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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) August 7, 2023

  

CARA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-36279   75-3175693

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

         

4 Stamford Plaza

107 Elm Street, 9th Floor

Stamford, Connecticut

      06902
(Address of principal executive offices)       (Zip Code)
         
Registrant's telephone number, including area code (203) 406-3700

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2.):

  

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which
registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share CARA The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On August 7, 2023, Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) made available an updated corporate presentation, which can be found on the Company’s website (the “Corporate Presentation”). The Corporate Presentation is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference in this Item 7.01.

 

The information furnished under this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such a filing. The information shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any other filing with the SEC made by the Company, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No. Description
99.1 Corporate Presentation, dated August 7, 2023
104 Cover page interactive data file (formatted as Inline XBRL)

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  CARA THERAPEUTICS, INC.
     
  By: /s/ CHRISTOPHER POSNER
    Christopher Posner
    Chief Executive Officer

 

Date: August 7, 2023

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

Corporate Presentation August 2023

 

 

2 Forward - Looking Statements Statements contained in this presentation regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward - looking statements" withi n the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of these forward - looking statements include statements concerning the Company’s ability to successfully commercialize KORSUVA injection and Kapruvia , future revenue and profit share from sales of KORSUVA and Kapruvia , planned future regulatory submissions and potential future regulatory approvals, potential for post - TDAPA reimbursement of KORSUVA and timing of final rules related thereto, future product launches, the performance of the Com pan y’s commercial partners, including CSL Vifor, expected timing of the initiation, enrollment and data readouts from the Company’s pla nned and ongoing clinical trials, the potential results of ongoing clinical trials, timing of future regulatory and development mi les tones for the Company’s product candidates, the potential for the Company’s product candidates to be alternatives in the therapeutic areas investigated and the potential for oral difelikefalin to address additional pruritic indications, the size and growth of the potential markets for pruritus management, and the Company’s expected cash reach. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertaintie s, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward - looking statements. These risks and uncerta inties include the risks inherent in the launch of new products, including that our commercial partners, including CSL Vifor, may no t p erform as expected, risks inherent in the clinical and regulatory development of pharmaceutical products, and the risks described more ful ly in Cara Therapeutics’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annu al Report on Form 10 - K for the year ending December 31, 2022 and its other documents subsequently filed with or furnished to the Securitie s and Exchange Commission , including its Form 10 - Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 . All forward - looking statements contained in this presentation speak only as of the date on which they were made. Cara Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to update such sta tem ents to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

 

 

3 Our Mission: To be the leader in the treatment of chronic pruritus with a vision to transform the way pruritus is treated and improve the life for millions of people who suffer. 3

 

 

4 Difelikefalin, a Pipeline in a Product Novel, first - in - class selective and potent kappa opioid receptor agonist Unique Chemical Structure and Features • Synthetic peptide made of non - natural amino acids • High hydrophilicity, high polar surface area and charge at physiological pH • Does not readily cross the blood - brain - barrier Differentiated MOA • Acts on KORs on peripheral terminals of sensory nerves and immune cells • Works downstream potentially as broad spectrum antipruritic Attractive Pharmacology • Highly selective and potent full agonist at KORs • Does not produce classical mu opioid side effects (e.g., euphoria, addiction and respiratory depression) • Non - scheduled drug Strong Clinical Data in Multiple Therapeutic Areas • IV formulation approved for chronic kidney disease - associated pruritus (CKD - aP ) in hemodialysis patients • Oral formulation has shown positive clinical data in the treatment of chronic pruritus – Advanced CKD – Atopic Dermatitis – Notalgia Paresthetica

 

 

5 Strategic Focus on Moderate to Severe Chronic Pruritus NEPHROLOGY DERMATOLOGY Advanced CKD Hemodialysis Advanced CKD Pre - Dialysis Atopic Dermatitis Notalgia Paresthetica APPROVED PHASE 3 PHASE 3 PHASE 2/3 ~ 200K patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) suffer from moderate - to - severe chronic pruritus KORSUVA injection is the first - and - only FDA approved product to help these patients. ~ 300K patients with stage 4 - 5 advanced CKD suffer from moderate - to - severe chronic pruritus There are no approved therapies. ~ 3M mild - to - moderate patients with Atopic Dermatitis (AD) suffer from moderate - to - severe chronic pruritus Chronic pruritus is one of the defining features of AD. ~ 650K patients with Notalgia Paresthetica (NP) are in the care of a healthcare provider for moderate - to - severe chronic pruritus There are no approved therapies.

