Auris Med (EARS) Provides Business Update And Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
11/10/2016 9:02:26 AM
AM-111 Phase 3 program for acute inner ear hearing loss is ongoing
Amended TACTT3 trial of KeyzilenTM provides clear path forward for acute inner ear tinnitus program
Conference call today at 8 am Eastern Time
ZUG, Switzerland, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ:EARS), a clinical-stage company dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs in otolaryngology, today provided a business update and announced financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016.
“We are focused on the efficient execution of our two Phase 3 programs for acute inner ear hearing loss and tinnitus,” commented Thomas Meyer, Auris Medical’s founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With AM-111 for acute inner ear hearing loss, we continue to progress with enrollment for the HEALOS trial and expect top-line results in the second half of next year. As we communicated recently for the KeyzilenTM program for acute inner ear tinnitus, we are implementing changes to the TACTT3 protocol based on findings from TACTT2 and working toward continuation of patient enrollment. We very much appreciate the continued strong interest and encouragement from the tinnitus community and remain fully committed to bringing KeyzilenTM to patients.”
Development Program Updates
AM-111 for Acute Inner Ear Hearing Loss
Surpassed the enrollment midpoint in the Phase 3 HEALOS trial, which is being conducted in several European and Asian countries. The trial aims to enroll approximately 255 patients with severe to profound idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Top-line results from this trial are expected in the second half of 2017 as per previous guidance.
Continued ramp-up of the Phase 3 ASSENT trial, which is being conducted in the U.S., Canada and South Korea. The trial aims to enroll approximately 300 patients with severe to profound idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Top-line results from this trial are expected in the first half of 2018.
KeyzilenTM (AM-101) for Acute Inner Ear Tinnitus
Announced additional results from the Phase 3 TACTT2 trial. Although the trial did not meet its co-primary efficacy endpoints, the data show greater improvements as compared to placebo in the Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) for active-treated patients who suffered from tinnitus following otitis media and who suffered from severe or extreme tinnitus.
Submitted a protocol amendment to regulatory agencies in Europe for the TACTT3 trial. Under the amendment, the TFI will be elevated from a key secondary endpoint to an alternate primary endpoint, patient subgroups (for patients with tinnitus following otitis media and patients with severe or extreme tinnitus), will be included in confirmatory testing and 60 additional patients will be recruited in each of Stratum A and Stratum B. Auris Medical expects to resume enrollment in the TACTT3 trial in early 2017 and announce top-line results from the expanded trial in early 2018.
Prepared for a Type C Meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration scheduled for early December 2016. Auris Medical seeks feedback from the FDA on the outcomes from the TACTT2 trial, the changes to the TACTT3 protocol and the regulatory path forward.
Participated in the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) in San Diego. During the meeting, Hinrich Staecker, MD, PhD, presented the favorable safety outcomes from the TACTT2 trial, and Auris Medical hosted a corporate symposium featuring several experts in the field of tinnitus research.
Management Team Update
Appointed Hernan Levett as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Levett will join Auris Medical in January 2017. He is currently Head of Group Controlling at Acino Pharma AG and previously served as Vice President of Finance and Administration Europe at InterMune International AG. In addition, he spent 10 years at Novartis, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Novartis Chile SA.
Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Cash and cash equivalents at Sept. 30, 2016, totaled CHF 37.5 million.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were CHF 7.5 million compared to CHF 7.2 million for the third quarter of 2015.
Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were CHF 6.3 million compared to CHF 5.9 million for the third quarter of 2015.
General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were CHF 1.2 million compared to CHF 1.3 million for the third quarter of 2015.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2016 was CHF 7.9 million, or CHF 0.23 per share, compared to CHF 5.2 million, or CHF 0.15 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. Net loss for the third quarter of 2016 includes interest expense of 0.4 million payable under the loan agreement with Hercules Capital, Inc., and a net unrealized foreign currency exchange loss of CHF 0.2 million, which compares to a foreign currency exchange gain of CHF 2.0 million in the third quarter of 2015.
The Company continues to expect that its operating expenses in 2016 will be in the range of CHF 33.0 to 38.0 million. Existing cash and cash equivalents are expected to enable the funding of operations until fall 2017.
Today’s Conference Call & Webcast Information
Auris Medical will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the third quarter 2016 financial results and to provide a general business update today, Nov. 10, 2016, at 8:00 am Eastern Time (2:00 pm Central European Time). To participate in this conference call, dial 1-877-280-3459 (USA) or +1-646-254-3373 (International), and enter passcode 6069780. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Auris Medical website at www.aurismedical.com and a replay of the conference call will be available following the live call.
About Auris Medical
Auris Medical is a Swiss biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing therapeutics that address important unmet medical needs in otolaryngology. The Company is currently focusing on the Phase 3 development of treatments for acute inner ear tinnitus (KeyzilenTM; AM-101) and for acute inner ear hearing loss (AM-111) by way of intratympanic administration with biocompatible gel formulations. In addition, Auris Medical is pursuing early-stage research and development projects. The Company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. The shares of the parent company Auris Medical Holding AG trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “EARS.”
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