Aldeyra Therapeutics Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

May 9, 2019
  • Reported Positive Results from Phase 3 ALLEVIATE Trial in Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Initiated Adaptive Phase 3 RENEW Trial in Dry Eye Disease
  • Last Patient Dosed in Phase 3 SOLACE Trial in Noninfectious Anterior Uveitis
  • Completion of Part 1 of the Phase 3 RESET Trial in Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome Expected in Second Half of 2019
  • Initiation of Adaptive Phase 3 Clinical Trial in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Expected in Second Half of 2019
 

LEXINGTON, Mass., May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALDX) (Aldeyra), a biotechnology company devoted to developing and commercializing next-generation medicines to improve the lives of patients with immune-mediated diseases, today announced quarter ended March 31, 2019 financial results and provided a corporate update.

"With the announcement of positive results from the Phase 3 ALLEVIATE Trial, the initiation of the Phase 3 RENEW Trial, and the completion of dosing in the Phase 3 SOLACE Trial, our progress in 2019 has been remarkable," commented Todd C. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Aldeyra. "We look forward to announcing results from the SOLACE Trial and completing Part 1 of the Phase 3 RESET Trial later this year, as we continue to advance our innovative pipeline towards commercialization across a variety of serious diseases."

Recent Highlights and Corporate Updates

  • Reported Positive Results from the Phase 3 ALLEVIATE Trial in Allergic Conjunctivitis.  The double-masked, randomized, vehicle-controlled, multi-center, parallel-group conjunctival allergen challenge ALLEVIATE Trial assessed the efficacy and safety of 0.25% and 0.5% concentrations of reproxalap topical ophthalmic solutions compared to vehicle in 318 patients with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.  The primary endpoint of ocular itch score area under the curve was achieved for both concentrations (p < 0.0001 and p = 0.0025, respectively).  The key secondary endpoint of clinically relevant two-point ocular itch score improvement was also achieved for both concentrations (p = 0.0005 and p = 0.0169, respectively). 0.25% reproxalap is expected to advance to additional Phase 3 clinical testing contingent upon successful completion of ongoing environmental allergen exposure method development studies and subsequent discussion with regulatory authorities.
  • Initiated Adaptive Phase 3 RENEW Trial in Dry Eye Disease, and Presented Phase 2b Dry Eye Disease Clinical Trial Results at the 2019 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting.  In September 2018, and at ARVO in May 2019, Aldeyra reported results from topical ocular reproxalap in a Phase 2b dry eye disease clinical trial, which demonstrated statistically significant superiority of 0.25% reproxalap over vehicle in ocular dryness symptom score and fluorescein nasal region ocular staining in pre-specified moderate to severe patients (p = 0.0048 and p = 0.0007, respectively).  In April 2019, the first patient was enrolled in the Phase 3 RENEW trial, an adaptive, two-part, Phase 3 clinical trial of topical ocular 0.25% reproxalap. Following the completion of the first part of RENEW, assuming the results support advancement to further testing, Aldeyra expects to report the endpoints, dosing regimen, and sample size for the second part of the trial. Aldeyra expects to report full clinical results following the completion of RENEW.
  • Dosed Last Patient in the Phase 3 SOLACE Trial in Noninfectious Anterior Uveitis. In April 2019, dosing was completed in the SOLACE Trial, a randomized, multi-center, double-masked, parallel-group, vehicle-controlled Phase 3 clinical trial of 0.5% topical ocular reproxalap in patients with noninfectious anterior uveitis, a serious ocular inflammatory disease that can lead to loss of vision. Results from the SOLACE Trial are expected in the second half of 2019.
  • Completion of Part 1 of the Phase 3 RESET Trial in Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome Expected in the Second Half of 2019. The RESET Trial is an adaptive, two-part, pivotal, randomized, multi-center, double-masked Phase 3 clinical trial of 1% topical dermal reproxalap for the treatment of ichthyosis associated with Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome.  Following the completion of RESET Part 1, assuming the results support advancement to further testing, Aldeyra expects to report the endpoints, dosing regimen, and sample size for RESET Part 2. Aldeyra expects to report full clinical results following the completion of RESET.
  • Phase 3 Adaptive Clinical Trial of ADX-2191 in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Expected to Initiate in the Second Half of 2019.  In January 2019, Aldeyra expanded its pipeline in retinal disease with the addition ADX-2191 for the treatment of proliferative vitreoretinopathy, a rare inflammatory disorder that leads to severe retinal scarring and blindness.  An adaptive, two-part Phase 3 clinical trial is expected to begin in the second half of 2019. Following the completion of the initial part of the trial, expected in 2020, and assuming the results support advancement to further testing, Aldeyra expects to report the endpoints, dosing regimen, and sample size for the remainder of the trial. Aldeyra expects to report full clinical results following the completion of the trial.
  • Programs in Systemic Immune-Mediated Diseases Expected to Begin Clinical Testing in 2019.  A Phase 2 clinical trial of ADX-1612 in post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder and a Phase 1 clinical trial of ADX-629 for the treatment of systemic autoimmune disease are expected to initiate in the second half of 2019.

