- Added an anticipated additional year of runway into 2025 through securing non-dilutive debt facility from Hercules combined with execution of cost optimizations by prioritizing atai’s development programs with anticipated meaningful near-term clinical value inflections
- Key achieved R&D milestones include completion of the clinical phase of the Drug-Drug-Interaction (DDI) study of PCN-101, database lock for the GRX-917 Phase 1 trial, completion of SAD portion of ongoing KUR-101 Phase 1 trial, and initiation of VLS-01 Phase 1 trial
- Non-dilutive financing facility of up to $175M, plus $312M existing cash on hand as of June 30, 2022, gives atai access to up to $487M to continue developing next generation mental health treatments
Video interview with Management to be posted today at 8:30 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK and BERLIN, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- atai Life Sciences N.V. (Nasdaq:ATAI) (“atai” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, and provided a business update.
“We have taken strong actions to extend our anticipated runway by one year into 2025. We further strengthened our already strong cash position of $312M at end of Q2 by securing a non-dilutive term loan facility of up to $175M, and we anticipate realizing significant cost savings from a company-wide cost optimization,” said Florian Brand, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of atai. “This additional runway provides us with the ability to achieve numerous proof-of-concept data readouts without additional dilutive financing.”
“We continue to execute on our pipeline – having achieved multiple Phase 1 milestones over the last months. These include the completion of the clinical phase of the PCN-101 drug-drug interaction (DDI) study, database lock of the GRX-917 Phase 1 SAD/MAD trial, completion of the SAD portion of the KUR-101 Phase 1 trial, and the initiation of the VLS-01 Phase 1 trial. Going forward, we are focusing on R&D programs that we anticipate generating meaningful clinical data readouts over the next two years,” said Srinivas Rao, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder of atai. “We are excited about our refocused pipeline with 8 potential value generation events over the next 6-12 months starting with the PCN-101 Phase 2a read out in treatment-resistant depression (TRD) by end of year.”
Video Interview with Management
A video interview with atai Life Sciences CEO & Co-Founder Florian Brand, CSO & Co-Founder Srinivas Rao, CFO Greg Weaver and Deputy CFO Stephen Bardin will be available today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time at https://vimeo.com/atailifesciences
The interview will also be accessible for replay in the “Events” section of the Company’s website at www.atai.life
. The archived copy of the interview will be available on the Company’s website for at least 30 days.
Pipeline Update and Highlights
atai has completed a company-wide cost optimization initiative and an extensive pipeline review to both reduce its expected operating expenses and prioritize its capital resources on R&D programs anticipated to be potentially the most valuable and meaningful opportunities for patients in its pipeline. This portfolio review process is consistent with the Company's three-pillar strategic approach as it looks to achieve clinically meaningful and durable behavioral change in mental health patients.
As a result, the Company has streamlined its pipeline by decelerating programs and discontinuing funding beyond our obligations to several programs, including Revixia, Neuronasal, DemeRx NB, and certain discovery efforts. atai will opportunistically explore business development and partnering opportunities for these deprioritized programs.
atai’s remaining refocused pipeline and enabling technologies are the following:
1. Drug development programs:
2. Enabling technologies:
In Q2, the Company continued to advance its programs and is looking forward to additional clinical milestones for the remainder of 2022 and beyond. The Company anticipates all 8 compounds listed above to be in clinical development by the end of this year. atai’s development pipeline of pharmaceuticals, digital therapeutics, and precision mental health approaches are supported by a total of 293 issued patents and 125 pending non-provisional patents.
COMPASS Pathways – COMP360 (Psilocybin assisted therapy) to treat Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
Perception Neuroscience – PCN-101 (R-ketamine) to treat Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
- Launched Phase 2 clinical trial of COMP360 in Anorexia Nervosa in July 2022.
- COMP360 Phase 3 program for TRD submitted to FDA and expected to commence by end of FY 2022.
- Kabir Nath, former Senior Managing Director of Global Pharmaceuticals at Otsuka, appointed as new CEO on August 1st, 2022.
- Investor Day scheduled for October 12th, 2022, during which details on Phase 3 will be presented.
Recognify Life Sciences – RL-007 to treat Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia (CIAS)
- Completion of the clinical phase of the Phase 1 DDI study.
- Data from PCN-101 Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept (PoC) study in TRD expected by end of FY 2022.
- PCN-101 Phase 1 SQ to IV bioavailability bridging study is expected to initiate within the next few quarters.
GABA Therapeutics – GRX-917 (deuterated etifoxine) to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- RL-007 Phase 2b PoC study for CIAS expected to commence in H2 2022.
