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ReNeuron Group Plc RNS Release

Interim results


RNS Number : 3018Z
ReNeuron Group plc
14 December 2017
 

 Details are given below of an analyst meeting and webcast at 9.30am this morning

 

 

 

14 December 2017

 

AIM: RENE

 

ReNeuron Group plc

("ReNeuron" or "the Company")

 

 Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

ReNeuron Group plc (AIM: RENE), a UK-based global leader in the development of cell-based therapeutics, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017.

 

Highlights

 

·      CTX stem cell therapy candidate for stroke disability:  

-     Long term data from Phase II clinical trial confirm positive results seen after 3 months post-treatment

-     IND application approved to commence a Phase IIb, placebo-controlled clinical trial in the US in H1 2018

 

·      hRPC stem cell therapy candidate for retinal diseases:

-     Dosing commenced in Phase II element of ongoing US Phase I/II clinical trial in retinitis pigmentosa

-     Phase IIb clinical trial planned to commence in mid 2018 in retinitis pigmentosa alongside further Phase II clinical trial in cone-rod dystrophy

 

·      Exosome nanomedicine platform:

-     Positive pre-clinical data with ExoPr0 exosome therapy candidate demonstrates potential of ExoPr0 to target multiple diseases

-     Initial clinical trial application planned for 2019 in cancer

 

·      US office established in Boston, reflecting the Company's increasing clinical activity in the US

 

·      Two further government grants awarded in the period, providing funding towards £3.5m of collaborative work programmes  to develop the Company's exosome therapy platform and its cell therapy manufacturing processes

 

·      Loss for the period of £9.57 million (2016: loss of £7.70 million); cash consumed by operations of £9.22 million (2016: £6.99 million); cash, cash equivalents and bank deposits at 30 September 2017 of £45.28 million (31 March 2017: £53.06 million)

 

Commenting on the results, Olav Hellebø, Chief Executive Officer, said:

 

"During the period, our therapeutic development programmes have continued to progress to plan.  The subsequent FDA approval to commence a Phase IIb clinical trial in the US with our CTX cell therapy candidate for stroke disability marks another significant milestone with this programme.  We have made significant advances with our hRPC cell therapy candidate, with dosing having commenced in the Phase II part of our ongoing US Phase I/II clinical trial in retinitis pigmentosa.  We have also generated and presented further encouraging pre-clinical data with our ExoPr0 exosome therapy candidate targeting cancer.  This progress positions us for the delivery of further significant clinical milestones across our therapeutic programmes during each of the next three years."

 

 

Analyst meeting and webcast:

 

A meeting for analysts will be held at 9.30am today at the offices of Buchanan, 107 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DN.

 

For a webcast of the analyst presentation, please log on to the following web address approximately 10 minutes before 9.30am:

 

http://vm.buchanan.uk.com/2017/reneuron141217/registration.htm

 

For further details please contact Buchanan on 020 7466 5000.

 

A recording of the webcast will be made available on ReNeuron's website, www.reneuron.com

 

 

Enquiries:

 

ReNeuron

+44 (0)20  3819 8400

Olav Hellebø , Chief Executive Officer

 

Michael Hunt, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Buchanan

 

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Mark Court, Sophie Wills, Stephanie Watson

 

 

 

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Jonathan Senior, Stewart Wallace, Ben Maddison (NOMAD and Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7710 7600

N+1 Singer Advisory LLP

Mark Taylor (Joint Broker)

 

+44 (0) 20 7496 3000

 

About ReNeuron

 

ReNeuron is a leading, clinical-stage cell therapy development company.  Based in the UK, its primary objective is the development of novel cell-based therapies targeting areas of significant unmet or poorly met medical need.  

 

ReNeuron has used its unique stem cell technologies to develop cell-based therapies for significant disease conditions where the cells can be readily administered "off-the-shelf" to any eligible patient without the need for additional immunosuppressive drug treatments.  The Company has therapeutic candidates in clinical development for disability as a result of stroke, for critical limb ischaemia and for the blindness-causing disease, retinitis pigmentosa.   

