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Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V. Reports Full Year 2022 Financial Results and Highlights Operational Progress
Significantly advanced varoglutamstat EU and U.S. clinical studies, VIVIAD and VIVA-MIND, providing promising initial safety dataBoth VIVIAD and VIVA-MIND studies on track; final data from VIVIAD expected in 1Q2024 and clinical update on VIVA-MIND expected in 2H2023Bolstered financial position with two successful private placements to support ongoing clinical development totaling EUR 36 million with option for up to additional EUR 15 millionManagement to host conference call today at 3:00 pm CEST (9:00 am EDT)
Halle (Saale) / Munich, Germany, April 19, 2023 – Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam: VVY; NL00150002Q7) (Vivoryon), a clinical stage company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule medicines to modulate the activity and stability of pathologically altered proteins, today announced financial results for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2022, and provided an update on its corporate progress. The report is available on the Company’s website https://www.vivoryon.com/investors-news/financial-information/
“We continue to solidify our position as leaders in developing novel treatments for Alzheimer’s disease by following differentiating science to thoughtfully inform the design of our clinical trials. Our progress in 2022 underlines our dedication as we continued to advance both VIVIAD and VIVA-MIND, while optimizing their design based on meaningful findings both from varoglutamstat and the broader AD treatment landscape,” said Dr. Ulrich Dauer, CEO of Vivoryon. “In parallel, we’ve strengthened our financial position with two successful private placements, welcoming in new investors while also receiving continued support from existing investors. Our extended cash runway enables Vivoryon to continue executing against our pipeline goals and we are incredibly pleased with the progress we’ve already made in 2023. We are driven by our passion for developing small molecule-based medicines with a focus on alleviating disease burden in more ways than just addressing symptoms, such as ease of administration. We look forward to upcoming inflection points later this year for our VIVA-MIND trial in the U.S. and early next year for the final data from our VIVIAD study.”
2022 and Post-Period Portfolio Highlights
Varoglutamstat Clinical Program:
VIVIAD (NCT04498650) is a state-of-the-art Phase 2b study being conducted in Europe and designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of varoglutamstat in 250 subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
In June 2022, Vivoryon announced that it had completed the parallel group, dose-finding part of its VIVIAD study and that the independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) selected the highest dose investigated, 600 mg twice daily (BID), as the final dose to be administered in the second part of the study.At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in San Diego (July 31 to August 4, 2022), Vivoryon presented detailed safety data from the VIVIAD study showing that varoglutamstat was well-tolerated at 600 mg BID.In November 2022, Vivoryon announced enrollment was completed and the study was adapted to enable longer average treatment duration of participants (anticipated average treatment duration ~82 weeks).In March 2023, Vivoryon announced an update on the clinical development of varoglutamstat, including the VIVIAD trial, at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and related neurological disorders (AD/PD) in Gothenburg, Sweden. As of the data cut-off date of January 5, 2023, over 100 of the 259 participants randomized into the VIVIAD study had been treated for at least 48 weeks. Varoglutamstat showed no on-target toxicity and no clinical signs of brain swelling or hemorrhages (ARIA), which are a limiting class side effect of Abeta antibodies and has been well-tolerated in the study to date, with a low number of adverse events (AEs), serious adverse events (SAEs), and treatment emergent adverse events (TEAEs) observed. Both the total number of SAEs and the discontinuation rate were considerably lower than the respective numbers at the 800 mg BID varoglutamstat dose in Vivoryon’s completed Phase 2a SAPHIR study, while retaining a similar level of target inhibition (around 90%) at the dosing in both studies.Vivoryon remains on track to report the final data readout from the VIVIAD study in the first quarter of 2024.
VIVA-MIND (NCT03919162) is a complementary Phase 2 study for varoglutamstat conducted in the U.S. which seeks to enroll 180 patients with early AD into the Phase 2a adaptive dose finding portion and enroll a further 234 patients in the Phase 2b portion of the study.
In November 2022, Vivoryon announced the study design had been adapted to enable all 180 patients to be treated for at least 72 weeks, allowing for the opportunity to progress seamlessly to a potential Phase 3 study, possibly including further patients beyond the currently planned 414.In March 2023, Vivoryon provided an update on the VIVA-MIND study, which is ongoing and continuing to recruit patients at 18 sites across the U.S. The study’s independent DSMB recently provided a unanimous recommendation to continue the study without modification. The Company anticipates a decision on final trial size following the data readout of the VIVIAD study.Vivoryon expects the first cohort to be fully randomized into the study within the second quarter of this year and plans to provide the next update on the VIVA-MIND study in the second half of 2023.
