NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Provides Q1 - 2012 Financial Results
EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NBY), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel anti-infective products for the treatment and prevention of microbial infections, today reported first quarter financial results for 2012.
"We are very pleased with the continued progress NovaBay is making in our clinical trials," said Dr. Ron Najafi, Chairman and CEO. "2012 will be a pivotal year for the Company as we move forward with clinical trials in three of our four business units. We also expect additional partnerships in 2012 for our FDA-cleared product NeutroPhase."
First Quarter Financial Results
As of March 31, 2012, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $11.4 million compared to $14.1 million at the end of 2011. This decrease in cash is offset to some degree by the outstanding receivables balance of over $1.0 million, which was received in April 2012. This decrease in cash is anticipated as we begin preparing for our Phase 2b conjunctivitis trial, provide support for Galderma regarding the Phase 2b impetigo trial and continue our trial in UCBE.
NovaBay's license and collaboration revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012, decreased to $1.3 million compared to $2.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This decrease can be attributed to termination of the Company's agreement with former partner Alcon, for which NovaBay was receiving semi-annual support payments in 2011.
Research and development expenses decreased by 22% to $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, from $2.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This decrease can be attributed to the termination of the research activities related to Alcon in 2011, partially offset by the increase in clinical activities as we scale up our Impetigo, Conjunctivitis and UCBE trials.
NovaBay expects to incur increasing research and development expenses in 2012 and in subsequent years as it continues to advance its clinical programs in ophthalmology and urology.
General and administrative expenses remained relatively flat for the three months ended March 31, 2012, at $1.5 million compared to the same three month period in 2011.
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $2.5 million, compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011. This change was primarily a result of the license and collaboration revenue decrease noted above.
May 2012 - NovaBay's Aganocide® Out-Performed Traditional Antibiotics in Drug Resistance Study. Findings Published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Show Resistance to NVC-422 Does Not Emerge in S. aureus including MRSA, P. aeruginosa, and E. coli Bacteria.
April 2012 - NovaBay's NeutroPhase(R) Supports Healing of Chronic Wounds
New Patient Case Studies Highlighted at the 2012 Spring Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. NeutroPhase, in combination with commercially available wound dressings, was found to support healing when treating chronic non-healing wounds.
March 2012 - NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Signs Option Agreement with Virbac Animal Health for Aganocide® Compounds. Further validates Aganocides for the treatment of topical infections.
January 2012 - NovaBay Prepares to Launch Global Phase 2b Ophthalmic Study of NVC-422. Selects top contract research organizations to manage clinical trial in the United States, India and Brazil.
- January 2012 - NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Announces Strategic Marketing Agreement for NeutroPhase® in China with Pioneer Pharma Co., Ltd. Receives up to $1.3 million in upfront and milestone payments. Commercialization of this product is expected in 2013.
About NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Going Beyond Antibiotics
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on addressing the large unmet therapeutic needs of the global anti-infective market with its two distinct categories of products.
NovaBay's first-in-class Aganocide® compounds, led by NVC-422, are patented, synthetic molecules with a broad spectrum of activity against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Mimicking the mechanism of action that human white blood cells use against infections, Aganocides possess a reduced likelihood that bacteria or viruses will be able to develop resistance, which is critical for advanced anti-infectives. Having demonstrated therapeutic proof-of-concept in Phase 2 clinical studies, these compounds are well suited to treat and prevent a wide range of local, non-systemic infections. NovaBay is currently focused in three large therapeutic markets:
Dermatology - Partnered with Galderma, a leading dermatology company, the companies are developing a gel formulation of NVC-422 for treating the highly contagious skin infection, impetigo. A Phase 2b clinical study is planned for Q3, 2012.
Ophthalmology - NovaBay is developing an eye drop formulation of NVC-422 for treating viral conjunctivitis, for which there is currently no FDA-approved treatment. The company expects to start enrollment in a global Phase 2b clinical study in this indication in the second quarter of 2012.
- Urology NovaBay's irrigation solution containing NVC-422 is currently in Phase 2 clinical studies, with the goal of reducing the incidence of urinary catheter blockage and encrustation (UCBE) and the associated urinary tract infections. The company reported positive data from Part A of this study and expects to announce top-line results from Part B of this study later in Q3, 2012.
In addition to our Aganocide compounds, NovaBay is also developing NeutroPhase®, which is an FDA 510(k)-cleared product for wound care. NeutroPhase is a patented pure hypochlorous acid solution and has the potential to be well suited to treat the six-million-patients in the U.S. who suffer from chronic non-healing wounds, such as pressure, venous stasis and diabetic ulcers.
