Newly available preliminary efficacy results of surrogate biomarkers from the ANAVEX®2-73-AD-004 study; allowing initiation of discussions with regulatory agencies for Accelerated Approval Pathway for ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) in Alzheimer’s disease with convenient oral treatment
On track to release top-line data of potentially pivotal ANAVEX®2-73-RS-003 Phase 2/3 EXCELLENCE pediatric clinical trial in the second half of 2023
Company to host a webcast today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
NEW YORK – May 9, 2023
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 quarter ended March 31, 2023.
“Recent positive clinical study results and FDA approvals through the Accelerated Approval Pathway are positive for the Alzheimer’s disease community, especially for the patients, families and caregivers who fight everyday against this devastating disease. We look forward to presenting the complete dataset of the Phase 2b/3 Alzheimer’s disease trial of ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine), an orally available, small-molecule activator of the upstream sigma-1 receptor (SIGMAR1), involved in restoring neural cell homeostasis and promoting neuroplasticity, which might be at the forefront of patient-centric, next-generation biomarker-guided precision medicine Alzheimer’s disease treatments. With newly available preliminary efficacy results of surrogate biomarkers, we consider initiating discussions with regulatory agencies for Accelerated Approval Pathway for ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine),” said Christopher U Missling, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anavex. "We also look forward to making meaningful advances in our neurodevelopmental and other neurodegenerative precision medicine portfolio this year with the expected topline data from the potentially pivotal ANAVEX®2-73-RS-003 Phase 2/3 EXCELLENCE pediatric clinical trial in the second half of 2023. Additionally, we continue to focus on initiating our pivotal study of ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine) in patients with Parkinson’s disease, the second largest neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease.”
Key Near Term Pipeline Updates:
Alzheimer’s disease: Full data ANAVEX®2-73-AD-004, including newly available preliminary results of surrogate biomarkers of pivotal Phase 2b/3 clinical trial. The Company intends to discuss these findings with regulatory authorities in the context of the ongoing clinical development of ANAVEX®2-73 in this indication, with the goal of providing a much-needed treatment to the millions of patients living with Alzheimer’s disease with a convenient once-daily oral treatment. The Company plans to proceed in parallel with the initiation of a confirmatory Alzheimer’s disease study.
Rett syndrome: Top-line data of potentially pivotal ANAVEX®2-73-RS-003 Phase 2/3 EXCELLENCE pediatric clinical trial. Company expects to announce topline results from this study in the second half of 2023.
Parkinson’s disease: Initiation of ANAVEX®2-73 pivotal clinical trial.
Parkinson’s disease: Initiation of ANAVEX®2-73 imaging-focused clinical trial.
Fragile X: Initiation of potentially pivotal ANAVEX®2-73 Phase 2/3 clinical trial.
Schizophrenia: Initiation of ANAVEX®3-71 Phase 2 clinical trial.
New Rare disease: Initiation of potentially pivotal ANAVEX®2-73 Phase 2/3 clinical trial.
Publications: Several clinical publications involving ANAVEX®2-73, ANAVEX®3-71 and Rett syndrome Burden of Illness study.
Recent Business Highlights:
On May 2nd, 2023, the Company participated in a fireside chat at the H.C.Wainright BioConnect Investor Conference at NASDAQ World Headquarters in New York.
On May 1st, 2023, the Company announced that it was granted a new U.S. Patent No. 11,622,955 entitled “SIGMA-1 RECEPTOR AGONIST SYSTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE THERAPY,” from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), expanding Anavex’s coverage of treatment methods for ANAVEX®2-73 (blarcamesine), to the treatment of systolic hypertension, or lowering systolic blood pressure.
On April 17th, 2023, the Company presented at the 22nd Annual Needham Virtual Healthcare Conference 2023.
On March 30th, 2023, the Company reported the preliminary 48-week open label extension Parkinson’s disease dementia ANAVEX2-73-PDD-EP-001 Phase 2 clinical trial data, which demonstrated longitudinal beneficial effects of ANAVEX®2-73 on the prespecified primary and secondary objectives, as well as planned primary and key secondary endpoints which will be utilized in a forthcoming pivotal study of ANAVEX®2-73 in Parkinson’s disease.
On March 9th, 2023, Anavex announced the appointment of Kun Jin, PhD, as Vice President, Head of Biostatistics. Dr. Jin will draw on his extensive experience, including recently as the Statistical Team Leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Cash and cash equivalents of $153.5 million at March 31, 2023 compared to $149.2 million at year-end September 30, 2022.
General and administrative expenses for the quarter of $2.9 million compared to $2.9 million for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2022.
Research and development expenses for the quarter of $11.3 million compared to $8.6 million for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2022.
Net loss for the quarter of $13.1 million, inclusive of $4.8 million in non-cash items, or $0.17 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.4 million, inclusive of $4.4 million in non-cash items, or $0.14 per share for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2022.
The financial information for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, should be read in conjunction with the Company’s interim condensed 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 on Tuesday May 9, 2023, 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 Meeting ID# 891 9995 1143 and reference passcode 511901. A replay of the conference call will also be available on Anavex’s website for up to 30 days. 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 and recently a Phase 2b/3 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.
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