Organization, Description of Business and Liquidity
|12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
|Organization, Description of Business and Liquidity
|Organization and Description of Business
1. Organization, Description of Business and Liquidity
NeuBase Therapeutics, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company” or “NeuBase”) is developing a modular peptide-nucleic acid (“PNA”) antisense oligo (“PATrOL™”) platform to address genetic diseases, with a single, cohesive approach. NeuBase plans to use its platform to address diseases which have a genetic source, with an initial focus on gene silencing in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (“DM1”), Huntington’s disease (“HD”), and oncology, and in gene editing applications.
NeuBase is a preclinical-stage biopharmaceutical company and continues to develop its clinical and regulatory strategy with its internal research and development team, with a view toward prioritizing market introduction as quickly as possible. NeuBase’s disclosed programs are NT-0100 in HD, NT-0200 in DM1 and NT-0300 in KRAS-driven cancers.
The NT-0100 program is a PATrOL™-enabled therapeutic program being developed to target the mutant expansion in the HD DNA or RNA. The NT-0100 program includes proprietary PNAs which have the potential to be highly selective for the mutant copy of the gene versus the wild-type allele, the expectation being that the resultant therapy will be applicable for all HD patients as it directly targets the expansion itself, and the potential to be delivered systemically and address the brain and whole-body manifestations of the disease. PATrOL™-enabled drugs also have the unique ability to open DNA and RNA secondary structures and bind to either the primary nucleotide sequences or the secondary and/or tertiary structures.
The NT-0200 program is a PATrOL™-enabled therapeutic program being developed to target the mutant expansion in the DM1 disease RNA. The NT-0200 program has the potential to be highly selective for the mutant transcript versus the wild-type transcribed allele and the expectation to be effective for nearly all DM1 patients as it directly targets the expansion itself.
The NT-0300 program is a PATrOL-enabled therapeutic program being developed to target the mutated KRAS gene. The program is comprised of candidate compounds that target two activating mutations in the KRAS gene at the DNA or RNA levels: G12D and G12V. NeuBase believes these candidate compounds, and subsequent further optimized compounds, have the potential to inhibit transcription and/or translation of the oncogenic mutations and slow or stop tumor growth.
In October 2022, the Company announced plans to expand its focus to include the advancement of the differentiated gene editing capabilities of its platform. The Company is currently identifying and evaluating multiple indications for potential future development.
Liquidity and Going Concern
The Company has had no revenues from product sales and has incurred operating losses since inception. As of September 30, 2022, the Company had $23.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and during the year ended September 30, 2022 incurred a loss from operations of $33.3 million and used $29.0 million of cash in operating activities.
The Company expects to continue to incur substantial operating losses and negative cash flows from operations for the foreseeable future and may never become profitable. Accordingly, there are material risks and uncertainties that raised substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. In October 2022, as further discussed below, the Company announced a restructuring plan to reduce its operating expenses and extend its cash runway into the second quarter of calendar year 2024 based on current operating plans and estimates. Management believes it is probable that the restructuring plan will be effectively implemented within the next twelve months and that the restructuring plan, when implemented, will mitigate the conditions that gave rise to substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Because the Company has sufficient resources on hand to fund operations through at least the next twelve months from the date these consolidated financial statements were available to be issued, the substantial doubt has been alleviated. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in acquiring additional funding, that the Company’s projections of its future working capital needs will prove accurate, or that any additional funding would be sufficient to continue operations in future years.
The Company’s future liquidity and capital funding requirements will depend on numerous factors, including:
The Company will likely need to raise substantial additional funds through issuance of equity or debt or completion of a licensing transaction for one or more of the Company’s pipeline assets. If the Company is unable to maintain sufficient financial resources, its business, financial condition and results of operations will be materially and adversely affected. This could affect future development and business activities and potential future clinical studies and/or other future ventures. Failure to obtain additional equity or debt financing will have a material, adverse impact on the Company’s business operations. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to obtain the needed financing on acceptable terms or at all. Additionally, any equity financings would likely have a dilutive effect on the holdings of the Company’s existing stockholders.