CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug 04, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2010. Total revenues were $7.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 compared to $4.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2010 was $6.3 million, compared to a net loss of $7.5 million for the same period in 2009.
At June 30, 2010, we had cash and investments of $57.2 million, compared to cash and investments of $41.6 million at December 31, 2009.
“The key event in the second quarter was our entry into a strategic collaboration with Hospira covering the development and commercialization of POSIDUR(TM) in the U.S. and Canada,” stated James E. Brown, D.V.M., President and CEO of DURECT. “We continue to advance our pipeline of product candidates. BESST, our pivotal U.S. Phase III clinical study for POSIDUR(TM), continued enrollment during the quarter. King Pharmaceuticals is preparing the NDA resubmission for REMOXY(R) by year-end and initiated a Phase IIb clinical study of ELADUR(TM) in chronic low back pain during the second quarter. Lastly, we recently commenced a Phase I clinical trial in our ORADUR(R)-ADHD program.”
Business Highlights: REMOXY. In July 2009, King met with the FDA to discuss the Complete Response Letter received in December 2008 regarding the REMOXY NDA. According to King, it anticipates that in the fourth quarter of 2010 it will resubmit the NDA for REMOXY intended to -- address all FDA comments in the Complete Response Letter. REMOXY, an investigational drug, is a unique long acting oral formulation of oxycodone intended to treat moderate to severe pain. Based on DURECT's ORADUR technology, which is covered by issued patents and pending patent applications owned by us, REMOXY is designed to resist common methods of prescription drug misuse and abuse. POSIDUR (SABER(TM)-Bupivacaine) Post-Operative Pain Relief Depot. In June 2010, we entered into an agreement with Hospira, Inc. covering the development and commercialization of POSIDUR in the U.S. and Canada. Under terms of the agreement, Hospira made an upfront payment to us of $27.5 million, with the potential for up to an additional $185 million in performance based milestone payments based on the successful development, approval and commercialization of POSIDUR. For the U.S. and Canada, the two companies will jointly direct and equally fund the remaining development costs for POSIDUR, while Hospira will have exclusive commercialization rights with sole funding responsibility. In addition, if commercialized, Hospira will pay DURECT a royalty -- on product sales. In the second quarter of 2010, we continued to enroll patients in our U.S. pivotal Phase III clinical study known as BESST (Bupivacaine Effectiveness and Safety in SABER Trial). We expect to complete enrollment of BESST, comprising approximately 300 patients, in the first half of 2011. POSIDUR is our post-operative pain relief depot that utilizes our patented SABER technology to deliver bupivacaine to provide up to three days of pain relief after surgery. POSIDUR is licensed to Hospira for commercialization in the U.S. and Canada, and to Nycomed for commercialization in Europe and other defined countries. We have retained commercialization rights in Japan and all other countries not subject to the Nycomed and Hospira licenses. ELADUR (TRANSDUR(TM)-Bupivacaine). In October 2008, worldwide rights to this program were licensed to Alpharma, which was acquired by King Pharmaceuticals in December 2008. In April 2010, King Pharmaceuticals initiated a Phase IIb trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of ELADUR in patients with chronic low back pain. King expects to enroll approximately 260 -- patients in this study. ELADUR is our proprietary transdermal patch intended to deliver bupivacaine for a period of up to three days from each application. TRANSDUR-Sufentanil. In February 2009, a successful end-of- Phase II meeting with the FDA was conducted for this program outlining a potential regulatory pathway for the Phase III program and NDA submission. During 2009, we transitioned the program back to our control. We are in discussions with potential partners regarding licensing development and commercialization rights to this program to which we hold -- worldwide rights. TRANSDUR-Sufentanil is our proprietary transdermal patch intended to deliver sufentanil to chronic pain sufferers for a period of up to seven days from a single application. ORADUR-ADHD Program. In July 2010, we commenced a Phase I clinical trial in this program with multiple formulations. ORADUR-ADHD applies our proprietary ORADUR technology to a leading active pharmaceutical ingredient for the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Under an agreement with Orient Pharma, we are collaborating to perform a clinical development program through a Phase II study intended to produce a data package that will support later stage development of the drug candidate and subsequent licensing by DURECT. We are responsible for formulation and study design of the pre-defined -- clinical program, which Orient Pharma will fund and execute.
Earnings Conference Call
A live audio webcast of a conference call to discuss second quarter 2010 results will be broadcast live over the internet at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on August 4 and is available by accessing DURECT’s homepage at www.www.durect.com and clicking “Investor Relations.” If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on DURECT’s website under Audio Archive in the “Investor Relations” section.
About DURECT Corporation
DURECT is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative drugs for pain and other chronic diseases, with late-stage development programs including REMOXY, POSIDUR, ELADUR, and TRANSDUR-Sufentanil. DURECT’s proprietary oral, transdermal and injectable depot delivery technologies enable new indications and superior clinical/commercial attributes such as abuse deterrence, improved convenience, compliance, efficacy and safety for small molecule and biologic drugs. For more information, please visit www.www.durect.com.
