Corbus Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter Financial Results and Corporate Updates

  • RESOLVE-1 Phase 3 study of lenabasum for treatment of systemic sclerosis on schedule for topline data this summer
  • Phase 2b study of lenabasum for cystic fibrosis topline results on schedule in Q3 2020
  • Balance sheet strengthened with up to $121M in new capital
  • Company to host conference call and webcast today, August 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. ET

Norwood, MA, Aug. 06, 2020 (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 reported financial results for the second quarter of 2020. The Company also provided clinical and corporate updates.

“We had a busy second quarter as we prepare for a potentially transformative second half of the year with two expected data readouts, including topline data in our Phase 3 study for systemic sclerosis this summer, followed by our Phase 2b study in cystic fibrosis. We recently announced that we completed sales of $71 million through our ATM program and entered a debt financing agreement for up to $50 million with the first $20 million already received, strengthening our balance sheet and putting us in a solid financial position before topline data,” said Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer. “We have also appointed a new board member, Dr. George Golumbeski who brings considerable expertise in corporate and business development. With these recent updates, a strong balance sheet and the critical data readouts now closer than ever, we continue to prepare the groundwork for NDA submission and commercialization following potential FDA approval.”

Recent Corporate Highlights and Achievements:

 Strengthened the Company’s balance sheet with up to $121 million in new capital, bolstering its strategic flexibility. The Company received an aggregate of $71 million in gross proceeds from its at-the-market offering coupled with the execution of a $50 million debt financing facility with K2 HealthVentures, a healthcare-focused specialty finance company.
 In July, Corbus announced the appointment of George Golumbeski, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Golumbeski brings years of industry experience with a track record of growing companies and advancing innovation. During his corporate career, Dr. Golumbeski held senior leadership positions in business development at Celgene, Novartis, Elan Pharmaceuticals and Schwarz Pharma.
 The Company presented at several conferences during the second quarter. In May, Corbus announced the publication of two abstracts at the European League Against Rheumatism (“EULAR”) 2020 E-Congress. The first abstract highlighted pre-clinical data suggesting that biologic effects of lenabasum include inhibition of inflammasome activation. The second abstract outlined baseline characteristics of RESOLVE-1 patients in the European Union. Additionally, new data from the lenabasum Phase 2 open-label extension study were presented at the 6th Systemic Sclerosis World E-Congress. Analyses show the American College of Rheumatology Combined Response Index in diffuse cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis (“ACR CRISS”) score correlates with improvements from baseline in how patients feel and function. The presentations are available in the Scientific Conferences section of Corbus’ website.
 In June, the Company announced the publication of baseline patient demographics and disease characteristics in its Phase 2b study of lenabasum in cystic fibrosis. The information was published in an electronic supplement of the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis in connection with the 43rd European Cystic Fibrosis Conference.
 Lenabasum recently received Orphan Drug Designation for systemic sclerosis from Japan’s PMDA.

Clinical Program Updates:

Lenabasum: a novel, oral, selective cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) agonist

 Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) – Last subject visit in RESOLVE-1 Phase 3 study of lenabasum for treatment of systemic sclerosis was announced on May 27. Topline results in SSc, a rare disease and the most lethal of the systemic autoimmune diseases, remain on track for this summer. The multicenter study of 365 patients is randomized 1:1:1 for twice a day dosing of lenabasum at 5 mg, 20 mg, or placebo for 52 weeks, with a 4-week follow up. The primary endpoint is the ACR CRISS score. The open-label extension of this study is active. There are no FDA-approved therapies for the overall treatment of SSc.
 Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – Last subject visit in Phase 2b study of lenabasum for CF was announced on June 22. Phase 2b topline results of lenabasum in patients with CF who are at high-risk for recurrent pulmonary exacerbation will follow the RESOLVE-1 data results in the third quarter of 2020. The multicenter study of 425 patients is randomized 1:2:2 for twice a day dosing of lenabasum at 5 mg, 20 mg, or placebo for 28 weeks, with a 4-week follow up. The primary endpoint is event rate of pulmonary exacerbation (“PEx”). Treatment of inflammation to reduce PEx remains a key unmet need in CF.
 Dermatomyositis (DM) – Phase 3 “DETERMINE” study in DM, a rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease characterized by skin and muscle inflammation, is ongoing. Last subject’s first visit in the double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled, multinational DETERMINE study of lenabasum DM was announced on August 5 with 176 subjects enrolled, with topline data expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. The primary endpoint is ACR / EULAR 2016 Total Improvement Score (“TIS”) in Adult Dermatomyositis & Polymyositis. The open-label extension of this study is active. There is significant unmet need for new treatments to achieve disease control in DM because of limited efficacy or toxicity of immunosuppressive agents or refractory disease.
 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – Phase 2b study is ongoing. The study, funded and managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is enrolling at 15 sites in the U.S., with enrollment expected to be completed by end of this year or early 2021.

