• $62.9 million (€53.0 million) raised in a follow-on offering to advance clinical programs for IFX-1
  • Start of three Phase II trials for IFX-1 in two serious inflammatory diseases
  • Expansion of our operations along a number of fronts
  • Cash and cash equivalents and current financial assets of €156.6 million as of December 31, 2018

JENA, Germany, March 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, announced today financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.

“2018 was marked by significant progress for InflaRx in both our business and clinical operations,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “Importantly, we completed enrollment of our Phase IIb trial with IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa, from which we will report top-line results in the second quarter of 2019, and also initiated a Phase II trial in ANCA-associated vasculitis. We are continuing to execute our clinical development plans in 2019 as well, as evidenced by the recent initiation of our Phase IIa study in Pyoderma Gangraenosum.”

Prof. Riedemann continued, “In addition to our pipeline progress, the Company experienced significant corporate growth in the past year by recruiting highly qualified directors to our board, opening our new R&D facility in the U.S. to support future innovation, and recruiting experienced executives to help us take InflaRx forward through 2019 and beyond. I am quite pleased with our team’s ability to execute on our core milestones of the past year and look forward to reporting on this continued progress in the months to come.”

Corporate and drug development highlights – 2018 through early 2019

Corporate

  • Closed a primary and secondary offering in May 2018 for total gross proceeds of $117.3 million ($62.9 million to InflaRx and $54.4 million to selling shareholders), including the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.

  • Appointed highly experienced executives to the Board of Directors: Tony Gibney, CBO of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Jens Holstein, CFO of MorphoSys AG. Richard Brudnick, CBO of Codiak BioSciences, appointed as Non-Executive Director, subject to shareholder approval at our annual general meeting (currently serving as a Non-Voting Observer).

  • Expanded U.S. operations with opening of two U.S. sites – R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan and corporate offices in New York City.

  • Hired senior executives for key positions – Jason Marks (formerly of Bausch Health) as Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel and Jordan Silverstein (formerly of Advanced Accelerator Applications) as Head of Corporate Strategy/Development.

  • Expanding research and development activities supported by growth in number of employees to 38 as of December 31, 2018 (2017: 21).

Lead product candidate, IFX-1, first-in-class anti-human complement factor C5a antibody

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

  • First patient enrolled in March 2018 in Phase IIb SHINE trial in moderate or severe HS and enrollment completed in November 2018. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study is being conducted at 38 sites in North America and Europe. Topline results are expected in the second quarter of 2019.

  • New long-term retrospective data from completed Phase IIa trial presented in February 2019 at the 8th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation. The data showed sustained remissions and median time to first flare of almost seven months, after only eight weeks of treatment.

ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). 

  • Received FDA clearance of an IND application for U.S. Phase II study in patients with AAV in June 2018 and dosed the first patient in October 2018. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II study is planned to enroll approximately 36 patients at approximately 20 sites in the U.S.

  • Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD) approved in December 2018 by European regulatory authorities, to initiate a Phase II study in Europe in patients with AAV. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study is planned to enroll approximately 80 patients at about 60 sites in Europe.

2018 financial highlights

Cash and cash equivalents plus securities and other investments. As of December 31, 2018, InflaRx had cash and cash equivalents and securities and other investments of €156.6 million, compared to €123.3 million at the end of 2017. This increase in funds of approximately €33.3 million was primarily attributable to the completion of InflaRx’s follow-on offering of common shares in May 2018. Cash and cash equivalents totaled €55.4 million as of December 31, 2018 (December 31, 2017: €123.3 million). Additionally, current financial assets totaled €101.2 million compared to €0 as of December 31, 2017.

Net cash used in operating activities increased to €23.7 million in 2018, from €12.2 million in 2017, mainly due to higher cash expenses for research and development, such as third-party expenses for manufacturing and clinical trials attributable to InflaRx’ lead program IFX-1 and personnel expenses.

Research and development expenses increased by €10.6 million to €25.0 million in 2018, compared to €14.4 million in 2017. This increase is primarily attributable to a €7.1 million increase in CRO and CMO expenses for IFX-1 in connection with preparation to commence the clinical trial Phase IIb in patients with HS and the Phase II clinical program in patients with AAV, as well as with the ongoing manufacturing activities for clinical trial material for these clinical trials with IFRX-1 and to a €3.4 million increase in employee-related costs associated with salaries, bonus, benefits and non-cash share-based compensation.

General and administrative expenses amounted to €12.8 million in 2018, an increase of €7.7 million from €5.1 million in 2017. This was primarily attributable to a €6.2 million increase in employee-related costs associated with salaries, bonus, benefits and non-cash share-based compensation. Legal, consulting and audit fees and other expenses increased by €0.5 million, which is mainly attributable to expenses incurred in connection with the follow on offering of common shares in May 2018.

Net financial result was €7.7 million, up by €12.5 million compared to a net financial loss of €4.8 million in 2017, mainly due to net foreign exchange gains. Large portions of InflaRx’ funds are held in U.S. dollars and the dollar improved compared to the euro during 2018.

Loss for the period 2018 was €29.8 million or €1.2 per common share (basic and diluted), compared to €24.2 million or €2.6 per common share (basic and diluted) for 2017.

Additional information regarding these results is included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018 and “ITEM 18. Financial statements”, which will be included in InflaRx’ Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the SEC.