Quarter Ended March 31, 2019 Financial Review
For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, Aldeyra reported a net loss of approximately $15.6 million, compared to a net loss of approximately $8.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Basic and diluted net loss per share was $0.58 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to $0.43 per share for the same period in 2018. Losses have resulted from the costs of research and development programs; non-cash charges in connection with Aldeyra's January 2019 stock-for-stock acquisition of Helio Vision, Inc. (Helio); and general and administrative expenses.

Research and development expenses were $7.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to $6.6 million for the same period in 2018. The increase of $1.2 million is primarily related to the increase in research and development expenditures, including manufacturing, preclinical, and clinical development costs; and an increase in personnel costs; and non-cash compensation costs related to a portion of the upfront consideration paid to the founders of Helio.  

In connection with the Helio acquisition, in-process research and development expenses were $6.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. There was no such expense for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The acquired in-process research and development expensed during the quarter was comprised of a non-cash charge related to the fair value of consideration issued to the Helio non-founders, a cash charge related to Helio acquisition transaction expenses, and a non-cash charge related to the deferred tax liability arising from the accounting differences for book and tax purposes resulting from the acquisition.

General and administrative expenses were $3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to $1.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. The increase of $1.1 million is primarily related to an increase in personnel, legal, and patent-related costs. 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, total operating expenses were approximately $17.4 million, compared to total operating expenses of approximately $8.5 million for the same period in 2018. 

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $82.1 million as of March 31, 2019.  In March 2019, Aldeyra entered into a Loan and Security Agreement, which provides up to $60 million in non-dilutive financing. The facility advances capital at Aldeyra's option based upon certain funding conditions.  Aldeyra elected not to draw the initial term loan advance, which expired on April 15, 2019.  An additional term loan advance of $15.0 million is expected to be available, and may be drawn at Aldeyra's option, through September 30, 2019.

Conference Call & Webcast Information
Aldeyra will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in numbers are 1-877-266-8979 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-5231 for international callers. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Aldeyra Therapeutics corporate website at www.aldeyra.com. After the live webcast, the event will remain archived on the Aldeyra Therapeutics website for one year. 

About Aldeyra Therapeutics
Aldeyra Therapeutics is a biotechnology company devoted to developing and commercializing next-generation medicines to improve the lives of patients with immune-mediated diseases. Aldeyra's lead product candidate, reproxalap, is a first-in-class treatment in late-stage development for dry eye disease, allergic conjunctivitis, noninfectious anterior uveitis, and Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome. The company is also developing other product candidates for proliferative vitreoretinopathy and other retinal diseases, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, autoimmune disease, metabolic disease, and cancer. None of Aldeyra's product candidates have been approved for sale in the U.S. or elsewhere.

Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Aldeyra's strategy, future operations, future financial position, projected costs and expenses, prospects, plans, and objectives and Aldeyra's plans and expectations for its product candidates, including plans to initiate further clinical testing. Aldeyra intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as, but not limited to, "may," "might," "will," "objective," "intend," "should," "could," "can," "would," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "target," "design," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "aim," "plan" or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. Aldeyra is at an early stage of development and may not ever have any products that generate significant revenue. All of Aldeyra's development timelines may be subject to adjustment depending on recruitment rate, regulatory review, preclinical and clinical results, and other factors that could delay the initiation or completion of clinical trials. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in Aldeyra's forward-looking statements include, among others, the timing of enrollment, commencement and completion of Aldeyra's clinical trials, the timing and success of preclinical studies and clinical trials conducted by Aldeyra and its development partners; updated or refined data based on Aldeyra's continuing review and quality control analysis of clinical data, Aldeyra's ability to design clinical trials with protocols and endpoints acceptable to applicable regulatory authorities, delay in or failure to obtain regulatory approval of Aldeyra's product candidates, the ability to maintain regulatory approval of Aldeyra's product candidates, and the labeling for any approved products; the risk that prior results, such as signals of safety, activity or durability of effect, observed from preclinical or clinical trials, will not be replicated or will not continue in ongoing or future studies or trials involving Aldeyra's product candidates; the scope, progress, expansion, and costs of developing and commercializing Aldeyra's product candidates; uncertainty as to Aldeyra's ability to commercialize (alone or with others) Aldeyra's product candidates following regulatory approval, if any; the size and growth of the potential markets and pricing for Aldeyra's product candidates and the ability to serve those markets; Aldeyra's expectations regarding Aldeyra's expenses and revenue, the sufficiency or use of Aldeyra's cash resources and needs for additional financing; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any of Aldeyra's product candidates; Aldeyra's expectations regarding competition; Aldeyra's anticipated growth strategies; Aldeyra's ability to attract or retain key personnel; Aldeyra's limited sales and marketing infrastructure; Aldeyra's ability to establish and maintain development partnerships; Aldeyra's ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into its business;  Aldeyra's expectations regarding federal, state and foreign regulatory requirements; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; Aldeyra's ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for its product candidates; the anticipated trends and challenges in Aldeyra's business and the market in which it operates; and other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Aldeyra's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Additional factors may be described in those sections of Aldeyra's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 expected to be filed in the second quarter of 2019.

In addition to the risks described above and in Aldeyra's other filings with the SEC, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Aldeyra's results. No forward-looking statements can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from such statements. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Aldeyra undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release on account of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Corporate Contact:
David McMullin
Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.
Tel: 781-761-4904 ext. 218 
dmcmullin@aldeyra.com

Investor Contact:
Chris Brinzey
Westwicke, an ICR Company
Tel: 339-970-2843
Chris.brinzey@westwicke.com

 

 

ALDEYRA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

             
             
   

March 31,

 

December 31,

   
   

2019

 

2018

   

ASSETS

           

Current assets:

           

Cash and cash equivalents 

 

$       5,297,555

 

$         3,357,472

   

Cash equivalent - Reverse Repurchase Agreements

 

39,000,000

 

$       44,000,000

   

Marketable securities

 

37,826,635

 

46,242,220

   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

4,872,067

 

1,169,594

   

Total current assets 

 

86,996,257

 

94,769,286

   

Deferred offering costs

 

 

86,644

   

Debt issuance costs

 

538,038

 

   

Right-of-use assets

 

377,920

 

   

Fixed assets, net

 

215,908

 

235,225

   

Total assets

 

$     88,128,123

 

$       95,091,155

   
             

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

           

Current liabilities:

           

Accounts payable

 

$       4,013,362

 

$         3,051,678

   

Accrued expenses

 

5,257,071

 

5,421,498

   

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

221,112

 

   

Total current liabilities

 

9,491,545

 

8,473,176

   

Operating lease liabilities, long-term

 

156,808

 

   

Total liabilities

 

9,648,353

 

8,473,176

   

Commitments and contingencies (Notes 14 and 15)

           

Stockholders' equity:

           

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized, none
   issued and outstanding 

 

 

   

Common stock, voting, $0.001 par value; 150,000,000 authorized
   and 26,910,355 and 26,244,435 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

26,910

 

26,244

   

Additional paid-in capital

 

232,605,244

 

225,136,127

   

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

6,812

 

(9,224)

   

Accumulated deficit

 

(154,159,196)

 

(138,535,168)

   

Total stockholders' equity

 

78,479,770

 

86,617,979

   

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$     88,128,123

 

$       95,091,155

   
             
             
     
     

ALDEYRA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

   

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

   

(UNAUDITED)

   
             
             
   

Three Months Ended March 31,

   
   

2019

 

2018

   
             

Operating expenses:

           

Research and development

 

$       7,848,590

 

$         6,600,106

   

Acquired in-process research and development

 

6,597,551

 

   

General and administrative

 

2,985,038

 

1,891,303

   

Loss from operations

 

(17,431,179)

 

(8,491,409)

   

Other income (expense):

           

Interest income

 

499,140

 

122,390

   

Interest expense

 

(1,962)

 

(28,044)

   

Total other income (expense), net

 

497,178

 

94,346

   

Loss before income taxes

 

(16,934,001)

 

(8,397,063)

   

Income tax benefit

 

1,309,973

 

   

Net loss

 

$    (15,624,028)

 

$       (8,397,063)

   

Net loss per share - basic and diluted

 

$               (0.58)

 

$                (0.43)

   

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted

 

27,053,842

 

19,366,790

   

 

 

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