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DEVON, Pa., March 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE), the leader in innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid therapies for rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric disorders, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 and provided an overview of recent operational highlights. The Company also announced that its current cash and cash equivalent position is expected to fund operations and capital requirements into the first quarter of 2021.
“The fourth quarter of 2018 was a period of strong clinical and corporate momentum, as we achieved our remaining 2018 milestones and positioned ourselves well for a watershed year in 2019,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “We continued enrollment into CONNECT-FX, our pivotal trial of Zygel™ in Fragile X Syndrome, and completed enrollment in BELIEVE 1, our Phase 2 trial in Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies. We also initiated the BRIGHT trial, which will evaluate Zygel in Autism Spectrum Disorder and are on track to initiate a Phase 2 trial in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome in the second quarter of 2019. Finally, we have a cash position that we expect to take us through our expected NDA submission and potential approval for Zygel in Fragile X Syndrome.”
Fourth Quarter 2018 and Recent Highlights
Zygel in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
Fragile X Syndrome Pivotal Data Expected in the Second Half of 2019
Enrollment is progressing in CONNECT-FX, a pivotal, multi-national, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zygel (formerly referred to as ZYN002) in three through 17-year old patients with FXS. The primary endpoint is the change from baseline to the end of the treatment period in the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community FXS Specific (ABC-CFXS) Social Avoidance subscale. Clinical investigative sites are enrolling patients in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Patients who have completed the double-blind phase are now enrolling into the 12-month open label extension phase. The Company expects to report top line data in the second half of 2019. If the data are positive, the Company expects to submit its New Drug Application (NDA) for Zygel in FXS to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the first half of 2020, with potential approval by year-end 2020. There are currently no approved products indicated for FXS.
Presented New Data at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) from the Ongoing Open Label FAB-C Phase 2 Trial of Zygel
Zynerba presented new data demonstrating that treatment with Zygel improved core emotional and behavioral symptoms of FXS with statistical significance versus baseline across multiple measures of efficacy at month three, and that these improvements were sustained through 12 months of treatment. For example, significant improvements vs. baseline in social avoidance as measured by the ABC-CFXS were demonstrated at three months (58% improvement; p=0.0040) and 12 months (77% improvement; p=0.0013) of treatment with Zygel.
Announced Receipt of New U.S. Patent for Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome with Cannabidiol (CBD)
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 10,213,390 titled “Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome with Cannabidiol” which includes claims directed to methods of treating Fragile X Syndrome by administering a therapeutically effective amount of synthetic or purified CBD. This new patent expires in 2038 and is part of an expanding intellectual property portfolio covering Zygel.
FAB-C Data Accepted for Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), May 18–22, 2019 in San Francisco, CA
The presentation will describe data from the FAB-C (Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome Anxiety and Behavioral Challenges with CBD) trial that highlight the short- and long-term positive impact of ZYN002 on children and adolescents with FXS. The poster entitled “Transdermal Cannabidiol (CBD) Gel for the Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome” (poster #P5-092) will be presented on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM PDT during Poster Session 5.
Zygel in Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEE)
Enrollment Complete in Phase 2 BELIEVE 1 Trial; Topline Results Expected in the Third Quarter of 2019
The Company has completed enrollment in BELIEVE 1, an open label multi-dose Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zygel in children and adolescents (three through 17 years) with DEE. The primary efficacy assessment is reduction in seizure frequency at week 26 compared to baseline. Patients successfully completing the 26 weeks of the trial may elect to enter a 6-month extension of the trial. The Company expects to announce topline data through week 26 in the third quarter of 2019.
Zygel in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q)
Expanded Clinical Pipeline into Two New Neuropsychiatric Indications
The Company completed an extensive review of the neuropsychiatric disorder landscape for additional priority indications for clinical development, and announced that it would evaluate Zygel in ASD and 22q.
Zynerba recently initiated the Phase 2 BRIGHT (An Open-Label Tolerability and Efficacy Trial of ZYN002 Administered as a Transdermal Gel to Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder) clinical trial. The trial will assess the safety, tolerability and efficacy of Zygel for the treatment of child and adolescent patients with ASD. The Company expects to release top line data from this trial in the first half of 2020.
22q is the most common gene deletion syndrome affecting as many as 81,000 patients in the U.S. 22q is associated with increased anxiety, withdrawn behavior and social interaction problems. The Company expects to initiate an open label Phase 2 trial of Zygel in 22q in the second quarter of 2019, and to present top line data in the first half of 2020.
Announced Addition of Pamela Stephenson to Board of Directors
Pamela Stephenson brings 24 years of commercialization expertise including health economics, market access, and commercial planning to Zynerba’s Board of Directors. Ms. Stephenson’s experience includes nearly 11 years at Vertex, including in her tenure as Vice President for Global Market Access and Value, and 10 years with Pfizer in various positions of increasing strategic importance.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
As of December 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $59.8 million, compared to $62.5 million as of December 31, 2017. Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $4.9 million, including stock-based compensation of $0.8 million. General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $3.3 million, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $7.8 million with basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.44).
On June 9, 2017, we entered into an Open Market Sales Agreement, or “at-the-market” (ATM) offering program, with Jefferies LLC, pursuant to which we may sell, from time to time, up to $50 million of our common stock. From January 29, 2019 through March 6, 2019, the Company has sold and issued 3,439,523 shares under its ATM program, at a weighted average selling price of $5.44 per share, for gross proceeds of $18.7 million. Net proceeds after deducting commissions and offering expenses were $18.1 million, which will be recorded in the first quarter of 2019 and included in the March 31, 2019 cash and cash equivalents position.
The Company’s cash and cash equivalent position as of December 31, 2018 was $59.8 million. Including the $18.1 million in net proceeds from the shares sold and issued under its ATM program in the first quarter of 2019, management believes that the cash and cash equivalent position is sufficient to fund operations and capital requirements beyond the expected NDA submission and potential approval in FXS and into the first quarter of 2021.
About Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals is the leader in pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid therapies for rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric disorders. We are committed to improving the lives of patients and their families living with severe, chronic health conditions including Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, and a heterogeneous group of rare and ultra-rare epilepsies known as developmental and epileptic encephalopathies. Learn more at www.zynerba.com and follow us on Twitter at @ZynerbaPharma.
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