Brickell Biotech Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
Completed enrollment in Phase 3 pivotal Cardigan I study and exceeded 70% enrollment in Phase 3 pivotal Cardigan II study
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Topline results for Phase 3 pivotal Cardigan I and Cardigan II studies expected in Q4 2021
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Presented results from Phase 3 open-label, long-term safety study of sofpironium bromide gel, 5% & 15% at AAD VMX 2021
BOULDER, Colo., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brickell Biotech, Inc. (“Brickell” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BBI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics for the treatment of debilitating skin diseases, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 and provided a corporate update.
“The beginning of 2021 has been a very productive period for the Brickell team, as we continue to execute against our development strategy for sofpironium bromide gel, 15% as a potential best-in-class treatment option for primary axillary hyperhidrosis,” commented Robert Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Brickell. “Most importantly, we continue to see patient enrollment in our Phase 3 pivotal clinical studies meet expectations, with enrollment completed last month in the Cardigan I study, and 70% enrollment surpassed in the Cardigan II study. As a result, we are on track to announce topline data from both studies in the fourth quarter of 2021. If these studies are successful, we expect to proceed towards an NDA submission to the U.S. FDA in 2022.”
Mr. Brown continued, “In April 2021, we were pleased to highlight data from the ARGYLE study, our Phase 3 open-label, long-term safety study of sofpironium bromide gel, as part of the late-breaking research program at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Virtual Meeting Experience 2021. In this study, sofpironium bromide gel was generally well-tolerated with continued efficacy during 48 weeks in patients with primary axillary hyperhidrosis. These data further contribute to our understanding of the long-term use of sofpironium bromide gel as a potential novel treatment for the millions of patients suffering from this chronic and debilitating condition.”
Business and Recent Developments
- Completed enrollment in the Phase 3 Cardigan I study and exceeded 70% enrollment in the Phase 3 Cardigan II study. Both randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled pivotal studies are evaluating sofpironium bromide gel, 15% vs. placebo (1:1 ratio) in approximately 350 subjects (per study) aged nine and older with primary axillary hyperhidrosis.
- Presented results from the Phase 3 open-label, long-term safety study of sofpironium bromide gel, 5% and 15% in a late-breaking oral presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Virtual Meeting Experience 2021 (“AAD VMX 2021”), in which the safety, tolerability, and efficacy results for sofpironium bromide gel, 5% and 15% were consistent with prior clinical experience and no unexpected safety findings were observed.
- Published validation results from the Company’s proprietary patient reported outcome scale, the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Measure-Axillary© (HDSM-Ax), in the peer-reviewed Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The published results conclude that the HDSM-AX scale is a well-defined and reliable measure of primary axillary hyperhidrosis.
- Hosted a KOL event in March with leading dermatologists to discuss hyperhidrosis through both the eyes of a patient and diagnosing clinician, as well as the unmet need that exists in hyperhidrosis, the current treatment landscape, and the negative quality of life impacts experienced by both pediatric and adult patients.
- Japanese development partner, Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Kaken”), continued to ramp up commercialization efforts for sofpironium bromide gel, 5% (ECCLOCK®) in Japan.
- Strengthened the Company’s balance sheet to $34.8 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter of 2021, which includes aggregate net proceeds of $10.6 million from warrant exercises and the sale of shares under a previously filed At-The-Market Equity Offering Program during the first quarter of 2021.
- On track to complete enrollment for the Cardigan II pivotal study in the third quarter of 2021.
- Expect to report topline results from the Cardigan I and II pivotal studies in the fourth quarter of 2021.
First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
The Company reported cash and cash equivalents of $34.8 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $30.1 million as of December 31, 2020.
Revenue was approximately $17 thousand for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $1.0 million for the first quarter of 2020. Revenue in 2021 consisted of royalty revenue recognized related to sales of ECCLOCK® in Japan by Kaken, while revenue in 2020 was driven by collaboration revenue recognized for research and development activities related to a license agreement with Kaken pursuant to which Kaken provided research and development funding to Brickell.
Research and development expenses were $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2020. This increase was primarily due to an increase in clinical costs related to the Phase 3 Cardigan studies, which were initiated in the fourth quarter of 2020.
General and administrative expenses were $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to increases in compensation-related expense and professional fees.
Brickell’s net loss was $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2021 compared to $4.1 million for the first quarter of 2020.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Brickell’s management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the financial results and recent corporate developments. The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-877-705-6003 for domestic participants and 1-201-493-6725 for international participants, with Conference ID #13718897. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed through the “Investors” tab on the Brickell Biotech website at https://www.brickellbio.com. A replay will be available on this website shortly after conclusion of the event for 90 days.
