Ocular Therapeutix™ Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Business Update
BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--Ocular Therapeutix™, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCUL), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the formulation, development, and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 and provided a business update.
“It has been another busy quarter highlighted by continued progress on DEXTENZA ® as well as the rest of our deep product pipeline,” said Antony Mattessich, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our highest priority remains DEXTENZA and in the quarter we have moved this filing forward with the completion of a Pre-Approval Inspection (PAI). We anticipate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) by December 28th of this year. Moving to our pipeline, we continue to advance our product candidates and have recently reached target enrollment of our Phase 3 clinical trial for OTX-TP in glaucoma and we look forward to reporting topline data in the first half of 2019.”
Key Highlights and Upcoming EventsPre-Approval Inspection of DEXTENZA completed; PDUFA target action date remains December 28, 2018. Following an inspection of its manufacturing facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, the Company confirms no repeat 483 observations were made, however, additional observations were identified. The Company is in the process of fully responding to those observations and continues to anticipate a decision from the FDA by the original PDUFA date of December 28, 2018. Preparations for commercial launch of DEXTENZA continue. The Company is actively recruiting for its field organization and is continuing the process of executing its commercial strategy. Ocular intends to launch DEXTENZA, if approved, with a specialty sales team that will initially target high-volume surgery centers. Positive data from Phase 3 clinical trial of DEXTENZA published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery in October. The publication included data from a 400-patient, prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled, phase 3 study, demonstrating statistical significance (p <.0001) in treatment of both post-operative ocular inflammation and pain. Target enrollment reached in Phase 3 clinical trial of OTX-TP (travoprost insert) for the treatment of glaucoma - Topline efficacy data expected in the first half of 2019. As target enrollment for the OTX-TP Phase 3 trial was reached, no additional subjects will be screened. There are still a few subjects in wash-out that may be randomized in the next several days. In parallel, the Company continues dosing in an open-label, one-year safety extension study that will be included as part of the current pivotal program. This study will provide additional long-term safety data with repeat administration of OTX-TP. Enrollment in the Phase 1 clinical trial of OTX-TIC (travoprost implant) for the treatment of glaucoma continues with data expected to be presented in the first half of 2019. OTX-TIC is a bioresorbable, travoprost-containing hydrogel intracameral implant. The U.S. Phase 1 trial is a multi-center, open-label, prospective, dose escalation clinical trial to evaluate the safety, efficacy, durability, and tolerability of OTX-TIC in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The first subject has been treated for six months with a single insert. Dosing of initial subject in the Phase 1 clinical trial of OTX-TKI (tyrosine kinase inhibitor implant) anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2018. OTX-TKI is a bioresorbable, hydrogel fiber implant with anti-angiogenic properties delivered by intravitreal injection to the posterior segment of the eye for the treatment of VEGF-induced retinal leakage for an extended duration of up to twelve months. The Phase 1 trial is a multi-center, open-label, study testing the safety, durability, and tolerability of OTX-TKI. Regeneron is evaluating the final formulation of OTX-IVT (aflibercept implant). In December of 2017, the Company delivered to Regeneron a final formulation of OTX-IVT as a product candidate in accordance with a collaboration agreement. OTX-IVT is an extended-delivery formulation of the VEGF trap aflibercept (EYLEA ® ), delivered by intravitreal injection, for the treatment of retinal diseases such as wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Regeneron has been evaluating the formulation in preclinical trials and analyzing data generated using the formulation and has not informed the Company of its decision whether to exercise the option to enter into an exclusive, worldwide license.
