Bellerophon Reports 2Q 2016 Financial Results
OREANDA-NEWS. Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided a business update.
“This quarter, we made important progress on our development plans across our clinical pipeline,” stated Jonathan Peacock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bellerophon Therapeutics. “As planned, in June we enrolled our first patient in our Phase 3 INOvation-1 clinical trial to treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, or PAH, under an FDA-granted Special Protocol Assessment. We also commenced a trial with our INOpulse therapy to treat pulmonary hypertension associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or PH-IPF, and enrolled our first patient in that study in May.
“More recently, we also received health authority approval in Belgium to commence our Phase 2 trial for INOpulse to treat pulmonary hypertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or PH-COPD. Our plan is to enroll the first patient in this trial during the third quarter and provide results before year end. Each of these trials will utilize our second-generation INOpulse® delivery system, which received EC Certification granting CE Marking earlier this year and has enhanced features that support compliance,” concluded Mr. Peacock.
Key Highlights in the Second Quarter and Subsequent Weeks, Included:
- Enrolled the first patient in Bellerophon’s Phase 3 INOvation-1 clinical trial to treat PAH. The first patient was enrolled in June by Jeremy Feldman, MD, Principal Investigator at Arizona Pulmonary Associates, Ltd.
- Enrolled the first patient in the Company’s Phase 2 trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the INOpulse® delivery system in patients with PH-IPF in collaboration with Professor W. De Backer, MD, Director Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital and University of Antwerp.
- Received Belgian health authority approval in July to commence the planned Phase 2 trial for INOpulse to treat PH-COPD. This follows results from the Company’s Phase 2a study and proof of mechanism work, which indicated that INOpulse could be both safe and effective in PH-COPD.
- The positive results of a trial conducted in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the University Hospital Antwerp, by Professor W. De Backer, MD and Bellerophon, were published in July in the peer-reviewed International Journal of COPD (Hajian et al., Pulmonary vascular effects of pulsed inhaled nitric oxide in COPD patients with pulmonary hypertension, International Journal of COPD, 2016, 11:1533-1541).
- Entered into an At Market Issuance Sales Agreement, or ATM Offering, with FBR Capital Markets & Co., which allows Bellerophon to issue and sell common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $5.7 million. During the second quarter ended June 30, 2016, Bellerophon received $0.7 million in gross proceeds from such sales and during July 2016, received another $1.5 million.
Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2016, Bellerophon reduced its net loss to $5.1 million, a 56 percent decrease from $11.6 million net loss reported in the second quarter 2015.
Research and development expenses for the second quarter declined 53 percent to $4.0 million, from $8.4 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to the termination of the BCM development program in 2015 and the related reduction in infrastructure.
General and administrative expenses (G&A) for the second quarter of 2016 declined 65 percent to $1.2 million, from $3.4 million a year ago. G&A expenses were lower primarily as a result of lower expenses payable to Ikaria, Inc. as a result of the termination in September 2015 of the transition services agreement and a 2015 restructuring program that reduced personnel costs for 2016.
At June 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $13.7 million, which included the issuance of 293,927 shares of common stock, at a weighted average price of $2.33 per share, under the ATM Offering that resulted in gross proceeds to the Company of $0.7 million. This compared to cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $24.5 million at December 31, 2015. The Company believes it has sufficient funds to satisfy its operating cash needs for at least the next 12 months.