Pulmatrix Reports Q1 2020 Results
LEXINGTON, Mass., May 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Pulmatrix Inc. (NASDAQ: PULM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled therapies to address serious pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease using its patented iSPERSE™ technology today reports its Q1 2020 financial results and provides a business update.
"We are excited to join the fight against COVID-19 with the announcement of our Sensory Cloud worldwide partnership for the development and commercialization of an over-the-counter version of NasoCalm, our proprietary anti-contagion product. This partnership builds upon our former biodefense history and we hope to aid in the effort against this virus," said Ted Raad, Chief Executive Officer of Pulmatrix. "On the clinical front, we are committed to the safety of our study subjects during this pandemic. Due to the impact of COVID-19, enrollment in our Phase 2b clinical study of Pulmazole for the treatment of ABPA has been temporarily paused. In our collaboration with Johnson & Johnson*, we currently plan to initiate the PUR1800 Ph1b clinical study and chronic toxicology studies in the second half of 2020."
Q1 and Recent Highlights:
As of March 31, 2020, Pulmatrix had $24.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $23.4 million as of December 31, 2019. In December 2019, Pulmatrix executed a Licensing Agreement with the Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson and in January 2020, received a $7.2M upfront payment with an option to access a portfolio of narrow spectrum kinase inhibitors intended for development in lung cancer.
Pulmatrix reported $2.8 million of revenue in the first quarter of 2020; no revenue was recorded in the first quarter of 2019. The increase was the result of revenue recognized from our collaboration agreement with Cipla Technologies and the license agreement with Johnson & Johnson.
Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2020 were $5.3 million compared to $2.2 million for the same period last year. The $3.1 million increase was primarily due to increased spend of $1.9 million on the PUR1800 project due primarily to manufacturing costs, $0.9 million on the Phase 2b Pulmazole clinical trial and $0.3 million on employment costs in support of our programs.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2020 were $2.2 million compared to $2.0 million for the same period last year. The increase was due to professional consulting cost of $0.2 million.
Net loss was $4.7 million for the first quarter of 2020 and $5.2 million for the first quarter of 2019. The net loss for both periods was due to spend on the Pulmazole project as we continue to advance our Phase 2b clinical study and PUR1800 manufacturing costs for the upcoming planned Phase 1b clinical study.
Pulmatrix is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled therapies to address serious pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease using its patented iSPERSE™ technology. The Company's proprietary product pipeline is initially focused on advancing treatments for serious lung diseases, including Pulmazole, an inhaled anti-fungal for patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis ("ABPA"), and PUR1800, a narrow spectrum kinase inhibitor in lung cancer. Pulmatrix's product candidates are based on iSPERSE™, its proprietary engineered dry powder delivery platform, which seeks to improve therapeutic delivery to the lungs by maximizing local concentrations and reducing systemic side effects to improve patient outcomes.
Certain statements in this press release that are forward-looking and not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements of historical fact, and may be identified by words such as "anticipates," "assumes," "believes," "can," "could," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "guides," "intends," "is confident that", "may," "plans," "seeks," "projects," "targets," and "would," and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, but not limited to, the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Company's ongoing and planned clinical trials; the geographic, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the Company's ability to conduct its business and raise capital in the future when needed; delays in planned clinical trials; the ability to establish that potential products are efficacious or safe in preclinical or clinical trials; the ability to establish or maintain collaborations on the development of therapeutic candidates; the ability to obtain appropriate or necessary governmental approvals to market potential products; the ability to obtain future funding for developmental products and working capital and to obtain such funding on commercially reasonable terms; the Company's ability to manufacture product candidates on a commercial scale or in collaborations with third parties; changes in the size and nature of competitors; the ability to retain key executives and scientists; and the ability to secure and enforce legal rights related to the Company's products, including patent protection. A discussion of these and other factors, including risks and uncertainties with respect to the Company, is set forth in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 26, 2020 as may be supplemented or amended by the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
*Johnson & Johnson Enterprise Innovation Inc. is the legal entity to the agreement.
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