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Lipocine Announces Financial and Operational Results for the First Quarter 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lipocine Inc. (NASDAQ:LPCN), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights

• Announced completion of enrollment in both the dosing validation ("DV") and dosing flexibility ("DF") studies for LPCN 1021.  LPCN 1021 is an oral testosterone product candidate for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone, also known as hypogonadism.

  • Top-line results from both studies are expected in June 2017.
  • Resubmission of the New Drug Application ("NDA") for LPCN 1021 is planned for the third quarter of 2017. 

• Received additional guidance from the FDA regarding the pivotal Phase 3 clinical study design for LPCN 1107 which is being developed for reducing the risk of preterm birth ("PTB") in women with singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous PTB.

  • Lipocine plans to submit the proposed Phase 3 protocol to the FDA via a Special Protocol Assessment ("SPA") in the second quarter of 2017.  

• Promoted Gregory Bass to Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Bass will be responsible for leading the commercialization of Lipocine's product candidates, including its testosterone replacement franchise.

"During 2017, we have made substantial progress in advancing our product candidates in preparation for upcoming data disclosures and planned regulatory filings," said Dr. Mahesh Patel, Chairman, President and CEO of Lipocine.  "We plan to report top-line results from the on-going LPCN 1021 studies in June and expect to resubmit our NDA to the FDA in the third quarter of 2017.  For LPCN 1107, we are preparing to submit the proposed Phase 3 trial design via an SPA in the second quarter of 2017." 

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Lipocine reported a net loss of $4.9 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared with a net loss of $7.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Research and development expenses were $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.  The change was primarily due to an increase in contract research organization costs in 2017 related to the on-going studies for LPCN 1021 offset by a decrease in manufacturing costs for LPCN 1021 as well as decrease in personnel costs as a result of our 2016 restructurings. 

General and administrative expenses were $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. The change was primarily due to a decrease in business development, market research and pre-commercialization activities related to LPCN 1021 as well as decrease in personnel costs as a result of our 2016 restructurings. 

As of March 31, 2016, Lipocine had cash, cash equivalents and marketable investment securities of $26.8 million, compared with cash and cash equivalents of $26.8 million as of December 31, 2016.

About Lipocine

Lipocine Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative pharmaceutical products for use in men's and women's health using its proprietary drug delivery technologies. Lipocine's clinical development pipeline includes three development programs LPCN 1021, LPCN 1111 and LPCN 1107.  LPCN 1021, a novel oral prodrug of testosterone containing testosterone undecanoate, is designed to help restore normal testosterone levels in hypogonadal men. LPCN 1021, was well tolerated and met the primary efficacy end-point in Phase 3 testing, which utilized 24-hour pharmacokinetic data for dose adjustments, and is currently being studied in two additional Phase 3 clinical trials.  LPCN 1111, a novel oral prodrug of testosterone, originated with and is being developed by Lipocine as a next-generation oral testosterone product with potential for once-daily dosing and is currently in Phase 2 testing.  LPCN 1107, the potentially first oral hydroxyprogesterone caproate product candidate indicated for the prevention of recurrent preterm birth, has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA. An End of Phase 2 meeting with the FDA has been completed. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements 
This release contains "forward looking statements" that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and include statements that are not historical facts regarding Lipocine's product candidates and related clinical trials and the FDA review process relating to its product candidates, plans related to clinical trials, the possible outcome and timing of such clinical trials, the expected timing of clinical trial results or any related FDA review process, the path to approvability by the FDA of Lipocine's development programs, the potential uses and benefits of our product candidates, and our product development efforts. Investors are cautioned that all such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks that the FDA will not approve any of our products, risks related to our products, expected product benefits not being realized, clinical and regulatory expectations and plans not being realized, advance regulatory developments and requirements, risks related to the FDA approval process, the receipt of regulatory approvals, the results and timing of clinical trials, patient acceptance of Lipocine's products, the manufacturing and commercialization of Lipocine's products, and other risks detailed in Lipocine's filings with the SEC, including, without limitation, its Form 10-K and other reports on Forms 8-K and 10-Q, all of which can be obtained on the SEC website at Lipocine assumes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this release, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
            Three Months Ending March 31,
            2017   2016
Operating expenses:        
  Research and development   $   3,083,739   $   2,673,391
  General and administrative     1,825,176     4,397,013
    Total operating expenses     4,908,915     7,070,404
    Operating loss     (4,908,915)     (7,070,404)
Other income, net     48,355     61,659
    Loss before income tax expense     (4,860,560)     (7,008,745)
Income tax expense     (700)     (700)
    Net loss   $   (4,861,260)   $   (7,009,445)
Basic loss per share attributable to common stock   $   (0.26)   $   (0.38)
Weighted average common shares outstanding,      18,711,239     18,251,905
Diluted loss per share attributable to common stock    $   (0.26)   $   (0.38)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted     18,711,239     18,251,905
Comprehensive loss:        
    Net loss   $   (4,861,260)   $   (7,009,445)
    Net unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities     2,707     35,795
    Comprehensive loss   $   (4,858,553)   $   (6,973,650)



  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
              March 31,   December 31,
              2017   2016
  Current assets:        
      Cash and cash equivalents   $   6,936,511   $   5,560,716
      Marketable investment securities     19,860,549     21,279,570
      Accrued interest income     35,946     38,943
      Prepaid and other current assets     262,039     329,548
          Total current assets     27,095,045     27,208,777
  Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of        
    $1,099,803 and $1,092,710, respectively     96,347     103,440
  Other assets     30,753     30,753
          Total assets   $   27,222,145   $   27,342,970
           Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
  Current liabilities:        
      Accounts payable   $   853,510   $   245,915
      Accrued expenses     1,491,448     1,080,254
          Total current liabilities     2,344,958     1,326,169
          Total liabilities     2,344,958     1,326,169
  Commitments and contingencies        
  Stockholders' equity:        
      Preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 10,000,000         
        shares authorized; zero issued and outstanding     -     -
      Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 100,000,000       
        shares authorized; 19,267,452 and 18,462,325 issued        
        and 19,261,742 and 18,456,615 outstanding     1,927     1,846
      Additional paid-in capital     135,199,981     131,481,123
      Treasury stock at cost, 5,710 shares     (40,712)     (40,712)
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (5,786)     (8,493)
      Accumulated deficit     (110,278,223)     (105,416,963)
          Total stockholders' equity     24,877,187     26,016,801
          Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $   27,222,145   $   27,342,970






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