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss for the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

 2017  2018 
  
 (in thousands of €, except for per share data)
Operating Expenses  
Research and development expenses(14,415) (25,028)
General and administrative expenses(5,138) (12,787)
Total Operating Expenses(19,553) (37,815)
Other income116  304 
Other expenses(8) (5)
Operating Result(19,445) (37,516)
Finance income130  10,433 
Finance expenses(4,923) (2,731)
Net financial Result(4,793) 7,702  
Loss for the period(24,238) (29,815)
   
Share information  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding9,411  25,095 
Loss per share in euro (basic/diluted)€ (2.60) € (1.19)
      
Loss for the period(24,238) (29,815)
Other comprehensive income that may be re­clas­si­fied to profit or loss in subsequent periods:  
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations0  51 
Total comprehensive loss(24,238) (29,764)
   


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as of December 31, 2018 and 2017

 2017  2018 
  
 (in thousands of €)
ASSETS     
Non-current assets     
Property, plant and equipment173  625 
Intangible assets41  223 
Non-current financial assets20  207 
Total non-current assets234  1,055 
Current assets     
Current other assets696  1,589 
Current financial assets0  101,184 
Cash and cash equivalents123,282  55,386 
Total current assets123,979  158,159 
TOTAL ASSETS124,213  159,214 
      
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES     
Equity     
Issued capital2,858  3,116 
Share premium161,639  211,022 
Other capital reserves6,225  18,310 
Accumulated deficit(51,293) (81,107)
Other components of equity0  50 
Total equity119,429  151,391 
Non-current liabilities     
Provisions2  57 
Government grants15  11 
Total non-current liabilities17  68 
Current liabilities     
Employee Benefits295  788 
Social securities and other current tax liabilities2  310 
Trade and other payables4,469  6,657 
Total current liabilities4,766  7,756 
Total Liabilities4,783  7,824 
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES124,213  159,214 
      

 

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

 Issued
capital
 Share
pre­mium
 Other
capital
re­serves 
 Ac­cu­mu­lated
deficit
  Other
com­po­nents
of equity
  Total
equity
 
  
 (in thousands of €, except for share data)
Balance January 1, 201731 0 1,325 (27,055) 9   (25,690)
Loss for the period   (24,238)   (24,238)
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations     0  2 
Total comprehensive loss    (24,238) 0  (24,238)
Transactions with owners of InflaRx        
Contributions        
Issue of common shares848 90,055      90,903 
Transaction costs (9,115     (9,115)
Equity-settled share-based payment  4,550     4,550 
Total Contributions848 80,940 4,550     86,338  
Changes in ownership interests        
Reorganization1,978 80,698 350     83,026 
Liquidation of a Subsidiary      (9) (9)
Total changes in ownership interests1,978 80,698 350   (9) 83,017  
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx2,826 161,638 4,900   (9) 169,355  
Balance at December 31, 20172,857 161,639 6,225 (51,293) 0   119,429  
Loss for the period   (29,815)   (29,815)
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations     51  51 
Total comprehensive loss    (29,815) 51   (29,764)
Transactions with owners of InflaRx        
Contributions        
Issue of common shares222 52,769      52,991 
Transaction costs (3,801     (3,801)
Equity-settled share-based payment  12,085     12,085 
Share options exercised36 416      452 
Total Contributions258 49,384 12,085     61,727  
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx258 49,384 12,085     61,727  
Balance at December 31, 20183,116 211,022 18,310 (81,107) 50   151,391  
         


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

 2017  2018 
  
 (in thousands of €)    
Operating activities     
Loss for the period(24,238) (29,815)
Adjustments for:  
Depreciation & Amortization71  174 
Net financial result4,793  (7,702)
Share based payment expense4,550  12,085 
Effects of exchange rate changes on financial assets(61) (2,387)
other non-cash adjustments24  (83)
Changes in:  
Current other assets(523) (894)
Current financial assets154  (316)
Provisions  55 
Government grants(4) (4)
Employee benefits129  493 
Social securities and other current tax liabilities(30) 310 
Trade and other payables2,917  2,188 
Interest received66  504 
Interest paid0  0 
Net cash flows from operating activities(12,152) (23,712)
Investing activities  
Cash outflow from the purchase of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment(149) (806)
Cash outflow for the investment in non-current  other financial assets(19) (210)
Proceeds from the disposal of non-current other financial assets0  22 
Proceeds from the disposal of current financial assets0  7,990 
Purchase of current & non-current  financial assets0  (106,445)
Net cash flows used in investing activities(167) (99,451)
Financing activities  
Proceeds from issuance of share capital90,904  53,443 
Transaction cost from issuance of share capital(9,115) (3,801)
Proceeds from issuance of preferred shares27,012   
Net cash flows from financing activities108,801   49,642  
Effect of exchange rate changes(2,317) 5,626 
Change in cash and cash equivalents94,165   (67,896)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period29,117  123,282 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period123,282   55,386  
   

About IFX-1:

IFX-1 is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, IFX-1 leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. IFX-1 has been demonstrated to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response in pre-clinical studies. IFX-1 is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development and has, to date, successfully completed three clinical Phase II studies. More than 150 people have been treated with IFX-1 in these completed clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for various inflammatory indications, including Hidradenitis Suppurativa and ANCA-associated vasculitis.

About InflaRx N.V.:

InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a technology to discover and develop first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a. Complement C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007 and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI and New York, NY, USA.  For further information please visit www.inflarx.com.

Contacts:
Investor Relations
InflaRx N.V.
Jordan Silverstein
Head of Corporate Development and Strategy
Jordan.silverstein[at]inflarx.de
+1 917-837-1709

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