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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rezolute, Inc. (Nasdaq: RZLT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing transformative therapies for metabolic diseases associated with chronic glucose imbalance, today announced its financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2021.
“We continue to advance the clinical development of our pipeline candidates, RZ358 and RZ402, with several milestones expected this year,” said Nevan Elam, Chief Executive Officer of Rezolute. “Highly encouraging topline results from our Phase 1 study of RZ402 support oral daily dosing for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, and we are on track to initiate a repeat-dose Phase 1b trial in the third quarter of 2021.”
Recent Business Highlights
Worldwide enrollment continues in the Phase 2b (RIZE) study of RZ358 for the treatment of patients with congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) – Enrollment is ongoing in the Phase 2b RIZE study of RZ358 for the treatment of CHI, with top line data expected in the second half of 2021. RZ358 is designed to increase glucose in the bloodstream of CHI patients by reducing insulin activity at its receptor.
Completed the Phase 1 study of RZ402 for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) – In May 2021, Rezolute announced topline results from its first-in-human Phase 1a clinical study of RZ402, the Company’s investigational oral plasma kallikrein inhibitor (PKI), for the treatment DME. Study results demonstrated the potential for once daily oral dosing and support the advancement of developmental activities toward Phase 2, including a Phase 1b multiple ascending dose study to be initiated in the third quarter of 2021.
Leading rare disease experts Appointed to the Board of Directors – In March 2021, Rezolute announced the appointments of Wladimir Hogenhuis, M.D., MBA, and Nerissa C. Kreher, M.D., M.S., MBA to its Board of Directors.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $32.0 million as of March 31, 2021.
Research and development (R&D) expenses total $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared to $3.7 million in the same quarter of last year.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared to $1.3 million in the prior period last year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees.
Net loss was $3.7 million, or $0.44 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to net loss of $5.0 million, or $0.86 per share, for the same period in fiscal 2020.
About Rezolute, Inc.
Rezolute is advancing transformative therapies for metabolic diseases associated with chronic glucose imbalance. The Company’s lead clinical asset, RZ358, is in Phase 2b development for treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI), a rare pediatric endocrine disorder. The Company is also developing RZ402, an orally available plasma kallikrein inhibitor, for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. For more information, visit www.rezolutebio.com or follow us on Twitter.
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(1) In October 2020, we completed a private placement of equity securities for gross proceeds of $41.0 million, resulting in acceleration of the entire $1.4 million outstanding obligation shown above and we paid it on October 23, 2020.