Kures – KUR-101 (deuterated mitragynine) to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
- Database lock of phase 1 SAD/MAD for GRX-917 achieved, and readout of results anticipated in H2 2022.
- GRX-917 PoC trial in healthy volunteers expected to initiate in H2 2022.
DemeRx – DMX-1002 (ibogaine) to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
- KUR-101 Phase 1 results expected in H2 2022.
- Enrollment completed in the SAD portion of the Phase 1 trial, and dosing in the second double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled relative efficacy and tolerability portion of the trial has commenced.
Viridia Life Sciences - VLS-01 (dimethyltryptamine) to treat Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
- DMX-1002 Phase 1 results expected in H2 2022.
EmpathBio - EMP-01 (MDMA derivative) to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- VLS-01 Phase 1 SAD trial initiation occurred in May of this year.
- The Phase 1 trial is the first application of Introspect’s DTx to an atai pipeline product, and this technology will be used to support subjects before and after dosing.
- The objectives of this phase 1 trial will be to compare the safety, tolerability, and PK of intravenous versus oral transmucosal administration of DMT. The oral transmucosal film product being tested was developed in conjunction with IntelGenX.
InnarisBio – Nasal spray drug-delivery technology to effect direct-to-brain drug delivery for use in various mental health indications
- EMP-01 Phase 1 SAD trial recently received ethics committee approval, and central regulatory approval is anticipated in H2 2022.
- This trial will incorporate Introspect’s DTx to support subjects before and after dosing.
- InnarisBio proof of mechanism trial results expected in H2 2022.
atai will host an R&D Day for investors on October 25th, 2022 to provide further updates and details on its innovative pipeline.
Consolidated Financial Results
- Stephen Bardin joined atai as CFO Designate in June 2022 and will succeed Greg Weaver as CFO on August 16th, 2022. Mr. Weaver has agreed to stay on board as strategic advisor until the end of Q1 2023.
- Kures Therapeutics appointed Chad Beyer, PhD, MBA, as CEO in July 2022.
- GABA Therapeutics appointed Mario Saltarelli, MD, PhD, as CEO and CMO in April 2022.
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Short-term investments
- On August 9th, atai entered into a term loan facility agreement for up to $175 million with Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE:HTGC). More details are available in a separate press release filed by atai on August 15th.
- atai ended the second quarter of 2022 with a cash position of $312 million, which combined with committed funding from Hercules loan facility is anticipated to provide cash runway into 2025.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $312.5 million as of June 30, 2022, compared to $362.3 million as of December 31, 2021. The six-month net decrease of cash of $49.8 million was primarily attributable to net cash used in operating activities of $45.9 million, $3.0 million of additional investments in the platform companies, offset by $1.9 million received from the conversion of promissory notes and equity issuances.
Operating Costs & Expenses
Research and development expenses were $17.9 million and $33.4 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, respectively, as compared to $16.0 million and $21.6 million for the same prior year periods. The increase of $1.9 million and $11.8 million, respectively, was primarily attributable to an increase in personnel costs, which included a decrease in stock-based compensation expense and increased contract research organization expenses related to the advancement of R&D programs.
Acquisition of in-process R&D expense for the six months ended June 30, 2022 of $0.4 million was related to IPR&D acquired from Kures. Acquisition of in-process R&D expense for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $8.9 million, which was related to IPR&D acquired from InnarisBio and Neuronasal.
General and administrative expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, were $17.2 million and $35.2 million, respectively, as compared to $37.3 million and $46.6 million in the same prior year periods. The decrease of $20.1 million and $11.4 million, respectively, was primarily attributable to a decrease in stock-based compensation expense and professional fees, partially offset by an increase in insurance costs, and personnel and facilities costs.
Net loss attributable to shareholders for the three months ended June 30, 2022, was $36.6 million (including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $9.5 million) as compared to $48.5 million (including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $37.5 million) for the comparable prior year period.
Net loss attributable to shareholders for the six-months ended June 30, 2022, was $73.5 million (including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $19.7 million) as compared to $47.8 million (including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $37.7 million) for the comparable prior year period.
About atai Life Sciences
atai Life Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders. Founded in 2018 as a response to the significant unmet need and lack of innovation in the mental health treatment landscape, atai is dedicated to acquiring, incubating, and efficiently developing innovative therapeutics to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health disorders.
By pooling resources and best practices, atai aims to responsibly accelerate the development of new medicines across its companies to achieve clinically meaningful and sustained behavioral change in mental health patients.
atai's vision is to heal mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere can live a more fulfilled life. For more information, please visit www.atai.life
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