Longboard Pharmaceuticals Provides Corporate Update and Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
- Phase 1 data for LP352, a potential treatment for seizures associated with a broad range of severe epilepsies, presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting
- Initiated Phase 1b/2a PACIFIC Study evaluating LP352 for participants with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs)
- LP659 IND submission remains on track for fourth quarter 2022
- Cash position expected to support operations into 2024
SAN DIEGO, May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LBPH), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel, transformative medicines for neurological diseases, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
"In 2022, we are continuing to deliver on key milestones, including advancing the PACIFIC study and presenting an extremely robust data set for LP352 at the AAN Annual Meeting in April. We plan on sharing additional data to illustrate the intrinsic properties of LP352 and LP659 that we believe will demonstrate their potentially best-in-class characteristics," stated Kevin R. Lind, Longboard’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
- LP352, an oral, highly selective, centrally acting 5-hydroxytryptamine 2c receptor subtype (5-HT2c) superagonist:
- The Phase 1b/2a PACIFIC Study evaluating approximately 50 participants with DEEs, such as Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex, CDKL5 deficiency disorder, among others, is ongoing with expected completion in the second half of 2023.
- Phase 1 data were presented at the AAN Annual Meeting in April.
- LP659, an oral, selective, centrally acting S1P receptor modulator targeting multiple neurological diseases, is currently in IND-enabling studies with IND application submission to the FDA expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
- In March 2022, Dr. Randall Kaye joined the Company as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kaye has over 30 years of experience in the medical field, most recently as Chief Medical Officer of Neurana Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company focused on the treatment of neuromuscular conditions.
First Quarter 2022 Financial Results:
Balance Sheet Highlights
At March 31, 2022, Longboard’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were approximately $96.1 million. Our cash position is expected to support operations into 2024 based on our current business plan.
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $7.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, an increase of $2.7 million, or 62%, compared to $4.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The net increase of $2.7 million is primarily related to an increase of $2.0 million in clinical trial and preclinical expenses related to LP352 and an increase of $1.1 million in personnel-related expenses, offset by a decrease of $0.6 million in preclinical expenses related to LP659 and LP143.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $2.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, an increase of $1.2 million, or 92%, compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The net increase of $1.2 million is primarily related to an increase of $0.6 million in personnel-related costs, $0.4 million in insurance expense, $0.1 million in professional services and consulting expenses, and $0.1 million in rent expense.
Net loss was $9.6 million, or $0.56 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.84 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
About Longboard Pharmaceuticals
Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel, transformative medicines for neurological diseases. Longboard is working to advance a portfolio of centrally acting product candidates designed to be highly selective for specific G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Longboard’s small molecule product candidates are based on more than 20 years of GPCR research. Longboard is evaluating LP352, an oral, centrally acting 5-hydroxytryptamine 2c (5-HT2c) receptor superagonist, with negligible observed impact on 5-HT2b and 5-HT2a receptor subtypes, in development for the potential treatment of seizures associated with a broad range of developmental and epileptic encephalopathies. Longboard is also evaluating LP659, a centrally acting, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor subtypes 1 and 5 modulator, in development for the potential treatment of multiple neurological diseases, and LP143, a centrally acting, full cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2) agonist, in development for the potential treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases and disorders.
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Financial Tables Follow
LONGBOARD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
|March 31,||December 31,|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||2022||2021|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||35,037||$||66,346|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||4,035||1,659|
|Total current assets||100,159||108,384|
|Property and equipment||13||14|
|Other long-term assets||33||33|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Accrued research and development expenses||2,998||2,245|
|Accrued compensation and related expenses||443||1,480|
|Accrued other expenses||1,536||352|
|Right-of-use liabilities, current portion||350||339|
|Total current liabilities||6,684||5,444|
|Right-of-use liabilities, net of current portion||94||185|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - 10,000,000 at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; issued and outstanding shares - none at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021||—||—|
|Voting common stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - 300,000,000 at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; issued and outstanding shares - 13,484,315 and 13,440,761 at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively, excluding 101,635 and 145,189, respectively, subject to repurchase||1||1|
|Non-voting common stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - 10,000,000 at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; issued and outstanding shares - 3,629,400 at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||146,254||145,683|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(596||)||(164||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||93,865||103,323|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||100,643||$||108,952|
LONGBOARD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||2022||2021|
|Research and development||$||7,121||$||4,398|
|General and administrative||2,499||1,305|
|Total operating expenses||9,620||5,703|
|Loss from operations||(9,620||)||(5,703||)|
|Interest income, net||32||4|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.56||)||$||(0.84||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||17,086,615||6,810,407|
|Unrealized loss on short-term investments||(432||)||—|
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