Highlights include $146.6 million IPO, continued progress with phase IIb psilocybin therapy clinical trial, strengthened board and leadership team, and launch of Drug Discovery Center
London, UK, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
Third quarter and post-period highlights:
- Completed upsized initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq, raising $146.6 million
- Continued to progress phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression
- Strengthened board and leadership team with appointments of Linda McGoldrick as non-Executive Director; Greg Ryslik as Senior Vice President, Data Science, Machine Learning and Digital Health Research; and Stephen Schultz as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
- Established Drug Discovery Center with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA
Conference call today at 1.00pm GMT (8.00am ET)
COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2020 and gave an update on recent progress across its business.
George Goldsmith, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder, COMPASS Pathways, said, “This has been a significant quarter, with an IPO that gives us the funds needed to advance our mission and transform mental health care. Recent hires for the company build further important expertise within our strong leadership team, including in data science and digital health, which will be core to the future of mental health care. We remain fully focused on execution of our phase IIb trial investigating our COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression and, with scientific partners in our recently established Drug Discovery Center, are also evaluating the potential of early stage compounds to address mental health challenges.”
In September 2020, we completed our IPO of 8,625,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs) representing 8,625,000 ordinary shares at a price of $17.00 per ADS. This included 1,125,000 additional ADSs issued upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional ADSs. The total gross proceeds from the offering were $146.6 million. All ADSs sold in the offering were offered by COMPASS. The ADSs began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on 18 September 2020.
We have continued to make steady progress with our phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression. We are opening a new trial site in Berlin, Germany, this month, bringing our trial to 21 sites in 10 countries. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our trial, our plan to report data from this trial in late 2021 remains unchanged. We are working closely with our trial sites to carefully assess the ongoing COVID-19 situation and will always put the safety of patients and our teams above everything else.
Our team has continued to expand and we have been pleased to welcome several new colleagues to our leadership team during the quarter and post-period. Linda McGoldrick joined our board of directors in September 2020, bringing healthcare and life sciences experience from a range of public and private companies, and non-profit organisations, including Financial Health Associates International, Zillion Inc, Veos plc, and Kaiser Permanente International. In 2018, Linda was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the state’s Health Information Technology Commission. Greg Ryslik PhD joined us on 9 November 2020 as Senior Vice President, Data Science, Machine Learning and Digital Health Research, and Stephen Schultz will join us on 1 December 2020 as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations. Greg is a data scientist and AI (artificial intelligence) executive; he is an instructor at Stanford Continuing Studies and has held senior positions at Mindstrong and at Tesla Inc. Stephen has more than 30 years’ experience in investor relations and joins us from GW Pharmaceuticals; he has previously held senior roles at Amarin Corporation, Acusphere, and Shareholder.com. Earlier in the quarter, Steve Levine MD joined us as Vice President, Patient Access; Steve was formerly Founder and CEO at Actify Neurotherapies. Sarah Bateup was appointed Head of Therapy Research and Training, having previously been Chief Clinical Officer at Ieso Digital Health.
On 5 August 2020, we entered into a sponsored research agreement with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA, to establish a Drug Discovery Center. The Center is exploring and developing optimised psychedelic and other early stage compounds targeting the 5HT2A receptor, a receptor in the brain that is recognised as a promising target in the treatment of mental health illnesses.
In July 2020, we were granted our second UK patent, adding to our US patent and German utility model, and including claims covering crystalline psilocybin, pharmaceutical formulations, medical uses, and a method of manufacturing. Our US patent, granted in December 2019, was the subject of a petition for post grant review, filed on 21 February 2020; the petition was dismissed on the merits on 20 August 2020.
We continue to work with a number of academic and other partners to accelerate research or to provide our COMP360 psilocybin for use in their independent studies. We are providing funding and support to the Aquilino Cancer Center at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, in Rockville, MD, which recently launched the first clinical trial of psilocybin therapy with simultaneous administration and one-on-one patient support to treat depression in cancer patients.
Earlier this month, we joined the Psychiatry Consortium, an international collaboration of medical research charities and pharmaceutical companies focused on the challenge of identifying and validating novel drug targets to address the unmet therapeutic needs of people living with mental health conditions. We will work alongside Psychiatry Consortium members and academic partners to advance research projects, providing support through access to funding, expertise, and commercialisation know-how. The Psychiatry Consortium seeks project proposals from the global psychiatric research community via biannual open calls for applications – the next call for applications will open in January 2021.
Cash position: We held cash and cash equivalents of $196.5 million as of 30 September 2020, compared with $67.6 million at 30 June 2020.This is expected to fund operations into 2023.
Research & development expenses: R&D expenses were $6.9 million for the three months ended 30 September 2020, compared with $3.1 million during the same period in 2019. The change was primarily related to increased activities associated with our ongoing development of COMP360, increased share-based compensation, and other increases in personnel costs to support the development of COMP360.
R&D expenses were $18.8 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2020, compared with $8.0 million during the same period in 2019. The change was primarily related to increased activities associated with our ongoing development of COMP360, increased share-based compensation, and other increases in personnel costs to support the development of COMP360.
General and administrative expenses: G&A expenses were $6.6 million for the three months ended 30 September 2020, compared with $3.1 million during the same period in 2019. $2.1 million of the increase was related to share-based compensation expenses, and there were also increases in legal and professional fees, personnel and consulting expenses, and facilities costs.
G&A expenses were $21.1 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2020, compared with $5.9 million during the same period in 2019. $9.7 million of the increase was related to share-based compensation expenses, and there were also increases in legal and professional fees, personnel and consulting expenses, and facilities costs.
Other income (expense), net: Other income (expense), net was a net expense of $3.1 million for the three months ended 30 September 2020, compared with a net income of $0.6 million during the same period in 2019. $4.3 million of the increase in net expense related to foreign exchange losses.
Other income (expense), net was a net expense of $1.5 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2020, compared with a net income of $1.9 million during the same period in 2019. $3.3 million of the increase in net expense related to foreign exchange losses.
Net loss: The net loss for the three months ended 30 September 2020 was $16.7 million, or $1.30 loss per share, (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $5.2 million), compared with $5.7 million, or $0.73 loss per share, during the same period in 2019 (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $1.8 million).
The net loss for the nine months ended 30 September 2020 was $41.5 million, or $3.90 loss per share, (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $16.6 million), compared with $12.0 million, or $1.68 loss per share, during the same period in 2019, (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $2.5 million).
The COMPASS Pathways management team will host a conference call at 1.00pm GMT (8.00am ET) on 12 November 2020. The call can be accessed by dialling (833) 665-0659 from the United States, +1 (914) 987-7313 internationally, and 0800 028 8438 from the UK, followed by the conference ID: 9377988.
The call will also be webcast live on the investors section of the COMPASS Pathways website (ir.compasspathways.com). The webcast will be archived for 30 days.
About COMPASS Pathways
COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we are currently conducting a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 21 sites across Europe and North America. We are headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York, USA. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. www.compasspathways.com
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