Eledon Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2023 Operating and Financial Results

May 11, 2023

Reported open-label data from ongoing Phase 1b trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation demonstrating mean eGFRs from 3 participants above 70 mL/min/1.73m2 at measured timepoints

Completed financing of up to $185 million, with $35 million upfront, to fund the Company through the Phase 2 BESTOW kidney transplant trial, subject to achieving specific milestones

Conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET

IRVINE, Calif., May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eledon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Eledon”) (NASDAQ: ELDN) today reported its first quarter operating and financial results and reviewed recent business highlights.

“Eledon made significant progress this year in advancing the clinical development of tegoprubart as well as securing financing for its future development. We are now well positioned to make significant strides in our evaluation of tegoprubart as a potential and much needed replacement for CNIs in kidney transplant immunomodulation,” said David-Alexandre C. Gros, M.D., Chief Executive Officer. “The data we presented from our ongoing Phase 1b study demonstrating clinical benefit in the prevention of rejection and the protection of kidneys after transplantation validate our focus on tegoprubart as a potentially transformational therapeutic option for patients receiving kidney transplants. Following our recent financing, we are now well capitalized and are building strong momentum heading into the initiation of our Phase 2 BESTOW trial in the middle of this year. We are excited to evaluate tegoprubart in comparison to the standard of care, while continuing to generate incremental data from our Phase 1b study which we plan to report later in the year.”

First Quarter 2023 and Recent Corporate Developments

  • Reported positive results from the first three participants dosed in the ongoing Phase 1b trial evaluating tegoprubart in patients undergoing kidney transplantation at the World Congress of Nephrology 2023 (WCN). Results indicated no incidence of acute rejection at durations of 56, 154, and 232 days, respectively. In addition, strong graft function was observed in all three participants with mean eGFRs above 70 mL/min/1.73m2 at measured timepoints out to 31 weeks. To date, six patients have been enrolled in the study, which will continue in parallel with the upcoming Phase 2 BESTOW trial.
  • Announced the completion of a financing worth up to $185 million, with $35 million in upfront funding and additional aggregate financing up to $105 million, subject to achieving clinical development milestones, volume weighted share price levels, and trading volume conditions, plus up to $45 million upon exercise of warrants. The financing is expected to be sufficient to fund the Company through the completion of the Phase 2 BESTOW trial, subject to the achievement of specified milestones, including clinical development enrollment targets.
  • Reported safety data from the high-dose cohort of the Company’s Phase 2a open-label study evaluating tegoprubart for the treatment of IgA Nephropathy (IgAN) demonstrating tegoprubart to be safe and well tolerated with no serious nor severe adverse events reported and no early discontinuations. Four participants had completed at least 24 weeks on treatment and five others completed at least 12 weeks.
  • To date, approximately 100 human subjects have been dosed with tegoprubart across multiple disease indications.
  • Announced clinical collaboration with eGenesis for the use of tegoprubart in eGenesis’ ongoing xenograft transplant preclinical research and development studies. The collaboration has the potential to span multiple eGenesis programs, including kidney and heart transplant.

Upcoming Anticipated 2023 Milestones

Mid-2023: initiate Phase 2 BESTOW trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation.

Late-2023: report updated clinical data from ongoing Phase 1b trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2023

The Company reported a net loss of $10.8 million, or $0.75 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to a net loss of $9.9 million, or $0.69 per share, for the same period in 2022.

Research and development expenses were $8.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $6.6 million for the comparable period in 2022, an increase of $1.5 million. The increase was primarily due to higher clinical development expenses of $2.1 million and an increase in personnel costs of $0.4 million, due to increased headcount. The increase was partially offset by decreases in stock-based compensation of $0.5 million, manufacturing costs of $0.3 million, and consulting expenses of $0.2 million.

General and administrative expenses were $3.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $3.2 million for the comparable period in 2022, a decrease of $0.2 million. The decrease was primarily related to lower stock-based compensation costs of $0.3 million, which was partially offset by an increase in personnel expenses of $0.1 million.

Eledon ended the first quarter with approximately $46.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, which excludes the $35.0 million received in the recent financing during the second quarter.

Conference Call

Eledon will hold a conference call today, May 11, 2023 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss first quarter results. The dial-in numbers are 1-888-886-7786 for domestic callers and 1-416-764-8658 for international callers. The conference ID is 11107025. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.eledon.com. The webcast will be archived on the website following the completion of the call.

About Eledon Pharmaceuticals and tegoprubart (formerly AT-1501)

Eledon Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biotechnology company using its immunology expertise in targeting the CD40 Ligand (CD40L, also called CD154) pathway to develop therapies to protect transplanted organs and prevent rejection, and to treat ALS. The company’s lead compound in development is tegoprubart, an anti-CD40L antibody with high affinity for CD40 Ligand, a well-validated biological target with broad therapeutic potential. Eledon is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.eledon.com.

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Investor Contact:
Stephen Jasper
Gilmartin Group
(858) 525 2047

Source: Eledon Pharmaceuticals

(In thousands, except share data)
    March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 46,485     $ 56,409  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,419       3,109  
Total current assets     48,904       59,518  
Operating lease asset, net     647       739  
In-process research and development     32,386       32,386  
Other assets     369       150  
Total assets   $ 82,306     $ 92,793  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 2,852     $ 2,200  
Current operating lease liabilities     384       363  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     2,242       3,912  
Total current liabilities     5,478       6,475  
Deferred tax liabilities     1,752       1,752  
Non-current operating lease liabilities     284       383  
Total liabilities     7,514       8,610  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022:        
Series X1 non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 515,000 shares designated; 117,970 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022            
Series X non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000 shares designated; 6,204 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022            
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2023 and December, 31, 2022; 13,776,788 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022     14       14  
Additional paid-in capital     288,415       287,034  
Accumulated deficit     (213,637 )     (202,865 )
Total stockholders’ equity     74,792       84,183  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 82,306     $ 92,793  

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
    For the Three Months Ended March 31,
      2023       2022  
Operating expenses        
Research and development   $ 8,113     $ 6,635  
General and administrative     2,997       3,224  
Total operating expenses     11,110       9,859  
Loss from operations     (11,110 )     (9,859 )
Other income (expense), net     338       (5 )
Net loss and comprehensive loss   $ (10,772 )   $ (9,864 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.75 )   $ (0.69 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     14,285,905       14,330,693  


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