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Pulmatrix Reports Q2 2020 Results and Business Updates
Strategic Partner Sensory Cloud Advancing Toward Commercial Launch of FEND in Fall 2020 as OTC Nasal Hygiene Product for COVID-19
Received MHRA approval of the PUR1800 Ph1b clinical trial, enabling a study start in 2H 2020
Strengthened balance sheet with gross proceeds from a registered direct offering in April and a warrant exercise transaction in July

LEXINGTON, Mass., Aug. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulmatrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: PULM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled therapies to address serious pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease using its patented iSPERSE™ technology, today reports its Q2 2020 financial results and provides a business update.

"The second quarter has been marked with important progress for our strategic partnership with Sensory Cloud," said Ted Raad, Chief Executive Officer of Pulmatrix. "The recent publication of data demonstrating the ability of FEND to suppress the exhalation of respiratory droplets, which can transmit airborne infections, leaves us confident that our proprietary NasoCalm technology can be applied to provide an important new OTC hygiene option for addressing the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to an anticipated commercial launch in the fall of this year and believe the royalty stream from the commercialization of FEND, upon the commencement of sales, could be an important source of non-dilutive funding to fuel our internal development pipeline."

Mr. Raad continued, "Together with our partner Cipla, we decided to end our Phase 2 clinical study of Pulmazole for the treatment of asthma patients with ABPA.  We are leveraging this pause in our development program to prepare for a new Phase 2b study of longer study duration and inclusion of efficacy endpoints that are intended to better inform and propel the program forward.  While we prepare for a potential study start in 3Q 2021, we are working with Cipla to amend the Phase 2 development and commercialization agreement to include the new Phase 2b development plan and budget.  In our partnership with Johnson & Johnson, we achieved a significant milestone with the MRHA approval of the PUR1800 Ph1b study, enabling us to start the study in 2H 2020."

Q2 and Recent Highlights:

  • Announced partner Sensory Cloud's progress towards the commercialization of FEND, an over the counter (OTC) nasal hygiene product that is comprised of proprietary Pulmatrix NasoCalm formulations (PUR003 and PUR006) of sodium chloride and calcium chloride salts licensed from Pulmatrix.  FEND is designed to provide, among other potential benefits, an ability to suppress the exhalation of droplets of airway lining fluid, which can transmit airborne infection with an anticipated commercial launch in the fall of 2020.  Pulmatrix will receive escalating royalties from worldwide revenues upon commencement of sales.
  • Announced the publication of NasoCalm development data, along with data generated by Sensory Cloud, in the Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics, demonstrating a reduction in airborne particles in exhaled air over time following FEND administration. These data suggest FEND provides hygienic benefit that may augment current social distancing and hygiene measures for addressing the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens.
  • Due to past enrollment delays, coupled with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on enrollment, Pulmatrix and Cipla ended its Phase 2 clinical study of Pulmazole for the treatment of allergic bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). Pulmatrix intends to initiate a new Phase 2b clinical study in 3Q 2021 with up to four months of dosing and the addition of trial efficacy endpoints, replacing the Phase 2 clinical study which focused on safety and tolerability endpoints.  Top-line data is anticipated 18 months after site activation start. Due to the changes in the development of Pulmazole, Pulmatrix and Cipla are negotiating amendments to the development and commercialization agreement.
  • The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory and Approval Agency (MHRA) approved in July the PUR1800 Ph1b clinical trial, enabling Pulmatrix plans to begin the study in the United Kingdom during 2H 2020. 
  • Appointed Chris Cabell, M.D. to the Pulmatrix Board of Directors. As current Head of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer at Arena Pharmaceuticals, with prior experience as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Quintiles, Dr. Cabell possesses the critical skills that will be beneficial in the strategy for Pulmatrix pipeline programs. Steven Gills, Ph.D., will step down from the Board of Directors on September 1, 2020. 
  • Strengthened balance sheet with gross proceeds from a registered direct offering in April and a warrant exercise transaction in July, in order to support ongoing preclinical and anticipated clinical programs for Pulmazole, PUR1800, other pipeline assets and general working capital needs.


As of June 30, 2020, Pulmatrix had $27.3 million in cash compared to $23.4 million as of December 31, 2019. 

Pulmatrix generated $3.5 million of revenue in the second quarter of 2020, compared to $4.8 million in the second quarter of 2019. The revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was the result of the collaboration and licensing agreements with Cipla and JJEI, respectively.

Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2020 and 2019 were $3.2 million. Included in the second quarter of 2020 costs were pre-clinical toxicology costs for the PUR1800 program and clinical study costs incurred for the Phase 2 Pulmazole study.

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were $1.5 million compared to $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease of $1.6 million was due to decreased spend in employment costs primarily as a result of reduced share-based compensation expense of $1.1 million in 2020, a $0.3 million milestone payment in 2019 and a $0.2 million reduction in legal and patent expense in 2020.

Net loss was $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2020 and $7.8 million for the first quarter of 2019.  The net loss for both periods was due to spend on the Pulmazole study and PUR1800 manufacturing costs for the upcoming planned Phase 1b clinical study.

About Pulmatrix             

Pulmatrix is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled therapies to address serious pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease using its patented iSPERSE™ technology. The Company's proprietary product pipeline is initially focused on advancing treatments for serious lung diseases, including Pulmazole, an inhaled anti-fungal for patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis ("ABPA"), and PUR1800, a narrow spectrum kinase inhibitor in lung cancer. Pulmatrix's product candidates are based on iSPERSE™, its proprietary engineered dry powder delivery platform, which seeks to improve therapeutic delivery to the lungs by maximizing local concentrations and reducing systemic side effects to improve patient outcomes.


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