Larimar Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2020 Operating and Financial Results

Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES


Phase 1 trials evaluating CTI-1601 as a treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia on track for topline data in 1H 2021

Received orphan drug designation for CTI-1601 from the European Commission

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $102.3 million as of September 30, 2020

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LRMR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases, today reported its third quarter 2020 operating and financial results.

“I am very pleased with the progress Larimar has made over the past few months, as we achieved key clinical, regulatory, and corporate milestones that have left us well positioned for continued growth,” said Carole Ben-Maimon, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Larimar Therapeutics. “In the third quarter, we continued to advance our lead program in development for Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), resuming our Phase 1 trials evaluating CTI-1601 in patients with FA. Though the trials were delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now on track for topline results in the first half of 2021.”

Dr. Ben-Maimon continued, “Alongside this clinical achievement, we also complemented previous regulatory designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with an orphan drug designation from the European Commission and strengthened Larimar’s leadership team with the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Members of the SAB are key opinion leaders in the fields of rare disease, pediatrics, and mitochondrial disease who will provide strategic scientific guidance as we build our pipeline.”

Third Quarter and Subsequent Highlights

  • In July 2020, Larimar resumed its Phase 1 clinical trials to evaluate the safety and tolerability of CTI-1601 for the treatment of FA with the dosing of its third cohort. The trials were previously delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topline data from the trials are expected in the first half of 2021.
  • In August 2020, the European Commission granted an orphan drug designation for CTI-1601 for the treatment of FA. This designation complements previously received Orphan Drug, Fast Track, and Rare Pediatric Disease designations from the FDA.
  • In October 2020, Larimar announced the formation of its SAB. The SAB will provide strategic scientific guidance to company management and is comprised of key opinion leaders in the fields of rare disease, pediatrics, and mitochondrial disease. Members of the SAB include: Russell (Rusty) Clayton, DO; Marni J. Falk, MD; Giovanni Manfredi, MD, PhD; Mark Payne, MD; and Marshall Summar, MD.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

As of September 30, 2020, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable debt securities totaling $102.3 million.

The Company reported a net loss for the third quarter of 2020 of $10.3 million, or $0.64 per share, compared to a net loss of $8.6 million, or $1.42 per share, for the third quarter of 2019.

Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2020 were $6.9 million compared to $8.0 million for the third quarter of 2019. The decrease in research and development expenses compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by lower clinical supply manufacturing costs and toxicology studies partially offset by an increase in external clinical trial expenditures, an increase in personnel related costs due to headcount additions in our research and development functions and an increase in stock-based compensation expense associated with stock option grants made in July 2020.

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2020 were $3.4 million, compared to $0.6 million for the third quarter of 2019. The increase in general and administrative expenses as compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by an increase in professional fees and insurance costs that are primarily due to the costs of operating as a public company, an increase in personnel related costs due to increased headcount, an increase in stock-based compensation associated with stock option grants made in July 2020 and an increase in facilities costs.

About CTI-1601
CTI-1601 is a recombinant fusion protein intended to deliver human frataxin into the mitochondria of patients with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) who are unable to produce enough of this essential protein. Currently in Phase 1 clinical trials in the U.S., CTI-1601 has been granted Rare Pediatric Disease designation, Fast Track designation and Orphan Drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and orphan drug designation by the European Commission. Topline results from the Phase 1 clinical program are planned for the first half of 2021.

About Friedreich’s ataxia
Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a rare, progressive, multi-symptom genetic disease that typically presents in mid-childhood and affects the functioning of multiple organs and systems. The most common inherited ataxia, FA is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease resulting in multiple symptoms including progressive neurologic and cardiac dysfunction – poor coordination of legs and arms, progressive loss of the ability to walk, generalized weakness, loss of sensation, scoliosis, diabetes, and cardiomyopathy as well as impaired vision, hearing, and speech. FA affects an estimated 4,000-5,000 individuals living in the United States and approximately 20,000 in the European Economic Area and United Kingdom. FA results from a deficiency of the mitochondrial protein, frataxin (FXN), which is found in cells throughout the body. To date, there are no medical treatment options approved for patients with FA.

About Larimar Therapeutics
Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LRMR), is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases. The company’s lead compound, CTI-1601, is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical program in the U.S. as a potential treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). Larimar also plans to use its intracellular delivery platform to design other fusion proteins to target additional rare diseases characterized by deficiencies in intracellular bioactive compounds. For more information, please visit: https://larimartx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on Larimar’s management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. All statements contained in this release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding Larimar’s ability to develop and commercialize CTI-1601 and other planned product candidates, Larimar’s planned research and development efforts, and other matters regarding Larimar’s business strategies, use of capital, results of operations and financial position, and plans and objectives for future operations.

In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the words “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others, the success, cost and timing of Larimar’s product development activities, studies and clinical trials; the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Larimar’s clinical trial timelines, ability to raise additional capital and general economic conditions; Larimar’s ability to optimize and scale CTI-1601’s manufacturing process; Larimar’s ability to obtain regulatory approval for CTI-1601 and future product candidates;; Larimar’s ability to develop sales and marketing capabilities, whether alone or with potential future collaborators, and successfully commercialize any approved product candidates; Larimar’s ability to raise the necessary capital to conduct its product development activities; and other risks described in the filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including but not limited to Larimar’s periodic reports, including the annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K, filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements are based on a combination of facts and factors currently known by Larimar and its projections of the future, about which it cannot be certain. As a result, the forward-looking statements may not prove to be accurate. The forward-looking statements in this press release represent views as of the date hereof. Larimar undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law.

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LARIMAR THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

  September 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2019 
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $101,308  $1,009 
Marketable debt securities  1,001    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  5,507   3,741 
Total current assets  107,816   4,750 
Property and equipment, net  630   274 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  4,094   87 
Restricted cash  1,339    
Other assets  78   90 
Total assets $113,957  $5,201 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $1,269  $3,539 
Accrued expenses  3,384   2,259 
Operating lease liabilities, current  525   97 
Total current liabilities  5,178   5,895 
Operating lease liabilities  6,138    
Total liabilities  11,316   5,895 
Commitments and contingencies (See Note 9)        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock; $0.001 par value per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized
as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; no shares issued and
outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019
      
Common stock, $ par value per share; shares
authorized as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019;
and shares issued and outstanding as of
September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively
  15   6 
Additional paid-in capital  154,038   22,432 
Accumulated deficit  (51,410)  (23,132)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2)   
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)  102,641   (694)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $113,957  $5,201 
         


LARIMAR THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development $6,919  $8,034  $20,833  $15,384 
General and administrative  3,416   594   7,575   1,672 
Total operating expenses  10,335   8,628   28,408   17,056 
Loss from operations  (10,335)  (8,628)  (28,408)  (17,056)
Other income, net  61      130    
Net loss $(10,274) $(8,628) $(28,278) $(17,056)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.64) $(1.42) $(2.69) $(2.80)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted  15,984,609   6,091,250   10,505,826   6,091,250