ProMIS Neurosciences Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results
TORONTO and CAMBRIDGE, MA, Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - ProMis Neurosciences, Inc. (TSX: PMN; OTCQB: ARFXF), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of antibody therapeutics targeting toxic oligomers implicated in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, today announced its operational and financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.
"Over the first half of 2018, we focused on three key priorities to advance our business," stated ProMIS Executive Chairman, Eugene Williams. "First, to continue to push toward our goal of initiating the first clinical trial of PMN310 in the second half of 2019; second, to differentiate the oligomer selectivity of PMN310 as best in class profile for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) versus other amyloid-beta directed therapies in development; and third, to expand our portfolio by developing therapeutic antibodies targeting toxic oligomers of alpha-synuclein for Parkinson's disease (PD) and toxic aggregates of Tar-DNA binding protein (TDP43) for ALS. We are pleased to be on target to meet our objectives for the year and look forward to communicating our accomplishments."
Recent Corporate Highlights
Results of Operations - Three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017
Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $1,531,075, as compared to $1,132,258 in the three months ended June 30, 2017. Costs were higher in the current period due to higher research program costs for the AD therapeutics program, recruiting expenses and higher costs to support its patent portfolio, offset by lower stock-based compensation.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $683,786, as compared to $768,696 in the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decreased in expenditures in the current period reflect reduced investor relations expenses and foreign exchange expense, offset by higher consultant salaries and associated costs, other professional fees, and stock-based compensation.
Results of Operations - Six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017
Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 were nominal and relate to legacy technologies.
Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $2,229,082, as compared to $1,851,360 in the six months ended June 30, 2017. Costs are higher in the current period due to higher research program costs for the AD therapeutics program, recruiting expenses and higher costs to support its patent portfolio, offset by lower stock-based compensation.
General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $1,542,656, as compared to $1,420,056 in the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increased expenditures in the current period reflect increased consultant salaries and associated costs and higher stock-based compensation, offset by foreign exchange gains.
Finally, using its unique technology platform, we will advance work to identify and validate selective antibody therapies for the toxic oligomers of alpha synuclein in PD and TDP43 in ALS, with a view to partnering these assets.
About ProMIS Neurosciences
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Company Codes: OTC-QB:ARFXF, Toronto:PMN