Chiasma Reports First Quarter Financial Results and Announced Agreement to Merge with Amryt

NEEDHAM, Mass., May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chiasma Inc.  (NASDAQ: CHMA), a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company utilizing its delivery platform technology to develop and commercialize oral therapies to reduce the burden of chronic injections for people with rare diseases, as evidenced by its initiation of a phased U.S. commercial launch of MYCAPSSA® as the first oral therapy for treatment of acromegaly, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 and provided a business update.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Announced entry into a definitive merger agreement for the acquisition of the company by Amryt Pharma plc, a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and delivering innovative treatments to help improve the lives of patients with rare and orphan diseases
  • Generated MYCAPSSA net product revenue of $1.9 million in Q1 2021
  • Increased payor coverage of MYCAPSSA to over 185 million lives
  • Submitted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the FDA for a Phase 1 relative bioavailability study followed by a single Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of MYCAPSSA in patients with carcinoid syndrome associated with NET. These studies are designed to support a potential modified 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway.
  • Exited the first quarter with $115.0 million of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

“While we continue to experience customer access challenges related to COVID-19, we are pleased with the launch progress we made in the first quarter and it reiterates our intent of making MYCAPSSA the new standard of pharmacological care,” stated Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Chiasma. “During the quarter we saw an increase in launch momentum as we continued to expand payor coverage for MYCAPSSA. Additionally, we submitted an IND to begin the process of expanding the potential benefits of MYCAPSSA in patients with carcinoid syndrome.”

“Importantly, we believe the merger with Amryt represents a transformational moment in unlocking and accelerating the potential value of Chiasma efficiently for both our patients and for our shareholders,” concluded Mr. Kannan.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Product Revenue, Net: Net product revenue related to the sales of MYCAPSSA were $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, as compared to $1.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, MYCAPSSA’s first full quarter of sales.

SG&A Expenses: Selling, general and administrative expenses were $15.7 million for the first quarter of 2021, as compared with $7.6 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase was driven by commercial activities, an increase in personnel-related expenses, and other administrative costs to support the launch and commercialization of MYCAPSSA® in the U.S., and diligence costs associated with merger agreement with Amryt.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $4.2 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $8.1 million for the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily related to the costs associated with the manufacturing of octreotide capsules to support the Company’s U.S. commercial launch, which were expensed prior to FDA approval of MYCAPSSA in June 2020.

Net Loss: Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was ($30.5) million, or ($0.49) per basic share, as compared with ($15.4) million, or ($0.36) per basic share for the first quarter of 2020.

Cash Position: Chiasma ended the first quarter 2021 with cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $115.0 million, as compared with $135.4 million as of December 31, 2020.

Conference Call Information
Given the recently announced agreement for Chiasma to be acquired by Amryt, Chiasma will not be hosting a conference call.


MYCAPSSA (octreotide) delayed-release capsules, for oral use, is a somatostatin analog indicated for long-term maintenance treatment in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide.

Hypersensitivity to octreotide or any of the components of MYCAPSSA. Anaphylactoid reactions, including anaphylactic shock, have been reported in patients receiving octreotide.


MYCAPSSA can cause problems with the gallbladder. Monitor patients periodically. Discontinue if complications of cholelithiasis are suspected.

Blood sugar, thyroid levels, and vitamin B12 levels should be monitored and treated accordingly.

Bradycardia, arrhythmia, or conduction abnormalities may occur. Treatment with drugs that have bradycardia effects may need to be adjusted.

The most common adverse reactions (incidence >10%) are nausea, diarrhea, headache, arthralgia, asthenia, hyperhidrosis, peripheral swelling, blood glucose increased, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, dyspepsia, sinusitis, and osteoarthritis.

The following drugs require monitoring and possible dose adjustment when used with MYCAPSSA: cyclosporine, insulin, antidiabetic drugs, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, lisinopril, digoxin, bromocriptine, and drugs mainly metabolized by CYP3A4. Counsel women to use an alternative non-hormonal method of contraception or a back-up method when MYCAPSSA is used with combined oral contraceptives.

Patients taking proton pump inhibitors, H2-receptor antagonists, or antacids concomitantly with MYCAPSSA may require increased dosages of MYCAPSSA.

Advise premenopausal females of the potential for an unintended pregnancy.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact the product information department at 1-844-312-2462 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

The full Prescribing Information for MYCAPSSA is available at

About Acromegaly
Acromegaly typically develops when a benign tumor of the pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone, ultimately leading to significant health problems. Common features of acromegaly are facial changes, intense headaches, joint pain, impaired vision and enlargement of the hands, feet, tongue and internal organs. Serious health conditions associated with the progression of acromegaly include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disorders and cardiac and cerebrovascular disease. Chiasma estimates that approximately 8,000 adult acromegaly patients are chronically treated with somatostatin analog injections in the United States.

About Neuroendocrine Tumors
NETs arise from neuroendocrine cells throughout the body, most commonly in the gastrointestinal tract, lung, and rarely, the pancreas. While well differentiated neuroendocrine tumors are known to be slow growing, they are often asymptomatic in early stages leading to a substantial number of patients being diagnosed when the tumors have already spread regionally or distantly. Capable of secreting hormones and bioactive amines, approximately 19% of patients have carcinoid syndrome characterized by secretory diarrhea and flushing. With an annual incidence rate of 6.98 per 100,000, it is estimated there are greater than 170,000 individuals living with a diagnosis of NET in the United States.

