Unicycive Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNCY) (the “Company” or “Unicycive”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapies for patients with kidney disease, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, and provided a business update.

“Gaining alignment with the FDA on our clinical development plan for oxylanthanum carbonate (OLC) was a major achievement as we are one step closer to potentially bringing a much-needed therapy to individuals living with chronic kidney disease on dialysis,” said Shalabh Gupta, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Unicycive. “With clear visibility on the path forward to file an NDA, we expect to initiate the pivotal clinical trial before the end of this year. Topline data is expected in mid-2024, and we plan to finalize the NDA package and submit to the FDA shortly thereafter.”

“In addition, last quarter we were excited to welcome Dr. Sara Kenkare-Mitra to our Board of Directors, adding a seasoned executive with decades of drug development and corporate leadership experience. We also remain very active within the the medical community with a booth at Kidney Week and positive results published on the phosphate binding capacity for OLC,” concluded Dr. Gupta.

Key Highlights

  • Alignment with the FDA:
    • Reached agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a Type C meeting on the overall data package requirements to file a New Drug Application (NDA) including clinical data, preclinical data, and CMC (chemistry, manufacturing, and controls). The Agency agreed with the Company’s study design for a pivotal clinical trial of 60 participants to be evaluated for 4 weeks on OLC once participants are titrated to clinically effective doses. The study is designed to evaluate pharmacokinetics, tolerability and the event rate for discontinuation; therefore, there is no statistical analysis required to demonstrate efficacy. No other clinical study is required. Unicycive believes that results from this pivotal trial will enhance the OLC data package from preclinical studies and our previously disclosed bioequivalence study.
  • Addition to Board of Directors:
    • Strengthened our Board of Directors with the addition of Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD, adding decades of drug development and corporate leadership experience. Dr. Kenkare-Mitra brings Unicycive expertise spanning research, preclinical and clinical development, translational medicine, manufacturing, and regulatory. Importantly, she has played a key role in the filing of more than 100 investigational new drug (IND) and clinical trial applications and worked on 11 drug approvals in multiple diseases.
  • Publication and Awareness Campaigns:
    • Launched an unbranded educational campaign at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week to address why “Less Is More” when it comes to the high pill burden currently associated with hyperphosphatemia.
    • Featured on the Nasdaq Amplify Issuer Spotlight interview series that explores how industry leaders within the small-cap community are evolving and navigating challenges in various industries.
    • The American Journal of Nephrology published positive results on the phosphate binding capacity for OLC showing that OLC had the lowest daily phosphate binder dose volume and the lowest volume required to bind one gram of phosphate compared to five other commercially available phosphate binders.

Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2023

Licensing Revenues: Licensing revenues were $0 compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2022, due to an upfront payment for a licensing agreement entered into with Lee’s Pharmaceutical (HK) Limited in July 2022.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses were $3.4 million, compared to $4.8 million for the same period in 2022. A decrease in drug development costs of approximately $1.9 million was due to completion of significant preclinical development work in the prior period. The decrease in development costs was partially offset by increases in labor costs of $0.1 million and non-cash stock compensation costs of $0.3 million.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses were $2.6 million, compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2022. This increase was primarily due to an increase of $0.4 million in consulting and professional services costs. Stock compensation costs increased $0.3 million from the prior period. Labor, travel, rent, and other costs increased $0.3 million, and insurance expenses for directors and officers decreased $0.1 million.

Other Income (Expenses): Other income (expenses) increased $1.6 million due primarily to the change in fair value of our warrant liability.

Net Loss: Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $4.4 million, or $0.13 per share of common stock, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million, or $0.37 per share of common stock, for the same three-month period in 2022. This decrease was attributable primarily to a $1.4 million change in fair value of our warrant liability.

Cash Position: As of September 30, 2023, cash and cash equivalents totaled $14.3 million which is expected to last into the second half of 2024 including completion of the pivotal clinical trial and topline data for OLC.

About Oxylanthanum Carbonate (OLC)

Oxylanthanum carbonate is a next-generation lanthanum-based phosphate binding agent utilizing proprietary nanoparticle technology being developed for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). OLC has over forty issued and granted patents globally. Its potential best-in-class profile may have meaningful patient adherence benefits over currently available treatment options as it requires a lower pill burden for patients in terms of number and size of pills per dose that are swallowed instead of chewed. Based on a survey conducted in 2022, Nephrologists stated that the greatest unmet need in the treatment of hyperphosphatemia with phosphate binders is a lower pill burden and better patient compliance.1 The global market opportunity for treating hyperphosphatemia is projected to be in excess of $2.5 billion in 2023, with the United States accounting for more than $1 billion of that total. Despite the availability of several FDA-cleared medications, 75 percent of U.S. dialysis patients fail to achieve the target phosphorus levels recommended by published medical guidelines.