CRB-4001: a peripherally restricted CB1 inverse agonist and additional candidate compounds

 Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD/NASH) – CRB-4001 is a CB1 inverse agonist which improves metabolic abnormalities and reduces inflammation and fibrosis in non-clinical models of disease. CRB-4001 is undergoing chronic pharmacokinetic studies in primates to measure brain exposure to CRB-4001. Results of these studies are expected this year and will be considered in the design of Phase 1 studies.
 Corbus has selected CRB-317 as an additional candidate to add to its pipeline. CRB-317 is a CB2 agonist that has significant potency and selectivity for CB2 and biological activity in animal models of inflammation and fibrosis. IND enabling pre-clinical studies and formulation work are underway. Phase 1 safety testing is expected in 2021.

Financial Results for Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2020:

For the quarter ended June 30, 2020, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $38.1 million or a net loss per diluted share of $0.52, compared to net income of approximately $2.2 million or net income per diluted share of $0.03, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2020 revenue decreased by approximately $28.8 million to $0.3 million, due primarily to revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 including $27 million from the up-front licensing payment received from Kaken Pharmaceuticals in March 2019.

Operating expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 increased by approximately $11.0 million to $38.4 million. The increase was attributable to clinical studies costs, the costs to manufacture and supply lenabasum for clinical trials, staffing costs, commercialization costs and non-cash stock compensation expense.

On July 29, 2020, Corbus announced that it received an aggregate of $71 million in gross proceeds from its at-the-market (“ATM”) offering coupled with the execution of a $50 million debt financing facility with K2 HealthVentures. Pursuant to the previously disclosed $75 million ATM facility, Corbus sold 9,167,080 shares at a weighted average price of $7.70 per share. Corbus has received the first $20 million tranche from the debt financing facility and has the option to draw $20 million from the second tranche and $10 million from the third tranche, in each case upon achievement of certain regulatory and developmental milestones.

Corbus expects its cash and cash equivalents on hand of approximately $101 million at July 28, 2020 to fund operations into the third quarter of 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast Information:

Corbus management will host a conference call and webcast presentation for investors, analysts and other interested parties today, Thursday, August 6, 2020 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,, 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.

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. For more information on Corbus’ clinical programs, please visit here.

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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.

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Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

  June 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2019 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $63,468,769  $31,748,686 
Customer receivable $5,000,000  $ 
Stock subscriptions receivable $16,675,971  $ 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,872,275   3,724,932 
Contract asset     2,681,065 
Total current assets  88,017,015   38,154,683 
Property and equipment, net  4,547,303   5,083,865 
Operating lease right of use assets  5,539,677   5,818,983 
Other assets  14,085   84,968 
Total assets $98,118,080  $49,142,499 
Current liabilities:        
Notes payable $108,936  $752,659 
Accounts payable  12,697,845   11,091,363 
Accrued expenses  28,144,144   22,447,939 
Deferred revenue  270,530    
Operating lease liabilities, current  873,525   595,745 
Total current liabilities  42,094,980   34,887,706 
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent  7,609,221   8,097,228 
Total liabilities  49,704,201   42,984,934 
Commitments and Contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity        
Preferred Stock $0.0001 par value:10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized, 80,655,848 and 64,672,893 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  8,065   6,467 
Additional paid-in capital  308,991,895   198,975,056 
Accumulated deficit  (260,586,081)  (192,823,958)
Total stockholders’ equity  48,413,879   6,157,565 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $98,118,080  $49,142,499 

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Revenue from awards and licenses $286,346  $29,094,583  $2,048,405  $30,980,265 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  30,686,071   22,181,409   54,633,937   43,965,113 
General and administrative  7,738,968   5,207,962   15,438,447   11,832,709 
Total operating expenses  38,425,039   27,389,371   70,072,384   55,797,822 
Operating income (loss)  (38,138,693)  1,705,212   (68,023,979)  (24,817,557)
Other income (expense), net:                
Interest income, net  12,649   448,717   114,642   783,312 
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss), net  20,721   (1,276)  147,214   (47,911)
Other income, net  33,370   447,441   261,856   735,401 
Net income (loss) $(38,105,323) $2,152,653  $(67,762,123) $(24,082,156)
Net income (loss) per share, basic $(0.52) $0.03  $(0.95) $(0.38)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic  73,885,548   64,546,628   71,578,975   63,119,196 
Net income (loss) per share, diluted $(0.52) $0.03  $(0.95) $(0.38)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted  73,885,548   68,511,587   71,578,975   63,119,196 

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Contacts:

Ted Jenkins, Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Phone: +1 (617) 415-7745

Lindsey Smith, Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Phone: +1 (617) 415-7749

Christina Tartaglia Stern IR, Inc.
Phone: +1 (212) 362-1200