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Biostage Reports 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results and Provides Business Update
- Growing body of proof-of-concept preclinical data from ongoing studies continue to be replicated to show clear pattern of regeneration
- Pre-IND meeting with FDA provided clarity for requirements for successful esophageal implant IND filing; Submission now expected in Q3 2017
- Company remains on track to commence first-in-human study for esophageal implant in Q4 2017
- Management to host business update conference call and webcast today at 9 AM ET

HOLLISTON, Mass., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Biostage, Inc. (Nasdaq: BSTG), ("Biostage" or the "Company"), a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants to treat cancers and other life-threatening conditions of the esophagus, bronchus and trachea, today announced financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

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The Company also provided an update to its corporate and clinical progress and reviewed its expected near-term milestones. As previously announced, Biostage management will host a business update conference call and live webcast, with accompanying presentation slides, for investors, analysts and other interested parties today at 9 AM ET (details below).

Recent Corporate, Development and Regulatory Highlights

  • Received feedback from pre-Investigational New Drug (IND) meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the advancement of lead product candidate, Cellspan esophageal implant, into human clinical studies;
  • Advanced collaborative preclinical studies with Connecticut Children's Medical Center for pediatric esophageal atresia;
  • Continued ongoing preclinical studies with Mayo Clinic on esophagus and bronchus programs;
  • Continued ongoing Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) preclinical studies of esophageal implant in support of FDA requirements for IND filing;
  • Continued building internal quality, regulatory and clinical infrastructure in preparation of advancement into human clinical studies; and
  • Bolstered executive management team's scientific depth with appointment of Harout DerSimonian, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer.

"During our extensive pre-IND dialogue with the FDA in October, we received valuable feedback and greater clarity with respect to their expectations and our requirements for a successful filing of our IND for our esophageal implant program," commented Jim McGorry, CEO of Biostage. "The FDA's feedback confirmed for us that we are on the right path for moving into our first-in-human clinical study. We were encouraged by FDA's guidance on key elements of that pathway, especially in regards to important aspects of our clinical protocol including the number of patients and the expected patient population for this Phase 1 study."

"In keeping with the feedback provided by the FDA, we have adjusted our current, on-going GLP study design to mimic that of our proposed Phase 1 study, extending the duration out to six months.  Given this change we now expect to file our IND in the third quarter of 2017. However, I am pleased to report that the timeline to initiate our Phase 1 study remains on track for the fourth quarter of 2017," continued Mr. McGorry.

Expected Near-Term Milestones

  • Finalize and submit manuscript and publication with Mayo Clinic on esophageal regeneration data by year-end 2016;
  • Receive Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for esophageal implant by early 2017;
  • File IND application with the FDA for esophageal implant product candidate Q3 2017;
  • Emerge as clinical-stage company with the start of first human clinical studies for esophageal implant program in Q4 2017;
  • Extend Cellframe technology as a platform for broader and additional indications to include the bronchus in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in 2017; and
  • Advance the development and submit IND for pediatric esophageal atresia, a congenital disorder in children where a baby is born with an incomplete esophagus in 2018.

"We are rapidly approaching the most important year for Biostage. Our number one priority is the continued advancement of our esophageal implant program. We currently have large animals alive well more than eight and nine months post-surgery from a previous study, and we continue to advance our ongoing preclinical studies under Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). Further, we believe we have greater line of sight on key issues based on FDA feedback which we believe helps to de-risk our overall program supporting our transformational pivot from a preclinical company into a clinical development-stage company in 2017," commented Mr. McGorry. 

Summary of Financial Results

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $3.05 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.18, compared to a net loss of approximately $2.29 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.19 for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The change is primarily attributable to additional spending within research and development on outsourced preclinical studies.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $8.24 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.53, compared to a net loss of approximately $9.41 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.91 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The change is attributable to an increase in spending on research and development, offset by a decrease in stock-based compensation costs of $2.6 million primarily related to the departure of our former Chairman and CEO in April 2015. 

The Company ended the quarter with approximately $6.0 million of cash and cash equivalents. Based on management's current projections, it believes it has sufficient financial resources to funds operations into the second quarter of 2017.

"We have made substantial progress this year all of which we believe builds on the solid foundation we have created necessary to execute on our business plan. It is clear that we will need to raise capital to further execute this plan, and I would like to reassure our shareholders that we continue to evaluate several financing options to propel Biostage forward toward providing our breakthrough technology to underserved esophageal cancer patients. At the right time, we will move forward with a plan that is in the best interest of the future of Biostage and importantly, our shareholders in the near and long term," concluded Mr. McGorry.

Conference Call and Webcast Details:

Please click here to access the link to the webcast and slides available for download.

Date and Time:

Today, Thursday, November 10th at 9:00 am ET

Call Dial In #: 

877-407-8293 U.S. or 201-689-8349 Int'l

Live webcast/replay: 

http://ir.biostage.com/Q3-2016-update

Telephone replay: 

877-660-6853 U.S. or 201-612-7415 Int'l 


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About Biostage
Biostage Inc. (Nasdaq: BSTG), is a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants based on the company's new Cellframe technology which combines a proprietary biocompatible scaffold with a patient's own stem cells to create Cellspan organ implants. Cellspan implants are being developed to treat life-threatening conditions of the esophagus, bronchus or trachea with the hope of dramatically improving the treatment paradigm for patients. Based on its preclinical data, Biostage has selected life-threatening conditions of the esophagus as the initial clinical application of its technology.

