ESSA Pharma Provides Corporate Update and Reports Financial Results for Fiscal First Quarter Ended December 31, 2022
Completion of Phase 1 EPI-7386 combination study with enzalutamide expected in 1H2023 followed by initiation of the randomized Phase 2 study
Phase 1b EPI-7386 monotherapy expansion study in mCRPC patients ongoing
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA and VANCOUVER, Canada, Feb. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ - ESSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("ESSA", or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EPIX), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2022. All references to "$" in this release refer to United States dollars, unless otherwise indicated.
"Building on our momentum and encouraging clinical results observed in 2022, we continue to advance our studies of EPI-7386, ESSA's first-in-class N-terminal domain androgen receptor inhibitor, in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer ("mCRPC")," stated David Parkinson, MD, President and CEO of ESSA. "In the first half of 2023, we expect to complete the Phase 1 EPI-7386 combination study with Xtandi® (enzalutamide) in patients with mCRPC naïve to second generation anti-androgens and to initiate the Phase 2 randomized study in the same patient population shortly thereafter. In addition, our cash runway continues to be strong and is expected to fund our operations and clinical programs through 2025."
Clinical and Corporate Highlights for the First Quarter Ended December 31, 2022
EPI-7386 Combination Studies
Summary Financial Results
Liquidity and Outstanding Share Capital
At December 31, 2022, the Company had available cash reserves and short-term investments of $163.1 million reflecting the gross proceeds of the February 2021 financing of approximately $150.0 million and July 2020 financing of $48.9 million, less operating expenses in the intervening period. The Company's cash position is expected to be sufficient to fund current and planned operations through 2025.
As of December 31, 2022, the Company had 44,092,374 common shares issued and outstanding.
In addition, as of December 31, 2022 there were 3,234,750 common shares issuable upon the exercise of warrants and broker warrants. This includes 2,920,000 prefunded warrants at an exercise price of $0.0001, and 314,750 warrants at a weighted average exercise price of $49.69. There were 7,922,061 common shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options at a weighted-average exercise price of $5.13 per common share.
About ESSA Pharma Inc.
ESSA is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel and proprietary therapies for the treatment of patients with prostate cancer. For more information, please visit www.essapharma.com and follow us on Twitter under @ESSAPharma.
Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer
This release contains certain information which, as presented, constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and/or applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information involves statements that relate to future events and often addresses expected future business and financial performance, containing words such as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", and "intend", statements that an action or event "may", "might", "could", "should", or "will" be taken or occur, or other similar expressions and includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding the completion of the Phase 1 EPI-7386 monotherapy study and the Phase 1/2 combination study, enrollment in the monotherapy and combination studies, treatments under the Phase 1b dose expansion study, the Phase 1b Window of Opportunity study and the Phase 1/2 combination study evaluating EPI-7386 with enzalutamide, the initiation of the Phase 2 study, the assessment of anti-tumor activity in the monotherapy and combination studies, the presentation of initial results in the monotherapy and combination studies, and the Company's expected cash runway into 2025.
Forward-looking statements and information are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the ability of ESSA to control or predict, and which may cause ESSA's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied thereby. Such statements reflect ESSA's current views with respect to future events, are subject to risks and uncertainties and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by ESSA as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant medical, scientific, business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. In making forward looking statements, ESSA may make various material assumptions, including but not limited to (i) the accuracy of ESSA's financial projections; (ii) obtaining positive results of clinical trials; (iii) obtaining necessary regulatory approvals; and (iv) general business, market and economic conditions.
Forward-looking information is developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein and in ESSA's Annual Report on Form 10-K dated December 13, 2022 under the heading "Risk Factors", a copy of which is available on ESSA's profile on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.com and on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com, and as otherwise disclosed from time to time on ESSA's EDGAR and SEDAR profiles. Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date that statements are made and ESSA undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as may be required by applicable United States and Canadian securities laws. Readers are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.
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