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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Graybug Vision, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRAY), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing transformative medicines for the treatment of diseases of the retina and optic nerve, today provided an update on recent corporate developments and reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.
Recent Corporate Developments
Completed six-month extended observation period of ALTISSIMO Phase 2b trial in wet AMD— 28 of the 50 patients who completed their Month 12 visit were eligible and agreed to continue masked clinical monitoring until the point at which they required additional supportive therapy, up to a maximum of six months. 25 of those patients completed their first visit at Month 13. In June 2021, the last patient exited the extension period, with 60% of GB-102 1 mg patients requiring no supportive therapy during the six-month extension period.
Seeking partner for funding of additional wet AMD clinical trials— Enhanced formulations of GB-102 are being developed to further reduce or eliminate microparticle dispersion, and pre-clinical development is progressing in parallel.
Pursuing expansion of pipeline with focus on early-stage novel therapeutics addressing unmet needs— In-licensing efforts targeted at capital-efficient development opportunities are expected to both leverage and expand current platform technologies.
Provide topline data analysis of ALTISSIMO six-month extended observation period in September 2021.
Present 12-month ALTISSIMO Phase 2b clinical trial data at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting, November 12-15, 2021.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021
Net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $7.7 million, compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2020.
Research and development expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $4.2 million, compared to $4.6 million for the same period in 2020. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in clinical trial expenses due to the completion of the treatment phase of the GB-102 Phase 2b clinical trial in December 2020, offset in part by an increase in compensation costs.
General and administrative expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $3.6 million, compared to $1.4 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in 2021 was primarily due to a $0.8 million increase in stock-based compensation, a $0.6 million increase in the cost of directors and officers insurance as a result of becoming a public company, and an increase in headcount.
Financial Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2021
Net loss for the six months June 30, 2021 was $19.2 million, compared to $13.7 million for the same period in 2020.
Research and development expense for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $10.6 million, compared to $10.7 million for the same period in 2020. While there was little overall change in research and development expenses, clinical trial expenses decreased in 2021 due to the completion of the treatment phase of the GB-102 Phase 2b clinical trial in December 2020, which was largely offset by fees incurred upon the cancellation of clinical supply orders for the GB-102 Phase 3 clinical trial and an increase in compensation costs.
General and administrative expense for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $8.6 million, compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in 2021 was primarily due to a $1.5 million increase in stock-based compensation, a $1.3 million increase in the cost of directors and officers insurance as a result of becoming a public company, a $1.3 million write-off of deposits on fixed assets purchase commitments, and an increase in headcount.
As of June 30, 2021, the company’s cash and cash equivalents, and short-term and long-term investments totaled $78.2 million. Management believes the company’s current cash and investments are sufficient to support its currently planned operations into 2023.
Graybug is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing transformative medicines for the treatment of diseases of the retina and optic nerve. The company’s proprietary ocular delivery technologies are designed to maintain effective drug levels in ocular tissue for six months and potentially longer, improving disease management, reducing healthcare burdens and ultimately delivering better clinical outcomes. Graybug’s lead product candidate, GB-102, a formulation of the pan-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor, sunitinib malate targeting a six-month or longer dosing regimen, inhibits multiple neovascular pathways for the intravitreal treatment of retinal diseases, including wet age-related macular degeneration. Graybug’s other product candidates developed using its proprietary technologies also include GB-401, an injectable sustained-release formulation of a beta-adrenergic blocker prodrug, for primary open-angle glaucoma, with a dosing regimen of once every six months or longer, and GB-103, a longer-acting version of GB-102, designed to maintain therapeutic drug levels in the retinal tissue for 12 months with a single injection. Founded in 2011 on the basis of technology licensed from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Graybug is headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit www.graybug.vision.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, statements regarding the company’s clinical pipeline, its ability to timely identify a partner to fund further development of GB-102 for wet AMD on reasonable terms if at all, its ability to successfully execute one or more other licensing arrangements, the timing or outcomes of its interactions with regulatory authorities, its ability to advance GB-102, GB-103, GB-401, or any future product candidate through preclinical or clinical development, its ability to achieve its anticipated milestones within the timing outlined above or at all, its ability to conduct planned operations within the evolving constraints arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s operating results and use of cash, the company’s operations as a public company, the company’s management and board of directors, and the timing, cost, and results of its clinical trials. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause the company’s actual activities or results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement, including risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 31, 2020, in its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and in the other reports the company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and the company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
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