 

ReNeuron is also advancing its proprietary exosome technology platform as a potential new nanomedicine targeting cancer and as a potential delivery system for drugs that would otherwise be unable to reach their site of action.

 

ReNeuron's shares are traded on the London AIM market under the symbol RENE.L.  Further information on ReNeuron and its products can be found at www.reneuron.com.

 

 

This announcement contains forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business achievements/performance of ReNeuron and certain of the plans and objectives of management of ReNeuron with respect thereto. These statements may generally, but not always, be identified by the use of words such as "should", "expects", "estimates", "believes" or similar expressions. This announcement also contains forward-looking statements attributed to certain third parties relating to their estimates regarding the growth of markets and demand for products. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they reflect ReNeuron's current expectations and assumptions as to future events and circumstances that may not prove accurate.  A number of factors could cause ReNeuron's actual financial condition, results of operations and business achievements/performance to differ materially from the estimates made or implied in such forward-looking statements and, accordingly, reliance should not be placed on such statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of therapeutic programmes

 

CTX for stroke disability

 

During the period under review, we have continued our preparations to move our CTX cell therapy candidate for stroke disability into the next stage of its clinical development in the US.  These efforts have culminated in today's announcement that the FDA has approved our IND application to commence a Phase IIb study in the US.  The study, designated PISCES III, is a randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 110 patients across 25 clinical trial sites in the US.  Patients with stable post-stroke disability will be entered into the study 6 to 12 months after their stroke and will be randomised to receive either the CTX therapy or placebo treatment.  The primary end-point of the study will be a comparison of the proportion of patients in the treated and placebo arms showing a clinically important improvement on the Modified Rankin Scale (mRS), a measure of disability and dependence, at 6 months post-treatment compared with baseline.  Data from the study are expected in late 2019.  

 

We also recently announced that the positive response rates in key measures reported at three months after treatment in the PISCES II clinical trial of our CTX cell therapy candidate for stroke disability were sustained at 12 months after treatment.  PISCES II is a single arm, open-label study in patients living with significant disability resulting from ischaemic stroke.  We originally announced positive initial data from the study in December 2016, when all patients had been followed up for at least three months after treatment.  Importantly, the mRS response rate was maintained at 12 months post-treatment, with 7 out of 20 patients (35%) showing a clinically relevant improvement.  It is this measure of disability and dependence that has been carried forward as the primary endpoint in the PISCES III clinical trial.

 

hRPC for retinal diseases

 

During the period under review, we completed dosing in the Phase I element of the ongoing US Phase I/II clinical trial of our hRPC cell therapy candidate for the blindness-causing disease, retinitis pigmentosa (RP).  This study, which is being conducted at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, is an open-label, dose escalation study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of our hRPC stem cell therapy candidate in patients with advanced RP.  We recently announced that the study's Data Safety Monitoring Board had given approval for the study to progress into its Phase II element.  This decision was based on short term data from the nine RP patients treated in the Phase I part of the study, which indicate that the hRPC cell therapy was safe and well tolerated at the three doses tested.

 

The final high-dose cohort of patients in the Phase I part of the study was treated with the newly developed cryopreserved formulation of our hRPC cell therapy candidate.  Based on the short term safety data, this is the formulation and dose that will be utilised in the Phase II element of the study, where patient dosing has now commenced.  This part of the study will recruit six RP patients with less impaired vision than those treated in the Phase I element and it is expected that this will lead to a larger, placebo-controlled Phase IIb clinical trial in similar patients in terms of the progression of their disease.

 

We expect read-outs from the Phase II part of the ongoing RP clinical trial in the second half of 2018, with efficacy data from the subsequent Phase IIb study in the first half of 2020.

 

The cryopreserved formulation of our hRPC cell therapy candidate has given us an opportunity to expand our clinical programmes in ophthalmology.  To this end, and as previously announced, we intend to seek approval to commence a Phase II clinical trial with our hRPC cell therapy candidate in patients with cone-rod dystrophy ("CRD"), to run concurrently with the Phase IIb testing of this candidate in RP.  CRD is a group of rare eye disorders associated with a loss of cone cells in the retina that results in deterioration of central visual acuity and colour vision. 

