Protara Therapeutics Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Business Overview
“We are committed to advancing our pipeline of potentially transformative therapies in several areas of high unmet need,” said
- Received Rare Pediatric Disease Designation from FDA for TARA-002 for the Treatment of Lymphatic Malformations. In
July 2020, Protara announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) granted Rare Pediatric Disease designation for TARA-002 for the treatment of Lymphatic Malformations (LMs). TARA-002 is an investigational cell-based therapy based on the broad immunopotentiator OK-432, which is approved in Japanand Taiwanfor the treatment of LMs.
The FDA grants Rare Pediatric Disease designation for serious diseases that primarily affect children ages 18 years or younger and fewer than 200,000 persons in the
United States. Under the FDA's Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher program, a sponsor who receives an approval of a new drug application or biologics license application for a product for the prevention or treatment of a rare pediatric disease may be eligible for a voucher, which can be redeemed to obtain priority review for any subsequent marketing application or may be sold or transferred.
IV Choline Chloride
- Received Fast Track Designation from FDA for Intravenous Choline Chloride for the Treatment of Intestinal Failure Associated Liver Disease. In
May 2020, Protara announced that the U.S.FDA granted Fast Track Designation to Intravenous (IV) Choline Chloride for the treatment of intestinal failure-associated liver disease (IFALD). IV Choline Chloride is Protara’s Phase 3-ready investigational phospholipid substrate replacement therapy for patients receiving parenteral nutrition (PN) who have IFALD.
Barry P. Flannellyto the Board of Directors. In July 2020, Protara announced the appointment of Barry P. Flannelly, Pharm.D, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Flannellycurrently serves as Executive Vice President, General Manager, U.S.at Incyte, bringing over 20 years of commercial and business development leadership experience across numerous leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Second Quarter 2020 Results from Operations
- Protara reported a net loss of $7.1 million for the second quarter of 2020 as compared to a net loss of
$1.4 millionfor the three months ended June 30, 2019. The second quarter of 2020 included approximately $1.8 million of stock-based compensation expense.
- Research and Development expenses were
$2.5 millionfor the second quarter of 2020, an increase of $1.5 millionas compared to the three months ended June 30, 2019. The increase was primarily associated with activities related to TARA-002.
- General and Administrative expenses were
$4.8 millionfor the second quarter of 2020, which represented an increase of $4.4 millionas compared to the three months ended June 30, 2019. The increase was primarily related to an increase in stock-based compensation and professional fees associated with becoming a public company.
- As of June 30, 2020, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $30.0 million.
Protara is committed to identifying and advancing transformative therapies for people with rare and specialty diseases who have limited treatment options. Protara’s portfolio includes its lead program, TARA-002, an investigational cell-based therapy being developed for the treatment of lymphatic malformations, and IV Choline Chloride, an investigational phospholipid substrate replacement therapy for the treatment of IFALD. For more information, visit www.protaratx.com.
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Protara may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “proposed,” “continue,” “designed,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should” or other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to, statements regarding Protara’s intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: Protara’s business strategy, Protara’s development plans for its product candidates and related interactions with the FDA, Protara’s financial footing, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental responses on Protara’s business and clinical programs. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: risks that Protara’s sales, revenue, expense and other financial guidance may not be as expected, as well as risks and uncertainties associated with: Protara’s development programs, including the initiation and completion of non-clinical studies and clinical trials and the timing of required filings with the FDA and other regulatory agencies; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Protara’s business and the global economy; general market conditions; changes in the competitive landscape; changes in Protara’s strategic and commercial plans; Protara’s ability to obtain sufficient financing to fund its strategic plans and commercialization efforts; having to use cash in ways or on timing other than expected; the impact of market volatility on cash reserves; the loss of key members of management; and the risks and uncertainties associated with Protara’s business and financial condition in general, including the risks and uncertainties described more fully under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in Protara's filings and reports with the
|PROTARA THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||29,970,617||$||564,124|
|Deferred offering costs||-||121,712|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,828,556||78,057|
|Total current assets||32,849,173||763,893|
|Property and equipment, net||655,495||458,591|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)|
|Right-of-use liability, current||29,287||-|
|Total current liabilities||3,446,544||3,350,443|
|Right-of-use liability, long-term||378,885||-|
|Commitments and Contingencies (Note 6)|
|Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)|
|Series 1 Convertible Preferred Stock, 3,880 and 0 shares authorized at
|Common Stock, 5,843,203 and 2,627,533 common shares issued and outstanding as of|
|Additional Paid in Capital||89,406,633||10,651,073|
|Total Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)||59,430,533||(2,127,959||)|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)||$||63,255,962||$||1,222,484|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|For the Three Months Ended
||For the Six Months Ended
|Research & development||$||2,469,720||$||986,716||$||5,534,513||$||2,064,562|
|General & administrative||4,796,155||441,959||11,890,987||892,169|
|Total operating expenses||7,265,875||1,428,675||17,425,500||2,956,731|
|Other (income) expense, net|
|Interest (income) expense, net||(125,845||)||-||(225,213||)||-|
|Total other (income) expense, net||(125,845||)||-||(225,213||)||-|
|Weighted Average Shares Outstanding, basic and diluted||5,843,203||2,558,419||5,701,855||2,558,419|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(1.22||)||$||(0.56||)||$||(3.02||)||$||(1.16||)|
Source: Protara Therapeutics