ProMIS Neurosciences Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Recent Highlights
Presented compelling preclinical data supporting therapeutic potential of PMN310 to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and the promise of disease prevention with a computationally derived Alzheimer’s disease vaccine candidate at AAIC 2023
TORONTO, Ontario and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Aug. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: PMN), a biotechnology company focused on the generation and development of antibody therapeutics targeting toxic misfolded proteins in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 and provided a corporate update.
“Evolving developments and positive advances in Alzheimer’s disease research further validate the potential of an amyloid beta oligomer-focused antibody, such as our lead candidate, PMN310, to treat Alzheimer’s disease,” said Gail Farfel, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ProMIS Neurosciences. “We were particularly pleased to have differentiating preclinical data in support of the potential of PMN310 as a treatment for AD presented at AAIC23. The data demonstrated a high degree of selectivity for toxic amyloid beta oligomers and potential for greater therapeutic benefit and an improved safety profile with PMN310. These results further strengthen our confidence in PMN310’s therapeutic potential for patients with AD and we are excited to have FDA clearance of our IND.”
Alzheimer’s Disease Program (PMN310)
PMN310, ProMIS’ lead compound, is a humanized IgG1 antibody directed toward toxic amyloid-beta oligomers (AβO) that are believed to be a major driver of AD.
- In May 2023, PMN310 received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the treatment of AD. The Company plans to initiate a Phase 1a clinical trial designed to evaluate the pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability of a range of PMN310 doses in healthy adult volunteers, subject to raising sufficient capital.
- In July 2023, ProMIS presented positive preclinical data at AAIC 2023 indicating greater selectivity of PMN310 for toxic AβO oligomers translating into potentially greater clinical benefit, improved safety profile, reduced incidence of Aβ-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA) and preserved memory function.
- ProMIS continues to advance its amyloid-beta vaccine program in AD based on its oligomer target epitopes. The Company presented encouraging preclinical data at AAIC 2023 demonstrating robust and sustained antibody response focused on pathogenic amyloid-beta oligomers. These promising data support further evaluation of this approach for AD prevention with the potential for sustained anti-disease activity and ease of use with fewer doses compared to chronic antibody treatment.
- In June 2023, the Company held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders and shareholders approved all proposed resolutions by a highly favorable majority, including the re-election of seven members to the board of directors and appointment of Dr. Gail Farfel, CEO of ProMIS since September 2022, to the board of directors.
- In July 2023, ProMIS consolidated trading of its shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market and completed a voluntary delisting of its common shares from the TSX.
Second Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights
- Cash and cash equivalents were $1.2 million as of June 30, 2023, compared to $5.9 million as of December 31, 2022.
- Research and development expenses were $1.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, compared to $3.2 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable to a decrease in direct research and development expenses as the Company conserved resources following the submission of the PMN310 IND.
- General and administrative expenses increased to $1.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2022, largely the result of a write-off of one-time costs related to financing activities.
- Net loss was $2.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2022.
About ProMIS Neurosciences Inc.
ProMIS Neurosciences Inc. is a development stage biotechnology company transitioning to a clinical stage company focused on generating and developing antibody therapeutics selectively targeting toxic misfolded proteins in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). The Company’s proprietary target discovery engine is based on the use of two complementary techniques. The Company applies its thermodynamic, computational discovery platform - ProMIS™ and Collective Coordinates - to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Using this unique approach, the Company is developing novel antibody therapeutics for AD, ALS and MSA. ProMIS has offices in Toronto, Ontario and Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit the Company’s website at www.promisneurosciences.com.
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PROMIS NEUROSCIENCES INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(expressed in US dollars, except share amounts)
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||224,739||996,682|
|Total current assets||1,479,224||6,903,487|
|Property and equipment, net||—||321|
|Intangible assets, net||18,844||20,838|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit|
|Total current liabilities||8,738,960||6,413,044|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Series 1 Convertible Preferred Shares, no par value, 70,000,000 shares authorized, 70,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022||—||—|
|Common shares, no par value, unlimited shares authorized, 8,579,284 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||79,367,762||79,101,061|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(371,185||)||(195,369||)|
|Total shareholders' deficit||(8,528,292||)||(1,347,772||)|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit||$||1,498,068||$||6,924,646|
PROMIS NEUROSCIENCES INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(expressed in US dollars, except share amounts)
|For the||For the||For the||For the|
|Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,||June 30,||June 30,|
|Research and development||$||1,005,715||$||3,229,584||$||4,515,967||$||5,132,416|
|General and administrative||1,894,169||1,635,065||3,354,588||3,670,751|
|Total operating expenses||2,899,884||4,864,649||7,870,555||8,803,167|
|Loss from operations||(2,899,884||)||(4,864,649||)||(7,870,555||)||(8,803,167||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Change in fair value of financial instruments||606,214||930,193||564,549||2,910,865|
|Other interest expense||(49,182||)||—||(49,182||)||—|
|Interest expense on convertible debt||—||(134,291||)||—||(282,064||)|
|Gain on extinguishment of convertible debt and derivative liability||—||1,307,421||—||1,307,421|
|Total other income (expense), net||587,910||2,119,611||599,150||3,963,284|
|Other comprehensive loss|
|Foreign currency translation adjustment||(171,462||)||1,636||(175,816||)||49,477|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.27||)||$||(0.38||)||$||(0.85||)||$||(0.67||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding of common shares, basic and diluted||8,579,284||7,195,529||8,579,284||7,195,529|
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Released August 14, 2023