Announced Positive Topline Results from CT1812 Phase 2 SEQUEL Study in Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease
Commenced Recruitment for 540-patient Phase 2 START Trial in Early Alzheimer’s Disease
Published Data from SNAP Study Affirming Target Engagement of Sigma-2 (σ-2) Receptor
Patient Dosing Commenced in MAGNIFY Study for Geographic Atrophy
PURCHASE, N.Y., Aug. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGTX), a clinical-stage neuroscience company developing drugs that treat neurodegenerative disorders by regulating cellular damage response pathways (the “Company” or “Cognition”), today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 and provided recent business updates.
“The first half of 2023 saw positive news from Eisai and Lilly culminating in an approval for lecanemab and BLA filing for donanemab. These developments are exciting and speak to the advances being made in understanding disease drivers, such as amyloid-β oligomers. Cognition Therapeutics also made progress against this target in our own R&D effort during the first half of 2023, further demonstrating the potential of our lead oral drug candidate, CT1812 to treat degenerative diseases of the central nervous system and retina, which remain critically underserved,” commented Lisa Ricciardi, president and CEO of Cognition Therapeutics. “We were encouraged by the positive topline results from our SEQUEL study. In this trial, we demonstrated the impact of CT1812 on neurophysiological endpoints such as synapse activity and connectivity as measured by quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG). We anticipate full study results to be available in the fourth quarter of 2023. The cornerstone of our work at Cognition is solid science and robust data, and we continue to augment our growing body of clinical evidence with compelling insights that we believe support our further development of CT1812.
Ms. Ricciardi added, “In building the scientific case for CT1812, our team and leading collaborators published a major review article in the International Journal of Molecular Science Review, which presented the mechanistic rationale for sigma-2 (σ-2) receptor modulation as a differentiated and targeted approach to protecting key cells from damage and death in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). Additionally, we also announced the publication of complete results from our Phase 1 SNAP study, which indicated that CT1812 selectively engages its primary target, the σ-2 receptor, and achieves rapid displacement of amyloid-β oligomers from synapses after just a single oral dose. Beyond CT1812’s target engagement, we have built a library of data that supports CT1812’s ability to mitigate brain volume atrophy in our SPARC trial and early signals of cognitive benefit observed in our SHINE trial.
“We continue to advance our ongoing trials for Alzheimer’s disease (SHINE and START), dementia with Lewy bodies (SHIMMER), and our MAGNIFY trial in people with geographic atrophy caused by dry AMD. We believe our current equity capital and grant funding will provide the necessary resources to reach key inflection points and clinical milestones into the third quarter of 2024,” Ms. Ricciardi concluded.
Business and Corporate Highlights
- Reported positive topline results from SEQUEL qEEG study
- Activated the first site in the National Institute on Aging-funded 540-patient Phase 2 START study for early Alzheimer’s disease
- Initiated dosing in patients with CT1812 in the MAGNIFY dry AMD study
- Advanced enrollment in the 144-patient SHINE study and 120-patient SHIMMER trial
- Published confirmatory evidence from the SNAP Study in Translational Neurodegeneration showing that CT1812 selectively engages the σ-2 receptor supporting its unique and neuroprotective mechanism of action
- Presented evidence supporting CT1812 impact on pathways associated with degenerative diseases at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
- Appointed John Doyle (CFO) and Steven Weissman, Ph.D. (CMC), whose combined experience will be crucial as the company advances through its ongoing Phase 2 studies and plans for future programs
Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023, were approximately $37.2 million, and total grants funds remaining from the NIA were $81.8 million. The Company estimates that it has sufficient cash to fund operations and capital expenditures through the third quarter of 2024.
Research and development expenses were $8.5 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, compared to $9.1 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease was primarily related to non-recurring start-up activities from the Phase 2 SHINE and SHIMMER trials.
General and administrative expenses for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, were $3.3 million compared to $3.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022. The increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees, partially offset by lower Director & Officer Liability insurance and other expenses.
The Company reported a net loss of $4.7 million or $(0.16) per basic and diluted share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, compared to a net loss of $5.8 million or $(0.25) per basic and diluted share during the same period in 2022.
Cognition will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. ET, to discuss the second quarter corporate and financial update. To access the call, dial (800) 715-9871 or (646) 307-1963 for international callers and provide conference call ID number 8093818. A live webcast can be accessed here: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/uk2ydsta or on the Investors section of the company website under News & Events. Shortly following completion of the call, an archive will be made available and will be saved for 90 days.
About Cognition Therapeutics:
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative, small molecule therapeutics targeting age-related degenerative disorders of the central nervous system and retina. We are currently investigating our lead candidate CT1812 in clinical programs in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). We believe CT1812 and our pipeline of σ-2 receptor modulators can regulate pathways that are impaired in these diseases. We believe that targeting the σ-2 receptor with CT1812 represents a mechanism functionally distinct from other current approaches in clinical development for the treatment of degenerative diseases. More about Cognition Therapeutics and its pipeline can be found at https://cogrx.com/.
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Unaudited Selected Financial Data
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations Data:||2023||2022||2023||2022|
|Research and development||$||8,497||$||9,098||$||13,927||$||15,616|
|General and administrative||3,320||3,115||6,863||6,010|
|Total operating expenses||11,817||12,213||20,790||21,626|
|Loss from operations||(11,817||)||(12,213||)||(20,790||)||(21,626||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Other expense, net||172||(42||)||(443||)||(237||)|
|Total other income, net||7,091||6,336||9,892||12,036|
|Loss before income tax||(4,726||)||(5,877||)||(10,898||)||(9,590||)|
|Income tax benefit||—||125||—||—|
|Unrealized (loss) gain on foreign currency translation||(1||)||(3||)||3||(2||)|
|Total comprehensive loss||$||(4,727||)||$||(5,755||)||$||(10,895||)||$||(9,592||)|
|Net loss per share:|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding:|
|(in thousands)|| June 30, 2023
||December 31, 2022|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||37,190||$||41,562|
|Total stockholders’ equity||34,386||40,249|
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc.
Daniel Kontoh-Boateng (investors)
Tiberend Strategic Advisors, Inc.