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GW Pharmaceuticals Reports 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results



8/6/2014 7:55:05 AM

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LONDON, Aug. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq:GWPH) (AIM:GWP) ("GW," "the Company" or "the Group"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, announces financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended 30 June 2014.

RECENT OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow-on offering of American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") on the NASDAQ Global Market closed in June 2014 raising total net proceeds after expenses of approximately $118 million (£69.5 million)
     
  • Advancement of Epidiolex® (Cannabidiol or CBD) childhood epilepsy program:
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Authorized Physician-Led Expanded Access Program
      • Treatment effect data on initial patient cohort released in June 2014 with data showing promising signals of efficacy and safety
      • Number of children suffering from intractable epilepsy syndromes authorized for treatment with Epidiolex by FDA increased to approximately 395
      • Approximately 100 children now receiving treatment with Epidiolex in the U.S. at six hospital sites
      • Treatment data on additional cohort of patients to be released H2 2014
    • Dravet syndrome development program
      • Orphan Drug Designation, Fast Track Designation granted and Investigational New Drug Application (IND) opened with the FDA for Epidiolex in the treatment of Dravet Syndrome
      • Phase 2/3 Dravet syndrome trial protocol finalized and on track to commence H2 2014
      • Additional Phase 3 Dravet syndrome trial on track to commence early 2015
    • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) development program
      • Orphan Drug Designation granted by FDA in the treatment of LGS
      • FDA comments received on proposed Phase 3 trial protocols
      • Phase 3 trials on track to commence early 2015
    • State Programs
      • Initiatives announced with States of Georgia and New York to collaborate with GW on state-based Epidiolex clinical trials in epilepsy
  • Sativex® program developments:
    • Fast Track designation granted by FDA for Sativex in the treatment of chronic cancer pain in patients with advanced cancer who have failed to respond adequately to optimized opioid therapy
    • Initial top-line Phase 3 cancer pain data on track for release towards the end of 2014. Data intended to lead to a New Drug Application (NDA) filing with the FDA in the U.S.
    • Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) ongoing with the FDA for proposed Sativex Phase 3 trial in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) spastici
       
  • Significant additional on-going clinical trial activity for cannabinoid pipeline product candidates:
    • Advancement of Cannabidivarin (CBDV) epilepsy program with a Phase 2 trial expected to commence at end of 2014/early 2015
    • Phase 2a trial of GWP42003 for the treatment of ulcerative colitis recruitment complete - data expected H2 2014
    • Phase 2b 12-week randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial of GWP42004 in type-2 diabetes commenced in March 2014 with expected completion in H2 2015
    • Phase 2a trial of GWP42003 for the treatment of schizophrenia commenced in March 2014 with expected completion in H2 2015
    • Phase 1b/2a trial of GWP42002:GWP42003 in the treatment of glioma ongoing with safety data on an initial cohort due in 2014

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue for the three months ended 30 June 2014 of £7.6 million ($13.0 million) compared to £7.3 million for the three months ended 30 June 2013
     
  • Loss for the three months ended 30 June 2014 of £6.9 million ($11.9 million) compared to a loss of £2.0 million for the three months ended 30 June 2013. The increased loss primarily reflects the planned increase in GW funded R&D in order to fund the development of Epidiolex and other pipeline candidates
     
  • Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2014 of £168.3 million ($287.8 million) compared to £38.1 million as at 30 September 2013

"During the third quarter GW announced important initial data on Epidiolex which provides promising signals of efficacy in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy, including patients with Dravet syndrome. Our preparations for Phase 3 clinical trials in both Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes are advancing rapidly and we look forward to the start of the first pivotal placebo-controlled trial in the second half of this year. The funds raised this quarter in the follow-on offering will not only allow GW to complete these development programs but also to commence pre-launch activities in the United States and build-up of inventory in readiness for future launch," stated Justin Gover, GW's Chief Executive Officer. "In parallel with GW's Epidiolex program, we are also progressing towards the conclusion of our U.S. Phase 3 cancer pain trials for Sativex and look forward to reporting initial top-line data from the first trial around the end of 2014. Finally, we continue to make strong progress across our cannabinoid pipeline, which continues to yield interesting new product candidates in a wide variety of therapeutic areas."

Conference Call and Webcast Information

GW Pharmaceuticals will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the 2014 third quarter financial results today at 8:00 a.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. BST. To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-407-8133 (toll free from the U.S. and Canada), or 0800-756-3429 (toll free from the UK) or 201-689-8040 (international). Investors may also access a live audio webcast of the call via the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://www.gwpharm.com. A replay of the call will also be available through the GW website shortly after the call and will remain available for 30 days. Replay Numbers: (toll free):1-877-660-6853, (international):1-201-612-7415. For both dial-in numbers please use conference ID #13588034.

Investor R&D Day and Conference Activity

GW Pharmaceuticals anticipates hosting a research and development day in New York City on 14 October. Further details will be forthcoming nearer the date. In addition, GW expects to present at the following bank-sponsored investor conferences: Goldman Sachs Biotech Symposium in London on 5 September, Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference in New York City on 8-9 September and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Healthcare Conference in London on 17 September.

Quarterly Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A)

A complete MD&A of GW's business and financial operations for the third quarter 2014 has been filed with the London Stock Exchange as a Regulatory News Item and will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today on Form 6-K.

About GW Pharmaceuticals plc

Founded in 1998, GW is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform in a broad range of disease areas. GW commercialized the world's first plant-derived cannabinoid prescription drug, Sativex®, which is approved for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis in 26 countries outside the United States. Sativex is also in Phase 3 clinical development as a potential treatment of pain associated with advanced cancer. This Phase 3 program has received Fast Track Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is intended to support the submission of a New Drug Application for Sativex in cancer pain with the FDA and in other markets around the world. GW has a deep pipeline of additional cannabinoid product candidates, including Epidiolex® in the treatment of childhood epilepsy, which has received Fast Track Designation from the FDA for Dravet syndrome as well as Orphan Drug Designations from the FDA in both the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. GW's product pipeline also includes compounds in Phase 1 and 2 clinical development for glioma, ulcerative colitis, type 2 diabetes, and schizophrenia. For further information, please visit www.gwpharm.com.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect GWs current expectations regarding future events, including statements regarding financial performance, the timing of clinical trials, the relevance of GW products commercially available and in development, the clinical benefits of Sativex® and Epidiolex® and the safety profile and commercial potential of Sativex and Epidiolex. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events could differ materially from those projected herein and depend on a number of factors, including (inter alia), the success of GW's research strategies, the applicability of the discoveries made therein, the successful and timely completion of uncertainties related to the regulatory process, and the acceptance of Sativex, Epidiolex and other products by consumer and medical professionals. A further list and description of risks and uncertainties associated with an investment in GW can be found in GW's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. GW undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

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