Bellerophon Provides Clinical Program Update and Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Last Patient Completed Blinded Treatment in REBUILD Phase 3 Trial for INOpulse®; Pivotal Top-line Data Expected in Mid-2023

WARREN, N.J., May 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) (“Bellerophon” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing treatments for cardiopulmonary diseases, today provided a clinical program update and reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

“We are pleased with the progress we have made to date in 2023, highlighted by the completion of the blinded treatment phase of our ongoing pivotal Phase 3 REBUILD trial,” said Peter Fernandes, Bellerophon’s Chief Executive Officer. “We expect to report top-line results from the study in the middle of this year, a critical milestone for the Company. Importantly, following the recent license agreement with Baylor Bioscience and having successfully completed a $5 million equity financing, we are well-capitalized through this critical milestone.”

Clinical Program Highlights:

Fibrotic Interstitial Lung Disease (fILD)

  • REBUILD Phase 3 Study: The Company completed the blinded treatment phase of their pivotal Phase 3 REBUILD trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of INOpulse® for the treatment of patients with fILD and anticipates the availability of top-line results in mid-2023. A total of 145 fILD patients were enrolled and treated with either INOpulse at a dose of iNO45 or placebo. The Phase 3 program builds on positive top-line results from the Company’s previously reported Phase 2 studies for INOpulse® for the treatment of fILD which showed benefits in multiple cardiopulmonary parameters, including pulmonary vascular resistance and improvement in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) as measured by actigraphy after 16 weeks of chronic treatment. With a total of 145 patients enrolled, the study is powered >90%, (p-value of 0.01) for the primary endpoint of a change in MVPA measured by actigraphy. If approved, INOpulse would become the first therapy to treat a broad fILD population, including patients at low-, intermediate- and high-risk pulmonary hypertension.

Pulmonary Hypertension-Sarcoidosis (PH-Sarc)

Phase 2 Clinical Study: In December 2021, Bellerophon reported positive top-line data from the completed Phase 2 dose escalation study of INOpulse® evaluating the acute hemodynamic benefit of INOpulse® via right heart catheterization for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension associated with sarcoidosis (PH-Sarc). Based on the benefits demonstrated in hemodynamic parameters and favorable safety profile, Bellerophon designed and submitted to the FDA a proposed exploratory Phase 2 double-blinded placebo-controlled study to investigate the safety and efficacy of iNO45 dosed chronically for six months in patients with PH-Sarc. Subsequently, the Company received FDA clearance to conduct the study and Bellerophon is currently assessing the next steps for the study.

First Quarter Ended March 31, 2023, Financial Results:

Total licensing revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2023, was $5.6 million, which is related to the licensing agreement with Baylor BioSciences, Inc.

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, the Company reported net income of $2.8 million, or $0.27 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million, or $(0.59) per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, were $2.6 million, compared to $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2022. The decrease was due to the completion of enrollment in the ongoing Phase 3 REBUILD trial in January 2023.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, were $1.6 million, compared to $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2022. The increase was primarily due to an increase in general consulting costs and an increase in stock-based compensation.

Balance Sheet:

As of March 31, 2023, the Company had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $15.2 million, compared to unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $6.9 million as of December 31, 2022. Bellerophon’s capital position as of March 31, 2023, is reflective of the transactions which closed in the first quarter of 2023. These transactions included $1.7 million net proceeds from the sale of the Company’s net operating losses and research and development credits under the State of New Jersey’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program in January 2023, net proceeds of approximately $5 million related to the licensing agreement with Baylor BioSciences, and net proceeds of approximately $5 million from the registered direct offering, which closed in March 2023.

About Bellerophon

Bellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Company is currently developing multiple product candidates under its INOpulse® program, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery system. For more information, please visit www.bellerophon.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Any statements in this press release about Bellerophon’s future expectations, plans, and prospects, including statements about the clinical development of its product candidates, regulatory actions with respect to the Company’s clinical trials, and expectations regarding the sufficiency of the Company’s cash balance to fund clinical trials, operating expenses and capital expenditures, and other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “contemplate,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks and uncertainties relating to INOpulse®, the uncertainties inherent in the initiation of future clinical trials, availability and timing of data from ongoing and future clinical trials and the results of such trials, whether preliminary or interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of that trial or whether results of early clinical trials will be indicative of the results of later clinical trials, expectations for regulatory approvals, the FDA’s substantial discretion in the approval process, availability of funding sufficient for our foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Bellerophon’s views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any subsequent date. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements included in this press release.

Contacts
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BELLEROPHON THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
           
  As of   As of
  March 31, 2023      December 31, 2022
  (Unaudited)      
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,172     $ 6,924  
Restricted cash   405       405  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   194       234  
Total current assets   15,771       7,563  
Right of use assets, net   8       184  
Property and equipment, net   1       2  
Other non-current assets   186       186  
Total assets $ 15,966     $ 7,935  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable $ 1,070     $ 1,230  
Accrued research and development   2,858       2,655  
Accrued expenses   1,428       1,313  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   8       203  
Total liabilities   5,364       5,401  
           
Commitments and contingencies            
           
Stockholders' equity:            
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share; 200,000,000 shares authorized and 10,448,185 and 9,645,711 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively   104       96  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized, zero shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022          
Additional paid-in capital   259,754       254,516  
Accumulated deficit   (249,256 )     (252,078 )
Total stockholders' equity   10,602       2,534  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 15,966     $ 7,935  

 

BELLEROPHON THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations And Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
             
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 
  2023      2022  
Revenues:            
Licensing revenue $ 5,640     $  
             
Operating expenses:            
Research and development   2,552       4,409  
General and administrative   1,609       1,233  
Total operating expenses   4,161       5,642  
Income (loss) from operations   1,479       (5,642 )
Interest income   66       1  
Pre-tax income (loss)   1,545       (5,641 )
Income tax benefit   1,277        
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) $ 2,822     $ (5,641 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic   10,358,111       9,545,451  
Diluted   10,605,946       9,545,451  
Net income (loss) per share:              
Basic $ 0.27     $ (0.59 )
Diluted $ 0.27     $ (0.59 )


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