Minerva Neurosciences Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Business Updates
"Recent highlights for Minerva include the completion and analyses of positive data from the 24-week open label extension phase of our Phase IIb trial with MIN-101 for schizophrenia announced on
"Combined with the statistically significant data from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 12-week core phase of the Phase IIb trial announced earlier this year, the extension data help shape the Phase III clinical strategy with MIN-101 as a differentiated treatment for schizophrenia patients with negative symptoms," said
- Data from the extension of the Phase IIb trial with MIN-101 demonstrate a further and continuous improvement in negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, as measured by the negative symptoms subscales of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). Based on the PANSS pentagonal structure model (PSM), negative symptoms were observed to continue to improve during the extension phase, with a reduction from the start of the study for the 32 and 64 milligram (mg) MIN-101-treated groups of 5.5 points and 4.9 points, respectively. Based on the PANSS three factors negative symptoms subscale, negative symptoms were also observed to continue to improve, with a reduction of 5.4 points and 5.3 points, respectively.
- Positive symptoms were observed to remain stable throughout the study, as measured by PANSS positive symptom scores.
- MIN-101 was generally reported to be well tolerated through the entire 36-week period. QTcF, a measurement of cardiac function, was closely monitored throughout the study, and discontinuation criteria based on QTcF prolongation were incorporated in the protocol. As previously announced, two patients out of 162 who received MIN-101 in the core phase were discontinued based upon these criteria; both of these patients received the higher dose (64 mg). In the extension phase no additional patients were discontinued. The extension data also confirm that MIN-101 at the doses tested did not have an effect on extra-pyramidal symptoms (EPS), prolactin or weight.
FDAhas accepted the Company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for MIN-117. FDAacceptance of this IND allows us to begin clinical trials with this compound in the United States, building upon the positive results of the Company's Phase IIa trial in Europeannounced earlier this year.
- The Company is evaluating its next steps in the development of MIN-117 as a treatment for MDD based on its potential differentiation from existing therapies, including the potential for early onset, efficacy on symptoms of both MDD and anxiety, lack of impairment in cognition and sexual function, and preservation of sleep architecture and continuity.
MIN-202 (JNJ-42847922), under joint development with
- Minerva and its co-development partner for MIN-202, Janssen, are conducting a number of supportive activities in anticipation of the next phase of clinical trials in insomnia disorder and major depressive disorder, which are anticipated to begin in early 2017.
- The Company is pursuing the pre-clinical development of MIN-301, a peptide which targets the extra-cellular domain of neuregulin-1 beta-1 activating ErbB4. The next planned steps in this program are the filing of an
Investigational New Drug application in
the United Statesor an Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier in Europe, and pending acceptance by regulatory authorities, the initiation of Phase I clinical testing thereafter.
Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
- Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of
September 30, 2016were approximately $91.9 million, compared to $32.2 millionas of December 31, 2015. As previously stated, Minerva expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund its operations into 2018.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development
(R&D) expenses were
$5.9 millionin the third quarter of 2016, compared to $3.8 millionin the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, R&D expenses were $13.9 million, compared to $12.3 millionfor the nine months ended September 30, 2015.
Excluding stock-based compensation, total research and development expense related to drug development programs for the three months ended
September 30, 2016and 2015 was $5.6 millionand $3.6 million, respectively, an increase of $2.0 million. This increase in research and development expenses primarily reflects higher development expenses under the MIN-202 program for Phase II clinical trial preparation, partially offset by lower costs for our MIN-101 and MIN-117 programs as those clinical trials have concluded.
Excluding stock-based compensation, total research and development expense related to drug development programs for the nine months ended
September 30, 2016and 2015 was $13.2 millionand $11.9 million, respectively, an increase of $1.3 million. This increase in research and development expenses primarily reflects higher development expenses under the MIN-202 program for Phase II clinical trial preparation, increased expenses related to our Phase IIa clinical trial of MIN-117 and increased expenses related to our MIN-301 development. This was partially offset by decreased expenses due to the completion of our Phase IIb clinical trial of MIN-101.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were
$2.4 millionin the third quarter of 2016, compared to $1.9 millionin the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, G&A expenses were $7.0 million, compared to $5.6 millionfor the same period in 2015.
General and administrative expense in the three months ended
September 30, 2016and 2015 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $0.7 millionand $0.4 million, respectively. Excluding stock-based compensation, general and administrative expense for the three months ended September 30, 2016and 2015 was $1.7 millionand $1.5 million, respectively. This increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees during the three months ended September 30, 2016.
General and administrative expense in the nine months ended
September 30, 2016and 2015 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $1.8 millionand $1.1 million, respectively. Excluding stock-based compensation, general and administrative expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2016and 2015 was $5.2 millionand $4.5 million, respectively. This increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and professional fees during the nine months ended September 30, 2016.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$8.4 millionfor the third quarter of 2016, or a loss per share of $0.24(basic and diluted), as compared to a net loss of $5.9 million, or a loss per share of $0.24(basic and diluted) for the third quarter of 2015. Net loss was $21.6 millionfor the first nine months of 2016, or a loss per share of $0.71(basic and diluted), as compared to a net loss of $18.6 million, or a loss per share of $0.81(basic and diluted) for the first nine months of 2015.
Conference Call Information:
The live webcast can be accessed under "Events and Presentations" in the Investors and Media section of Minerva's website at ir.minervaneurosciences.com. The archived webcast will be available on the website beginning approximately two hours after the event for 90 days.
Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, reflect management's expectations as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements
include statements herein with respect to the timing and results of future clinical and pre-clinical milestones with MIN-101, MIN-202, MIN-117 and MIN-301; the timing of future clinical trials and results of clinical trials with these compounds; the clinical and therapeutic potential of these compounds; our ability to successfully develop and commercialize our therapeutic products; the sufficiency of our current cash position to fund our operations; and management's ability to successfully achieve its goals. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including, without limitation, whether any of our therapeutic products will advance further in the clinical trials process and whether and when, if at all, they will receive final approval from the
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||91,853||$||14,284|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||703||1,196|
|Total current assets||92,636||33,481|
|In-process research and development||34,200||34,200|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Notes payable - current portion||$||4,751||$||1,435|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||981||2,525|
|Accrued collaborative expenses||3,534||-|
|Total current liabilities||10,098||5,320|
|Notes payable - noncurrent||5,049||8,503|
|Additional paid-in capital||236,588||157,130|
|Total stockholders' equity||113,137||55,319|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||141,718||$||82,576|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three Months Ended ||Nine Months Ended |
|(in thousands, except |
per share amounts)
|(in thousands, except |
per share amounts)
|Research and development||5,852||3,828||13,941||12,274|
|General and administrative||2,380||1,877||7,012||5,641|
|Total operating expenses||8,232||5,705||20,953||17,915|
|Foreign exchange losses||(3||)||(2||)||(28||)||(15||)|
|Loss per share:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.24||)||$||(0.24||)||$||(0.71||)||$||(0.81||)|
|Weighted average shares:|
|Basic and diluted||34,806||24,721||30,393||22,972|
William B. BoniVP, Investor Relations/ Corp. Communications Minerva Neurosciences, Inc.(617) 600-7376
News Provided by Acquire Media