Anavex Life Sciences Reports Fiscal 2017 Financial Results And Provides Update On Therapeutic Programs

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NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (“Anavex” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:AVXL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain and various types of cancer, today reported financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

The Company also provided an update on its most advanced programs for ANAVEX®2-73 for the treatment of Rett syndrome (RTT), a severe neurological disorder caused by mutations in the X-linked gene MECP2 (methyl-CpG-binding protein 2), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

“We are entering fiscal 2018 with our strongest balance sheet to date, which allows the Company to carry out planned clinical studies for ANAVEX®2-73. This year has been an extraordinarily productive period for Anavex, with advanced preparation underway for studies in Rett syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease – all indications with high unmet need,” said, Christopher U Missling, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anavex. “The upcoming year will be focused on deploying key programs through clinical trials, with the anticipation of a number of data readouts in 2018.”

ANAVEX®2-73 Program Update:

  • The Company filed an IND for ANAVEX®2-73 in Rett syndrome, for which the Company received orphan drug designation by the FDA, and is expecting feedback from the FDA to finalize the clinical trial protocol for this study. As start-up activities with clinical trial sites have been underway, the Company anticipates dosing the first patient in due course following FDA approval of the IND.
  • With the integration of genome sequencing information from ANAVEX®2-73-treated patients, the Company is now able to enhance the planned Alzheimer’s Phase 2/3 study. It is expected that incorporating this novel precision medicine approach as well as including comprehensive fluid-based biomarkers and multimodal neuroimaging, will enable a more robust regulatory submission, anticipated within the upcoming quarter. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study will be aimed at evaluating the safety, tolerability and efficacy of ANAVEX®2-73 in Alzheimer’s disease patients and will be conducted in both Australia and North America. Further details of the study will be shared in upcoming announcements.
  • Due the strength of the preclinical Parkinson’s disease data on ANAVEX®2-73 from a collaboration with Michael J. Fox Foundation, Anavex plans to file an upcoming clinical trial application (CTA) with European regulatory authorities to conduct a Phase 2 trial for ANAVEX®2-73 in Parkinson’s disease patients.

Financial Highlights:

  • Cash and equivalents of $27.4 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $9.2 million at September 30, 2016.
  • Cash used to fund operations was $9.0 million for the 2017 fiscal year, compared to $9.2 million for the comparative 2016 fiscal year. This is in line with the Company’s cash utilization guidance, after adjusting for tax incentive income of $2.0 million.
  • Operating expenses of $15.7 million for the 2017 fiscal year compared to $15.6 million for the comparative 2016 fiscal year. The results included a 47% increase in research and development expenditures over the comparative year.  The increase was associated with expenditures incurred in preparation of our planned clinical studies, and an increase in preclinical activities for ANAVEX®3-71 and ANAVEX®1066.
  • Net loss for the 2017 fiscal year of $13.5 million, or $0.33 per share, compared to a net loss of $14.7 million, or $0.42 per share for the comparative 2016 fiscal year.

Corporate Highlights:

  • November 4, 2017 – Anavex presented pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data for ANAVEX®2-73 in a late-breaking oral presentation at the 2017 Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) Meeting. Data presented included new results from the Phase 2a study and data from the first year of the Phase 2a long-term extension study.  Data from patients with the highest ANAVEX®2-73 concentrations pointed towards the continued ability of the compound to stop the decline in the exploratory secondary endpoints cognition (MMSE) and function (ADCS-ADL). In addition, ANAVEX®2-73 continued to demonstrate favorable safety and tolerability through 109 weeks.
  • October 12, 2017 – Anavex announced PK and PD data for ANAVEX®2-73 from its positive Phase 2a study in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease patients, which demonstrated a clear concentration-effect relationship between ANAVEX®2-73 and study measurements. The Company is identifying the best responders to ANAVEX®2-73 by using Ariana Pharma’s KEM® advanced Artificial Intelligence technology. These data provide support to proceed with the clinical development of ANAVEX2-73 for Alzheimer’s disease using a precision medicine paradigm, including DNA whole exome sequencing, RNA expression and gut microbiome characterization.
  • October 30, 2017 – Anavex announced additional data for ANAVEX®2-73 in a model for experimental parkinsonism at The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Conference. These results support the notion that ANAVEX®2-73 is a promising clinical candidate for Parkinson’s disease.
  • October 27, 2017 – Anavex announced additional preclinical data related to multiple sclerosis (MS) in which ANAVEX®2-73 demonstrated the potential to protect and repair myelin-forming cells at the 7th ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS Meeting MSPARIS2017.

