Initiated international Phase IIb study of IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa patients
Completion of primary and secondary offering of US$117 million
Cash position approximately US$137 million (€115 million) as of March 31, 2018
Jena, Germany, 17 May 2018 – InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics to treat life-threatening inflammatory diseases by targeting the complement system, a key component of the innate immune system, reported financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
“During the first quarter, we initiated an international Phase IIb clinical trial with our lead product, IFX-1, in Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and we are currently preparing to start a Phase II clinical trial in ANCA Associated Vasculitis (AAV) until the third quarter of 2018,” said Arnd Christ, Chief Financial Officer of InflaRx. “More recently, we successfully completed a follow-on financing in May 2018, which allows us to further accelerate our strategy and expand our clinical pipeline into additional inflammatory indications.”
On January 9, 2018, InflaRx received IND acceptance to proceed with a Phase IIb trial with lead candidate IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
On February 6, 2018, InflaRx appointed Tony Gibney to its Board of Directors. Mr. Gibney has 23 years of experience as a life sciences-focused investment banker at Leerink Partners, Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers.
On March 8, 2018, InflaRx enrolled the first patient in its Phase IIb trial with IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
On May 8, 2018, InflaRx closed a primary and secondary offering of 3,450,000 common shares, consisting of 1,850,000 common shares offered by InflaRx and 1,600,000 common shares offered by the selling shareholders at price to the public of $34.00 per common share for total gross proceeds of $117.3 million, consisting of total gross proceeds to InflaRx of $62.9 million and total gross proceeds to the selling shareholders of $54.4 million, which includes the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.
Q1 2018 Financial Highlights
Cash and cash equivalents totaled €115.2 million as of March 31, 2018 compared to €27.9 million as of March 31, 2017. This increase was primarily due to the completion of InflaRx’s initial public offering of common shares in November 2017, the exercised green shoe in December 2017, and the primary portion of the Series D financing executed in October 2017.
Net cash flow from operations increased from €2.7 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017 to €5.8 million in the three months ended March 31, 2018 mainly due to the increase of cash expenses, such as third-party expenses for manufacturing and clinical trials for our lead program IFX-1 and personnel-related expenses.
Research and development expenses incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2018 increased over the corresponding period in 2017 by €3.1 million. This increase is primarily due to a €1.9 million increase in CRO and CMO expenses associated with preclinical studies and clinical trials conducted for IFX-1 and a €1.2 million increase in employee-related costs caused by higher expenses associated with non-cash stock-based compensation, principally from equity award grants under our Stock Option Plans 2016 and 2017, respectively (€0.8 million increase).
General and administrative expenses increased by €2.4 million to €3.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, from €0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. This increase is primarily due to a €1.7 million increase in employee-related costs associated with non-cash stock-based compensation, principally from equity award grants under our Stock Option Plans 2016 and 2017, respectively increased by €1.4 million. This €0.5 million increase in legal, consulting and audit fees is mainly attributable to costs of being a publicly listed company, as well as tax services.
Finance costs (net) increased by €1.1 million to €1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, from €0.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Such increase is primarily due to unrealized foreign exchange losses of our USD term deposits (€2.2 million). This was partially offset by costs such as interest in connection with preferred shares (€0.8 million) in the three months ended March 31, 2017. Preferred shares were converted into common shares in connection with the initial public offering in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was €10.3 million or €0.4 per common share, compared to €3.8 million or €1.6 per common share for the first quarter of 2017.
Additional information regarding these results is included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2018.
IFX-1 is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-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 demonstrated control of 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 the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development that has, to date, successfully completed three clinical Phase II studies. In total, more than 150 patients have so far been treated with IFX-1, which was well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for different inflammatory indications.
InflaRx N.V. (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 has offices in Jena and in Munich, Germany. For further information please visit www.inflarx.com.
Prof. Dr. Niels C. Riedemann
Chief Executive Officer info[at]inflarx.de
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