At the AAIC (July 31 to August 4, 2022), Vivoryon presented preclinical data on the Company’s N3pE amyloid-targeting molecules. The results underscore the unique potential of Vivoryon’s N3pE amyloid-targeting therapeutic strategy in both mono- and combination therapy settings in AD. The data showed that a combination treatment of aducanumab and varoglutamstat achieves additive effect on Abeta pathology, indicating feasibility of dose reduction to improve safety of Abeta antibody-based AD treatments. This demonstrates the potential benefit of a combination therapy designed to simultaneously make use of two different and independent molecular N3pE-related mode of actions, small molecule based QPCT/L inhibition and anti-N3pE-immunotherapy. Additional data from murine analog of PBD-C06 highlight the differentiated safety profile vs. other anti-Abeta antibodies at N3pE amyloid-lowering concentrations.In October 2022, Nature Communications issued a joint publication of Vivoryon and Fraunhofer IZI and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, titled, “Helical ultrastructure of the metalloprotease meprin α in complex with a small molecule inhibitor.” The article outlined the protein’s involvement in tissue homeostasis by influencing inflammation, immunity and extracellular matrix remodeling. Dysregulation of this protein family leads to many severe diseases, many of which are addressed by Vivoryon’s pipeline, including acute kidney injury, inflammatory disease, in addition to some cancers. Deepening Vivoryon’s understanding of meprin α’s structure will strongly support the Company’s research and development program for selective and highly potent small molecule meprin inhibitors.
Corporate Development Highlights
In February 2022, Vivoryon and its partner, Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Ltd (“Simcere”), announced that China’s Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) approved the Clinical Trial Application (CTA) for varoglutamstat for the development in Greater China by Simcere. Simcere is fully responsible for the further development and marketing within Greater China region.In April 2022, Vivoryon announced that it had successfully completed a private placement by way of accelerated book building, raising gross proceeds of
EUR 21 million. The Company placed 2,000,000 registered shares at an offering price of EUR 10.50 per share. The new shares were admitted to trading on Euronext Amsterdam on April 5, 2022.In June 2022, the Company expanded and diversified its Non-Executive Board with the appointments of Claudia Riedl, PhD and Samir Shah, MD.In September 2022, the Company entered into a private placement of
2,054,796 registered shares at an offering price of EUR 7.30 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of EUR 15 million. In addition, the investors have the option to purchase further shares which, if exercised in full, could raise up to an additional EUR 15 million. The private placement was supported by Vivoryon’s longstanding investor Claus Christiansen and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR”) Dawn Aggregator L.P. (“Dawn Biopharma”), a platform controlled by affiliates of KKR, a leading global investment firm, as new investor to the Company. The private placement was closed in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the funds will support the ongoing clinical development of Vivoryon’s lead candidate varoglutamstat.
Financial Results for the Full Year 2022
No revenues were generated in 2022. The Company generated license revenues of EUR 10.8 million in 2021 from a regional licensing partnership with Simcere for Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).
Research and development expenses increased by EUR 2.8 million to EUR 20.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to EUR 17.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2021. Third-party research and development services increased by EUR 2.5 million mainly because of EUR 1.5 million higher manufacturing costs following the Company’s risk mitigation strategy in establishing a second source for study drug supply and higher clinical costs of EUR 1.0 million mainly due to the progress of the Phase 2b clinical trial VIVIAD. Other expenses increased by EUR 0.1 million as a result of higher traveling costs.
General and administrative expenses were EUR 8.9 million in 2022, compared to EUR 4.5 million in 2021. The increase of EUR 4.4 million was largely attributable to EUR 2.6 million in expensed capital raising costs, including legal and consulting fees associated with strategic and operational efforts. An additional EUR 1.7 million in costs was due to higher expenses for share based payments.
Net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, was EUR 28.2 million, compared to EUR 12.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021. The Company held EUR 26.6 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2022, compared to EUR 14.7 million as of December 31, 2021.
Following the capital raise settled in October 2022, according to current planning and estimates, Vivoryon expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund its research and development expenses as well as the general and administrative expenses and cash flows from investing and financing activities at least through end of December 2023. This guidance does not include exercise of share options issued in October 2022, potential milestone payments from development partnerships, potential payments from licensing agreements and/or additional financing measures, as far as such payments have not yet been recognized in revenues. The financial guidance takes into account all costs to ensure sustainable study drug supply with varoglutamstat for the VIVA-MIND U.S. study.
Conference Call and Webcast
Vivoryon will host a conference call and webcast today, April 19, 2023, at 3:00 pm CEST (9:00 am EDT). A Q&A session will follow the presentation of the full year results.
A live webcast and slides will be made available at: www.vivoryon.com/investors-news/news-and-events/presentations-webcasts/
To join the conference call via phone, participants may pre-register and will receive dedicated dial-in details to easily and quickly access the call via the following website: https://register.vevent.com/register/BI4258c63704394e8283359d44ef59a7ea
It is suggested participants dial into the conference call 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to avoid any delays in attendance.
Approximately one day after the call, a slide-synchronized audio replay of the conference will be available on: www.vivoryon.com/investors-news/news-and-events/presentations-webcasts/
Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V. Financial Statements
Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for the Years Ended December 31, 2022 and 2021
in kEUR, except for share data20222021 Revenue—10,764Cost of Sales—(1,569)Gross profit —9,196Research and development expenses(20,224)(17,452)General and administrative expenses(8,908)(4,549)Other operating income197Operating loss(29,113)(12,798)Finance income1,710967Finance expense(952)(392)Finance result758575Result before income taxes(28,355)(12,223)Income taxes199(432)Net loss for the period(28,156)(12,655)Items not to be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss Remeasurement of the net defined benefit pension liability39283Total other comprehensive income / (loss)39283Comprehensive loss(27,764)(12,572)Loss per share in EUR (basic and diluted)(1.28)(0.63)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.
