HOLLISTON, Mass., Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Biostage, Inc. (OTCQB: BSTG) ("Biostage" or the "Company"), a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants to treat life-threatening conditions of the esophagus, bronchus and trachea, today announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.
Summary of Third Quarter Financial Results
For the three months ended September 30, 2018, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $2.1 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.37, compared to a net loss of approximately $3.2 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $1.66 for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The $1.1 million year-over-year decrease in net loss was attributable primarily to a corresponding $1.1 million decrease in research and development costs.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $5.7 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $1.40, compared to a net loss of approximately $10.7 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $6.21 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The $5.0 million year-over-year decrease in net loss was attributable primarily to a $4.3 million decrease in research and development costs and a $500,000 net decrease in expense from change in the fair value of warrants.
The Company also recognized grant income for qualified expenditures from a Fast-Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of approximately $90,000 and $225,000, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. There was no grant income recorded in the comparable periods in 2017.
Balance Sheet and Cash
At September 30, 2018, the Company had cash on-hand of $3.5 million and no debt. The Company used net cash in operations of approximately of $5.5 million during the first nine months of 2018, approximately $700,000 of which represented payments of aged vendor payables incurred in 2017. The Company also generated approximately $5.0 million, net, from financing activities during the first nine months of 2018.
Third Quarter Operating Highlights
During the third quarter of 2018, the Company advanced its operating programs aimed at bringing its potentially life-changing Cellframe™ technology to underserved patient populations. During the quarter, the Company:
- Completed Phase I of a Fast-Track SBIR grant for $225,000 to develop its Cellspan™ Esophageal Implant (CEI) as a novel treatment for esophageal atresia in pediatric patients.
- Made progress on all three cohorts of our pre-clinical piglet studies for the treatment of esophageal atresia being conducted in collaboration with Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
- Submitted a follow-up package to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) summarizing three additional Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) preclinical studies and an FDA approved first-in-human use of our Cellspan esophageal implant in support of our Investigational New Drug (IND) filing now targeted for mid-year 2019.
- Established advisory relationships with five new clinical experts for current standard-of-care insight and clinical protocol benefit risk assessment. This scientific and clinical feedback endorse our technology platform.
Subsequent to the close of the third quarter of 2018, the Company announced that it was awarded $1.1 million on November 6, 2018 for Phase II of the Fast-Track SBIR grant that supports Biostage's development and testing of its Cellspan Esophageal Implant (CEI) for treatment of neonatal esophageal atresia. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the provider of this grant, is dedicated to bringing innovation and new treatments to underserved children. We believe this award is further financial and scientific validation of the Company's technology.
Company CEO Jim McGorry commented, "We had a strong third quarter operationally. Our confidence in our technology grew through the feedback and insight of five new clinical advisors. This scientific validation from key opinion leaders (KOLs) on the forefront of esophageal disease supports that we are on the right track. Additionally, the consistent regeneration data from our ongoing animal studies will support filing our first-in-human IND for esophageal disease in mid-year 2019. We have completed three preclinical studies under the required clinical conditions and the final animal study will be completed in the next few months."
Mr. McGorry continued, "Our progress since the start of the year has been remarkable. Given our operational progress this year and fresh clinical feedback from world-class KOLs we see with renewed conviction our transition to a clinical-stage company in 2019."
About Biostage, Inc.
Biostage is a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants based on the Company's 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.
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 effectiveness of the Company's technology, development expectations and regulatory approval of any of the Company's products, including those utilizing its Cellframe technology, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines 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 the Company's products, including those utilizing its 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, the Company's ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval for its products; plus other factors described under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 or described in the Company's other public filings. The Company's results may also be affected by factors of which the Company is not currently aware. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company 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.
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