Avenue Therapeutics Reports Full Year 2022 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights
[March 30, 2023]
Avenue Therapeutics Reports Full Year 2022 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights
MIAMI, March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATXI) (“Avenue” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of rare and neurologic diseases, today reported financial results and recent corporate highlights for the year ended December 31, 2022.
“Avenue has transformed into a neuro-focused specialty pharmaceutical company with the in-licensing of AJ201, a first in class small molecule in an ongoing Phase 1b/2a clinical trial for the treatment of Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy (“SBMA”), also known as Kennedy's Disease, a rare debilitating neurologic disease. This asset joins BAER-101, also acquired in 2022, and IV Tramadol in our clinical-stage pipeline,” said Alexandra MacLean, M.D., Avenue’s Chief Executive Officer. “In 2023, we look forward to providing updates on AJ201’s clinical progress in its SBMA trial, our collaborative discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regarding IV Tramadol to treat post-operative pain, and the continued development of BAER-101 for epilepsy and acute anxiety. With this foundational portfolio, we believe Avenue will build value for our investors and has the potential to provide impactful therapies to treat patients with rare and neurologic diseases.”
Recent Corporate Highlights:
In March 2023, Avenue announced that it entered into an exclusive license agreement with AnnJi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., to acquire rights to AJ201, a first-in-class clinical asset in a Phase 1b/2a study in the U.S. for the treatment of SBMA, which currently has no FDA approved therapy. AJ201 completed a Phase 1 clinical trial in 2021, which demonstrated the safety of the molecule. The Phase 1b/2a multicenter, randomized, double-blind clinical trial is being conducted in six clinical sites across the U.S., and screening of patients with SBMA has begun. This study aims to evaluate the safety and clinical response of AJ201 in patients suffering from SBMA. AJ201 has been granted Orphan Drug Designation (“ODD”) by the FDA for the indications of SBMA, Huntington’s Disease and Spinocerebellar Ataxia.
In September 2022, Avenue received the official meeting minutes from the FDA regarding a meeting conducted in August 2022, for IV Tramadol. At the meeting, Avenue presented a study design for a single safety clinical trial that Avenue believes could address the concerns regarding risks related to opioid stacking. The FDA stated that the proposed study design appeared reasonable and agreed on various study design aspects with the expectation that additional feedback would be provided to Avenue upon review of a more detailed study protocol. Avenue incorporated the FDA’s suggestions from the meeting minutes and submitted a detailed study protocol that could form the basis for the submission of a complete response to the second Complete Response Letter for IV Tramadol. In March 2023, Avenue participated in a Type C meeting with the FDA to discuss a proposed study protocol to assess the risk of respiratory depression related to opioid stacking on IV Tramadol relative to an approved opioid analgesic. The Company expects to provide an update on the outcome of the meeting in April 2023, after receipt of the meeting minutes from the FDA.
In September 2022, Avenue effected a 1-for-15 reverse stock split to bring the company in compliance with the minimum bid price listing requirements of the Nasdaq Capital Market.
In October 2022, Avenue closed a $12 million underwritten public offering. Avenue received net proceeds of approximately $10.4 million at closing after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other expenses of the offering.
In November 2022, Avenue announced the completion of the acquisition of Baergic Bio, Inc. from Fortress Biotech, Inc., pursuant to a Share Contribution Agreement.
In January 2023, Avenue completed a registered direct offering and concurrent private placement to an institutional accredited investor priced at the market under Nasdaq rules for total gross proceeds of approximately $3.25 million. Avenue received net proceeds of approximately $2.8 million at closing after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other expenses of the offering.
In March 2023, Alexandra MacLean, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Avenue, was appointed to Avenue’s Board of Directors. In addition, Jay Kranzler, M.D., Ph.D., a current Director of Avenue, was appointed as the Chairman of Avenue. Lindsay Rosenwald, M.D., will remain a Director of Avenue.
2022 Financial Results:
Cash Position: As of December 31, 2022, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $6.7 million, compared to $3.8 million at December 31, 2021, an increase of $2.9 million.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the full year 2022 were $2.7 million, compared to $1.3 million in 2021.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the full year 2022 were $5.3 million, compared to $2.5 million in 2021.
Net Loss: Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the full year 2022 was $3.6 million, or $1.63 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million, or $3.29 per share, in 2021.
About Avenue Therapeutics Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATXI) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of neurologic and rare diseases. It is currently developing three assets including AJ201, a first-in-class asset for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, BAER-101, an oral small molecule selective GABA-A a2/3 receptor positive allosteric modulator for CNS diseases, and IV Tramadol, which is in Phase 3 clinical development for the management of moderate-to-moderately-severe pain in adults in a medically supervised healthcare setting. Avenue is headquartered in Miami, FL and was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIO). For more information, visit www.avenuetx.com.
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