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Quoin Pharmaceuticals Provides Corporate Update and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results

  • Quoin announced dosing of first patient in double blinded clinical study to evaluate QRX003 for Netherton Syndrome
  • Quoin announced initiation of a second clinical trial to evaluate QRX003 in Netherton Syndrome patients currently receiving off-label systemic therapy
  • Continued advancement of pipeline products with Queensland University of Technology towards potential initiation of clinical testing in 2H 2023
  • Company working with its global distribution partnership network to determine requirements for Early Access Programs participation for QRX003
  • Subsequent to quarter end, Quoin completed a public offering, with aggregate net proceeds of approximately $6 million, further extending its cash runway into 2H 2024

ASHBURN, Va., March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. QNRX (the "Company" or "Quoin"), a clinical stage, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on rare and orphan diseases, today provides a business update and announces financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2022.

Quoin CEO, Dr. Michael Myers, said, "2022 as a whole was a year of significant progress for Quoin and the fourth quarter continued that trend of operational execution across a number of important metrics. We were very pleased to announce the dosing of the first patient in our ongoing double blinded, placebo controlled study in Netherton Syndrome patients. This study has continued to recruit and dose patients since then and overall interest in participation in the study remains very high.

We were also excited to announce in October our plans to initiate a second clinical trial in Netherton Syndrome patients which we believe further establishes the company's leadership position related to this disease. Since then, Quoin has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate this study under the Company's currently open Investigational New Drug (IND). This second study is investigating the safety and efficacy of QRX003 in Netherton Syndrome patients currently receiving off-label systemic therapy, primarily biologic therapy. Both of our clinical studies will be run concurrently with each other and utilize the same investigators and clinical sites, resulting in high levels of operational synergies and cost savings. As this second trial is a single arm, open label study, Quoin will have access to the data, which we look forward to sharing in the coming months. We believe Quoin is the only pharmaceutical company currently conducting two clinical trials in Netherton Syndrome patients under an open IND application.

We also continued to work closely with our 8 partners covering the 60 countries under our current commercial arrangements to determine requirements to advance QRX003 into Compassionate Use or Early Access Programs in the various local markets, in advance of formal regulatory approval. With the anticipated generation of clinical data this year, we are hopeful that this will provide a major step forward towards that goal.

Both of our dermatological rare disease research programs with Queensland University of Technology for treatment of Scleroderma and Netherton Syndrome continue to make progress under the expert scientific guidance of the program coordinators and we are working towards the initiation of clinical testing in Australia for at least one of these programs in 2H 2023.

Finally, last month we completed a public offering of our shares with aggregate net proceeds of approximately $6 million, which further extends our cash runway into 2H 2024."

Financial Highlights

  • Quoin ended the 2022 year with approximately $12.9 million in cash and marketable securities.
  • Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2022 was approximately $2.0 million. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 was approximately $9.4 million.
  • Investors are encouraged to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which will contain additional details about Quoin's financial results as of December 31, 2022, and for the full year ended December 31, 2022.

About Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a clinical stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products that treat rare and orphan diseases. We are committed to addressing unmet medical needs for patients, their families, communities and care teams. Quoin's innovative pipeline comprises four products in development that collectively have the potential to target a broad number of rare and orphan indications, including Netherton Syndrome, Peeling Skin Syndrome, Palmoplantar Keratoderma, Scleroderma, Epidermolysis Bullosa and others. For more information, visit: www.quoinpharma.com or LinkedIn for updates.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
The Company cautions that statements in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words referencing future events or circumstances such as "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," and "will," among others. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company is contained under the heading "Risk Factors" included in the filings the Company has made with the SEC and the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 that the Company will file with the SEC. One should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as may be required by law.

For further information, contact:
Investor Relations
PCG Advisory
Stephanie Prince
sprince@pcgadvisory.com
(646) 863-6341

Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Consolidated Balance Sheets
       
               
          December 31,   December 31,
            2022       2021  
               
ASSETS          
  Current assets:        
    Cash   $ 2,860,628     $ 7,482,773  
    Investments     9,992,900       -  
    Prepaid expenses     516,584       715,474  
    Other assets     -       -  
      Total current assets     13,370,112       8,198,247  
               
    Prepaid expenses - long term     383,390       300,000  
    Intangible assets, net     704,561       808,604  
    Other assets     -       50,000  
      Total assets   $ 14,458,063     $ 9,356,851  
               
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
  Current liabilities:        
    Accounts payable     605,600     $ 923,239  
    Accrued expenses     1,175,705       1,685,409  
    Accrued license acquisition     -       250,000  
    Accrued interest and financing expense     1,146,251       743,840  
    Due to officers - short term     600,000       600,000  
    Warrant liability     -       373,599  
      Total current liabilities     3,527,556       4,576,087  
               
    Due to officers - long term     3,523,733       4,123,732  
      Total liabilities   $ 7,051,289     $ 8,699,819  
               
    Commitments and contingencies        
               
  Shareholders' equity:        
    Ordinary shares, no par value per share, 500,000,000,000 ordinary shares   $ -     $ -  
      authorized - 24,233,024,799 (4,846,605 ADS's)        
      ordinary shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and        
      3,354,650,799 (670,930 ADS's) at December 31, 2021        
    Treasury stock, 2,641,693 ordinary shares     (2,932,000 )     (2,932,000 )
    Additional paid in capital     47,855,521       31,659,017  
    Accumulated deficit     (37,516,747 )     (28,069,985 )
      Total shareholders' equity     7,406,774       657,032  
               
      Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 14,458,063     $ 9,356,851  
               


Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Consolidated Statements of Operations      
                 
          Years Ended December 31,     Three months ended December 31,
            2022       2021         2022       2021  
      (Audited)    (Audited)      (Unaudited)
  (Unaudited)
Operating expenses                  
  General and administrative   $ 6,584,868     $ 4,499,923       $ 1,472,866     $ 1,974,557  
  Research and development     2,672,836       1,562,927         613,067       1,006,863  
                         
    Total operating expenses     9,257,704       6,062,850         2,085,933       2,981,420  
                         
Other (income) and expenses                  
  Forgiveness of accounts payable     (416,000 )     -         -       -  
  Fair value adjustment to convertible notes payable   -       1,250,000         -       -  
  Warrant liability (income) expense     (77,237 )     12,784,329         -       8,261,485  
  Financing expense     -       275,000         -       -  
  Unrealized income     (1,307 )     -         (4,360 )     -  
  Interest income     (95,745 )     -         (80,613 )     -  
  Interest and financing expense     714,081       1,090,409         -       574,133  
    Total other expense     123,792       15,399,738         (84,973 )     8,835,618  
Net loss     $ (9,381,496 )   $ (21,462,588 )     $ (2,000,960 )   $ (11,817,038 )
  Deemed dividend on warrant modification     (65,266 )     -         -       -  
Net loss attributable to shareholders   $ (9,446,762 )   $ (21,462,588 )     $ (2,000,960 )   $ (11,817,038 )
                         
Loss per ADS                  
Loss per ADS                  
  Basic     $ (3.90 )   $ (67.96 )     $ (0.41 )   $ (21.70 )
  Fully-diluted   $ (3.90 )   $ (67.96 )     $ (0.41 )   $ (21.70 )
                         
Weighted average number of ADS's outstanding                  
  Basic       2,421,916       315,801         4,846,605       544,547  
  Fully-diluted     2,421,916       315,801         4,846,605       544,547