Corbus Pharmaceuticals Reports 2019 Third Quarter Financial Results and Provides Clinical and Corporate Updates

Published

  • Phase 3 “RESOLVE-1” study of lenabasum for treatment of systemic sclerosis on track for topline results in summer of 2020
  • Systemic sclerosis is a rare autoimmune disease affecting ~200,000 people in the U.S., EU and Japan and has the highest mortality rate among the systemic autoimmune diseases
  • Phase 2b study of lenabasum for treatment of cystic fibrosis on track for topline results in summer of 2020
  • Phase 1 for CRB-4001 is on track for 2020
  • Corbus owns global commercial rights to lenabasum with exception of Kaken Pharmaceuticals Japanese Partnership
  • Company to host conference call and webcast today, November 7 at 8:30 a.m. ET

Norwood, MA, Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) (“Corbus” or the “Company”) a clinical-stage drug development company pioneering transformative medicines that target the endocannabinoid system, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. The Company also provided an update on its corporate progress, clinical status and financial position.

“We remain on schedule for topline data from our RESOLVE-1 study for the treatment of systemic sclerosis and Phase 2b study in cystic fibrosis next summer. In addition, we anticipate that our CB1 inverse agonist, CRB-4001, targeting liver inflammation and fibrosis will read out Phase 1 safety data in 2020. We are developing strategic partnerships to expand potential lenabasum commercialization beyond the U.S. and Japan, with other countries in Asia as the primary focus. Lastly, we are making steady progress on preclinical programs to expand our pipeline and plan to eventually partner some of them,” commented Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Corbus.

Corporate Highlights:

  • Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) – Phase 3 “RESOLVE-1” study topline results on track for readout in summer of 2020, with potential approval in 2021. Oral and poster presentations of latest open-label extension data from ongoing Phase 2 study (21 months) will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2019 Annual Meeting being held November 8-13 in Atlanta, GA. Baseline subject demographics and disease characteristics for “RESOLVE-1” Phase 3 study will also be presented. 
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – Phase 2b study topline results, utilizing pulmonary exacerbations as a primary endpoint, on track for readout in summer of 2020. Patient screening complete; enrollment of Phase 2b study expected to complete within next few weeks. Study has been funded in part by a Development Award for up to $25 million from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Despite important advances in the treatment of CF including CFTR-targeting medications, people with CF continue to face significant risk and treatment burden from pulmonary exacerbations.  
  • Dermatomyositis (DM) – Phase 3 “DETERMINE” study enrollment ongoing, with topline data of lenabasum expected in 2021. Oral presentation of 68-week safety and efficacy data from Phase 2 open-label extension study will be given at the ACR 2019 Annual Meeting.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – Phase 2 study ongoing with topline data of lenabasum expected in 2020. Phase 2 study is funded and managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). SLE represents the largest indication currently explored in the clinic with lenabasum with approximately 550,000 patients in the U.S., EU, and Japan.
  • CRB-4001 – First-in-human clinical study is scheduled for 2020. Novel inverse agonist of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) designed to avoid the psychiatric side effects of rimonabant that were due to that drug’s interaction with CB1 in the brain. Clinical development will target NAFLD/NASH.  
  • Early-stage, novel drug compounds targeting the endocannabinoid system will fuel expansion of the Company’s clinical pipeline. Corbus recently introduced a group of early-stage CB2 agonists and CB1 inverse agonists with positive activity in assays of inflammation and fibrosis. Company will explore partnerships for development of certain early-stage compounds. 
  • Groundwork for commercialization has commenced. Craig Millian, our Chief Commercial Officer, and his team have been conducting market research and preparing for a potential approval of lenabasum in 2021. We will be sharing first details of this on the call today.

For more information on Corbus’ clinical programs, please visit the Company’s website at www.corbuspharma.com.

Lenabasum is not approved for the treatment of systemic sclerosis, dermatomyositis, cystic fibrosis or systemic lupus erythematosus. CRB-4001 is not approved for the treatment of NASH/NAFLD.

Summary of Financial Results for Third Quarter 2019 Ended September 30, 2019

For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $20,791,000 or a net loss per diluted share of $0.32, compared to a net loss of approximately $14,601,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.26, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $44,873,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.71, compared to a net loss of approximately $38,366,000, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.67, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, revenue from awards increased by approximately $1.5 million to $2.6 million due to revenue recognized from the Development Award Agreement with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Operating expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 increased by approximately $11.7 million to $27.7 million. The increase was attributable to increased spending for clinical studies, the costs to manufacture and supply lenabasum for clinical trials, staffing costs, and non-cash stock compensation expense.

