Adynxx Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 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 quarter ended September 30, 2019.

"We believe the recent grant from the National Institute on Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support development of our second product candidate, AYX2 for chronic pain, serves as additional validation of the therapeutic potential of our AYX platform of transcription factor decoys,” said Rick Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adynxx. “We look forward to further advancing our portfolio of non-opioid pain therapies and helping to combat the ongoing opioid crisis with potentially improved, non-addictive treatments for pain.”

As previously announced, Adynxx received in December 2018 an award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the NIH, for up to $15 million to support clinical development of its lead program, brivoligide, which is being studied in Phase 2 clinical trials for postoperative pain.  Both awards are part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term, or the NIH HEAL Initiative, which aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder and overdose, and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

Adynxx reported a net loss of $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $1.5 million for the same period in 2018.

Research and development expenses were $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $0.5 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to $1.0 million in connection with start-up activities related to Adynxx’s planned Phase 2 ADYX-005 TKA and the Phase 2 ADYX-006 mastectomy clinical trials and $0.6 million related to the initiation of drug supply manufacturing with Avecia, partially offset by a $0.1 million reduction in salaries and benefits from the resignation of an employee and other minor cost changes.

General and administrative expenses were $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $0.8 million for the same period in 2018.  The increase was primarily due to $0.2 million in other general and administrative costs, including insurance, associated with Adynxx being a public company.

Interest expense was $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $0.3 million for the same period in 2018.  This decrease was primarily due to extinguishment of debt discount upon modification of debt terms.

As of September 30, 2019, Adynxx had $331,000 in cash and cash equivalents, term loans, including accrued interest, of $3.0 million from Oxford Finance, LLC, and $6.6 million aggregate principal amount of convertible promissory notes (the “Notes”), including accrued interest, outstanding. The Notes accrue interest at 8% per annum and mature on the first anniversary of the applicable issuance date.

During August 2019, Adynxx entered into an agreement to resolve a vendor dispute. The vendor agreed to pay Adynxx a settlement amount of $635,000 over a three-month period ending October 31, 2019. As of September 30, 2019, Adynxx has received $443,000 of the settlement amount.

Qualified expenses incurred and reimbursements received under the NIDA Grant for the third quarter of 2019 were $0.7 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 November 14, 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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