About Chiasma
Chiasma is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing oral therapies to improve the lives of patients who face challenges associated with their existing treatments for rare and serious chronic diseases. Employing its Transient Permeability Enhancer (TPE®) technology platform, Chiasma seeks to develop oral medications that are currently available only as injections. In June 2020, Chiasma received FDA approval of MYCAPSSA for long-term maintenance therapy in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide. MYCAPSSA, the first and only oral somatostatin analog approved by the FDA, is available for commercial sale. Chiasma is headquartered in Needham, MA with a wholly owned subsidiary in Israel. MYCAPSSA, TPE and CHIASMA are registered trademarks of Chiasma. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

Important Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction, Amryt intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form F-4 that will include a proxy statement of Chiasma and that also constitutes a prospectus of Amryt, and each of Chiasma and Amryt may file with the SEC other documents regarding the proposed transaction. This press release is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus or registration statement or any other document that Amryt or Chiasma may file with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus (if and when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Chiasma. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM F-4 AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMRYT, CHIASMA AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors and security holders may obtain copies of these documents, once such documents are filed with the SEC, free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at or from Amryt at its website,, or from Chiasma at its website, Documents filed with the SEC by Amryt will be available free of charge by accessing Amryt’s website under the heading Investors, or, alternatively, by contacting Amryt’s Investor Relations department at, and documents filed with the SEC by Chiasma will be available free of charge by accessing Chiasma’s website at under the heading News and Investors or, alternatively, by contacting Chiasma’s Investor Relations department at

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor a solicitation of any vote or approval with respect to the proposed transaction or otherwise. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

Participants in Solicitation

Amryt and Chiasma and certain of their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Chiasma in respect of the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information about Chiasma’s directors and executive officers is available in Chiasma’s definitive proxy statement dated April 26, 2021 for its 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Information about Amryt’s directors and executive officers is available in Amryt’s Registration Statement on Form F-1 filed with the SEC on June 23, 2020, as amended. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction when they become available. Investors should read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from Chiasma or Amryt using the sources indicated above.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the proposed acquisition of the company by Amryt, the potential development of MYCAPSSA as a treatment for neuroendocrine tumors, the company’s expectations relating to MYCAPSSA for the long-term maintenance therapy in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide, the commercialization of MYCAPSSA, including potential market adoption and commercial success and the commercial or therapeutic potential of MYCAPSSA. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from the company’s current expectations. Management’s expectations and, therefore, any forward-looking statements in this press release could be affected by risks and uncertainties relating to a number of factors, including the following: uncertainties related to the timing and occurrence of the closing of the proposed acquisition of the company by Amryt, the reaction to the proposed acquisition by our business partners as well as our customers and patients, the reaction by competitors to the proposed acquisition, the retention of our employees, Amryt’s plans for us, the future growth of our and Amryt’s businesses and the possibility that integration following the proposed acquisition may be more difficult than expected; the content and timing of decisions made by the FDA or EMA, the company’s ability to retain requisite regulatory approvals for the continued commercial sale of MYCAPSSA in the United States, the timing and costs involved in establishing and maintaining a commercial organization and launching the sale of MYCAPSSA, and the impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have on the company’s business, including its expected development, manufacturing, regulatory and commercialization timelines for MYCAPSSA. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause the company’s actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Chiasma’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and Chiasma undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

Investor Relations and Corporate Communications:
Ashley Robinson 
LifeSci Advisors, LLC 

Media Relations:
Patrick Bursey
LifeSci Communications

Chiasma, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(amounts in thousands except share and per share data)
  For the three months ended
  March 31, 2021   March 31, 2020
Product revenue, net $ 1,924     $  
Cost of goods sold   67        
Gross Profit   1,857        
Operating expenses:      
Selling, general and administrative   15,698       7,582  
Research and development   4,199       8,125  
Total operating expenses   19,897       15,707  
Loss from operations   (18,040 )     (15,707 )
Interest and other income (loss), net   (9,583 )     398  
Interest expense   (2,873 )      
Loss before income taxes   (30,496 )     (15,309 )
Provision for income taxes   52       77  
Net loss $ (30,548 )   $ (15,386 )
Earnings per share of common stock:      
     Basic $ (0.49 )   $ (0.36 )
     Diluted $ (0.49 )   $ (0.36 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding:      
     Basic   62,831,141       42,187,694  
     Diluted   62,831,141       42,187,694  


Chiasma, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Information  
(amounts in thousands)  
  March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 24,576   $ 15,462  
Marketable securities   90,457     119,959  
Accounts receivable   1,015     538  
Inventory   14,381     10,955  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,603     6,444  
Property and equipment, net   487     534  
Other assets   1,744     1,883  
Restricted cash   20,272     20,563  
Total assets $ 159,535   $ 176,338  
Accounts payable $ 6,356   $ 4,240  
Accrued expenses   10,338     11,858  
Other current liabilities   625     633  
Deferred royalty obligation   73,368     63,548  
Long-term liabilities   6,160     4,274  
Total liabilities   96,847     84,553  
Total stockholders' equity   62,688     91,785  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 159,535   $ 176,338  




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