Enrollment continues in RECONNECT, a confirmatory pivotal Phase 3 trial of Zygel™ in patients with Fragile X syndrome (FXS); topline results expected second-half 2023
$55.9 million in cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2022; Cash runway into first quarter 2024
DEVON, Pa., Nov. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZYNE), the leader in innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid therapies for orphan neuropsychiatric disorders, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, and provided an overview of recent operational highlights and a pipeline update.
“Enrollment in our confirmatory pivotal Phase 3 RECONNECT trial continues, and we expect topline results in the second half of 2023,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “With a cash runway into the first quarter of 2024, we remain well-positioned on achieving our goal of bringing Zygel to market as the first FDA approved treatment option for the significant unmet medical need that affects FXS patients and their families.”
Operational Highlights and Pipeline Update
Zygel in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
- The Company continues to expect topline results from RECONNECT, a confirmatory pivotal Phase 3 trial of Zygel in patients with FXS, in the second half of 2023. The Company believes that the results from RECONNECT, if positive, will be sufficient to support the submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) for Zygel in patients with FXS.
In October 2022 the Company announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a patent titled “Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome With Cannabidiol,” which includes claims directed to methods of treating Fragile X syndrome with cannabidiol. This new patent, which expires in 2038, is part of an expanding international intellectual property portfolio covering the Company’s transdermal cannabidiol product candidate, Zygel. (
Zygel in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q)
Based on the positive Phase 2 INSPIRE trial data announced in June 2022 (
), the Company requested and has been granted an initial meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before the end of 2022 to obtain feedback on the Phase 2 data and regulatory pathway for Zygel in patients with 22q. The Company currently plans to initiate a Phase 3 program in children and adolescents with 22q following topline results from RECONNECT.
In November 2022, the Company announced that the USPTO issued a patent titled “Treatment of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome With Cannabidiol,” which includes claims directed to methods of treating one or more behavioral symptoms of 22q with cannabidiol, and expires in 2040. (
The Company presented data at
The Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes (SSBP) 24
International Research Symposium
in September 2022 and the
2022 National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit
in October 2022 from the first 14-week treatment period of the Phase 2 INSPIRE trial. These data suggest a positive risk-benefit profile for Zygel in improving anxiety-related and behavioral symptoms in children and adolescents with 22q. Statistically significant improvements from baseline were seen in the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale (PARS-R), the total score and all five subscales of the Anxiety, Depression and Mood Scale (ADAMS) and all five subscales of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist – Community (ABC-C). In addition, the majority of patients showed clinically meaningful improvements as demonstrated by the Clinical Global Impression – Improvement (CGI-I). Zygel was shown to be well tolerated, and the safety profile was consistent with previously released data from other Zygel clinical trials. (
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Research and development expenses were $5.0 million for the third quarter of 2022, including stock-based compensation of $0.5 million. General and administrative expenses were $3.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.6 million. Net loss for the third quarter of 2022 was $8.7 million, with basic and diluted loss per share of $(0.20).
As of September 30, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $55.9 million, compared to $67.8 million as of December 31, 2021.
On May 11, 2021, the Company entered into a Controlled Equity Offering
Sales Agreement (2021 Sales Agreement), with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Canaccord Genuity, LLC, H.C. Wainwright & Co. LLC and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., as sales agents, pursuant to which the Company may sell, from time to time, up to $75.0 million of its common stock. In the third quarter of 2022, the Company sold and issued 2,579,346 shares of its common stock under the 2021 Sales Agreement in the open market resulting in gross proceeds of $3.2 million and net proceeds of $3.0 million, after deducting commissions and offering expenses.
On July 21, 2022, the Company entered into a Purchase Agreement and registration rights agreement for up to $20 million with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC (LPC), a Chicago-based institutional investor. In the third quarter of 2022, the Company sold and issued 200,000 shares of its common stock under the 2022 Purchase Agreement with LPC in the open market resulting in gross proceeds of $0.2 million and net proceeds of $0.1 million, after deducting offering expenses.
Management believes that the Company’s cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to fund operations and capital requirements into the first quarter of 2024. Top-line results from the Company’s confirmatory pivotal Phase 3 RECONNECT trial of Zygel in patients with FXS are expected in the second half of 2023.
Zygel is the first and only pharmaceutically-manufactured cannabidiol formulated as a patent-protected permeation-enhanced clear gel, designed to provide controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream transdermally (i.e. through the skin). Recent studies suggest that cannabidiol may modulate the endocannabinoid system and improve certain behavioral symptoms associated with neuropsychiatric conditions. Zygel is an investigational drug product in development for the potential treatment of behavioral symptoms associated with Fragile X syndrome (FXS), 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Company has received orphan drug designation for cannabidiol, the active ingredient in Zygel, from the FDA and the European Commission in the treatment of FXS and from the FDA for the treatment of 22q. Additionally, Zygel has been designated a Fast Track development program for treatment of behavioral symptoms of FXS.
About Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals is the leader in innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid therapies for rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric disorders. We are committed to improving the lives of patients and their families living with severe, chronic health conditions including Fragile X syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. Learn more at
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ZYNERBA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Three months ended September 30,
Nine months ended September 30,
|Research and development||$||5,039,228||$||6,341,171||$||15,632,150||$||16,402,129|
|General and administrative||3,453,648||3,869,481||10,933,411||11,531,824|
|Total operating expenses||8,492,876||10,210,652||26,565,561||27,933,953|
|Loss from operations||(8,492,876||)||(10,210,652||)||(26,565,561||)||(27,933,953||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Foreign exchange loss||(435,128||)||(376,637||)||(893,803||)||(576,619||)|
|Total other income (expense)||(183,273||)||(371,599||)||(454,213||)||(560,005||)|
|Net loss per share – basic and diluted||$||(0.20||)||$||(0.26||)||$||(0.65||)||$||(0.73||)|
|Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding||43,746,878||40,092,128||41,831,998||38,933,209|
|Non-cash stock-based compensation included above:|
|Research and development||$||482,306||$||818,390||$||1,500,447||$||2,443,667|
|General and administrative||558,794||751,603||1,809,678||2,325,512|
ZYNERBA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
September 30, 2022
December 31, 2021
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||55,934,491||$||67,808,000|
|Incentive and tax receivables||1,378,738||9,580,468|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,487,626||2,831,392|
|Total current assets||60,800,855||80,219,860|
|Property and equipment, net||419,863||385,833|
|Incentive and tax receivables||751,815||—|
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
|Total current liabilities||9,431,312||9,904,479|
|Lease liabilities, long-term||178,672||353,694|
|Additional paid-in capital||319,210,944||310,353,595|
|Total stockholders’ equity||52,756,754||70,913,334|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||62,366,738||$||81,171,507|
Jim Fickenscher, CFO and VP Corporate Development
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