News Release


Eledon Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Operating and Financial Results

March 24, 2022 at 4:01 PM EDT

Topline data from Phase 2a trial of tegoprubart in ALS expected in 2Q 2022

Ongoing clinical studies evaluating tegoprubart in kidney transplantation, IgA nephropathy, and islet cell transplantation with initial readouts anticipated in late 2022

Cash balance of $84.8M, sufficient to fund operations into 2024

Conference call today at 4:30 PM ET

IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eledon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Eledon”) (NASDAQ: ELDN), a patient-focused clinical stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the development of innovative and impactful treatments for organ and cell transplantation, autoimmune conditions, and neurodegenerative disease, today reported its fourth quarter and full-year 2021 operating and financial results.

“In 2021, our first full year following the acquisition of the rights to tegoprubart, we fully enrolled our ALS trial, initiated several other pre-clinical and clinical trials across four programs, and created momentum heading into 2022,” said David-Alexandre C. Gros, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Eledon. “We now enter a pivotal year for Eledon, and we look forward to sharing results beginning with topline readout from our Phase 2a study in ALS in the second quarter, followed by initial clinical readouts in our other tegoprubart programs anticipated by year-end.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 and Recent Corporate Developments

  • Completed enrollment of all four cohorts in ongoing Phase 2a study with tegoprubart in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  • Received regulatory clearance to initiate a Phase 1b clinical trial in the United Kingdom in addition to Canada, evaluating tegoprubart as a replacement for tacrolimus as an immunosuppressive regimen component in patients undergoing kidney transplantation.
  • Received regulatory clearance to initiate a Phase 2a clinical trial in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, evaluating tegoprubart for the treatment of IgA Nephropathy, with plans to expand the study in up to eight additional countries in 2022.
  • Obtained FDA clearance to initiate a Phase 2a U.S. clinical trial in islet cell transplantation utilizing tegoprubart to prevent allograft rejection for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.
  • Presented pre-clinical data showing the effectiveness of tegoprubart in preventing islet cell allograft rejection resulting in improved metabolic control in a nonhuman primate model of diabetes at the International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association (IPITA) Congress.
  • Announced a collaborative research agreement to incorporate CareDx’s biomarker and predictive algorithm technologies to assess longer-term allograft survival into Eledon’s clinical trials of tegoprubart in renal transplantation.

Upcoming Anticipated 2022 Milestones

  • 2Q 2022: topline data from Phase 2a trial of tegoprubart in ALS.
  • 2Q 2022: completion of non-human primate kidney transplantation study with tegoprubart.
  • 4Q 2022: initial open label data from Phase 1b trial of tegoprubart in kidney transplantation.
  • 4Q 2022: initial open label data from Phase 2a trial of tegoprubart in IgAN.
  • 4Q 2022: initial open label data from Phase 2a trial of tegoprubart in islet cell transplantation.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2021

The company reported a net loss of $8.8 million, or $0.59 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared to a net loss of $5.9 million, or $2.13 per share, for the same period in 2020.

  • Research and development expenses were $6.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $3.0 million for the comparable period in 2020, an increase of $3.2 million. The increase in research and development spend primarily reflects an increase in clinical development costs and costs related to the production of clinical trial materials as we advance tegoprubart into global phase 1 and 2 clinical trials.
  • General and administrative expenses were $3.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $3.3 million for the comparable period in 2020, a decrease of $0.1 million.

Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2021

The company reported a net loss of $34.5 million, or $2.33 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to a net loss of $22.8 million, or $15.72 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2020.

  • Research and development expenses were $23.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $6.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $17.6 million. The increase in research and development spend primarily reflects an increase in clinical development costs and costs related to the production of clinical trial materials as we advance tegoprubart into global phase 1 and 2 clinical trials.
  • General and administrative expenses were $13.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $10.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $3.0 million. The increase in general and administrative spend primarily reflects an increase in stock-based compensation costs and other personnel costs associated with increased headcount, and an increase in general operating expenses. This was partially offset by a decrease in merger related costs of $2.9 million that were incurred for the year ended December 31, 2020, as a result of the Anelixis acquisition. No merger related expenses were recorded for the year ended December 31, 2021.

Cash Position

The company had approximately $84.8 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 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 operating activities into 2024.

Conference Call

Eledon will hold a conference call today, March 24, 2022 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter and full-year 2021 results. The dial-in numbers are 877-407-9039 for domestic callers and 201-689-8470 for international callers. The conference ID is 13727431. 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 expertise in targeting the CD40 Ligand (CD40L, also called CD154) pathway to develop potential treatments for persons requiring an organ or cell-based transplant, living with autoimmune disease, or living with 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, Calif. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.eledon.com.

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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 planned clinical trials, the 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 www.sec.gov. 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:
Stephen Jasper
Gilmartin Group
(858) 525 2047
stephen@gilmartinir.com

Source: Eledon Pharmaceuticals


ELEDON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)

  December 31,
  2021   2020
               
ASSETS              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 84,833     $ 114,195  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,513       1,435  
Total current assets   88,346       115,630  
Operating lease asset, net   768       138  
Goodwill   48,648       48,648  
In-process research and development   32,386       32,386  
Other assets   400       383  
Total assets $ 170,548     $ 197,185  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 1,813     $ 1,366  
Current operating lease liability   369       144  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   2,219       973  
Total current liabilities   4,401       2,483  
Deferred tax liability   1,752       4,106  
Non-current operating lease liability   400        
Total liabilities   6,553       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 December 31, 2021 and 2020          
Series X non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000 shares authorized; 6,204 and no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively          
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2021 and 2020; 14,306,788 and 15,160,397 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively   14       15  
Additional paid-in capital   278,880       270,974  
Accumulated deficit   (114,899 )     (80,393 )
Total stockholders’ equity   163,995       190,596  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 170,548     $ 197,185  


ELEDON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

  Year Ended
  December 31,
  2021   2020
Operating expenses              
Research and development $ 23,735     $ 6,131  
General and administrative   13,132       10,052  
Restructuring expense         2,282  
Total operating expenses   36,867       18,465  
Loss from operations   (36,867 )     (18,465 )
Other income, net   7       79  
Warrant inducement expense         (4,829 )
Loss before income tax benefit   (36,860 )     (23,215 )
Income tax benefit   2,354       404  
Net loss and comprehensive loss $ (34,506 )   $ (22,811 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (2.33 )   $ (15.72 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   14,819,582       1,451,432  

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