NEW YORK and HERZLIYA-PITUACH, Israel, May 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQX:IMNP) and (Nasdaq:IMNP) ("Immune" or "the Company") announced today its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.
"Immune has significantly strengthened its balance sheet and management team in the first quarter of 2014," said Dr. Daniel Teper, Chief Executive Officer of Immune Pharmaceuticals. "This provides us with enough cash to advance Bertilimumab, our first-in-class monoclonal antibody into our planned Phase 2 clinical trials in moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis and bullous pemphigoid, an orphan auto-immune dermatological disease. Additionally, Immune is advancing Phase 3 planning and partnering of AmiKet, a topical Neuropathic Pain drug with Orphan Drug Designation for Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN). We believe that partnering of AmiKet will provide us with additional cash to fund further development of Bertilimumab."
Operating Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2014:
- Company received approximately $10.2 million in net proceeds in a private placement financing.
- As of March 31, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $6.5 million.
- Announced new operational leadership team:
- Elliot Goldstein, MD, appointed Chief Medical Officer.
- Eugene Williams appointed Chief Operating Officer.
- Announced strategy for AmiKet, a topical drug for the treatment of Neuropathic Pain. Immune plans to prioritize Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) as its first indication for the development and commercialization of AmiKet, and is preparing Phase 3 plans in anticipation of a partnership transaction.
- Our net loss from continuing operations was approximately $4.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, mainly attributable to the following expenses:
- Non-cash expenses of $1.9 million relate to equity-based compensation
- Revaluation of our derivative warrant liabilities, and amortization of our patents in total amount of $1.8 million.
- On a per share basis, our total net loss was $0.35 per basic share, which is lower than the net loss of $0.63 per basic share reported by the Company for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
About Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. applies a personalized approach to treatment, developing novel, highly targeted antibody therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer. The Company's lead product candidate, Bertilimumab, is in clinical development for moderate to severe ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease as well as bullous pemphigoid, an orphan auto-immune dermatological condition, Immune licensed worldwide rights for systemic indications of bertilimumab from iCo Therapeutics (TSX:ICO) (OTCQX:ICOTF) in June 2011, while iCo retained rights to all ophthalmic indications. iCo originally licensed the exclusive world-wide rights to bertilimumab in 2006 from MedImmune, the Global Research and Development Arm of AstraZeneca. Immune's pipeline also includes NanomAbs®, antibody nanoparticle conjugates, for the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics., Crolibulin, a small molecule in Phase II in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and Amiket™, a Neuropathic Pain drug candidate ready for Phase III. Amiket has received Orphan Drug Designation for Post Herpetic Neuralgia.
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