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Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJune 30, 2020
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Some drugs work and at other times they don’t, which is the whole point of testing and the importance of trying to find solutions to patient conditions. Unfortunately for Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE) its latest top-line results from the 14-week pivotal CONNECT-FX (Clinical study of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Children and Adolescents with Fragile X) trial failed to produce the necessary threshold for positive results. The stock was selling off as a result of the news.

The Zygel CBD gel as a treatment for behavioral symptoms of Fragile X syndrome (FXS) in 212 patients did not achieve statistical significance versus placebo in the primary endpoint of improvement in the Social Avoidance subscale of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist – Community FXS (ABC-CFXS). Zynerba also said that Zygel also did not demonstrate statistical significance versus placebo in the three key secondary endpoints, which were the change from baseline to the end of the treatment period in the Irritability subscale score of the ABC-CFXS, the Socially Unresponsive/Lethargic subscale score of the ABC-CFXS and Improvement in Clinical Global Impression (CGI-I).

“This study identified a key population of patients who appear to benefit from treatment of their behavioral symptoms of FXS with Zygel,” said Randi J. Hagerman, MD, an investigator in the clinical trial and Medical Director and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research at UC Davis MIND Institute and Distinguished Professor at the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis School of Medicine. “Zygel has the potential to be an important therapeutic option for the most severely impacted patients with Fragile X.”

Study Results

While the drug wasn’t a statistical success, the company felt that enough patients responded positively that it wants to meet with the FDA to discuss a future path for the drug.

“The results from CONNECT-FX identified a significant patient population who responded well to Zygel and may provide us with a pathway towards licensure,” said Armando Anido, Zynerba’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We intend to discuss the results of the study with the FDA as soon as possible. On behalf of the entire Zynerba team, I want to sincerely thank the patients, families and investigators who participated in this study as well as the National Fragile X Foundation, the FRAXA Research Foundation, and the Fragile X Association of Australia for their assistance in this study.”

The company posted the following study details: Two hundred and forty-five (245) patients with Fragile X syndrome, confirmed with the full mutation of the FMR1 gene, were enrolled at 21 clinical sites in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Unknown to the patients and their caregivers, all patients were given placebo during the first two weeks (called a “placebo run-in” which is often used in neuropsychiatric clinical trials), and as a result 33 patients were not randomized. The remaining 212 patients were included in the Intent-to-Treat (ITT) population (Zygel: n=110; placebo: n=102) and were randomized to receive either trial drug or placebo for an additional 12 weeks. One patient did not receive study medication so 211 patients are included in the safety analysis (Zygel: n=109; placebo: n=102.) One patient did not have a post-baseline efficacy measure, resulting in 210 patients in the full analysis set (Zygel: n=109; placebo: n=101).

A pre-planned ad hoc analysis of the most severely impacted patients in the trial, as defined by patients having at least 90% methylation (“full methylation”) of the impacted FMR1 gene, demonstrated that patients receiving Zygel achieved statistical significance in the primary endpoint of improvement at 12 weeks of treatment in the Social Avoidance subscale of the ABC-CFXS compared to placebo (p=0.020). This group comprised 80% of the patients enrolled in the CONNECT-FX study. The Company believes that full methylation occurs in approximately 60% of the overall FXS patient population. Based on this analysis, Zynerba intends to meet with the FDA regarding a regulatory path forward for Zygel.

 

 

 


StaffStaffMay 27, 2020
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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE) announced positive top-line results from the exploratory, open-label Phase 2 BRIGHT study (An Open-Label Tolerability and Efficacy Study of ZYN002 Administered as a Transdermal Gel to Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder) trial. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior in approximately one million pediatric and adolescent patients between the ages of five and 17 in the U.S.

The stock was moving higher by over 8% at one point in early trading to lately sell at $6.69. Most of the analysts covering the stock have rated it a Hold according to Yahoo Finance. The average price target is $15.33.

The trial was designed to assess the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of the Zynerba drug called Zygel in pediatric and adolescent patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Zygel was administered to patients with moderate-to-severe symptoms of ASD as add-on therapy to their standard of care utilizing a variety of efficacy assessments.

