Biophytis Announces 2022 Financial Results and 2023 Perspectives
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Biophytis Announces 2022 Financial Results and 2023 Perspectives
Paris, France, Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States), April 18th, 2022 – 8am CET - Biophytis SA (NasdaqCM: BPTS, Euronext Growth Paris: ALBPS), (“Biophytis” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of therapeutics that slow the degenerative processes associated with aging, including severe respiratory failure in patients suffering from COVID-19, today announces its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2022, and provides updates on key perspectives for 2023.
Stanislas Veillet, President and CEO of Biophytis, stated: “In a difficult economic and financial environment, 2022 was a crucial year for Biophytis. We were able to complete the Phase 2-3 COVA clinical trial and report positive results from the study demonstrating the effect of Sarconeos (BIO101) in the treatment of severe forms of COVID-19. The statistically significant 44% reduction in the risk of respiratory failure or early death is a very important result for patients as COVID-19 continues to be a major health problem, with over 40,000 deaths in 2022 according to Santé Publique France. Confident in the therapeutic potential of Sarconeos (BIO101), we have pursued the implementation of an EAP, with the objective of providing access to Sarconeos (BIO101) to a few thousand COVID-19 patients hospitalised in Brazil and France in the second half of 2023. In parallel, we are preparing for the filing of a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) in Europe and an emergency use authorisation (EUA) in the US.
The end of the clinical development phase and the start of the regulatory process of this COVA project in COVID-19 means that our financing needs are decreasing. We are now entering a new era, with the opportunity to generate the first revenues from our research investment as early as the second half of 2023.
Major operational milestones achieved in 2022:
The company focused its human and financial resources on completing the COVA phase 2-3 study in COVID-19, reporting its results and preparing an early access programme for Sarconeos (BIO101)
2023 outlook and perspectives:
The Company has initiated the regulatory development process with a view to marketing Sarconeos (BIO101) in severe forms of COVID-19.
To accelerate the availability of this treatment, an early access program has been initiated in France and Brazil. In France, a pre-filing meeting with the French Health Authority was held in March and the Company plans to file this application in the second quarter of 2023, with the objective of starting this program in the second half of this year. In Brazil, the Company continues to re-initiate the early access program, which was suspended at the end of the COVA clinical trial in mid-2022, pending final efficacy and safety results. These programs should enable the treatment of a few thousand COVID-19 patients in hospital and thus generate the first revenues for the company from 2023 on.
In parallel, the Company is preparing the conditional marketing authorizatioń application in Europe and due to the health emergency in the United States that we expect to submit in 2023, depending on the feedback from regulatory agencies. In addition, the Company has started the industrialization of the production of Sarconeos (BIO101) in order to complete the regulatory file for the marketing authorization application and with a view to commercialization in 2024.
For the SARA study in Sarcopenia:
Following the first Type C meeting with the FDA in January 2022, a scientific advice meeting was held with the EMA to discuss the Phase 3 protocol, targeting a similar population and endpoints as the Phase 2 study. We have continued to engage with the FDA and EMA throughout 2022 and have defined the protocol for the Phase 3 study. We now plan to seek approval to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial in Europe and the US from the relevant regulatory authorities (EMA and FDA) in the second quarter of 2023. We are also actively seeking industrial partners interested in co-developing Sarconeos (BIO101) in this indication.
For the MYODA study in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD):
Following the receipt of an "Authorization to Proceed" (IND - Investigational New Drug) letter from the FDA (USA) in December 2019, Biophytis received authorization from the Belgian FAMHP in March 2021 to continue its Sarconeos (BIO101) clinical study in non-ambulatory patients with DMD. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on our operational capabilities, the MYODA study was postponed. We have thoroughly revised the protocol and propose a phase 1/2 study for non-ambulatory DMD patients with signs of deteriorating lung function. We expect to submit this new protocol to the competent authorities in the second half of 2023.
Annual 2022 Financial Results
The Company’s annual 2022 non-audited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS were reviewed by the Company’s Board of Directors on April 14, 2023. Audit procedures are being completed, the issuance of the audit report is pending, and will be included in the Company’s upcoming 2022 annual financial report and SEC Form 20-F, respectively to be filed with AMF and SEC.
• Cash and cash equivalents and short-term deposits included in other current financial assets. Cash and cash equivalents and short-term deposits included in other current financial assets as of December 31, 2022 were €11.1 million, a significant decrease of €12.8 million compared to €23.9 million as of December 31, 2021.
The table below summarizes the key figures of financial statements.
• Research and Development Expenses. Net research and development expenses were €16.0 million for 2022, a decrease of €3.6 million, compared to €19.7 million in 2021. This decrease is mainly reflecting the end of the Phase 2-3 clinical trial of the COVA program, as well as the end of the SARA-INT study in 2021. Net research and development expenses included research tax credits (French ‘Crédit d’Impôt Recherche’, or CIR) totaling €3.3 million in 2022 compared to €4.0 million in 2021. Net R&D costs represent 69% of operating expenses in 2022, compared to 73% in 2021.
• General and Administrative Expenses. General and administrative expenses were €7.2 million for 2022 compared to €7.2 million for 2021, a very slight increase between the two years.
• Net Loss. Net loss was €24.2 million for 2022, as compared to €31.2 million for 2021. Net loss per share (based on weighted-average number of shares outstanding over the period except the treasury shares) was €0.14 in 2022 compared to €0.26 in 2021.
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Biophytis SA is a clinical-stage biotechnology company specialized in the development of therapeutics that are aimed at slowing the degenerative processes associated with aging and improving functional outcomes for patients suffering from age-related diseases, including severe respiratory failure in patients suffering from COVID-19. Sarconeos (BIO101), our leading drug candidate, is a small molecule, administered orally, being developed as a treatment for sarcopenia in a Phase 2 clinical trial in the United States and Europe (SARA-INT). In addition, Sarconeos (BIO101) has been demonstrated to be active on severe COVID-19 patients, in a positive Ph2-3 study (COVA) with results released Q1 2023. A pediatric formulation of Sarconeos (BIO101) is being developed for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The Company is based in Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Company's ordinary shares are listed on Euronext Growth (Ticker: ALBPS -ISIN: FR0012816825) and ADSs (American Depositary Shares) are listed on Nasdaq Capital Market (Ticker BPTS – ISIN: US09076G1040). For more information visit www.biophytis.com
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Biophytis Contact for Investor Relations
Philippe Rousseau, CFO
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