Trevena Reports First Quarter 2021 Results


Company reaffirms YE target of 100 formulary approvals for OLINVYK®

Announces new OLINVYK clinical outcomes study to further examine potential benefit on respiratory, GI, and cognitive function

TRV027 selected for two large, multi-site COVID-19 studies led by NIH / Vanderbilt University Medical Center and REMAP-CAP

TRV045 IND filing remains on track for 1H 2021 with a lead target indication of diabetic neuropathic pain

$97.7M cash at Q1 funds operations through YE 2022


Company to host conference call today, May 6th, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. ET


CHESTERBROOK, Pa., May 06, 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2021, and provided an overview of its recent operational highlights.

“In the first quarter, we made significant progress across our business. We continued to expand awareness of OLINVYK with key customers and announced an exciting outcomes study to further enhance the value proposition,” said Carrie Bourdow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trevena, Inc. “In parallel, we advanced our pipeline with major new studies for TRV027 in COVID-19 patients, in collaboration with two of the most prominent platform trial networks in the world, and we selected diabetic neuropathic pain as the initial indication for TRV045.”

First Quarter 2021 and Recent Corporate Highlights:

OLINVYK (oliceridine) injection Milestones

  • Established a solid foundation for launch. The Company deployed a virtual field team at the end of February. Over 60 accounts are in various stages of OLINVYK review and 10 accounts have already added OLINVYK to formulary. Despite the impact of COVID-19, the Company is encouraged by the early progress and reaffirms its year-end goal of 100 formulary approvals.   
  • Announced clinical outcomes study examining potential respiratory, GI, and cognitive benefits. Today, the Company announced that it has initiated an open-label, multi-site, differentiation study to further characterize the impact of OLINVYK on respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), and cognitive function outcomes in the postoperative setting. The study, which will enroll approximately 200 adults undergoing major surgery, will be led by clinical outcomes research experts from Cleveland Clinic. Respiratory safety will be assessed by continuous monitoring. Additional outcomes will include GI tolerability as measured by GI complete response, and cognitive function as measured by standardized somnolence, sedation, and delirium assessment scales. The Company expects patient enrollment to begin in Q3 2021.
  • Published compelling health economic models. In April 2021, the Company presented two health economic models for OLINVYK at the AMCP 2021 Annual Meeting. Both models demonstrate substantial overall total cost of care savings for hospitals when using OLINVYK compared to IV morphine in postoperative care. They were developed using adverse event (AE) incidence rates from the OLINVYK Phase 3 program and a conservative, low-end estimate of AE costs based on government and published literature sources.

Pipeline Milestones

  • Advanced TRV027 in two large COVID-19 trials led by NIH / VUMC and REMAP-CAP, with TRV027 studied in up to 600 patients. Today, the Company announced that TRV027, its novel AT1 receptor selective agonist, has been selected for an NIH-funded, multi-arm, multi-site trial in COVID-19 patients, with Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as the lead coordinating site. TRV027 will be administered in up to 300 patients. The trial is part of the NIH’s ACTIV public-private partnership, an initiative that seeks to prioritize and expedite the development of promising COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

    In April 2021, the Company announced that TRV027 had been selected for an international, multi-arm, multi-site Phase 2/3 trial in COVID-19 patients. TRV027 will be administered in conjunction with an ACE inhibitor in 200-300 patients. The trial is being conducted and funded as part of REMAP-CAP, a global clinical trial network led by experts in pandemic response and financially supported by an array of governments and research organizations worldwide.
  • Announced diabetic neuropathic pain as lead indication for TRV045, with IND on track for 1H 2021. The Company today announced it will be filing the IND for TRV045, its novel S1P receptor modulator, with a lead indication of diabetic neuropathic pain (DNP). DNP is a painful condition with significant need for new treatment options, due to poor efficacy and tolerability of current available therapies. TRV045 offers a non-opioid based approach, and its novel pharmacologic class may offer unique advantages in the treatment of DNP and other CNS indications. The NIH, with whom the Company has an ongoing collaboration for this program, is also continuing its evaluation of TRV045 for epilepsy.

Financial Results for First Quarter 2021

For the first quarter of 2021, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $9.8 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.06 per share, for the first quarter of 2020. This increase is primarily related to increases in commercialization activities for OLINVYK.

Cash and cash equivalents were $97.7 million as of March 31, 2021, 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 May 6, 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, and Barry Shin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Trevena First Quarter 2021 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. ET
Conference Call Details: Toll-Free: 855-465-0180
International: 484-756-4313
Conference ID: 3884579

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 innovative 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’s novel pipeline is based on Nobel Prize winning research and includes four differentiated investigational drug candidates: TRV250 for the acute treatment of migraine, TRV734 for maintenance treatment of opioid use disorder, TRV045 for epilepsy and chronic neuropathic pain, and TRV027 for acute respiratory distress syndrome and abnormal blood clotting in COVID-19 patients.

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Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited, in thousands except share and per share data)
    Three Months Ended March 31,
      2021       2020  
Product revenue   $ 209     $ -  
Total revenue     209       -  
Operating expenses:        
Cost of goods sold     163       -  
General and administrative     7,368       3,632  
Research and development     2,636       2,191  
Total operating expenses     10,167       5,823  
Loss from operations     (9,958 )     (5,823 )
Other income     116       98  
Net loss   $ (9,842 )   $ (5,725 )
Per share information:        
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted     ($0.06 )     ($0.06 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   160,508,373       96,332,324  

Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands)
    March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 97,720     $ 109,403  
Accounts receivable, net     296       71  
Insurance recovery     9,000       9,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,575       570  
Total current assets     109,591       119,044  
Restricted cash     1,310       1,310  
Property and equipment, net     2,145       2,253  
Right-of-use lease assets     5,022       5,119  
Other assets     428       13  
Total assets   $ 118,496     $ 127,739  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable, net   $ 2,220     $ 1,693  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     1,568       5,168  
Estimated settlement liability     9,000       9,000  
Current portion of lease liabilities     725       703  
Total current liabilities     13,513       16,564  
Leases, net of current portion     6,911       7,101  
Warrant liability     3       6  
Total liabilities     20,427       23,671  
Common stock     161       160  
Additional paid-in capital     550,264       546,422  
Accumulated deficit     (452,356 )     (442,514 )
Total stockholders’ equity     98,069       104,068  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 118,496     $ 127,739  

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