“We are very encouraged by the compelling top-line results of the BRIGHT trial and we expect to meet with the FDA to discuss the clinical pathway for developing Zygel for the treatment of behavioral symptoms of ASD in the second half of this year,” said Armando Anido, Zynerba’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to develop Zygel for patients suffering from debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders including ASD, Fragile X syndrome, 22q and DEE. I want to thank the patients, families, physicians, clinical staff, and the Zynerba team for their support of this key study in ASD.”

Key findings from the trial disclosed today include:

  • All five subscales of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist – Community (ABC-C) as well as the Parent Rated Anxiety Scale – Autism Spectrum Disorder (PRAS-ASD) showed both statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements at 14 weeks of treatment from baseline;
  • The results observed in other efficacy outcome measures, including Clinical Global Impressions – Improvement scale (CGI-I), support the subscale results observed in the ABC-C;
  • Zygel was well tolerated in this trial with no serious or severe adverse events reported.

“I am very impressed with the improvements my patients made over the 14-week treatment period while receiving Zygel; the reduction in irritability, communication deficits, and repetitive movements were especially noteworthy since some of these are core autistic behaviors,” said Helen Heussler, FRACP, Associate Professor at Children’s Health Queensland, Medical Director Child Development and principal investigator in the BRIGHT trial. “The magnitude of effect on autistic behaviors in this trial is significant, including hyperactivity and stereotypy, which are among the most difficult behaviors to improve with therapeutic intervention. The results of this study strongly suggest the potential of this drug as an important treatment for ASD and I look forward to participating in future clinical studies with Zygel.”


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtMay 11, 2020
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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE) reported its earnings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020, with no revenue and a net loss of $12.3 million and a net loss per share of $(0.53). Despite COVID-19 disruptions, the company said that it expects timelines for delivery of top-line results from all of its ongoing trials will not be impacted.

“The past few months have been historic due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and we applaud everyone on the front line of this global pandemic, including healthcare workers, first responders, humanitarians, and our industry colleagues who are dedicated to the rapid development of treatments and vaccines,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “In response to the pandemic, Zynerba implemented important initiatives that we believe protect the safety of patients, clinical investigators and their staff, and our Zynerba employees and should allow us to conclude all three of our ongoing clinical trials and report top-line results within our stated timelines.”

Second Quarter Events

While the first quarter kept chugging along, Zynerba’s second quarter looks to be shaping up as a big one for news. If Zynerba gets positive results from its Fragile X study, the company said it intends to request a meeting with the FDA to determine the acceptability of the data as a basis for a New Drug Application (NDA) and to seek advice on the preparation of the marketing authorization. Zynerba also said it expects to submit its NDA for Zygel in FXS to the FDA in the second half of 2020, with potential approval by mid-year 2021.

Zynerba is also expecting top-line results from its trail for Zygel in treating children with autism in the second quarter. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 10,568,848, titled “Treatment of Autism with Cannabidiol” which includes claims directed to methods of treating ASD by transdermally administering, via a gel or cream, a therapeutically effective amount of purified CBD. The patent expires in 2038.

Zynerba said that it anticipates that it will pursue an indication that includes the syndromes and encephalopathies in the DEE category that presents with focal impaired-awareness seizures and expects to disclose the outcome of the interactions with the FDA in the second quarter of 2020.

Enough Cash Cushion

The company believes that its cash runway is sufficient to fund operations and capital requirements beyond the expected NDA submission and potential approval of Zygel in FXS and into the second half of 2021. The company reported that it has cash and cash equivalents of $60.6 million, compared to $70.1 million as of December 31, 2019. Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2020 were $6.9 million, including stock-based compensation of $0.5 million. General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2020 were $3.9 million, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtMarch 10, 2020
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Cannabis pharmaceutical company  Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE) stock was moving higher in premarket trading after the company reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ending December 31, 2019.

The company had no revenue for 2019 as it is currently developing drugs. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $10.7 million with a basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.46). The net loss for the full year of 2019 was $32.9 million with a basic and diluted net loss per share of $(1.50).