About Sofpironium Bromide
Sofpironium bromide is Brickell’s lead investigational product candidate and is a new chemical entity that belongs to a class of medications called anticholinergics. Anticholinergics block the action of acetylcholine, a chemical that transmits signals within the nervous system that are responsible for a range of bodily functions, including activation of the sweat glands. Sofpironium bromide was retrometabolically designed. Retrometabolic drugs are intended to exert their action locally and are potentially rapidly metabolized into a less active metabolite once absorbed into the blood. Sofpironium bromide gel, 15% is currently being evaluated in a U.S. pivotal Phase 3 clinical program for the treatment of primary axillary hyperhidrosis, and sofpironium bromide gel, 5% is approved in Japan for the same indication under the brand name ECCLOCK®. Sofpironium bromide was discovered at Bodor Laboratories, Inc. by Dr. Nicholas Bodor D.Sc., d.h.c. (multi), HoF, Graduate Research Professor Emeritus, University of Florida.
Hyperhidrosis is a debilitating, life-altering medical condition where a person sweats beyond what is physiologically required for thermoregulation of the body. More than 15 million people, or 4.8% of the population of the United States, and 12.76% of the population in Japan, are believed to suffer from hyperhidrosis1,2. Primary axillary (underarm) hyperhidrosis is the targeted first indication for sofpironium bromide and is the most common site of occurrence of hyperhidrosis, affecting an estimated 65% of patients with hyperhidrosis in the United States. Additional information can be found on the International Hyperhidrosis Society website: https://www.sweathelp.org/.
Brickell Biotech, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics for debilitating skin diseases with a focus on its lead asset sofpironium bromide for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Brickell’s executive management team and board of directors bring extensive experience in product development and global commercialization, having served in leadership roles at large global pharmaceutical companies and biotechs that have developed and/or launched successful products, including several that were first-in-class and/or achieved iconic status, such as Cialis®, Taltz®, Gemzar®, Prozac®, Cymbalta® and Juvederm®. Brickell’s strategy is to leverage this experience to in-license, acquire, develop and commercialize innovative and differentiated pharmaceutical products that Brickell believes can be successful in the marketplace and transform lives by solving currently unmet patient needs. For more information, visit https://www.brickellbio.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements made in this press release relating to future financial, business and/or research and clinical performance, conditions, plans, prospects, trends, or strategies and other such matters, including without limitation, the anticipated timing, scope, design and/or results of ongoing and future clinical trials, intellectual property rights, including the validity, term and enforceability of such, the expected timing and/or results of regulatory approvals and prospects for commercializing any of Brickell’s product candidates, or research collaborations with its partners, including in Japan, the United States or any other country, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, when or if used in this press release, the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “look forward” and similar expressions and their variants, as they relate to Brickell, Kaken or any of Brickell’s partners, may identify forward-looking statements. Brickell cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, which change over time, often quickly and in unanticipated ways. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements or historical experience include risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, ability to obtain adequate financing to advance product development, ability to maintain and enforce intellectual property rights, potential delays for any reason in product development and clinical trial enrollment, regulatory changes, supply chain disruptions, unanticipated demands on cash resources, any disruption to its business caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic, interruptions, disruption or inability by Kaken to supply and commercialize the product in Japan, or obtain or retain adequate pricing or reimbursement, the outcome of Brickell’s ongoing U.S. Phase 3 pivotal program on sofpironium bromide gel, and other risks associated with developing and obtaining regulatory approval for and commercializing product candidates.
Further information on the factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ from any forward-looking statements are contained in Brickell’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at https://www.sec.gov (or at https://www.brickellbio.com). The forward-looking statements represent the estimates of Brickell as of the date hereof only, and Brickell specifically disclaims any duty or obligation to update forward-looking statements.
1 Doolittle et al. Hyperhidrosis: an update on prevalence and severity in the United States. Arch Dermatol Res 2016; 308: 743-749.
2 Fujimoto et al. Epidemiological study and considerations of focal hyperhidrosis in Japan. J Dermatol 2013; 40: 886-90.
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
|Research and development||6,052||2,664|
|General and administrative||2,967||2,481|
|Total operating expenses||9,019||5,145|
|Loss from operations||(9,002||)||(4,099||)|
|Investment and other income (loss), net||31||(4||)|
|Net loss per common share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.15||)||$||(0.45||)|
|Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||61,163,581||9,106,209|
Brickell Biotech, Inc.
Selected Financial Information
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(amounts in thousands)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||34,781||$||30,115|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,997||3,489|
|Total stockholders’ equity||29,144||27,135|
Released May 13, 2021