InflaRx Reports Q2 2020 Financial & Operating Results Nasdaq:IFRX

  • Announced encouraging results from the Phase II portion of the Phase II/III adaptive, randomized, controlled trial in patients with COVID-19 induced pneumonia, showing a trend in lower 28-day all-cause mortality rate
  • Completed end-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA for IFX-1 in hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Received positive EMA scientific advice suggesting that IHS4 could be used as primary endpoint in InflaRx´s pivotal development in hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Cash, cash equivalents and financial assets of approximately €98.9 million as of June 30, 2020

JENA, Germany, July 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, announced today financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

“The encouraging data from the randomized exploratory first part of our study in COVID-19 are in line with the mode of action of IFX-1 and give hope that C5a inhibition with IFX-1 may be a life-saving treatment option. The results have been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal and to a pre-print server, and we are planning an adequately controlled and powered Phase III part of the study in critically ill COVID-19 patients,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx.

Prof. Riedemann continued, “We just received the EMA scientific advice agreeing with our arguments on the limitations of the currently used score in hidradenitis suppurativa development (HiSCR) and suggesting that IHS4 could be used as the primary endpoint in our pivotal studies. Our initial interactions with both EMA and FDA related to a Phase III development program in hidradenitis suppurativa have shown us that IFX-1 is a Phase III ready drug candidate. We are working on a strategy to address the FDA´s concerns related to the suggested change in the primary endpoint and plan additional FDA interactions on this topic. Our other clinical programs with IFX-1 are moving forward in pyoderma gangraenosum and ANCA-associated vasculitis. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, we expect readouts in these indications in 2021.”

Recent R&D Highlights

  • IFX-1 in COVID-19 induced pneumonia: In June 2020, InflaRx announced encouraging results from the first 30 patients treated in the adaptive randomized Phase II/III trial in patients with severe COVID-19 induced pneumonia.  Positive treatment trends were seen in the 28-day all-cause mortality rate and in various other endpoints.  Twenty-eight-day all-cause mortality in the IFX-1 treatment group was 13% (2 out of 15) versus 27% (4 out of 15) in the control group. In the best supportive care group, four patients died of COVID-19-induced multi-organ failure, and three of them had pulmonary embolisms reported as a serious adverse event. In the IFX-1 treatment arm, one patient died after an acute ventilator tube complication (leakage) leading to hypoxia, and one patient who met an exclusion criterion with a history of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which was not known at time point of enrollment, died of pulmonary failure.  Additionally, fewer patients in the IFX-1 treatment arm experienced renal impairment assessed by estimated glomerular filtration rates, and more patients showed reversal of blood lymphocytopenia and a greater lowering of lactate dehydrogenase concentrations as a sign of reduction in tissue damage. A temporary significant increase of D-dimer levels in the first days following IFX-1 administration was noted, as potentially an expression of induction of blood clot lysis. No statistically significant group differences on the chosen primary endpoint of relative change (%) from baseline to day 5 in oxygenation index (defined as PaO2/FiO2 ratio) were detected. However, the exploratory first part of this study was not powered to show such differences. InflaRx is now planning an adequately powered, placebo-controlled, double blinded Phase III part using 28-day all-cause mortality as the primary endpoint, an accepted regulatory primary endpoint for critical care studies.
  • IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS): In June 2020, InflaRx completed an end-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA to discuss a Phase III program for the use of IFX-1 for the treatment of HS. The FDA agreed to key proposals to support a Biologics License Application (BLA) submission, including aspects of the Phase III trial design, IFX-1 dosing, target study population, and the nonclinical and clinical pharmacology packages. While the FDA did not agree that the International Hidradenitis Suppurativa Severity Score (“IHS4”) is fit for purpose as a primary efficacy endpoint tool to support labeling, the FDA recommended that the Company obtain HS patient input to help determine the validity of the IHS4 score. The Company is now assessing different strategies for a potential pathway to regulatory approval for IFX-1 in the United States and plans to engage with the FDA on next steps.
    Additionally, the Company requested scientific advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) about the European pathway for regulatory approval and received feedback in July 2020. Although the EMA noted certain considerations regarding the Company’s proposal, the EMA acknowledged that HiSCR response does not account for the clinical relevance of a reduction in draining fistulas and the effort to construct a new endpoint that better captures these changes was endorsed in principle.  According to the EMA, although HiSCR was used as an endpoint in previous studies, IHS4 could be an appropriate tool to evaluate the efficacy of a novel compound in HS. The Company is working diligently to address the additional feedback received and analyzing the strategy for its Phase III development in HS.
  • IFX-1 in Pyoderma Gangraenosum (PG): The Phase IIa open label trial continues to enroll patients in the higher dose groups. Additional clinical trial sites continue to be opened to support enrollment. Results from the higher dose groups are expected in 2021.
  • IFX-1 in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV): In the European Phase II IXCHANGE trial, Part 2 continues to enroll patients.  Final results are expected in 2021.
  • IFX-1 in oncology: Activities are ongoing for the Phase IIa oncology program, with expected initiation in the first half of 2021.