Cellspan implants are currently being advanced and tested in collaborative pre-clinical studies. Pre-clinical, large-animal safety studies, conducted in compliance with the FDA Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations, for the Company's Cellspan Esophageal Implant product candidate are ongoing, in support of Biostage's goal of filing an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the U.S. FDA in the third quarter of 2017. The IND will seek approval to initiate clinical trials for its esophageal implant product candidate in humans.

For more information, please visit www.biostage.com and connect with the Company on Twitter and LinkedIn

Forward-Looking Statements:
Some of the statements in this press release are "forward-looking" and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These "forward-looking" statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the development expectations and regulatory approval of any of our products, including those utilizing our Cellframe technology, by the FDA, the European Medicines Agency, the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency or otherwise, which expectations or approvals may not be achieved or obtained on a timely basis or at all; or success with respect to any collaborations, clinical trials and other development and commercialization efforts of our products, including those utilizing our Cellframe technology, which such success may not be achieved or obtained on a timely basis or at all. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from the statements set forth in this press release, including, among other things, our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval for our products; plus other factors described under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 or described in our other public filings. Our results may also be affected by factors of which we are not currently aware. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Biostage expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to such statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any changes in the events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 


Investor Relations Contacts:  


Tom McNaughton  

Jenene Thomas

Chief Financial Officer 

Jenene Thomas Communications LLC

774-233-7321 

(908) 938-1475

tmcnaughton@biostage.com  

jtc@jenenethomascommunications.com



Media Contact:  


David Schull  


Russo Partners 


212-845-4271 


David.schull@russopartnersllc.com 


 

 

 

EXHIBIT 1

BIOSTAGE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except par value and share data)




September 30,

2016


December 31,

2015


Assets








Current Assets:








Cash


$

6,006


$

7,456


Accounts receivable



66



21


Inventory



41



75


Prepaid expenses



96



330










Total current assets



6,209



7,882


Property, plant and equipment, net



988



1,074










Total assets


$

7,197


$

8,956










Liabilities and stockholders' equity








Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$

803


$

357


Accrued and other current liabilities



762



297


Warrant liability



846



-










Total current liabilities



2,411



654










Total liabilities


$

2,411


$

654










Stockholders' equity:








Undesignated preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares
authorized; none issued and outstanding



-



-


Series B convertible preferred stock, $0.01 par value: 1,000,000 shares
authorized;

695,857 shares issued and none outstanding



-



-


Common stock, $0.01 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized and
   17,108,968 and 14,101,395 shares issued and outstanding,
   respectively



171



141


Additional paid-in capital



37,599



32,908


Accumulated deficit



(32,976)



(24,739)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(8)



(8)










Total stockholders' equity



4,786



8,302










Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

7,197


$

8,956


 

 



EXHIBIT 2

BIOSTAGE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




Three Months ended

September 30,


Nine Months ended

September 30,



2016


2015


2016


2015












Revenues


$

26


$

37


$

54


$

110


Cost of revenues



13



18



57



55


Gross profit (deficit)



13



19



(3)



55
















Operating expenses:














Research and development



2,225



1,269



5,279



3,504


Selling, general and administrative



937



1,042



3,261



5,962


Total operating expenses



3,162



2,311



8,540



9,466
















Operating loss



(3,149)



(2,292)



(8,543)



(9,411)
















Other income (expense):














Change in fair value of warrant liability,
  net of issuance costs of $129



96



-



306



-


Other expense



-



-



-



(3)





96



-



306



(3)
















Loss before income taxes



(3,053)



(2,292)



(8,237)



(9,414)


Income taxes



-



-



-



-
















Net loss


$

(3,053)


$

(2,292)


$

(8,237)


$

(9,414)
















Basic and diluted net loss per share


$

(0.18)


$

(0.19)


$

(0.53)


$

(0.91)


Weighted average common shares, basic
  and diluted



17,107



11,974



15,585



10,395
















 

 

EXHIBIT 3

BIOSTAGE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)




Nine Months Ended

September 30,




2016


2015


Cash flows from operating activities








Net loss


$

(8,237)


$

(9,414)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows used in operating
activities:








Share-based compensation expense



1,027



3,612


Depreciation



340



347


Change in fair value of warrant liability, net of issuance costs of $129



(306)



-


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








  Related party receivables, net



-



11


  Accounts receivable



(45)



(54)


  Inventories



34



63


  Prepaid expenses



234



235


  Accounts payable



418



(150)


  Accrued and other current liabilities



465



(212)










Net cash used in operating activities



(6,070)



(5,562)










Cash flows from investing activities








Additions to property and equipment



(225)



(175)


Net cash used in investing activities



(225)



(175)










Cash flows from financing activities








Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net of issuance
costs



4,496



-


Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs



349



3,314


Proceeds from issuance of convertible preferred stock, net of issuance
costs



-



5,357










Net cash provided by financing activities



4,845



8,671










Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash



-



(8)










Net increase (decrease) in cash



(1,450)



2,926


Cash at beginning of period



7,456



5,272


Cash at end of period


$

6,006


$

8,198










 

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