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Clene Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Recent Operating Highlights

May 8, 2024
  • Data from long-term extension of Phase 2 VISIONARY-MS clinical trial of CNM-Au8® demonstrated significant evidence of repair and remyelination across multiple paraclinical endpoints (change from original baseline, p<0.05)
  • Peer-reviewed publication characterized the protein corona of CNM-Au8
  • Company received sub-award of $7.3 million from NIH grant for ALS Expanded Access Program
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $27.9 million as of March 31, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY, May 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clene Inc. (Nasdaq: CLNN) (along with its subsidiaries, “Clene”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Clene Nanomedicine, Inc., a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on revolutionizing the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS), today announced its first quarter 2024 financial results and provided recent operating highlights for the CNM-Au8 clinical program for MS.

“In the first quarter our team worked diligently to advance our FDA discussions in ALS while continuing to generate more data supporting the neurological benefits and mechanism of action of CNM-Au8,” said Rob Etherington, President and CEO of Clene. “We look forward to a productive and collaborative FDA meeting by mid-2024 and laying the groundwork towards filing of a New Drug Application in the second half of the year. Additionally, we are very pleased to see the recent data from our long-term extension of the VISIONARY-MS study. These data represent significant evidence of repair and remyelination across multiple paraclinical endpoints and provide us with greater support for the continued clinical evaluation of CNM-Au8 for this important indication.”

First Quarter 2024 and Recent Operating Highlights

CNM-Au8 for the treatment of MS

  • In April, the Company announced at the 2024 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting clinical data demonstrating that long-term CNM-Au8 treatment produced significant evidence of repair and remyelination across multiple paraclinical endpoints. Participants originally randomized to CNM-Au8 treatment experienced continued significant improvement in vision as measured by low contrast letter acuity. More than half of participants improved by 10 or more letters on a low-contrast Sloan eye chart, with increases of up to 38 letters (mixed model repeat measures, or MMRM vs. original baseline, p < 0.001). Study participants treated with CNM-Au8 also experienced up to 29 points of significant improvement (max score =110) in cognition and working memory as measured by the Symbol Digit Modality Test (SDMT) (MMRM vs. original baseline, p < 0.001). Study participants treated with CNM-Au8 also demonstrated functional and structural evidence of repair and remyelination.

    The presentation of Visionary-MS long-term extension results presented at the 2024 AAN Annual Meeting is available here.

Corporate Updates

  • In April, the Company entered into a grant sub-award agreement with Columbia University pursuant to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Grant that includes reimbursement of Company expenses for the NIH Expanded Access Program (EAP) in an amount up to $7.3 million during the period from September 25, 2023 to August 31, 2024. In October 2023, the Company announced a four-year, $45.1 million grant from the NIH in collaboration with Columbia University and Synapticure, a neurology specialty health clinic, that is intended to support an EAP for CNM-Au8 treatment of ALS. Disbursement of funds will be paid to Clene based on invoice submissions for reimbursement on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  • In March, Clene announced the publication “Protein Corona Composition of Gold Nanocatalysts” in the journal ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, a journal of the American Chemical Society that publishes innovative and impactful research with translational relevance across a broad spectrum of biological sciences. This corona is an important feature of CNM-Au8’s neuroprotective mechanism of action and enables the drug’s longevity in circulation without provoking an inflammatory response.

The full publication can be accessed here:

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Clene’s cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $27.9 million as of March 31, 2024, compared to $35.0 million as of December 31, 2023. Clene expects that its resources as of March 31, 2024, will be sufficient to fund its operations into the fourth quarter of 2024.

Research and development expenses were $5.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, compared to $7.4 million for the same period in 2023. The year-over-year decrease was primarily related to lower expenses related the HEALEY ALS Platform Trial and the RESCUE-ALS, REPAIR-MS, REPAIR-PD, VISIONARY-MS and its long-term extension, and COVID-19 clinical trials, partially offset by an increase in expenses related to the two ongoing EAPs.

General and administrative expenses were $3.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, compared to $3.4 million for the same period in 2023.