The financial information for year ended September 30, 2017, should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which will appear on EDGAR and will be available on the Anavex website at

Conference Call / Webcast Information

Anavex will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET today, December 11, 2017.
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About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq:AVXL) is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain and various types of cancer. Anavex’s lead drug candidate, ANAVEX®2-73, recently completed a successful a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. ANAVEX®2-73 is an orally available drug candidate that restores cellular homeostasis by targeting sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors. Preclinical studies demonstrated its potential to halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. ANAVEX®2-73 also exhibited anticonvulsant, anti-amnesic, neuroprotective and anti-depressant properties in animal models, indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders, including epilepsy. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has awarded Anavex a research grant to develop ANAVEX®2-73 for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The grant fully funds a preclinical study, which could justify moving ANAVEX®2-73 into a Parkinson’s disease clinical trial. ANAVEX®3-71, targeting sigma-1 and M1 muscarinic receptors, is a promising preclinical drug candidate demonstrating disease modifications against the major Alzheimer’s hallmarks in transgenic (3xTg-AD) mice, including cognitive deficits, amyloid and tau pathologies, and also with beneficial effects on neuroinflammation and mitochondrial dysfunctions. Further information is available at You can also connect with the company on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements 

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions based on current information and expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in any of such statements due to various factors, including the risks set forth in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and Anavex Life Sciences Corp. undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

 ASSETS 2017  2016  
 Cash and cash equivalents$  27,440,257 $  9,186,814  
 Sales tax recoverable   9,748    79,347  
 Prepaid expenses and deposits   335,928    180,124  
 Total current assets   27,785,933    9,446,285  
 Deposits   52,396    52,396  
 Total assets$  27,838,329 $  9,498,681  
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $  3,584,334 $  3,119,993  
 Deferred grant income   -    70,532  
 Total liabilities   3,584,334    3,190,525  
 Common stock   43,332    36,169  
 Additional paid-in capital   115,689,221    84,290,140  
 Accumulated deficit   (91,478,558)   (78,018,153) 
 Total stockholders' equity   24,253,995    6,308,156  
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$  27,838,329 $  9,498,681  


 YEARS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, 2016, AND 2015
   2017  2016  2015 
 Operating Expenses   
 General and administrative$  5,008,275 $  8,334,740 $  4,836,978 
 Research and development   10,672,086    7,254,303    2,271,736 
 Total operating expenses   15,680,361     15,589,043     7,108,714  
 Operating Loss   (15,680,361)   (15,589,043)   (7,108,714)
 Other income (expenses)   
 Grant income   140,942    141,195    - 
 Research and development incentive income   2,022,902    571,093    - 
 Interest income, net   88,098    11,322    (71,825)
 Gain on settlement of accounts payable   75,204    151,402    - 
 Gain on settlement of debt   -    61,205    - 
 Financing related charges and adjustments   -    (5,812)   (4,998,145)
 Foreign exchange gain (loss)   (47,583)   (48,445)   70,554 
 Total other income   2,279,563     881,960     (4,999,416)
 Net loss before income taxes   (13,400,798)   (14,707,083)   (12,108,130)
 Income tax expense - current   (59,607)   (29,615)   - 
 Net loss$   (13,460,405)$   (14,736,698)$   (12,108,130)
 Net loss per Share   
 Basic and Diluted$  (0.33)$  (0.42)$  (0.65)
 Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding   
 Basic and Diluted   40,841,033    35,153,426    18,584,820 

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