 

Exosome nanomedicine platform

 

During the period, we continued to generate and present pre-clinical data relating to our exosome development programme in conjunction with our academic collaborators.  Exosomes are nanoparticles secreted from cells including our proprietary CTX stem cell line. They play a key role in cell-to-cell signalling and early research with ExoPr0, our first CTX-derived exosome therapeutic candidate, has demonstrated its potential as both a novel therapeutic candidate and as a drug delivery vehicle.  

 

Data were presented during the period showing a significant reduction in proliferation of a number of tumour-derived cell lines when treated with ExoPr0, indicating that ExoPr0 may have a significant effect in regulating cell growth and apoptosis in cancer.  Further biodistribution data were also presented during the period showing that ExoPr0 can be targeted to specific organs and tissues by either local or systemic administration and, most importantly, can penetrate the blood brain barrier.  These findings suggest that there is significant potential to develop ExoPr0 for the treatment of multiple diseases, including solid tumours.

 

Finally, we and our collaborators have presented robust methodologies to characterise our CTX-derived exosomes to ensure consistency and control during manufacture as well as purification strategies to address the upstream cell culture processes needed to generate our exosomes and the downstream purification methods that can be applied to remove protein and DNA-based impurities from the exosomes at commercially relevant scale. 

 

On the basis of the above progress and subject to continued success with ongoing pre-clinical development work, we hope to be able to commence clinical development with ExoPr0 during 2019, targeting a solid tumour cancer indication.

 

Other activities

 

During the period and subsequent to the period end, we, along with our academic and commercial collaborators, have been awarded two further government grants.  The first of these is a grant from Innovate UK funding a £2.3 million work programme to further advance our next generation commercial cell therapy manufacturing capabilities.  The grant is funding key process development activities relating to up-scaled commercial manufacture of our cell therapy candidates, including the development of robust manufacturing processes utilising next generation technology and techniques that will enable the production of our therapeutic candidates at a commercial scale. 

 

The second grant has been awarded under the Welsh Government's SMARTExpertise scheme and will help fund a £1.2m collaborative programme of work to advance our emerging exosome therapy platform.   The work programme will establish methods to refine and optimise the manufacturing process for generating our CTX-derived exosomes with the highest biological efficacy, methods to enhance the characterisation of the CTX-derived exosomes against solid tumours to identify new cancer targets, and methods to characterise exosomes with potential therapeutic benefit derived from ReNeuron's broader proprietary cell line library. 

 

We recently announced that we have established an office in Boston, one of the US's most vibrant academic and commercial biotechnology hubs.  This office will house our US-based clinical and medical staff and reflects our current and future focus on clinical development activities in the US across our therapeutic programmes. 

 

During the period, Dr Paul Harper stepped down from the Board as a Non-executive Director. We thank Paul for the immense contribution he has made to the Company's success over his long tenure on the Board and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

 

Also during the period, we welcomed Dr Claudia D'Augusta as a new Non-executive Director of the Company.  Dr D'Augusta will also chair the Company's Audit Committee and brings over 20 years' experience in Europe and US corporate finance, in particular in the cell therapy sector.

 

Financial review

 

In the six months to 30 September 2017, revenues were £24,000 (2016: £22,000) in addition to which grant income of £240,000 was received and is shown as other operating income (2016: £366,000).

 

Research and development expenditure increased in the period to £8.60 million (2016: £7.88 million).  This increase in R&D expenditure, broadly  consistent with the increase in spend seen in the second half of the previous financial year, reflects the increased level of clinical trial activity and associated cell manufacturing and process development costs across the Group's therapeutic programmes.  General and administrative expenses increased to £2.21 million (2016: £2.14 million) in the period. 

 

Finance income represents income received from the Group's cash and investments and gains from foreign exchange with losses from foreign exchange shown in finance costs. Finance income was £0.19 million in the period (2016: £1.00 million).  In 2016, finance income included foreign exchange gains of £0.72 million.  In 2017, the movement in exchange rates have led to a foreign exchange loss of £0.62 million.  The Group holds cash and investments in foreign currencies in order to hedge against operational spend and the strengthening of sterling against the US dollar during the period has resulted in a relative devaluation of the Group's foreign currency deposits. The total tax credit for the period was £1.40 million (2016: £0.94 million).

