Clene Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Recent Operating Highlights
- Topline results from the Phase 2 VISIONARY-MS clinical trial with CNM- Au8® met the primary and secondary endpoints of Low Contrast Letter Acuity (LCLA) and modified Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (mMSFC) compared to placebo over 48 weeks in the mITT population
- Updated data from RESCUE-ALS demonstrate a statistically significant decrease in mortality in participants who entered open-label extension study ( 5 CNM-Au8 deaths vs. 14 placebo deaths, HR=0.301, p=0.0143)
- Topline results from HEALEY ALS Platform Trial expected this quarter
- Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $26.3 million as of June 30, 2022
- Entered into a $3.0 million loan facility from State of Maryland to support development of commercial manufacturing facility
SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clene Inc. (Nasdaq: CLNN) (along with its subsidiaries, “Clene”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Clene Nanomedicine Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on revolutionizing the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, today reported its second quarter 2022 and recent operating highlights.
“We are on the cusp of a transformative period for the Company as we await a key data readout in ALS for our lead asset, CNM-Au8®,” said Rob Etherington, President and CEO of Clene. “The ALS patient population is desperate for new treatments to help mitigate the disease course and following the statistically significant survival benefits demonstrated in our open label trial, we are hopeful that we can deliver an effective therapy for people living with ALS.”
Second Quarter 2022 and Recent Operating Highlights
CNM-Au8®, a gold nanocrystal suspension, for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Topline data from the HEALEY ALS Platform Trial, led by the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital, are expected this quarter.
- Demonstrated statistically significant reduction in mortality in the open-label extension of the RESCUE-ALS trial. As of the July 5, 2022, data cutoff, early CNM-Au8 treatment resulted in a significant survival benefit (5 CNM-Au8 deaths vs. 14 placebo deaths, HR=0.301, p=0.0143). CNM-Au8 was well-tolerated, and the safety profile was consistent with previously reported data.
- Received European Orphan Drug Designation for CNM-Au8 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP).
- Presented five posters from the RESCUE-ALS trial at the European Network to Cure ALS (ENCALS) conference on June 1-3, 2022. The data included information on the neuroprotective efficacy and survival benefits of CNM-Au8 in ALS as well as on patient quality of life and biomarker data. The posters are available in the Scientific Posters & Presentations section of the Clene website.
- Clene continues to support expanded access programs, providing CNM-Au8 treatment at five clinical sites for up to 55 total participants with ALS.
CNM-Au8 for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Reported topline results from the Phase 2 VISIONARY-MS clinical trial with CNM-Au8 that met the primary and secondary endpoints of LCLA and mMSFC compared to placebo over 48 weeks in a modified intent to treat (mITT) population.
- Primary endpoint: LCLA letter change in the clinically affected eye (least squares [LS] mean difference, 3.13; 95% CI: -0.08 to 6.33, p = 0.056)
- Secondary outcomes:
- mMSFC mean standardized change (LS mean difference, 0.28; 95% CI: 0.04 to 0.52, p = 0.0207)
- mMSFC average rank score (LS mean difference, 13.38; 95% CI: 2.83 to 23.94, p = 0.0138)
- Time to first repeated clinical improvement to Week 48 (45% vs. 29%, log-rank p=0.3991)
- CNM-Au8 treatment was well-tolerated and there were no significant safety findings reported.
- Results provide support to advance CNM-Au8 into Phase 3 clinical development.
- As announced in February 2022, the trial was stopped prematurely due to COVID-19 pandemic operational challenges, limiting enrollment to 73 out of the 150 planned participants. Due to the limited enrollment, the threshold for significance was pre-specified at p=0.10 prior to database lock. The primary analysis was conducted in a modified intent to treat (mITT) population, which censored invalid data. The mITT population excluded data from a single site (n=9) with LCLA testing execution errors and the timed 25-foot walk data from one subject with a change in mobility assist device. The ITT results were directionally consistent with the mITT results, although the ITT results were not significant.
- Clene has initiated a second cohort of the more severe non-active, progressive MS population in the REPAIR-MS Phase 2 clinical trial to confirm target engagement following the target engagement demonstrated in the first cohort of relapsing MS patients.
