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Aug 06, 2020

Zosano Pharma Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, as well as recent business highlights.

“Zosano is on the cusp of potentially accomplishing what few biotech companies have the privilege of doing, namely becoming a commercial organization with an approved product designed to help address a significant treatment gap,” said Steven Lo, president and CEO of Zosano. “If approved, we believe Qtrypta’s novel drug delivery approach for the acute treatment of migraine has the potential to address patients’ needs for an effective, fast and durable therapy. Additionally, if approved, Qtrypta’s simple administration as a patch may be preferred by patients whose migraine is associated with nausea, which makes it challenging for them to take oral medications. We are now focused on executing on pre-commercial activities in preparation for Qtrypta’s possible approval later this year and potential subsequent launch in 2021.”

Business Highlights

  • Received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acceptance of the 505(b)(2) NDA filing for Qtrypta™ for the acute treatment of migraine
  • Presented new post-hoc analyses of Qtrypta’s clinical trial data comparing key efficacy results from the pivotal ZOTRIP study and the open-label long-term safety study at the American Headache Society’s Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting
    °  Analyses suggest that Qtrypta’s efficacy results and favorable tolerability results across approximately 6,000 migraine episodes treated in the long-term safety study were consistent with the statistically significant results and tolerability results noted in the pivotal study
  • Completed a blinded market research study conducted with high-volume physicians and payors, including 100 physician specialists and five national payors representing over 100 million covered lives, which found that:
    °  79% of the physicians strongly agree there remains an unmet need in the treatment of migraine in the acute setting, even in patients that respond to preventive therapy
    °  70% of the physicians would offer their patients a non-oral triptan that has fast and complete pain relief that is sustained and well-tolerated

Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2020
Zosano reported a net loss for the second quarter of 2020 of $7.9 million, or $0.14 per share on a basic and diluted basis, compared with a net loss of $9.4 million, or $0.55 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the same quarter in 2019.

Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were $4.9 million, compared with $6.6 million for the same quarter in 2019. The decrease was mainly due to lower clinical trial costs resulting from the completion of the Qtrypta long-term safety study in 2019.

General and administrative expenses for each of the second quarters of 2020 and 2019 were $2.8 million.

As of June 30, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $10.5 million as compared with $6.3 million as of December 31, 2019

About Qtrypta™ (M207)
Qtrypta is Zosano’s proprietary investigational formulation of zolmitriptan delivered utilizing its proprietary transdermal microneedle system (the “System”) in development for the acute treatment of migraine. The System consists of titanium microneedles coated with drug, and in the case of Qtrypta™, the formulation is zolmitriptan. The drug-coated microneedles are designed to penetrate the stratum corneum, where the investigational drug dissolves and easily enters into the bloodstream. In February 2017, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP pivotal study, in which the 3.8 mg dose of Qtrypta™ met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours.

About Migraine
Migraine is a highly prevalent neurological disease impacting 12% of the US population and 1 in 4 households. Patients impacted by migraine experience significant disability, with 90% unable to function normally. Migraine attacks are estimated to lead to lost productivity costs as high as $36 billion annually in the United States, including both direct and indirect costs. Zosano believes that there is a significant need for new acute treatment options since 74% of migraine patients experience inadequate treatment response.

About Zosano Pharma
Zosano Pharma Corporation is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products where rapid administration of approved molecules with established safety and efficacy profiles may provide substantial benefit to patients, in markets where patients remain underserved by existing therapies. The company’s transdermal microneedle system technology consists of titanium microneedles coated with drug that are designed to enable rapid systemic administration of therapeutics to patients. Zosano’s lead product candidate is Qtrypta™ (M207), which is a proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan delivered via its transdermal microneedle system technology, as an acute treatment for migraine. The company anticipates that many of its current and future development programs may enable the company to utilize a regulatory pathway that has the potential to streamline clinical development and accelerate the path towards commercialization. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the preparation for potential approval and launch of Qtrypta and other future events and expectations events and expectations described in this press release. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "might," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," "unaudited," "approximately" or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and actual outcomes may differ materially. These include risks and uncertainties, without limitation, associated with the company’s ability to obtain additional cash resources to continue operations for the remainder of 2020, the process of discovering, developing and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, risks inherent in the effort to build a business around such products and other risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Although Zosano believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, Zosano cannot in any way guarantee that the future results, level of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Zosano and Zosano assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

Zosano Contact:
Christine Matthews
Chief Financial Officer
(510) 745-1200

PR Contacts:
Sylvia Wheeler or Alexandra Santos
swheeler@wheelhouselsa.com or asantos@wheelhouselsa.com

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

  June 30,
  December 31,
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,547     $ 6,316  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 699     497  
Total current assets 11,246     6,813  
Restricted cash 455     455  
Property and equipment, net 30,712     24,636  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 5,296     5,763  
Other long-term assets 3     3  
Total assets $ 47,712     $ 37,670  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 4,809     $ 4,356  
Accrued compensation 2,754     2,015  
Build-to-suit obligation, current portion 3,085     4,554  
Operating lease liabilities, current portion 1,228     1,140  
Paycheck Protection Program loan, current portion 725      
Other accrued liabilities 3,945     4,172  
Total current liabilities 16,546     16,237  
Build-to-suit obligation, long-term portion, net of debt issuance costs and discount 6,509     6,095  
Operating lease liabilities, long-term portion 5,297     5,931  
Paycheck Protection Program loan, long-term portion 888      
Other liabilities 8     15  
Total liabilities 29,248     28,278  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized; 57,245,251 and 23,503,214 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively 6     2  
Additional paid-in capital 333,863     308,211  
Accumulated deficit (315,405 )   (298,821 )
Total stockholders’ equity 18,464     9,392  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 47,712     $ 37,670  

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2020   2019   2020   2019
Revenue $     $     $     $  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development 4,932     6,640     10,446     13,256  
General and administrative 2,766     2,767     5,848     5,638  
Total operating expenses 7,698     9,407     16,294     18,894  
Loss from operations (7,698 )   (9,407 )   (16,294 )   (18,894 )
Other income (expense):              
Interest income 5     82     15     162  
Interest expense (190 )   (35 )   (396 )   (76 )
Other income (expense), net (12 )       91     22  
Loss before provision for income taxes (7,895 )   (9,360 )   (16,584 )   (18,786 )
Provision for income taxes              
Net loss $ (7,895 )   $ (9,360 )   $ (16,584 )   $ (18,786 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities, net of tax     (1 )       5  
Comprehensive loss $ (7,895 )   $ (9,361 )   $ (16,584 )   $ (18,781 )
Net loss per common share – basic and diluted $ (0.14 )   $ (0.55 )   $ (0.36 )   $ (1.30 )
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per common share – basic and diluted 54,927,408     16,868,643     45,596,713     14,434,365  

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Source: Zosano Pharma Corporation