REHOVOT, Israel, Aug. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeuroDerm Ltd. (NASDAQ:NDRM), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company developing drugs for central nervous system (CNS) diseases, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided a corporate update.
“We have been very productive in recent months advancing our clinical programs and moving closer toward our goal of providing a less invasive, continuous levodopa delivery treatment option for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease,” said Oded Lieberman, PhD, CEO of NeuroDerm. “We announced that Trial 005, evaluating ND0612H to DUODOPA® in a head-to-head pilot pharmacokinetic study, achieved comparable results in patients with severe Parkinson’s disease. In addition, we have commenced enrolling patients in three important clinical trials: our first clinical trial for ND0701 (trial 101), our continuous, subcutaneously delivered liquid apomorphine-base formulation; a Phase II trial of ND0612H (trial 006) for severe Parkinson’s disease; and a Phase III trial of ND0612L (trial 007, named the “iNDiGO” trial) in patients with moderate Parkinson’s disease. We look forward to meeting with the FDA in late October to discuss our clinical development program and plan to hold a similar meeting with the EMA later this year,” concluded Dr. Lieberman.
- Initiation of a Phase III efficacy trial for ND0612L (trial 007; “iNDiGO”).
- Presentation of the study design of the Phase II clinical trial of ND0612H (trial 006) as well as preclinical data on the Company’s new apomorphine product candidate ND0701 at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
- Announced ND0612H achieved comparable pharmacokinetics to DUODOPA® in head-to-head pilot PK comparison trial (trial 005).
- Started U.S. patient enrollment in a Phase II trial (trial 006) to investigate the efficacy, safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of ND0612H to the baseline oral standard of care.
- Announced key management additions: Tami Yardeni as Chief Operating Officer and Eran Shor as Vice President of Devices.
- Announced the first clinical study (trial 101) for ND0701, a continuous subcutaneously delivered liquid apomorphine-base product candidate for the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease, in a bioequivalence trial in healthy volunteers.
- Recent tests have demonstrated that, after thawing, ND0612 is stable for up to thirty-five days at room temperature.
Upcoming 2016 Milestones
The currently anticipated timelines for the Company’s ongoing and upcoming clinical trials are as follows:
- Efficacy, safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics study (US) (trial 006): ongoing; trial completion expected in the second half of 2016.
- Definitive PK Study (EU) (trial 009): initiation expected at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
- Phase III efficacy trial (US) (trial 010): initiation expected at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
- Bioequivalence trial (EU) (trial 101): ongoing, trial completion expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2016
Research and development expenses, net were $5.6 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $3.3 million in the same period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to an increase in subcontractors and materials, mainly from clinical studies and due to costs related to the development of our devices.
General and administrative expenses were $1.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $1.0 million in the same period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to an increase in share-based compensation expenses.
The Company reported a net loss of $7.0 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $5.8 million for the same period in 2015. The increase in net loss was primarily due to the increase in research and development expenses, net, which were partially offset by a decrease in financial expenses as a result of a change in our functional currency, from New Israel Shekel to the U.S. dollar, effective January 1, 2016.
As of June 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits totaling $89.8 million.
NeuroDerm is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company with a limited operating history, has not yet generated revenue from its operations and continues to incur significant research and development and other expenses related to its ongoing operations. The Company is still in the early stages of development of its product candidates. Accordingly, there is no assurance that NeuroDerm’s business will generate positive cash flow. As of June 30, 2016, NeuroDerm had an accumulated deficit of $160.5 million and its activities have been funded through public and private offerings of the company’s securities and issuance of convertible loans and warrants.
Conference Call Details
NeuroDerm will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today to discuss the Company’s second quarter 2016 financial results. Individuals can access the webcast in the Events and Presentations section of the Company’s website, by clicking here, or by dialing 844-452-2810 (U.S.) or 574-990-9831 (outside of the U.S.). The passcode is 51507650. A webcast will be archived on the website.
