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Capital from upsized IPO plus substantial NIA grants supports clinical progress of novel small-molecule σ-2 modulators into new indications
PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative, small molecule therapeutics targeting age-related degenerative diseases and disorders of the central nervous system and retina (the “Company” or “Cognition”), today reported consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021. In addition, accomplishments from the last quarter are highlighted and include corporate activities and clinical development efforts to advance the Company’s pipeline of sigma-2 (σ-2) receptor modulators, including lead candidate, CT1812, which is currently being assessed in a comprehensive Phase 2 program in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
"Cognition Therapeutics has recently delivered on numerous milestones, the most significant of which was the completion of an upsized initial public offering and a listing on Nasdaq,” stated Lisa Ricciardi, president and CEO of Cognition Therapeutics. “In addition to capital from our IPO, we were recently awarded grant funding from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) to support a human absorption, metabolism and excretion (hAME) study for CT1812 as well as our planned Phase 2 study of CT1812 in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and our ongoing Phase 2 SHINE study in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding, Cognition has been awarded more than $168 million in non-dilutive funding to support its clinical programs. These grants allowed us to make progress in our programs and efficiently leverage our equity capital.”
Financial and Corporate Highlights:
Upsized initial public offering: Completed upsized IPO, which closed on October 13th. In addition, the underwriters’ overallotment option to purchase an additional 565,217 shares of the Company’s common stock was exercised in full two weeks prior to expiration of the 45-day option period. The closing of the overallotment shares occurred on November 12th and brought aggregate gross proceeds from the IPO to approximately $52 million.
Alzheimer’s disease award: Cognition was awarded a $13.6 million grant from the NIA to supplement the ongoing Phase 2 SHINE (COG0201) study of CT1812 for the treatment of people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia with Lewy bodies award: Cognition was awarded a $30.0 million grant from the NIA, which will support the planned Phase 2 study of CT1812 in DLB. Clinical sites will be initiated pending discussion with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Management and Board Appointments: Ellen B. Richstone was appointed to the Company’s board of directors and will chair the board’s audit committee. In addition, Anthony Caggiano, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed to the new position of chief medical officer and head of R&D. In this combined role, Dr. Caggiano will be responsible for overseeing the completion of Phase 2 trials of CT1812 for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease and analyzing data readouts. In addition, he will be responsible for initiating proof-of-concept trials in dry AMD and DLB and advancing preclinical compounds into IND-enabling studies for the treatment of neurodegenerative indications such as Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Caggiano added, “Our lead candidate, CT1812, has made substantial progress in Alzheimer’s disease and will soon be advanced into studies for DLB and dry AMD. We’re excited to work with our principal investigator, James Galvin, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to open clinical trial sites for our planned Phase 2 study, which will assess the role of σ-2 modulation in DLB. This study is an important first step in a clinical program that we hope will provide patients and their caregivers with a disease-modifying therapeutic for this disease.”
Ms. Ricciardi concluded, "With the capital from our IPO and the invaluable support from the NIA, we are continuing our work to deliver transformative therapeutics to patients with neurological disorders. We look forward to continuing to share our developments as we progress in the remainder of the year and into 2022."
Three- and Nine-Month Financial Results
For the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, research and development expenses were $3.7 million, an increase of $0.3 million, or 8.1%, over the prior year. General and administrative expenses were $1.6 million, an increase of $0.5 million or 45.8% over the prior year. The net loss attributable to common stockholders was $5.0 million compared to $2.9 million the prior year period. Net loss per share was $8.12 compared to $5.31 in the prior year period.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, research and development expenses were $13.0 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 35.4%, over the prior year. General and administrative expenses were $3.8 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 2.8%, over the prior year. The net loss attributable to common stockholders was $8.7 million compared to $9.1 million in the prior year period. Net loss per share was $14.87 compared to $18.34 in the prior year period.
Net cash used in operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 totaled $3.7 million while net cash provided by financing activities was $6.8 million.
Cash and cash equivalents were $8.3 million at September 30, 2021 and did not include the gross proceeds from the IPO of $52.0 million, which was received subsequent to the quarter end. The Company estimates that it has sufficient cash to fund operations and capital expenditures for the next twenty-four months.
About Cognition Therapeutics:
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative, small molecule therapeutics targeting age-related degenerative diseases and disorders of the central nervous system, or CNS, and retina. Our goal is to develop disease modifying treatments for patients with these degenerative disorders by initially leveraging our expertise in the σ-2 (sigma-2) receptor, or S2R, which is expressed by multiple cell types, including neuronal synapses, and acts as a key regulator of cellular damage commonly associated with certain age-related degenerative diseases of the CNS and retina. We believe that targeting the S2R complex represents a mechanism that is functionally distinct from other current approaches in clinical development for the treatment of degenerative diseases.
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