Eloxx Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results and Provides Business Update
CTA approved in Belgium and IND open in the U.S. for investigational drug candidate, ELX-02
On track to initiate Phase 2 clinical trials in cystic fibrosis and cystinosis in 2018
Expanded Leadership Team with Global Pharmaceutical Executives to Accelerate Growth
Company to host webcast and conference call on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm ET
WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (NASDAQ: ELOX) a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics to treat cystic fibrosis, cystinosis and other diseases caused by nonsense mutations limiting production of functional proteins, today reported its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and provided a business update.
“We are pleased to have achieved important regulatory milestones in Europe and the U.S. gaining clearance to initiate two Phase 2 clinical trials for our lead investigational product candidate, ELX-02, in cystic fibrosis and cystinosis, respectively. We are on track to initiate these this year and we are funded through data readouts,” said Robert E. Ward, Chairman and CEO of Eloxx Pharmaceuticals. “I am very gratified to have been successful in attracting experienced pharmaceutical executives to our leadership team who I am confident will add significant value as we build a high-performance culture committed to maximizing the value of ELX-02 and our library of novel compounds and pursue global collaborations.”
-- Eloxx’s CTA for ELX-02 in cystic fibrosis has been approved by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (the “FAMHP”) in Brussels, Belgium. The European Cystic Fibrosis Society Clinical Trial Network (ECFS-CTN) has reviewed and approved our protocol for a Phase 2 clinical trial of ELX-02 in cystic fibrosis patients with a G542X mutation and has given it “high priority” status. We expect to initiate this trial in the fourth quarter of 2018. -- Our IND in the U.S. for ELX-02 in cystinosis is open and we have gained alignment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a focused Phase 2 clinical trial enrolling 6 patients. We plan to initiate this Phase 2 clinical trial in the fourth quarter of 2018. -- We have successfully manufactured a lyophilized dosage form of ELX-02 which is convenient for patients and physicians and can be stored at room temperature. This is a significant milestone towards a final commercial drug product. -- We have completed the first four cohorts of the MAD study for ELX-02 and we look forward to dosing in the fifth and final cohort. We anticipate that this study will be completed in 2018. -- Eloxx substantially expanded its Leadership Team with highly experienced biopharmaceutical executives who will be instrumental in accelerating the company’s growth and advancing our clinical programs on time and on budget. We plan to continue to add key talent to help us deliver on our mission of bringing safe and effective medicines to patients who need them as rapidly as possible. -- Dr. Greg Williams joined Eloxx as Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Williams has a long tenured career leading clinical and regulatory teams responsible for the development and approval of many leading brands in multiple indications across a variety of large and small biopharmaceutical companies, including the Medicines Company, NPS and most recently, Radius Health. -- David Snow joined Eloxx as Chief Business Officer with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry developing global brands, leading large commercial organizations across major markets, driving transformational growth, and delivering on business development. -- Neil Belloff joined Eloxx as General Counsel from Celgene Corporation and has more than 30 years of legal and business experience. In addition to his corporate governance and compliance expertise, Neil was also an Executive Vice President at Deutsche Telecom, and previously served as Senior Attorney-Advisor at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington.
Eloxx presented two abstracts at the 41st European Cystic Fibrosis Conference (ECFS) in Belgrade Serbia; a Late Breaker titled “Evaluation of ELX-02 in Cystic Fibrosis Patient Organoids with Non-Sense Mutations”, and an oral presentation titled “Translational Read-Through of CFTR Non-Sense Mutations and Inducement of Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) Function by ELX-02 Treatment”.
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
As of June 30, 2018, we had cash and cash equivalents of $63.4 million. As a result of our equity capital raise in April 2018, which provided net proceeds of approximately $53.6 million, we expect that our current cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund our current operations to 2020 and through data readouts for our Phase 2 clinical trials for our investigational product, ELX-02, in cystic fibrosis and cystinosis.
We incurred a loss for the three months ended June 30, 2018, of $13.4 million or $0.42 per share, which includes $6.2 million non-cash expense related to stock-based compensation. The Company incurred a net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2017, of $3.9 million, or $1.04 per share. For the three months ended June 30, 2018, the net cash used in operating activities was $8.5 million. For the three months ended June 30, 2017, the net cash used in operating activities was $3.2 million driven primarily by our net loss.
Our research and development expenses were $4.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $2.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, an increase of $1.6 million due to increased fees and salaries and growth in clinical development.
Our general and administrative expenses were approximately $9.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 compared to approximately $0.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, an increase of approximately $9.0 million. The increase in our general and administrative expenses was primarily related to an increase in our headcount and related salaries, non-cash stock-based compensation, and professional service fees.