NeuroDerm is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing central nervous system (CNS) product candidates that are designed to overcome major deficiencies of current treatments and achieve enhanced clinical efficacy through continuous, controlled administration. The company has three product candidates in different stages of development which offer a solution for almost every Parkinson’s disease patient from the moderate to the very severe stage of the disease. The company has developed a line of levodopa and carbidopa (LD/CD) product candidates administered through small belt pumps that deliver a continuous, controlled dose of LD/CD. The LD/CD product candidates are ND0612L and ND0612H, which are used for treatment of moderate and advanced Parkinson’s disease patients, respectively, and which are delivered subcutaneously. In addition, NeuroDerm is developing ND0701, a novel subcutaneously delivered apomorphine formulation for patients who suffer from moderate to severe Parkinson’s disease and who do not respond well to LD/CD. NeuroDerm is headquartered in the Weizmann Science Park in Rehovot, Israel.
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Financial Tables Follow
|STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data)|
|December 31,||June 30,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||84,735||$||73,692|
|Short- term bank deposits||15,103||16,074|
|Prepaid expenses and receivables||625||1,525|
|Restricted bank deposit||104||105|
|Long-term prepaid expenses||149||152|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||152||676|
|STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data)|
|December 31,||June 30,|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:||2015||2016|
|Ordinary Shares, NIS 0.01 par value –|
|authorized – 160,000,000 shares at December 31, 2015 and |
June 30, 2016, issued and outstanding – 21,609,787 shares and
21,704,426 at December 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016,
|Additional paid-in capital||239,293||239,486|
|Share-based compensation capital reserve||8,004||9,928|
|Foreign currency translation differences||(2,040||)||(2,040||)|
|Total Shareholders' Equity||97,056||86,873|
|Total Liabilities And Shareholders' Equity||$||100,868||$||92,224|
|STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS|
|(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|Six months ended |
|Three months ended |
|Research and development||$||5,509||$||9,686||$||3,689||$||5,556|
|Participation in research and development||(483||)||-||(368||)||-|
|Research and development, net||5,026||9,686||3,321||5,556|
|General and administrative||1,890||3,000||950||1,448|
|Financial expenses (income), net||483||(386||)||1,553||(54||)|
|Other comprehensive income -|
|Items that will not be reclassified|
|to profit or loss -|
|Foreign currency translation differences||(1,086||)||-||(1,990||)||-|
|Total comprehensive loss||$||6,313||$||12,300||$||3,834||$||6,950|
|Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share||$||0.44||$||0.57||$||0.34||$||0.32|
|STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|(U.S. dollars in thousands)|
|Six months ended||Three months ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Cash Flows From Operating Activities:|
|Adjustments in respect of:|
|Share-based compensation to employees and service providers||1,052||1,924||498||1,129|
|Interest and exchange differences on bank deposits and|
|restricted bank deposits||1,107||28||1,121||(46||)|
|Exchange differences in respect of cash and cash equivalents||(297||)||(60||)||442||106|
|Changes in asset and liability items:|
|Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and receivables|
|(including non-current portion)||(314||)||(817||)||251||(337||)|
|Increase (decrease) in accounts payable:|
|Payment of shareholders' interest payable||(993||)||-||(131||)||-|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(6,822||)||(10,153||)||(2,742||)||(5,990||)|
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|Purchase of property, plant and equipment||(48||)||(57||)||(45||)||(20||)|
|Investment in short- term bank deposits||(23,510||)||(24,000||)||-||-|
|Proceeds from short-term bank deposits||-||23,000||-||8,000|
|Restricted bank deposits, net||-||-||(1||)||-|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||(23,558||)||(1,057||)||(46||)||7,980|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Proceeds from exercise of options granted to employees||-||107||-||107|
|Net cash provided from financing activities||-||107||-||107|
|Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||(30,380||)||(11,103||)||(2,788||)||2,097|
|Balance of cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||43,238||84,735||15,425||71,701|
|Foreign currency translation differences|
|in respect of cash and cash equivalents||(144||)||-||816||-|
|Exchange differences in respect of cash and|
|Balance of cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||13,011||$||73,692||$||13,011||$||73,692|
|Interest received from cash and cash equivalents and bank deposits||$||21||$||363||$||5||$||133|
|Investing activities not involving cash flows-|
|Purchasing of property, plant and equipment on credit||-||$||498||-||$||498|
Oded S. Lieberman, PhD, CEO
Tel.: +972-8-946 2729
Cell: +1-617-517 6077
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