Trevena, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results


OLINVYK™ approved in U.S.; customer-facing teams now fully deployed

Primary study completion for TRV027 in COVID-19 patients expected in 1H 2021

IND for TRV045 (S1P1 receptor modulator) on track for 1H 2021; focus in epilepsy and neuropathic pain

Year-end cash of $109.4M funds operations through YE 2022


Company to host conference call today, March 9th, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET


CHESTERBROOK, Pa., March 09, 2021 (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 reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020, and provided an overview of its 2020 and 2021 year-to-date operational highlights.

“2020 was a year of unprecedented achievement for Trevena. We secured U.S. approval of OLINVYK, laid the groundwork for a successful field launch, and partnered with leading institutions to significantly advance our pipeline – all while navigating the challenges that COVID-19 posed to our industry and our communities,” said Carrie Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trevena, Inc. “We enter 2021 with focus and resilience, as we look to deliver a successful first year of launch for OLINVYK and achieve multiple milestone events across our pipeline.”

2020 and 2021 YTD Corporate Highlights:

OLINVYK™ (oliceridine) injection Milestones

  • Obtained FDA approval and DEA scheduling. In August 2020, the U.S. FDA approved OLINVYK in adults for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an intravenous opioid analgesic and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate. In October 2020, the U.S. DEA classified oliceridine as a Schedule II controlled substance.

    The Company is reiterating its commitment to the ethical promotion of OLINVYK. OLINVYK is a novel and differentiated alternative to existing IV analgesics. In those patients for whom an IV opioid is necessary to manage their acute pain, the Company’s goal is to replace conventional IV opioids, not to increase opioid usage.
  • Launched commercial and field medical teams in February. The Company today announced it has recently completed full deployment of its customer-facing team, including Medical Science Liaisons, Regional Sales Managers, Key Account Managers, and sales representatives. Multiple institutions and ambulatory surgery centers are in the process of reviewing OLINVYK for formulary inclusion. The Company has set a target of 100 formulary acceptances by year-end.  
  • Completed foundational launch activities. Following DEA scheduling, the Company made OLINVYK commercially available across all three vial presentations (1 mg/1 mL and 2 mg/2 mL single-dose vials; 30 mg/30 mL single-patient-use vials for patient-controlled analgesia) and announced contracts in place with the three major wholesalers covering the majority of the acute care business.

    In January 2021, the Company completed a comprehensive product dossier for OLINVYK, including head-to-head data versus IV morphine and health economic models, for use by hospital formulary committees. The Company also finalized all J- and C-code submissions with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and completed market access resources for customers to facilitate reimbursement of OLINVYK.
  • Continued to expand body of published peer-reviewed literature. In 2020, the Company announced four new publications of OLINVYK data, with the number of publications from the development program now totaling 24. These findings provide additional insight into the differentiated safety and tolerability profile of OLINVYK and are available to healthcare providers as they consider the use of OLINVYK in their patients.
  • Supported development progress made by ex-U.S. partner. In June 2020, the Company announced that Jiangsu Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co., its partner in China, was approved by the Chinese National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) to initiate clinical trials for OLINVYK. Jiangsu Nhwa holds an exclusive license agreement for the development and commercialization of OLINVYK in China.

Pipeline Milestones

  • Announced new pipeline asset: TRV027 for COVID-19 patients. In June 2020, the Company entered into a collaboration with Imperial College London (ICL) to investigate TRV027, a novel AT1 receptor selective agonist, as a potential treatment for acute lung damage / abnormal clotting associated with COVID-19. TRV027’s mechanism of action received significant scientific interest, including a publication in Circulation, highlighting its hypothesized reparative effects in the lungs and other major organs.

    ICL initiated a 60-person study with a primary objective of assessing the effect of TRV027 on abnormal clotting in COVID-19 patients. ICL expects the primary completion date to be in 1H 2021.
  • Commenced partnership with NIH to evaluate TRV045 for epilepsy and chronic neuropathic pain; IND filing on track for 1H 2021. In March 2020, the Company announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had begun evaluating TRV045, a novel S1P receptor modulator in nonclinical animal models, as a potential treatment for epilepsy. In May 2020, NIH also began evaluating TRV045 in nonclinical animal models as a treatment for various pain conditions, including inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Data demonstrating efficacy in animal models of neuropathic pain and epilepsy were presented in December 2020 at the 59th Annual Meeting for the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
  • Identified novel oral dose formulation for delta receptor selective agonist, TRV250. The Company today announced that following the pause of clinical activity in 2020 due to COVID-19, it advanced formulation work for TRV250 that has yielded a novel oral dose form. This differentiated formulation could extend the Company’s market exclusivity an additional five years to 2041. The Company has initiated IND-enabling activities with this oral dosage form, which it believes offers significant advantages for exploring multiple CNS disease states.