 

As a result of the above, the total comprehensive loss for the period increased to £9.57 million (2016: £7.70 million).

 

Cash consumed by operations in the period increased to £9.22 million (2016: £6.99 million), broadly reflecting the increase in operating costs in the period. The Group had cash, cash equivalents and bank deposits totalling £45.3 million as at 30 September 2017 (31 March 2017: £53.1 million).

 

Summary and outlook

 

During the period, our therapeutic development programmes have continued to progress to plan.  The subsequent FDA approval to commence a Phase IIb clinical trial in the US with our CTX cell therapy candidate for stroke disability marks another significant milestone with this programme.  We have made significant advances with our hRPC cell therapy candidate, with dosing having commenced in the Phase II part of our ongoing US Phase I/II clinical trial in retinitis pigmentosa.  We have also generated and presented further encouraging pre-clinical data with our ExoPr0 exosome therapy candidate targeting cancer.  This progress positions us for the delivery of further significant clinical milestones across our therapeutic programmes during each of the next three years.

 

John Berriman                                                                       Olav Hellebø

Chairman                                                                                 Chief Executive Officer

 

14 December 2017

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

 

 30 September

 30 September

 31 March

 

 

2017

2016

2017

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

24

22

46

Research and development costs

 

(8,599)

(7,883)

(16,648)

General and administrative costs

 

(2,210)

(2,137)

(4,139)

Other operating income

5

240

366

854

Operating loss

 

(10,545)

(9,632)

(19,987)

Finance income

6

188

997

1,722

Finance costs

7

(616)

-

-

Loss before income taxes

 

(10,973)

(8,635)

(18,165)

Tax credit on loss on ordinary activities

 

1,404

940

2,592

Total comprehensive loss for the period

 

(9,569)

(7,695)

(15,573)

Total comprehensive loss attributable to:

 

 

 

 

   - Equity owners of the Company

 

(9,569)

(7,695)

(15,573)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted loss per share

8

(0.3)

(0.2p)

(0.5p)

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

as at 30 September 2017

 

 

 

30 September

30 September

31 March

 

 

2017

2016

2017

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

685

544

724

Intangible assets

 

186

1,272

-

Other non-current assets

 

-

11

-

 

 

871

1,827

724

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

812

787

1,060

Corporation tax receivable

 

3,529

2,363

4,015

Investments - bank deposit

 

23,923

39,659

24,936

Cash and cash equivalents

 

21,359

20,417

28,125

 

 

49,623

63,226

58,136

Total assets

 

50,494

65,053

58,860

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

31,646

31,646

31,646

Share premium

 

97,704

97,704

97,704

Capital redemption reserve

 

8,964

8,964

8,964

Merger reserve

 

2,223

2,223

2,223

Accumulated losses

 

(96,381)

(80,074)

(87,380)

Total equity

 

44,156

60,463

53,157

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

6,338

4,446

5,703

Provisions

 

-

143

-

Financial liabilities: finance leases

 

-

1

-

 

 

6,338

4,590

5,703

Total liabilities

 

6,338

4,590

5,703

Total equity and liabilities

 

50,494

65,053

58,860

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Capital

 

 

 

 

Share

premium

Redemption

Merger

Accumulated losses

Total

 

capital

account

Reserve

reserve

 

Equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

As at 1 April 2016

31,646

97,704

8,964

2,223

(72,879)

67,658

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based credit

-

-

-

-

500

500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(7,695)

(7,695)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 30 September 2016

31,646

97,704

8,964

2,223

(80,074)

60,463

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based credit

-

-

-

-

572

572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(7,878)

(7,878)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 March 2017

31,646

97,704

8,964

2,223

(87,380)

53,157

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based credit

-

-

-

-

568

568

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(9,569)

(9,569)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 30 September 2017

31,646

97,704

8,964

2,223

(96,381)

44,156

               

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

 

30 September

30 September

 31 March

 

 

2017

2016

2017

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash consumed by operations

9

(9,221)

(6,992)

(13,976)

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax credit received

 

