Trevena Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

Enrollment for healthy volunteer QT study ongoing, topline data on schedule for Q4 2019 readout

Company remains on track to resubmit NDA for oliceridine in Q1 2020

— Cash runway as of June 30, 2019 continues to sufficiently fund operations into Q3 2020 —

Company to host conference call today, August 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET

CHESTERBROOK, Pa., Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trevena, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRVN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines for patients with Central Nervous System (CNS) conditions, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, and provided an overview of its recent operational highlights.

“We made substantive progress in the second quarter on the key activities to support resubmission of the NDA for oliceridine and advancement of our pipeline,” said Carrie Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Subject enrollment in our healthy volunteer study for oliceridine is progressing well, and we remain focused on delivering topline data next quarter.  We’re also excited to continue development efforts for our other pipeline assets, including the acute migraine study for TRV250, which is slated to start next quarter.”

Second Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • Strengthened leadership team.  The Company recently announced the appointment of Barry Shin as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Shin brings over 17 years of investment banking and corporate advisory experience focused in the biopharmaceuticals sector, including in the Healthcare Investment Banking groups of Mizuho Securities, Guggenheim Securities, and Piper Jaffray.

  • Initiated healthy volunteer QT interval study for oliceridine.  In June, the Company announced initiation of its single-site, three-period crossover, healthy volunteer study for oliceridine.  The primary objective of the study is to collect the additional QT interval data requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the resubmission of the NDA for oliceridine.

    Study enrollment is on track to support topline data readout in the fourth quarter of 2019.  As of today, over half of study subjects have begun dosing, with more than 20 subjects receiving the maximum daily dose of 27 mg of oliceridine, a key FDA requirement of the study design.  The Company continues to expect to resubmit the NDA for oliceridine as early as possible in the first quarter of 2020.  
  • Advanced acute migraine proof-of-concept study protocol for TRV250.  This double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study will enroll approximately 120 migraineurs in a validated nitroglycerin (NTG) provocation migraine model.  Migraineurs will receive a 20 mg subcutaneous dose of TRV250 or placebo.  Target engagement will be determined by the reduction in the number of subjects who experience a sustained NTG-induced headache.  The Company continues to expect to initiate this study in the fourth quarter of 2019.

  • Submitted four oliceridine abstracts, all of which were accepted for presentation at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).  The Company today announced that all abstracts submitted to the 2019 ASA meeting have been accepted for presentation, including one that will be featured  in the Best of Clinical Science session.  The meeting will take place October 19-23, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  The presentations will feature data highlighting the safety profile of oliceridine compared to IV morphine.

Presentation details:

  1. Improved safety of opioid analgesic Oliceridine compared to Morphine assessed by utility function analysis (oral presentation, Best of Abstracts: Clinical Science featured session)
    • Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST
  2. Low Incidence Of Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression Observed With Oliceridine Regardless Of Age Or Body Mass Index (e-poster, abstract #2228)
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
  3. Lower Incidence Of Postoperative Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression With Oliceridine Compared To Morphine: A Retrospective Analysis (e-poster, abstract #2232)
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. EST
  4. Oliceridine (TRV130) Demonstrates Less Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression Than Morphine (M) As Measured By The Average Cumulative Duration Of Dosing Interruption In Patients Being Treated For Acute Post-surgical Pain (e-poster, abstract #3069)
    • Monday, October 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST

All abstracts will be made available on

  • Published clinical data for oliceridine. In June, the Company announced the publication of pivotal Phase 3 results in the journal Pain Practice on the effects of oliceridine for the management of moderate to severe acute pain following soft tissue surgery.  

Financial Results for Second Quarter 2019

For the second quarter of 2019, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $4.7 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $9.3 million, or $0.13 per share, for the second quarter of 2018.  This decrease is primarily due to a decrease in expenditures resulting from the 2018 restructuring and reduction in force and associated cost-saving initiatives.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $54.0 million as of June 30, 2019.  The Company believes its cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of June 30, 2019, together with interest thereon, to be sufficient to fund the Company’s operating expenses, debt service, and capital expenditure requirements for at least twelve months following the date of this filing, 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, August 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time featuring remarks by Carrie Bourdow, President and CEO, Barry Shin, SVP and Chief Financial Officer, and Mark Demitrack, SVP and Chief Medical Officer.

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About Trevena
Trevena, Inc.  is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines for patients with Central Nervous System conditions.  The Company has four novel and differentiated investigational drug candidates, including IV oliceridine, for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in hospitals, TRV250 for the acute treatment of migraine, and TRV734 for maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder. The Company has also 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, and whether there is a path to resubmit the oliceridine NDA; 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 June 30, 2019 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 June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Revenue  $   -      $   2,500     $   -      $   2,500  
Operating expenses:              
General and administrative    3,311       5,926       6,371       10,998  
Research and development    2,722       5,128       4,876       9,726  
Restructuring charges     -        41         -        64  
Impairment of property and equipment   108         -        108         -   
Total operating expenses    6,141       11,095       11,355       20,788  
Loss from operations    (6,141 )     (8,595 )     (11,355 )     (18,288 )
Other income   1,450       36       1,495       708  
Loss before income tax expense   (4,691 )     (8,559 )     (9,860 )     (17,580 )
Foreign income tax expense     -          (745 )       -          (745 )
Net loss $   (4,691 )   $   (9,304 )   $   (9,860 )   $   (18,325 )
Per share information:              
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted  $ (0.05 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.27 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted    92,414,644       69,664,994       90,665,684       67,127,711  

Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands)
  June 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $   23,826     $   32,892  
Marketable securities   30,140       28,590  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets    1,301       607  
Total current assets    55,267       62,089  
Restricted cash    1,306       1,303  
Property and equipment, net    2,982       3,387  
Right-of-use lease assets     5,629         -   
Total assets  $   65,184     $   66,779  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity       
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable  $   403     $   1,416  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    2,416       3,295  
Current portion of loans payable, net    11,258       12,562  
Current portion of lease liabilities   581       10  
Deferred rent      -        207  
Total current liabilities    14,658       17,490  
Loans payable, net      -        4,811  
Leases, net of current portion   8,127       20  
Deferred rent, net of current portion      -        2,931  
Warrant liability    7       1  
Total liabilities    22,792       25,253  
Common stock    92       82  
Additional paid-in capital   440,424       429,727  
Accumulated deficit   (398,134 )     (388,274 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   10       (9 )
Total stockholders’ equity    42,392       41,526  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $   65,184     $   66,779  


Source: Trevena Inc.