`Four patients enrolled in open-label Phase 1b kidney transplant trial with clinical data on first three patients to be presented at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) on March 31, 2023
Safety data on sixteen patients enrolled in open-label Phase 2 IgA nephropathy trial also to be presented at the World Congress of Nephrology
Company to continue to prioritize and focus resources on the advancement of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation
Conference call today at 4:30 PM ET
IRVINE, Calif., March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eledon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Eledon”) (NASDAQ: ELDN) today reported its fourth quarter and full-year 2022 operating and financial results and reviewed recent business highlights.
“Eledon began the year with a strategic decision to focus our financial and organizational resources on our kidney transplantation programs,” said David-Alexandre C. Gros, M.D., Chief Executive Officer. “Our decision was based on the significant unmet need to improve long term graft function and survival in kidney transplant, and the substantial existing data from both our anti-CD40 Ligand and historical anti-CD40 Ligands demonstrating their potential in pre-clinical models of organ transplantation. We are highly encouraged by the initial results to date from our ongoing Phase 1b trial evaluating tegoprubart in kidney transplantation, as well as the supportive safety data from our ALS and IgAN trials, and we look forward to sharing our kidney transplant data at the World Congress of Nephrology.”
Fourth Quarter 2022 and Recent Corporate Developments
- Dosed fourth subject in a Phase 1b, open-label study to evaluate tegoprubart for the prevention of rejection in patients receiving a kidney transplant. The study has open sites in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Eledon will share safety and efficacy results from the first three participants at the WCN, taking place March 30 – April 2, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Strategically refocused the tegoprubart pipeline on the advancement of the Company’s kidney transplantation program. Eledon deprioritized the clinical development of tegoprubart in IgA Nephropathy (IgAN) and discontinued its Phase 1/2 trial for islet cell transplantation. The Company will share safety data from the Phase 2a IgAN study at the upcoming WCN meeting.
- Announced a collaboration with eGenesis for the use of tegoprubart in preclinical xenotransplantation studies. The collaboration has the potential to span multiple eGenesis programs including kidney and islet cell transplant.
- Presented data from the tegoprubart Phase 2a trial in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at ALS One 5th Annual ALS Research Symposium and the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium (NEALS).
Upcoming Anticipated 2023 Milestones
March 2023: announce open-label safety and efficacy data on the first three enrolled participants from the ongoing Phase 1b trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation.
March 2023: announce open-label safety data from the first 16 enrolled participants from the Phase 2a trial of tegoprubart in IgAN.
Mid-2023: subject to financing, initiate Phase 2 BESTOW trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation.
Late-2023: complete enrollment in Phase 1b trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2022
The Company reported a net loss of $58.4 million, or $4.09 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to a net loss of $8.8 million, or $0.59 per share, for the same period in 2021. The net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2022 includes a non-cash goodwill impairment charge totaling $48.6 million. Excluding the non-cash impairment charge, net loss would be $9.7 million, or $0.68 per share.
Research and development expenses were $7.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $6.2 million for the comparable period in 2021, an increase of $1.1 million. The increase was primarily due to an increase in manufacturing costs related to the increased production of clinical trial materials.
General and administrative expenses were $2.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $3.2 million for the comparable period in 2021, a decrease of $0.4 million. The decrease primarily reflects a decrease in headcount costs, stock-based compensation costs and professional fees.
During the three months ended December 31, 2022, the Company recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge totaling $48.6 million for the full write-down of its goodwill balance.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2022
The Company reported a net loss of $88.0 million, or $6.16 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to a net loss of $34.5 million, or $2.33 per share, in 2021. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 includes a non-cash goodwill impairment charge totaling $48.6 million. Excluding the non-cash impairment charge, net loss would be $39.3 million, or $2.75 per share.
Research and development expenses were $27.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $23.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, an increase of $3.4 million. The increase was primarily due to higher clinical development expenses, primarily with external CROs, an increase in personnel costs, including stock-based compensation costs, and an increase in manufacturing costs related to the increased production of clinical trial materials.
General and administrative expenses were $12.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $13.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, a decrease of $0.4 million. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in personnel costs, and a decrease in professional and consulting fees, partially offset by an increase in stock-based compensation expense and general operating expenses.
The Company ended the year with approximately $56.4 million in cash and cash equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to sustain operations into the first quarter of 2024.
Eledon will hold a conference call today, March 30, 2023 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter and full-year 2022 results. The dial-in numbers are 877-300-8521 for domestic callers and 412-317-6026 for international callers. The conference ID is 10175955. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.eledon.com. The webcast will be archived on the website following the completion of the call.
About Eledon Pharmaceuticals and tegoprubart (formerly AT-1501)
Eledon Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biotechnology company using its expertise in targeting the CD40 Ligand (CD40L, also called CD154) pathway to develop potential treatments for persons requiring an organ or cell-based transplant, living with autoimmune disease, or living with ALS. The company’s lead compound in development is tegoprubart, an anti-CD40L antibody with high affinity for CD40 Ligand, a well-validated biological target with broad therapeutic potential. Eledon is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.eledon.com.
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ELEDON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||56,409||$||84,833|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,109||3,513|
|Total current assets||59,518||88,346|
|Operating lease asset, net||739||768|
|In-process research and development||32,386||32,386|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Current operating lease liability||363||369|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||3,912||2,219|
|Total current liabilities||6,475||4,401|
|Deferred tax liability||1,752||1,752|
|Non-current operating lease liability||383||400|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, |
2022 and 2021:
|Series X1 non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 515,000 shares designated; 117,970 and 108,070 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively||—||—|
|Series X non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000 shares designated; 6,204 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2022 and 2021; 13,776,788 and 14,306,788 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively||14||14|
|Additional paid-in capital||287,034||278,880|
|Total stockholders’ equity||84,183||163,995|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||92,793||$||170,548|
ELEDON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
|Research and development||$||27,080||$||23,735|
|General and administrative||12,700||13,132|
|Total operating expenses||88,428||36,867|
|Loss from operations||(88,428||)||(36,867||)|
|Other income, net||462||7|
|Loss before income tax benefit||(87,966||)||(36,860||)|
|Income tax benefit||—||2,354|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||$||(87,966||)||$||(34,506||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(6.16||)||$||(2.33||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||14,285,254||14,819,582|