NOTE: POSIDUR(TM), SABER(TM), ORADUR(R), TRANSDUR(TM), ELADUR(TM), and DURIN(TM) are trademarks of DURECT Corporation. Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners. REMOXY, POSIDUR, ELADUR and TRANSDUR-Sufentanil are drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities.
DURECT Forward-Looking Statement
The statements in this press release regarding the anticipated resubmission of the REMOXY NDA, our U.S. pivotal Phase III clinical trial (BESST) for POSIDUR including the anticipated timing of completion of the trial and patient enrollment, potential milestone payments and royalties receivable from Hospira, Phase IIb trial for ELADUR including anticipated patient enrollment numbers and timing thereof, our intention to enter into collaborations with respect to TRANSDUR-Sufentanil and our ORADUR-ADHD Phase I trial, the potential benefits and uses of our drug candidates are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, delays and additional costs due to requirements imposed by regulatory agencies on our drug candidates, unexpected results and adverse events from clinical trials for our drug candidates, our failure to achieve the performance milestones or commercial sales that trigger the referenced payments or royalties under our collaborative agreements, our (and that of our third party collaborators where applicable) difficulty or failure to obtain approvals from regulatory agencies with respect to development activities and products, design, enroll, conduct and complete clinical trials, complete the design, development, and manufacturing process development of the referenced drug candidates, consummate collaborative agreements relating to our drug candidates and technologies, manufacture and commercialize the referenced drug candidates, obtain marketplace acceptance of the referenced drug candidates, avoid infringing patents held by other parties and secure and defend patents of our own, and manage and obtain capital to fund our growth, operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT’s Form 10-Q on May 10, 2010 under the heading “Risk Factors.”
DURECT CORPORATION STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited) Three months ended June 30, -------- 2010 2009 ---- ---- Collaborative research and development and other revenue $4,657 $2,606 Product revenue, net 2,656 2,271 Total revenues 7,313 4,877 Operating expenses: Cost of product revenues (1) 861 837 Research and development (1) 9,204 7,866 Selling, general and administrative (1) 3,584 3,777 Total operating expenses 13,649 12,480 ------ ------ Loss from operations (6,336) (7,603) Other income (expense): Interest and other income 48 106 Interest and other expense (21) (11) ---- --- Net other income 27 95 Net loss $(6,309) $(7,508) ======= ======= Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.07) $(0.09) ====== ====== Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 86,845 82,138 ====== ====== (1) Includes stock-based compensation related to the following: Cost of product revenues $86 $117 Research and development 1,290 1,327 Selling, general and administrative 663 864 --- --- Total stock-based compensation $2,039 $2,308 ======== ====== Six months ended June 30, -------- 2010 2009 ---- ---- Collaborative research and development and other revenue $8,473 $6,518 Product revenue, net 6,506 4,686 Total revenues 14,979 11,204 - - Operating expenses: Cost of product revenues (1) 2,239 1,661 Research and development (1) 18,625 17,936 Selling, general and administrative (1) 7,086 8,034 Total operating expenses 27,950 27,631 ------ ------ Loss from operations (12,971) (16,427) Other income (expense): Interest and other income 59 285 Interest and other expense (23) (22) ---- --- Net other income 36 263 Net loss $(12,935) $(16,164) ======== ======== Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.15) $(0.20) ====== ====== Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 86,801 82,081 ====== ====== (1) Includes stock-based compensation related to the following: Cost of product revenues $170 $195 Research and development 2,567 3,608 Selling, general and administrative 1,332 2,035 ----- ----- Total stock-based compensation $4,069 $5,838 ========== ======
DURECT CORPORATION CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands)
As of As of December 31, June 30, 2010 2009 (1) ------------- ------------ (unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $21,273 $8,287 Short-term investments 32,875 32,834 Short-term restricted investments 66 - Accounts receivable 3,340 1,700 Inventories 2,852 2,799 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,773 1,433 ----- ----- Total current assets 62,179 47,053 Property and equipment, net 2,656 3,808 Goodwill 6,399 6,399 Intangible assets, net 84 108 Long-term investments 2,591 - Long-term restricted Investments 366 431 Other long-term assets 260 352 Total assets $74,535 $58,151 ======= ======= LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $931 $1,019 Accrued liabilities 4,117 5,337 Contract research liability 1,370 990 Deferred revenue, current portion 8,220 4,703 Other short-term liabilities 219 208 --- --- Total current liabilities 14,857 12,257 Deferred revenue, noncurrent portion 38,888 17,543 Other long-term liabilities 396 508 Stockholders' equity 20,394 27,843 ------ ------ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $74,535 $58,151 ======= =======
(1) Derived from audited financial statements.
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