Trevena Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

– Oliceridine NDA remains on track for a November 2, 2018 FDA decision –

First license agreements for ex-US development and commercialization of oliceridine add potential revenue streams –

– Early pipeline continues to advance –

CHESTERBROOK, Pa., Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and provided an update on its pipeline of differentiated new chemical entities, including its lead asset, oliceridine, currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for potential approval this year.

“The second quarter saw important progress towards Trevena’s long-term success,” said Maxine Gowen, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain confident that the oliceridine NDA remains on track for an FDA decision by the November 2, 2018 PDUFA date, and we look forward to discussing the oliceridine data at an Advisory Committee meeting, likely in October.   In addition, the second quarter saw us secure two important ex-US licensing transactions for oliceridine, strengthen our leadership team with important medical and commercial hires, and continue a smooth transition to Carrie Bourdow's assumption of the CEO role."

Second quarter and recent corporate highlights

  • Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date for oliceridine: November 2, 2018.  Oliceridine is an investigational product under FDA review for the management of moderate to severe acute pain where parenteral opioid analgesia is warranted and was designed to provide the pain relief of IV opioids with fewer associated adverse effects.  The FDA has informed the Company that it intends to convene an advisory committee meeting, likely in October, to discuss the oliceridine NDA.  If oliceridine is approved by the FDA, and following DEA scheduling, the Company expects the commercial launch of oliceridine in the first half of 2019.
  • Licensed oliceridine for development and commercialization in South Korea and China.  In April, the Company and privately held Pharmbio Korea Inc. announced that they have entered into an exclusive license agreement for the development and commercialization of oliceridine in South Korea.  In May, the Company and Jiangsu Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Nhwa) announced that they have entered an exclusive license agreement for the development and commercialization of oliceridine in China.  Under these agreements, Trevena has received a total of $5.5 million in upfront payments, and it is eligible for further regulatory and commercial milestones and royalties. Nhwa has since exercised its option to exclusive rights to manufacture oliceridine for potential distribution in China.  The Company continues to pursue its strategy to outlicense oliceridine in additional territories.
  • Successful completion of Phase 1 study of TRV250 for acute migraine.  In June, the Company announced the successful completion of its first-time-in-human Phase 1 study of TRV250, a biased delta receptor agonist that the Company is developing for the treatment of acute migraine.  Preclinical data suggested that the novel selective signaling mechanism of TRV250 might avoid the seizure liability that has limited development of therapeutics targeting the delta receptor.  Data from this healthy volunteer study showed safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics supporting the advancement of TRV250 to Phase 2 proof of concept evaluation in patients.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse studying TRV734 as a potentially differentiated therapy for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.   The Company is supporting NIDA-funded efforts to evaluate the biased mu opioid receptor ligand TRV734, an orally available analog of oliceridine, as a potential maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.  Nonclinical studies performed by NIDA scientists and presented at the recent College of Problems in Drug Dependence conference suggest that biased mu opioid receptor ligands may offer an alternative to current opioid maintenance therapies.  The Company has completed two Phase 1 trials of TRV734 in healthy volunteers; in these studies, TRV734 showed CNS activity, pharmacokinetics, and safety and tolerability supporting potential Phase 2 trials.
  • Continued advancement of preclinical non-narcotic analgesic program.  The Company continues to evaluate a set of novel S1P modulators that may offer a new non-narcotic approach to managing chronic pain.  The Company expects to complete characterization of the lead compounds in 2018 to determine if any merit IND-enabling studies to support Phase 1 clinical trials.
  • Carrie Bourdow selected as next CEO.  In April, the Company announced that Dr. Gowen will retire on October 1, 2018 and will continue to serve on the Trevena Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors has selected Carrie L. Bourdow, who currently serves as Trevena’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to be the Company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2018.
  • Strengthened leadership team.  In May, the Company announced the appointment of Mark A. Demitrack, M.D., as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Demitrack brings over 20 years of industry experience at large and small biopharmaceutical companies where he has led numerous CNS programs pre- and post-approval.  In June, the Company announced the addition of several senior hires for the commercial and medical affairs leadership teams.       

Financial results

For the second quarter of 2018, Trevena reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $9.3 million, or $0.13 per share, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2017 of $20.4 million, or $0.35 per share. Research and development expenses were $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $15.5 million for the same period in 2017; general and administrative expenses were $5.9 million, compared to $4.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $63.5 million as of June 30, 2018.  The Company expects this amount, together with interest thereon and proceeds from oliceridine ex-U.S. licensing activities, to be sufficient to fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements for at least twelve months from today’s date.

