NeuBase Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 and Recent Operating Highlights
Further demonstrated broad potential of novel genetic medicine platform with in vivo data in three diseases driven by different genetic mechanisms of disease
- Presented preclinical data showing compounds enabled with NeuBase’s proprietary delivery technology are well tolerated at pharmacologically active doses and are delivered beyond the liver after systemic administration
- Recent data support advancement of development of the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) program; IND filing expected in the fourth quarter of CY 2022
- Cash runway expected to fund currently planned operating and capital expenditures into the first quarter of CY 2023
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeuBase Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: NBSE) (“NeuBase” or the “Company”), a biotechnology platform company Drugging the Genome™ to address disease at the base level using a new class of precision genetic medicines, today reported its financial results for the three- and nine-month periods ended June 30, 2021.
“In June, we presented preclinical in vivo data of novel compounds demonstrating selective silencing of disease-causing mutations at the DNA or RNA level in three diseases, each of which is caused by a different underlying genetic mechanism. These new data further illustrate the broad applicability of our genetic medicine platform,” said Dietrich A. Stephan, Ph.D., Founder, CEO, and Chairman of NeuBase. “Following intravenous or subcutaneous dosing, these compounds were well tolerated at pharmacologically active doses. In addition, the compounds achieved targeted delivery into brain and muscle, which further support our claim of offering the unique ability to deliver genetic medicines throughout the body.”
“For our lead program in DM1, recent data support a differentiated therapeutic approach to maintain DMPK function while selectively silencing the disease-driving mutation. With these positive data in hand, we believe we have a clear path towards entering the clinic and are planning for an IND filing in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2022,” continued Dr. Stephan. “We are continuing to advance our therapeutic program for Huntington’s disease and we believe our proprietary delivery technology will allow our compounds to advance beyond intrathecal delivery, overcoming challenges seen with other programs.”
Dr. Stephan concluded, “Finally, we have shown that we can silence activating KRAS point mutations in vivo to inhibit protein production, which has the potential to target G12D and G12V, the two most common and historically ‘undruggable’ KRAS driver mutations that represent the majority of KRAS-driven tumors. This sets the stage for generating new precision genetic medicines capable of selectively targeting mutations at the single-base level to treat both rare and common diseases.”
Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 and Recent Operating Highlights
- Completed an oversubscribed public offering led by noted fundamental healthcare investors for net proceeds of $42.6 million, providing a cash runway into CY 2023.
- Presented preclinical data demonstrating:
- Proprietary genetic medicines platform generates novel compounds that selectively silence disease-driving genetic mutations in vivo without permanently modifying the genome
- Functional rescue of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) phenotype in vivo after subcutaneous dosing, as well as tolerability at pharmacologically active doses
- In vivo proof of concept in Huntington’s disease with allele-selective mutant protein knock-down after delivering compounds across the blood-brain barrier following subcutaneous dosing
- Pharmacologic activity against historically ‘undruggable’ KRAS driver mutations in a variety of patient-derived tumor lines in xenograft models
- Penetration of the blood-brain barrier with pharmacologic activity in the CNS and additional broad tissue distribution and activity of compounds after subcutaneous administration
- Compounds are well tolerated, and consistent with historical data
- Expanded the executive management team with the appointment of Sandra Rojas-Caro, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer to oversee the preclinical and clinical development, medical, and regulatory strategy of the Company’s pipeline; and Kia Motesharei, Ph.D., as Chief Business and Strategy Officer to oversee business development and alliance management and work with the CEO on corporate strategy
Financial Results for the Third Fiscal Quarter Ended June 30, 2021
- As of June 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $58.8 million, compared with approximately $32.0 million as of September 30, 2020
- NeuBase estimates its current cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to fund currently planned operating and capital expenditures into the first quarter of CY2023
- For the three-month period ended June 30, 2021, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $8.7 million, or a net loss of $0.29 per share, compared with a net loss of approximately $3.8 million, or a net loss of $0.18 per share, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020
- For the three-month period ended June 30, 2021, total operating expenses were approximately $8.8 million, consisting of approximately $3.5 million in general and administrative expenses, $2.5 million of research and development expenses and $2.9 million in research and development- Vera acquisition expenses. This compares with total operating expenses of approximately $3.8 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, consisting of approximately $2.3 million in general and administrative expenses, and $1.5 million in research and development expenses
Financial Results for the Nine-Month Period Ended June 30, 2021
- For the nine-month period ended June 30, 2021, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $18.3 million, or a net loss of $0.72 per share, compared with a net loss of approximately $12.7 million, or a net loss of $0.69 per share, for the same period last year
- For the nine-month period ended June 30, 2021, total operating expenses were approximately $19.4 million, consisting of approximately $8.8 million in general and administrative expenses, $7.7 million of research and development expenses, $2.9 million in research and development- Vera acquisition expenses. This compares with total operating expenses of approximately $12.0 million for the same period last year, consisting of approximately $7.6 million in general and administrative expenses and $4.3 million in research and development expenses
About NeuBase Therapeutics
NeuBase is accelerating the genetic revolution by developing a new class of precision genetic medicines which can be designed to increase, decrease, or change gene function, as appropriate, to resolve genetic defects that drive disease. NeuBase’s targeted PATrOL™ therapies are centered around its proprietary drug scaffold to address genetic diseases at the DNA or RNA level by combining the highly targeted approach of traditional genetic therapies with the broad organ distribution capabilities of small molecules. With an initial focus on silencing disease-causing mutations in debilitating neuromuscular, neurological and oncologic disorders, NeuBase is committed to redefining medicine for the millions of patients with both common and rare conditions. To learn more, visit www.neubasetherapeutics.com.
Use of Forward-Looking Statements
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Released August 12, 2021