Financial highlights – H1 2020

Research and development expenses incurred for the six months ended June 30, 2020
decreased over the corresponding period in 2019 by €5.5 million. This decline was primarily due to lower contribution of expense in the period from the Phase IIb clinical development of IFX-1 in HS since this study was completed in 2019, offset by the COVID-19 trial expenses. These two factors led to a net decline of €3.7 million in third-party expenses. Furthermore third-party manufacturing expenses also declined by €1.0 million. Additionally, equity-settled share-based compensation recognized in personnel expenses decreased by €0.9 million.

General and administrative expenses decreased by €2.1 million to €4.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, from €6.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. This decrease is primarily attributable to decreasing expenses associated with equity-settled share-based compensation recognized in personnel expenses (€1.5 million). Furthermore, legal, consulting and other expenses decreased by €0.7 million to €2.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, from €2.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. In 2019, consulting costs were higher due to a onetime strategic project.

Net financial result decreased by €1.0 million to €1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, from €2.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. This decrease is mainly attributable to lower interest earned on marketable securities (€1.1 million), partially offset by a higher foreign exchange result (higher gains €0.9 million and €0.5 million higher losses).

Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was €18.3 million or €(0.70) per common share, compared to €25.1 million or €(0.97) per common share for the six months ended June 30, 2019. On June 30, 2020, the Company’s total funds available were approximately €98.9 million, composed of cash and cash equivalents (€36.4 million) and financial assets (€62.5 million).

Net cash used in operating activities decreased to €18.2 million in the six months ended June 30, 2020, from €18.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2019, mainly due to the decrease of cash expenses, such as third-party expenses for manufacturing and clinical trials for our lead program IFX-1, compensated by lower payments on trade liabilities in the six months ended June 30, 2019.
Additional information regarding these results and other relevant information is included in the notes to the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as of June 30, 2020, as well as the financial statements as of December 31, 2019 in “ITEM 18. Financial statements,” which is included in InflaRx’s Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and
Comprehensive Loss for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019

  For the three months ended
June 30,
For the six months ended
June 30,
(in €, except for share data) 2020
(unaudited)
  2019
(unaudited)
  2020
(unaudited)
  2019
(unaudited)
         
Operating Expenses        
Research and development expenses (7,356,326 )   (12,497,222 )   (14,655,125 )   (20,192,372 )
General and administrative expenses (2,326,895 )   (3,647,849 )   (4,891,698 )   (6,949,015 )
Total Operating Expenses (9,683,221 )   (16,145,071 )   (19,546,822 )   (27,141,387 )
Other income 102,332     2,866     197,292     67,702  
Other expenses (3,450 )   (79,183 )   (9,170 )   (83,068 )
Operating Result (9,584,339 )   (16,221,387 )   (19,358,701 )   (27,156,753 )
Finance income 609,444     1,338,755     2,268,436     2,497,960  
Finance expenses (1,057,937 )   (388,097 )   (1,175,964 )   (449,807 )
Net Financial Result (448,493 )   950,659     1,092,472     2,048,153  
Loss for the Period (10,032,832 )   (15,270,729 )   (18,266,229 )   (25,108,600 )
         
Share Information        
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 26,172,023     25,964,379     26,138,639     25,964,379  
Loss per share (basic/diluted) (0.38 )   (0.59 )   (0.70 )   (0.97 )
         
Loss for the Period (10,032,832 )   (15,270,729 )   (18,266,229 )   (25,108,600 )
Other comprehensive income that may be re­clas­si­fied to profit or loss in subsequent periods:        
Exchange differences on translation of foreign currency (1,452,973 )   (1,622,079 )   260,895     695,468  
Total Comprehensive Loss (11,485,805 )   (16,892,807 )   (18,005,334 )   (24,413,132 )
         

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

in € June 30,
2020
(unaudited)
  December 31,
2019
 
     
     
ASSETS    
Non-current assets    
Property, plant and equipment 493,377   576,373  
Right-of-use assets 716,871   836,924  
Intangible assets 404,251   452,400  
Other assets 419,424   452,217  
Financial assets 272,627   272,614  
Total non-current assets 2,306,550   2,590,528  
Current assets    
Other assets 2,973,228   3,500,884  
Financial assets 62,191,912   82,353,867  
Cash and cash equivalents 36,398,578   33,131,280  
Total current assets 101,563,718   118,986,031  
TOTAL ASSETS 103,870,268   121,576,558  
     
