SALT LAKE CITY, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Lipocine Inc. (NASDAQ: LPCN), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.
Fourth Quarter 2019 and Recent Corporate Highlights
- Currently conducting an ABPM clinical study to assess TLANDO's effect on blood pressure, if any. The study has enrolled 138 subjects and results are currently expected before the end of the first quarter of 2019.
- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") granted Lipocine's Priority Motion in the interference case with Clarus Therapeutics, and entered adverse judgment against Clarus. The PTAB ruling cancels all claims of the Clarus 8,828,428 patent. Clarus has filed an appeal of the PTAB judgement to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Successfully completed a definitive phlebotomy study which supports the reliability of TLANDO clinical measurements conducted in the Phase 3 trials.
- Data from clinical trials of LPCN 1144 in potential non-alcoholic fatty liver disease ("NAFLD") patients were presented at the NASH-TAG Conference, January 2019, in Park City, UT.
- Data highlighting the association of hypogonadism and NAFLD and interim liver fat reductions with LPCN 1144 treatment were presented at the Keystone Symposia on Integrated Pathways of Disease in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") and NAFLD, January 2019 in Santa Fe, NM.
- Interim results from an ongoing sixteen-week Liver Fat Imaging study demonstrated meaningful liver fat reduction in patients treated with LPCN 1144. Liver fat changes were assessed using magnetic resonance imaging, proton density fat fraction ("MRI-PDFF") technique, a non-invasive quantitative biomarker of liver fat content.
- Treatment results showed post-treatment absolute and relative mean reductions in liver fat of 7.6% and 38%, respectively, from baseline levels.
- Sixteen-week results from the study are currently expected before the end of the first quarter of 2019.
- Received clearance by U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") for an Investigational New Drug ("IND") application to initiate a Phase 2 clinical study of LPCN 1144 in patients with biopsy confirmed NASH.
Year Ended December 31, 2018 Financial Results
Lipocine reported a net loss of $11.7 million, or ($0.55) per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with a net loss of $21.0 million, or ($1.05) per diluted share, in the year ended December 31, 2017.
Research and development expenses were $6.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with $11.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The decrease in research and development expenses year over year was primarily due to reduced costs associated with TLANDO which include decreased contract research organization expenses, decreased contract manufacturing expenses and decreased outside services and consulting costs. Additionally, there were significant decreases in contract manufacturing expenses associated with LPCN 1107.
General and administrative expenses were $5.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with $10.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The decrease in general and administrative expenses year over year was primarily due to decreased personnel costs related to an overall reduction in headcount resulting in lower stock compensation expense, bonus expense, and salary and related benefit costs in 2018. Additionally, expenses for pre-commercialization marketing and sales activities related to TLANDO decreased significantly.
As of December 31, 2018, the Company had unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities aggregating $15.3 million, compared to $21.4 million at December 31, 2017.
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 four development programs TLANDO, LPCN 1144, LPCN 1111 and LPCN 1107. TLANDO, a novel oral prodrug of testosterone containing testosterone undecanoate, is designed to help restore normal testosterone levels in hypogonadal men. TLANDO received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA on May 8, 2018. LPCN 1144, an oral prodrug of bioidentical testosterone, is being developed as a treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") and is currently being studied in a proof-of-concept clinical study. LPCN 1111, a novel oral prodrug of testosterone, originated 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 is potentially the first oral hydroxyprogesterone caproate product candidate indicated for the prevention of recurrent preterm birth and 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 www.lipocine.com.
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 current and future clinical trials, the timing of completion and related expectations of clinical trials including the ongoing ABPM clinical trial with TLANDO and the Liver Fat Imaging study with LPCN 1144, the timing of resubmission of the NDA for TLANDO, 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, risks related to potential delays in filing and acceptance of our NDA for TLANDO, the risks that the FDA will not approve any of our products, including TLANDO, risks related to our products, expected product benefits not being realized, clinical and regulatory expectations and plans not being realized, new regulatory developments and requirements, risks related to the FDA approval process including 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 www.sec.gov. Lipocine assumes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this release, except as required by law.
LIPOCINE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2018 and 2017
Cash and cash equivalents
Marketable investment securities
Accrued interest income
Litigation insurance recovery
Prepaid and other current assets
Total current assets
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,124,700 and $1,121,080, respectively
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Litigation settlement payable
Debt - current portion
Total current liabilities
Debt - non-current portion
Commitments and contingencies
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; 21,737,196 and 21,270,249 issued and 21,731,486 and 21,264,539 outstanding
Additional paid-in capital
Treasury stock at cost, 5,710 shares
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Total stockholders' equity
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
LIPOCINE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
Years Ending December 31, 2018, 2017, and 2016
Research and development
General and administrative
Total operating expenses
Other income (expense), net
Loss before income tax expense
Income tax expense
Basic loss per share attributable to common stock
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic
Diluted loss per share attributable to common stock
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted
Unrealized net gain on available-for-sale securities
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