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Aug 10, 2021

Zosano Pharma Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, as well as business highlights.

“We are pleased to have initiated the healthy volunteer pharmacokinetic study that was requested by the FDA for the resubmission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for M207,” said Steven Lo, president and chief executive officer of Zosano. “The study is evaluating pharmacokinetics and safety in approximately 48 healthy volunteers. We are diligently working to complete this study in the third quarter. Pending receipt of positive data, we plan to resubmit the NDA for M207 by year-end. Additionally, this quarter we strengthened our patent portfolio with the issuance of a U.S. patent covering method of use of M207.”

Select Business Highlights

  • Initiated the pharmacokinetic study required to support the resubmission of the M207 (zolmitriptan transdermal microneedle system) 505(b)(2) NDA
  • Announced publication of an article titled, “Long Term Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Intracutaneous Zolmitriptan (M207) in the Acute Treatment of Migraine” in The Journal of Headache and Pain highlighting the positive safety and efficacy results from this long-term study
  • Received notification of a newly issued U.S. patent for method of rapidly achieving therapeutic levels with M207 for the acute treatment of migraine
  • Appointed Kathy McGee, an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive currently serving as the chief operating officer of AVITA MEDICAL, to the board of directors

Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2021
Zosano reported a net loss for the second quarter of 2021 of $6.1 million, or $0.06 per share on a basic and diluted basis, compared with a net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.14 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the same quarter in 2020. The net loss for the second quarter of 2021 included a $1.6 million gain on the forgiveness of our Paycheck Protection Loan.

Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $5.0 million, compared with $4.9 million for the same quarter in 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $0.2 million in manufacturing costs related to the scale up and technology transfer to our commercial manufacturing organizations and $0.2 million in increased spending for clinical trials. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $0.3 million in employee and consulting costs.

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $3.0 million compared with $2.8 million for the same quarter in 2020. The increase of $0.2 million was primarily due to higher employee related costs.

As of June 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $22.1 million, compared with $35.3 million as of December 31, 2020.

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 M207, which is a proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan designed to be delivered via its transdermal microneedle system technology, as an acute treatment for migraine. Previously, M207 was known as Qtrypta, which the company no longer intends to use as the proprietary name of M207. The Company is currently in the process of identifying an alternative proprietary name for M207. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained herein are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the company’s ongoing pharmacokinetic study and the anticipated timing with respect to the study; the expected timing of the potential resubmission of the NDA for M207, the potential benefits and availability of M207 for patients, the expectations for identifying a proprietary name for M207 and other future 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,” “scheduled,” “goal,” “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, 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 Contacts:
Christine Matthews
Chief Financial Officer

Zosano PR:
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 $ 22,058     $ 35,263  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,787     453  
Total current assets 23,845     35,716  
Restricted cash 455     455  
Property and equipment, net 32,184     30,909  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 4,366     4,928  
Other long-term assets     3  
Total assets $ 60,850     $ 72,011  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 1,677     $ 1,884  
Accrued compensation 1,801     2,294  
Build-to-suit obligation, current portion, net of debt issuance costs and discount 4,825     4,779  
Operating lease liabilities, current portion 1,492     1,378  
Paycheck Protection Program loan, current portion     809  
Other accrued liabilities 1,620     3,367  
Total current liabilities 11,415     14,511  
Build-to-suit obligation, long-term portion, net of debt issuance costs and discount 2,237     4,359  
Operating lease liabilities, long-term portion 3,911     4,687  
Paycheck Protection Program loan, long-term portion     812  
Other long-term liabilities 221     127  
Total liabilities 17,784     24,496  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; 113,329,291 and 102,066,218 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 11     10  
Additional paid-in capital 389,531     379,695  
Accumulated deficit (346,476 )   (332,190 )
Total stockholders’ equity 43,066     47,515  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 60,850     $ 72,011  

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Service revenue $ 188     $     $ 446     $  
Operating expenses:              
Cost of service revenue 202         364      
Research and development 5,000     4,932     10,330     10,446  
General and administrative 2,958     2,766     5,772     5,848  
Total operating expenses 8,160     7,698     16,466     16,294  
Loss from operations (7,972 )   (7,698 )   (16,020 )   (16,294 )
Other income (expense):              
Interest income     5     1     15  
Interest expense (22 )   (190 )   (119 )   (396 )
Other income (expense), net 1,850     (12 )   1,852     91  
Loss before provision for income taxes (6,144 )   (7,895 )   (14,286 )   (16,584 )
Provision for income taxes              
Net loss and comprehensive loss $ (6,144 )   $ (7,895 )   $ (14,286 )   $ (16,584 )
Net loss per common share – basic and diluted $ (0.06 )   $ (0.14 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.36 )
Weighted-average common shares used in computing net loss per common share – basic and diluted 108,943     54,927     106,662     45,597  

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