Jena, Germany, November 9, 2022 – InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, announced today financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022.
“In the past three months, we have made important progress with our lead product candidate, vilobelimab, and are excited about the promise this antibody holds in providing hope to patients with life-threatening acute illness as well as those with chronic, debilitating diseases,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “In late September, following encouraging interactions with the U.S. FDA, we applied for Emergency Use Authorization for the treatment of critically ill, invasively mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients. We were also pleased that the results from our PANAMO Phase III study in these COVID-19 patients were published in one of the top peer-reviewed journals in the field, concluding on the robust survival benefit these data demonstrated.”
Dr. Riedemann continued: “Beyond this, we made important advances we made during the quarter in other development programs. We were granted Fast Track designation for vilobelimab for the treatment of ulcerative pyoderma gangrenosum, a serious neutrophilic skin disease with high unmet medical need, and preparations are underway for a Phase III clinical program. In addition, we expect to initiate clinical trials with a second program, INF904, an orally available C5a receptor inhibitor, before the end of this year. We are excited about the progress in the different development areas and will continue to move our programs forward in the months ahead.”
Recent Corporate and R&D Highlights
Development of Vilobelimab in Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG):
InflaRx recently reported that vilobelimab was granted Fast Track designation for the treatment of ulcerative PG by the FDA. Previously vilobelimab had been granted Orphan Drug designation by both the FDA in the US and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of ulcerative PG. Following a productive End-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA in Q3 2022, InflaRx is moving forward with plans for a Phase III clinical development program in this indication.
Development of Vilobelimab in Severe COVID-19:
InflaRx recently announced that it submitted a request for EUA following encouraging interactions with the FDA at a previously held Type B meeting. InflaRx also received Fast Track designation from the FDA for the development of vilobelimab for the treatment of critically ill, intubated, mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients. The EUA submission and Fast Track designation are based on the topline results from the PANAMO Phase III study, an international, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial investigating vilobelimab in invasively mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients. The results from the PANAMO trial were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, which included an in-depth statistical analysis supporting the robustness of the observed clinical survival benefit in the study.
Development of Vilobelimab in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC):
InflaRx has ongoing an open-label, multicenter Phase II study evaluating vilobelimab alone and in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) or programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor resistant/refractory, locally advanced or metastatic cSCC. To date, InflaRx has recruited nine patients in Arm A of this study (vilobelimab alone). The interim analysis in Arm A required to proceed to the second stage is expected to be available after ten patients are evaluable for response assessment. Interim clinical data from Arm A are expected in the first half of 2023.
Arm B of this study (vilobelimab plus pembrolizumab) has enrolled twelve patients so far in three dose groups. The interim analysis of Arm B is expected once ten patients treated at the same dose level recommended by the independent Steering Committee to move forward with the trial are evaluable for response assessment. These data, which are required to move to the second stage of the Phase II trial, are expected to be available in the second half of 2023.
INF904 – Small Molecule C5aR Inhibitor:
InflaRx is on track to initiate a Phase I program in the second half of 2022 and plans to study INF904 in complement-mediated, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases where oral administration is the preferred choice for patients.
Financial Highlights – Q3 2022
Dr. Thomas Taapken, Chief Financial Officer of InflaRx, said: “Our cash position improved compared to the end of the third quarter, mainly due to cash inflows from a grant from the German government and especially through the strengthening of the US Dollar against the EURO. With a cash runway at least until year-end 2024, we are well financed to build on the significant advances we have made with our clinical programs and to follow through with the next steps, pending feedback from regulatory authorities, in developing vilobelimab both for severe COVID-19 and pyoderma gangrenosum as well as in moving our earlier-stage programs forward.”
Research and Development Expenses
Research and development expenses incurred for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 increased compared to the corresponding period in 2021 by €3.6 million to €29.2 million. This increase was primarily due to higher expenses for the Phase III part of the COVID-19 trial as well as costs for manufacturing development activities and was driven by an overall increase in third-party expenses of €1.9 million.
General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by €2.7 million to €11.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, from €9.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. This increase is primarily attributable to higher expenses associated with equity-settled share-based compensation recognized in personnel expenses. Furthermore, legal, consulting and other expenses increased by €2.0 million to €5.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, from €3.9 million, mainly due to consulting, implementation and testing costs of the internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) environment.
Other income for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was €16.5 million, which is primarily attributable to income recognized from grant payments received from the German federal government for the development of vilobelimab in severe COVID-19 patients, including expenses related to clinical development and manufacturing process development,
Net Financial Result
Net financial result increased by €1.4 million to €3.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, from €1.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. This increase is mainly attributable to the strengthening of the USD to EUR during 2022.
Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was €21.5 million, compared to €33.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities
Net cash used in operating activities increased by €0.3 million to €28.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021, during which net cash used in operating activities was €28.2 million.
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities
On September 30, 2022, the Company’s total funds available were approximately €93.2 million, composed of cash and cash equivalents of €18.0 million and marketable securities of €75.2 million. These funds are expected to finance operations at least until year-end 2024.
Additional information regarding these results and other relevant information is included in the notes to the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements as of September 30, 2022, and the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, as well as the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2021 in “ITEM 18. Financial Statements,” in InflaRx’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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About InflaRx N.V.:
InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a and C5aR technologies to discover and develop first-in-class or best-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of the complement activation factor known as C5a and its receptor known as C5aR. Complement C5a and its receptor C5aR are powerful inflammatory mediators 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.
The COVID-19 related work is partly funded by the German federal government through grant number 16LW0113 (VILO-COVID). All responsibility for the content of this work lies with InflaRx.
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