Cognition Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
Completed enrollment for Phase 2 SEQUEL trial in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD); topline results expected 2Q 2023
SHINE (AD) trial currently enrolling patients with first patient in Spain enrolled. Expect full enrollment by end of 2023
Received FDA clearance to proceed with 540-patient Phase 2 START study of CT1812 in patients with early AD
IND cleared by FDA for Phase 2 MAGNIFY trial for geographic atrophy and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD) with CT1812
Magnify trial in dry AMD set to initiate sites and enroll patients
PURCHASE, N.Y., May 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGTX), a clinical-stage neuroscience company developing drugs that treat neurodegenerative disorders by regulating cellular damage response pathways (the “Company” or “Cognition”), today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided recent business updates.
“Building off our accomplishments in 2022, the first quarter of 2023 was filled with events that positively affect all pillars of our business and validate our operational strategy,” commented Lisa Ricciardi, president and CEO of Cognition Therapeutics. “We completed enrollment for our SEQUEL study to evaluate the impact of CT1812 on cortical brain wave activity measured via quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG), and we anticipate a data readout in the second quarter of 2023. From a regulatory perspective, we received clearance from the FDA to move forward with two Phase 2 trials: START and MAGNIFY, which will investigate the potential of our oral drug candidate CT1812 in Alzheimer’s disease and geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to dry AMD, respectively. In addition, we also executed a committed share purchase agreement of up to $35.0 million with Lincoln Park Capital that will provide us with access to capital and continued liquidity,” added Lisa Ricciardi.
“The next 18 months are critical for Cognition with several clinical milestones and data readouts anticipated. We are fully dedicated to moving our pipeline forward by continuing to advance our trials for CT1812, with the goal and bringing disease altering treatments to patients and generating value for shareholders,” concluded Ms. Ricciardi.
- Executed committed equity agreement of up to $35.0 million with Lincoln Park Capital
- ATM program in place with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and B. Riley Securities
- Extended cash runway into second half of 2024 based on cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2023
Business and Corporate Highlights
- John Doyle hired as chief financial officer, May 1, 2023
- Completed enrollment in SEQUEL study; expected to report topline results first half 2023
- Extended Phase 2 SHINE Study to include sites in Spain, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic; first patients dosed in Europe in expanded study
- Announced FDA Clearance for 540-patient START study in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC); site activation in progress
- Progressing 120-patient DLB SHIMMER study with total of 30 sites in the US
- Expanded pipeline to include GA secondary to dry AMD as target indication for CT1812; activating sites and enrolling patients in first half 2023
- Presented compelling proteomic biomarker data supportive of CT1812 mechanism of action at AD/PD™ in Sweden
- International Journal of Molecular Sciences published Cognition’s comprehensive review of sigma-2 (σ-2) receptor approach and rationale
- Presented analysis showing impact of CT1812 on pathways implicated in dry AMD at ARVO 2023
- Released two DLB-focused Conversations with Cognition podcasts to build awareness around under-diagnosed disease state
Cash and cash equivalents on March 31, 2023, were approximately $38.8 million compared to $41.6 million on December 31, 2022.
Research and development expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, were $5.4 million compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease was due to reduced spending on clinical research organizations, reduced expenses on clinical supply manufacturing, partially offset by increased compensation expenses.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, were $3.5 million compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was largely due to higher professional fees, partially offset by lower Director & Officer Liability insurance and other expenses.
The Company reported a net loss of $6.2 million, or $(0.21) per basic and diluted share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, compared to a net loss of $3.8 million or $(0.17) per basic and diluted share during the same period in 2022.
About Cognition Therapeutics:
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative, small molecule therapeutics targeting age-related degenerative disorders of the central nervous system and retina. We are currently investigating our lead candidate CT1812 in clinical programs in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). We believe CT1812 and our pipeline of σ-2 receptor modulators can regulate pathways that are impaired in these diseases. We believe that targeting the σ-2 receptor with CT1812 represents a mechanism functionally distinct from other current approaches in clinical development for the treatment of degenerative diseases. More about Cognition Therapeutics and its pipeline can be found at https://cogrx.com/.
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Unaudited Selected Financial Data
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations Data:||2023||2022|
|Research and development||$||5,430||$||6,518|
|General and administrative||3,543||2,895|
|Total operating expenses||8,973||9,413|
|Loss from operations||(8,973)||(9,413)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Other expense, net||(615)||(195)|
|Total other income, net||2,801||5,700|
|Loss before income tax||(6,172)||(3,713)|
|Income tax expense||—||(125)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(6,172)||$||(3,838)|
|Unrealized gain on foreign currency translation||4||1|
|Total comprehensive loss||$||(6,168)||$||(3,837)|
|Net loss per share:|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding:|
|(in thousands)||March 31,||December 31,|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:||2023||2022|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||38,810||$||41,562|
|Total stockholders’ equity||35,783||40,249|
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