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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Operational Highlights
– Initiated RECONNECT, a confirmatory pivotal Phase 3 trial of Zygel™ in patients with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS); topline results expected second-half 2023 –
– Cash runway well into the first half of 2024; $75.6 million at September 30, 2021 –
DEVON, Pa., Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZYNE), the leader in innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid therapies for rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric disorders, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, and provided an overview of recent operational highlights and a pipeline update.
“We remain focused on enrolling patients into our confirmatory pivotal Phase 3 RECONNECT trial in children and adolescents with Fragile X Syndrome,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “If the results from RECONNECT are positive, Zygel has the potential to become the first FDA approved treatment option for the significant unmet medical need that affects FXS patients and their families.”
Third Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights and Zygel Pipeline Update
Zygel in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
- Zynerba initiated a pivotal, multinational randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple-center, efficacy and safety (RECONNECT) Phase 3 trial during the third quarter of 2021. The RECONNECT trial is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Zygel (cannabidiol formulated in a transdermal gel) in children and adolescents with FXS. The trial is planned to confirm the positive results observed in a population of responders in the Company’s CONNECT-FX trial. (Press Release)
- RECONNECT is an 18-week trial that is expected to enroll approximately 200 children and adolescents, aged three through 17 years, at approximately 25 clinical sites in the United States, Australia, the UK and Ireland. Approximately 160 of the patients enrolled will have complete (100%) methylation of their FMR1 gene and approximately 40 patients will have partial methylation of their FMR1 gene. Patients will be randomized 1:1 to either Zygel or placebo. Randomization will be stratified by gender, methylation status and weight.
- The primary endpoint for the trial will be the change from baseline to the end of the treatment period in the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community FXS Specific (ABC-CFXS) Social Avoidance subscale in patients who have complete methylation of their FMR1 gene. The ABC-CFXS Social Avoidance subscale is the same primary endpoint used in the CONNECT-FX trial. The Company believes that the results from RECONNECT, if positive, will be sufficient to support the submission of a New Drug Application for Zygel in patients with FXS.
- Presented data at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Annual Meeting demonstrating that more patients on Zygel attained and maintained clinically meaningful improvement in social avoidance as compared to placebo-treated patients during the double-blind treatment phase of CONNECT-FX. In addition, patients who received blinded Zygel in CONNECT-FX continued to improve on open-label Zygel with approximately two-thirds of patients achieving sustained meaningful improvement in social avoidance at 16 weeks and 24 weeks on Zygel.
- Presented data at the 2021 National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit describing the design of the Phase 3 RECONNECT trial of Zygel in children and adolescents with FXS based on learnings from CONNECT-FX.
Zygel in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Presented data at The Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP) Conference 2021 demonstrating that through 38 weeks of treatment, the Phase 2 BRIGHT trial suggests initial evidence of a positive benefit-risk profile for Zygel when administered in addition to stable standard of care in children and adolescents with moderate-to-severe ASD. Furthermore, in patients who completed the 38-week treatment period in BRIGHT, statistically significant improvements compared to baseline were sustained in all efficacy measures of ASD compared to baseline. (Press Release)
Zygel in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q)
- The Company continues to screen patients for the 14-week open-label Phase 2 INSPIRE trial in children and adolescents with genetically confirmed 22q.
Zygel in Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEE)
- Published results from the Company’s open-label Phase 2 BELIEVE study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. The article describes the positive results from BELIEVE, the first trial of a non-oral formulation of cannabidiol in children and adolescents with DEEs, and concludes that Zygel was safe, well tolerated, and was associated with reductions in focal impaired awareness seizures (FIAS) and tonic-clonic seizure (TCS) frequency and disease burden. (Press Release)
Zynerba will provide an update on its development path forward in ASD, 22q and DEE by the end of 2021.
- In November 2021, Stephen O’Quinn, Pharm.D. was appointed as the Vice President, Medical Affairs. Dr. O’Quinn is a senior pharmaceutical executive with more than 30 years of experience in clinical development, medical affairs and commercialization of medicines in multiple therapy areas, including neurology and psychiatry. Dr. O’Quinn spent over 20 years with GlaxoSmithKline in senior leadership roles. He most recently served as a consultant to pharmaceutical clients, including Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, supporting clinical development and medical affairs activities. Dr. O’Quinn earned a Doctor of Pharmacy, with highest honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy with the UNC School of Pharmacy and Division of Cardiology. He also completed marketing and executive leadership training at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Research and development expenses were $6.3 million for the third quarter of 2021, including stock-based compensation of $0.8 million. General and administrative expenses were $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2021, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million. The net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was $10.6 million, with basic and diluted loss per share of $(0.26).
As of September 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $75.6 million, compared to $59.2 million as of December 31, 2020. Management believes that the Company’s cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2021 are sufficient to fund operations and capital requirements well into the first half of 2024.
About Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals is the leader in innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid therapies for rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric disorders. We are committed to improving the lives of patients and their families living with severe, chronic health conditions including Fragile X syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and a heterogeneous group of rare and ultra-rare epilepsies known as developmental and epileptic encephalopathies. Learn more at www.zynerba.com and follow us on Twitter at @ZynerbaPharma.
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ZYNERBA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three months ended September 30,||Nine months ended September 30,|
|Research and development||$||6,341,171||$||5,805,948||$||16,402,129||$||30,038,582|
|General and administrative||3,869,481||3,425,831||11,531,824||11,834,434|
|Total operating expenses||10,210,652||9,231,779||27,933,953||41,873,016|
|Loss from operations||(10,210,652||)||(9,231,779||)||(27,933,953||)||(41,873,016||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Foreign exchange (loss) gain||(376,637||)||172,467||(576,619||)||(85,171||)|
|Total other expense||(371,599||)||183,248||(560,005||)||153,895|
|Net loss per share - basic and diluted||$||(0.26||)||$||(0.31||)||$||(0.73||)||$||(1.59||)|
|Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding||40,092,128||29,243,375||38,933,209||26,258,626|
|Non-cash stock-based compensation included above:|
|Research and development||$||818,390||$||544,909||$||2,443,667||$||1,590,285|
|General and administrative||751,603||717,716||2,325,512||2,343,125|
ZYNERBA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|September 30, 2021||December 31, 2020|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||75,642,498||$||59,157,187|
|Incentive and tax receivables||8,535,607||9,042,586|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,880,014||5,166,401|
|Total current assets||88,058,119||73,366,174|
|Property and equipment, net||447,728||585,403|
|Incentive and tax receivables||868,083||—|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Total current liabilities||10,897,934||13,913,248|
|Lease liabilities, long-term||411,237||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||309,312,130||262,286,008|
|Total stockholders' equity||78,686,999||60,143,528|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||89,996,170||$||74,056,776|
Jim Fickenscher, CFO and VP Corporate Development