Cerecor Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Business Updates

Rockville, Maryland, UNITED STATES


  • Announced CERC-002 received Fast Track Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, following positive Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 ARDS
  • Secured exclusive, world-wide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize CERC-002 for all indications
  • Poised to deliver significant number of clinical and regulatory catalysts in 2021

ROCKVILLE, Md. and CHESTERBROOK, Pa., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerecor Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of treatments for rare and orphan diseases, today announced recent business progress and first quarter 2021 financial results.

“It has been a productive start to the year,” said Mike Cola, Chief Executive Officer of Cerecor. “Over the course of 2021, we anticipate multiple data readouts, including CERC-007 in multiple myeloma and adult onset Still’s disease and CERC-006 in complex lymphatic malformations, that will demonstrate significant progress in developing treatments for immunology, oncology, and rare genetic disorders.”

Business Updates:

  • Cerecor announced an expanded agreement with Kyowa Kirin for the world-wide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize the anti-LIGHT antibody CERC-002 for all indications, including severe pediatric onset inflammatory bowel disease and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) including COVID-19 ARDS. Kyowa Kirin has an option to retain the rights in Japan.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to CERC-002 for the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
  • Cerecor announced that it has dosed its first patient in a Phase 1b proof-of-concept, multi-center, open-label dose-escalation, clinical trial of CERC-007, a fully human anti-IL-18 monoclonal antibody, in patients with adult onset Still’s disease (AOSD).

Program Updates:

  • CERC-002: Anti-LIGHT monoclonal antibody in clinical development for COVID-19 ARDS and severe pediatric onset Crohn’s disease.
    • Completed double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase 2 proof-of-concept study of CERC-002 in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with mild-to-moderate ARDS.
    • Final analysis inclusive of the 60-day safety update in the randomized placebo-controlled study demonstrated a single dose of CERC-002 led to a statistically significant reduction in respiratory failure and mortality at Day 28 in patients hospitalized with COVID-19-associated pneumonia and mild to moderate ARDS, the primary endpoint, (n=62, p=0.044).
    • At both the 28-day and the 60-day final timepoints, an approximately 50% trend in mortality reduction (22.5% vs 10.8%) was observed. CERC-002 was safe and well-tolerated on top of standard of care including high dose steroids (>90%) and remdesivir (>65%).
    • CERC-002 was granted FDA Fast Track designation for the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
    • The Company is continuing to enroll patients in its Phase 1b trial in severe pediatric-onset Crohn’s disease with initial data expected in the second quarter and is exploring the applicability of CERC-002 in non-COVID-19 ARDS.
  • CERC-007: Anti-IL-18 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) and Still's disease (AOSD and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA)).
    • The Company has successfully completed enrollment of the first cohort, and has begun to enroll patients in the second of the three cohorts, in the Phase 1b clinical trial in patients with relapsed or refractory MM.
    • The Company anticipates top-line data from the Phase 1b MM trial in the second half of 2021.
    • Initial data anticipated from Phase 1b clinical trial in AOSD in the third quarter of 2021.
  • CERC-006: Dual mTORc1/c2 small molecule inhibitor for complex lymphatic malformations.
    • Initial data anticipated from a Phase 1b proof-of-concept clinical study in the third quarter of 2021.
  • CERC-800 programs (CERC-801, CERC-802, and CERC-803): Therapeutic doses of monosaccharide therapies for congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs).
    • CERC-801 – In collaboration with the Frontiers in Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation Consortium clinical program, data are anticipated from the pivotal trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of D-galactose in patients suffering from Phosphoglucomutase-1 deficiency related congenital disorders of glycosylation (PGM1-CDG) in the second half of 2021.
    • CERC-802 – Data anticipated from the pivotal trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of D-mannose in patients suffering from Mannose phosphate isomerase deficiency related CDG (MPI-CDG) in the second half of 2021.
    • CERC-803 – Data anticipated from the pivotal trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of L-fucose in patients suffering from Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency II (LAD II) in the second half of 2021.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Update:

As of March 31, 2021, Cerecor had $38.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, which was a significant increase over the $18.9 million balance as of December 31, 2020. The increase was driven by net proceeds of $37.7 million from an underwritten public offering completed in January 2021, partially offset by operating expenditures, the majority of which related to pipeline development.

Net product revenue of the Company’s commercialized product, which the Company considers non-core and for which strategic alternatives are being explored, decreased $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The decrease was due to a full sales return allowance recorded on sales of product that became short-dated in February 2021 due to manufacturing delays. The Company received the delayed inventory lot in April 2021 and it therefore expects revenues to normalize over the remainder of the year.

