Jena, Germany, March 25, 2021 – 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, 2020.
Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx, commented: “The year 2020 was a challenging one for all of us dealing with a pandemic. As a physician and scientist, it has been extremely rewarding to see how quickly effective vaccines have been developed and are already in the arms of thousands of people. However, we continue to see a need for novel treatments for COVID-19 and similar future viral diseases. We are happy to be evaluating vilobelimab as a potential treatment to help severe COVID-19 patients and look forward to seeing those results, as well as results from ongoing trials in other disease areas, later this year.”
Prof. Riedemann continued: “We have submitted as planned a Special Protocol Assessment to the FDA to reach agreement on the path forward for our phase III plans with vilobelimab in hidradenitis suppurativa. We were excited to announce a new area of clinical development – oncology – and are on track to start our first cancer trial with vilobelimab in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the second quarter of this year. I am also pleased that our team recently completed a $75 million public offering, further strengthening our cash position and putting us on a firm financial footing to advance vilobelimab in a number of indications. We look forward to reporting our progress in the months ahead.”
Recent Highlights and R&D Update
Issue of Share Capital
On March 1, 2021, InflaRx announced the closing of a public offering of common shares pursuant to which the Company sold 15,000,000 common shares and warrants to purchase up to 15,000,000 common shares. The common shares were sold at a price to the public of $5.00 per share. For each common share purchased, an investor also received a warrant to purchase a common share at an exercise price of $5.80. The warrants are exercisable immediately and have a term of up to one year. The gross proceeds from this offering were $75.0 million (€61.6 million), before deducting the $4.5 million (€3.7 million) underwriting discount and other estimated offering expenses of approximately $0.5 million (€0.5 million) and excluding the exercise of any warrants.
Vilobelimab for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
InflaRx has submitted a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the planned Phase III program in HS in the first quarter of 2021. Details on the Phase III design will be provided once agreement has been reached with the FDA.
In Europe, as previously reported in 2020, InflaRx received scientific advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) about the European pathway for regulatory approval, including supporting the use of a new primary endpoint, the International Hidradenitis Suppurativa Severity Score (“IHS4”). The Company is working diligently to address the additional feedback received to achieve alignment with the US strategy for a global Phase III development program in HS.
New data supporting the continued development of vilobelimab in the treatment of HS were presented in February 2021 at the 10th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation e.V. (EHSF). The data from the SHINE Phase II trial showed that significantly elevated baseline C5a levels occurred in HS patients versus healthy volunteers. Data also showed that vilobelimab dose-dependently suppressed C5a levels over time accompanied by the previously reported reduction in inflammatory lesion counts and scores.
Vilobelimab for Severe COVID-19
The Phase III part of the global Phase II/III trial evaluating vilobelimab in mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19 was initiated in mid-September 2020, and recruitment is currently ongoing with sites open in several countries in Europe and Latin America. Additional countries are in the process of being added. The study is enrolling as planned with a total goal of 360 patients. A blinded interim analysis is planned after 180 patients, with a potential early stop of the trial for efficacy or futility. Topline data from the trial are expected to be available by the end 2021.
Vilobelimab for ANCA-associated Vasculitis (AAV)
InflaRx reported the completion of enrollment in the European Phase II IXCHANGE study of vilobelimab in AAV in Q1 2021. Topline data from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 57 patients are expected by the end of 2021.
Vilobelimab is also being studied in the US phase II IXPLORE study in patients with AAV. The main objective of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study is to evaluate the safety of vilobelimab, as this is the first time the drug is being administered to patients with AAV in the US. Topline results are expected by mid-2021.
Vilobelimab in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)
The Company has recently announced plans to initiate an open label, multicenter Phase II study evaluating vilobelimab alone and in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitor resistant/refractory locally advanced or metastatic cSCC.
The non-comparative two-stage multi-national Phase II trial is expected to start enrolling patients in Q2 2021 with sites in Europe, the US and other countries. The study will investigate two independent arms: vilobelimab alone and vilobelimab in combination with pembrolizumab. The main objectives of the trial are to assess antitumor activity and safety of vilobelimab monotherapy and to determine the maximum tolerated or recommended dose, safety and antitumor activity in the combination arm.
Vilobelimab in Pyoderma Gangraenosum
The Phase IIa open label trial continues to enroll patients in the higher dose groups. Promising initial data from the first five patients in the study were announced in 2020. Results from the higher dose groups are expected by the end of 2021.
Financial highlights 2020
Research and development expenses decreased by €18.9 million to €25.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019.
This decrease is attributable to lower CRO and CMO costs from clinical trials in the amount of €16.9 million due to the conclusion of the Phase IIb for HS in 2019, the expense of which was higher than 2020 costs associated with the new Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with COVID (2020: €4.9 million, 2019: nil) or other running trials like Phase II clinical program in patients with AAV, the Phase II clinical program in patients with PG, the preparation of a Phase II clinical program in patients cSCC or ongoing manufacturing activities for clinical trial related materials.
In addition there was a €1.8 million decrease in employee-related costs mainly caused by a €2.0 million decrease in expenses from non-cash share-based compensation.
General and administrative expenses decreased by €4.0 million to €8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, from €12.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. This decrease is primarily attributable to a €3.8 million decrease in expenses from non-cash share-based compensation. Legal, consulting and audit fees and other expenses decreased by €0.6 million to €1.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, from €2.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, which decrease is mainly attributable to lower consulting and travel costs. The increase of other expenses by €0.2 million is primarily related to higher D&O insurance cost.
Net financial result decreased by €3.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019. This decrease is mainly attributable to (a) higher foreign exchange losses, which increased by €1.7 million and (b) lower interest on marketable securities, which decreased by €2.0 million.
Net loss for the year 2020 was €34.0 million or €1.3 per common share, compared to €53.3 million or €2.1 per common share for the year 2019. On December 31, 2020, the Company’s total funds available were approximately €81.4 million, composed of cash and cash equivalents (€26.0 million) and financial assets (€55.4 million).
Net cash used in operating activities decreased to €36.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2020, from €43.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2019, mainly due to the decrease of research and development expenditures and lower personnel costs, excluding stock-based compensation.
Additional information regarding these results and other relevant information is included in the notes to the financial statements as of December 31, 2020 in “ITEM 18. Financial statements,” which is included in InflaRx’s Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Vilobelimab 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, vilobelimab 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. Vilobelimab 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. Vilobelimab is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development. Approximately 300 people have been treated with vilobelimab in clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. Vilobelimab is currently being developed for various indications, including Hidradenitis Suppurativa, ANCA-associated vasculitis, Pyoderma Gangraenosum, Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma and severe COVID‑19.
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, USA. For further information please visit www.inflarx.de.
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