News Release

Eledon Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2021 Operating and Financial Results

May 13, 2021 at 4:01 PM EDT

Continued enrollment in Phase 2 clinical trial of AT-1501 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Strengthens senior leadership team with four key additions

IRVINE, Calif., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eledon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (“Eledon”) (NASDAQ: ELDN), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing targeted medicines for persons living with autoimmune disease, requiring an organ or cell-based transplant, or living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), today reported its first quarter 2021 operating and financial results.

“We have made valuable progress advancing AT-1501 during the first quarter, including with our Phase 2 clinical trial in ALS with top line data readout expected in first half 2022,” stated David-Alexandre C. Gros, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Eledon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “At the same time, we remain on track to initiate a Phase 2 trial of AT-1501 in islet cell transplantation, giving us two important programs in the clinic in the near term. With what I regard as a world class team in place, and a strong balance sheet, we believe we are well positioned to deliver on important clinical milestones this year and next.”

First Quarter 2021 and Recent Corporate Developments

  • Announced updated development strategy for AT-1501 in renal transplantation based on discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). As a result, Eledon plans to initiate an evaluation of AT-1501 in a standard non-human primate model of renal transplantation which is expected to be completed late 2022. In parallel, the company will continue to explore potentially conducting a renal transplantation clinical trial outside the United States.
  • Announced appointments of seasoned biopharmaceutical executives - Jeff Bornstein, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer, Paul Little as Chief Financial Officer, David Hovland, Ph.D., as Chief Regulatory Officer and Bryan Smith, J.D. as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer.

Upcoming Anticipated Milestones

  • Deliver two posters and two oral presentations, including pre-clinical data showing the effectiveness of AT-1501 in preventing islet allograft rejection in nonhuman primate models, at the American Society of Transplantation annual meeting, which is being held virtually June 4June 9.
  • Enroll first patient in Phase 2 trial of AT-1501 in islet cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes with interim data readout expected in first half 2022.
  • Initiate Phase 2 trial of AT-1501 in an autoimmune nephritis indication in late 2021.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

The company reported a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.57 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to a net loss of $8.2 million, or $8.52 per share, for the same period in 2020.

  • Research and development expenses were $5.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $1.6 million for the comparable period in 2020, an increase of $4.0 million.
  • General and administrative expenses were $3.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $1.7 million for the comparable period in 2020, an increase of $1.6 million.
  • The company had approximately $108.6 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2021, compared to $114.2 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2020. The Company believes that it has sufficient financial resources to fund operations as currently planned well into 2023.

Conference Call

Eledon will hold a conference call today, May 13, 2021 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss first quarter results. The dial-in numbers are 800-709-0218 for domestic callers and 212-231-2926 for international callers. The conference ID is 21994011. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at The webcast will be archived on the website following the completion of the call.

About Eledon Pharmaceuticals and AT-1501

Eledon Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biotechnology company using its expertise in targeting the CD40L pathway to develop potential treatments for patients living with an autoimmune disease, patients requiring an organ or cell-based transplant, and for patients living with ALS. The company’s lead compound in development is AT-1501, an anti-CD40L antibody with high affinity for CD40 ligand (CD40L, also called CD154), a well-validated biological target with broad therapeutic potential. AT-1501 is a humanized IgG1 antibody engineered to potentially both improve safety and provide pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and dosing advantages compared to other anti-CD40 approaches. The CD40L/CD40 pathway is widely recognized for its prominent role in immune regulation. CD40L is primarily expressed on activated CD4+ T cells, platelets and endothelial cells while the CD40 receptor is constitutively expressed on antigen presenting cells such as B cells, macrophages, and dendritic cells. By blocking CD40L and not the CD40 receptor, AT-1501 inhibits both the CD40 and CD11 costimulatory signaling pathways, providing the potential for improved efficacy compared to anti-CD40 receptor approaches. Blocking CD40L also increases polarization of CD4+ lymphocytes to Tregs, a specialized subpopulation of T cells that act to suppress an immune response, thus creating a more tolerogenic environment, which may also play a therapeutic role for autoimmune diseases and in the transplant setting. Eledon is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Any statements about the company’s future expectations, plans and prospects, including statements about development of product candidates, expected timing for initiation of future clinical trials, expected timing for receipt of data from clinical trials, the company’s capital resources and ability to finance planned clinical trials, as well as other statements containing the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “predicts,” “projects,” “targets,” “looks forward,” “could,” “may,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including: risks relating to the safety and efficacy of our drug candidates; risks relating to clinical development timelines, including interactions with regulators and clinical sides, as well as patient enrollment; risks relating to costs of clinical trials and the sufficiency of the company’s capital resources to fund planned clinical trials; and risks associated with the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results to differ significantly from the forward-looking statements contained herein, are discussed in our quarterly 10-Q, annual 10-K, and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which can be found at Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and not of any future date, and the company expressly disclaims any intent to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contact:
Corey Davis, Ph.D.
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

Source: Eledon Pharmaceuticals

(In thousands, except share data)

    March 31,
    December 31,
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 108,579     $ 114,195  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,662       1,435  
Total current assets     110,241       115,630  
Operating lease asset, net     92       138  
Goodwill     48,648       48,648  
In-process research and development     32,386       32,386  
Other assets     315       383  
Total assets   $ 191,682     $ 197,185  
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 1,514     $ 1,366  
Current operating lease liability     97       144  
Accrued severance     5       12  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     2,590       961  
Total current liabilities     4,206       2,483  
Deferred tax liabilities     3,605       4,106  
Total liabilities     7,811       6,589  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders’ equity:                
Series X1 non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 515,000 shares
authorized; 108,070 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and
December 31, 2020
Series X preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000 shares authorized; 6,204 and no shares
issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021
and December 31, 2020; 14,306,614 and 15,160,397 shares issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
    14       15  
Additional paid-in capital     272,749       270,974  
Accumulated deficit     (88,892 )     (80,393 )
Total stockholders’ equity     183,871       190,596  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 191,682     $ 197,185  

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

    For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
    2021     2020  
Operating expenses                
Research and development   $ 5,653     $ 1,648  
General and administrative     3,352       1,730  
Total operating expenses     9,005       3,378  
Loss from operations     (9,005 )     (3,378 )
Other income, net     5       30  
Warrant inducement expense           (4,829 )
Loss before income tax benefit     (9,000 )     (8,177 )
Income tax benefit     501        
Net loss and comprehensive loss   $ (8,499 )   $ (8,177 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.57 )   $ (8.52 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     14,831,049       959,285  

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