Total operating expenses decreased $3.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020. In 2020, there was a $25.5 million acquired in-process research and development (IPR&D) charge directly related to the Company’s merger with Aevi Genomic Medicine, Inc. (the Aevi Merger), which led to the decrease compared to the prior period. This decrease was largely offset by a significant increase in research and development expenses. This increase was due partially to a full quarter of the expanded pipeline from the Aevi Merger as opposed to a partial quarter in the prior year and partially as a result of the focus on integration as opposed to pipeline development. Additionally, the increase in research and development expenses for the quarter includes the $10 million upfront license fee related to the expanded license agreement for CERC-002 entered into and expensed in March 2021. While the IPR&D charge in 2020 largely offset the increased research and development expenses in 2021, the net loss increased as compared to the prior year due to a $7.1 million increase in the fair value of an investment of the Company in the prior year that did not repeat in the current quarter. Loss per share was largely consistent with the prior year with an increase in shares, due to financings, offsetting the larger net loss.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 March 31,
2021
 December
31, 2020
 (unaudited)
(a)
 (a)
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$38,292  $18,919 
Accounts receivable, net3,130  2,177 
Other receivables2,056  2,208 
Inventory, net  3 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets2,465  2,660 
Restricted cash, current portion153  38 
Total current assets46,096  26,005 
Property and equipment, net1,530  1,607 
Intangible assets, net1,161  1,585 
Goodwill14,409  14,409 
Restricted cash, net of current portion149  149 
Total assets$63,345  $43,755 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$11,913  $2,574 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities14,238  11,310 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations209  1,341 
Total current liabilities26,360  15,225 
Royalty obligation2,000  2,000 
Deferred tax liability, net111  90 
Other long-term liabilities1,719  1,878 
Total liabilities30,190  19,193 
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock—$0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at March 31,
2021 and December 31, 2020; 89,104,816 and 75,004,127 shares issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
89  75 
Preferred stock—$0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at March 31,
2021 and December 31, 2020; 1,257,143 shares issued and outstanding at March
31, 2021 and December 31, 2020
1  1 
Additional paid-in capital241,535  202,276 
Accumulated deficit(208,470) (177,790)
Total stockholders’ equity33,155  24,562 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$63,345  $43,755 

(a) The condensed consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 have been derived from the reviewed and audited financial statements, respectively, but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
 2021 (a) 2020 (a)
Revenues:   
Product revenue, net$473  $2,754 
    Total revenues, net473  2,754 
    
Operating expenses:   
Cost of product sales77  66 
Research and development25,206  4,768 
Acquired in-process research and development  25,549 
General and administrative4,911  2,676 
Sales and marketing435  677 
Amortization expense424  431 
    Total operating expenses31,053  34,167 
 (30,580) (31,413)
Other income:   
Change in fair value of Investment in Aytu  7,080 
Other income  11 
Interest income17  10 
Total other income, net from continuing operations17  7,101 
Loss from continuing operations before taxes(30,563) (24,312)
Income tax expense (benefit)11  (2,157)
Loss from continuing operations$(30,574) $(22,155)
(Loss) Income from discontinued operations, net of tax(106) 1,038 
Net loss$(30,680) $(21,117)
    
Net (loss) income per share of common stock, basic and diluted:   
Continuing operations$(0.32) $(0.36)
Discontinued operations(0.00) 0.02 
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted$(0.32) $(0.34)
    
Net (loss) income per share of preferred stock, basic and diluted:   
Continuing operations$(1.61) $(1.78)
Discontinued operations(0.01) 0.08 
Net loss per share of preferred stock, basic and diluted$(1.62) $(1.70)

(a) The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 have been derived from the reviewed financial statements but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.

About Cerecor

Cerecor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of treatments for rare and orphan diseases. The company is advancing its clinical-stage pipeline of innovative therapies that address unmet patient needs within rare and orphan diseases. The company's rare disease pipeline includes CERC-801, CERC-802 and CERC-803, which are in development for congenital disorders of glycosylation and CERC-006, an oral mTORc1/c2 inhibitor in development for the treatment of complex lymphatic malformations. The company is also developing two monoclonal antibodies, CERC-002, and CERC-007. CERC-002 targets the cytokine LIGHT (TNFSF14) and is in clinical development for treatment of severe pediatric-onset Crohn's disease, and COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome. CERC-007 targets the cytokine IL-18 and is in clinical development for the treatment of Still’s disease (adult onset Still’s disease (AOSD) and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA)), and multiple myeloma (MM). CERC-006, 801, 802 and 803 have all received Orphan Drug Designation and Rare Pediatric Disease Designation, which makes all four eligible for a priority review voucher upon FDA approval.

For more information about Cerecor, please visit www.cerecor.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors (many of which are beyond Cerecor’s control), which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to Cerecor’s plans, objectives, projections, expectations and intentions and other statements identified by words such as “projects,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “continue,” “seeks,” “aims,” “predicts,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” or similar expressions (including their use in the negative), or by discussions of future matters such as: the development of product candidates or products; timing and success of trial results and regulatory review; potential attributes and benefits of product candidates; and other statements that are not historical. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cerecor’s management but are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including: drug development costs, timing and other risks, including reliance on investigators and enrollment of patients in clinical trials, which might be slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic; regulatory risks; Cerecor's cash position and the need for it to raise additional capital; general economic and market risks and uncertainties, including those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; and those other risks detailed in Cerecor’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, Cerecor expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Cerecor’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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