CHESTERBROOK, PA — Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and provided an update on its pipeline of differentiated new chemical entities, including its lead asset, oliceridine, currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for potential approval this year.
“The second quarter saw important progress towards Trevena’s long-term success,” said Maxine Gowen, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain confident that the oliceridine NDA remains on track for an FDA decision by the November 2, 2018 PDUFA date, and we look forward to discussing the oliceridine data at an Advisory Committee meeting, likely in October. In addition, the second quarter saw us secure two important ex-US licensing transactions for oliceridine, strengthen our leadership team with important medical and commercial hires, and continue a smooth transition to Carrie Bourdow’s assumption of the CEO role.”
Second quarter and recent corporate highlights
- Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date for oliceridine: November 2, 2018. Oliceridine is an investigational product under FDA review for the management of moderate to severe acute pain where parenteral opioid analgesia is warranted and was designed to provide the pain relief of IV opioids with fewer associated adverse effects. The FDA has informed the Company that it intends to convene an advisory committee meeting, likely in October, to discuss the oliceridine NDA. If oliceridine is approved by the FDA, and following DEA scheduling, the Company expects the commercial launch of oliceridine in the first half of 2019.
- Licensed oliceridine for development and commercialization in South Korea and China. In April, the Company and privately held Pharmbio Korea Inc. announced that they have entered into an exclusive license agreement for the development and commercialization of oliceridine in South Korea. In May, the Company and Jiangsu Nhwa Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Nhwa) announced that they have entered an exclusive license agreement for the development and commercialization of oliceridine in China. Under these agreements, Trevena has received a total of $5.5 million in upfront payments, and it is eligible for further regulatory and commercial milestones and royalties. Nhwa has since exercised its option to exclusive rights to manufacture oliceridine for potential distribution in China. The Company continues to pursue its strategy to outlicense oliceridine in additional territories.
- Successful completion of Phase 1 study of TRV250 for acute migraine. In June, the Company announced the successful completion of its first-time-in-human Phase 1 study of TRV250, a biased delta receptor agonist that the Company is developing for the treatment of acute migraine. Preclinical data suggested that the novel selective signaling mechanism of TRV250 might avoid the seizure liability that has limited development of therapeutics targeting the delta receptor. Data from this healthy volunteer study showed safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics supporting the advancement of TRV250 to Phase 2 proof of concept evaluation in patients.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse studying TRV734 as a potentially differentiated therapy for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. The Company is supporting NIDA-funded efforts to evaluate the biased mu opioid receptor ligand TRV734, an orally available analog of oliceridine, as a potential maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. Nonclinical studies performed by NIDA scientists and presented at the recent College of Problems in Drug Dependence conference suggest that biased mu opioid receptor ligands may offer an alternative to current opioid maintenance therapies. The Company has completed two Phase 1 trials of TRV734 in healthy volunteers; in these studies, TRV734 showed CNS activity, pharmacokinetics, and safety and tolerability supporting potential Phase 2 trials.
- Continued advancement of preclinical non-narcotic analgesic program. The Company continues to evaluate a set of novel S1P modulators that may offer a new non-narcotic approach to managing chronic pain. The Company expects to complete characterization of the lead compounds in 2018 to determine if any merit IND-enabling studies to support Phase 1 clinical trials.
- Carrie Bourdow selected as next CEO. In April, the Company announced that Dr. Gowen will retire on October 1, 2018 and will continue to serve on the Trevena Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has selected Carrie L. Bourdow, who currently serves as Trevena’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, to be the Company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2018.
- Strengthened leadership team. In May, the Company announced the appointment of Mark A. Demitrack, M.D., as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Demitrack brings over 20 years of industry experience at large and small biopharmaceutical companies where he has led numerous CNS programs pre- and post-approval. In June, the Company announced the addition of several senior hires for the commercial and medical affairs leadership teams.
For the second quarter of 2018, Trevena reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $9.3 million, or $0.13 per share, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2017 of $20.4 million, or $0.35 per share. Research and development expenses were $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $15.5 million for the same period in 2017; general and administrative expenses were $5.9 million, compared to $4.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $63.5 million as of June 30, 2018. The Company expects this amount, together with interest thereon and proceeds from oliceridine ex-U.S. licensing activities, to be sufficient to fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements for at least twelve months from August 2, 2018.
For additional details, please see the Company’s Form 10-Q, which will be filed with the SEC on August 2, 2018.
Source: Trevena, Inc., 955 Chesterbrook Blvd, Suite 200, Chesterbrook PA 19087
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