1,890

1,340

1,340

Cash outflow from operating activities

 

(7,331)

(5,652)

(12,636)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditure

 

(72)

(255)

(532)

Interest received

 

240

274

520

Net cash generated/(consumed) by investing activities

 

168

19

(12)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Bank deposit matured

 

397

8,624

23,347

Net cash generated by financing activities

 

397

8,624

23,347

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

10

(6,766)

2,991

10,699

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of period

 

28,125

17,426

17,426

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period

11

21,359

20,417

28,125

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the interim financial statements

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

1.               General information and basis of preparation

 

ReNeuron Group plc is an AIM listed company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act 2006. The Company's registered office and its principal place of business is Pencoed Business Park, Pencoed, Bridgend, CF35 5HY.

 

These Interim Financial Statements were prepared by the Directors and approved for issue on 14 December 2017. They have not been audited.

 

These Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 were approved by the Board of Directors on 18 July 2017 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain statements under 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006 and did not contain any emphasis of matter.

 

As permitted these Interim Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with UK AIM rules and the IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting' as adopted by the European Union. They should be read in conjunction with the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.

 

2.               Accounting policies

 

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2017, as described in those Annual Financial Statements. Where new standards or amendments to existing standards have become effective during the year, there has been no material impact on the net assets or results of the Group.

 

Certain statements within this report are forward looking. The expectations reflected in these statements are considered reasonable. However, no assurance can be given that they are correct. As these statements involve risks and uncertainties the actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements.

 

3.               Going concern

 

The Group is expected to incur significant further costs as it continues to develop its therapies and technologies through clinical development.  The Directors expect that the Group's financial resources will be sufficient to support operations into 2019. Consequently, the going concern basis has been adopted in the preparation of these interim financial statements.

 

 

 

4.               Segment information

 

Following the adoption of IFRS8 Segment Reporting, the Group has identified the Chief Executive Officer as the Chief Operating Decision Maker (CODM). The CODM manages the business as one segment, the development of cell-based therapies. Since this is the only reporting segment, no further information is included. The information used internally by the CODM is the same as that disclosed in the interim financial statements. The Group's revenue derives wholly from assets located in the United Kingdom. Analysed by location of customer all revenue is derived from the United States of America.

 

5.               Other operating income

 

Other operating income comprises Government grants in relation to the Group's programmes.

 

6.               Finance income

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 September

30 September

 31 March

 

2017

2016

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Interest received

188

274

520

Foreign exchange gains

-

723

1,202

 

188

997

1,722

 

7.               Finance costs

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 September

30 September

 31 March

 

2017

2016

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange losses

616

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

8.               Basic and diluted loss per share

 

The basic and diluted loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss for the financial period of £9,569,000 (September 2016: £7,695,000, March 2017: £15,573,000) by 3,164,618,541 shares (September 2016 and March 2017: 3,164,618,541 shares), being the weighted average number of ordinary 1p shares in issue during the period. Potential ordinary shares are not treated as dilutive as the entity is loss-making.

 

 

 

9.               Cash consumed by operations

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 September

30 September

 31 March

 

2017

2016

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Loss before income tax

(10,973)

(8,635)

(18,165)

Adjustment for:

 

 

 

Finance income

(188)

(274)

(520)

Depreciation of tangible fixed assets

110

73

169

Impairment of intangible assets

-

319

1,591

Provisions

-

(355)

(498)

Share-based payment charge

568

500

1,072

Finance costs

616

-

-

 

 

 

 

Changes in working capital

 

 

 

Receivables

196

634

372

Payables

450

746

2,003

Cash consumed by operations

(9,221)

(6,992)

(13,976)

 

 

10.          Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net debt

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 September

30 September

 31 March

 

2017

2016

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Net funds at start of period

28,125

17,425

17,426

 

 

 

 

Increase in cash in the period

(6,766)

2,991

10,699

Net funds at end of period

21,359

20,416

28,125

 

 

11.          Analysis of net funds

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 September

30 September

 31 March

 

2017

2016

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

21,359

20,417

28,125

Finance leases

-

(1)

-

 

21,359

20,416

28,125

 

 

 

 


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