Enrollment in CAReS Study in patients with cancer anorexia on track to deliver first data readout by calendar year-end
$10.0 Million of Cash and Cash Equivalents as of May 31, 2021
SOLANA BEACH, Calif., July 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Artelo Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTL), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics that target lipid-signaling pathways, including the endocannabinoid system, today reported financial and operating results for the third fiscal 2021 quarter ended May 31, 2021 and provided a business update.
“We are making substantial progress enrolling patients in the ongoing Phase 1/2 Cancer Appetite Recovery Study (CAReS) of our lead drug candidate, ART27.13,” stated, Gregory D. Gorgas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Artelo Biosciences. “ART27.13 represents a novel mechanism-based strategy to stimulate appetite and weight gain that could significantly benefit patients with cancer anorexia.”
Cancer anorexia represents a global unmet need with a current market valued in excess of $2 billion despite no standard of care. As previously noted, up to 50% of cancer deaths are attributed to anorexia associated with the disease and currently there are no regulatory approved therapies in North America or Europe with an indication to treat cancer anorexia.
“We also continue to advance our two preclinical assets towards clinical development for the treatment of cancer,” added Gorgas. ART12.11 is a patented cocrystal of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetramethylpyrazine (TMP), which may have the potential to prevent cancer cell growth and kill cancer cells. The Company also continues to generate data on its FABP5 inhibitor, ART26.12, as a potential anti-cancer treatment, supported by FABP5's emerging utility as a biomarker.
Artelo ended the third quarter with over $10.0 million of cash and cash equivalents. This level of funding is projected to enable the Company to execute on a number of key upcoming milestones before the end of 2021 and into 2022, including readout of the Phase 1b stage of the CAReS study.
Presented a poster at the 31st Annual International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) Symposium featuring ART27.13 as a novel mechanism-based strategy to stimulate appetite and weight gain known to arise from CB1 receptor activation that could significantly benefit patients with cancer anorexia.
Presented a poster at ICRS related to Artelo’s ART12.11 CBD Cocrystal and the potential to prevent cancer cell growth and kill cancer cells through co-administration of CBD and TMP.
Dosed first patient in CAReS study with ART27.13 for the treatment of cancer-related anorexia and weight loss.
Announced positive laboratory data associated with proprietary CBD cocrystal demonstrating co-administration of CBD and TMP can confer ART12.11 with a more desirable pharmacodynamic profile compared to either CBD or TMP alone.
Appointed Tamara A. Seymour, CPA, to Artelo’s Board of Directors and to serve on the Audit Committee.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results:
Operating expenses, for the three months ended May 31, 2021 were $2,251,412 compared to $951,395 for the same period in 2020. The Company’s operating expenses were primarily related to increased research and development activities, professional fees for ongoing regulatory requirements, and general and administrative expenses, which included $618,358 in non-cash stock-based compensation expense.
Net loss was approximately $2,249,792, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended May 31, 2021 compared to a net loss of $951,191, or $0.27 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended May 31, 2020.
As of May 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $10,052,288 in cash and cash equivalents.
About Artelo Biosciences
Artelo Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics targeting lipid-signaling pathways, including the endocannabinoid system. Artelo is rapidly advancing a portfolio of broadly applicable product candidates designed to address significant unmet needs in multiple diseases and conditions, including anorexia, cancer, PTSD, pain, and inflammation. The Company applies leading edge scientific, regulatory, and commercial discipline to develop high-impact therapies. More information is available at www.artelobio.com and Twitter: @ArteloBio.
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