TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 13, 2020 / Edesa Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and provided an update on its business.
During the quarter, Edesa expanded an ongoing Phase 2b study of its lead product candidate, EB01, following positive safety data in healthy volunteers. The company is developing EB01 as a monotherapy for patients with chronic allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), a debilitating disease that is frequently caused by allergens present in the workplace. Edesa plans to expand the utility of its anti-inflammatory technology, which forms the basis of EB01, into additional indications, including hemorrhoids disease (HD). The company expects to initiate a proof of concept study in HD later this year. Following the quarter end, in January, the company completed a $4.36 million equity financing, which included significant participation from Edesa's current institutional investors and insiders.
Dr. Par Nijhawan, Chief Executive Officer of Edesa, said that the company intends to move rapidly to initiate the proof of concept study in HD. 'This indication represents a significant expansion and market opportunity for our anti-inflammatory technology platform. We also plan to identify new clinical assets and technologies that fit our strategy of developing new treatments that address unmet medical needs, have large addressable markets and are complementary to the portfolios of larger biopharmaceutical companies.'
Edesa's Chief Financial Officer, Kathi Niffenegger, reported that expenditures during the quarter reflected increased activity levels in the company's clinical programs as well public company expenses that Edesa did not incur as a privately held company. 'The change in our operational expenses over the comparable period reflect the ongoing transformation of the company and the priority we have placed on advancing our EB01 program, building on our technology platform and delivering on clinical and corporate milestones.'
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019*
Total revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2019 were $0.11 million, reflecting sale of product inventory obtained in the reverse acquisition completed in June 2019. There were no revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2018.
Total operating expenses increased by $0.80 million to $1.21 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $0.41 million for the same period last year:
- Cost of sales and services was less than $0.01 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, reflecting the sales of product inventory obtained in the reverse acquisition. There were no product sales in the same period last year.
- Research and development expenses increased by $0.27 million to $0.53 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $0.26 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to increased external research expenses related to the initiation of clinical studies for the company's EB01 drug product candidate as well as higher personnel expenses.
- General and administrative expenses increased by $0.53 million to $0.68 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $0.15 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to increased salaries and related personnel expenses, increased legal and professional fees, and public company expenses.
For the three months ended December 31, 2019, Edesa reported a net loss of $1.09 million, or $0.15 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $0.36 million, or $0.11 per basic share, for the three months ended December 31, 2018.
* Financial results for any periods ended prior to June 7, 2019 reflect the financials of the company's subsidiary Edesa Biotech Research, Inc. on a standalone basis.
At December 31, 2019, the company had working capital of $4.12 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.33 million.
On January 8, 2020, the company closed a registered direct offering of common shares and concurrent private placement of purchase warrants. The company received aggregate gross proceeds in the offering of $4.36 million, before deducting fees to the placement agent and other estimated offering expenses payable by the company. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the financing for general corporate purposes, which may include working capital, capital expenditures, and research and development expenses.
Edesa management will be attending the American Contact Dermatitis Society Annual Meeting and Dermatology Innovation Forum, both on March 19, 2020 in Denver, Colorado; and the Bio-Europe Spring 2020 Conference being held March 23-25, 2020 in Paris. Members of the investment or biopharma communities interested in meetings with management can schedule one-on-ones through the conference online systems or by contacting Edesa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDSA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on efficiently developing innovative treatments that address significant unmet medical needs. Edesa's lead product candidate, EB01, is a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory molecule (sPLA2 inhibitor) for the treatment of chronic allergic contact dermatitis which has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in multiple clinical studies. A Phase 2b clinical study of EB01 was initiated in October 2019. Edesa also intends to expand the utility of its sPLA2 inhibitor technology, which forms the basis for EB01, across multiple indications and expand its portfolio with assets that can drive long-term growth opportunities. The company is based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, with U.S. offices in Southern California.
Edesa Forward-Looking Statements
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