Phio Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: PHIO), a biotechnology company developing the next generation of immuno-oncology therapeutics based on its proprietary self-delivering RNAi (INTASYL™) therapeutic platform, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and provided a business update.
"The second quarter was an exciting period for our team as we presented during three major medical conferences new preclinical data from animal studies that validate the potential of our INTASYL RNAi technology as a cancer immunotherapy platform for innovative therapeutics. For example, we now have in vivo data showing the ability and safety of INTASYL technology to reprogram immune cells, such as T cells, in situ through intratumoral application, resulting in impressive anti-tumoral efficacy," said Dr. Gerrit Dispersyn, President and CEO of Phio.
"The recent data we presented from studies conducted with our lead asset, PH-762, our BRD4 targeting INTASYL compound, PH-894, as well as other pipeline products, support our advancement of these products into additional studies. We are currently planning to initiate clinical studies with PH-762 in 2021, and the required steps needed to initiate these clinical trials are underway. Due to the potential for delays related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot provide more specific guidance as to exactly when the studies will be initiated."
Quarter in Review and Recent Corporate Updates
At June 30, 2020, the Company had cash of $18.9 million as compared with $6.9 million at December 31, 2019. During the second quarter of 2020, the Company received net proceeds of $3.8 million from the exercise of outstanding warrants and raised $3.5 million in net proceeds through an equity offering completed in April. The Company expects its cash will be sufficient to fund currently planned operations for at least the next 12 months.
Research and Development Expenses
Research and development expenses were approximately $0.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to approximately $1.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The decrease is primarily due to a reduced use of an outside interim temporary labor consultant and a reduction in patent-related expenses as compared to the prior year period.
General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses were relatively steady at $0.9 million for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2020 and 2019.
Net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.34 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared with $2.0 million, or $4.62 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The decrease in net loss was primarily attributable to a decrease in research and development expenses, as discussed above. The change in net loss per share was primarily due to an increase in the number of shares outstanding as a result of our capital raise activities as compared to the prior year period.
About Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: PHIO) is a biotechnology company developing the next generation of immuno-oncology therapeutics based on its self-delivering RNAi (INTASYL™) therapeutic platform. The Company's efforts are focused on silencing tumor-induced suppression of the immune system through its proprietary INTASYL platform with utility in immune cells and the tumor micro-environment. Our goal is to develop powerful INTASYL therapeutic compounds that can weaponize immune effector cells to overcome tumor immune escape, thereby providing patients a powerful new treatment option that goes beyond current treatment modalities. For additional information, visit the Company's website, www.phiopharma.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. These statements are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the impact to our business and operations by the recent coronavirus outbreak, results from our preclinical and clinical activities, the development of our product candidates, the ability to obtain future financing, the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors, including, but not limited to, market and other conditions and those identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q under the caption "Risk Factors" and in other filings the Company periodically makes with the SEC. Readers are urged to review these risk factors and to not act in reliance on any forward-looking statements, as actual results may differ from those contemplated by our forward-looking statements. Phio does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect a change in its views, events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by law.
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Company Codes: NASDAQ-NMS:PHIO