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InflaRx Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial & Operating Results

  • IFX-1: New long-term efficacy data from Phase IIa clinical trial in Hidradenitis Suppurativa presented; approval granted to initiate Phase IIa trial in Canada in Pyoderma Gangraenosum; first patient treated in AAV EU trial
  • Corporate: U.S. operations expanded and new Non-Executive Director proposed
  • Cash and cash equivalents plus securities and other investments of €150.1 million as of March 31, 2019

JENA, Germany, May 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx (IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, today reported financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“It is an exciting time for InflaRx, as we await top-line results from our Phase IIb trial with IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa, our lead indication,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “While we look forward to these HS results, we have also continued to execute within our other clinical development programs.  We now have Phase II trials in ANCA-associated vasculitis ongoing in both Europe and the US, and expect to initiate the Phase IIa trial in Pyoderma Gangraenosum in short order. I am pleased with the company’s continued development, and with the addition of key new hires, and the steadfast support of our shareholders. I believe that we are well positioned to exploit the potential of our anti-C5a antibody technology to pursue additional high-value pipeline opportunities going forward.”

Q1 2019 corporate highlights

  • Expanded U.S. operations with opening of corporate office in New York City and hiring of senior executives.
  • Richard Brudnick, CBO of Codiak BioSciences, appointed as Non-Executive Director, subject to shareholder approval at the upcoming annual general meeting, which will take place on  May 23, 2019. He is currently serving as a Non-Voting Observer.
  • New data with IFX-1 from completed Phase IIa trial in Hidradenitis Suppurativa, or HS presented at the 8th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation. The retrospective long-term data showed sustained remissions and median time to first flare of almost seven months, after only eight weeks of treatment.
  • Approval granted by Health Canada to initiate a Phase IIa clinical trial evaluating IFX-1 in Pyoderma Gangraenosum, a debilitating, rare autoimmune disease marked by large, painful ulcers. This is the third inflammatory disease for which InflaRx is developing IFX-1. InflaRx plans to start enrollment in due course.
  • In May, InflaRx started a second Phase II study with IFX-1 in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis. The first patient has been treated in the IXchange trial. The trial is planned to enroll approximately 80 patients at about 60 sites in up to 12 European countries and Russia.
  • IFX-1 subcutaneous version. We are continuing our preclinical development of a subcutaneous version of IFX-1 specifically for the treatment of HS and potentially other indications.

Q1 2019 financial highlights

Cash and cash equivalents plus securities and other investments totaled €150.1 million as of March 31, 2019, compared to €156.4 million as of December 31, 2018. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to €47.2 million as of March 31, 2019 (December 31, 2018: €55.4 million) and marketable securities €102.9 million (December 31, 2018: €100.9 million).

Net cash used in operating activities increased to €8.5 million in Q1 2019, compared to €5.7 million in Q1 2018, mainly due to the increase of cash expenses, such as third-party expenses for manufacturing and clinical trials for our lead program IFX-1 and personnel expenses at InflaRx.

Research and development expenses increased to €7.7 million for Q1 2019 (Q1 2018: €5.5 million). The principal drivers of the increase were CRO expenses associated with preclinical studies and clinical trials conducted for IFX-1 as well as manufacturing costs.

General and administrative expenses amounted to €3.3 million in Q1 2019, compared to €3.0 million in Q1 2018. This increase is primarily attributable to an increase in employee-related costs.

Net financial result in Q1 2019 (€1.1 million) consisted of €0.8 million interest income and €0.3 million net exchange gain, compared to a net financial loss of €1.9 million in Q1 2018. This was mainly due to lower foreign exchange losses of our U.S. Dollar term deposits (€2.1 million) and higher interest income (€0.5 million).

Net loss for the first quarter of 2019 was €9.8 million or €0.38 per common share (basic and diluted), compared to €10.3 million or €0.43 per common share (basic and diluted) in Q1 2018.

Additional information regarding these results is included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of and for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, which can be found on the InflaRx website in the Investors section.

