FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, as well as business highlights.
“We are pleased to have initiated the healthy volunteer pharmacokinetic study that was requested by the FDA for the resubmission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for M207,” said Steven Lo, president and chief executive officer of Zosano. “The study is evaluating pharmacokinetics and safety in approximately 48 healthy volunteers. We are diligently working to complete this study in the third quarter. Pending receipt of positive data, we plan to resubmit the NDA for M207 by year-end. Additionally, this quarter we strengthened our patent portfolio with the issuance of a U.S. patent covering method of use of M207.”
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Initiated the pharmacokinetic study required to support the resubmission of the M207 (zolmitriptan transdermal microneedle system) 505(b)(2) NDA
Announced publication of an article titled, “Long Term Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Intracutaneous Zolmitriptan (M207) in the Acute Treatment of Migraine” in The Journal of Headache and Pain highlighting the positive safety and efficacy results from this long-term study
Received notification of a newly issued U.S. patent for method of rapidly achieving therapeutic levels with M207 for the acute treatment of migraine
Appointed Kathy McGee, an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive currently serving as the chief operating officer of AVITA MEDICAL, to the board of directors
Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2021
Zosano reported a net loss for the second quarter of 2021 of $6.1 million, or $0.06 per share on a basic and diluted basis, compared with a net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.14 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the same quarter in 2020. The net loss for the second quarter of 2021 included a $1.6 million gain on the forgiveness of our Paycheck Protection Loan.
Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $5.0 million, compared with $4.9 million for the same quarter in 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $0.2 million in manufacturing costs related to the scale up and technology transfer to our commercial manufacturing organizations and $0.2 million in increased spending for clinical trials. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $0.3 million in employee and consulting costs.
General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $3.0 million compared with $2.8 million for the same quarter in 2020. The increase of $0.2 million was primarily due to higher employee related costs.
As of June 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $22.1 million, compared with $35.3 million as of December 31, 2020.
About Zosano Pharma
Zosano Pharma Corporation is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products where rapid administration of approved molecules with established safety and efficacy profiles may provide substantial benefit to patients, in markets where patients remain underserved by existing therapies. The company’s transdermal microneedle system technology consists of titanium microneedles coated with drug that are designed to enable rapid systemic administration of therapeutics to patients. Zosano’s lead product candidate is M207, which is a proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan designed to be delivered via its transdermal microneedle system technology, as an acute treatment for migraine. Previously, M207 was known as Qtrypta, which the company no longer intends to use as the proprietary name of M207. The Company is currently in the process of identifying an alternative proprietary name for M207. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained herein are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the company’s ongoing pharmacokinetic study and the anticipated timing with respect to the study; the expected timing of the potential resubmission of the NDA for M207, the potential benefits and availability of M207 for patients, the expectations for identifying a proprietary name for M207 and other future events and expectations described in this press release. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the words “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “might,” “believes,” “estimates,” “projects,” “potential,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “continues,” “forecast,” “designed,” “scheduled,” “goal,” “approximately” or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and actual outcomes may differ materially. These include risks and uncertainties, without limitation, associated with the company’s ability to obtain additional cash resources to continue operations, the process of discovering, developing and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, risks inherent in the effort to build a business around such products and other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Although Zosano believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, Zosano cannot in any way guarantee that the future results, level of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Zosano and Zosano assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.
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