Aldeyra Therapeutics Reports Full-Year 2019 Financial Results and Provides Updates on Anticipated Clinical Milestones

March 12, 2020
  • INVIGORATE Phase 3 Trial of Reproxalap in Allergic Conjunctivitis Expected to be Completed in Second Half of 2020
  • Based on Achievement of Symptom Endpoint in Two Clinical Trials, Subsequent Development Plans for Reproxalap in Dry Eye Disease Pending FDA Feedback, Expected in the Second Half of 2020
  • GUARD Phase 3 Trial of ADX-2191 in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Initiated
  • Strategic Prioritization of Late-Stage Ocular Pipeline Expected to Extend Company’s Cash Runway Through the End of 2021
  • Management to Host Conference Call at 8:00 a.m. ET Today

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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 reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019 and provided an update on anticipated clinical milestones.

“2019 was a year of continued momentum for our lead programs, as we reported statistically significant and clinical relevant data that underscored the potential of reproxalap as a first-line therapy in allergic conjunctivitis and dry eye disease, conditions that in the aggregate affect more than one billion people worldwide,” stated Todd C. Brady, M.D., President and CEO of Aldeyra. “Reproxalap potentially represents a highly differentiated mechanism of action compared with existing therapies. We are excited about the market opportunities for reproxalap as we continue to advance towards the completion of clinical development.”

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Milestones

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis: Aldeyra expects to complete the INVIGORATE Phase 3 clinical trial of topical ocular reproxalap in the second half of 2020. In 2019, Aldeyra announced achievement of the primary endpoint of the Phase 3 ALLEVIATE Trial in allergic conjunctivitis, as well as statistically significant reductions in ocular itching and redness in an allergen chamber clinical trial.
  • Dry Eye Disease: Based on the achievement of symptom endpoints in two well-controlled clinical trials, Aldeyra plans to meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to initiating Part 2 of the RENEW Trial, and plans to provide an update on future development in dry eye disease following FDA feedback, expected in the second half of 2020.
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy (PVR): Aldeyra is currently enrolling patients in the GUARD Phase 3 Trial of ADX-2191, a novel anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agent for the prevention of PVR, a rare sight-threatening condition with no approved treatment. The GUARD Trial is a two-part, multi-center, randomized, controlled, adaptive clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of intravitreal injections of ADX-2191 versus standard-of-care for the prevention of PVR. The trial will compare recurrent retinal detachment rates over a 24-week period following surgical repair of retinal detachment due to PVR or open globe injury. Enrollment is currently expected to be completed in 2021.
  • Systemic Autoimmune Disease: A single and multiple ascending dose Phase 1 clinical trial has been completed for ADX-629, a novel orally administered RASP inhibitor in development for the treatment of systemic autoimmune disease and potentially other serious medical conditions. Top-line results are expected in the second quarter of this year. Initiation of Phase 2 clinical testing is planned for the second half of 2020.

Strategic Prioritization of Late-Stage Programs in Ocular Disease
In a separate news release issued earlier today, Aldeyra announced strategic prioritization of late-stage ocular disease programs in allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye disease, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. In conjunction with the strategic prioritization, Aldeyra appointed ophthalmology drug development expert James A. Gow, M.D., as Senior Vice President of Clinical Development.

Aldeyra has elected to place on hold its clinical development of topical dermal reproxalap for the treatment of ichthyosis associated with Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome and ADX-1612 for the treatment of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder. The initiatives to prioritize the portfolio are expected to extend the company's cash runway through the end of 2021.

Year Ended December 31, 2019 Financial Review
Aldeyra reported a net loss of $60.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared with a net loss of $38.9 million in 2018. Basic net loss per share was $2.24 for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared with $1.79 per share in 2018. Losses have resulted from the costs of Aldeyra's clinical trials and research and development programs, as well as from general and administrative expenses.

Research and development expenses were approximately $44.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared with approximately $29.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase of $14.6 million is primarily related to the increase in clinical and preclinical development and manufacturing costs; an increase in personnel costs; and non-cash compensation costs related to a portion of upfront acquisition consideration that is subject to vesting based on continued service.

Acquired in-process research and development expenses were $6.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. Aldeyra did not have acquired in-process research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2018. The $6.6 million increase is related to the in-process research and development expenses associated with the January 2019 acquisition of Helio Vision.

General and administrative expenses were approximately $12.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared with $9.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase of $2.3 million is primarily related to an increase in personnel costs and public company costs related to compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Total operating expenses were approximately $63.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared with total operating expenses of approximately $39.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $73.4 million as of December 31, 2019.

Conference Call & Webcast Information
Aldeyra will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss its full-year 2019 financial results and provide a corporate update. The dial-in numbers are (866) 211-4098 for domestic callers and (647) 689-6613 for international callers. The Conference ID number is 9984588.

A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Investors Relations section of the Aldeyra Therapeutics website at After the live webcast, the event will remain archived on the Aldeyra Therapeutics website for 90 days.

About Reproxalap
Reproxalap is a novel, small-molecule immune-modulating covalent inhibitor of RASP (reactive aldehyde species), which are elevated in ocular and systemic inflammatory disease, and lead to activation of intracellular inflammatory factors, including NF-kB, inflammasomes, and Scavenger Receptor A. Reproxalap’s mechanism of action has been validated with the demonstration of statistically significant and clinically relevant activity in multiple physiologically distinct late-phase clinical indications. Topical ocular reproxalap has now been studied in more than 1,100 patients with no observed safety concerns reported; mild instillation site irritation is the most commonly reported adverse event in clinical trials.

About ADX-2191
ADX-2191, an intravitreal formulation of methotrexate, has received orphan drug and fast track designations from the FDA for the prevention of PVR. The observed clinical activity of ADX-2191 in patients with PVR is believed to be the result of down-regulation of aberrant retinal cell proliferation and activity, thereby leading to reduced retinal scarring that is characteristic of PVR. Aldeyra retains an exclusive license to certain patents related to the use of ADX-2191 for the prevention of PVR.

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 investigational drug product candidates are potential first-in-class treatments in development for dry eye disease, allergic conjunctivitis, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. The company is also developing other product candidates for retinal and systemic inflammatory diseases.

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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.



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Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.
Tel: 781-761-4904 ext. 218

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