NEW YORK, May 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:OHRP), an ophthalmology research and development company, today reported results for its second quarter ended March 31, 2016.
“We achieved a number of important milestones in advancing our lead drug candidate, Squalamine, during the first few months of 2016,” said Jason S. Slakter, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Ohr. “In commencing the enrollment of patients in our Phase 3 clinical program, we move closer to potentially providing a much-needed, safe and efficacious new treatment for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration or wet AMD. Importantly, we are conducting the Phase 3 trials under an agreed upon Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the United States Food and Drug Administration. The trials are designed to generate data to support regulatory approval of Squalamine in the United States and other major ophthalmic markets worldwide.”
Second Quarter and Recent 2016 Clinical and Pre-Clinical Highlights
- Enrolled the first patient in the Phase 3 clinical development program to investigate Squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution, 0.2% (“Squalamine,” also known as OHR-102), when administered as part of a combination therapy, as a treatment to improve visual function for patients with wet AMD.
- The Phase 3 program includes two clinical trials designed as double-masked, placebo-controlled, multicenter, international studies of Squalamine administered twice a day in patients with newly diagnosed wet AMD, in combination with Lucentis® injections.
- The first of the two randomized trials will include approximately 165 centers in the United States and Canada and has a target enrollment of 650 treatment naïve subjects with wet AMD.
- The primary endpoint in both studies will be a measurement of visual acuity gains at nine months, which is the most clinically meaningful endpoint for wet AMD patients. Subjects will be followed to two years for safety.
- Reached an agreement on a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the United States Food and Drug Administration on the design of the Phase 3 trials for Squalamine.
- Presented two posters at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Conference, which took place May 1 through May 5 in Seattle, Washington.
- CNV Lesion Characteristics as a Predictor of Visual Outcomes in Wet AMD Patients Receiving Combination Therapy with Ranibuzimab (Lucentis®) and topical Squalamine Lactate Ophthalmic Solution (David M. Brown et al). Included detailed analysis of lesion characteristics as predictors of visual outcome in the previously conducted Phase 2 IMPACT trial, and demonstrated that combination therapy with Squalamine was most effective in those patients whose occult component was less than 10mm2. These new data support the choice of the target population in the ongoing Phase 3 registration program.
- Sustained Retinal Concentrations of OHR3031 Achieved with Intravitreal Injection of a Biodegradable Microparticle Formulation to Rabbits (Modi et al). This poster discussed the use of Ohr’s proprietary sustained release technology to successfully deliver supratherapeutic concentrations of OHR3031, a novel small molecule anti-angiogenic compound, to target tissues in the back of the eye.
Financial Results for Second Quarter ended March 31, 2016
- For the second quarter ended March 31, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $5.3 million, or ($0.17) per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $3.4 million, or ($0.12) per share in the same period of 2015.
- For the second quarter ended March 31, 2016, total operating expenses were approximately $6.6 million, consisting of approximately $3.0 million in general and administrative expenses, $4.0 million in research and development expenses, $0.3 million in depreciation and amortization, and $0.7 million in gain on settlement of accounts payable. This compares to total operating expenses in the same period of 2015 of approximately $6.8 million, consisting of $3.3 million in general and administrative expenses, $3.2 million in research and development expenses, and $0.3 million in depreciation and amortization.
- At March 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $21.9 million. This compares to cash and equivalents of approximately $28.7 million at September 30, 2015.
Financial Results for the Six-Months ended March 31, 2016
- For the six months ended March 31, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $11.4 million, or ($0.37) per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $7.9 million, or ($0.30) per share in the same period of 2015.
- For the six months ended March 31, 2016, total operating expenses were approximately $10.2 million, consisting of $4.2 million in general and administrative expenses, $6.1 million of research and development expenses, $0.6 million in depreciation and amortization, and $0.7 million in gain on settlement of accounts payable. This compares to total operating expenses of $10.7 million in the same period of 2015, comprised of approximately $4.2 million in general and administrative expenses, $5.9 million in research and development expenses, and $0.6 million in depreciation and amortization.
