$500 million AUM New York-based hedge fund Armistice Capital bought more common stock in Cerecor (CERC) worth about $750,000. The common stock was acquired through the exercise of warrants. Armistice Capital owns 10.4% of the outstanding stock.
Recent news has been bullish on Cerecor. The company sold all commercial rights for CERC-501 to Janssen for $25 million upfront and potential $20 million of future milestone payment. Cash reserves are expected to be about $30 million after receiving an upfront payment from Janssen. Management guidance is that its cash reserves are enough till the end of 2018.
|Balance Sheets - USD ($)||Jun. 30, 2017||Dec. 31, 2016|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 5,460,699||$ 5,127,958|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||402,294||391,253|
|Restricted cash, current portion||13,300||11,111|
|Total current assets||5,951,535||5,662,794|
|Property and equipment, net||33,355||43,243|
|Restricted cash, net of current portion||62,841||62,828|
|Term debt, net of discount||607,598||2,353,667|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||720,134||942,435|
|Unit purchase option liability||6,607||51|
|Total current liabilities||1,662,236||4,311,863|
|Preferred stock—$0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 4,179 and zero shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively||4||0|
|Common stock—$0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 14,114,859 and 9,434,141 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively||14,115||9,434|
|Additional paid-in capital||76,915,611||70,232,651|
|Total stockholders’ equity||3,135,495||207,002|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$ 6,047,731||$ 5,768,865|
(Cerecor: Balance sheet from Q2, 2017)
In its recent Q2 earnings call, the management mentioned its intent to focus on developing CERC-301 (NMDA antagonist) in orphan neurological indications. Two previous phase 2 trials of CERC-301 in major depressive disorder failed to show benefit. The company also has two preclinical stage molecules: CERC-611 (AMPA antagonist) which is planned to be developed in an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures and CERC-406 (COMT inhibitor) which is planned to be developed in the treatment of residual cognitive symptoms.
Cerecor' CEO Uli Hacksell (who was previously CEO of Acadia Pharmaceuticals and played an important role in the development of Nuplazid, the first approved drug for Parkinson's disease psychosis, recently announced his retirement). A new CEO has not been selected yet.
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