For additional details, please see the Company’s Form 10-Q, which will be filed with the SEC today.

About Trevena

Trevena, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on providing better, safer therapies to patients in pain.  The Company has leveraged breakthrough science to discover and develop its investigational product, oliceridine injection, for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain.  Oliceridine has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is intended to provide healthcare providers an innovative new option for patients who require an intravenous opioid. The Company also has an early stage pipeline of new chemical entities targeting novel mechanisms of action, including TRV250 for acute migraine, neuropathic pain, and other indications. 

Cautionary note on forward looking statements

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including statements about the Company’s strategy, future operations, clinical development of its therapeutic candidates, plans for potential future product candidates and other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “suggest,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the status, timing, costs, results and interpretation of the Company’s clinical trials or any future trials, including whether the data from the Phase 1 study of TRV250 supports the advancement of the compound to Phase 2 proof of concept evaluation in patients, whether the nonclinical studies performed by NIDA suggest that TRV734 may offer an alternative to current opioid maintenance therapies, whether the Company’s novel set of S1P modulators may offer a new, non-narcotic approach to managing chronic pain, and whether the Company will complete characterization of the S1P lead compounds in 2018; the uncertainties inherent in conducting clinical trials; interpretations of regulatory interactions and expectations for regulatory submissions and approvals, including whether the oliceridine NDA remains on track for an FDA decision by the November 2, 2018 PDUFA date; availability of funding sufficient for the Company’s foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements, including whether the Company’s cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, together with interest thereon and proceeds from oliceridine ex-U.S. licensing activities, will be sufficient to fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements for at least twelve months from today’s date; uncertainties related to the Company’s intellectual property; other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of the Company’s therapeutic candidates, including whether the commercial launch of oliceridine will occur in the first half of 2019; and other factors discussed in the Risk Factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in other filings the Company makes with the SEC from time to time. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views only as of the date hereof. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as may be required by law.

TREVENA, INC.          
Condensed Statements of Operations           
(Unaudited, in thousands except share and per share data)          
    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,  
      2018       2017       2018       2017    
Revenue   $   2,500     $   -     $   2,500     $   -    
Operating expenses:                  
General and administrative      5,926       4,385       10,998       9,264    
Research and development      5,128       15,499       9,726       31,595    
Restructuring charges     41         -       64         -    
Total operating expenses      11,095       19,884       20,788       40,859    
Loss from operations      (8,595 )     (19,884 )     (18,288 )     (40,859 )  
Other income (expense)     36       (548 )     708       (287 )  
Loss before income tax expense     (8,559 )     (20,432 )     (17,580 )     (41,146 )  
Foreign income tax expense     (745 )       -        (745 )     0    
Net loss   $   (9,304 )   $   (20,432 )   $   (18,325 )   $   (41,146 )  
Per share information:                  
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted    $ (0.13 )   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.27 )   $ (0.71 )  
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted      69,664,994       58,381,868       67,127,711       57,642,379    


Condensed Balance Sheets  
(Unaudited, in thousands)  
    June 30, 2018   December 31, 2017  
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents    $   24,036     $   16,557    
Marketable securities     39,462       49,543    
Alliance revenue receivable     2,250         -     
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      1,543       1,393    
Total current assets      67,291       67,493    
Restricted cash      1,414       1,413    
Property and equipment, net      3,613       3,805    
Intangible asset, net     10       11    
Total assets    $   72,328     $   72,722    
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity           
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable    $   592     $   1,424    
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities      3,651       4,303    
Current portion of loans payable, net      12,494       12,425    
Deferred revenue     3,000         -     
Deferred rent      65       61    
Total current liabilities      19,802       18,213    
Loans payable, net      10,873       15,725    
Capital leases, net of current portion     25       31    
Deferred rent, net of current portion      2,926       3,006    
Warrant liability      6       10    
Other long term liabilities       -        1,104    
Total liabilities      33,632       38,089    
Common stock      74       62    
Additional paid-in capital     414,457       392,103    
Accumulated deficit     (375,815 )     (357,490 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (20 )     (42 )  
Total stockholders’ equity      38,696       34,633    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $   72,328     $   72,722    


Trevena, Inc.


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