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InflaRx Reports Full Year 2022 Financial and Operating Results

InflaRx N.V.
InflaRx N.V.
  • Major progress in development of vilobelimab

    • Phase III study in PG announced following detailed feedback and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); clinical trial protocol submitted; first patient expected around mid-2023

    • Fast Track and Orphan Drug designations granted for treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) in the United States and Orphan Drug designation granted in Europe

    • Encouraging results from Phase III study in critically ill COVID-19 patients published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    • Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application for treatment of critically ill, invasively mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients submitted to the FDA; review ongoing

  • First-in-human clinical trial with oral C5aR inhibitor INF904 initiated in November 2022; first data expected in H2 2023

  • Amendment of co-development agreement with Staidson and incremental $2.5 million equity investment by Staidson HK for planned regulatory filing of BDB-001 for COVID-19 in China

  • Total funds available approximately €83.7 million as of December 31, 2022, funding the company into H2 2025

JENA, Germany, March 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, today announced financial and operating results for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, CEO and Founder of InflaRx, commented: “We are very pleased with the exceptional progress we have made in the past year with our lead drug candidate, vilobelimab, in several areas, as well as in advancing our pipeline with a new clinical asset, INF904, an orally available small molecule inhibitor of the C5a receptor. Upon detailed feedback from the FDA related to our development of vilobelimab for the treatment of PG, a rare debilitating and neutrophil driven skin disease, we have designed and submitted a Phase III protocol to the FDA while we are currently initiating the trial. We also submitted an EUA application to treat critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19, who today are still facing poor outcomes, and shortly await a decision from the FDA. Further, we expect first results from our ongoing Phase I clinical trial with INF904 and interim results from our Phase II clinical trial in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma later this year. With these important milestones anticipated, 2023 promises to be an exciting year.

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Recent Highlights and R&D Update

InflaRx reported on key recent highlights and provided an update on its research and development activities.

Vilobelimab in Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG)

Final data from an open-label, multi-center Phase IIa exploratory study evaluating the safety and efficacy of vilobelimab in patients with moderate to severe PG were presented in March 2022. The results showed a dose-dependent treatment effect. In the highest dose cohort of 2,400 mg, six out of seven patients demonstrated a clinical remission (Physician Global Assessment (PGA) score ≤ 1) and closure of the target ulcer.

Based on these compelling results and a productive End-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA in Q3 2022, InflaRx is moving forward with a pivotal Phase III clinical development program in this indication. In January 2023, the Company announced details related to the design of its planned Phase III study, a multi-national, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The Company has submitted the clinical trial protocol to the FDA and plans to begin patient enrollment around mid-2023.

Vilobelimab was granted Orphan Drug designation by both the FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of ulcerative PG in June 2022, and in July was granted Fast Track designation for this indication by the FDA.

Vilobelimab for the Treatment of Critically ill COVID-19 Patients

InflaRx submitted an EUA application to the FDA for vilobelimab for the treatment of critically ill, intubated, mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients in September 2022. The Company continues to be in active dialogue with and has addressed several requests for information that it received from the FDA. There is no set timeline for a decision from the FDA related to the EUA. The Company will continue to interact closely with the FDA and will provide a timely update when appropriate. If EUA is granted, InflaRx plans to seek full marketing authorization in major markets, including the United States and Europe and, in parallel, intends to seek partners to support commercialization efforts.

InflaRx also previously received Fast Track designation from the FDA for vilobelimab for the treatment of critically ill, intubated, mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients.

In September 2022, results from the PANAMO Phase III study, an international, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial investigating vilobelimab in invasively mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients, were published in the peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, which included an in-depth statistical analysis supporting the robustness of the observed clinical survival benefit in the study.

Based on current COVID-19 trends, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects the COVID-19 federal public health emergency to expire on May 11, 2023. However, HHS has stated that it expects that the FDA will provide continued access to pathways for EUAs for medical products. See https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/faqs-what-happens-euas-when-public-health-emergency-ends.

In 2021, InflaRx was awarded a grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research and the German Ministry of Health to support the development of vilobelimab for the treatment of COVID-19. As of December 31, 2022, the Company had received €25.6 million in grant funds and still has a maximum amount of €15.9 million available for claiming under the grant throughout the end of the grant term in June 2023.

Vilobelimab in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC)

InflaRx is conducting an open-label, multicenter Phase II study, evaluating vilobelimab alone and in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) or programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) inhibitor resistant/refractory, locally advanced or metastatic cSCC. Patients are being recruited into two independent arms - vilobelimab as monotherapy (Arm A) and in combination with pembrolizumab (Arm B). The main objectives of the trial are to assess the safety and antitumor activity of vilobelimab monotherapy and to determine the maximum tolerated or recommended dose, safety and antitumor activity in the combination arm in this patient population.

