Phase 3 trial for patients with PAH on track to start enrollment by year-end
Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) issued by FDA for Phase 3 program
Company plans to continue Phase 2 testing in COPD and initiate clinical testing in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
HAMPTON, N.J., Nov. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLPH), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company, today reported operational and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.
Jonathan Peacock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bellerophon Therapeutics, commented, “We are on track to start enrollment this year in our Phase 3 program for patients suffering from Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). We have finalized the protocol through a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the FDA, which defines six minute walk distance compared to placebo after 16 weeks as the primary endpoint for approval of the therapy, and we have agreed to this protocol with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) through their Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP) process. The Mark 2 INOpulse® delivery device is ready to be deployed in the program, providing much greater convenience and usability for patients compared to the device used in Phase 2. INOpulse has shown very encouraging results in Phase 2 for patients on long-term oxygen therapy whose disease is progressing despite taking one or more existing PAH therapies.
“We also plan to continue Phase 2 testing with patients suffering Pulmonary Hypertension associated with COPD (PH-COPD) and to commence clinical testing with patients suffering Pulmonary Hypertension associated with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (PH-IPF). We should have results from these tests by the end of 2016.”
The PAH Phase 3 program will include two confirmatory clinical trials, undertaken either sequentially or in parallel. A combined total of 450 patients are expected to be enrolled in these trials. Following the leadership team reorganization and restructuring of costs completed in September, the Company believes it has an experienced team and the cash resources to execute and complete the first of the two Phase 3 trials and the planned clinical testing in PH-COPD and PH-IPF.
Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results
For the third quarter of 2015, Bellerophon reported a net loss of $11.1 million, a 28% reduction compared to a net loss of $15.5 million in the third quarter 2014. The decrease in net loss was primarily due to a reduction in research and development expenses pertaining to the Company’s development of Bioabsorbable Cardiac Matrix (BCM).
Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2015 declined to $7.1 million from $11.6 million in the third quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to reduced clinical activity related to BCM.
General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2015 increased to $4.3 million compared with $3.9 million for the third quarter of 2014, primarily driven by restructuring activities.
As of September 30, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $23.9 million, restricted cash classified under current assets of $3.9 million, and marketable securities of $17.4 million. Following its recent restructuring, the Company expects that its cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities as of September 30, 2015 will be sufficient to fund the first of two Phase 3 trials for INOpulse in PAH, as well as the planned testing in PH-COPD and PH-IPF.
On July 9, 2015, the Company amended its Transition Services Agreement with Mallinckrodt plc, which advanced the termination date of Mallinckrodt support services from February 9, 2016 to September 30, 2015. Pursuant to this amendment, during October 2015, the Company released $3.3 million held as restricted cash, from escrow, which is equal to the amount it deposited to pay transition service fees for the period from October 1, 2015 to February 9, 2016.
Bellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies at the intersection of drugs and devices that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary and cardiac diseases. The Company is currently developing two product candidates under its INOpulse program, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery device. The first is for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), for which the Company intends to commence Phase 3 clinical trials in 2015, and the other for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PH-COPD), which is in Phase 2 development. The Company is also planning to start testing the benefits of INOpulse for patients suffering from PH-IPF. For more information, please visit www.bellerophon.com.
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|Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except share/unit and per share/unit data) (Unaudited)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Research and development||$||7,090||$||11,559||$||25,036||$||36,368|
|General and administrative||4,329||3,934||12,337||10,598|
|Total operating expenses||11,419||15,493||37,373||46,966|
|Other operating income||250||-||1,667||-|
|Loss from operations||(11,169||)||(15,493||)||(35,706||)||(46,966||)|
|Income tax benefit (expense)||-||-||-||-|
|Weighted average shares/units outstanding:|
|Basic and diluted||12,911,905||7,897,143||12,012,002||7,898,041|
|Net loss per share/unit:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.86||)||$||(1.96||)||$||(2.97||)||$||(5.94||)|
|The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.|
|Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|(In thousands) (Unaudited)|
|September 30, 2015||December 31, 2014|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||23,908||$||16,815|
|Receivables - Due from Ikaria, Inc.||250||-|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,444||1,602|
|Total current assets||46,856||27,681|
|Restricted cash, non-current||457||1,548|
|Deferred transaction costs||-||2,466|
|Property and equipment, net||1,847||1,696|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' / Members' Equity|
|Accrued research and development||3,041||6,666|
|Due to Ikaria, Inc.||1,231||661|
|Total current liabilities||8,644||10,454|
|Total stockholders' / members' equity||40,516||22,937|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' / members' equity||$||49,160||$||33,391|
Contact At Bellerophon: Amy Edmonds, Vice President Head of Clinical Operations & Administration (908) 574-4765 At Rx Communications Group: Melody Carey (917) 322-2571 firstname.lastname@example.org
Source:Bellerophon Therapeutics LLC