Minerva Neurosciences Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Business Updates
“As we approach year-end, we are completing the final steps prior to the initiation of a number of advanced-stage clinical efficacy trials with multiple compounds targeting significant unmet needs in CNS, highlighted by our lead product candidate, MIN-101 for the treatment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia,” said Dr.
- The Company is on schedule to initiate a pivotal Phase 3 trial of MIN-101 to treat negative symptoms in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia in the fourth quarter of 2017. Top-line results from the three-month double blind phase of this trial are expected in the first half of 2019.
- The final protocol for the Phase 3 trial has been submitted to the Investigational New Drug application (IND), and the first
Institutional Review Board(IRB) approval has been received for the study in the U.S. The trial will be a 12-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, monotherapy study testing two doses of MIN-101 in schizophrenic patients with negative symptoms. These are the same two doses as those employed in the Phase 2b trial. After the double-blind phase, patients may enter a 40-week open label extension phase in which all will receive active treatment. This multi-center, international trial is expected to enroll approximately 500 patients at approximately 60 clinical sites across the U.S. and Europe, with 30 percent of patients coming from the U.S.
- The Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) program has been initiated to ensure consistency between drug batches and its timely inclusion with the potential submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) pending a successful Phase 3 trial.
SELTOREXANT (MIN-202 OR JNJ-42847922):
- The first patient has been enrolled in a Phase 2b clinical trial of seltorexant as adjunctive therapy to antidepressants in adult patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who have responded inadequately to antidepressant therapy. Approximately 280 patients are planned to be enrolled at more than 85 clinical sites in the U.S.,
Europe, Russiaand Japan. Two additional clinical trials of seltorexant are planned for initiation in the fourth quarter of 2017. These include a second Phase 2b trial in MDD and a Phase 2b trial in insomnia.
- An amendment to the Company’s co-development and license agreement with Janssen became effective on
August 29, 2017following approval of its terms by the European Commission.
- The Company plans to initiate patient recruitment in a Phase 2b clinical trial with MIN-117 in MDD in early 2018. This trial is expected to include patients with MDD who also have symptoms of anxiety, building upon previous Phase 2a clinical results that showed effects in both depressive symptomatology and anxiety.
- In preparation for the Phase 2b trial, a food-effect study is currently ongoing with MIN-117 under the Company’s IND.
- The Company is continuing to conduct pre-clinical, toxicology and other IND-enabling studies with MIN-301 as a prelude to advancing this compound into the initial stage of clinical development.
- MIN-301 is a recombinant protein with the extra-cellular domain of neuregulin-1 beta primarily activating the ErbB4 receptor. Dysregulation of the NRG-1 signaling pathway has been linked to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders including and beyond Parkinson’s disease.
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results
- Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of
September 30, 2017were approximately $143.3 million, compared to $83.0 millionas of December 31, 2016. As previously stated, Minerva expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund its operations for at least the next 12 months.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were
$9.0 millionin the third quarter of 2017, compared to $5.9 millionin the third quarter of 2016. R&D expense in the three months ended September 30, 2017and 2016 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $0.5 millionand $0.3 million, respectively. This increase in R&D expenses primarily reflects higher development expenses under the MIN-202 program for the Phase 2 clinical trials, increased expenses for the MIN-101 program and an increase in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses.
For the nine months ended
September 30, 2017, R&D expenses were $23.7 million, compared to $13.9 millionfor the nine months ended September 30, 2016. R&D expense in the nine months ended September 30, 2017and 2016 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $1.5 millionand $0.7 million, respectively. This increase in R&D expenses primarily reflects higher development expenses under the MIN-202 program for the Phase 2 clinical trial, increased expenses for the MIN-101 program, an increase in personnel costs and an increase in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses. These amounts were partially offset by lower costs due to the completion of the Phase 2a clinical trial of MIN-117.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were
$2.5 millionin the third quarter of 2017, compared to $2.4 millionin the third quarter of 2016. G&A expense in the three months ended September 30, 2017and 2016 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $0.8 millionand $0.7 million, respectively. This increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees during the three months ended September 30, 2017.
For the nine months ended
September 30, 2017, G&A expenses were $7.9 million, compared to $7.0 millionfor the same period in 2016. G&A expense in the nine months ended September 30, 2017and 2016 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $2.3 millionand $1.8 million, respectively. This increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees and an increase in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$11.3 millionfor the third quarter of 2017, or a loss per share of $0.28(basic and diluted), as compared to a net loss of $8.4 million, or a loss per share of $0.24(basic and diluted) for the third quarter of 2016. Net loss was $31.7 millionfor the first nine months of 2017, or a loss per share of $0.84(basic and diluted), as compared to a net loss of $21.6 million, or a loss per share of $0.71(basic and diluted) for the first nine months of 2016.
Conference Call Information:
The live webcast can be accessed under “Events and Presentations” in the Investors and Media section of Minerva’s website at ir.minervaneurosciences.com. The archived webcast will be available on the website beginning approximately two hours after the event for 90 days.
Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements herein with respect to the timing and scope of future clinical trials and results of clinical trials with MIN-101, seltorexant, MIN-117 and MIN-301. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including, without limitation, whether MIN-101, seltorexant, MIN-117 and MIN-301 will advance further in the clinical trials process; management’s ability to successfully achieve its goals; our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations on terms acceptable to us; and general economic conditions. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our filings with the
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||36,255||$||82,981|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,073||803|
|Total current assets||134,083||83,864|
|Marketable securities - noncurrent||10,355||-|
|In-process research and development||34,200||34,200|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Notes payable - current portion||$||5,194||$||4,854|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||2,022||816|
|Accrued collaborative expenses||-||2,548|
|Total current liabilities||8,720||9,685|
|Notes payable - noncurrent||-||3,841|
|Additional paid-in capital||294,717||238,837|
|Total stockholders' equity||130,177||105,983|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||193,507||$||132,943|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)||(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Research and development||8,956||5,852||23,715||13,941|
|General and administrative||2,451||2,380||7,923||7,012|
|Total operating expenses||11,407||8,232||31,638||20,953|
|Foreign exchange losses||(9||)||(3||)||(46||)||(28||)|
|Loss per share:|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.28||)||$||(0.24||)||$||(0.84||)||$||(0.71||)|
|Weighted average shares:|
|Basic and diluted||40,880||34,806||37,677||30,393|
VP, Investor Relations/
Source: Minerva Neurosciences, Inc