The Company ended the quarter with $54.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Company expects the current cash and cash equivalents together with the $7.5 million remainder of the expected milestone payments from the up to $25 million Development Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund operations into the third quarter of 2020, through topline data readouts in systemic sclerosis and cystic fibrosis, based on current planned expenditures.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Corbus management will host a conference call and webcast presentation for investors, analysts and other interested parties today, Thursday, November 7 at 8:30 a.m. ET.

To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-3978 (domestic) or (412) 902-0039 (international). The live webcast will be accessible on the Events page of the Investors section of the Corbus website, www.corbuspharma.com, and will be archived for 90 days.

About Corbus

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. is a Phase 3 clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat inflammatory and fibrotic diseases by leveraging its pipeline of rationally designed, endocannabinoid system-targeting drug candidates. The Company's lead product candidate, lenabasum, is a novel, oral, selective cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) agonist rationally designed to resolve chronic inflammation and fibrotic processes. Lenabasum is currently being evaluated in systemic sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, dermatomyositis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Corbus is also developing a pipeline of drug candidates targeting the endocannabinoid system. The pipeline includes CRB-4001, a 2nd generation, selective cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) inverse agonist designed to be peripherally restricted. Potential indications for CRB-4001 include nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), among others. Corbus expects data from its Phase 1 safety study in 2020.

For more information, please visit www.CorbusPharma.com and connect with the Company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended, including those relating to the Company's product development, clinical and regulatory timelines, market opportunity, competitive position, possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, potential growth opportunities and other statement that are predictive in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management's current beliefs and assumptions.

These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "potential, "predict," "project," "should," "would" and similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. These statements relate to future events or our financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include those set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    September 30,2019     December 31,2018  
    (unaudited)        
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 54,849,365     $ 41,748,468  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,685,923       2,491,844  
Total current assets     57,535,288       44,240,312  
Property and equipment, net     4,891,063       2,705,206  
Operating lease right of use assets     5,569,999        
Other assets     134,034       43,823  
Total assets   $ 68,130,384     $ 46,989,341  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Notes payable   $     $ 394,305  
Accounts payable     6,193,507       6,345,335  
Accrued expenses     23,969,303       9,851,191  
Deferred revenue           1,462,503  
Operating lease liabilities, current     386,618        
Deferred rent, current           35,996  
Total current liabilities     30,549,428       18,089,330  
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent     7,940,283        
Deferred rent, noncurrent           1,375,891  
Total liabilities     38,489,711       19,465,221  
Commitments and Contingencies                
Stockholders’ equity                
Preferred Stock $0.0001 par value:10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018            
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized, 64,672,893 and 57,247,496 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018     6,467       5,725  
Additional paid-in capital     195,877,403       148,888,635  
Accumulated deficit     (166,243,197 )     (121,370,240 )
Total stockholders’ equity     29,640,673       27,524,120  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 68,130,384     $ 46,989,341  

  Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(Unaudited)

    For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2019     2018     2019     2018  
Revenue from awards and licenses   $ 2,589,783     $ 1,090,878     $ 33,570,048     $ 2,894,966  
Operating expenses:                                
Research and development     22,152,001       12,807,800       66,117,114       32,833,029  
General and administrative     5,534,493       3,181,071       17,367,202       9,218,652  
Total operating expenses     27,686,494       15,988,871       83,484,316       42,051,681  
Operating loss     (25,096,711 )     (14,897,993 )     (49,914,268 )     (39,156,715 )
Other income (expense), net:                                
Other income     4,109,338       -       4,109,338       -  
Interest income, net     292,854       268,335       1,076,166       738,052  
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss), net     (96,282 )     28,447       (144,193 )     52,716  
Other income, net     4,305,910       296,782       5,041,311       790,768  
Net loss   $ (20,790,801 )   $ (14,601,211 )   $ (44,872,957 )   $ (38,365,947 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.32 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.71 )   $ (0.67 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     64,660,017       57,218,832       63,638,447       56,917,897  

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Contacts:

Ted Jenkins, Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +1 (617) 415-7745Email: ir@corbuspharma.com

Lindsey Smith, Associate Director, Investor Relations and Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +1 (617) 415-7749Email: mediainfo@corbuspharma.com

Jenene ThomasJenene Thomas Communications, LLCPhone: +1 (833) 475-8247Email: crbp@jtcir.com

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