The company said it has $70.1 million in cash. Zynerba believes that the cash runway is sufficient to fund operations and capital requirements beyond the expected NDA submission and potential approval of Zygel in FXS and into the second half of 2021.

“The fourth quarter of 2019 capped off a year of strong execution by Zynerba,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “With a number of shots-on-goal in our clinical pipeline, each with near term milestones, our outlook is promising for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. We are positioned for major news events throughout this year and next, including the topline results from our pivotal CONNECT-FX trial of Zygel™ in patients with Fragile X syndrome which are expected late next quarter.”

Zygel

Enrollment is complete with 212 patients randomized into CONNECT-FX, a pivotal, multinational, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zygel in treating common behavioral symptoms of FXS.

Zynerba said it expects to report topline results late in the second quarter of 2020. If the results are positive, Zynerba intends to request a meeting with the FDA to determine the acceptability of the data as a basis for a New Drug Application (NDA) and to seek advice on the preparation of the marketing authorization. The company expects to submit its NDA for Zygel in FXS to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the second half of 2020, with potential approval by mid-year 2021.

Autism Trial

Enrollment is complete in Phase 2 BRIGHT trial assessing the safety, tolerability and efficacy of Zygel for the treatment of pediatric and adolescent patients with ASD. The 14-week trial is evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zygel in 37 children and adolescents (ages four through 17) with moderate-to-severe ASD. The mean age of the patients is 9.2 years old and  92% of the enrolled patients are male. Zynerba expects to report topline results from this study in the second quarter of 2020.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtFebruary 3, 2020
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GW Pharmaceuticals

GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) has filed a supplemental marketing application in the U.S. seeking approval to use Epidiolex (cannabidiol) oral solution to treat seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex, a rare inherited disorder characterized by the growth on non-cancerous tumors in many parts of the body. It affects approximately 40-80 thousand individuals in the U.S. and nearly one million people worldwide.

“The submission of this sNDA for Epidiolex is an important step towards the prospect of offering a new treatment option for those patients with TSC who battle difficult-to-treat seizures,” said GW Pharmaceuticals CEO, Justin Gover. “Having already obtained approval for Epdiolex in the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome, this submission is based on positive Phase 3 data showing that Epidiolex reduced TSC-associated seizures, which include both focal and generalized seizures types. We look forward to working with the FDA toward an expected approval later this year.”

The statement said that TSC is a condition that causes mostly benign tumors to grow in vital organs of the body including the brain, skin, heart, eyes, kidneys, and lungs and is a leading cause of genetic epilepsy. TSC is typically diagnosed in childhood. More than 60% of individuals with TSC do not achieve seizure control with standard treatments.

Study Data

The sNDA is supported by data from a Phase 3 safety and efficacy study, results of which were recently presented at the American Epilepsy Society 2019 annual meeting. The study met its primary endpoint with patients treated with Epidiolex 25 mg/kg/day experiencing a significantly greater reduction from baseline in TSC-associated seizures compared to placebo (49% vs 27%; p=0.0009). Results for the 50 mg/kg/day dose group were similar, with seizure reductions of 48% from baseline vs 26.5% for placebo (p=0.0018).

Zynerba

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ZYNE)reported that it has successfully achieved patient screening target in its 14-week CONNECT-FX (Clinical study of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Children and Adolescents with Fragile X) trial assessing the efficacy and safety of Zygel CBD Gel in children and adolescents ages three to 17 with full mutation Fragile X syndrome.

“This is an important milestone for patients with Fragile X syndrome and their caregivers as we move toward completion of enrollment in this pivotal trial,” commented Armando Anido, Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “I would like to thank all of our clinical investigators and their staff for their assistance thus far. Through strict entry criteria and overall trial design, we expect to enhance the study’s ability to demonstrate a strong signal of activity and minimize response variability. Having now achieved our screening target, we remain confident that we will announce topline results late in the second quarter of this year.”

The company said in a statement that it expects to disclose topline results of this study late in the second quarter of 2020. If the results are positive, the Company expects to meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the acceptability of the data as a basis to submit its New Drug Application for Zygel in FXS in the second half of 2020, with potential approval by mid-year 2021.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtNovember 6, 2019
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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYNE) saw its stock lift ever so slightly on news that the company has positive results from its drug trials. Shares were up by two cents in pre-market trading to $7.15.

