CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enveric Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENVB) (“Enveric” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of novel neuroplastogenic small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and addiction disorders, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the third quarter of 2023 ended September 30, 2023.
“The third quarter of 2023 was a period of significant progress for our team as we completed several initiatives that served to enhance the value of our differentiated neuroplastogenic small-molecule therapeutics as we advance towards the clinic,” said Joseph Tucker, Ph.D., Director and CEO of Enveric. “Key to this effort, we significantly strengthened our IP estate across our development portfolio, highlighted by new patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for our EVM301 Series of novel non-hallucinogenic molecules and for EB-373, our lead EVM201 Series prodrug product candidate. The patents encompass composition of matter and pharmaceutical drug formulations related to the EVM301 Series and composition of matter and pharmaceutical drug formulations pertaining to EB-373. Additionally, we filed six non-U.S. applications related to the EVM301 Series, received several U.S. Notices of Allowance for claims related to the EVM301 Series and EB-373, and filed a new application for our AI-based computational methods for identifying and optimizing novel tryptamine derivatives. Our expectation is the USPTO will grant patents based on the Notices of Allowance, which would continue to increase the value of our technologies and further distinguish Enveric’s science as groundbreaking and unique.”
Dr. Tucker added: “Through the third quarter of 2023 and into Q4, we have showcased the leading drug discovery and research engine behind our EVM301 Series of compounds, with several publications and presentations in academic settings, establishing a leading position in the psychedelic and psychedelic-inspired drug development industry to deliver next-generation treatments, with low- and non-hallucinogenic compounds. We look forward to several key milestones during the remainder of 2023, including identification of a lead candidate from the EVM301 Series by year-end. With this lead candidate identified, we anticipate initiating a thorough and expedited preclinical development program in 2024 in preparation for an Investigational New Drug application.”
“As part of our objective to ensure clinical readiness, the third quarter was also characterized by completing key manufacturing and preclinical activities needed to file for regulatory clearance to begin a first in human clinical trial of EB-373. We announced favorable results from exploratory animal studies, which demonstrated oral bioavailability and well-tolerated side effects for EB-373. The outcome of these animal studies indicated potential for EB-373 to reduce GI upset and vomiting as well as rapid onset of action and systemic clearance, improving on the pharmacokinetic characteristics of psilocybin. Additionally, further preclinical work assessing absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) assays demonstrated rapid conversion of EB-373 to the active metabolite psilocin,” concluded Dr. Tucker.
THIRD QUARTER AND RECENT PROGRAM UPDATES
- Presented and published leading scientific research describing development and screening methods for non-hallucinogenic, neuroplastogenic drug candidates in Enveric’s EVM301 Series of candidates targeting the treatment of mental health disorders
- Showcased drug candidate generation engine surpassing 1000 compounds discovered and analyzed in Psybrary™ Portfolio of psychedelic-inspired therapeutic candidates
- Published research describing a key cane toad enzyme and its application to the biosynthesis of novel indolethylamine-type drug candidates with potential use in psychiatric medicine
- Reported results from preclinical studies exploring the metabolic profile and the safety of lead candidate EB-373, a next generation psilocin prodrug targeting psychiatric disorders. Reported favorable preclinical absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) and toxicology assays demonstrated rapid conversion of EB-373 to the active metabolite psilocin
- Completed manufacturing of EB-373 to supply drug material for completion of preclinical program with resulting high purity of prodrug product that allows Enveric and partners to ship EB-373 without being subject to restrictions required for controlled substances
Continued to drive value with growing IP portfolio across therapeutic pipeline and filed provisional patent application to support AI-based computational methods for identifying and optimizing novel tryptamine derivatives
- Granted USPTO No. 11,707,447 encompassing compositions of matter and pharmaceutical drug formulations for prodrugs utilizing C4-substituted tryptamine derivatives and C4-carbonothiate-substituted tryptamine derivatives
- Granted USPTO No. 11,752,130 providing claims to novel composition of matter and pharmaceutical drug formulations for a family of carboxylated derivatives of tryptamine-based drug candidates
THIRD QUARTER 2023 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Net loss attributable to shareholders was $2.82 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, including $0.16 million in net non-cash income, with a basic and diluted loss per share of $1.30, as compared to a net loss of $2.60 million and non-cash income of $2.29 million, with primary and diluted loss per share of $1.46 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Net cash used in operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, was $2.98 million, consisting of a $2.82 million net loss, adjusted by a net of $0.16 million in non-cash income and changes in asset and liability balances of $0.23 million.
As of September 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $4.27 million.
Enveric Biosciences (NASDAQ: ENVB) is a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of novel neuroplastogenic small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and addiction disorders. Leveraging its unique discovery and development platform, Psybrary™, Enveric has created a robust intellectual property portfolio of New Chemical Entities for specific mental health indications. Enveric’s lead program, the EVM201 Series, comprises next generation synthetic prodrugs of the active metabolite, psilocin. Enveric is developing the first product from the EVM201 Series – EB-373 – for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Enveric is also advancing its second program, the EVM301 Series, expected to offer a first-in-class, new approach to the treatment of difficult-to-address mental health disorders, mediated by the promotion of neuroplasticity without also inducing hallucinations in the patient. Enveric is headquartered in Naples, FL with offices in Cambridge, MA and Calgary, AB Canada. For more information, please visit www.enveric.com.
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