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Zogenix Provides Corporate Update and Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • FDA PDUFA target action date of June 25, 2020, for FINTEPLA® NDA in Dravet syndrome
  • Plan to meet with FDA in second half of 2020 to discuss planned FINTEPLA Lennox-Gastaut syndrome sNDA
  • Closed public offering of common stock for net proceeds of $221.7 million; approximately $420 million in cash and marketable securities at March 31, 2020

/EIN News/ -- EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zogenix, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZGNX), a global pharmaceutical company developing rare disease therapies, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020, and provided a corporate update. The Company will host a conference call today, Tuesday, May 5, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time/1:30 PM Pacific Time.

“We continue to make progress on several key initiatives to support Zogenix’s growth and transition to a commercial-stage company,” said Stephen J. Farr, Ph.D., President and CEO of Zogenix. “During the pandemic, our priority has been to ensure that the approximately 530 Dravet syndrome patients currently taking FINTEPLA® in our clinical studies and expanded access program continue to receive this investigational product. As we approach the June 25th PDUFA date for FINTEPLA in Dravet syndrome, we continue to support the FDA’s review of our application and advance our commercial preparations in parallel. Our plans now also address potential ongoing pandemic-related circumstances that could impact how we launch FINTEPLA, if approved, in the third quarter.

“Recently, we were very pleased to share additional compelling clinical efficacy and safety data from an interim analysis of our ongoing open-label extension (OLE) study in Dravet syndrome,” continued Dr. Farr. “These data demonstrated significant, lasting and clinically meaningful reductions in convulsive seizure frequency in patients after up to two years of treatment with FINTEPLA.”

“Following positive top-line results from our global pivotal Phase 3 trial (Study 1601) of FINTEPLA in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a notoriously difficult to treat rare epilepsy, we are now focused on finalizing the studies and data required to support a supplemental NDA (sNDA) and intend to meet with the FDA later this year to discuss our planned submission,” concluded Dr. Farr.

Corporate Update

  • FINTEPLA for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome:
    — FDA has established a PDUFA target action date of June 25, 2020
    — FINTEPLA Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) under active review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
    — Commercial readiness activities ongoing in the U.S. and Europe
    — An interim analysis of the OLE study with a cutoff date of February 15, 2019, which includes results for a total of 330 patients and a median treatment duration of 445 days (range 7-899 days), was presented and showed continued clinically meaningful reductions in convulsive seizure frequency after up to two years of treatment. The most common adverse events (AEs) were pyrexia, nasopharyngitis, decreased appetite, and diarrhea. There were no cases of valvular heart disease or pulmonary arterial hypertension.
  • FINTEPLA for the treatment of seizures associated with LGS:
    — Primary endpoint achieved in Study 1601; patients taking FINTEPLA 0.7 mg/kg/day demonstrated a statistically significant median reduction of 26.5% in monthly drop seizure frequency (p=0.0012). FINTEPLA was generally well-tolerated; the most common AEs were decreased appetite, somnolence, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and pyrexia. No cases of valvular heart disease or pulmonary arterial hypertension were observed.
    — Intend to meet with the FDA second half of 2020 to confirm plan for sNDA submission
  • FINTEPLA for the treatment of other rare epilepsy disorders:
    — Start-up activities for our planned Phase 2 basket study (Study 1901) temporarily paused due to COVID-19; will resume when COVID-19 measures are eased, and healthcare systems return to more normal operations
    — Positive interim data from an investigator-initiated study were presented in Sunflower syndrome, a rare, drug-resistant epileptic disorder with photo-induced seizures characterized by episodes of hand-waving while looking towards bright light
  • MT1621 for the treatment of TK2 deficiency:
    — Held constructive End of Phase 2 meeting with FDA regarding MT1621 clinical and non-clinical programs; awaiting official minutes from the FDA
    — Additional FDA meeting scheduled in June to focus on CMC matters
  • Financing
    — Successfully closed an underwritten public offering of 9,798,000 shares of common stock for net proceeds of approximately $221.7 million
  • Executive Team
    — Appointed Shawnte M. Mitchell to the role of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, to lead the Company’s Legal and Compliance functions, manage corporate affairs and serve as a member of the Zogenix Executive Team

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • The Company recorded $1.2 million in revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, as a result of its March 2019 collaboration with Nippon Shinyaku Co., Ltd. for FINTEPLA in Dravet syndrome and LGS in Japan. Zogenix recorded no revenue for the corresponding period of 2019.
  • Research and development expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, totaled $33.2 million, up from $24.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, totaled $21.3 million, compared with $10.9 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
  • Net loss for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, was $25.8 million, or a net loss of $0.54 per share, reflective of a net operating loss of $46.9 million, partially offset by $19.7 million in non-operating income recognized related to rebate claims submitted under the United Kingdom’s small and medium-sized enterprise research and development tax relief program, compared with a net loss of $35.2 million, or a net loss of $0.83 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
  • As of March 31, 2020, the Company had $420.2 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, compared to $251.2 million at December 31, 2019.

