‒ Top-line Superiority Data from NeoCart® Phase 3 Clinical Trial on Track for Third Quarter of 2018 ‒
‒ Initiation of Phase 3 Clinical Trial in Japan Expected in Second Half of 2018 ‒
‒ Expansion of Management Team in Preparation for Potential Commercialization of NeoCart in 2020 ‒
‒ Company to Host Conference Call and Webcast Today at 8:30 a.m. EDT ‒
WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Histogenics Corporation (Histogenics) (Nasdaq: HSGX), a leader in the development of restorative cell therapies (RCTs) that may offer rapid-onset pain relief and restored function, announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
“Our focus in the second quarter of 2018 was on the NeoCart Biologics License Application submission and we remain on track to announce top-line data in the third quarter of 2018. In preparation for this exciting milestone, we enhanced our management team with the addition of Lynne Kelley as Chief Medical Officer. Lynne’s experience and capabilities in medical and regulatory affairs and product development will be instrumental as we advance the preparation of the upcoming BLA for NeoCart,” said Adam Gridley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Histogenics. “We also made important progress on the international expansion of the NeoCart platform alongside MEDINET, our NeoCart development and commercialization partner in Japan, as they prepare for the initiation of the Phase 3 trial in Japan in the second half of the year.”
Second Quarter 2018 and Recent Highlights
Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2018
Loss from operations was $(7.3) million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $(6.4) million in the second quarter of 2017. The increase in operating expenses was due to an increase in both research and development expenses and general and administrative expenses.
Research and development expenses were $4.5 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily due to increases in consulting, salaries and materials in connection with the potential submission of a BLA for NeoCart with the FDA and was partially offset by a reduction in patient costs related to the NeoCart Phase 3 clinical trial, for which enrollment was completed in June 2017. General and administrative expenses were $2.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily due to higher salaries and consulting expenses related to increased activities to support the potential commercialization of NeoCart.
Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $(3.7) million in the second quarter of 2018, or $(0.13) per share, compared to $(5.5) million, or $(0.25) per share, in the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in net loss attributable to common stockholders is primarily due to the conversion of convertible preferred stock issued in connection with the 2016 private placement into common stock and a change in the fair value of the warrant liability which generated a gain in the second quarter of 2018, both of which were partially offset by an increase in operating expenses.
As of June 30, 2018, Histogenics had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $8.8 million, compared to $8.0 million at December 31, 2017. Histogenics believes its current cash position will be sufficient to fund its operations into the fourth quarter of 2018.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Histogenics management will host a conference call on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. A question-and-answer session will follow Histogenics’ remarks. To participate on the live call, please dial (877) 930-8064 (domestic) or (253) 336-8040 (international) and provide the conference ID “6679509” five to ten minutes before the start of the call.
To access a live audio webcast of the presentation on the “Investor Relations” page of the Histogenics website, please click here. A replay of the webcast will be archived on Histogenics’ website for approximately 45 days following the presentation.
About Histogenics Corporation
Histogenics (Nasdaq: HSGX) is a leader in the development of restorative cell therapies that may offer rapid-onset pain relief and restored function. Histogenics’ lead investigational product, NeoCart, is designed to rebuild a patient’s own knee cartilage to treat pain at the source and potentially prevent a patient’s progression to osteoarthritis. NeoCart is one of the most rigorously studied restorative cell therapies for orthopedic use. Histogenics completed enrollment of its NeoCart Phase 3 clinical trial in June 2017 and expects to report top-line, one-year superiority data in the third quarter of 2018. NeoCart is designed to perform like articular hyaline cartilage at the time of treatment, and as a result, may provide patients with more rapid pain relief and accelerated recovery as compared to the current standard of care. Histogenics’ technology platform has the potential to be used for a broad range of additional restorative cell therapy indications. For more information on Histogenics and NeoCart, please visit www.histogenics.com.
Various statements in this release are “forward-looking statements” under the securities laws. Words such as, but not limited to, “anticipate,” “believe,” “can,” “could,” “expect,” “estimate,” “design,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “objective,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “likely,” “should,” “will,” and “would,” or the negative of these terms and similar expressions or words, identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in Histogenics’ forward-looking statements include, among others: the timing and success of Histogenics’ NeoCart Phase 3 clinical trial, including, without limitation, possible delays in generating the data from the clinical trial; the ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of NeoCart or any product candidates, and the labeling for any approved products; MEDINET’s ability to initiate NeoCart clinical development in Japan in a timely manner; NeoCart’s regulation as a Regenerative Medical Product in Japan; the market size and potential patient population in Japan; the scope, progress, timing, expansion, and costs of developing and commercializing Histogenics’ product candidates; the ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval regarding the comparability of critical NeoCart raw materials following our technology transfer and manufacturing location transition; the size and growth of the potential markets for Histogenics’ product candidates and the ability to serve those markets; Histogenics’ expectations regarding its expenses and revenue; and other factors that are described in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Histogenics’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, which are on file with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional factors may be set forth in those sections of Histogenics Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, to be filed with the SEC in the third quarter of 2018. In addition to the risks described above and in Histogenics’ Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the SEC, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Histogenics’ results.
There can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Histogenics will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Histogenics. Therefore, no assurance can be given that the outcomes stated in such forward-looking statements and estimates will be achieved.
All written and verbal forward-looking statements attributable to Histogenics or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to herein. Histogenics cautions investors not to rely too heavily on the forward-looking statements Histogenics makes or that are made on its behalf. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Histogenics undertakes no obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 2017 2018 2017 Revenue $ ‒ $ ‒ $ ‒ $ ‒ Operating expenses: Research and development 4,458 4,208 7,744 8,712 General and administrative 2,826 2,166 5,633 4,492 Total operating expenses 7,284 6,374 13,377 13,204 Loss from operations (7,284) (6,374) (13,377) (13,204) Other income (expense): Interest income (expense), net 32 40 69 75 Other expense, net (26) (73) (50) (90) Change in fair value of warrant liability 3,501 (135) (5,252) (404)Total other income (expense), net 3,507 (168) (5,233) (419)Net loss
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SOURCE: Histogenics Corporation