CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: EBIO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing protein therapeutics to treat diseases of the eye, today reported financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
"Eleven Biotherapeutics is off to a strong start in 2014," stated Abbie Celniker, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to announce that we completed patient enrollment in the EBI-005 Phase 2 clinical trial for allergic conjunctivitis and are on-track to report top-line clinical data in the fourth quarter of 2014 as planned. In addition, our pivotal Phase 3 clinical study of EBI-005 in dry eye disease continues to enroll patients on schedule, and our plan to initiate a twelve-month safety study with EBI-005 is also on track for the second half of this year.”
“Earlier this year, we completed our initial public offering, improving our balance sheet and attracting a number of new shareholders, and strengthened our leadership team with the appointments of ophthalmology industry veterans to our board and management team. We were also pleased by the interest of the medical and scientific community in the data we presented at a number of ophthalmology industry conferences this spring, including clinical data on EBI-005, the first IL-1 (Interleukin-1) signaling inhibitor designed for topical ocular administration, and preclinical data on EBI-029, an IL-6 (Interleukin-6) inhibitor optimized for localized ocular administration in diabetic macular edema.”
First Quarter 2014 and Recent Business Highlights:
Upcoming Events and Presentations:
Revenues were $0.6 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to $0 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and include amounts from the Thrombogenics collaboration which began in May 2013.
Total operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $7.8 million compared to $5.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
Net cash used in operating activities during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $5.0 million compared to $5.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Eleven Biotherapeutics held $54.0 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2014. We have identified and are planning additional expenditures that we believe will enhance the likelihood of EBI-005’s clinical and commercial success. A majority of these additional expenses will be contingent upon positive results from our first Phase 3 clinical study. If we make such expenditures, the Company expects to have sufficient cash and cash equivalents to fund current operations into the first quarter of 2016. This is an update from previous guidance in which cash was forecast to be sufficient into the second half of 2016.
Net loss applicable to common stockholders was $7.7 million, or $0.80 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to net loss applicable to common stockholders of $6.4 million, or $5.14 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
Conference Call Information:
Eleven Biotherapeutics management team will host a conference call and audio webcast today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the first quarter 2014 results and provide a corporate update. To access the conference call, please dial (844) 831-3025 (domestic) or (315) 625-6887 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start time and refer to conference ID 44137135.
An audio webcast of the call will also be available on the Investors & Media section of the Company’s website www.elevenbio.com. An archived webcast will be available on the Company’s website approximately two hours after the event and will be available for 30 days.
Eleven Biotherapeutics’ most advanced product candidate is EBI-005, which was designed, engineered and generated using the Company’s AMP-Rx platform and is being developed as a topical treatment for dry eye disease and allergic conjunctivitis. In 2013, Eleven Biotherapeutics completed a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial of EBI-005 in patients with moderate to severe dry eye disease. The EBI-005 program is based on the role that elevated levels of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1, or IL-1, play in the initiation and maintenance of the inflammation and pain associated with dry eye disease and the redness and itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. EBI-005 is currently being evaluated in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical study in subjects with dry eye disease and a Phase 2 clinical study in subjects with allergic conjunctivitis.
About Eleven Biotherapeutics
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary protein engineering platform, called AMP-Rx, that it applies to the discovery and development of protein therapeutics to treat diseases of the eye. The Company’s therapeutic approach is based on the role of cytokines in diseases of the eye, the Company’s understanding of the structural biology of cytokines and the Company’s ability to rationally design and engineer proteins to modulate the effects of cytokines. Cytokines are cell signaling molecules found in the body that can have important inflammatory effects.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including statements about the Company’s strategy, future operations, advancement or maturation of its product candidates and product pipeline, clinical development of the Company’s therapeutic candidates, including expectations regarding timing of initiation of clinical trials, patient enrollment and availability of results, regulatory requirements for initiation of clinical trials and registration of product candidates, sufficiency of cash resources and other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the uncertainties inherent in the initiation and conduct of clinical trials, availability and timing of data from ongoing clinical trials, whether results of early clinical trials will be indicative of the results of future trials, uncertainties associated with regulatory review of clinical trials and applications for marketing approvals and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2014 and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date hereof. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.
ELEVEN BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
|Research and development||5,819||4,496|
|General and administrative||1,938||939|
|Total operating expenses||7,757||5,435|
|Loss from operations||(7,189||)||(5,435||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Other (expense) income, net||51||2|
|Total other expense, net||(33||)||(77||)|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||$||(7,222||)||$||(5,512||)|
|Cumulative preferred stock dividends||(519||)||(893||)|
|Net loss applicable to common stockholders||$||(7,741||)||$||(6,405||)|
|Net loss per share applicable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||$||(0.80||)||$||(5.14||)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares used in net loss per share applicable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||9,635||1,247|
ELEVEN BIOTHRAPEUTICS, INC.
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||53,964||$||7,942|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||443||88|
|Total current assets||54,407||8,030|
|Property and equipment, net||708||759|
|Liabilities, convertible preferred stock, and stockholders' equity (deficit)|
|Notes payable, current portion||1,642||1,642|
|Deferred revenue, current portion||1,134||1,115|
|Total current liabilities||6,303||5,353|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||223||355|
|Restricted stock liability||8||10|
|Notes payable, net of current portion||2,466||2,876|
|Series A convertible preferred stock||-||45,035|
|Series B convertible preferred stock||-||11,643|
|Stockholders' equity (deficit):|
|Additional paid-in capital||111,027||3,260|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||46,227||(54,332||)|
|Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity (deficit)||$||55,227||$||11,237|