Clearside Biomedical Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

  • Phase 2b ODYSSEY Trial of CLS-AX in Wet AMD Progressing as Planned with Nearly 30 Sites Now Open
  • Proprietary Suprachoroidal Injection Platform Featured in Peer-Reviewed Publication and at ARVO, ASRS and OIS Scientific Meetings
  • Management to Host Webcast and Conference Call Today at 4:30 P.M. ET

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Aug. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearside Biomedical, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLSD), a biopharmaceutical company revolutionizing the delivery of therapies to the back of the eye through the suprachoroidal space (SCS®), today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 and provided a corporate update.

“The last several months have been very productive for Clearside with the initiation of ODYSSEY, our Phase 2b clinical trial with CLS-AX, which we believe has the potential to be up to a twice-a-year treatment for wet AMD,” said George Lasezkay, Pharm.D., J.D., Clearside’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are enrolling patients through a broad network of U.S. clinical sites, and we now have nearly all of our planned 30 sites currently open to enroll participants in the trial. We expect to report topline data in the third quarter of 2024. Our differentiated treatment approach utilizes our SCS Microinjector®, a proven, non-surgical, non-implant way to deliver our proprietary formulation of axitinib, the most potent tyrosine kinase inhibitor in development for patients with wet AMD.”

“We continue to be encouraged by the acceptance of suprachoroidal administration as an innovative and safe form of ophthalmic drug delivery. With an approved product in the U.S., our Asia-Pacific partner’s recent NDA submission in Australia, the continued clinical progress by REGENXBIO/AbbVie and Aura Biosciences using our SCS Microinjector, and multiple presentations at prominent medical meetings, including ARVO and ASRS, Clearside is the leader in suprachoroidal delivery of therapeutic agents to the back of the eye,” concluded Dr. Lasezkay.

Key Highlights

  • Enrollment and dosing of participants is underway in ODYSSEY, Clearside’s randomized, multi-center Phase 2b clinical trial of CLS-AX (axitinib injectable suspension) using suprachoroidal delivery in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).
  • Clearside’s Asia-Pacific partner, Arctic Vision, announced the acceptance in Australia of its New Drug Application for suprachoroidal use of Arcatus® (known as XIPERE® in the U.S.) for the treatment of uveitic macular edema.
  • Clearside’s SCS Microinjector technology was featured in the peer-reviewed Nature portfolio journal, Experimental & Molecular Medicine, in an article titled Genome editing in the treatment of ocular diseases (Choi, E.H., et al., August 2023). The article highlighted suprachoroidal injection as a novel modality for delivering genome-editing tools to the retinal pigment epithelium and retina and concluded that it is reasonable that therapeutics for neovascular and non-neovascular AMD delivered to the SCS might reach the retinal-RPE interface more readily than those delivered via intravitreal injection. The full article is available on Clearside’s website.
  • Safety and tolerability data from Clearside’s OASIS Phase 1/2a clinical trial of CLS-AX in wet AMD were presented at the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) 41st Annual Scientific Meeting by Rahul N. Khurana, MD, FACRS, highlighting the excellent safety profile and potential benefits of CLS-AX, a proprietary suspension formulation of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) axitinib, delivered via Clearside’s proprietary SCS Microinjector® to provide high potency pan-VEGF inhibition.
  • Clinical data was presented at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2023 Annual Meeting, which highlighted that SCS delivery of small molecule suspensions offered targeted, compartmentalized, and durable drug delivery to the chorioretina. In addition, a poster presentation based on the OASIS Phase 1/2a trial data showed that CLS-AX had an excellent safety profile and that Extension Study participants with wet AMD maintained visual acuity while experiencing a meaningful reduction in treatment burden over 6 months.
  • Partner presentations featuring clinical data from programs using Clearside’s proprietary SCS Microinjector technology were highlighted at the ASRS and ARVO meetings. In addition, Clearside’s commercial partner presented data on the adoption of XIPERE® (triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension) for suprachoroidal use, which continues to garner broad acceptance by the retinal community.
  • Clearside received the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certification EN ISO 13485:2016 for “The design, development, and manufacture of sterile piston syringes, needles, and associated accessories for the area of ophthalmology”.
  • In June 2023, Clay B. Thorp, General Partner, Hatteras Venture Partners, was named Chair of Clearside’s Board of Directors. Mr. Thorp has served as a director of Clearside since 2012. He succeeds William D. Humphries, CEO, Alcami Corporation, who continues to serve as a director. Mr. Humphries has served as a director of Clearside since 2012 and served as Board Chair from 2018 to 2023.
  • Clearside’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was enhanced with the additions of Thomas A. Ciulla, M.D., M.B.A. as Chair, Arshad M. Khanani, M.D., M.A. and Lejla Vajzovic, M.D. The SAB is comprised of industry leading retinal physicians who provide medical and scientific expertise and input on the Company’s research and development programs.

Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • License Revenue: License and other revenue for the second quarter of 2023 was $1.0 million, compared to $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2022.
  • Cost of Goods Sold: Cost of Goods Sold for the second quarter of 2023 was $0.2 million, compared to $0 for the second quarter of 2022. The increase was related to sales of Clearside’s SCS Microinjector to licensees.
  • Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2023 were $4.9 million, compared to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2022.
  • General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2023 were $3.1 million, compared to $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2022.
  • Other Income: Other income for the second quarter of 2023 was $0.5 million, compared to $24,000 for the second quarter of 2022. The increase was due to higher interest rates earned on cash and cash equivalents.
  • Other Expense: Non-cash interest expense for the second quarter of 2023 was $2.3 million, compared to $0 in the second quarter of 2022. Non-cash interest expense was comprised of imputed interest on the liability related to the sales of future royalties and the amortization of the associated issuance costs.
  • Net Loss: Net loss for the second quarter of 2023 was $9.1 million, or $0.15 per share of common stock, compared to net loss of $7.8 million, or $0.13 per share of common stock, for the second quarter of 2022.
  • Cash Position: As of June 30, 2023, Clearside’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $35.0 million. The Company believes it will have sufficient resources to fund its planned operations into the third quarter of 2024.

Conference Call & Webcast Details

Clearside’s management will host a webcast and conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results and provide a corporate update. The live and archived webcast may be accessed on the Clearside website under the Investors section: Events and Presentations. The live call can be accessed by dialing (877) 545-0320 (U.S.) or 973-528-0002 (international) and entering conference code: 895559. The Company suggests participants join 15 minutes in advance of the event.

About Clearside Biomedical, Inc.

Clearside Biomedical, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company revolutionizing the delivery of therapies to the back of the eye through the suprachoroidal space (SCS®). Clearside’s SCS injection platform, utilizing the Company’s proprietary SCS Microinjector®, enables an in-office, repeatable, non-surgical procedure for the targeted and compartmentalized delivery of a wide variety of therapies to the macula, retina or choroid to potentially preserve and improve vision in patients with sight-threatening eye diseases. Clearside is developing its own pipeline of small molecule product candidates for administration via its SCS Microinjector. The Company’s lead program, CLS-AX (axitinib injectable suspension), for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), is in Phase 2 clinical testing. Clearside developed and gained approval for its first product, XIPERE® (triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension) for suprachoroidal use, which is available in the U.S. through a commercial partner. Clearside also strategically partners its SCS injection platform with companies utilizing other ophthalmic therapeutic innovations. For more information, please visit

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “may”, “plan”, “potential”, “will”, and similar expressions, and are based on Clearside’s current beliefs and expectations. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the clinical development of CLS-AX, the expected timing of topline results from the ODYSSEY clinical trial, the potential for CLS-AX to be a twice-a-year treatment for wet AMD and other potential benefits of CLS-AX and other product candidates using Clearside’s SCS Microinjector® and Clearside’s ability to fund its operations into the third quarter of 2024. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially include uncertainties inherent in the conduct of clinical trials, Clearside’s reliance on third parties over which it may not always have full control and other risks and uncertainties that are described in Clearside’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 14, 2023 and Clearside’s other Periodic Reports filed with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are based on information available to Clearside as of the date of this release, and Clearside assumes no obligation to, and does not intend to, update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor and Media Contacts:

Jenny Kobin
Remy Bernarda
(678) 430-8206

-Financial Tables Follow-

Selected Financial Data
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Statements of Operations Data Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2023     2022       2023     2022  
License and other revenue $ 1,018     $ 384       $ 1,022     $ 731  
Operating expenses:                            
Cost of goods sold   213               213        
Research and development   4,948       5,430         9,399       9,966  
General and administrative   3,127       2,791         6,285       6,248  
Total operating expenses   8,288       8,221         15,897       16,214  
Loss from operations   (7,270 )     (7,837 )       (14,875 )     (15,483 )
Other income   458       24         950       26  
Non-cash interest expense on liability related to the sales of future royalties   (2,294 )             (4,461 )      
Net loss $ (9,106 )   $ (7,813 )     $ (18,386 )   $ (15,457 )
Net loss per share of common stock — basic and diluted $ (0.15 )   $ (0.13 )     $ (0.30 )   $ (0.26 )
Weighted average shares outstanding — basic and diluted   61,654,520       60,150,348         61,413,343       60,107,517  
Balance Sheet Data June 30,     December 31,  
  2023     2022  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 35,005     $ 48,258  
Accounts receivable   255        
Total assets   39,185       51,303  
Liabilities related to the sales of future royalties, net   38,088       33,977  
Total liabilities   44,158       40,696  
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity   (4,973 )     10,607  

Source: Clearside Biomedical, Inc.

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