Over 95% planned enrollment completed in Phase 3 oGVHD study; topline results anticipated by end of 2020
Conference Call and Webcast Today at 8:30 a.m. ET
MALVERN, Pa., March 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCGN), a clinical-stage company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing transformative therapies to treat rare and underserved ophthalmic diseases, today reported full year 2019 financial results along with a general business update.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made in enrolling patients in our Phase 3 clinical trial for OCU300, an orphan drug candidate for ocular graft versus host disease (oGVHD). Based on current enrollment, we anticipate topline results by the end of the year,” commented Shankar Musunuri, PhD, MBA, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Ocugen. “The publication of preclinical data on OCU400 in Nature Gene Therapy earlier this month is a key achievement for this program. We continue to advance IND-enabling studies toward bringing this potential breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform to patients in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for OCU400 in 2021. Similar to the situation with virtually all other biopharmaceutical companies, we are also assessing the potential impact of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-related events on our programs and plans. We are grateful to healthcare professionals and others who are working hard to address and mitigate the challenges presented by the virus.”
- OCU300 (oGVHD) – In December 2019, Ocugen announced 50% enrollment in its Phase 3 trial, and as of March 20, 2020, Ocugen has completed over 95% of the planned enrollment. Ocugen is anticipating topline results by the end of the year.
- OCU400 (AAV-NR2E3) – On March 3, 2020, Nature Gene Therapy published preclinical data related to OCU400, supporting the use of nuclear hormone receptor gene NR2E3 as a genetic modifier and therapeutic agent to treat multiple retinal degenerative diseases and potentially serve as a broad-spectrum therapy for retinitis pigmentosa.
- EB-5 Loan Agreement – On March 26, 2020, Ocugen drew down an additional $0.5 million under its loan agreement with EB5 Life Sciences, L.P.
Full Year 2019 Financial Results:
- Ocugen’s cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $7.6 million as of December 31, 2019, compared to $1.8 million as of December 31, 2018.
- Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $8.1 million compared to $10.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $6.1 million compared to $5.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.
- Ocugen reported a net loss of $20.2 million, or $1.46 loss per share, for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to a net loss of $18.2 million, or $3.67 loss per share, for the year ended December 31, 2018.
- The Company had 52,625,228 shares of common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2019.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The Company has scheduled a conference call and webcast for 8:30 a.m. ET today to discuss the results and recent business highlights. Ocugen's senior management team will host the call, which will be open to all listeners. There will also be a question and answer session following the prepared remarks.
The call can be accessed by dialing (844) 873-7330 (U.S.) or (602) 563-8473 (international) and providing the conference ID 5373849. To access a live audio webcast of the call on the “Investors” section of the Ocugen website, please click here. A replay of the webcast will be archived on Ocugen’s website for approximately 45 days following the call.
About Ocugen, Inc.
Ocugen, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing transformative therapies to treat the whole eye. Our Phase 3 small molecule drug candidate for ocular Graft Versus Host Disease (oGVHD), if approved, will be the first and only treatment for this orphan disease. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with one drug – “one to many”. And our novel biologic product candidate aims to offer better therapy to patients with underserved diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. For more information, please visit www.ocugen.com.
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,444,052||$||1,628,136|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,322,167||313,499|
|Asset held for sale||7,000,000||—|
|Total current assets||15,766,219||1,941,635|
|Property and equipment, net||222,464||245,788|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)|
|Short-term debt, net||—||7,483,847|
|Operating lease obligation||172,310||—|
|Other current liabilities||205,991||204,242|
|Total current liabilities||4,543,959||14,109,586|
|Operating lease obligation, less current portion||163,198||—|
|Long term debt, net||1,072,123||1,016,727|
|Other non-current liabilities||9,755||37,459|
|Stockholders’ equity (deficit)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||—||451|
|Additional paid-in capital||62,018,632||18,477,598|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||11,018,411||(12,709,539||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)||$||16,807,446||$||2,454,233|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Year ended December 31,|
|Research and development||$||8,085,522||$||10,321,397|
|General and administrative||6,077,097||5,819,111|
|Total operating expenses||14,162,619||16,140,508|
|Loss from operations||(14,162,619||)||(16,140,508||)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Change in fair value of derivative liabilities||(3,187,380||)||1,664,689|
|Loss on debt conversion||(341,136||)||—|
|Other income (expense)||(784,873||)||(12,428||)|
|Total other income (expense)||(6,080,011||)||(2,079,156||)|
|Net loss per share of common stock—basic and diluted||$||(1.46||)||$||(3.67||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic and diluted||13,893,819||4,960,552|
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