Ocugen Provides Business Update and First Quarter 2020 Financial Results100% of planned enrollment completed in Phase 3 oGVHD study; topline results anticipated by end of 2020

MALVERN, Pa., May 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc.. (NASDAQ: OCGN), a clinical-stage company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing transformative therapies to treat the whole eye, today reported first quarter 2020 financial results along with a general business update.

“We reached a significant milestone in our Phase 3 trial with OCU300 for ocular Graft vs. Host Disease (oGVHD) with the completion of our planned enrollment. We expect topline results by the end of this year. On the financial side, we have completed our warrant exchange, an important step in simplifying our capital structure and allowing us to raise capital to advance our programs,” commented Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Ocugen. “Additionally, we remain on track to advance our first gene therapy product candidate, OCU400, into the clinic in 2021. The team has maintained focus during these unprecedented times, driven by our vision to bring hope to patients without adequate treatment options.”

Business Highlights:

  • OCU300 (oGVHD) – Despite the challenges in clinical trial enrollment related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ocugen completed 100% of the planned enrollment in its Phase 3 trial. Topline results are anticipated by the end of the year.
  • Warrant Exchange – In April 2020, Ocugen completed an amendment and exchange of its Series A warrants which removed certain restrictive covenants under the Series A warrants and the Securities Purchase Agreement, giving the Company greater flexibility to raise funds consistent with its growth strategy and long-term value creation for patients and shareholders. As part of the exchange, all the Series A warrants were exchanged for 21.9 million shares of Ocugen’s common stock and non-interest-bearing unsecured notes in the aggregate principal amount of $5.625 million. Immediately following the warrant exchange, the Company had 74.5 million common shares outstanding.
  • Board of Directors – In April 2020, Ocugen appointed two new Directors, Ms. Kirsten Castillo and Dr. Prabhavathi Fernandes. As a part of a planned transition, Frank Leo resigned from the board.
  • 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders – In light of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company previously announced on April 5, 2020 that the Board decided to postpone the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders previously scheduled for June 4, 2020. The date of the 2020 Annual Meeting will be determined at a later time.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results:

  • On April 30, 2020, the Company received a loan in the form of a promissory note for $0.4 million under the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of 2020).
  • Ocugen’s cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $3.3 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $7.6 million as of December 31, 2019.
  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $1.7 million compared to $3.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $2.3 million compared to $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
  • Ocugen reported a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.07 loss per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to a net loss of $6.3 million, or $1.27 loss per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

About Ocugen, Inc.

Ocugen, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing transformative therapies to treat the whole eye. Our Phase 3 small molecule drug candidate for ocular Graft vs. Host Disease (oGVHD), if approved, will be the first and only treatment for this orphan disease. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with one drug – “one to many”. And our novel biologic product candidate aims to offer better therapy to patients with underserved diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. For more information, please visit www.ocugen.com.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. We may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “proposed,” “continue,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from our current expectations. These and other risks and uncertainties are more fully described in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the risk factors described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the quarterly and annual reports that we file with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

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  March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,193,188       $ 7,444,052    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,169,297       1,322,167    
Asset held for sale 7,000,000       7,000,000    
Total current assets 11,362,485       15,766,219    
Property and equipment, net 248,997       222,464    
Restricted cash 151,100       151,016    
Other assets 551,163       667,747    
Total assets $ 12,313,745       $ 16,807,446    
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 1,548,309       $ 1,895,613    
Accrued expenses 1,383,658       2,270,045    
Operating lease obligation 176,616       172,310    
Other current liabilities 206,415       205,991    
Total current liabilities 3,314,998       4,543,959    
Non-current liabilities      
Operating lease obligation, less current portion 117,142       163,198    
Long term debt, net 1,580,560       1,072,123    
Other non-current liabilities 3,940       9,755    
Total liabilities 5,016,640       5,789,035    
Stockholders’ equity      
Common stock 527,467       527,467    
Treasury Stock (47,864 )     (47,864 )  
Additional paid-in capital 62,241,145       62,018,632    
Accumulated deficit (55,423,643 )     (51,479,824 )  
Total stockholders’ equity 7,297,105       11,018,411    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 12,313,745       $ 16,807,446    


  Three months ended March 31,
  2020   2019
Operating expenses      
Research and development $ 1,652,318       $ 3,793,022    
General and administrative 2,276,784       1,048,020    
Total operating expenses 3,929,102       4,841,042    
Loss from operations (3,929,102 )     (4,841,042 )  
Other income (expense)      
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities       (776,273 )  
Interest income 119       594    
Interest expense (14,749 )     (695,469 )  
Other income (expense) (87 )     (416 )  
Total other income (expense) (14,717 )     (1,471,564 )  
Net loss $ (3,943,819 )     $ (6,312,606 )  
Net loss per share of common stock — basic and diluted $ (0.07 )     $ (1.27 )  
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 52,627,228       4,960,552    

Corporate Contact:
Ocugen, Inc.
Kelly Beck
+1 484-328-4698

Media Contact:
Emmie Twombly
+1 857-389-6042

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