Ocugen Provides Business Update and Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Two Additional Orphan Drug Designations Granted for OCU400 Modifier Gene Therapy Program
Conference Call and Webcast Today at 8:30 a.m. ET
MALVERN, Pa., Aug. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc.. (NASDAQ: OCGN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing transformative therapies to cure blindness diseases, today reported second quarter 2020 financial results along with a general business update.
“I am very proud of the progress we have made this quarter as we work to develop transformative therapies with the potential to cure blindness diseases.Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, we remain on track to enter the clinic next year with our first gene therapy product candidate, OCU400, for retinitis pigmentosa. Our second gene therapy product, OCU410, for dry age-related macular degeneration and our first novel biologic, OCU200, for major retinal diseases are on track to enter the clinic in 2022,” said Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Ocugen.
- Four Orphan Drug Designations (“ODD”) for OCU400 – In late July 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) granted the third ODD for OCU400 for the treatment of rhodopsin (“RHO”) mutation-associated retinal degeneration. The RHO mutation is one of the more common mutations that cause retinitis pigmentosa (“RP”), a group of rare genetic disorders, with the RHO mutation representing about 12% of RP patients in the United States. In early August 2020, the FDA granted another ODD for OCU400 for the treatment of phosphodiesterase 6B (“PDE6B”) mutation-associated RP.
- World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2020 Conference – On August 24, 2020, Dr. Rasappa Arumugham, Chief Scientific Officer of Ocugen, will highlight Ocugen’s breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform as part of the Next Generation Therapies Seminar.
- Chair Appointment for the Retina Scientific Advisory Board – In June 2020, Ocugen announced the appointment of Dr. Mohamed Genead as chair of the Ocugen, Inc. Retina Scientific Advisory Board, which is comprised of prominent experts who provide strategic advice, clinical and regulatory support, and scientific and industry expertise. The Company believes Dr. Genead’s deep experience in ophthalmology and gene therapy will be instrumental as it advances its breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform into the clinic next year.
- Discontinuance of OCU300 for ocular Graft vs. Host Disease and Reduction in Force – In June 2020, after review of a pre-planned interim sample size analysis which indicated the trial was unlikely to meet its co-primary endpoints upon completion, Ocugen discontinued the Phase 3 trial and initiated a workforce reduction as part of this shift in focus towards its gene therapy platform and novel biologics program aimed at curing blindness diseases. Ocugen expects the workforce reduction will result in approximately $2.0 million in annualized cost savings commencing in 2021.
- Extension of Cash Runway – Ocugen sold an aggregate of 59.1 million shares of common stock in separate at-the-market offerings (“ATMs”) commenced in May 2020 and June 2020, generating net proceeds of $15.4 million and increasing its cash runway into the first quarter of 2021.
Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results:
- In April 2020, Ocugen completed an amendment and exchange of its Series A Warrants for an aggregate of 21.9 million shares of Ocugen’s common stock and non-interest-bearing unsecured notes in the aggregate principal amount of $5.6 million. The Company has made prepayments of $3.1 million on the unsecured notes from proceeds received under the May 2020 and June 2020 ATMs.
- Ocugen’s cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $15.1 million as of June 30, 2020, compared to $7.6 million as of December 31, 2019. The Company had 135.0 million shares of common stock outstanding at June 30, 2020.
- Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $1.6 million compared to $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $1.8 million compared to $1.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019.
- Ocugen reported a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.19 loss per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to a net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.58 loss per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The Company has scheduled a conference call and webcast for 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the results and recent business highlights. Ocugen's senior management team will host the call, which will be open to all listeners. There will also be a question and answer session following the prepared remarks.
The call can be accessed by dialing (844) 873-7330 (U.S.) or (602) 563-8473 (international) and providing the conference ID 5587104. To access a live audio webcast of the call on the “Investors” section of the Ocugen website, please click here. A replay of the webcast will be archived on Ocugen’s website for approximately 45 days following the call.
About Ocugen, Inc.
Ocugen, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing transformative therapies to cure blindness diseases. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with one drug – “one to many” and our novel biologic product candidate aims to offer better therapy to patients with underserved diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. For more information, please visit www.ocugen.com.
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Chief Financial Officer
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||14,968,161||$||7,444,052|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||924,500||1,322,167|
|Asset held for sale||7,000,000||7,000,000|
|Total current assets||22,892,661||15,766,219|
|Property and equipment, net||232,354||222,464|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Short-term debt, net||4,068,176||—|
|Operating lease obligation||175,538||172,310|
|Other current liabilities||204,860||205,991|
|Total current liabilities||7,041,353||4,543,959|
|Operating lease obligation, less current portion||75,577||163,198|
|Long term debt, net||2,018,926||1,072,123|
|Other non-current liabilities||—||9,755|
|Additional paid-in capital||72,357,228||62,018,632|
|Total stockholders’ equity||14,623,027||11,018,411|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||23,758,883||$||16,807,446|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three months ended June 30,||Six months ended June 30,|
|Research and development||1,629,869||1,240,047||3,282,187||5,033,069|
|General and administrative||1,779,016||1,088,477||4,055,800||2,136,497|
|Total operating expenses||3,408,885||2,328,524||7,337,987||7,169,566|
|Loss from operations||(3,366,265||)||(2,328,524||)||(7,295,367||)||(7,169,566||)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Change in fair value of derivative liabilities||—||(608,149||)||—||(1,384,422||)|
|Loss on debt conversion||—||(341,136||)||—||(341,136||)|
|Other income (expense)||—||184||(87||)||(232||)|
|Total other income (expense)||(247,710||)||(1,210,286||)||(262,427||)||(2,681,850||)|
|Deemed dividend related to Warrant Exchange||(12,546,340||)||—||(12,546,340||)||—|
|Net loss to common stockholders||$||(16,160,315||)||$||(3,538,810||)||$||(20,104,134||)||$||(9,851,416||)|
|Shares used in calculating net loss per common share — basic and diluted||83,537,463||6,067,401||68,082,346||5,461,576|
|Net loss per share of common stock — basic and diluted||$||(0.19||)||$||(0.58||)||$||(0.30||)||$||(1.80||)|