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive loss
for the three months ended March 31,2018 and March 31, 2019
  March 31,
  March 31,
  (in thousands of €, except for per share data)
Operating Expenses          
Research and development expenses (7,695 )   (5,474 )
General and administrative expenses (3,301 )   (3,005 )
Total Operating Expenses (10,996 )   (8,479 )
Other income 65     82  
Other expenses (4 )   (12 )
Operating Result (10,935 )   (8,409 )
Finance income 1,159     265  
Finance expenses (62 )   (2,188 )
Net financial Result 1,097     (1,924 )
Loss for the period (9,838 )   (10,333 )
Share information          
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 25,964     23,812  
Loss per share in euro (basic/diluted) € (0.38)     € (0.43)  
Loss for the period (9,838 )   (10,333 )
Other comprehensive income that may be re­clas­si­fied to profit or loss in subsequent periods:          
Exchange differences on
translation of foreign operations
2,318     0  
Total comprehensive loss (7,520 )   (10,332 )

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Condensed consolidated statements of financial position as of March 31, 2019 and 
December 31, 2018
  March 31,
  December 31,
  (in thousands of €)
Non-current assets          
Property, plant and equipment 1,398     625  
Intangible assets 325     223  
Non-current financial assets 215     207  
Total non-current assets 1,939     1,055  
Current assets          
Current other assets 2,170     1,589  
Current financial assets 103,686     101,184  
Cash and cash equivalents 47,163     55,386  
Total current assets 153,019     158,159  
TOTAL ASSETS 154,958     159,214  
Issued capital 3,116     3,116  
Share premium 211,022     211,022  
Other capital reserves 20,408     18,310  
Accumulated deficit (90,945 )   (81,107 )
Other components of equity 2,368     50  
Total equity 145,968     151,391  
Non-current liabilities          
Lease liabilities 460      
Provisions 57     57  
Government grants 10     11  
Total non-current liabilities 526     68  
Current liabilities          
Lease liabilities 218      
Employee Benefits 455     788  
Social securities and other current tax liabilities 768     310  
Trade and other payables 7,022     6,657  
Total current liabilities 8,463     7,756  
Total Liabilities 8,990     7,824  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 154,958     159,214  

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of changes in shareholders’ equity for
the three months ended March 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019

of equity
  (in thousands of €)                   
Balance January 1, 2019 3,116   211,022   18,310   (81,107 )   50   151,391  
Loss for the period       (9,838 )     (9,838 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations           2,318   2,318  
Total comprehensive loss       (9,838 )   2,318   (7,520 )
Transactions with owners of InflaRx                          
Equity-settled share-based payment     2,098         2,098  
Total Contributions     2,098         2,098  
Changes in ownership interests                          
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx     2,098         2,098  
Balance at March 31, 2019* 3,116   211,022   20,408   (90,945 )   2,368   145,968  
Balance January 1, 2018 2,858   161,639   6,225   (51,293 )     119,429  
Loss for the period       (10,333 )     (10,333 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations           0   0  
Total comprehensive loss       (10,333 )   0   (10,333 )
Transactions with owners of InflaRx                          
Equity-settled share-based payment     2,937         2,937  
Total Contributions     2,937         2,937  
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx     2,937         2,937  
Balance at March 31, 2018* 2,858   161,639   9,163   (61,625 )     112,034  
* unaudited                          

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the three months
ended March 31 2018 and 2019
  March 31,

    March 31,

  (in thousands of €)
Operating activities          
Loss for the period (9,838 )   (10,333 )
Adjustments for:          
Depreciation & Amortization 117     22  
Net financial result (1,097 )   1,923  
Share based payment expense 2,098     2,938  
other non-cash adjustments 81     (25 )
Changes in:          
Current other assets (591 )   247  
Current financial assets 0     (150 )
Employee benefits (334 )   (37 )
Social securities and other current tax liabilities 457     0  
Trade and other payables 365     (601 )
Interest received 242     265  
Interest paid (8 )   0  
Net cash flows from operating activities (8,498 )   (5,751 )
Investing activities          
Cash outflow from the purchase of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment (254 )   (93 )
Cash outflow for the investment in non-current  other financial assets (11 )   (36 )
Proceeds from the disposal of non-current other financial assets 3      
Net cash flows used in investing activities (262 )   (129 )
Financing activities          
Repayment of leasing debt (55 )    
Net cash flows from financing activities (55 )    
Effect of exchange rate changes 592     (2,163 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents (8,223 )   (8,042 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 55,386     123,282  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 47,163     115,240  

About IFX-1:
IFX-1 is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, IFX-1 leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. IFX-1 has been demonstrated to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response in pre-clinical studies. IFX-1 is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development and has, to date, successfully completed three clinical Phase II studies. More than 150 people have been treated with IFX-1 in these completed clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for various inflammatory indications, including Hidradenitis Suppurativa, ANCA-associated vasculitis and Pyoderma Gangraenosum.

About InflaRx N.V.:
InflaRx (IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a technology to discover and develop first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a. Complement C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007 and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI and New York, NY, USA.  For further information please visit www.inflarx.com.

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