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SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reneo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RPHM), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for patients with rare genetic, mitochondrial diseases, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and provided an update on its clinical programs.
Key Operational Highlights
Initiated the STRIDE study, a global, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2b clinical trial of REN001 in patients with primary mitochondrial myopathies (PMM)
Completed an initial public offering (IPO) of the company’s common stock for total gross proceeds of approximately $94 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses
Re-initiated enrollment of two open-label Phase 1b clinical trials in patients with long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorder (LC-FAOD) and in patients with glycogen storage disease type V (McArdle disease)
Initiated an observational clinical trial in patients with LC-FAOD to better understand changes in disease characteristics over time (“FORWARD” study)
Appointed Eric Dube, Ph.D. to the Board of Directors and Vineet R. Jindal as Chief Financial Officer
Anticipated Upcoming Milestones
Enrollment of first patient in the STRIDE study (mid-year 2021)
Complete enrollment of Phase 1b trials in LC-FAOD and McArdle disease (2H 2021)
Report results from Phase 1b clinical trials in LC-FAOD and McArdle disease (1H 2022)
Report results from the FORWARD study (2H 2022)
“Our team’s recent efforts have led to the initiation of four clinical trials, key additions to the Board and management team, and the completion of our initial public offering,” said Gregory J. Flesher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Reneo. “With a strengthened capital position, we will continue to advance all of our REN001 clinical programs, as well as explore additional opportunities that will help establish Reneo Pharmaceuticals as a leading developer of drugs for rare diseases.”
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
The company reported a net loss of $7.2 million, or $3.48 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to a net loss of $4.4 million, or $2.20 per share, for the same period in 2020. The company had $91.2 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2021, exclusive of the net proceeds of approximately $84.8 million from the IPO.
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $5.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2020. The increase of $1.9 million was primarily due to an increase of $1.5 million related to clinical trial costs associated with the launch of our STRIDE and FORWARD studies and $0.4 million in employee and personnel related costs due to additional headcount required to support our clinical and CMC programs.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $1.7 million, compared to $0.9 million for the same period in 2020. This increase of $0.8 million was primarily attributable to an increase of $0.8 million in employee and personnel related expenses.
About Reneo Pharmaceuticals
Reneo is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for patients with rare genetic mitochondrial diseases, which are often associated with the inability of mitochondria to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Reneo is developing REN001 to modulate genes critical to metabolism and generation of ATP, which is the primary source of energy for cellular processes. REN001 has been shown to increase transcription of genes involved in mitochondrial function and increase fatty acid oxidation, and may increase production of new mitochondria.
REN001 is a potent and selective peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor delta (PPARδ) agonist currently in clinical development for three rare genetic mitochondrial diseases that typically present with myopathy and have high unmet medical needs: primary mitochondrial myopathies (PMM), long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders (LC-FAOD), and glycogen storage disorder type V (McArdle disease). For more information on REN001 clinical trials, please see clinicaltrials.gov.
PMM are a group of disorders that affect roughly 1 in 5,000 people worldwide. PMM are caused by genetic mutations in the mitochondrial or nuclear DNA that reduce the ability of mitochondria to produce energy from nutrient sources. This energy deficit particularly affects tissues and organs with high energy demand such as muscle, brain, and heart. The symptoms of PMM include muscle weakness or exercise intolerance, movement disorder, deafness, blindness, and droopy eyelids among others. The prognosis for these disorders ranges in severity from progressive weakness to death.
STRIDE is a global, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2b clinical trial designed to assess the efficacy and safety of 100 mg REN001 administered orally once daily to patients with PMM. Approximately 200 adult PMM patients with alterations in mitochondrial DNA and a history of myopathy are expected to be enrolled into STRIDE. The primary efficacy endpoint of the trial is the change from baseline in the distance walked during a 12-minute walk test after 24 weeks of treatment. Secondary efficacy endpoints include changes from baseline in the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS), Patient Global Impression of Change scale (PGIC), and other patient-reported outcomes.
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, the results, conduct, progress and timing of Reneo’s clinical trials, and the regulatory approval path for REN001. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “plans,” “will,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “goal,” “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Reneo’s current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with Reneo’s business in general, and the other risks described in Reneo’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Reneo undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.
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Series A convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 24,302,472 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 24,302,472 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, liquidation preference of $49,127 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020
Series B convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 46,881,028 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 46,881,028 and 23,440,514 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; liquidation preference of $94,770 and $47,385 as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 105,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, 2,148,193 issued and 2,123,733 outstanding at March 31, 2021 and 2,053,070 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020, respectively
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