– Key milestones include first subject dosed in Phase 1 KUR-101, launch of drug discovery engine Invyxis, initiation of Psyber usability study in patients and COMPASS’ end of Phase 2 FDA meeting
– Ended the first quarter with $335 million cash, maintaining atai’s position as a well-funded, leading mental health company
Video interview with Management to be posted today at 8:30 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK and BERLIN, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- atai Life Sciences N.V. (Nasdaq: ATAI) (“atai”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 and provided a business update.
“We made great progress in the first quarter on our mission to achieve clinically meaningful behavioral change in people living with mental health disorders – seeing strong momentum across our three strategic pillars. We dosed the first subject in our Phase 1 KUR-101 trial and launched our fourth drug discovery program, Invyxis. In addition, we initiated a usability study of Psyber in patients receiving ketamine treatment, further advancing our ongoing digital support programs,” said Florian Brand, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of atai.
“The first quarter of 2022 continued with strong execution of our clinical pipeline. We anticipate several clinical milestones in 2022 and beyond, including data from the Phase 2 proof-of-concept study of PCN-101 as a potential at-home-use therapy in treatment resistant depression (TRD). We also anticipate results from a relative bioavailability study comparing subcutaneous formulation of PCN-101 to existing IV formulation, and additional Phase 1 readouts, including GRX-917, DMX-1002, and KUR-101. Finally, we expect Phase 2 trial initiations for GRX-917 and RL-007, as well as Phase 1 initiations for EMP-01 and VLS-101 during 2022 and RLS-01 in the first half of 2023. It’s a testament to our phenomenal team that we anticipate to have 10 compounds in the clinic.” said Srinivas Rao, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder of atai.
Video Interview with Management
A video interview with atai Life Sciences CEO & Co-Founder Florian Brand, CSO & Co-Founder Srinivas Rao, and CFO Greg Weaver will be available today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time at https://vimeo.com/atailifesciences.
The interview will also be accessible for replay in the “Events” section of the Company’s website at www.atai.life. The archived copy of the interview will be available on the Company’s website for at least 30 days.
The Company continued to execute in the first quarter advancing many of its programs and is looking forward to additional clinical milestones for the remainder of 2022 and beyond. The Company anticipates 10 compounds in clinical development. atai’s development pipeline of pharmaceuticals, digital therapeutics, and precision mental health are supported by a total of 171 issued patents and 49 pending non-provisional patents.
Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD)
Perception Neuroscience – PCN-101: After receiving FDA IND Clearance in December 2021, Perception has reached agreement with the FDA to move forward to expand its PCN-101 Phase 2a clinical study initiated last September in Europe to the United States. Perception has also initiated enrollment in a clinical drug-drug interaction study in April 2022 to assess the pharmacokinetics of PCN-101 when used concurrently with other drugs. In addition, a relative bioavailability study comparing the subcutaneous formulation to the existing IV formulation is anticipated to be initiated later this year.
COMPASS Pathways – COMP-360: COMPASS held a productive end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA in April 2022.
Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia (CIAS)
Recognify Life Sciences – RL-007: Recognify is expected to initiate a Phase 2a proof-of concept trial in CIAS in the second half of 2022, with the goal of demonstrating the pro-cognitive benefit of RL-007 in CIAS.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GABA Therapeutics – GRX-917: In June 2021, GABA initiated a Phase 1 single and multiple ascending dose trial of GRX-917. Topline data for this trial is expected by mid of this year and the initiation of a Phase 2a proof-of-concept trial is anticipated to follow in the second half of this year.
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
Kures – KUR-101: Kures initiated a Phase 1 trial in March 2022. The trial is a randomized, double-blind, two-part study of the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, analgesic and respiratory effects of KUR-101 in healthy volunteers. Part 1 is a five-cohort, single ascending dose study of KUR-101. Part 2 is a three-period crossover study to compare the analgesic and respiratory effects of a single oral dose of KUR-101, a single oral dose of immediate release oxycodone (OxyNorm™) and a single oral dose of placebo in healthy male volunteers. Topline results are expected in the second half of 2022.
Further strengthening atai’s commitment to next-generation treatments, atai launched Invyxis in late January 2022 to accelerate discovery of next generation mental health treatments. Invyxis will add proven medicinal chemistry and comprehensive biological evaluation capabilities to grow atai’s portfolio of new chemical entities. The early focus will be on designing unique, novel compounds targeting the serotonin 5-HT2A receptor with other central nervous system receptor targets to follow. This new platform company complements atai’s machine learning-powered computational chemistry with EntheogeniX and biosynthesis-based drug discovery approaches with TryptageniX.
atai continued to strengthen its team in the first quarter by securing key hires. At GABA Therapeutics Mario David Saltarelli, M.D., Ph.D., was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. Maju Mathews, M.D., and Cedric Burg were appointed as CMO and SVP of Clinical Operations, respectively, at Perception Neuroscience.
Consolidated Financial Results
atai ended the first quarter of 2022 with a cash position of $335 million which it anticipates will be sufficient to provide a cash runway through year end 2023.
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Short-term investments
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $335 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to $362 million as of December 31, 2021. The three-month net use of cash of $27 million was primarily attributable to net cash used in operating activities of $24.0 million and $3 million of additional investments in the platform companies.
Operating Costs and Expenses
Research and development expenses were $15.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $5.6 million for the same prior year period. The increase of $9.9 million was primarily attributable to an increase of $4.8 million of personnel costs, which included a $3.6 million increase in stock-based compensation expense and $4.9 million of increased contract research organization expenses related to the advancement of R&D programs.
There was no acquisition of in-process R&D expense for the three months ended March 31, 2022. Acquisition of in-process R&D expense for the same prior year period was $1.0 million, which was primarily related to IPR&D acquired from InnarisBio.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022, were $18.0 million, as compared to $9.3 million in the same prior year period. The increase of $8.7 million was primarily attributable to a $6.4 million increase in stock-based compensation expense, a $1.7 million increase in insurance costs, and a $0.7 million increase in personnel and facilities costs.
Net loss attributable to shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was $36.9 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company recognized $0.7 million in net income attributable to shareholders, primarily due to the recognition of $19.9 million of license revenue related to the Otsuka Agreement during the period.
About atai Life Sciences
atai Life Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders. Founded in 2018 as a response to the significant unmet need and lack of innovation in the mental health treatment landscape, atai is dedicated to acquiring, incubating, and efficiently developing innovative therapeutics to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health disorders.
atai's business model combines funding, technology, scientific, and regulatory expertise with a focus on innovative compounds, including psychedelic therapy and other drugs with differentiated safety profiles and therapeutic potential. By pooling resources and best practices, atai aims to responsibly accelerate the development of new medicines across its companies to achieve clinically meaningful and sustained behavioral change in mental health patients.
atai's vision is to heal mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere can live a more fulfilled life. For more information, please visit www.atai.life.
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