So far, 10 patients have been recruited into Arm A of the study. First data from an interim analysis in patients in Arm A is expected to be available in the first half of 2023. In Arm B of the study, as of today, 14 patients have been recruited into three dose cohorts (3+6+5). Data from an interim analysis in Arm B are expected to be available in the first half of 2024.

C5aR Inhibitor INF904

In November 2022, the company announced that the first healthy volunteer had been dosed in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I trial. This single and multiple ascending dose Phase I trial aims to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of INF904 in healthy volunteers. The effect of INF904 on C5a-induced downstream activity will also be explored. Results are expected in the second half of 2023. In the future, InflaRx plans to develop INF904 for complement-mediated, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases where oral administration is the preferred choice for patients.

Staidson Agreements

In December 2022, InflaRx amended its existing co-development agreement with Staidson (Beijing) BioPharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (Staidson) from 2015 to support Staidson in its regulatory approval efforts for its proprietary drug candidate BDB-001 in China. InflaRx will receive royalties of 10% on net sales of BDB-001 for the treatment of COVID-19 in China. InflaRx has granted Staidson an exclusive license for use in China to certain of InflaRx’s clinical, manufacturing and regulatory documentation regarding vilobelimab in order to support and facilitate the planned regulatory filing for BDB-001 for the treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients with the Chinese National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).

In parallel, InflaRx entered into a share purchase agreement with Staidson Hong Kong Investment Company Limited (Staidson HK), an affiliate of Staidson, pursuant to which Staidson HK purchased ordinary shares of InflaRx for an aggregate amount of $2.5 million at a price of $5.00 per share. The share purchase agreement also includes an option pursuant to which Staidson HK may in the future purchase, at InflaRx’s discretion, additional ordinary shares for an aggregate amount of $7.5 million.

2022 Financial Highlights

Dr. Thomas Taapken, CFO of InflaRx, said: “We are well financed to bring vilobelimab to patients, should we receive EUA, as well as to continue our development programs, including initiating a Phase III study in PG later this year. The grant money we have received from the German government for our COVID-19 development work as well as the investment by Staidson further strengthen our financial position, and we have sufficient cash to fund operations into H2 2025.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses

InflaRx’s R&D expenses increased by €1.8 million to €37.5 million in 2022, from €35.7 million in 2021. R&D expenses are predominantly comprised of costs for external contract research organizations (CROs) for pre-clinical activities and the conduct of clinical trials, costs for external contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) for product manufacturing-related activities, costs for professional consultants primarily in the areas of regulatory affairs and intellectual property, as well as personnel expenses.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses

InflaRx’s G&A expenses increased by €2.9 million to €14.9 million in 2022, from €12.0 million in 2021. The increase is partly attributable to higher consulting and legal costs incurred in enhancing InflaRx’s internal control environment as it is complying with the auditor attestation requirement of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 for the first time due to the loss of its “emerging growth company” status. G&A expenses are predominantly comprised of professional fees for auditors, consulting expenses not related to R&D activities, professional fees for lawyers, cost of facilities, travel, communication and office expenses as well as personnel related expenses.

Other Income

In 2022, InflaRx recognized other income of €20.1 million from grant payments received from the German federal government for the development of vilobelimab in COVID-19, including expenses related to clinical development and manufacturing process development.

Net Financial Result

InflaRx’s net financial result increased by €0.7 million to €2.7 million in 2022, from €2.0 million in 2021. This is mainly attributable to a net increase of €0.5 million in foreign exchange income and expense and an increase of €0.5 million in interest income from marketable securities.

Net Loss

InflaRx incurred a net loss of €29.5 million, or €0.67 per common share, in 2022 compared to €45.6 million, or €1.10 per common share, in 2021.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2022, InflaRx’s total funds available amounted to approximately €83.7 million, comprised of €16.3 million of cash and cash equivalents and €67.4 million of marketable securities.

Net Cash Used in Operating Activities

InflaRx’s net cash used in operating activities decreased to €33.7 million in 2022, from €39.9 million in 2021, mainly due to the decrease of loss before income tax resulting mainly from income recognized from the grant received from the German federal government.

