Breast Cancer Treatment Innovator Atossa Genetics Announced Year End 2018 Financial Results & Provided Business Update This Week
Seattle-based Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions.
Today Atossa announced year-end 2018 financial results and provided an update on recent company developments.
Steven C. Quay, M.D., Ph.D., Atossa Genetics’ President and CEO commented, “The end of 2018 marked two important milestones for Atossa. We completed the enrollment of our Phase 2 trial for topical Endoxifen in women with mammographic dense breasts. In addition, we received our first allowance by the FDA to provide Endoxifen through the federal “Expanded Access” program for a breast cancer patient prior to her surgery. We received a second allowance in March 2019 for this patient to continue treatment post-surgery. In the meantime, we continue to make great progress with our clinical programs and look forward to completing the dosing in the topical Endoxifen MBD trial in April and announcing preliminary results in the second quarter 2019.”
Atossa’s reported the following significant events in there release:
- March 2019 – FDA approval of oral Endoxifen for “Expanded Access” as a post-mastectomy treatment for a U.S. breast cancer patient
- March 2019 – Atossa received $11.3 million from the exercise of warrants that were previously outstanding
- February 2019 – Update from “Expanded Access” program for the U.S. breast cancer patient taking oral Endoxifen prior to surgery showing a sizeable reduction in cancer cell biological activity with no safety or tolerability issues
- February 2019 – Atossa provided breast cancer prevention recommendations to the United States Preventative Services Task Force
- January 2019 – Successfully completed and provided final results from male Phase 1 study of topical Endoxifen; no clinically significant safety nor tolerability issues and acceptable pharmacokinetics
- December 2018 – FDA approval of Endoxifen for “Expanded Access” as preoperative systemic endocrine therapy for a U.S. breast cancer patient
- October 2018 – Completed enrollment in Phase 2 study of topical Endoxifen to treat mammographic breast density.
2018 Financial Results
Atossa Reported The Following Financial Results:
For the yearend December 31, 2018, and 2017, Attosa reported that they had no revenue and no associated cost of revenue. Total operating expenses were $11,434,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018, which is an increase of $3,785,000 or 49 percent, from the year ended December 31, 2017. Operating expenses for 2018 consisted of research and development (R&D) expenses of $4,210,000 and general and administrative (G&A) expenses of $7,224,000. Operating expenses for 2017 consisted of R&D expenses of $2,328,000, G&A expenses of $4,859,000 and impairment of our Acueity intangible assets of $462,000.
R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2018, were $4,210,000, an increase of $1,882,000 or 81 percent from total R&D expenses in 2017 of $2,328,000. The increase in R&D expense is attributed to manufacturing and clinical trials associated with our Endoxifen program, salaries, and stock-based compensation. Our R&D expenses have increased because we commenced two Phase 2 studies of our proprietary Endoxifen during the year ended December 31, 2018. There were no Phase 2 studies of Endoxifen in 2017. Stock-based compensation expense also increased by approximately $627,000 in 2018 as compared to 2017. We expect our R&D expenses to increase throughout 2019 as we commence additional Phase 2 clinical studies of Endoxifen, continue the clinical trial of fulvestrant administered via our microcatheters and continue the development of other indications and therapeutics, including CAR-T and immunotherapies administered via our intraductal technology.
G&A expenses were $7,224,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018, an increase of $2,365,000, or 49 percent from the total G&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2017, of $4,859,000. G&A expenses consist primarily of personnel and related benefit costs, facilities, professional services, insurance, and public company related expenses. The increase in G&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2018, is mainly attributed to an increase in stock-based compensation expense of approximately $1,049,000, payroll expenses resulting from salary increases, one-time bonus payments of $350,000 and increased legal and professional consulting expenses of approximately $600,000 over the prior year.
As of December 31, 2018, the company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $10.5 million and in March 2019 received $11.3 million in additional cash from the exercise of previously outstanding warrants.
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