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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rezolute, Inc. (Nasdaq: RZLT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing transformative therapies with the potential to disrupt treatment paradigms for devastating metabolic diseases, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended June 30, 2023.
“We are delighted that we are poised to initiate sunRIZE – our Phase 3 study of RZ358, which we hope will bring us one step closer to making this therapy available to patients and their families suffering from congenital hyperinsulinism. We are also anticipating results from our Phase 2 study of RZ402 in the first quarter of 2024, where we hope to demonstrate the safety and proof-of-concept of our oral therapy for diabetic macular edema,” said Nevan Charles Elam, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Rezolute. “As we look ahead to these upcoming milestones, we remain committed to our mission of delivering transformative therapies to patients with devastating metabolic diseases.”
Corporate and Clinical Highlights
RZ358, monoclonal antibody for the treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) Following the successful Phase 2b RIZE study of RZ358 in congenital HI, which demonstrated that RZ358 safely and substantially improved hypoglycemia, the Company plans to initiate sunRIZE, a pivotal Phase 3 clinical study of RZ358, in Europe and other geographies outside the US in Q4 2023. Topline results from the sunRIZE study are expected in the first half of 2025. RZ402, oral plasma kallikrein inhibitor to treat diabetic macular edema (DME) In December 2022, Rezolute announced the initiation of a Phase 2 study of RZ402 in patients with DME. This is a multi-center, randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled, parallel-arm study to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics of RZ402 administered as a monotherapy over a 12-week treatment period in participants with DME who are naïve to or have received limited anti-VEGF injections. Study enrollment is ongoing, and the Company anticipates topline results from this study in the first quarter of 2024.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2023 Financial Results
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $16.0 million and investments in marketable debt securities totaled $102.3 million as of June 30, 2023.Research and development (R&D) expenses were $10.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, compared to $8.6 million for the same period in fiscal 2022. Full fiscal year 2023 R&D expenses were $43.8 million, compared to $32.5 million in fiscal year 2022. The increase from fiscal year 2022 to fiscal year 2023 was primarily due to increased expenditures in clinical trial activities, manufacturing costs and higher personnel-related expenses, which included employee compensation and stock-based compensation.General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, compared to $2.7 million for the same period in fiscal 2022. Full fiscal year 2023 G&A expenses were $12.2 million, compared to $9.4 million in fiscal year 2022. The increase from fiscal year 2022 to fiscal year 2023 was primarily due to higher personnel-related expenses, including employee compensation and stock-based compensation.Net loss was $12.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, compared to $9.4 million for the same period in fiscal 2022. Full year fiscal 2023 net loss was $51.8 million compared to net loss of $41.1 million for the fiscal year 2022.
About Rezolute, Inc.
Rezolute strives to disrupt current treatment paradigms by developing transformative therapies for devastating rare and chronic metabolic diseases. Its novel therapies hold the potential to both significantly improve outcomes and reduce the treatment burden for patients, the treating physician, and the healthcare system. Patient, clinician, and advocate voices are integrated in the Company’s drug development process, enabling Rezolute to boldly address a range of severe conditions. Rezolute is steadfast in its mission to create profound, positive, and lasting impact on patients’ lives. The Company’s lead clinical asset, RZ358, is in late-stage development for the treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare pediatric endocrine disorder. Rezolute is also developing RZ402, an orally available plasma kallikrein inhibitor, for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. For more information, visit www.rezolutebio.com or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
The information provided herein contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “future,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods. The “forward-looking statements” include, but are not limited to, statements regarding receiving results from the Phase 2 study of RZ402 in the first quarter of 2024, the ability of RZ358 to treat congenital hyperinsulinism, the timing of the release topline results from sunRIZE, and our ability to meet trial enrollment goals.
Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on Rezolute’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, results of and timing of clinical trials, financial condition and results of operations, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions.
Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of Rezolute’s control. Rezolute’s actual results including the timing and results of clinical trials may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause Rezolute’s actual results including the timing and results of clinical trials to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are discussed or identified in Rezolute’s filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements made by Rezolute in this information are based only on information currently available to Rezolute and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. Rezolute undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise except as required by applicable law.
Rezolute, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements Data(in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended Year Ended June 30, June 30, 2023 2022 2023 2022 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Data: Operating expenses: Research and development $10,933 $8,574 $43,813 $32,486 General and administrative 3,305 2,725 12,177 9,357 Total operating expenses 14,238 11,299 55,990 41,843 Loss from operations (14,238) (11,299) (55,990) (41,843)Non-operating income (expense), net 1,510 1,876 4,203 783 Net loss $(12,728) $(9,423) $(51,787) $(41,060) Net loss per common share Basic $(0.25) $(0.30) $(1.01) $(2.26)Diluted $(0.25) $(0.37) $(1.01) $(2.32) Weighted average number of common shares outstanding: Basic 51,410 31,429 51,188 18,197 Diluted 51,410 36,302 51,188 19,487 June 30, June 30, 2023 2022 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data: Cash and cash equivalents $16,036 $150,410 Investments in marketable debt securities 102,330 – Working capital 99,710 149,642 Total assets 123,721 152,420 Accumulated deficit (260,984) (209,198)Total stockholders’ equity 123,721 149,471