Third Quarter 2018 Financial ResultsAs of the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company had $56.9 million in cash and cash equivalents versus $56.8 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018. The cash balance benefited from $12.9 million in net proceeds generated from the sale of common stock under the Company’s 2016 Sales Agreement, or ATM, during the third quarter of 2018. Offsetting the ATM inflows during the quarter were a net loss of $15.0 million, principal debt payments of $1.5 million, and capital expenditures of $0.5 million. Based on the Company’s current plans and forecasted expenses, Ocular Therapeutix believes that existing cash and cash equivalents will fund operating expenses, debt service obligations, and capital expenditures into the second quarter of 2019. Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $9.7 million versus $8.1 million for the third quarter of 2017 and reflect increased unallocated other costs, primarily in consulting services, outside testing expenses, facilities expenses associated with additional laboratory space at our corporate headquarters and slightly increased compensation costs associated with additional hiring - primarily in the technical operations and quality departments. Selling and marketing expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $1.1 million as compared to $3.2 million for the same quarter in 2017. This decrease relates to a significant reduction in pre-commercial activities as a result of the delay in the planned 2017 launch of DEXTENZA. General and Administrative expenses were $4.4 million for the third quarter of 2018 versus $4.2 million in the comparable quarter of 2017. The increase in expenses stemmed primarily from increases in legal costs related to the defense of the Company in ongoing legal proceedings. Revenues for the third quarter of 2018 were driven exclusively by ReSure ® Sealant and totaled approximately $0.5 million during each of the three-month periods. As previously disclosed, the Company recently received a warning letter from the FDA regarding ReSure due to a perceived lack of progress with the enrollment and related data collection and information reporting obligations for a required post-approval trial. The Company has appealed the warning letter and will continue to work with the FDA to resolve the issue. The Company reported a net loss of $(15.0) million, or a loss of $(0.38) per share. This compares to a net loss of $(15.6) million, or a loss of $(0.54) per share, for the same period in 2017. The net loss for the third quarter of 2018 included $2.4 million in non-cash charges for stock-based compensation and depreciation compared to $2.2 million for the same quarter in 2017. The Company had approximately 41.1 million shares issued and outstanding as of November 1, 2018.
Conference Call & Webcast Information Members of the Ocular Therapeutix management team will host a live conference call and webcast today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to review the Company’s financial results and provide a general business update. The live webcast can be accessed by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website at investors.ocutx.com. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. Alternatively, please call (844) 464-3934 (U.S.) or (765) 507-2620 (International) to listen to the live conference call. The conference ID number for the live call will be 7875199. An archive of the webcast will be available until March 8, 2019 on the Company’s website.
About Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the formulation, development, and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye using its proprietary bioresorbable hydrogel-based formulation technology. Ocular Therapeutix’s lead product candidate, DEXTENZA ® (dexamethasone insert), has completed Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of ocular pain and inflammation following ophthalmic surgery. OTX-TP (travoprost insert) is an intracanalicular insert in Phase 3 clinical development for the reduction of intraocular pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The Company’s earlier stage assets include OTX-TIC, an extended-delivery travoprost intracameral implant for the reduction of intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension, as well as sustained release intravitreal implants for the treatment of retinal diseases. These intravitreal implants include the development of OTX-TKI, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), and, in collaboration with Regeneron, OTX-IVT, an extended-delivery protein-based anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) trap. Ocular Therapeutix’s first product, ReSure ® Sealant, is FDA-approved to seal corneal incisions following cataract surgery.
Forward Looking Statements Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including the development and regulatory status of the Company’s product candidates, such as the Company’s regulatory submissions for and the timing and conduct of, or implications of results from, clinical trials of DEXTENZA ® for the treatment of post-surgical ocular pain and inflammation, including with respect to manufacturing deficiencies identified by the FDA, the Company’s expectations regarding the NDA filed with the FDA, the FDA’s response to the resubmitted NDA and the prospects for approvability of DEXTENZA for these indications, OTX-TP for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension, OTX-TIC for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension, OTX-TKI for the treatment of retinal diseases including wet AMD, and OTX-IVT as an extended-delivery formulation of the VEGF trap aflibercept for the treatment of retinal diseases including wet AMD; the Company’s post-approval studies of ReSure ® Sealant and the Company’s expectations regarding its appeal of the warning letter regarding ReSure Sealant; the ongoing development of the Company’s extended-delivery hydrogel depot technology; the potential utility of any of the Company’s product candidates; potential commercialization of the Company’s product candidates; the potential benefits and future operation of the collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, including any potential future payments thereunder; the sufficiency of the Company’s cash resources and other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend”, “goal,” “may”, “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, those related to the timing and costs involved in commercializing ReSure Sealant or any product candidate that receives regulatory approval, including the conduct of post-approval studies, the ability to retain regulatory approval of ReSure Sealant or any product candidate that receives regulatory approval, the initiation, timing and conduct of clinical trials, availability of data from clinical trials and expectations for regulatory submissions and approvals, the Company’s scientific approach and general development progress, the availability or commercial potential of the Company’s product candidates, the sufficiency of cash resources, the outcome of the Company’s ongoing legal proceedings and need for additional financing or other actions and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section contained in the Company’s quarterly and annual reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this release. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.
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