Additional Financial Information

Additional information regarding these results and other relevant information is included in the notes to the financial statements in “Item 18. Financial Statements,” which are included in InflaRx’s most recent annual report on Form 20-F as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for the Years Ended December 31, 2022, 2021 and 2020

in €, except for share information

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

Research and development expenses

(37,526,090

)

 

(35,697,935

)

 

(25,684,140

)

 

General and administrative expenses

(14,869,564

)

 

(11,984,722

)

 

(8,467,203

)

 

Total Operating Expenses

(52,395,654

)

 

(47,682,657

)

 

(34,151,343

)

 

Other income

20,159,169

 

 

54,221

 

 

221,748

 

 

Other expenses

(1,381

)

 

(6,381

)

 

(13,209

)

 

Operating Result

(32,237,866

)

 

(47,634,817

)

 

(33,942,804

)

 

Finance income

608,679

 

 

109,391

 

 

887,702

 

 

Finance expenses

(45,250

)

 

(24,769

)

 

(26,000

)

 

Foreign exchange result

2,442,298

 

 

1,964,135

 

 

(776,512

)

 

Other financial result

(252,471

)

 

(44,000

)

 

(126,000

)

 

Income Taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the Period

(29,484,611

)

 

(45,630,059

)

 

(33,983,614

)

 

 

 

 

 

Share Information

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

44,207,873

 

 

41,629,974

 

 

27,064,902

 

 

Loss per share (basic/diluted)

(0.67

)

 

(1.10

)

 

(1.26

)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the Period

(29,484,611

)

 

(45,630,059

)

 

(33,983,614

)

 

Other comprehensive income (loss) that may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign currency

4,206,810

 

 

6,777,061

 

 

(5,954,019

)

 

Total Comprehensive Loss

(25,277,801

)

 

(38,852,998

)

 

(39,937,633

)

 

 

 

 

 

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as December 31, 2022 and 2021

in €

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

Property and equipment

328,920

 

274,373

 

Right-of-use assets

1,311,809

 

1,408,078

 

Intangible assets

138,905

 

235,216

 

Other assets

308,066

 

336,566

 

Financial assets

2,900,902

 

27,206,990

 

Total non-current assets

4,988,602

 

29,461,223

 

Current assets

 

 

Current other assets

14,170,510

 

10,983,458

 

Income tax receivable

1,432,087

 

1,282,177

 

Financial assets from government grants

732,971

 

 

Other Financial assets

64,810,135

 

57,162,266

 

Cash and cash equivalents

16,265,355

 

26,249,995

 

Total current assets

97,411,058

 

95,677,896

 

TOTAL ASSETS

102,399,660

 

125,139,120

 

 

 

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

Equity

 

 

Issued capital

5,364,452

 

5,304,452

 

Share premium

282,552,633

 

280,310,744

 

Other capital reserves

36,635,564

 

30,591,209

 

Accumulated deficit

(243,460,290

)

(213,975,679

)

Other components of equity

7,257,081

 

3,050,270

 

Total equity

88,349,440

 

105,280,996

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

Lease liabilities

987,307

 

1,066,354

 

Other liabilities

36,877

 

35,019

 

Total non-current liabilities

1,024,184

 

1,101,373

 

Current liabilities

 

 

Trade and other payables

4,987,538

 

8,574,244

 

Liabilities from government grants received

6,209,266

 

8,300,000

 

Lease liabilities

369,376

 

366,171

 

Employee benefits

1,312,248

 

1,378,130

 

Other liabilities

147,608

 

138,206

 

Total current liabilities

13,026,036

 

18,756,751

 

Total Liabilities

14,050,220

 

19,858,124

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

102,399,660

 

125,139,120

 

 

 

 

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2022, 2021 and 2020


in €

Issued capital

 

Share premium

 

Other capital reserves

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

Other components of equity

 

 

Total equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as of January 1, 2020

3,132,631

 

211,006,606

 

25,142,213

 

(134,362,006

)

 

2,227,228

 

 

107,146,673

 

Loss for the Period

 

 

 

(33,983,614

)

 

 

 

(33,983,614

)

Exchange differences on
translation of foreign currency

 

 

 

 

 

(5,954,019

)

 

(5,954,019

)

Total Comprehensive Loss

 

 

 

(33,983,614

)

 

(5,954,019

)

 

(39,937,633

)

Issuance of common shares

234,982

 

9,535,961

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,770,943

 

Transaction costs

 

(729,840

)

 

 

 

 

 

(729,840

)

Equity-settled share-based payments

 

 

1,116,791

 

 

 

 

 

1,116,791

 

Share options exercised

19,797

 

477,149

 

 

 

 

 

 

496,946

 

Balance as of December 31, 2020

3,387,410

 

220,289,876

 

26,259,004

 

(168,345,620

)

 

(3,726,791

)

 

77,863,880

 

Loss for the Period

 

 

 

(45,630,059

)

 

 

 

(45,630,059

)

Exchange differences on
translation of foreign currency

 

 

 

 

 

6,777,061

 

 

6,777,061

 

Total Comprehensive Loss

 

 

 

(45,630,059

)

 

6,777,061

 

 

(38,852,998

)

Issuance of common shares

1,873,203

 

