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Anavex Life Sciences Reports Fiscal 2022 Year End Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Company to host a webcast today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time


NEW YORK – November 28, 2022

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (“Anavex” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AVXL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Rett syndrome and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, today reported financial results for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2022.


“This is an exciting time in neuroscience and rare disease drug development and we remain on track for the readout of the placebo-controlled ANAVEX®2-73 Phase 2b/3 Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial, a condition of significant unmet need and economic burden for which there are only limited approved pharmacological treatment options,” said Christopher U Missling, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anavex. “Our recent progress highlights the potential of our clinical Precision Medicine SIGMAR1 platform and portfolio, and we look forward to sharing additional program and data updates.”



ANAVEX®2-73 Program and other Near-Term Pipeline Data Updates:

  • Late breaking oral communication presentation of top line data of randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled Phase 2b/3 study ANAVEX®2-73-AD-004 for the treatment of early Alzheimer’s disease at the upcoming Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) Congress 2022, December 1, 2022, at 4:30pm PT in San Francisco, CA.

  • Nearing the enrollment completion of the randomized, placebo-controlled EXCELLENCE Phase 2/3 study ANAVEX®2-73-RS-003 for the treatment of pediatric patients with Rett syndrome.

  • Guidance received from the FDA confirms the Company’s strategy to advance ANAVEX®2-73 for the treatment of Fragile X syndrome in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2/3 development program.

  • Upcoming Pipeline expansion of the ANAVEX platform using gene biomarkers of response and applying precision medicine for treatment of neurological disorders with high unmet medical need are expected:

    • Meeting with FDA to discuss ANAVEX®2-73 Parkinson’s disease program including pivotal Phase 3 study.

    • Planned initiation of ANAVEX®2-73 imaging-focused Parkinson’s disease clinical study.

    • Planned initiation of a Phase 2/3 clinical trial for the treatment of a new rare-disease indication.

    • Planned initiation of ANAVEX®3-71 Phase 2 clinical trial for schizophrenia.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Anavex announced a peer-reviewed publication in the journal of Science Translational Medicine, titled “Widespread cell stress and mitochondrial dysfunction occur in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease”, which provided further scientific evidence of the relevance of sigma-1 receptor (SIGMAR1) activation as a compensatory mechanism to chronic CNS diseases.

  • Anavex announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued U.S. Patent No. 11,446,275 to Anavex, with claims to treatment methods using its leading drug candidate, ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) and its analogs, for ameliorating biochemical and functional abnormalities associated with methyl-CpG binding protein 2 defects (MeCP2 defects). Such defects encompass a range of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders, including but not limited to, Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and multiple sclerosis.

  • Anavex announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) to ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) for the treatment of Fragile X syndrome. Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability and the most frequent single gene cause of autism spectrum disorder with an estimated population of approximately 62,500 in the US and 1,088,500 worldwide. [1]


Financial Highlights:

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $149.2 million at September 30, 2022, compared to $152.1 million at September 30, 2021.

  • Net loss for the fourth quarter of $14.3 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to a net loss of $11.7 million, or $0.15 per share for the same period in fiscal 2021.

  • Net loss for the full fiscal year ended September 30, 2022 of $48.0 million, or $0.62 per compared to net loss of $37.9 million, or $0.54 per share for the full fiscal 2021 year.

  • Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of $11.4 million compared to $9.4 million for the same period in fiscal 2021.

  • General and administrative expenses of $3.9 million for fiscal 2022 compared to $2.9 million for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2021.

The financial information for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022, should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which will appear on EDGAR, www.sec.gov and will be available on the Anavex website at www.anavex.com.


Webcast / Conference Call Information:

Management will host a conference call today at 8:30 am ET. The live webcast of the conference call will be available on Anavex’s website at www.anavex.com.


The conference call can be also accessed by dialing +1 929 205 6099 for participants in the U.S. using the reference passcode 511901. A replay of the conference call will also be available on Anavex’s website for up to 30 days.


Economic Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease [2]


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and the fifth leading cause of death in adults older than 65 years. The estimated total healthcare costs for the treatment of Alzheimer disease in 2020 is estimated at $305 billion, with the cost expected to increase to more than $1 trillion as the population ages. Most of the direct costs of care for Alzheimer’s disease are attributed to skilled nursing care, home healthcare, and hospice care. Indirect costs of care, including quality of life and informal caregiving, are likely underestimated and are associated with significant negative societal and personal burden. About Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: AVXL) is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Rett syndrome, and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases, pain, and various types of cancer. Anavex's lead drug candidate, ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine), has successfully completed a Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease, a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study in Parkinson's disease dementia, and both a Phase 2 and a Phase 3 study in adult patients with Rett syndrome. ANAVEX®2-73 is an orally available drug candidate that restores cellular homeostasis by targeting sigma-1 and muscarinic receptors. Preclinical studies demonstrated its potential to halt and/or reverse the course of Alzheimer's disease. ANAVEX®2-73 also exhibited anticonvulsant, anti-amnesic, neuroprotective, and anti-depressant properties in animal models, indicating its potential to treat additional CNS disorders, including epilepsy. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research previously awarded Anavex a research grant, which fully funded a preclinical study to develop ANAVEX®2-73 for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. ANAVEX®3-71, which targets sigma-1 and M1 muscarinic receptors, is a promising clinical stage drug candidate demonstrating disease-modifying activity against the major hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease in transgenic (3xTg-AD) mice, including cognitive deficits, amyloid, and tau pathologies. In preclinical trials, ANAVEX®3-71 has shown beneficial effects on mitochondrial dysfunction and neuroinflammation.


Further information is available at www.anavex.com. You can also connect with the company on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions based on current information and expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in any of such statements due to various factors, including the risks set forth in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and Anavex Life Sciences Corp. undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.


For Further Information: Anavex Life Sciences Corp.

Research & Business Development

Toll-free: 1-844-689-3939

Email: info@anavex.com Investors:

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[2] W Wong Economic Burden of Alzheimer Disease and Managed Care Considerations Am J Manag Care. 2020;26:S177-S183

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