Total other expense was $1.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, compared to total other expense of $1.0 million for the same period in 2023. The year-over-year increase in expense was primarily attributable to the change in the fair value of our common stock warrant liabilities associated with warrants issued in our financing in June 2023 and warrants issued to Avenue Capital related to our debt facility amendment in June 2023.

Clene reported a net loss of $11.1 million, or $0.09 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, compared to a net loss of $11.8 million, or $0.15 per share, for the same period in 2023.

About Clene
Clene Inc., (Nasdaq: CLNN) (along with its subsidiaries, “Clene”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Clene Nanomedicine, Inc., is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving mitochondrial health and protecting neuronal function to treat neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. CNM-Au8® is an investigational first-in-class therapy that improves central nervous system cells’ survival and function via a mechanism that targets mitochondrial function and the NAD pathway while reducing oxidative stress. CNM-Au8® is a federally registered trademark of Clene Nanomedicine, Inc. The company is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, with R&D and manufacturing operations in Maryland. For more information, please visit or follow us on X and LinkedIn.

About CNM-Au8®
CNM-Au8 is an oral suspension of gold nanocrystals developed to restore neuronal health and function by increasing energy production and utilization. The catalytically active nanocrystals of CNM-Au8 drive critical cellular energy producing reactions that enable neuroprotection and remyelination by increasing neuronal and glial resilience to disease-relevant stressors. CNM-Au8® is a federally registered trademark of Clene Nanomedicine, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements
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(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended March 31, 
 2024  2023 
Product revenue$44  $64 
Royalty revenue 29   43 
Total revenue 73   107 
Operating expenses:       
Cost of revenue 16   5 
Research and development 5,869   7,395 
General and administrative 3,420   3,439 
Total operating expenses 9,305   10,839 
Loss from operations (9,232)  (10,732)
Other income (expense), net:       
Interest income 359   172 
Interest expense (1,244)  (1,066)
Commitment share expense    (399)
Change in fair value of common stock warrant liabilities (1,309)   
Change in fair value of Clene Nanomedicine contingent earn-out liability 53   (55)
Change in fair value of Initial Stockholders contingent earn-out liability 7   (7)
Research and development tax credits and unrestricted grants 286   314 
Other income, net    3 
Total other income (expense), net (1,848)  (1,038)
Net loss before income taxes (11,080)  (11,770)
Income tax benefit     
Net loss (11,080)  (11,770)
Other comprehensive income (loss):       
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities (4)  14 
Foreign currency translation adjustments (55)  4 
Total other comprehensive income (loss) (59)  18 
Comprehensive loss$(11,139) $(11,752)
Net loss per share – basic and diluted$(0.09) $(0.15)
Weighted average common shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share 128,427,231   76,049,665 

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 March 31,  December 31, 
 2024  2023 
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$21,732  $28,821 
Marketable securities 6,178   6,179 
Accounts receivable 64   143 
Inventory 37   37 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,100   3,672 
Total current assets 32,111   38,852 
Restricted cash 58   58 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 4,046   4,168 
Property and equipment, net 8,854   9,263 
TOTAL ASSETS$45,069  $52,341 
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable$1,645  $1,504 
Accrued liabilities 3,905   3,720 
Operating lease obligations, current portion 599   576 
Finance lease obligations, current portion 7   27 
Notes payable, current portion 14,987   14,627 
Convertible notes payable, current portion 5,042   4,876 
Total current liabilities 26,185   25,330 
Operating lease obligations, net of current portion 4,720   4,903 
Notes payable, net of current portion 1,820   1,894 
Convertible notes payable, net of current portion 5,265   5,258 
Common stock warrant liabilities 2,790   1,481 
Clene Nanomedicine contingent earn-out liability 22   75 
Initial Stockholders contingent earn-out liability 3   10 
TOTAL LIABILITIES 40,805   38,951 
Commitments and contingencies       
Stockholders’ equity:       
Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 300,000,000 and 300,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively; 128,433,721 and 128,422,851 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively 13   13 
Additional paid-in capital 257,914   255,901 
Accumulated deficit (253,803)  (242,723)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 140   199