Conference Call

Tuesday, May 5, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time / 1:30 PM Pacific Time
Toll Free: 888-254-3590
International: 323-994-2093
Conference ID: 3810961

About Zogenix

Zogenix is a global pharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing therapies with the potential to transform the lives of patients and their families living with rare diseases. The company has two late-stage development programs underway: FINTEPLA for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, two rare and often-catastrophic childhood-onset epilepsies, and MT1621, a novel substrate enhancement therapy for the treatment of a rare genetic disorder called TK2 deficiency.

Forward Looking Statements

Zogenix cautions you that statements included in this press release and the webcast that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “indicates,” “will,” “intends,” “potential,” “suggests,” “assuming,” “designed,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include: the timing of the FDA’s PDUFA target action date and the timing of review by the EMA with respect to the NDA and MAA, respectively, for FINTEPLA for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome; the potential that FINTEPLA, if approved, will provide treatment options for patients with Dravet syndrome and LGS; Zogenix’s plans to commercialize FINTEPLA, if approved; Zogenix’s plans to finalize the studies and data required to support an sNDA for FINTEPLA in LGS; and the timing of regulatory submissions and meetings or other interactions with regulatory agencies. These statements are based on Zogenix’s current beliefs and expectations. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Zogenix that any of its plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zogenix’s business, including, without limitation: the potential for the FDA to delay the PDUFA target goal date due to FDA's internal resource constraints or other reasons, including delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the FDA and EMA may disagree that the existing safety and efficacy data, or Zogenix’s analysis of such data, is sufficient to support marketing approval; interim results do not necessarily predict final results and one or more of the clinical outcomes may materially change as the trial continues, following more comprehensive reviews of the data, and as more patient data become available; additional data from Zogenix’s ongoing studies may contradict or undermine the data submitted in the Dravet syndrome NDA for FINTEPLA or reported for LGS; unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of FINTEPLA that could limit approval and/or commercialization, or that could result in recalls or product liability claims; Zogenix may not be successful in executing its sales and marketing strategy for the commercialization of FINTEPLA, if approved; Zogenix may encounter further delays or difficulties in enrolling patients in its clinical trials as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; the COVID-19 pandemic may disrupt Zogenix’s business operations, increasing its costs or impairing its ability to prepare for potential commercialization of FINTEPLA and its ability to generate any product revenue, if approved; and other risks described in Zogenix’s prior press releases as well as in public periodic filings with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and Zogenix undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


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Zogenix, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

    March 31, 2020   December 31, 2019
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 269,975     $ 62,070  
Marketable securities   150,218     189,085  
Other receivable   19,741      
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   13,647     11,084  
Acquisition holdback placed in escrow   25,000     25,000  
Total current assets   478,581     287,239  
Property and equipment, net   9,560     9,424  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   8,546     7,774  
Indefinite-lived intangible assets   102,500     102,500  
Goodwill   6,234     6,234  
Other noncurrent assets   1,485     1,079  
Total assets   $ 606,906     $ 414,250  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity:        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 7,887     $ 7,979  
Accrued and other current liabilities   25,803     30,117  
Acquisition holdback liability   24,444     24,444  
Deferred revenue, current   5,696     5,927  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   1,383     1,322  
Current portion of contingent consideration   23,600     25,600  
Total current liabilities   88,813     95,389  
Deferred revenue, noncurrent   6,407     7,425  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion   11,454     10,752  
Contingent consideration, net of current portion   32,300     38,200  
Deferred income taxes   17,425     17,425  
Total liabilities   156,399     169,191  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock   55     45  
Additional paid-in capital   1,591,497     1,360,092  
Accumulated deficit   (1,141,257 )   (1,115,457 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   212     379  
Total stockholders’ equity   450,507     245,059  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 606,906     $ 414,250  

Zogenix, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2020   2019
Collaboration revenue   $ 1,249     $  
Operating expenses:        
Research and development   33,240     24,352  
Selling, general and administrative   21,318     10,918  
Acquired in-process research and development expense   1,500      
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   (7,900 )   3,000  
Total operating expenses   48,158     38,270  
Loss from operations   (46,909 )   (38,270 )
Other income (expense):        
Interest income   1,088     3,156  
Other income (expense), net   20,021     (88 )
Total other income   21,109     3,068  
Net loss   $ (25,800 )   $ (35,202 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.54 )   $ (0.83 )
Weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of basic and diluted net loss per common share   48,185     42,236  

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