Year to Date 2018 Financial Results
We incurred a loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018, of $22.0 million or $0.74 per share, which includes $6.9 million non-cash expenses related to stock-based compensation. The Company incurred a net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2017, of $6.6 million, or $1.77 per share. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, the net cash used in operating activities was $14.2 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the net cash used in operating activities was 5.9 million, driven primarily by our net loss.
Our research and development expenses were $8.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $5.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, an increase of $3.5 million due to increased fees and salaries and growth in clinical development.
Our general and administrative expenses were approximately $13.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to approximately $0.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, an increase of approximately $12.1 million. The increase in our general and administrative expenses was primarily related to an increase in our headcount and related salaries, non-cash stock-based compensation, as well as other personnel and professional service fees.
Conference Call Information:
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Domestic Dial-in Number: (866) 913-8546
International Dial-in Number: (210) 874-7715
Conference ID: 7858608
Live Webcast: accessible from the Company’s website at www.eloxxpharma.com under Events and Presentations or with this link: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/n7s8dtq6. A replay will be available on the Company’s website approximately two hours after the call.
Conference Call Replay Information:
Domestic Dial-in Number: (855) 859-2056
International Dial-in Number: (404) 537-3406
Conference ID: 7858608
About Eloxx Pharmaceuticals
Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel RNA-modulating drug candidates (designed to be eukaryotic ribosomal selective glycosides) that are designed to treat rare and ultra-rare premature stop codon diseases. Premature stop codons are point mutations that disrupt protein synthesis from messenger RNA. As a consequence, patients with premature stop codon diseases have reduced or eliminated protein production from the mutation bearing allele accounting for some of the most severe phenotypes in these genetic diseases. These premature stop codons have been identified in over 1,800 rare and ultra-rare diseases. Read-through therapeutic development is focused on extending mRNA half-life and increasing protein synthesis by enabling the cytoplasmic ribosome to read through premature stop codons to produce full-length proteins. Eloxx’s lead investigational product candidate, ELX-02, is a small molecule drug candidate designed to restore production of full-length functional proteins. Eloxx’s preclinical candidate pool consists of a library of novel drug candidates designed to be eukaryotic ribosomal selective glycosides identified based on read-through potential. ELX-02 is in the early stages of clinical development focusing on cystic fibrosis and cystinosis. ELX-02 is an investigational drug that has not been approved by any global regulatory body. Eloxx is headquartered in Waltham, MA, with R&D operations in Rehovot, Israel.
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ELOXX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
June 30, December 2018 31, 2017 ----------- ----------- ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 63,412 $ 24,049 Restricted bank deposit 100 102 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 458 355 - ------- - - ------- - Total current assets 63,970 24,506 Property and equipment, net 302 278 - ------- - - ------- - Total $ 64,272 $ 24,784 - ------- - - ------- - LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 2,098 $ 1,530 Accrued expenses 2,258 1,893 - ------- - - ------- - Total current liabilities 4,356 3,423 - ------- - - ------- - Stockholders’ equity: Series A, B-1, B-2 and C Preferred Stock; Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding — — at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 Common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 34,728,061 and 27,527,738 shares issued at June 30, 2018 and 349 274 December 31, 2017, respectively Common stock in treasury, at cost, 8,385 and 0 shares at June 30, 2018 and December (31 ) — 31, 2017, respectively Additional paid in capital 120,555 60,047 Accumulated deficit (60,957 ) (38,960 ) - ------- - - ------- - Total stockholders’ equity 59,916 21,361 - ------- - - ------- - Total $ 64,272 $ 24,784 - ------- - - ------- -
ELOXX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, ----------------------------- ----------------------------- 2018 2017 2018 2017 - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Operating expenses: Research and development $ 4,150 $ 2,595 $ 8,544 $ 4,950 General and administrative 9,560 584 12,953 861 Reverse merger related expenses (167 ) — 594 — - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Total operating expenses 13,543 3,179 22,091 5,811 - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Loss from operations (13,543 ) (3,179 ) (22,091 ) (5,811 ) Other (income) expense, net (137 ) 699 (94 ) 745 - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Net loss $ (13,406 ) $ (3,878 ) $ (21,997 ) $ (6,556 ) - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.42 ) $ (1.04 ) $ (0.74 ) $ (1.77 ) - ---------- - - --------- - - ---------- - - --------- - Weighted average number of common shares in computing 31,823,766 4,205,277 29,687,619 4,205,277 basic and diluted net loss per share