Trevena Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results and Topline Data From Multi-Dose Healthy Volunteer QT Study

Company expects to resubmit NDA for oliceridine in Q1 2020 

Acute migraine proof-of-concept study for TRV250 initiated 

Company to host conference call at 8:30 a.m. EST

CHESTERBROOK, Pa., Nov. 04, 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) disorders, today announced topline results from its multi-dose QT study for IV oliceridine, reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, and provided an overview of its recent operational highlights.

“We believe the information provided from the multi-dose QT study thoroughly addresses the questions FDA posed to us. The results show no evidence of an accumulating effect of oliceridine on the QT interval, when administered in repeated doses to the 27 mg proposed maximum daily dose over 24 hours,” said Mark Demitrack, M.D., SVP and Chief Medical Officer. “These data, alongside the cardiac safety data submitted in the original NDA, provide a comprehensive assessment of the safety and tolerability of oliceridine, and will allow us to move ahead with plans for NDA resubmission in the first quarter of next year.”

Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • Completed multi-dose QT study for oliceridine. No accumulation of effect was observed on the QT interval. A small, transient effect, consistent with that observed in the single-dose QT study, began dissipating after 12 hours and was absent at the end of the 24-hour study period despite repeated dosing of oliceridine.

    Oliceridine was well tolerated, with 59 subjects receiving the 27 mg maximum daily dose. There were no serious adverse events.

    In addition to this data, the Company previously announced that it has completed the work to address the other items requested by FDA in their complete response letter (CRL) for oliceridine. The Company expects to resubmit the NDA for oliceridine in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Initiated TRV250 acute migraine proof-of-concept study. This is a single-dose, double-blind, placebo-controlled study with an enrollment target of approximately 120 migraine patients in a validated nitroglycerin (NTG) provocation migraine model. Patients will be randomized before receiving a continuous NTG infusion, followed by administration of a 20 mg subcutaneous dose of TRV250 or placebo.

    The primary objective of the study is to determine target engagement, which will be measured as a reduction of sustained NTG-induced headaches. This study will also evaluate the overall safety of TRV250 and its ability to reduce symptomatic anxiety. The Company anticipates reporting topline data from this study in the second half of 2020.

“With the completion of the multi-dose QT study, we have concluded all the necessary activities to address FDA’s questions in the CRL for oliceridine. We remain on track to resubmit the NDA for oliceridine in the first quarter of next year,” said Carrie Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am also very pleased that we continue to advance our pipeline with initiation of the acute migraine proof-of-concept study for TRV250.”

Financial Results for Third Quarter 2019

For the third quarter of 2019, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $8.6 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to $4.5 million, or $0.06 per share, for the third quarter of 2018. This increase is primarily due to increased research and development expenditures in connection with our healthy volunteer QT study.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $44.7 million as of September 30, 2019. The Company believes its cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of September 30, 2019, together with interest thereon, to be sufficient to fund the Company’s operating expenses, debt service, 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 November 4th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time featuring remarks by Carrie Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barry Shin, SVP and Chief Financial Officer, and Mark Demitrack, SVP and Chief Medical Officer.

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About the Oliceridine Multi-Dose QT Study

This was a randomized, single-site, placebo- and positive-controlled three-period crossover study conducted in 68 healthy volunteers, with 59 subjects receiving the maximum daily dose of 27 mg of IV oliceridine. The protocol and statistical analysis plan were developed based on review and feedback from FDA. The goal of the study was to collect the additional QT interval data requested by FDA for the resubmission of the NDA for oliceridine.

Subjects were randomly sequenced through all three study periods: IV oliceridine, placebo, and a single oral 400 mg moxifloxacin dose as a positive control. For the oliceridine and placebo arms, 2 or 3 mg of study drug or volume-matched placebo was administered by IV bolus every two hours over a 24-hour period. Electrocardiograms for all subjects were obtained at hourly timepoints using continuous Holter monitoring.

Oliceridine was well tolerated; adverse events were generally mild to moderate in severity and consistent with adverse events observed in the prior safety database. There were no serious adverse events.

The primary endpoint was the placebo-corrected change from baseline in the individual rate-corrected QT interval (∆∆QTcI) measured hourly at each of the 24 time points in the study. On this outcome, the mean ∆∆QTcI was less than 10 msec at 22 of the 24 time points. The peak mean ∆∆QTcI was observed at 9 hours and was 11.7 msec, with a 90% two-sided confidence interval upper bound of 14.7 msec at this time point. At 18 of the 24 measured timepoints, the upper bound of the 90% confidence intervals for the mean ∆∆QTcI was less than 10 msec.   

Secondary endpoints included the 24-hour time-weighted average ∆∆QTcI and categorical analyses of clinically significant individual outliers. The 24-hour time-weighted average ∆∆QTcI for oliceridine was 4.0 msec (90% two-sided CI=2.29, 5.78). There were no individual outliers with a rate-corrected change from baseline >60 msec or an absolute QT interval >500 msec.

About Oliceridine

Oliceridine is a G protein biased (selective) mu-opioid receptor ligand in development for the management of moderate-to-severe acute pain in hospitals or other controlled clinical settings where intravenous therapy is warranted. It is a new chemical entity with a novel mechanism of action that enables more selective targeting of newly discovered pathways with the potential for fewer side effects. Oliceridine is an investigational product and has not been approved by the FDA or any other regulatory agency. If approved, the Company expects that oliceridine will be classified as a Schedule II controlled substance.

About Trevena

Trevena, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel medicines for patients with CNS disorders. 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 September 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 September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Revenue $ -     $ 3,000     $ -     $ 5,500  
Operating expenses:              
General and administrative   3,201       3,908       9,572       14,906  
Research and development   5,554       3,350       10,430       13,076  
Restructuring charges   -       -       -       64  
Impairment of property and equipment   -       -       108       -  
Total operating expenses   8,755       7,258       20,110       28,046  
Loss from operations   (8,755 )     (4,258 )     (20,110 )     (22,546 )
Other income   189       (225 )     1,684       483  
Loss before income tax expense   (8,566 )     (4,483 )     (18,426 )     (22,063 )
Foreign income tax expense   -       -       -       (745 )
Net loss $ (8,566 )   $ (4,483 )   $ (18,426 )   $ (22,808 )
Per share information:              
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted   ($0.09 )     ($0.06 )     ($0.20 )     ($0.32 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   92,569,993       77,445,675       91,307,429       70,604,827  

Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands)
  September 30, 2019
    December 31, 2018
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 29,255     $ 32,892  
Marketable securities   15,461       28,590  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,329       607  
Total current assets   47,045       62,089  
Restricted cash   1,308       1,303  
Property and equipment, net   2,848       3,387  
Right-of-use lease assets   5,552       -  
Other assets   18       -  
Total assets $ 56,771     $ 66,779  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 3,075     $ 1,416  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   2,380       3,295  
Current portion of loans payable, net   8,158       12,562  
Current portion of lease liabilities   600       10  
Deferred rent   -       207  
Total current liabilities   14,213       17,490  
Loans payable, net   -       4,811  
Leases, net of current portion   7,968       20  
Deferred rent, net of current portion   -       2,931  
Warrant liability   6       1  
Total liabilities   22,187       25,253  
Common stock   92       82  
Additional paid-in capital   441,187       429,727  
Accumulated deficit   (406,700 )     (388,274 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   5       (9 )
Total stockholders’ equity   34,584       41,526  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 56,771     $ 66,779  


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