Financial Milestones

  • Strengthened balance sheet. The Company significantly bolstered its financial position in 2020, including a successful $57.5 million public offering of common stock following approval of OLINVYK, and receipt of a $3 million milestone payment from its partner in China in connection with this approval. The Company today reported $109.4 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2020. 

Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020

For the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $11.9 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.07 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full year ended December 31, 2020, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $29.4 million, or $0.23 per share, compared to $24.9 million, or $0.27 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2019. This increase is primarily due to activities in preparation for commercial launch of OLINVYK.

Cash and cash equivalents were $109.4 million as of December 31, 2020, which the Company believes will be sufficient to fund the Company’s operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements through the fourth quarter of 2022.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call and webcast with the investment community on March 9, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time featuring remarks by Carrie Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Yoder, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Demitrack, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Barry Shin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Gregory Hammer, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, Stanford University Medical Center.


Trevena Fourth Quarter 2020 & Full Year 2020 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. ET
Conference Call Details: Toll-Free: (855) 465-0180
International: (484) 756-4313
Conference ID: 7276985

About OLINVYK™ (oliceridine) injection

OLINVYK is a new chemical entity approved by the FDA in August 2020. OLINVYK contains oliceridine, a Schedule II controlled substance with a high potential for abuse similar to other opioids. It is indicated in adults for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an intravenous opioid analgesic and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate. OLINVYK is available in 1 mg/1 mL and 2 mg/2 mL single-dose vials, and a 30 mg/30 mL single-patient-use vial for patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). Approved PCA doses are 0.35 mg and 0.5 mg and doses greater than 3 mg should not be administered. The cumulative daily dose should not exceed 27 mg. Please see Important Safety Information, including the BOXED WARNING, and full prescribing information at

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 one approved product in the United States, OLINVYK™ (oliceridine) injection, indicated in adults for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an intravenous opioid analgesic and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate. The Company also has four novel and differentiated investigational drug candidates: TRV250 for the acute treatment of migraine, TRV734 for maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder, and TRV027 for acute lung injury / abnormal blood clotting in COVID-19 patients. The Company has also identified TRV045, a novel S1P receptor modulator that may offer a new approach to treating a variety of CNS disorders.

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Investor Contact:

Dan Ferry
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
(617) 430-7576

Company Contact:

Bob Yoder
SVP and Chief Commercial Officer
Trevena, Inc.
(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,  
      2020       2019       2020       2019    
Product revenue   $ 69     $ -     $ 69     $ -    
License revenue     -       31       3,000       31    
Total revenue     69       31       3,069       31    
Operating expenses:                  
Cost of goods sold     182       -       182       -    
General and administrative     8,227       3,640       19,248       13,212    
Research and development     3,674       2,861       13,124       13,291    
Impairment of property and equipment     -       -       -       108    
Total operating expenses     12,083       6,501       32,554       26,611    
Loss from operations     (12,014 )     (6,470 )     (29,485 )     (26,580 )  
Other income     143       25       416       1,709    
Loss before income tax expense     (11,871 )     (6,445 )     (29,069 )     (24,871 )  
Foreign income tax expense     -       -       (300 )     -    
Net loss   $ (11,871 )   $ (6,445 )   $ (29,369 )   $ (24,871 )  
Per share information:                  
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted   ($0.08 )   ($0.07 )   ($0.23 )   ($0.27 )  
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   158,012,954       92,777,480       127,623,859       91,677,963    

Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands)
    December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 109,403     $ 32,305  
Accounts receivable, net     71       -  
Marketable securities     -       3,500  
Insurance recovery     9,000       -  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     570       1,683  
Total current assets     119,044       37,488  
Restricted cash     1,310       1,309  
Property and equipment, net     2,253       2,705  
Right-of-use lease assets     5,119       5,472  
Other assets     13       20  
Total assets   $ 127,739     $ 46,994  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable, net   $ 1,693     $ 1,047  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     5,168       2,403  
Estimated settlement liability     9,000       -  
Current portion of loans payable, net     -       5,037  
Current portion of lease liabilities     703       620  
Total current liabilities     16,564       9,107  
Leases, net of current portion     7,101       7,804  
Warrant liability     6       5  
Total liabilities     23,671       16,916  
Common stock     160       94  
Additional paid-in capital     546,422       443,129  
Accumulated deficit     (442,514 )     (413,145 )
Total stockholders’ equity     104,068       30,078  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 127,739     $ 46,994  

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