Adynxx Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adynxx, Inc. (OTCQB: ADYX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of transcription factor decoy technology and first-in-class therapeutics for the treatment of pain and inflammatory diseases, today announced financial results and provided a business update for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

"The second quarter of 2019 was transformative for Adynxx as we completed our merger with Alliqua BioMedical to become a public company,” said Rick Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adynxx. “We are focused on continuing to advance brivoligide, our lead product candidate for post-operative pain, as well as our discovery and development activities related to additional product candidates. In the near-term we intend to initiate one to two Phase 2 studies of brivoligide this year, one of which is funded with the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We are also actively and diligently pursuing a path to comply with the requirements to list our shares on a U.S. stock exchange. We believe we remain on track with our business initiatives.”

Adynxx reported a net loss of $4.7 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million for the same period in 2018.

Research and development expenses were $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to $0.7 million in connection with start-up activities related to Adynxx's planned Phase 2 ADYX-005 total knee arthroplasty and Phase 2 ADYX-006 mastectomy clinical trials and $0.7 million related to the initiation of drug supply manufacturing with Avecia, partially offset by a reduction in salaries and benefits from the resignation of an employee and other minor cost changes.

General and administrative expenses were $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2018.  The increase was primarily due to $0.7 million in legal and professional service costs incurred in connection with the merger with Alliqua BioMedical and preparation to be a public company, and an increase of $0.2 million in other general and administrative costs, including insurance, associated with us being a public company.

Interest expense was $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $0.3 million for the same period in 2018.  The increase was primarily due to the recognition of $2.1 million associated with the beneficial conversion feature recognized upon the modification and conversion of $3.0 million of principal amount of certain notes in connection with the merger with Alliqua BioMedical

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had $24,000 in cash and cash equivalents, term loans, including accrued interest, of $3.0 million from Oxford Finance, LLC, and $5.6 million aggregate principal amount of convertible promissory notes (the “Notes”), including accrued interest, outstanding. In July 2019, the Company issued $0.6 million principal amount of additional Notes to existing noteholders. The Notes accrue interest at 8% per annum and mature on the first anniversary of the applicable issuance date.

In December 2018, the Company received a Notice of Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”), part of the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”), to support the clinical development of its lead product candidate, brivoligide. NIH grants provide funds for certain types of expenditures in connection with research and development activities over a contractually defined period. The maximum funding expected to be available under this grant for qualified expenditures over the two-year period through December 2020 is approximately $5.7 million. Qualified expenses incurred and reimbursements received under the grant for the second quarter of 2019 were $1.1 million.

Adynxx is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing to market novel therapeutics for the treatment of pain and inflammatory diseases. A leader in transcription factor decoy technology, Adynxx is utilizing its platform of AYX transcription factor decoys to create first-in-class therapies with disease-modifying properties. Transcription factor decoys are short, synthetic double-stranded DNA oligonucleotides that bind to transcription factors and prevent their interaction with the genome, effectively inhibiting a coordinated network of pathologic gene expression. The AYX platform has applications across multiple disease states and has initially been leveraged to create novel, non-opioid therapeutics for the treatment of pain.

Clinical studies conducted to date indicate that a single administration of brivoligide at the time of surgery, in addition to standard of care, can reduce pain for weeks and accelerate the time to achieve mild pain. Brivoligide (formerly AYX1) is an intrathecally-administered, 23 base-pair, double-stranded DNA transcription factor decoy oligonucleotide. It inhibits the transcription factor EGR1 in the dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord at the time of surgery. EGR1 binds to the promoter regions of many genes associated with nociceptive sensitization and increased pain. EGR1 launches waves of gene regulation at the time of surgery that initiate and maintain neuronal sensitization. This sensitization may lead to increased and prolonged postoperative pain in certain patients who are relatively insensitive to analgesics and may be at high risk for elevated use of rapidly acting opioids, the type most commonly associated with Opioid Use Disorder or OUD.

Statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical may be deemed to be forward-looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Without limiting the foregoing, the use of words such as “may,” “intends,” “can,” “might,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The product candidates discussed are in clinic and not approved and there can be no assurance that the clinical programs will be successful in demonstrating safety and/or efficacy, that Adynxx will not encounter problems or delays in clinical development, or that any product candidate will ever receive regulatory approval or be successfully commercialized. All forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by Adynxx’s management that, although Adynxx believes to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that Adynxx expected. In addition, Adynxx’s business is subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including among others, the initiation and conduct of preclinical studies and clinical trials; the timing and availability of data from preclinical studies and clinical trials; expectations for regulatory submissions and approvals; potential safety concerns related to, or efficacy of, Adynxx’s product candidates; the availability or commercial potential of product candidates; the ability of Adynxx to fund its continued operations, including its planned clinical trials; the ability of Adynxx to list its stock on a national securities exchange and maintain such listing; the availability of sufficient drug product for Adynxx to conduct clinical trials in a timely manner; and Adynxx’s and its partners’ ability to perform under their license, collaboration and manufacturing arrangements. These statements are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties that are described in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by Adynxx, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 13, 2019, as updated by Adynxx’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it was made. Adynxx undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.


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