 

 

6 KORSUVA ® Injection Launch Underway * Other countries where Korsuva / Kapruvia has been approved include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finla nd , France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Swi tze rland, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates. ** Vifor has contracted the sales force of Fresenius Renal Pharmaceuticals, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, to complement its sales force in selling into Fresenius clinics in the U.S. NOTE: Korsuva is indicated for the treatment of moderate - to - severe pruritus associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD - aP ) in adults undergoing hemodialysis (HD). Limitations of Use Korsuva has not been studied in patients on peritoneal dialysis and is not recommended for use in this population First - and - only product approved for CKD - aP in HD in countries worldwide* • US launch in 2Q22 • EU launch ( Kapruvia ) in 2H22 • AU, CA, SA, SG approvals in 2H22 – launches planned • JP approval expected 2H23 Strong Commercial Partnership with Favorable Economics • Leading commercial nephrology organization with 100+ sales FTEs in US • Strong relationships with US nephrology offices and dialysis centers • Joint venture with Fresenius Medical Care* * Only Current Product with TDAPA Designation • Concentrated payer market with ~80% Medicare • Reimbursed at ASP for a minimum of two years • ESRD PPS CY24 final rule expected 4Q23 to address post - TDAPA reimbursement

 

 

7 Pruritis control is a significant unmet need among advanced CKD patients 1 There are no FDA - approved therapies and current anti - pruritic approaches are inadequate 1,2 Approximately 1.2 million US patients have advanced (stage 4 - 5) non - dialysis CKD 3 - 6 ~30% advanced CKD patients experience moderate to severe pruritus 7 Oral Difelikefalin : Expanding Reach in Advanced CKD - aP Market 1. Makar M et al. Chronic kidney disease associated pruritus: a review. Kidney Blood Press Res 2021. 46:659 - 669. 2. Mettang T and Kremer AE. Uremic Pruritus. Kidney International. 2015. 87:685 - 691 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://nccd.cdc.gov/ckd/detail.aspx?Qnum=Q372. 4. DataMonitor 5. States Renal Data System https://adr.usrds.org/2020/chronic - kidney - disease/1 - ckd - in - the - general - population. 6. Wong SJY et al. Decisions about Ren al Replacement Therapy in Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease in the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 2000 – 2011. Clin Journal of Am Soc Neprol. 2016. 11(10): 1 825 - 1833. 7. Sukul N et al. Pruritus and patient reported outcomes in non - dialysis CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2019. 673 - 681. 7

 

 

8 RUN - IN Efficacy Assessment Treatment Period (Double Blind) Long - term Safety Extension Treatment Period (Double Blind) KICK 1 & KICK 2: Phase 3 Study Design in CKD KICK1 US sites only, KICK 2 US and ex - US sites Patients Re - Randomized to DFK or PBO RANDOMIZE (N = ~400; 1:1) Placebo QD DFK 1.0 mg QD Placebo QD DFK 1.0 mg QD Topline Results: 2H2024 est. 12 Weeks PRIMARY ENDPOINT • % of subjects with ≥4 - point improvement from baseline in WI - NRS score at Week 12 ADDITIONAL ENDPOINTS • Quality of life, including sleep • Safety assessments 7 Days SCREENING DFK 1.0 mg QD Up to 52 Weeks Placebo QD Baseline Mean WI - NRS > 5 Program initiated in 1Q22, enrollment ongoing

 

 