Unicycive is seeking FDA approval of OLC via the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway. As part of the clinical development program, two clinical studies were conducted in over 100 healthy volunteers. The first study was a dose-ranging Phase I study to determine safety and tolerability. The second study was a randomized, open-label, two-way crossover bioequivalence study to establish pharmacodynamic bioequivalence between OLC and Fosrenol. Based on the topline results of the bioequivalence study, pharmacodynamic (PD) bioequivalence of OLC to Fosrenol was established.

Fosrenol® is a registered trademark of Shire International Licensing BV.1Reason Research, LLC 2022 survey. Results here.

About Unicycive Therapeutics

Unicycive Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing novel treatments for kidney diseases. Unicycive’s lead drug candidate, oxylanthanum carbonate (OLC), is a novel investigational phosphate binding agent being developed for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis. UNI-494 is a patent-protected new chemical entity in late preclinical development for the treatment of acute kidney injury. For more information, please visit Unicycive.com.

Forward-looking statements Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified using words such as "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "estimated" and "intend" or other similar terms or expressions that concern Unicycive's expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on Unicycive's current expectations and actual results could differ materially. There are several factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, clinical trials involve a lengthy and expensive process with an uncertain outcome, and results of earlier studies and trials may not be predictive of future trial results; our clinical trials may be suspended or discontinued due to unexpected side effects or other safety risks that could preclude approval of our product candidates; risks related to business interruptions which could seriously harm our financial condition and increase our costs and expenses; dependence on key personnel; substantial competition; uncertainties of patent protection and litigation; dependence upon third parties; and risks related to failure to obtain FDA clearances or approvals and noncompliance with FDA regulations. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the uncertainties related to market conditions and other factors described more fully in the section entitled ‘Risk Factors’ in Unicycive’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Unicycive specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contact:

ir@unicycive.com (650) 900-5470

SOURCE: Unicycive Therapeutics, Inc.

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Unicycive Therapeutics, Inc.
             
Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
    As of   As of
    December 31,   September 30,
    2022   2023
          (Unaudited)
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash   $ 455     $ 14,345  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,189                    4,224  
Total current assets     2,644                  18,569  
Right of use asset, net     152                       845  
Property, plant and equipment, net     22                         28  
Total assets   $ 2,818     $            19,442  
             
Liabilities and stockholders’ (deficit) equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 892     $                1,084  
Accrued liabilities     2,237                    2,530  
Warrant liability     -       11,528  
Operating lease liability - current     155       314  
Total current liabilities     3,284       15,456  
Operating lease liability - long term     -                       552  
Total liabilities     3,284       16,008  
Commitments and contingencies            
Stockholders’ (deficit) equity:            
Series A-2 preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share – zero and 43,649 shares authorized at December 31, 2022 and September 30, 2023, respectively; zero and 43,649 shares outstanding at December 31, 2022 and September 30, 2023, respectively     -       44  
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share – 10,000,000 and 9,926,161 shares authorized at December 31, 2022 and September 30, 2023, respectively; zero shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022, and September 30, 2023      -        -  
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share – 200,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2022 and September 30, 2023; 15,231,655 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022, and 34,754,401 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023     15                         35  
Additional paid-in capital     33,516                  60,098  
Accumulated deficit     (33,997 )     (56,743 )
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity     (466 )                3,390  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ (deficit) equity   $ 2,818     $            19,442  
                 
Unicycive Therapeutics, Inc.
             
Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
    Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
2022   2023
         
Licensing revenues:   $ 951     $ -  
Operating expenses:            
Research and development     4,803       3,372  
General and administrative     1,702       2,566  
Total operating expenses     6,505       5,938  
Loss from operations     (5,554 )     (5,938 )
Other income (expenses):            
Interest income     -       227  
Interest expense     (3 )     (18 )
Change in fair value of warrant liability     -       1,396  
Total other income (expenses)     (3 )     1,605  
Net loss     (5,557 )     (4,333 )
Deemed dividend to Series A-1 preferred stockholders     -       (72 )
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (5,557 )   $ (4,405 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted   $ (0.37 )   $ (0.13 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted     15,061,995            32,633,074  

 

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