Study Results

The company said that the topline results of this six-month Phase 2 evaluation of Zygel in 48 children and adolescents with various DEEs showed meaningful reductions in seizures and excellent tolerability. Patients experienced 44% to 58% monthly median reductions in focal impaired-awareness seizures (FIAS; previously known as complex partial seizures) and/or convulsive seizures (CS; focal to bilateral tonic-clonic seizures and generalized tonic-clonic seizures), the most common and debilitating seizure types, starting at month two and continuing through month six.

Zynerba also noted that enrollment was progressing in CONNECT-FX, a pivotal, multinational, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of Zygel in treating common behavioral symptoms of FXS in three through 17-year old patients with Fragile-X Syndrome. The company expects to report top-line results in the first half of 2020.

In addition to those results, Zynerba said it was conducting the Phase 2 BRIGHT trial to assess the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of Zygel for the treatment of child and adolescent patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The 14-week trial is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Zygel in approximately 36 children and adolescents (ages four through 17) with ASD as confirmed by DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD. The efficacy assessments include the Aberrant Behavior Checklist, Parent Rated Anxiety Scale – Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism Impact Measure, and Clinical Global Impression – Severity and Improvement. Zynerba expects to report topline results from this study in the first half of 2020.

“The third quarter of 2019 was a remarkable period of progress and execution for Zynerba,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “We announced compelling topline safety and efficacy results from our six month BELIEVE Phase 2 trial of Zygel™ in childhood epilepsies. In this study, patients experienced median reductions in their most common and debilitating seizures of 44% or more starting at month two and continuing through month six. In this medically fragile patient population, and consistent with our prior trials, Zygel was very well tolerated. Caregivers also reported important improvements in seizure intensity and duration in their children, and in socio-behavioral and cognitive impairments that are common in this population. Finally, we continued to progress towards full enrollment in our pivotal CONNECT-FX trial in children and adolescents with Fragile X syndrome, and expect to announce topline results in the first half of next year.”

Financial Results

For the quarter ending September 30, 2019, Zynerba reported an $8.3 million credit to research and development expenses for amounts expected to be received through the AOF for the period from January 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019. “Excluding the $8.3 million reduction in research and development expenses for amounts expected to be received through the AOF for the period from January 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, research and development expenses increased by $1.8 million to $6.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 from $4.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase was primarily related to an increase in clinical trial and manufacturing costs related to our Zygel program. Stock-based compensation included in the R&D costs were $0.6 million.”

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were $3.5 million, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million. The net loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $1.9 million with a basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.08).


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtAugust 6, 2019
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Australian-based Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ZYNE) delivered second-quarter results and updates on the company’s drugs including its CBD (cannabidiol) gel. The general and administrative expenses for Zynerba during the second quarter of 2019 were $3.3 million, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million. The net loss for the second quarter of 2019 was $11.1 million with a basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.50).

The company announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 10,314,792 titled “Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder with Cannabidiol” which includes claims directed to methods of treating autism spectrum disorder by administering a therapeutically effective amount of synthetic cannabidiol. This new patent expires in 2038 and is part of an expanding intellectual property portfolio covering Zygel.

“The past few months have been very productive for our team,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “We initiated new studies in autism spectrum disorder and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, obtained Fast Track Designation for Zygel™ in FXS, enhanced our senior management team with two excellent additions in Medical and Regulatory, received an important new patent for CBD, and were added to the Russell 2000® and 3000®indices. We also extended our cash runway into the second half of 2021 through the addition of $27.0 million in cash from our ATM in the second quarter and a positive decision from the Australian government that will provide us access to an incremental $7.0 to $9.0 million in research and development cash credits. This all sets the stage for the next 12 months to be potentially transformational as we report out on our FXS pivotal trial, and our Phase 2 trials in DEE, ASD and 22q.”