9 Oral Difelikefalin : Potential to Address Significant Need for an Oral Antipruritic in Atopic Dermatitis (AD) 1. Correale CE et al. Atopic dermatitis: a review of diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 1999. 60(4):1191 - 1198 2. Silverberg JI et a l. Patient burden and quality of life in atopic dermatitis in US adults. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (2018). 121(3): 340 - 347 3. Legat FJ. Itch in atopic dermatitis – what is new? Front Med (Lausanne) 2021. 8:644760. 4. Barbarot S, Auziere S, Gadkari A, et al. Epidemiology of atopic dermatitis in adults: results from an international survey. Allergy. 2018;73(6):1284 - 1293. 5. United States Census Bureau 2020 . 6. Raj Chovatiya MD, PhD , Donald Lei MS , Adnan Ahmed BS, Rajeev Chavda MD, Sylvie Gabriel MD, Jonathan I. Silverberg MD, PhD, MPH , Clinical phenotyping of atopic dermatitis using combined itch and lesional severity: A prospective observational study, Annals of Allergy, Asthma Immunology (2021). Pruritus is a hallmark of AD, often called “the itch that rashes” 1 Itch is considered the most burdensome AD symptom by patients 2 , strongly and negatively impacts quality of life 3 Target “itch dominant” adult AD patients (~25% of market or ~3M) with moderate to severe pruritus, but mild to moderate disease 4 - 6 Pruritus in AD remains an unmet need 9

 

 

10 Oral Difelikefalin: Targeting Itch Dominant Adult AD Market Differentiated positioning in a seemingly crowded market • Sizeable Target Market 12M adult AD patients 80% mild - moderate AD 30% moderate - severe itch • Itch Dominant 1 AD Market Significant Unmet Need Patients with mild to moderate lesions, but moderate to severe itching • Preferable Product Characteristics Oral, non - steroidal, non - biologic therapy Severe Mild Severe 3.0M patients 1.7M patients Biologics JAKs Skin Lesions Pruritus 7.6M patients Topicals Difelikefalin 1. Raj Chovatiya MD, PhD , Donald Lei MS , Adnan Ahmed BS, Rajeev Chavda MD, Sylvie Gabriel MD, Jonathan I. Silverberg MD, PhD, MPH , Clinical phenotyping of atopic dermatitis using combined itch and lesional severity: A prospective observational study, Annals of Allergy, Asthma Immunology (2021).

 

 

11 KIND 1 & KIND 2: Phase 3 Study Design in AD RUN - IN Double Blind Treatment Period Long - term Safety Extension Treatment Period (Open Label) 12 Weeks 7 Days Up to 52 Weeks Topline Results: 1H2025 est. Oral DFK XX mg BID + TCS Oral PBO BID + TCS KIND 1 Part A will include sites in USA only KIND 1 Part B will include sites in North America only, while KIND 2 will include sites in North America and outside of North America RUN - IN Double Blind Treatment Period Long - term Safety Extension Treatment Period (Open Label) 12 Weeks 7 Days Up to 52 Weeks KIND 1 Part A KIND 1 Part B and KIND 2 Internal Readout Dose | Sample Size Baseline Mean WI - NRS > 5 Oral PBO BID + Vehicle PBO Oral DFK 0.25 mg BID + TCS Oral DFK 0.5 mg BID + TCS Oral PBO BID + TCS PRIMARY ENDPOINT • % of subjects with ≥4 - point improvement from baseline in WI - NRS score at Week 12 ADDITIONAL ENDPOINTS • Quality of life, including sleep • Skin assessment • Safety assessments RANDOMIZE (N = ~ 28 0; 1:1:1:1) Program initiated in 1Q22, enrollment ongoing

 

 

12 NP is a sensory neuropathic syndrome characterized by chronic pruritus 1 Pruritus is burdensome and impairs quality of life 2 Estimated >650K patients currently treated for NP 1, 3 - 5 No FDA - approved treatments; off label treatments are either ineffective or have tolerability issues 2 Oral Difelikefalin : Potential to Address Significant Need in Notalgia Paresthetica (NP) 1. Pereira P. et al., Acta DV 2018 ; 98:82 - 88; 2. Howard M et al. Notalgia paresthetica: a review for dermatologists. Int J of Derm . 2017. 388 - 392. 3. US Census Bureau 2020 population projection; 4. Mollanazar N.K. et al., Acta Clin Croat 2018; 57:721 - 725 ; 5. Syneos Health qualitative primary research of US dermatologists, Feb 2022; 5. Syneos market research and Apollo claims database 12

