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Zosano Pharma Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Operational Update

  • Selected a contract manufacturer for commercial launch of M207
  • Completed first required data set in long-term safety study of M207
  • Appointed Greg Kitchener as Chief Financial Officer

FREMONT,Calif., Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN) (“Zosano” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

“The Company has continued to execute upon our stated milestones throughout 2018. We recently completed our registration batches; reached an important milestone in our long-term safety study as 150 patients completed 6 months of therapy; secured a capital equipment lease line and contracted with a leading organization to manufacture M207. This manufacturing arrangement provides production capacity for the commercial launch of M207 and frees up our in house manufacturing capacity for research and the production of clinical trial material as we seek to expand our portfolio of proprietary programs,” stated John Walker, chairman and chief executive officer.

“Aditionally, Greg Kitchener joined us as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018. He brings to Zosano an enviable track record in capital formation, and solid experience in business and in building strong financial organizations. In concert with Greg and the rest of the team, we will continue to focus our attention on the execution needed to advance M207. By the end of the first quarter of 2019, we anticipate completing the final data set in our long-term safety study, with 50 subjects completing their 12 month visit, and in the third quarter of 2019, we expect to complete stability testing for our GMP manufacturing lots, leading to the filing of the NDA in the fourth quarter of next year.”

Recent Business Highlights and Clinical Update

  • In September 2018, Dr. Stewart Tepper presented M207 data, when used for the treatment of difficult to treat migraines at the 17th Biennial Migraine Trust International Symposium (MTIS).
  • In September 2018, Zosano presented a phase 3 safety study update for ADAM technology for the delivery of zolmitriptan at the 5th Annual Transdermal and Intradermal Drug Delivery Systems Conference.
  • In September 2018, Zosano announced completion and release of registration batches of M207.
  • In September 2018, Zosano entered into a financing partnership with Trinity Capital investments that provides a capital equipment leasing line of up to $14.0 million.
  • In October 2018, Zosano entered into a long-term manufacturing and supply agreement with Patheon, a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization.
  • In October 2018, Zosano appointed Greg Kitchener as Chief Financial Officer.
  • In October 2018, Zosano hosted a key opinion leader meeting on new treatments for Migraine. A replay is accessible via the link here.
  • In October 2018, Zosano announced more than 150 evaluable subjects have completed their six month visit in the M207-ADAM study and more than 4,000 migraines treated since study initiation.

Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018

  • Zosano reported a net loss of $8.2 million, or $0.68 per share on a basic and diluted basis, and $25.2 million, or $2.93 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively, compared to a net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.20 per share on a basic and diluted basis, and $21.6 million, or $0.66 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the same periods in 2017.
  • Research and development expenses were $5.9 million and $18.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively, compared to $5.7 million and $14.7 million for the same periods in 2017. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in clinical trial costs related to the M207-ADAM study and to completion of the registration batches.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $2.4 million and $6.9 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively, compared to $2.0 million and $6.3 million for the same periods in 2017. The increase in general and administrative expenses was due to an increase in software implementation costs as well as an increase in payroll and stock compensation costs.
  • As of September 30, 2018, Zosano had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $29.5 million, debt of $4.6 million and approximately 12 million shares of common stock outstanding.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call with the investment community today, November 14th, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are (844) 379-5311 (U.S.) or (209) 905-5963 (international). The conference ID number is 3144819. To access the live webcast, please visit the Investor Relations page of the Zosano Pharma website at Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download any necessary software to listen to the live broadcast.

For interested individuals unable to join the live call, an archived webcast will be available on the Company's website at approximately three hours after the call and available through December 14, 2018.

About M207
M207 is Zosano’s proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan delivered utilizing its proprietary ADAM technology. Zosano's ADAM technology consists of titanium microprojections (microneedles) coated with drug, and in the case of M207, its formulation of zolmitriptan. The drug-coated microneedles penetrate into the epidermis and dermis, where the drug is dissolved and enters into the bloodstream. In February 2017, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP pivotal study, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours. In November 2017, the Company announced the initiation of its long-term safety study evaluating M207 and expects to file a New Drug Application for M207 in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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 expected timing of a New Drug Application for M207, the expected timing of the final data set in the Company’s long-term safety study, and the expected timing of stability testing for GMP manufacturing lots. 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," "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, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, risks and uncertainties relating to the Company’s depence on third parties for the development and commercialization of M207, risks and uncertainties of the regulatory approval process, risks and uncertainties 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 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 12, 2018 and in the Company’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 14, 2018. Although Zosano believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it 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. Zosano assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances, or otherwise.

Zosano Contact:
Greg Kitchener
Chief Financial Officer

Media Contact:
Sara Zelkovic
LifeSci Public Relations

(unaudited; in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   2018   2017   2018   2017 
Revenue: $-  $-  $-  $- 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  5,899   5,683   18,238   14,672 
General and administrative  2,353   2,036   6,887   6,346 
Total operating expenses  8,252   7,719   25,125   21,018 
Loss from operations  (8,252)  (7,719)  (25,125)  (21,018)
Other income (expenses):        
Interest income (expense), net  74   (154)  (99)  (608)
Other income, net  9   -   13   10 
Net loss $(8,169) $(7,873) $(25,211) $(21,616)
Net loss per common share  ̶  basic and diluted $(0.68) $(0.20) $(2.93) $(0.66)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per common share  ̶  basic and diluted  11,973   39,228   8,603   32,991 

(unaudited; in thousands)
  September 30, December 31,
  2018 2017
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $29,476 $11,651
Total current assets  30,545  13,393
Total assets  38,855  18,000
Secured promissory note  -  6,687
Equipment line of credit  4,601  -
Total liabilities  10,355  10,952
Stockholders’ equity  28,500  7,048
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 16:05