The company also noted that it was added as a member of the U.S. all-cap Russell 3000 and small-cap Russell 2000 Indexes at the conclusion of the 2019 Russell indexes annual reconstitution at the open of the U.S. markets on July 1, 2019

Anido added, “Regarding the CONNECT-FX study, we believe that pivotal data will now be available in the first half of 2020. We are thrilled with the interest in this study by families who have children with Fragile X syndrome, our investigators, and our advocacy partners. The study design includes specific entrance criteria that have resulted in a higher than predicted screen failure rate. Importantly, these entrance criteria have resulted in an enrolled population with more severe behavioral symptoms than the FAB-C study population. We believe this will enhance the study’s ability to demonstrate a strong signal of activity and minimize response variability.”

Outlook

Zynerba’s cash and cash equivalent position as of June 30, 2019, was $88.7 million. Management said that it believes that the cash and cash equivalent position including proceeds anticipated from the Australian AOF is enough to fund operations and capital requirements beyond the expected NDA submission and potential approval of Zygel in FXS and into the second half of 2021.


StaffStaffFebruary 26, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 26, 2019.

On The Site

GW Pharmaceutical

GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: GWPH) announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2018 reflecting the company’s first sales of its cannabis drug Epidiolex. The stock jumped almost 8% in after-hours trading as the biotech company beat analyst estimates. Net sales began on November 1 and between that day and the end of the year, the company logged sales of $4.7 million.

GW Pharmaceuticals changed its fiscal year to begin on January 1, 2019. The revenue for the quarter was $6.7 million versus $4.0 million for the same time period in 2017.  The average estimate for revenues from Yahoo Finance was $5.35 million.

Zynerba

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE) stock popped over 8% in early trading to lately trade at $5.45 after the company announced that it had received a patent covering the company’s CBD gel.

The company said in a statement, “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 10,213,390, titled “Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome with Cannabidiol” which includes claims directed to methods of treating Fragile X Syndrome by administering a therapeutically effective amount of synthetic or purified cannabidiol. This new patent, which expires in 2038, is part of an expanding intellectual property portfolio covering the Company’s cannabidiol (CBD) product candidate, ZYN002 Transdermal CBD gel.”

In Other News

Purpose Investments Inc. announced the performance of Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (the “Fund”) following the one-year anniversary of its inception. The Fund (NEO: MJJ) returned 53.43% over the period from January 31, 2018 to January 31, 2019, easily outperforming the Solactive North American Marijuana Index during the same period.

“The performance of Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund shows exactly why we believe active management is the most optimized way to invest in the cannabis sector,” said Greg Taylor, Chief Investment Officer of Purpose Investments and Portfolio Manager for the Fund. “Passive investing in a new industry, such as marijuana, often means chasing or missing opportunities because the indexes are rebalancing much more slowly than the market itself is moving. On the other hand, active investing allows you to capitalize on all of the opportunities while properly managing risks through a variety of different strategies and tactics.”

Marijuana Company Of America Inc.  (OTCQB: MCOA) announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the Company a patent for the formulation of its flagship CBD product, hempSMART Brain. hempSMART Brain is a wellness product formulated with a proprietary composition of natural ingredients and cannabidiol (CBD) for the enhancement of brain function. The U.S. Patent Office issued patent number 10,201,553. To view the patent on hempSMART™ Brain visit the link here.

Liht Cannabis Corp. (CSE: LIHT) (OTCQX: LIHTF) provided an “in-progress” update on the company’s first harvest in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kurt Keating, Director of Operations, reports, that the team has harvested close to 1000 plants to date, producing over 335 lbs of wet weight.  They are on schedule to complete the last two rooms by March 6th. The crop strains are: Bubba Kush, Moonshine Ghost Train Haze, Amherst Sour Diesel, Skywalker and Lemon Skunk.

Green Growth Brands, Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) appointed Randy Whitaker as Chief Operating Officer, a new position within GGB. Mr. Whitaker has over 27 years’ experience in real estate, finance, and store operations.  Mr. Whitaker joins GGB from Belk, Inc. a privately held department store with over 293 locations.

Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OGI) (OTCQX: OGRMF) signed a letter of intent with the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC). This agreement solidifies the company’s position as a true national player in Canada’s legal adult use recreational cannabis marketplace. Organigram now has distribution in place for all ten Canadian provinces.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtFebruary 26, 2019
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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ZYNE) stock popped over 8% in early trading to lately trade at $5.45 after the company announced that it had received a patent covering the company’s CBD gel.

The company said in a statement, “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 10,213,390, titled “Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome with Cannabidiol” which includes claims directed to methods of treating Fragile X Syndrome by administering a therapeutically effective amount of synthetic or purified cannabidiol. This new patent, which expires in 2038, is part of an expanding intellectual property portfolio covering the Company’s cannabidiol (CBD) product candidate, ZYN002 Transdermal CBD gel.”

The company said that the issuance of this patent comes as enrollment progresses in CONNECT-FX, a pivotal, multi-national, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy and safety of ZYN002 in three through 17-year old FXS patients with a full mutation of the FMR1 gene. The primary endpoint is the change from baseline to the end of the treatment period in the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community FXS Specific (ABC-CFXS) Social Avoidance subscale.

Zynerba said in a statement that clinical investigative sites are enrolling patients in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Patients who have completed the double-blind phase are now enrolling into the 12-month open-label phase. The company expects to report top-line data in the second half of 2019.

This follows the company recent news that the International Intellectual Property Organization issued a patent on a Zynerba’s CBD-based drug to treat osteoarthritis. Zynerba had conducted a study that showed that CBD could be an effective treatment for patients suffering from osteoarthrits. The administration of a CBD transdermal gel showed an improvement in pain. This patent will allow Zynerba to tap into a large osteoarthritis market occupied primarily by opioids

2018 wasn’t especially kind to Zynerba. It’s failed ZYN001 drug was a huge setback. Then the company’s stock offering was met with dismay by investors. Many felt the company had enough cash to see it through additional R&D and that it didn’t need to add more shares to the mix. Zynerba planned to use the net proceeds of the offering to support the clinical development of ZYN002

 


William SumnerWilliam SumnerNovember 8, 2018
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The biopharmaceutical companies Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYNE) and Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) today posted their financial results for the third quarter, which ended on September 30, 2018. In the results, both companies glossed over their less than stellar financial situation, opting instead to highlight their clinical achievements over the last quarter.

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals

Over the last quarter, Zynerba was able to raise approximately $29.9 million through a follow-on public offer. The company has approximately $66.2 million in cash and cash equivalents, slightly down from $66.5 million at the start of the year. Company management believes that this is sufficient capital for the company to continue operations into at least the first half of 2020. Net losses for the quarter were down, falling from $8.31 million during the same period in the previous year to $7.8 million. The net loss per share, basic and diluted, was $0.47. “The momentum we established in the first half of 2018 continued through the third quarter,” commented Armando Anido, Chairman and CEO of Zynerba. “We began enrolling patients into CONNECT-FX, our pivotal study in Fragile X syndrome and we expect to complete enrollment in BELIEVE-1, our Phase 2 study in developmental and epileptic encephalopathies, before year end. With our third quarter 2018 follow-on offering, we are well capitalized and expect our current cash to take us through the presentation of top line data for both of these studies.”

Corbus Pharmaceuticals

Losses for the company increased over the last quarter, rising from $6.9 million in the same period in the previous year to $14.6 million. Revenue for the quarter rose, but not nearly enough to cover its losses; increasing from $0.3 million to $1.1 million. The increase in revenue was attributed to a $25 million Development Award Agreement with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. However, operating expenses also rose, going from $8.2 million to $16 million; which was attributed to increased spending for clinical studies. Currently, Corbus has $55.7 million in cash and cash equivalents. Combined with the grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the company believes that it has enough capital to continue operating until the fourth quarter of 2019. “Our expanded pipeline of ECS-targeting drug candidates is now diversified with lenabasum, our lead late-stage clinical asset in four rare inflammatory indications with expected clinical read-out in 2020, together with CRB-4001, which is expected to enter the clinic in 2019 as a novel candidate for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH,” said Corbus CEO, Yuval Cohen, Ph.D. “We have progressed in securing a platform for potential future growth for our Company from our library of over 600 compounds targeting ECS pathways.”



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