Longboard Pharmaceuticals Provides Corporate Update and Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
- Commenced multiple ascending dose (MAD) portion of the Phase 1 study for LP352, a potential treatment for severe epileptic indications; topline results expected in the second half of 2021
- Successfully completed an upsized initial public offering (IPO) raising approximately $84.8 million in total gross proceeds (before deducting underwriter and issuance costs)
- Strengthened leadership team with the addition of team members with significant life sciences experience, including Brandi Roberts as Chief Financial Officer, and leads across multiple R&D functions including clinical pharmacology, preclinical development, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and translational science
- Enhanced the Board of Directors with the appointments of veteran biotech and pharmaceutical leaders Dr. Corinne Le Goff and Casey Lynch
SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 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, 2021.
"Over the quarter we made significant corporate, clinical and financial progress. Our key priorities were three-fold: first, strategically assemble an outstanding leadership team and Board with a wealth of pharmaceutical experience that spans across all phases of research and clinical development and commercialization; second, advance our clinical and preclinical pipeline; and finally, secure a strong financial position by completing our IPO," stated Kevin R. Lind, Longboard’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the accomplishment of these important foundational steps, we believe that we are well positioned to build a world-class neuroscience drug development company and we look forward to providing updates on our progress as we execute on key milestones ahead."
- LP352, an oral, highly selective, centrally acting 5-hydroxytryptamine 2c receptor subtype (5-HT2c) superagonist, is in the MAD portion of a Phase 1 study with topline data expected in second half of this year. We plan to initiate a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial for the treatment of developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs) in the first quarter of 2022.
- LP143, an oral, centrally acting full agonist to the cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptor targeting a broad range of neurodegenerative diseases, with an initial focus in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is currently in Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies and we anticipate submitting an IND application to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of 2022.
- LP659, an oral, selective, centrally acting sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator targeting a range of central nervous system neuroinflammatory diseases, is currently in IND-enabling studies and we anticipate submitting an IND application to the FDA in the second half of 2022.
First Quarter 2021 Financial Results:
Balance Sheet Highlights
At March 31, 2021, Longboard’s cash and cash equivalents balance was approximately $120.9 million and approximately 16.9 million shares of Longboard voting and non-voting common stock were outstanding.
Research and development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $4.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $0.1 million for the period from January 3, 2020 (inception) through March 31, 2020. R&D expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 included $2.1 million in preclinical expenses related to advancing LP143 and LP659, $1.5 million in clinical trial expenses related to LP352 and $0.6 million in personnel-related expenses.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $0.1 million for the period from January 3, 2020 through March 31, 2020. G&A expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 included $0.8 million of personnel-related costs and $0.4 million of professional services and legal related fees.
Net loss: Net loss was $5.7 million, or $0.84 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $0.2 million, or $0.05 per share, for the period from January 3, 2020 through March 31, 2020.
About Longboard Pharmaceuticals
Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel, transformative medicines for neurological diseases. Longboard was formed in January 2020 by Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Arena) to advance a portfolio of centrally acting product candidates designed to be highly selective for specific G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Longboard’s small molecule product candidates were discovered out of the same platform at Arena that represents a culmination of more than 20 years of GPCR research. Longboard is evaluating LP352, an oral, centrally acting, 5-hydroxytryptamine 2c receptor subtype superagonist, with negligible observed impact on 5-HT2b and 5-HT2a receptor subtypes, in development for the potential treatment of developmental and epileptic encephalopathies. Longboard is also evaluating LP143, a centrally acting, full cannabinoid type 2 receptor agonist, in development for the potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases associated with neuroinflammation caused by microglial activation, and LP659, a centrally acting, sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor subtypes 1 and 5 modulator, in development for the potential treatment of central nervous system neuroinflammatory diseases.
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Financial Tables Follow
LONGBOARD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||March 31, 2021||December 31, 2020|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||120,851||$||55,316|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,779||46|
|Total current assets||123,630||55,362|
|Deferred financing costs||—||876|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Accrued research and development expenses||1,051||916|
|Accrued other expenses||699||845|
|Accrued compensation and related expenses||275||161|
|Total current liabilities||4,044||3,135|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Convertible preferred stock:|
|Series A convertible preferred stock $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - none and 5,600,000 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; issued and outstanding shares - none and 5,600,000 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; aggregate liquidation preference – none and $56,000 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively||—||55,795|
|Stockholders’ equity (deficit):|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - 10,000,000 and none at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; issued and outstanding shares - none at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020||—||—|
|Voting common stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - 300,000,000 and 10,500,000 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; issued and outstanding shares - 12,939,140 and 3,840,540 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, both excluding 348,450 shares subject to repurchase||1||—|
|Non-voting common stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares - 10,000,000 and none at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; issued and outstanding shares - 3,629,400 and none at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||139,684||11,708|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||119,586||(2,692||)|
|Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)||$||123,630||$||56,238|
LONGBOARD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||Three Months |
March 31, 2021
|Period from |
January 3, 2020
March 31, 2020
|Research and development||4,398||59|
|General and administrative||1,305||115|
|Total operating expenses||5,703||174|
|Loss from operations||(5,703||)||(174||)|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||$||(5,699||)||$||(174||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.84||)||$||(0.05||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||6,810,407||3,711,084|
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