 

 

13 PRIMARY ENDPOINT % of subjects with ≥4 - point improvement from baseline in WI - NRS score at Week 8 RUN - IN Double Blind Treatment Period Long - term Safety Extension Treatment Period (Open Label) 8 Weeks 7 Days Up to 52 Weeks RUN - IN Double Blind Treatment Period 8 Weeks 7 Days Part A Part B and Second Study Internal Readout Dose | Sample Size Baseline Mean WI - NRS > 5 Oral PBO BID Oral DFK 0.25 mg BID Oral DFK 1.0 mg BID Oral DFK 2.0 mg BID RANDOMIZE (N = ~ 20 0; 1:1:1:1) Phase 2/3 Study Design in NP Program initiated in 1Q23 Oral DFK XX mg BID Oral PBO BID Topline Results: 1H2026 est.

 

 

14 Catalysts to Drive Long - term Growth* *Anticipated Timelines KICK 1 & 2 Advanced CKD Phase 3 Topline Data (2H 2024) Initiation KOURAGE 1 Part A NP Phase 2/3 (1Q 2023) KIND 1B & 2 AD Phase 3 Topline Data (1H 2025) KIND 1 Part A AD Phase 3 Internal Readout (4Q 2023) 2025 2024 2023 KOURAGE 1 Part A NP Phase 3 Internal Readout (2H 2024) KORSUVA approval Japan (2H 2023) KORSUVA® Injection US Commercialization - Launched April 2022 Kapruvia /KORSUVA International Commercialization - Launched September 2022 2026 KOURAGE 1B & 2 NP Phase 3 Topline Data (1H 2026)

 

 

15 Strong Financial Foundation to Advance Pipeline and Drive Long - term Growth Continued pipeline growth • Sufficient resources to continue development of the oral difelikefalin platforms $102M cash position as of June 30, 2023 • 54M shares outstanding and no debt • Cara has no cash outlay for commercial costs related to Korsuva/ Kapruvia Injection Cash runway for at least next 12 months

 

 

Thank You

 

 

Appendix

 

 

18 Primary Endpoint Phase 2 Data Provides Path Forward into Phase 3 Advanced CKD • Significant difference achieved between 1mg oral difelikefalin and placebo in WI - NRS score at Week 12 • Generally well - tolerated with safety profile consistent with clinical development program • Phase 2 findings and EOP2 discussion with FDA established dose and patient population in Advanced CKD for Phase 3 trial Change from Baseline in WI - NRS over Time

 

 

19 Population: Mild to Moderate AD (BSA <10) KARE STUDY: Phase 2 Data in Atopic Dermatitis (AD) • A nti - pruritic effect started at week 1 and was sustained through week 12 • Statistical significance achieved for the registration endpoint (4 - point responder) in mild - to - moderate AD population • The drug was generally well tolerated 4 - point Responder Analysis at Week 12 (% of Subjects) N = 79 N = 178 Placebo Difelikefalin P=0.033 19% 32%* All doses (0.25mg, 0.50 mg , 1.0mg) performed similarly versus PBO

 

 

20 Primary Endpoint Change from Baseline in WI - NRS at Week 8 Encouraging Phase 2 Data in First Well - Controlled NP Study • Significant difference achieved between 2 mg BID oral difelikefalin and placebo in WI - NRS score at Week 8 • Rapid onset of action within Week 1 and sustained response through Week 8 • Significantly greater proportion of patients on difelikefalin with ≥ 4 - point improvement starting Week 2 • Generally well - tolerated with safety profile consistent with other clinical development programs LS Means from MMRM with terms for treatment, week, treatment by week interaction, and baseline WI - NRS score Missing data imputed using multiple imputation (MI) under missing at random (MAR) assumption

 

 

 

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