Company to host webcast and conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET
MORRISVILLE, N.C., Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liquidia Corporation (NASDAQ: LQDA) (“Liquidia” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022. The Company will host a webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the second quarter 2022 financial results and provide a corporate update.
Roger Jeffs, Liquidia’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We continue to work towards the goal of launching YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder as soon as possible upon resolution of the Hatch-Waxman litigation. It is encouraging to see the momentum and excitement building within the Company, between securing key wins on the legal front and bringing in new hires to help us achieve our near-term and long-term goals. We look forward to launching the next chapter in the Company’s evolution pending the final approval of YUTREPIA.”
Strengthened financial position through equity transactions to support commercialization and pipeline activity. In April, the Company closed on the sale of 11,274,510 shares of common stock in an underwritten registered public offering at an offering price of $5.10 per share with 19% of shares sold to Company insiders. The net proceeds of approximately $54.5 million helped to increase the total cash on-hand to $103.8 million at the end of second quarter 2022. The Company is positioned to launch YUTREPIA, pending final regulatory approval, as well as advance additional development efforts. The Company was also added as a member of the US small-cap Russell 2000® Index as part of the 2022 Russell indexes reconstitution in June.
Confirmed the regulatory path to seeking a second indication for YUTREPIA in 2024. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that the Company is not required to conduct additional studies when seeking the indication to treat pulmonary hypertension associated with interstitial lung disease (PH-ILD). The Company can submit a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for YUTREPIA and could potentially receive approval for the additional indication upon the expiration in March 2024 of regulatory exclusivity granted to Tyvaso® (treprostinil) inhalation solution.
Completed trial proceedings in Hatch-Waxman litigation and received favorable ruling in inter partes review (IPR). The Company is actively involved in Hatch-Waxman litigation brought by United Therapeutics Corporation (UTC), which asserted at trial the infringement of U.S. patents 9,593,066 (the ‘066 Patent) and 10,716,793 (the ‘793 Patent). At the conclusion of the trial in March 2022, the Court set a post-trial briefing schedule, which was completed on June 15, 2022. The Company currently expects that a decision regarding the Hatch-Waxman litigation will be issued prior to the expiration of the 30-month regulatory stay by October 27, 2022.
In a concurrent IPR proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found in July 2022 that all the claims of the ’793 patent have been shown to be unpatentable. The PTAB’s decision does not resolve the on-going Hatch-Waxman litigation and would not override an order of the District Court unless and until the decision of the PTAB is affirmed on appeal.
Continued to build team with key hires in R&D and Commercial. In June, Rajeev Saggar, M.D, joined as Chief Medical Officer. With more than 15 years of experience as a practicing pulmonologist, Dr. Saggar’s expertise in researching and treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), pulmonary hypertension with interstitial lung disease (PH-ILD) and other rare diseases will help the Company fully explore the benefits of YUTREPIA and inform the product portfolio. Additionally, the commercial team continued to expand with key hires in sales and marketing roles as the organization prepares for the potential launch of YUTREPIA.
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Cash totaled $103.8 million as of June 30, 2022, compared to $57.5 million as of December 31, 2021.
Revenue was $3.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $3.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Revenue related primarily to the sale of Treprostinil Injection under the Promotion Agreement. During the three months ended June 30, 2022, the profit split percentage we received under the Promotion Agreement was 50%, whereas during the three months ended June 30, 2021, the profit split percentage was 80%. This decrease in profit split percentage was offset by an increase in the number of units sold.
Cost of revenue was $0.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $0.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Cost of revenue related to the Promotion Agreement as noted above.
Research and development expenses were $5.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared with $4.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase of $0.6 million or 14% was primarily due a $0.3 million increase in expenses related to our YUTREPIA program, which had higher manufacturing costs offset by lower clinical costs, and a $0.3 million increase in personnel expenses associated with a one-time severance charge. During the three months ended June 30, 2022, we incurred $1.9 million of expenses related to YUTREPIA, of which approximately $0.8 million directly related to manufacturing in preparation for potential commercialization compared to $1.6 million during the three months ended June 30, 2021.
General and administrative expenses were $6.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared with $4.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase of $2.5 million or 57% was primarily due to a $1.6 million increase in commercial, marketing, and personnel expenses in preparation for the potential commercialization of YUTREPIA.
Other Expenses net total was $0.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared with $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase of $0.3 million was primarily due to a $0.3 million increase in interest expense due to a higher debt balance and interest rate on our debt from Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement dated as of January 7, 2022 with Silicon Valley Bank and Innovation.
Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2022, was $9.4 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.5 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2021.
Tyvaso® is a registered trademark of United Therapeutics Corporation.
About YUTREPIA™(treprostinil) inhalation powder
YUTREPIA is an investigational, inhaled dry powder formulation of treprostinil delivered through a proven, convenient, palm-sized device. On November 5, 2021, the FDA issued a tentative approval for YUTREPIA, which is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to improve exercise ability in adult patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Class II-III symptoms. YUTREPIA was designed using Liquidia’s PRINT® technology, which enables the development of drug particles that are precise and uniform in size, shape, and composition, and that are engineered for enhanced deposition in the lung following oral inhalation. Liquidia has completed INSPIRE, or Investigation of the Safety and Pharmacology of Dry Powder Inhalation of Treprostinil, an open-label, multi-center phase 3 clinical study of YUTREPIA in patients diagnosed with PAH who are naïve to inhaled treprostinil or who are transitioning from Tyvaso (nebulized treprostinil). YUTREPIA was previously referred to as LIQ861 in investigational studies.
About Treprostinil Injection
Treprostinil Injection is the first-to-file, fully substitutable generic treprostinil for parenteral administration. Treprostinil Injection contains the same active ingredient, same strengths, same dosage form and same inactive ingredients as Remodulin® (treprostinil) and is offered to patients and physicians with the same level of service and support, but at a lower price than the branded drug. Liquidia PAH promotes the appropriate use of Treprostinil Injection for the treatment of PAH in the United States in partnership with its commercial partner, who holds the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the FDA.
About Liquidia Corporation
Liquidia Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products in pulmonary hypertension and other applications of its PRINT® Technology. The company operates through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Liquidia Technologies, Inc. and Liquidia PAH, LLC. Liquidia Technologies has developed YUTREPIA™ (treprostinil) inhalation powder for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Liquidia PAH provides the commercialization for pharmaceutical products to treat pulmonary disease, such as generic Treprostinil Injection. For more information, please visit www.liquidia.com.
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