Jena, Germany, May 12, 2021 – InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, announced today financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
“We have made significant progress with our vilobelimab clinical programs in the first few months of 2021,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “The team has worked tirelessly to progress the enrollment of our severe COVID-19 trial and we now expect the interim analysis to occur in the third quarter of this year. Despite the increase in vaccinations, patients remain in urgent need of better treatments for severe COVID-19. For HS, following feedback on the Special Protocol Assessment, we plan to continue our discussions with the FDA about the design of our Phase III trial in a Type A meeting. Following the positive safety data from our US ANCA-associated vasculitis trial, we are looking forward to data readouts in our European AAV trial by the end of the year. In our Pyoderma Gangraenosum trial we have reached target enrollment and expect additional data readouts in 2021.”
Recent Highlights and R&D Update
Issuance of Common Shares and Warrants
On February 25, 2021, the Company sold an aggregate of 15,000,000 common shares through a public offering. The common shares were sold at a price 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 shares and warrants were issued and the transaction closed on March 1, 2021 with gross offering proceeds to the Group (not including any potential proceeds from the exercise of warrants) of $75.0 million (€62.2 million), before deducting $4.5 million (€3.7 million) in underwriting discounts and other offering expenses of $0.4 million (€0.3 million).
Vilobelimab for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
In Q1, InflaRx submitted a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) to the U.S. FDA for the Phase III HS program and in May the Company received an official response. The FDA agreed to the dosing regimen in the protocol but did not agree with the assessment of the primary endpoint using the International Hidradenitis Suppurativa Severity Score (IHS4). At the FDA’s suggestion, InflaRx plans to request a Type A meeting to discuss the primary endpoint measure in more detail.
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 the IHS4 score as the primary endpoint.
Once InflaRx receives final feedback from the FDA on the proposed Phase III primary endpoint, the Company will determine the best path forward for the global development program in HS.
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 has reached 178 patients, with 38 sites initiated across several countries in Europe and Latin America. Once 180 patients are enrolled and reach the 28-day endpoint, a blinded interim analysis will be conducted by an independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) to continue the trial or stop for efficacy or futility. The recommendation of the DSMB based on the interim analysis is anticipated in Q3 of this year. Additional sites in other countries are expected to be added, including in the US. Topline data for all 360 enrolled patients at the 28-day mortality primary endpoint from the trial are expected to be available by the end of 2021.
Vilobelimab for ANCA-associated Vasculitis (AAV)
In the US IXPLORE clinical Phase II study of IFX-1 in AAV, all patients have completed treatment. In May 2021, InflaRx reported topline data for the study, indicating that vilobelimab, when given in addition to best standard of care proved to be safe and well tolerated. Furthermore, InflaRx previously reported that both Part 1 and Part 2 of the AAV Phase II study in Europe (IXCHANGE) are fully enrolled. Data from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 57 patients are expected by the end of 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 Phase II trial is expected to start enrolling patients in the second quarter of 2021 at 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 has reached the target enrollment goal of 18 patients with moderate to severe PG at sites in the US, Canada and Europe. Promising initial data from the first five patients in the study were announced in 2020. A second interim analysis, including six patients treated at the second dose group until day 99, are expected to be available by the end of 2021. Final results from all patients, including the highest dose group, are expected in 2022.
Financial highlights – Q1 2021
Research and development expenses incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2021 decreased over the corresponding period in 2020 by €2.4 million. This decline was primarily due to no contribution of expense in the period from the Phase IIb clinical development of vilobelimab in HS since this study was completed in 2020, with only limited residual activities thereafter. This was partly offset by the expenses in relation to the COVID-19 trial. These two factors led to €1.1 million of lower manufacturing costs which significantly contributed to an overall decline in third-party expenses of €2.6 million. The €0.4 million increase in personnel expenses was mainly related to equity-settled share-based compensation.
General and administrative expenses increased by €0.5 million to €3.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from €2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This increase is attributable to higher expenses from equity-settled share-based compensation recognized in personnel expenses (€0.5 million). Additionally, legal, consulting and other ex-penses decreased by €0.1 million to €1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from €1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Net financial result increased by €0.3 million to €1.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, from €1.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This increase is mainly attributable to higher foreign exchange gains, which increased by €1.2 million and higher foreign exchange losses of €0.6 million while interest on marketable securities declined by €0.4 million. Other finance expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 include a €48 thousand gain from a reduction in the allowance for expected credit loss on marketable securities.
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was €6.1 million, compared to €8.2 million for the three month ended March 31, 2020. On March 31, 2021, the Company’s total funds available were approximately €137.8 million, composed of cash and cash equivalents (€78.7 million) and financial assets (€59.1 million).
Net cash used in operating activities decreased to €10.4 million in the three months ended March 31, 2021, from €10.5 million in the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Additional information regarding these results and other relevant information is included in the notes to the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of March 31, 2021, as well as 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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About vilobelimab (IFX-1):
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 and COVID-19 pneumonia.
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.com.
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