SALT LAKE CITY, May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lipocine Inc. (NASDAQ: LPCN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on metabolic and endocrine disorders, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, and provided a corporate update.
First Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights
- Resubmitted New Drug Application ("NDA") for TLANDO™, the Company's oral testosterone product candidate for testosterone replacement therapy ("TRT") in adult males with hypogonadism
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") acknowledged receipt of resubmission and established August 28, 2020 as the target Prescription Drug User Fee Act ("PDUFA") goal date
- Received FDA clearance on Investigational New Drug ("IND") application for Phase 2 clinical study with LPCN 1148 for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") in cirrhotic patients
- Raised $6.0 million in gross proceeds in a registered direct offering of common stock and warrants in February 2020
- Received decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirming the decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") in the patent interference case between Lipocine and Clarus Therapeutics
First Quarter Ended March 31, 2020 Financial Results
Lipocine reported a net loss of $5.8 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with a net loss of $3.2 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Research and development expenses were $2.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with $1.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The increase in research and development expenses during the three months ended March 31, 2020 was primarily due to increased contract research organization and outside consulting and manufacturing costs for the LPCN 1144 LiFT Phase 2 clinical study in NASH subjects of $1.7 million, a $50,000 increase in costs for TLANDO XR and a $56,000 increase in personnel expense. These increases were offset by a $1.2 million decrease in costs incurred relating to TLANDO, including the completion of the ABPM study and the filing of the NDA in the first half of 2019 and a $12,000 decrease in contract manufacturing costs for LPCN 1107.
General and administrative expenses were $2.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared with $1.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The increase in general and administrative expenses during the three months ended March 31, 2020 was primarily due to a $1.0 million increase in legal costs associated with the lawsuit filed against Clarus for patent infringement in April 2019 in addition to costs associated with interference cases filed against Clarus, offset by a $59,000 decrease in personnel costs and a $26,000 decrease in administrative travel expenses.
As of March 31, 2020, Lipocine had $15.6 million of unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable investment securities compared to $14.1 million at December 31, 2019. Additionally, the Company had $5.0 million of restricted cash, which is required to be maintained as cash collateral under the SVB Loan and Security Agreement until TLANDO is approved by the FDA. The Company believes that its existing capital resources will be sufficient to meet its projected operating requirements through at least February 15, 2021.
Lipocine Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on metabolic and endocrine disorders using its proprietary drug delivery technologies. Lipocine's clinical development pipeline includes TLANDO, LPCN 1144, TLANDO XR, LPCN 1148 and LPCN 1107. TLANDO, a novel oral prodrug of testosterone containing testosterone undecanoate, is designed to help restore normal testosterone levels in hypogonadal men. Lipocine has resubmitted its NDA to the FDA for TLANDO and has a PDUFA date of August 28, 2020. LPCN 1144, an oral product of bioidentical testosterone, recently completed a proof-of-concept clinical study demonstrating the potential utility in the treatment of pre-cirrhotic NASH. TLANDO XR, 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. In a phase 2 clinical evaluation when administered as once daily or twice daily TLANDO XR met the typical primary and secondary end points. LPCN 1148 is an oral prodrug of bioidentical testosterone targeted for the treatment of NASH cirrhosis. LPCN 1107 is potentially the first oral hydroxyprogesterone caproate product candidate, with end of phase 2 meeting completed, indicated for the prevention of recurrent preterm birth and has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA. 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. 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, 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, risk related to on-going litigation 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
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Cash and cash equivalents
Marketable investment securities
Accrued interest income
Prepaid and other current assets
Total current assets
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of
$1,140,942 and $1,140,143, respectively
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
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; 47,860,209 and 37,655,175 issued
and 47,854,499 and 37,649,465 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
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
Three Months Ended March 31,
Research and development
General and administrative
Total operating expenses
Other income (expense):
Interest and investment income
Total other expense, net
Unrealized loss on warrant liability
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
Net unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities
SOURCE Lipocine Inc.