NeuBase Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the Fiscal Third Quarter of 2019
08/14/2019 | 04:07pm EDT
Completed two financings in July 2019 totaling approximately $14 million in gross proceeds with participation from institutional investors including Greenlight Capital
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NeuBase Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NBSE) (“NeuBase” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company developing next-generation antisense therapies to address genetic diseases, today reported financial results for the three and nine month periods ended June 30, 2019, which only include the financial results for Ohr Pharmaceutical prior to the merger and associated financings.
“Over the past several months, we have positioned the Company with the capital and industry expertise required to advance our strategy to develop antisense oligonucleotide therapeutics by leveraging our PATrOL™ platform,” said Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of NeuBase. “Looking ahead, we are developing next-generation antisense oligonucleotide therapeutics for rare genetic diseases with a goal of transforming patients’ lives. We are currently advancing several preclinical programs, including NT0100 to target Huntington’s Disease and NT0200 to target myotonic dystrophy.”
Fiscal Third Quarter of 2019 and Recent Operating Highlights
Shares of the Company’s common stock commenced trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol “NBSE” as of market open on July 15, 2019.
Completed two financings raising an aggregate of approximately $14 million in gross proceeds, which occurred alongside the Nasdaq listing and included a $5 million investment from Greenlight Capital.
Appointed four experienced executives from the biotechnology industry to the board of directors: Dr. Dov Goldstein, Dr. Diego Miralles, Dr. Franklyn Prendergast, and Eric Richman.
Appointed Dr. Danith Ly, the primary inventor of NeuBase’s peptide nucleic acid (PNA) antisense oligonucleotide (PATrOL™) platform technology, as the Company’s chief scientific officer.
Expanded the scientific advisory board with the appointments of Dr. Samuel Broder (former National Cancer Institute Director) and Dr. George Church (Harvard Medical School professor).
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2019:
For the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $1.1 million, or ($0.40) per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $0.5 million, or ($0.19) per share, in the three months ended June 30, 2018. Loss per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted for the reverse stock split effected on February 4, 2019.
For the three months ended June 30, 2019, total operating expenses were approximately $1.1 million, consisting of approximately $0.9 million in general and administrative expenses, $0.1 million of research and development expenses, and $0.2 million in depreciation and amortization. This compares to total operating expenses of $1.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2018, comprised of approximately $0.8 million in general and administrative expenses, $0.1 million in research and development expenses, and $0.3 million in depreciation and amortization.
At June 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1.4 million, compared to cash and equivalents of approximately $3.8 million at September 30, 2018. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, NeuBase completed two financings alongside the closing of the merger in July 2019, raising gross proceeds of approximately $14 million. The Company believes that its current cash balance will provide sufficient capital to fund operations through the end of fiscal 2020.
Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended June 30, 2019:
For the nine months ended June 30, 2019, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $3.2 million, or ($1.12) per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $6.9 million, or ($3.36) per share, in the same period of 2018. Loss per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted for the reverse stock split effected on February 4, 2019.
For the nine months ended June 30, 2019, total operating expenses were approximately $3.2 million, consisting of approximately $2.5 million in general and administrative expenses, $0.2 million of research and development expenses, and $0.5 million in depreciation and amortization. This compares to total operating expenses of approximately $7.5 million in the same period of 2018, consisting of approximately $2.9 million in general and administrative expenses, $4.2 million of research and development expenses, $0.8 million in depreciation and amortization, $0.7 million in impairment of goodwill, and $1.2 million in gain on settlement of accounts payable and long term liabilities.
About NeuBase Therapeutics
NeuBase Therapeutics, Inc. is developing the next generation of gene silencing therapies with its flexible, highly specific synthetic antisense oligonucleotides. The proprietary NeuBase peptide-nucleic acid (PNA) antisense oligonucleotide (PATrOL™) platform allows for the rapid development of targeted drugs, increasing the treatment opportunities for the hundreds of millions of people affected by rare genetic diseases, including those that can only be treated through accessing of genomic loci or secondary and tertiary RNA structures. Using PATrOL technology, NeuBase aims to first tackle rare, genetic neurological disorders.
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