     
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES    
Equity    
Issued capital 3,152,427   3,132,631  
Share premium 211,483,756   211,006,606  
Other capital reserves 26,627,185   25,142,213  
Accumulated deficit (152,628,234 ) (134,362,006 )
Other components of equity 2,488,124   2,227,228  
Total equity 91,123,258   107,146,673  
     
Non-current liabilities    
Lease liabilities 203,636   330,745  
Other non-financial liabilities 37,644   39,013  
Total non-current liabilities 241,280   369,758  
Current liabilities    
Trade and other payables 10,630,462   12,413,662  
Lease liabilities 524,034   515,203  
Employee benefits 867,121   975,629  
Social security, other tax and non-financial liabilities 448,113   105,634  
Provisions 36,000   50,000  
Total current liabilities 12,505,730   14,060,128  
Total Liabilities 12,747,010   14,429,886  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 103,870,268   121,576,558  
     
     

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019

 (in €, except for share data) 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       (18,266,229 )     (18,266,229 )
Exchange differences on
translation of foreign currency
       —     260,895   260,895  
Total comprehensive loss       (18,266,229 )   260,895   (18,005,334 )
Contributions                    
Equity-settled share-based pay­ment     1,484,972         1,484,972  
Share options exercised 19,797   477,149           496,946  
Total Contributions 19,797   477,149   1,484,972         1,981,918  
Balance as of June 30, 2020 3,152,427   211,483,756   26,627,185   (152,628,234 )   2,488,124   91,123,258  
                     
Balance as of January 1, 2019 3,115,725   211,021,835   18,310,003   (81,107,188 )   50,196   151,390,571  
Loss for the period       (25,108,600 )    —   (25,108,600 )
Exchange differences
on translation of foreign currency
       —     695,468   695,468  
Total comprehensive loss       (25,108,600 )   695,468   (24,413,132 )
Contributions                    
Equity-settled share-based pay­ment     3,889,767    —      —   3,889,767  
Total Contributions     3,889,767    —      —   3,889,767  
Balance as of June 30, 2019 3,115,725   211,021,835   22,199,770   (106,215,788 )   745,663   130,867,206  
                     

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019

in € For the six
months ended
June 30, 2020

(unaudited)
    For the six
months ended
June 30, 2019

(unaudited)
     
Operating activities    
Loss for the period (18,266,229 )   (25,108,600 )
Adjustments for:    
Depreciation & amortization of property, plant, equipment, right-of-use assets and intangible assets 353,976     307,130  
Net financial result (1,092,472 )   (2,048,153 )
Share-based payment expense 1,484,972     3,889,767  
Net foreign exchange differences (789,528 )   (205,103 )
Changes in:    
Other assets 560,449     (2,063,491 )
Employee benefits (122,411 )   (84,890 )
Social security and other current non-financial liabilities 341,012     (184,120 )
Trade and other payables (1,783,200 )   5,513,355  
Interest received 1,096,651     1,269,745  
Interest paid (5,455 )   (16,308 )
Net cash used in operating activities (18,222,235 )   (18,730,669 )
Investing activities    
Purchase of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment (35,107 )   (503,881 )
Purchase of non-current other financial assets  —     (75,543 )
Disposal of non-current other financial assets  —     3,088  
Purchase of current financial assets (59,196,096 )    
Proceeds from the maturity of financial assets 56,553,296     17,709,459  
Net cash from investing activities 20,272,857     17,133,122  
Financing activities    
Proceeds from exercise of share options 496,946      
Repayment of lease liabilities (183,970 )   (125,075 )
Net cash from/ (used in) financing activities 312,976     (125,075 )
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents 2,363,597     (1,722,622 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 903,700     399,266  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 33,131,280     55,386,240  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 36,398,578     54,062,885  
     

About IFX-1:

IFX-1 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, IFX-1 leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. IFX-1 has been demonstrated to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response in pre-clinical studies. IFX-1 is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development. Approximately 300 people have been treated with IFX-1 in clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for various indications, including Hidradenitis Suppurativa, ANCA-associated vasculitis, Pyoderma Gangraenosum and COVID-19 pneumonia.

About InflaRx N.V.:

InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a technology to discover and develop first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a. Complement C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator 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.com.

Contacts:

InflaRx N.V.
Jordan Zwick – Global Head of Business Development & Corporate Strategy
Email: jordan.zwick[at]inflarx.de
Tel: +1 917-338-6523

MC Services AG
Katja Arnold, Laurie Doyle, Andreas Jungfer
Email: inflarx[at]mc-services.eu
Europe: +49 89-210 2280
US: +1-339-832-0752

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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