CNM-ZnAg for the treatment of COVID-19
- Topline results for the ZnAg COVID Phase 2 clinical trial in acutely symptomatic, non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Brazil are expected this quarter.
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Clene’s cash, cash equivalents and marketable investments securities totaled $26.3 million as of June 30, 2022, compared to $50.3 million as of December 31, 2021.
Research and development expenses were $9.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2021. The year-over-year increase is primarily attributable to the development of CNM-Au8 and CNM-ZnAg (including the rapid completion of the COVID study due to a viral wave leading to increased patient recruitment), rent expense for the newly-leased facility in Elkton, Maryland, and personnel expenses due to increased headcount as a result primarily of increased manufacturing hours, partially offset by decreased stock-based compensation expense.
General and administrative expenses were $4.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to $6.9 million for the same period in 2021. The year-over-year decrease is primarily attributable to a decrease in directors’ and officers’ insurance costs, stock-based compensation expense and other general and administrative costs, including decreases in investor relations, accounting and consulting fees. These decreases were offset by increases in personnel compensation due to increased headcount as well as increases on other miscellaneous general and administrative expenses.
Clene reported a net loss of $4.5 million, or $0.07 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.05 per share, for the same period in 2021. Included in net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, is an unrealized gain from the change in fair value of contingent earn-out liabilities of $9.4 million, compared to an unrealized gain of $9.9 million in the prior year period.
Clene is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on revolutionizing the treatment of neurodegenerative disease by targeting energetic failure, an underlying cause of many neurological diseases. The company is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, with R&D and manufacturing operations in Maryland. For more information, please visit www.clene.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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.
CNM-ZnAg, a proprietary zinc-silver ionic solution, has demonstrated broad antiviral and antimicrobial activity.
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Ignacio Guerrero-Ros, Ph.D., or David Schull
Russo Partners, LLC
Source: Clene Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Cost of revenue||—||555||—||798|
|Research and development||9,166||6,472||17,746||12,747|
|General and administrative||4,464||6,949||9,250||12,339|
|Total operating expenses||13,630||13,976||26,996||25,884|
|Loss from operations||(13,595||)||(13,775||)||(26,931||)||(25,470||)|
|Other income (expense), net:|
|Gain on extinguishment of notes payable||—||—||—||647|
|Gain on termination of lease||—||—||420||—|
|Change in fair value of common stock warrant liability||20||133||2||133|
|Change in fair value of Clene Nanomedicine contingent earn-out||8,310||8,640||8,253||(16,970||)|
|Change in fair value of Initial Stockholders contingent earn-out||1,066||1,232||1,054||(1,729||)|
|Australia research and development credit||356||375||655||714|
|Other income (expense), net||60||(2||)||192||1|
|Total other income (expense), net||9,061||10,352||9,043||(17,781||)|
|Net loss before income taxes||(4,534||)||(3,423||)||(17,888||)||(43,251||)|
|Income tax benefit||—||72||—||144|
|Other comprehensive loss:|
|Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities||(37||)||—||(87||)||—|
|Foreign currency translation adjustments||(110||)||(61||)||(60||)||(37||)|
|Total other comprehensive loss||(147||)||(61||)||(147||)||(37||)|
|Net loss per share-- basic and diluted||$||(0.07||)||$||(0.05||)||$||(0.28||)||$||(0.71||)|
|Weighted average common shares used to compute
basic and diluted net loss per share
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,253||$||50,288|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||5,194||4,205|
|Total current assets||31,587||54,583|
|Property and equipment, net||8,089||5,172|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Operating lease obligations, current portion||440||347|
|Finance lease obligations, current portion||123||146|
|Total current liabilities||7,655||6,026|
|Operating lease obligations, net of current portion||5,858||4,370|
|Finance lease obligations, net of current portion||55||97|
|Convertible notes payable||4,709||4,598|
|Common stock warrant liability||167||474|
|Clene Nanomedicine contingent earn-out||9,847||18,100|
|Initial Stockholders contingent earn-out||1,263||2,317|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Stockholders’ equity (deficit):|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 150,000,000 shares authorized;
63,421,908 and 62,312,097 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022
and December 31, 2021, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||180,534||175,659|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||86||233|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)||(563||)||12,597|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||44,542||$||63,063|
Source: Clene Inc.