Statements of Financial Position as of December 31, 2022 and 2021
in kEUR20222021ASSETS Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment4966Intangible assets494533Right-of-use assets127219Financial assets143,473Total non-current assets6844,291Current assets Financial assets3,7163,074Other current assets and prepayments4232,494Cash and cash equivalents26,55514,661Total current assets30,69420,229TOTAL ASSETS31,37824,520 Equity Share capital24,10520,050Share premium113,38283,211Other capital reserves9,6566,168Accumulated other comprehensive loss(180)(572)Accumulated deficit(120,457)(92,300)Total equity26,50616,557Non-current liabilities Pension liability1,3231,823Provisions long-term1212Lease liabilities38132Other liabilities—513Deferred tax liabilities234432Total non-current liabilities1,6072,912Current liabilities Provisions—35Trade payables2,5434,360Lease liabilities9492Other liabilities628564Total current liabilities3,2655,051Total liabilities4,8727,963TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES31,37824,520
Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.
Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2022 and 2021
in kEURShare capitalShare premiumOther capital reservesAccumulated other compre-hensive lossAccumulated deficitTotal equityJanuary 1, 202119,97582,1434,404(655)(79,646)26,221Net loss for the period————(12,655)(12,655)Remeasurement of the net defined benefit pension liability———83—83Comprehensive income / (loss)———83(12,655)(12,572)Share-based payments——1,763——1,763Proceeds from exercise of share options751,069———1,144December 31, 202120,05083,2116,168(572)(92,300)16,557Net loss for the period————(28,156)(28,156)Remeasurement of the net defined benefit pension liability———392—392Comprehensive income / (loss)———392(28,156)(27,764)Proceeds from the issuance of common shares4,05531,945———36,000Transaction costs of equity transactions—(1,774)———(1,774)Share-based payments——3,488——3,488December 31, 202224,105113,3829,656(180)(120,457)26,506
Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.
Statements of Cash Flows for the Years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021
in kEUR20222021Operating activities Net loss for the period(28,156)(12,655)Adjustments for: Finance result(758)(575)Depreciation and amortization161165Share based payments3,4881,763Capitalized capital raising costs that were expensed2,633—Actuarial gains / (losses) from pension liabilities39283Foreign currency gain (loss) from other items than cash373287Deferred income tax(199)432Other non-cash adjustments61(192)Changing in Financial assets2,817(6,522)Other current assets and prepayments1911,852Pension liabilities(500)(158)Provisions(35)—Trade payables(1,817)3,449Other liabilities(449)800Interest received921Interest paid(5)(7)Taxes paid——Cash flows used in operating activities(21,794)(11,257)Investing activities Purchase of plant and equipment(11)(20)Purchase of intangible assets(2)(8)Cash flows used in investing activities(13)(28)Financing activities Proceeds from the issuance of common shares36,000—Transaction costs of equity transactions(1,774)—Capital raising costs(753)(1,881)Payment of lease liabilities(92)(90)Proceeds from exercise of share options—1,144Cash flows provided by /(used in) financing activities33,381(827)Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents11,574(12,112)Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period14,66126,306Effect of exchange rate fluctuation on cash held320467Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period26,55514,661
Annual Financial Report 2022
The financial statements of Vivoryon have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) of the International Accounting Standards Board, as adopted by the European Union (EU-IFRS) and with Section 2:362(9) of the Netherlands Civil Code. The auditor KPMG has issued an unqualified auditor’s report for both statements. The reports are available on the Company’s website www.vivoryon.com.
About Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.
Vivoryon is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing innovative small molecule-based medicines. Driven by our passion for ground-breaking science and innovation, we strive to change the lives of patients in need suffering from severe diseases. We leverage our in-depth expertise in understanding post-translational modifications to develop medicines that modulate the activity and stability of proteins which are altered in disease settings. Beyond our lead program, varoglutamstat, which is in Phase 2 clinical development to treat Alzheimer’s disease, we have established a solid pipeline of orally available small molecule inhibitors for various indications including cancer, inflammatory diseases and fibrosis. www.vivoryon.com
Vivoryon Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, those regarding the business strategy, management plans and objectives for future operations of the Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V. (the “Company”), estimates and projections with respect to the market for the Company’s products and forecasts and statements as to when the Company’s products may be available. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to the Company are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance; rather they are based on the Management’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. The forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties and other factors could materially adversely affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described herein. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements and from expectations. As a result, no undue reliance should be placed on such forward-looking statements. This press release does not contain risk factors. Certain risk factors that may affect the Company’s future financial results are discussed in the published annual financial statements of the Company. This press release, including any forward-looking statements, speaks only as of the date of this press release. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any information or forward-looking statements contained herein, save for any information required to be disclosed by law.
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