BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCUL), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
“This is an important time for Ocular Therapeutix as we approach the PDUFA target action date for our lead product candidate, DEXTENZA, for the treatment of ocular pain following ophthalmic surgery,” said Amar Sawhney, Ph.D., President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. “Should DEXTENZA be approved, its commercial launch will enable our transition into a fully-integrated, commercial-stage, revenue-generating company. DEXTENZA has now been extensively studied for the treatment of post-surgical ocular pain and inflammation in over 550 clinical trial participants. If approved, we believe DEXTENZA will address the compliance issues associated with steroid eyedrops and serve as an attractive alternative for both patients and ophthalmologists.”
Recent Highlights and Anticipated Near-Term Milestones for Key Development Programs
A New Drug Application (NDA) for DEXTENZA (dexamethasone insert) 0.4mg
for intracanalicular use is currently under review by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of ocular pain
following ophthalmic surgery. The FDA has set a target action date
under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of July 19, 2017 for
a decision regarding the potential approval of DEXTENZA. Following a
re-inspection of manufacturing operations by the FDA which was
completed earlier this week, Ocular Therapeutix received an FDA Form
483 containing inspectional observations focused on procedures for
manufacturing processes and analytical testing, related to manufacture
of drug product for commercial production. The Company plans to
evaluate and respond to the FDA within 15 days with corrective action
plans to complete the inspection process. Adequate resolution of the
outstanding Form 483 inspectional observations is a prerequisite to
the approval of the NDA for DEXTENZA.
- Subject to the approval of the NDA for post-surgical ocular pain by the FDA, Ocular Therapeutix intends to submit an NDA supplement for DEXTENZA to broaden its label to include an indication for post-surgical ocular inflammation.
Ocular Therapeutix plans to present additional data from its most
recent Phase 3 study evaluating the efficacy and safety of DEXTENZA
for the treatment of ocular pain and inflammation following cataract
surgery, at the upcoming American Society of Cataract and Refractive
Surgery (ASCRS) Annual Meeting, being held today through Tuesday, May
9, in Los Angeles, CA.
- Additional presentations will be made at the meeting regarding recent positive results of a patient experience study of DEXTENZA as well as the importance of the assessment of ocular pain.
In addition, DEXTENZA is in Phase 3 clinical development for the
treatment of allergic conjunctivitis. In May 2017, the Company
initiated a non-significant risk device study to confirm the effect on
efficacy of the placebo insert used in previous studies compared with
a rapidly resorbing placebo insert.
- Subject to favorable results from this study, the Company plans to conduct an additional Phase 3 clinical trial to further evaluate DEXTENZA for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis.
OTX-TP (travoprost insert)
- Ocular Therapeutix continues to enroll patients in its first Phase 3 clinical trial for OTX-TP (travoprost insert) for the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
- The Company plans to commence its second Phase 3 clinical trial with OTX-TP for the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension in the second half of 2017.
- If approved, OTX-TP may potentially become the first non-invasive, sustained release therapy for the treatment of glaucoma.
Sustained release intravitreal depots for the treatment of serious retinal diseases
In partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Ocular Therapeutix
continues to advance the development of an extended release
hydrogel-based formulation of Regeneron’s protein-based anti-vascular
endothelial growth factor (VEGF) trap, aflibercept, for the treatment
of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) and other serious
- Regeneron’s aflibercept is currently approved by the FDA for certain indications under the brand name EYLEA®.
In parallel, Ocular Therapeutix continues to advance the development
of its proprietary hydrogel platform technology for intravitreal drug
delivery with tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs).
- Ocular Therapeutix plans to present efficacy, tolerability and pharmacokinetics data with its OTX-TKI product candidate at the upcoming Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting, being held May 7-11, in Baltimore, MD.
- The Company expects to enter Phase 1 clinical testing with OTX-TKI in the second half of 2017.
First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
- As of March 31, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $80.4 million. This includes the net proceeds from a recently completed registered underwritten public offering of $23.3 million of shares of common stock pursuant to a shelf registration statement that was previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cash used in operating activities was $14.6 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $9.3 million for the first quarter of 2016. The Company expects that cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund operating expenses, debt service obligations and capital expenditures through the second quarter of 2018. The Company will need to obtain additional capital to support the planned commercial launch of DEXTENZA, subject to FDA approval.
- There was $18.0 million in outstanding debt as of March 31, 2017. In March 2017, the Company amended the terms of its existing credit facility to increase the total commitment to $38.0 million, including $18.0 million funded at closing, which was used primarily to pay-off outstanding balances as of the closing date, and options on two additional tranches of $10.0 million, the availability of each of which is based on the achievement of regulatory and commercial milestones. The interest-only payment period was extended through February 1, 2018, with provisions to further extend the interest-only period based on the achievement of certain regulatory and commercial milestones.
