Histogen Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Histogen Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTO), a clinical-stage therapeutics company focused on developing both restorative therapeutics for orthopedic indications and pan-caspase and caspase selective inhibitors focused on treatments for infectious and inflammatory diseases, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided an update on its clinical pipeline and other corporate developments.
“We remain focused on the feasibility of developing emricasan as a potential treatment for bacterial skin infections including those related to methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”) and evaluating our caspase-1 inhibitors that impact the inflammasome pathway,” said Steven J. Mento, Ph.D., Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also continue to make progress on the ongoing feasibility evaluation of our HST 003 study for cartilage regeneration in the knee, including implementation of protocol modifications, and other study resources given the continued recruitment challenges and expect to complete our evaluation in the fourth quarter of 2022.”
Highlights from the Third Quarter 2022 and Business Updates
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022 Financial Highlights
Product, License, and Grant Revenues
For the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, we recognized product revenues of $0 and $0.9 million, respectively. The revenue for the first nine months of 2021 was due to a one-time unanticipated sale of CCM to Allergan, unrelated to the Allergan Agreements. As of March 31, 2021, all obligations of the Company related to the additional supply of CCM to Allergan under the Allergan Agreements have been completed.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, we recognized license revenue of $3.8 million and $22 thousand, respectively. The increase in the current period is due to a one-time payment of $3.75 million received in March 2022 as consideration for execution of the Allergan Letter Agreement.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, we recognized grant revenue of $0 and $0.1 million, respectively. The related revenue is associated with a research and development grant awarded to the Company from the NSF. As of March 31, 2021, all work required by the Company under the grant has been completed.
Cost of revenues - for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, we recognized $0 and $0.2 million, respectively, for cost of product sold to Allergan under the Allergan Agreements.
Research and development expenses - research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 were $3.9 million and $6.9 million, respectively. The decrease of $3.0 million was primarily due to decreases in development costs of our clinical and pre-clinical product candidates, outside services, and personnel related expenses, partially offset by facility rent increases.
General and administrative expenses - general and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 were $7.5 million and $6.3 million, respectively. The increase of $1.2 million was primarily due to increases in royalty expenses, legal fees, outside services and rent expenses, offset by reductions in insurance and other administrative expenses.
Cash and cash equivalents - as of September 30, 2022, we had $14.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. Histogen believes that its existing cash and cash equivalents and cash inflow from operations will be sufficient to meet Histogen’s anticipated cash needs through December of 2023.
About Histogen Inc.
Histogen Inc. is a clinical-stage therapeutics company focused on developing both potential first-in-class restorative therapeutics that ignite the body’s natural process to repair and maintain healthy biological function as well as a pipeline of clinical and preclinical small molecule pan-caspase and caspase selective inhibitors focused on treatments for infectious and inflammatory diseases. Under our biologics technology platform, our product candidates in development are HST-003, a treatment for joint cartilage repair, and HST-004, a treatment for spinal disc repair. In addition, within our small molecule pipeline, our product candidates include emricasan, CTS-2090 and CTS-2096. Currently, emricasan is being developed jointly with our collaboration partner, Amerimmune, for the treatment of COVID-19, and we are evaluating the use of emricasan for bacterial skin infections including those related to MRSA, as well as other infectious diseases. We also have preclinical product candidates, CTS-2090 and CTS-2096, novel, potent, orally bioavailable, and highly selective small molecule inhibitors of caspase-1 designed for the treatment of certain inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit www.histogen.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other Federal securities laws. For example, we are using forward-looking statements when we discuss our future operations and our ability to successfully initiate, enroll and complete clinical trials, obtain clinical trial data and achieve regulatory milestones and related timing, including those related to the initiation, completion and reporting of top line results for HST-003 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for regeneration of cartilage in the knee, the completion of IND enabling activities and the anticipated filing of the HST-004 IND for spinal disc repair and the timing of providing clinical development guidance on the emricasan and any further evaluation of CTS-2090 and CTS-2096. We may not actually achieve the plans, carry out the intentions or meet the expectations or projections disclosed in the forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Because such statements deal with future events and are based on our current expectations, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results, performance or achievements of Histogen that could differ materially from those described in or implied by the statements in this press release, including: our ability to obtain funding for our operations, including funding necessary to complete further development and any commercialization of our product candidates; our expectations regarding the arbitration proceedings related to emricasan and the joint development with Amerimmune for COVID-19 and other infectious and inflammatory diseases, including its ability to carry out the development of emricasan and the potential for delays in the timing of regulatory approval and the requirement for additional capital to continue to advance these product candidates, which may not be available on favorable terms or at all; our expectations regarding the operation of our product candidates, collaborations and related benefits; our beliefs regarding the success, cost and timing of our product candidate development and collaboration activities and current and future clinical trials and studies; our beliefs regarding the potential markets for our product candidates, collaborations and our collaborators’ ability to serve those markets; any impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, or responses to the pandemic, on our business, collaborations, clinical trials or personnel; our beliefs regarding our industry; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries, with respect to our product candidates; the expected impact of any arbitration and litigation proceedings on our business, cash resources and the time required by management to address such proceedings; the impact of any arbitration and litigation proceedings on our business and market and other conditions. The foregoing review of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including those risks discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise required by law, Histogen disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events, or circumstances or otherwise.
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