TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2021 / Edesa Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on inflammatory and immune-related diseases, today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and provided an update on its business.
Earlier this month, the company announced that it has been awarded a C$14 million reimbursement grant from the Canadian government. The funds will support the Phase 2 portion of an ongoing Phase 2/Phase 3 clinical study of Edesa’s investigational drug, EB05, as a treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). ARDS is a life-threatening form of respiratory failure, and the leading cause of death among COVID-19 patients. Should the antibody treatment demonstrate promising results at the Phase 2 readout, the company plans to continue with a pivotal Phase 3 study and enter negotiations for additional government funding. Last month, the company announced that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada to add a sub-study to the ARDS trial. The sub-study will evaluate the drug as a potential rescue therapy for critically severe COVID-19 cases.
“We initiated our ARDS study in the midst of an unprecedented resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 infections and are working closely with our hospital partners to help meet the urgent medical needs of COVID-19 patients. The federal funding will allow us to move ahead much more quickly than we could do otherwise,” said Dr. Par Nijhawan, Chief Executive Officer of Edesa. “Based on current enrollment trends, we are looking forward to the first interim analysis in the near term and moving another step closer to providing a new, effective treatment option for COVID-19 patients.”
In addition to its ARDS clinical program, during the first fiscal quarter, the company also reported ongoing progress in a Phase 2b study of its non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug candidate in chronic allergic contact dermatitis. More than 50% of the patients planned for the first cohort had been randomized and dosed.
Edesa’s Chief Financial Officer Kathi Niffenegger reported that the company’s expenditures during the first fiscal quarter were in line with management’s expectations and reflected the company’s plans to advance both its ARDS and dermatitis studies concurrently. “The change in our research and development expenses over the comparable period reflect the priority we have placed in rapidly getting our monoclonal antibody candidate in the hands of frontline physicians, and expanding our international Phase 2/3 study to multiple jurisdictions,” said Ms. Niffenegger.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2020
There were no revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $0.11 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, reflecting the winddown and discontinuation of sales of product inventory obtained in the reverse acquisition.
Total operating expenses increased by $1.40 million to $2.61 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $1.21 million for the same period last year:
- There were no cost of sales for the three months ended December 31, 2020 as a result of the winddown and discontinuation of sales of product inventory obtained in the reverse acquisition. For the same period last year, cost of sales was less than $0.01 million.
- Research and development expenses increased by $0.85 million to $1.38 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $0.53 million for the same period last year primarily due to increased external research expenses related to the company’s ongoing clinical studies and an increase in non-cash share-based compensation. Higher salary and related personnel expenses and patent fees also contributed to the increase.
- General and administrative expenses increased by $0.55 million to $1.23 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $0.68 million for the same period last year primarily as a result of an increase in non-cash share-based compensation. Higher salary and related personnel expenses, and legal and other professional services also contributed to the increase.
For the three months ended December 31, 2020, Edesa reported a net loss of $2.64 million, or $0.26 per common share, compared to a net loss of $1.09 million, or $0.15 per common share, for the three months ended December 31, 2019.
At December 31, 2020, Edesa had working capital of $6.76 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $6.31 million. From January 1 to February 12, 2021, the company received combined net proceeds of $3.13 million from the issuance of common shares under an equity distribution agreement with RBC Capital Markets and exercises of common share purchase warrants and share options.
Edesa management plans to participate in the H.C. Wainwright Annual Global Life Sciences Conference scheduled for March 9-10, 2021. Investors interested in meetings with management can schedule one-on-one teleconference and video meetings through the conference website or by contacting Edesa at [email protected].
About Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDSA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative treatments for inflammatory and immune-related diseases with clear unmet medical needs. The company’s two lead product candidates, EB05 and EB01, are in later stage clinical studies. EB05 is a monoclonal antibody therapy that we are developing as a treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). ARDS is a life-threatening form of respiratory failure, and the leading cause of death among COVID-19 patients. Edesa is also developing an sPLA2 inhibitor, designated as EB01, as a topical treatment for chronic allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), a common, potentially debilitating condition and occupational illness. EB01 employs a novel, non-steroidal mechanism of action and in two clinical studies has demonstrated statistically significant improvement of multiple symptoms in ACD patients. The company is based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, with a U.S. subsidiary located in Southern California. Sign up for news alerts.
Edesa Forward-Looking Statements
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