- Ocular Therapeutix reported a net loss of approximately $(16.0) million, or $(0.58) per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to a net loss of $(10.8) million, or $(0.44) per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The first quarter 2017 results include $2.0 million in non-cash charges for stock-based compensation and depreciation compared to $1.6 million in such non-cash charges in the first quarter of 2016.
- Total costs and operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $16.1 million, as compared to $11.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Research and development (R&D) expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $6.7 million, compared to $7.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The Company continues to advance the clinical and preclinical development of its hydrogel platform technology and its portfolio of drug product candidates. Selling and marketing expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $6.0 million, compared to $1.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The 2017 increase represents the costs of pre-commercial activities in preparation for the planned commercial launch of DEXTENZA, subject to FDA approval.
- Ocular Therapeutix generated $0.5 million in revenue during the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 from product sales of ReSure® Sealant.
- As of March 31, 2017, there were approximately 28.9 million shares issued and outstanding.
Conference Call & Webcast Information
Members of the Ocular Therapeutix management team will host a live conference call and webcast today at 8:30 am Eastern Time to review the Company's financial results and provide a general business update.
The live webcast can be accessed by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website at investors.ocutx.com. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. Alternatively, please call 844-464-3934 (U.S.) or 765-507-2620 (International) to listen to the live conference call. The conference ID number for the live call will be 13632485. An archive of the webcast will be available until May 19, 2017 on the Company’s website.
About Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.
Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye using its proprietary hydrogel platform technology. Ocular Therapeutix’s lead product candidate, DEXTENZA™ (dexamethasone insert) 0.4 mg for intracanalicular use, has completed Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of ocular pain and inflammation following ophthalmic surgery. The FDA has accepted the Company’s NDA resubmission for DEXTENZA for the treatment of ocular pain following ophthalmic surgery and has established a target PDUFA action date of July 19, 2017. If its NDA is approved, the Company will submit an NDA supplement for ocular inflammation. OTX-TP (travoprost insert) is in Phase 3 clinical development for glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Ocular Therapeutix is also evaluating injectable drug delivery depots for back-of-the-eye diseases. Ocular Therapeutix's first product, ReSure® Sealant, is FDA-approved to seal corneal incisions following cataract surgery.
Forward Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company including the development and regulatory status of the Company’s product candidates, such as the Company’s expectations and plans regarding regulatory submissions for and the timing and conduct of clinical trials of DEXTENZA™ for the treatment of post-surgical ocular inflammation and pain, including our expectations regarding the NDA filed with the FDA and the FDA’s response to the resubmitted NDA and the potential impact of the re-inspection of manufacturing operations, DEXTENZA for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis, DEXTENZA for the treatment of dry eye disease and OTX-TP for the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension, the ongoing development of the Company’s sustained release hydrogel technology, the potential utility of any of the Company’s product candidates, potential commercialization of the Company’s product candidates, the potential benefits and future operation of the collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, including any potential future payments thereunder, the sufficiency of the Company’s cash resources and other statements containing the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend", "goal," "may", "might," "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. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, those related to the timing and costs involved in commercializing ReSure® Sealant or any product candidate that receives regulatory approval, the initiation and conduct of clinical trials, availability of data from clinical trials and expectations for regulatory submissions and approvals, the Company’s scientific approach and general development progress, the availability or commercial potential of the Company’s product candidates, the sufficiency of cash resources and need for additional financing or other actions and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section contained in the Company’s quarterly and annual 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 of this release. 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 of this release.
Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended|
|Costs and operating expenses:|
|Cost of product revenue||115||99|
|Research and development||6,729||7,073|
|Selling and marketing||6,027||1,389|
|General and administrative||3,276||2,406|
|Total costs and operating expenses||16,147||10,967|
|Loss from operations||(15,672||)||(10,509||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Total other expense, net||(351||)||(331||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.58||)||$||(0.44||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||27,643,746||24,751,682|
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities||(4||)||68|
|Total other comprehensive income (loss)||(4||)||68|
|Total comprehensive loss||$||(16,027||)||$||(10,772||)|
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||54,682||$||32,936|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,557||1,390|
|Total current assets||83,276||69,898|
|Property and equipment, net||5,693||3,313|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accrued expenses and deferred rent||4,005||4,635|
|Notes payable, net of discount, current||897||1,549|
|Total current liabilities||8,656||8,300|
|Deferred rent, long-term||1,315||537|
|Notes payable, net of discount, long-term||16,821||14,094|
|Commitments and contingencies|
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized at
|Additional paid-in capital||253,813||225,889|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(9||)||(5||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||63,905||52,008|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||90,697||$||74,939|