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About Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:OHRP) is an ophthalmology research and development company. The company's lead drug candidate, Squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution, 0.2% (also known as OHR-102), is currently being studied using an eye drop formulation in a Phase 3 clinical program for the treatment of the wet form of age-related macular degeneration. In addition, Ohr has a sustained release micro fabricated micro-particle ocular drug delivery platform with several preclinical drug product candidates in development for glaucoma, steroid-induced glaucoma, ocular allergies, and protein drug delivery. Additional information on the company may be found at www.ohrpharmaceutical.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made only as the date thereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including the future success of our scientific studies, our ability to successfully develop products, rapid technological change in our markets, changes in demand for our future products, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments, the financial resources available to us, and general economic conditions. Shareholders and prospective investors are cautioned that no assurance of the efficacy of pharmaceutical products can be claimed or assured until final testing; and no assurance or warranty can be made that the FDA will approve final testing or marketing of any pharmaceutical product. Our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Lucentis® is a registered trademark of Genentech Inc.
|OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|March 31,||September 30,|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||456,514||338,713|
|Total Current Assets||22,337,884||29,036,036|
|Intangible assets, net||15,770,541||16,332,863|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||1,869,265||$||1,592,348|
|Total Current Liabilities||3,515,468||3,880,014|
|Preferred stock, Series B; 6,000,000 shares authorized, $0.0001 par value, 0 shares issued and outstanding, respectively||-||-|
|Common stock; 180,000,000 shares authorized, $0.0001 par value, 31,496,869 and 30,331,309 shares issued and outstanding, respectively||3,150||3,033|
|Additional paid-in capital||105,514,059||100,999,173|
|Total Stockholders' Equity||35,575,475||42,490,793|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND|
|OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|For the Three Months Ended||For the Six Months Ended|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|General and administrative||$||2,966,363||$||3,334,971||$||4,184,492||$||4,151,834|
|Research and development||4,043,859||3,175,855||6,120,139||5,919,977|
|Depreciation and amortization||296,077||295,262||593,816||600,884|
|Gain on settlement of accounts payable||(710,264||)||-||(710,264||)||-|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)|
|Change in fair value of contingent consideration||1,305,623||3,786,193||(1,251,926||)||3,102,807|
|Share in losses on investment in joint venture||-||(41,211||)||-||(67,861||)|
|Interest income, net||5,553||(536||)||6,369||(663||)|
|Impairment of intangibles||-||(338,906||)||-||(338,906||)|
|Total Other Income (Expense)||1,311,176||3,405,540||(1,242,138||)||2,731,190|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE|
|PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES||-||-||-||-|
|BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE||$||(0.17||)||$||(0.12||)||$||(0.37||)||$||(0.30||)|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER|
|OF SHARES OUTSTANDING:|
|BASIC AND DILUTED||31,344,424||27,713,410||30,906,114||26,479,538|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|For the Six Months Ended|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash|
|used by operating activities:|
|Common stock issued for services||715,952||353,876|
|Warrants issued for services||-||8,559|
|Stock option expense||1,724,375||2,269,785|
|Change in fair value of contingent consideration||1,251,926||(3,102,807||)|
|Share in losses on investment in joint venture||-||67,861|
|Amortization of intangible assets||562,322||576,018|
|Impairment of Intangibles||-||338,906|
|Gain on settlement of accounts payable||(710,264||)||-|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities|
|Prepaid expenses and deposits||98,009||(419,991||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||987,180||1,018,156|
|Net Cash Used in Operating Activities||(6,769,327||)||(6,806,276||)|
|Investment in joint venture||-||(100,000||)|
|Purchase of property and equipment||(12,103||)||(86,891||)|
|Net Cash Used in Investing Activities||(12,103||)||(186,891||)|
|Proceeds for issuance of common stock for cash||-||26,582,998|
|Proceeds from warrants exercised for cash||13,540||80,005|
|Repayments of short-term notes payable||(48,063||)||(67,068||)|
|Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities||(34,523||)||26,595,935|
|NET CHANGE IN CASH||(6,815,953||)||19,602,768|
|CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD||28,697,323||13,220,494|
|CASH AT END OF PERIOD||$||21,881,370||$||32,823,262|
|SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION|
|CASH PAID FOR:|
|NON CASH FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Settlement of contingent consideration||$||2,061,136||$||-|
|Financing of insurance premiums through issuance of short term notes||215,810||212,400|
|Common stock issued to settle accounts payable||-||50,000|
Source:Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.