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–Successful Initiation of Late-Stage CAHmelia Program in Adult Classic CAH–
–FDA and EMA Scientific Advice Support Plans in Pediatric Classic CAH Program–
–IPO Results in Pro Forma Cash and Cash Equivalents of $168.4 Million–
Spruce Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRB), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapies for rare endocrine disorders with significant unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, and provided a corporate update.
Recent Accomplishments and Progress Toward Milestones
Successful Initiation of the Late-Stage CAHmelia Program in Adult Classic Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). CAHmelia-203 will assess the impact of tildacerfont, a CRF-1 receptor antagonist, on biomarker control and reducing clinical effects of disease in adult classic CAH patients with poor disease control. CAHmelia-204 will assess the effect of tildacerfont on glucocorticoid reduction and the clinical impact of that reduction in adult classic CAH patients with good disease control. Spruce believes that its two-study strategy may allow it to observe more clinically meaningful outcomes with fewer total patients studied. Screening activities are underway and substantial patient interest for participation in both studies has been registered at CAHstudy.com.
Pediatric Scientific Advice Meetings with FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA) Completed. Spruce completed a scientific advice meeting with the EMA regarding its clinical development program of tildacerfont in children with classic CAH between the ages 2 and 17. Spruce plans to submit a Pediatric Investigational Plan (PIP) to the Pediatric Committee of the EMA regarding a Phase 3 registrational program in pediatrics. Scientific advice received from both the EMA and FDA also support Spruce’s plans to initiate its planned Phase 2 pediatric clinical trial in the second half of 2021.
Successful Completion of Initial Public Offering (IPO). Spruce closed its IPO in October 2020, resulting in net proceeds of $96.3 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of approximately $7.2 million and before deducting offering related expenses. When including net proceeds from the IPO, pro forma cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2020 were $168.4 million.
"The third quarter has been a transformational period for the company, marked by significant accomplishments. We have successfully initiated CAHmelia-203 and CAHmelia-204, our global late-stage development program in adult classic CAH, despite the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Richard King, Chief Executive Officer. "With the successful completion of our IPO in October 2020, our strong cash position enables us to fund our CAHmelia program through completion and into applications for approval from regulatory authorities, assuming positive study outcomes. In addition, tildacerfont continues to progress towards evaluation in additional indications, including pediatric classic CAH and a rare form of polycystic ovary syndrome driven by a hyper-responsiveness to elevated levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone. We are focused on executing our clinical development plans and look forward to providing more updates in the future."
Cash and Cash Equivalents: Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2020, were $72.2 million.
Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses consist primarily of pre-clinical, clinical and manufacturing expenses related to the development of tildacerfont. R&D expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, were $7.8 million and $18.0 million compared to $2.1 million and $8.0 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively. The overall increase in R&D expenses was primarily related to an increase in clinical development, manufacturing, and personnel costs associated with advancement of tildacerfont into late-stage clinical development.
General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses consist primarily of personnel costs, legal and other professional fees, insurance, and other administrative costs. G&A expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, were $1.8 million and $3.0 million, compared to $0.5 million and $2.0 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively. The overall increase in G&A expenses was primarily driven by an increase in professional fees related to the IPO.
Net Loss: Net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, was $9.6 million and $21.2 million, compared to $2.6 million and $9.9 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively.
About Spruce Biosciences
Spruce Biosciences is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapies for rare endocrine disorders with significant unmet need. Spruce is initially developing its wholly-owned product candidate, tildacerfont, as the potential first non-steroidal therapy to offer markedly improved disease control and reduce steroid burden for patients suffering from classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). Classic CAH is a serious and life-threatening disease with no known novel therapies approved in approximately 50 years.
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 Spruce’s clinical trials, the regulatory approval path for tildacerfont, the strength of Spruce’s balance sheet and the adequacy of Spruce’s cash position. 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", "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Spruce’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 Spruce’s business in general, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other risks described in Spruce’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made and are based on management’s assumptions and estimates as of such date. Spruce 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.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure
To supplement our financial information, which is prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"), we use the following non-GAAP financial measure: pro forma cash and cash equivalents, which include the net proceeds from the IPO, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and before deducting offering related expenses. Management believes the non-GAAP financial measure is helpful to investors to evaluate the company’s financial position. The non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results.
There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures. In light of these limitations, we provide specific information regarding the GAAP amounts included or excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures and evaluating these non-GAAP financial measures together with their relevant financial measures in accordance with GAAP.
For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section titled "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measure" included at the end of this release.
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Series A redeemable convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 28,000,000 shares authorized, issued, and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; liquidation preference of $28,000 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019
Series B redeemable convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 73,333,330 shares authorized, issued, and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and 0 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019; liquidation value of $88,000 as of September 30, 2020 and $0 as of December 31, 2019
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Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 130,518,922 and 41,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 822,022 and 764,408 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively
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