63,269,346

 

 

 

 

 

 

65,142,549

 

Transaction costs

 

(4,219,222

)

 

 

 

 

 

(4,219,222

)

Equity-settled share-based payments

 

 

4,332,205

 

 

 

 

 

4,332,205

 

Share options exercised

43,839

 

970,744

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,014,583

 

Balance as of December 31, 2021

5,304,452

 

280,310,744

 

30,591,209

 

(213,975,679

)

 

3,050,270

 

 

105,280,996

 

Loss for the Period

 

 

 

(29,484,611

)

 

 

 

(29,484,611

)

Exchange differences on
translation of foreign currency

 

 

 

 

 

4,206,810

 

 

4,206,810

 

Total Comprehensive Loss

 

 

 

(29,484,611

)

 

4,206,810

 

 

(25,277,801

)

Issuance of common shares

60,000

 

2,289,624

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,349,624

 

Transaction costs

 

(47,735

)

 

 

 

 

 

(47,735

)

Equity-settled share-based payments

 

 

6,044,356

 

 

 

 

 

6,044,356

 

Balance as of December 31, 2022

5,364,452

 

282,552,633

 

36,635,564

 

(243,460,290

)

 

7,257,080

 

 

88,349,440

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years ended December 31, 2022, 2021 and 2020

in €

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Loss for the Period

(29,484,611

)

 

(45,630,059

)

 

(33,983,614

)

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation & amortization of property and equipment, right-of-use assets and intangible assets

596,597

 

 

669,434

 

 

712,713

 

 

Net finance income

(2,753,255

)

 

(2,004,757

)

 

40,810

 

 

Share-based payment expense

6,044,356

 

 

4,332,205

 

 

1,116,791

 

 

Net foreign exchange differences

385.359

 

 

111,606

 

 

(247,322

)

 

Other non-cash adjustments

 

 

 

 

3,436

 

 

Changes in:

 

 

 

Financial assets from government grants

(732,971

)

 

 

 

 

 

Other assets

(3,308,485

)

 

(7,094,467

)

 

(1,554,611

)

 

Employee benefits

(64,024

)

 

(3,290

)

 

355,545

 

 

Other liabilities

9,403

 

 

19,863

 

 

8,960

 

 

Liabilities from government grants received

(2,090,734

)

 

8,300,000

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(3,586,706

)

 

316,112

 

 

(4,155,529

)

 

Interest received

1,287,200

 

 

1,070,235

 

 

1,201,547

 

 

Interest paid

(44,946

)

 

(23,633

)

 

(26,387

)

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(33,742,817

)

 

(39,936,751

)

 

(36,527,661

)

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible assets and property and equipment

(162,391

)

 

(37,778

)

 

(94,189

)

 

Purchase of non-current other financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of current and non-current financial assets

(64,474,543

)

 

(97,516,417

)

 

(101,600,176

)

 

Proceeds from the maturity of current financial assets

83,995,029

 

 

71,603,310

 

 

123,056,347

 

 

Net cash from/ (used in) investing activities

19,358,095

 

 

(25,950,885

)

 

21,361,982

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of common shares

2,349,624

 

 

65,142,549

 

 

9,770,944

 

 

Transaction costs from issuance of common shares

(47,735

)

 

(4,219,222

)

 

(729,841

)

 

Proceeds from exercise of share options

 

 

1,014,583

 

 

496,946

 

 

Repayment of lease liabilities

(364,430

)

 

(360,644

)

 

(366,156

)

 

Net cash from/ (used in) financing activities

1,937,459

 

 

61,577,266

 

 

9,171,893

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(12,447,262

)

 

(4,310,369

)

 

(5,993,786

)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

2,462,622

 

 

4,591,683

 

 

(1,168,813

)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

26,249,995

 

 

25,968,681

 

 

33,131,280

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

16,265,355

 

 

26,249,995

 

 

25,968,681

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Vilobelimab:

Vilobelimab is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, vilobelimab leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism of the innate immune system, which is not the case for molecules blocking C5. In pre-clinical studies, vilobelimab has controlled the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response. Vilobelimab has been shown to be well tolerated within clinical trials in different disease settings. Vilobelimab is being developed for various debilitating or life-threatening inflammatory indications, including pyoderma gangrenosum (PG), severe COVID-19 and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC).

The COVID-19 related work described herein is partly funded by the German Federal Government through grant number 16LW0113 (VILO-COVID). All responsibility for the content of this work lies with InflaRx.

About InflaRx N.V.:

InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a and C5aR technologies to discover and develop first-in-class or best-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a and C5aR. Complement C5a and its receptor C5aR are powerful inflammatory mediators involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007, and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI, USA. For further information, please visit www.inflarx.de.

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