NovaBay has begun securing commercial partnerships for NeutroPhase. In January 2012, NovaBay announced it had entered into a strategic marketing agreement with Pioneer Pharma Co., Ltd., a Shanghai-based company that markets high-end pharmaceutical products into China. NovaBay expects to announce additional marketing agreements in select geographic markets around the world during 2012.
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are based upon management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates, projections and beliefs. Statements regarding NovaBay's expectations including, but not limited to, (i) any potential plans for future clinical development of its Aganocide compounds and of bringing products to market including the expected timing of the initiation the Phase 2b impetigo clinical trial and Phase 2 conjunctivitis trial and expected timing of the results of the Phase 2, Part B UCBE trial; (ii) the potential efficacy of Aganocide & Neutrophase compounds, (iii) NovaBay's plan to commercialize NeutroPhase in 2013 resulting in its availability to the 6 million patients suffering from diabetic, pressure, and venous stasis ulcers; (iv) the development and potential benefits of, and the market opportunities for, NovaBay's product candidates (v) the potential to deliver the same or better efficacy than antibiotics and to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance as well as other statements that relate to future events or results, are forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the risk that NovaBay may incur unexpected charges or need to or determined to engage in research and development or preclinical trials not previously planned, which could delay or prevent it from conducting the clinical trials it expects; inherent risks and uncertainties relating to difficulties or delays in conducting clinical trials; results of clinical trials are uncertain, and results in previous preclinical trials may not be replicated in clinical trials, which may cause the outcome of clinical trials to be different than NovaBay expects; the inherent uncertainty of patent protection for the company's intellectual property or trade secrets, which could result in NovaBay not being able to protect its intellectual property to the extent that it expects; and the risk of unexpected delays in the regulatory process which may delay the commencement or completion of clinical trials. Other risks relating to NovaBay and Aganocide compounds, including risks that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this press release, are detailed in NovaBay's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2011, under the caption "Risk Factors" in Item 1A of Part I of that report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2012. The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date, and NovaBay disclaims any intent or obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement except as required by law.
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|NOVABAY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|(a development stage company)|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(in thousands, except per share data)||(unaudited)||(Note 2)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 6,121||$ 8,428|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||427||417|
|Total current assets||12,789||14,558|
|Property and equipment, net||1,148||1,270|
|TOTAL ASSETS||$ 14,042||$ 15,963|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable||$ 439||$ 472|
|Total current liabilities||2,934||2,838|
|Deferred revenues - non-current||869||945|
|Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 5,000 shares authorized; none outstanding at at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011|
|Common stock, $0.01 par value; 65,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011; 28,827 and 28,587 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively||288||286|
|Additional paid-in capital||42,937||42,386|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(42)||(44)|
|Accumulated deficit during development stage||(35,815)||(33,284)|
|Total stockholders' equity||7,368||9,344|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$ 14,042||$ 15,963|
|NOVABAY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|(a development stage company)|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS|
Three Months Ended
from July 1, 2002
March 31, 2012
|(in thousands, except per share data)||2012||2011|
|License and collaboration revenue||$ 1,315||$ 2,490||$ 51,914|
|Research and development||2,264||2,920||53,135|
|General and administrative||1,541||1,515||35,195|
|Total operating expenses||3,805||4,435||88,330|
|Non-cash loss on increase in fair value of warrants||(35)||(767)|
|Other income (expense), net||(5)||(31)||1,416|
|Loss before income taxes||(2,525)||(1,976)||(35,736)|
|Provision for income taxes||(6)||(12)||(79)|
|Change in unrealized gains (losses) on available-for sale securities||2||14||(42)|
|Total comprehensive loss||$ (2,529)||$ (1,974)||$ (35,857)|
|Net loss per share:|
|Basic and diluted||$ (0.09)||$ (0.08)|
|Shares used in per share calculations:|
|Basic and diluted||28,572||23,428|
CONTACT: Investors: NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Thomas J. Paulson Chief Financial Officer 510-899-8809 tjpaulson@NovaBaypharma.com Investors and Media: The Ruth Group Joshua Drumm, PhD (Investors) (646) 536-7006 firstname.lastname@example.org Victoria Aguiar (Media) (646) 536-7013 email@example.comSource: NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2012 GlobeNewswire, Inc.