Trevena Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

Company announces submission of oliceridine healthy volunteer study protocol and analysis plan to FDA  

— Successful fundraising extends cash runway into 3Q 2020

Company to host conference call today, March 13, 2019 at 8:00 am ET

CHESTERBROOK, Pa., March 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatment options that target and treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, or CNS, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018, and provided an overview of its 2018 and 2019 year-to-date operational highlights.

“Following our successful Type A meeting with FDA, we have continued to rapidly move the oliceridine program forward,” said Carrie L. Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We have submitted the protocol for the previously announced healthy volunteer study of oliceridine and anticipate commencing this study in the first half of 2019.  In addition, we have achieved meaningful milestones with our early-stage pipeline assets and, in 2019, expect to continue the development of these assets to build long-term stockholder value.”

2018 and recent corporate highlights:

  • Gained clarity on path forward to address CRL.  In January 2019, the Company announced receipt of the Type A meeting minutes from FDA related to the oliceridine complete response letter (CRL).  FDA agreed that the Company’s current safety database will support labeling at a maximum daily dose of 27 mg and indicated that the Company can conduct a study in healthy volunteers to collect the additional QT interval data requested as part of the CRL.  The Company has submitted a detailed protocol and analysis plan for this study to FDA and anticipates study initiation in first half of 2019, following receipt of feedback from FDA.
  • Announced publication of APOLLO 1 Phase 3 results for oliceridine.  The Company announced the publication of the Phase 3 results in The Journal of Pain Research on the effects of oliceridine versus IV morphine for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain following bunionectomy.   
  • Completed successful capital raise.  In January 2019, the Company completed a $10 million registered direct offering of common stock that yielded $9.2 million of net proceeds and enabled the Company to extend its cash runway into the third quarter of 2020.
  • Continued progress with pipeline assets.  In 2018, the Company completed a Phase 1 trial for TRV250, a potential new mechanism of action for the treatment of acute migraine and commenced a partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for TRV734 in the management of opioid use disorder.  In its S1P receptor program, the Company is today announcing its identification of a lead candidate for this program, designated as TRV045.  This candidate holds promise as a new mechanism of action for a novel, non-opioid treatment of chronic pain and other CNS conditions.   
  • Strengthened the Board of Directors.  Effective October 1, 2018, Scott Braunstein, M.D., was appointed to the Board of Directors bringing over twenty-five years of industry experience to the Trevena Board.
  • Executed two ex-US licensing agreements.  In the second quarter of 2018, the Company entered into exclusive licensing agreements for the development and commercialization of oliceridine in South Korea with PharmBio Korea Inc. and in China with Jiangsu Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $8.0 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to $14.7 million, or $0.24 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017.  For the full year ended December 31, 2018, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $30.8 million, or $0.42 per share, compared to $71.9 million, or $1.21 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2017.  This decrease is primarily due to the recognition in 2018 of collaboration revenue associated with the licensing agreements for oliceridine, and to substantially lower research and development expenses.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $61.5 million at December 31, 2018.  On January 29, 2018, the Company completed a registered direct offering of 10.0 million shares of common stock, which yielded net proceeds to the Company of approximately $9.2 million.  The Company believes that its cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2018, together with interest thereon, and the approximately $9.2 million of net proceeds from the registered direct offering, to be sufficient to fund the Company’s operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the third quarter of 2020.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
The Company will host a conference call and webcast with the investment community on Wednesday, March 13th at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time featuring remarks by Carrie L. Bourdow, President and CEO, Mark A. Demitrack, M.D., SVP and Chief Medical Officer, and John P. Hamill, VP, Finance.

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About Trevena
Trevena, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatment options that target and treat diseases affecting the central nervous system, or CNS.  The Company has three novel and differentiated investigational drug candidates, including IV oliceridine, for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in hospitals, TRV250 for the treatment of acute migraine, and TRV734 for the management of pain and/or management of opioid dependence.  In its preclinical programs, we have identified TRV045, a novel S1P receptor modulator that may offer a new, non-opioid approach to managing chronic pain.

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 with respect to any future clinical study of oliceridine; the uncertainties inherent in conducting clinical trials; expectations for regulatory interactions, submissions and approvals, including the Company’s assessment of the discussions with FDA, whether there is a path to resubmit the oliceridine NDA, and the timing of any FDA review of the protocol for a future oliceridine study; availability of funding sufficient for the Company’s foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements and whether cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of December 31, 2018 will be sufficient to fund operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the third quarter of 2020; uncertainties related to the Company’s intellectual property; other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of the Company’s therapeutic candidates; 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.

For more information, please contact:

Investor Contact:
Valter Pinto / Allison Soss
KCSA Strategic Communications
Phone: 212-896-1254 / 212-896-1267

Company Contact:
Bob Yoder, SVP and Chief Business Officer
Trevena, Inc.
Phone: 610-354-8840

Condensed Statements of Operations   
(Unaudited, in thousands except share and per share data)  
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,  
      2018       2017       2018       2017    
Revenue    $   232     $   -      $   5,732     $   -     
Operating expenses:                  
General and administrative      4,073       5,143       18,979       19,639    
Research and development      2,747       7,198       15,824       48,974    
Restructuring charges     1,363       1,774       1,427       1,774    
Total operating expenses      8,183       14,115       36,230       70,387    
Loss from operations      (7,951 )     (14,115 )     (30,498 )     (70,387 )  
Other income (expense)     (25 )     (605 )     459       (1,478 )  
Loss before income tax expense     (7,976 )     (14,720 )     (30,039 )     (71,865 )  
Foreign income tax expense       -          -        (745 )       -     
Net loss   $   (7,976 )   $   (14,720 )   $   (30,784 )   $   (71,865 )  
Per share information:                  
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted    ($0.10 )   ($0.24 )   ($0.42 )   ($1.21 )  
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted      82,323,393       62,290,002       73,558,548       59,436,649    


Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands)
    December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents    $   32,892     $   16,557  
Marketable securities     28,590       49,543  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      607       1,393  
Total current assets      62,089       67,493  
Restricted cash      1,303       1,413  
Property and equipment, net      3,387       3,805  
Intangible asset, net       -        11  
Total assets    $   66,779     $   72,722  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity         
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable    $   1,416     $   1,424  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities      3,305       4,303  
Current portion of loans payable, net      12,562       12,425  
Deferred rent      207       61  
Total current liabilities      17,490       18,213  
Loans payable, net      4,811       15,725  
Capital leases, net of current portion     20       31  
Deferred rent, net of current portion      2,931       3,006  
Warrant liability      1       10  
Other long term liabilities       -        1,104  
Total liabilities      25,253       38,089  
Common stock      82       62  
Additional paid-in capital     429,727       392,103  
Accumulated deficit     (388,274 )     (357,490 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (9 )     (42 )
Total stockholders’ equity      41,526       34,633  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $   66,779     $   72,722  


Source: Trevena Inc.