JERUSALEM, Nov. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via InvestorWire – BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV), which focuses on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative immunotherapeutic products primarily for the treatment of infectious and autoimmune diseases, today published its financial results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2022, and provided a business update.
The strategic research collaboration between BiondVax, the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences (MPG), and the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) towards the development of a pipeline of innovative nanosized antibody (NanoAb) therapies is proceeding according to plan:
A preclinical proof-of-concept study of the COVID-19 NanoAb as an inhaled therapy in COVID-19-infected animals is being conducted in Germany. Using an industry-standard animal model, the study has compared weight loss in two groups of hamsters after infection with SARS-COV-2. As reported yesterday, compared to their weight immediately prior to infection, the control group’s weight declined on average 12.01%, while the weight of the experimental group, which was administered BiondVax’s NanoAb through inhalation, declined on average only 3.80%, a highly statistically significant result (p<0.001).
The trial is expected to continue in January 2023 with additional arms testing lower therapeutic doses and a prophylactic dose of the inhaled COVID-19 NanoAb. A first-in-human Phase 1/2a clinical trial of the COVID-19 NanoAb inhaled therapy will be initiated in 2023.
The next NanoAbs to be developed will target IL-17 as drug candidates for the potential treatment of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
As previously reported, BiondVax has received notice of non-compliance with Nasdaq listing rules regarding minimum Shareholders’ Equity and minimum share bid price.
To regain compliance with bid price requirements, the Company executed a ratio change between its ordinary shares and its American Depositary Shares (ADSs) traded on the Nasdaq exchange effective Nov. 25, 2022. The new ratio is 400 ordinary shares for each ADS (changing from 40 ordinary shares for each ADS). Based on communications from Nasdaq, the Company expects to regain compliance once the ADS price closes above $1 per share for 10 consecutive trading days.
The Company has responded to Nasdaq with a plan to regain compliance with the minimum Shareholders’ Equity requirement. As previously communicated, on Aug. 15, the Company signed with its main lender, the European Investment Bank, a new financial contract restructuring the repayment schedule of its €24 million debt. The value generated to shareholders by the debt repayment terms restructuring was $3.161 million as reflected in “other income” in the current Q3 2022 financial report. This by itself brought the shareholders’ value to above the minimum threshold to meet Nasdaq requirements as of Sept. 30, 2022. BiondVax is currently communicating its plans with Nasdaq and will announce once Nasdaq determines that it is back in compliance.
BiondVax leadership has recently presented in person at the following conferences: HCW 24th Annual Global Investment Conference, LD Micro Main Event XV, and RAFT 14. BiondVax’s CEO Amir Reichman is scheduled to present in person at the Biotech Showcase, held in conjunction with the annual JPM Healthcare Conference in San Francisco on Jan. 9 to 11, 2023. He also plans to present in person at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference taking place in New York on Feb. 6 to 9, 2023. Investors and industry leaders interested in meeting with Mr. Reichman may contact the company via the contact information provided below.
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Summary
Results are in New Israel Shekels (NIS) and convenience translation to $US is provided using the exchange rate of 3.543 (NIS/$US), the rate as of the close of business on Sept. 30, 2022.
R&D expenses for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 3.9 million ($1.1 million) compared to NIS 2 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2021. Total R&D expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 14.1 million ($3.9 million) compared to NIS 6.7 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021. These increases were primarily due to drug development activities related to the new COVID-19 NanoAb program licensed from Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH in December 2021.
Marketing, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 3.3 million ($1 million) compared to NIS 6.0 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2021. Total marketing, general and administrative expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 12.2 million ($3.4 million) compared to NIS 17 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021. These decreases were primarily due to reduced salaries and related expenses of NIS 0.36 million, share-based payment of NIS 2.2 million, directors’ fees of NIS 0.8 million and professional services of NIS 1.6 million
Other income: For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2022, the Company recorded ‘other income' in the amount of NIS 11,201 ($3,161) as a result of the EIB loan revaluation. No additional other income was recorded in the first nine months of 2022.
Financial expenses for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 0.1 million compared to NIS 0.8 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2021. Financial expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 3.3 million ($0.9 million) compared to NIS 5.3 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021. These decreases were primarily due to currency exchange differences and EIB loan financial valuation expenses.
Total operating expenses / income for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were income of NIS 3.8 million ($1.08 million) compared to expenses of NIS 8.2 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2021. Total operating expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2022, were NIS 15.2 million ($4.2 million) compared to NIS 23.2 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021.
Net Profit / loss for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2022, was a profit of NIS 3.7 million ($1.05 million) compared to a loss of NIS 9 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2021. Net loss for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2022, was NIS 18.52 million ($5.2 million) compared to NIS 29.2 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021.
As of Sept. 30, 2022, BiondVax had cash and cash equivalents of NIS 29.4 million ($8.3 million) compared to NIS 54 million as of Dec. 31, 2021.
Unaudited third quarter financial results will be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 6-K. A summary is included in the tables below.
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: BVXV) is a biotechnology company focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative immunotherapeutic products primarily for the treatment of infectious and autoimmune diseases. Since its inception, the company has executed eight clinical trials including a seven country, 12,400 participant Phase 3 trial of its vaccine candidate and has built a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for biopharmaceutical products. With highly experienced pharmaceutical industry leadership, BiondVax is aiming to develop a pipeline of diversified and commercially viable products and platforms beginning with an innovative nanosized antibody (NanoAb) pipeline. www.biondvax.com.
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