in clinical related costs for OP-02 of $382,000, an increase in personnel related costs of $266,000, and an increase in travel and meetings costs of $132,000, partially offset by a decrease in merger-related severance expenses of $155,000.
The company expects R&D expenses to increase in subsequent periods as we advance our OP-02 program.
General and administrative (G&A)
G&A expenses were $1.8 million during the three-months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $2.4 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease for the three-month period was primarily due to $619,000 in non-recurring merger-related expenses incurred in 2017 and a $68,000 decrease in personnel related costs, partially offset by increases in stock-based compensation expenses of $56,000 and patent legal fees of $47,000.
For the nine-months ended September 30, 2018, G&A expenses were $5.4 million, compared to $9.5 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease for the nine-month period was primarily due to $5.0 million in non-recurring merger-related expenses incurred in 2017 and a decrease in rent expense of $316,000, partially offset by an increase of $721,000 in insurance, professional fees, board of directors expense, and other administrative costs associated with operating a public company, as well as increases in stock-based compensation expenses of $335,000 and Tokai litigation and patent legal costs of $175,000.
OP-02 is being developed as a potential first-in-class treatment option for otitis media (“OM”), which is often caused by Eustachian tube dysfunction (“ETD”). OP-02 is a drug-device combination product comprised of a proprietary formulation surfactant (dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine or “DPPC”) and a spreading agent (cholesteryl palmitate or “CP”) suspended in propellant. The product is administered intranasally via a pressurized metered- dose inhaler (“pMDI”) and is intended to be used to restore the normal physiologic activity of the Eustachian tube (“ET”), which is the small tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nasopharynx. Together DPPC and CP are designed to effectively absorb to the air-liquid interface of the mucosa and reduce the interfacial surface tension of the ET, which reduces passive pressure required for the ET to open. In other words, OP-02 is intended to promote ‘de-sticking’ of the ET so that ventilation and drainage of the middle ear may occur.
About Novus Therapeutics
Novus Therapeutics, Inc. (“Novus”) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing products for patients with disorders of the ear, nose, and throat (“ENT”). Novus has two technologies, each that has the potential to be developed for multiple ENT indications. Novus’ lead product candidate (OP-02) is a surfactant-based, combination drug product being developed as a potential first-in-class treatment option for patients at risk for, or with, otitis media (“OM” or middle ear inflammation with or without infection). Globally, OM affects more than 700 million adults and children every year, with over half of cases occurring in children under five years of age. OM is one of the most common disorders seen in pediatric practice, and in the United States is a leading cause of health care visits and the most frequent reason children are prescribed antibiotics or undergo surgery. Novus also has a foam-based drug delivery technology (OP-01), which may be developed in the future to deliver drugs into the ear, nasal, and sinus cavities. For more information please visit novustherapeutics.com.
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