Minerva Neurosciences Reports Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results and Business Updates
Recruitment active in five late-stage trials with three compounds directed toward significant unmet medical needs
Five key data readouts expected in 2019
Management to host conference call today at
“Minerva is on track for the completion of patient enrollment and subsequent top-line data readouts in 2019 from five clinical trials with a diversified pipeline of product candidates, led by the Phase 3 trial with roluperidone for negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia,” said Dr.
- Enrollment continues in the Phase 3 clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03397134) of roluperidone as monotherapy for negative symptoms in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, 12-week trial is being followed by a 40-week, open-label extension period. Approximately 500 patients are expected to be enrolled in the U.S. and
Europe. The Company expects completion of enrollment during the first half of 2019 and top-line results from the 12-week, double blind period in mid-2019.
- Results announced on
November 19, 2018from a dose escalation study of roluperidone administered at supra-therapeutic doses in healthy volunteers suggest an expanded therapeutic window and significantly improved cardiovascular safety margin for the drug. The data from this study also suggest the potential for future testing of roluperidone in schizophrenic patients with an exacerbation of psychosis at higher doses than those being used in the Phase 3 trial.
August 22, 2018, pre-clinical findings with roluperidone were announced, providing evidence of its effect on Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF has been associated with neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, neuroprotection, synapse regulation, learning and memory. Its involvement in schizophrenia has also been described. These findings, along with the previously announced Phase 2b results with roluperidone, suggest the potential of this compound to change the overall course of the disease.
May 17, 2018, the Company announced that the Journal of Clinical Psychiatryhad published online results showing cognitive improvements in patients with schizophrenia treated with roluperidone. These improvements correlated with improvements in negative symptoms. Currently available dopamine-blocking antipsychotic drugs have little impact on cognitive impairment, and these data suggest that roluperidone, which combines 5HT2A and sigma2 antagonism without dopamine blockade, may improve cognitive deficits in these patients.
Seltorexant (MIN-202 or JNJ-42847922), under joint development with
- Three Phase 2b clinical trials are ongoing with seltorexant, including two in major depressive disorder (MDD) and one in insomnia disorder. Enrollment in the MDD trial designated as the 2001 trial (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03227224) has been completed, with 287 patients enrolled at sites in the U.S.,
Europe, Russiaand Japan. The Company expects top-line results in the second quarter of 2019.
- In the MDD trial designated as the 2002 trial (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03321526), approximately 100 patients have been enrolled at clinical sites in the U.S. The Company expects top-line results in mid-2019.
- The insomnia trial, designated as the 2005 trial, (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03375203) is expected to enroll approximately 360 patients at sites in the U.S.,
Europeand Japan. The Company expects top-line results in mid-2019.
- Patients with MDD who also have symptoms of anxiety are being enrolled in a Phase 2b trial of MIN-117 (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03446846). A total of approximately 324 patients are expected to be enrolled at clinical sites in the U.S. and Europe. The Company expects top-line results in the first half of 2019.
- The Company expanded the patent estate for MIN-117 with the filing of a U.S. patent application for the use of MIN-117 to treat pain. The pre-clinical data supporting this application suggest that this compound may be investigated beyond mood and anxiety disorders to include chronic pain, which is often a symptom of several neuro-psychiatric disorders.
Fourth Quarter and Year Ended 2018 Financial Results
- Net (Loss) Income: Net loss was
$13.2 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2018, or loss per share of $0.34(basic and diluted), compared to net income of $0.2 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2017, or income per share of $0.00(basic and diluted). Net loss was $50.2 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018, or loss per share of $1.29(basic and diluted), compared to a net loss of $31.5 million, or loss per share of $0.83(basic and diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2017.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were
$9.0 millionin the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $6.5 millionin the fourth quarter of 2017. R&D expenses were $34.9million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $30.3 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017. The increase in R&D expenses during the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018primarily reflects higher development expenses for the Phase 3 clinical trial of roluperidone and the Phase 2b clinical trial of MIN-117. During the year ended December 31, 2018, these amounts were partially offset by lower development expenses for the seltorexant program due to the Amendment to our Co-Development and License Agreement with Janssen.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were
$4.6 millionin the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $3.0 millionin the fourth quarter of 2017. G&A expenses were $16.8 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $10.9 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017. This increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to an increase in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses and salary costs from increased staffing to support pre-commercial activities.
- Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities as of
December 31, 2018were approximately $88.1 million, compared to $133.2 millionas of December 31, 2017. Minerva presently expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to meet its anticipated capital requirements for at least the next 12 months from today. The assumptions upon which this estimate is based are routinely evaluated and may be subject to change.
Conference Call Information:
The live webcast can be accessed under “Events and Presentations” in the Investors and Media section of Minerva’s website at ir.minervaneurosciences.com. The archived webcast will be available on the website beginning approximately two hours after the event for 90 days.
Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements herein with respect to the timing and scope of future clinical trials and results of clinical trials with roluperidone, seltorexant, MIN-117 and MIN-301; the timing and scope of future clinical trials and results of clinical trials with these compounds; the clinical and therapeutic potential of these compounds; the timing and outcomes of future interactions with U.S. and foreign regulatory bodies; our ability to successfully develop and commercialize our therapeutic products; the sufficiency of our current cash position to fund our operations; and management’s ability to successfully achieve its goals. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including, without limitation, whether roluperidone, seltorexant, MIN-117 and MIN-301 will advance further in the clinical trials process and whether and when, if at all, they will receive final approval from the
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||50,235||$||26,052|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,921||1,299|
|Total current assets||90,019||129,540|
|Marketable securities - noncurrent||-||5,023|
|Other noncurrent assets||15||15|
|In-process research and development||34,200||34,200|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||1,810||1,439|
|Total current liabilities||3,609||6,837|
|Other noncurrent liabilities||29||30|
|Additional paid-in capital||304,814||295,975|
|Total stockholders' equity||90,265||131,598|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||139,136||$||183,698|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)||(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Research and development||9,008||6,541||34,889||30,256|
|General and administrative||4,620||2,991||16,841||10,914|
|Total operating expenses||13,628||9,532||51,730||41,170|
|Foreign exchange losses||(5||)||(11||)||(5||)||(57||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(13,203||)||(9,214||)||(50,171||)||(40,899||)|
|Benefit for income taxes||-||(9,376||)||-||(9,376||)|
|Net (loss) income||$||(13,203||)||$||162||$||(50,171||)||$||(31,523||)|
|Loss per share:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.34||)||$||0.00||$||(1.29||)||$||(0.83||)|
|Weighted average shares:|
|Basic and diluted||38,888||38,710||38,793||37,937|
VP, Investor Relations/
Source: Minerva Neurosciences, Inc