HREC application submitted; on track to initiate Phase 1 clinical study of GT-02287 this year
Acceptance of late breaking abstract for presentation at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders® in Copenhagen, Denmark
BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gain Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GANX) (“Gain”, or the “Company”), a biotechnology company leading the discovery and development of the next generation of allosteric small molecule therapies, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, and highlighted recent corporate progress.
“We are excited to announce the submission of the dossier application to begin Phase 1 clinical trials of GT-02287, our GCase-targeting drug candidate for GBA1 Parkinson’s disease,” said Matthias Alder, Chief Executive Officer of Gain Therapeutics. “GT-02287 has demonstrated positive preclinical results with potential application across a range of neurodegenerative diseases beyond GBA1 Parkinson’s disease. We look forward to commencing the evaluation of the safety of this promising candidate in healthy volunteers in the second half of this year.”
- Submitted dossier to initiate Phase 1 clinical trial in Australia. The preclinical data package that has been submitted to the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) demonstrates the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of GT-02287 in preclinical models. The Phase 1 clinical trial, which is expected to commence in H2 2023, will evaluate GT-02287 in healthy volunteers to assess safety and pharmacokinetics, with the goal of identifying an optimal dose level for Phase 1b and Phase 2 trials.
- Acceptance of a late breaking abstract with new in vivo data on GT-02287 for presentation at the upcoming International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders® to be held August 27-31, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Initiation of Phase 1 clinical trial of GT-02287 in Australia expected in H2 2023.
- Presentation of two posters with new in vivo data at the upcoming International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders® being held August 27-31, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Neuroprotective effect of GT-02287, a brain-penetrant structurally targeted allosteric regulator of glucocerebrosidase, leads to a significant reduction of plasma neurofilament light chain levels and improvement in behavioral deficits in a mouse model of GBA1 Parkinson’s disease (Late-breaker Abstract #LBA-13).
- GT-02287, a brain-penetrant structurally targeted allosteric regulator for glucocerebrosidase shows evidence of pharmacological efficacy in an animal model of Parkinson’s disease (Abstract #1376).
- Progression of one of the Company’s oncology programs to lead series selection by the end of 2023.
Research and development (R&D) expenses totaled $4.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2022. The $1.4 million increase in R&D expense was primarily due to increases in costs associated with preclinical studies, quality and clinical manufacturing as Gain’s GBA1 Parkinson’s disease program advances toward clinical trials. The increase in R&D expense was also due to higher personnel-related costs associated with an increase in employee headcount.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses totaled $3.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2022. The increase in G&A expenses of $1.0 million was primarily due to higher legal fees, accounting, information technology costs and increased investor relations expenses. The increase in G&A expenses was also due to an increase in personnel-related costs.
Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2023, was $7.7 million, or $0.62 per share basic and diluted, including non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $1.3 million, compared to a net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.43 per share basic and diluted, which included non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $0.4 million for the period ended June 30, 2022.
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $16.2 million as of June 30, 2023, which the Company believes is sufficient to support operations into the third quarter of 2024.
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Research and development||(3,987,943||)||(2,582,224||)||(6,779,148||)||(4,138,664||)|
|General and administrative||(3,743,171||)||(2,689,263||)||(6,236,930||)||(4,466,306||)|
|Total operating expenses||(7,731,114||)||(5,271,487||)||(13,016,078||)||(8,604,970||)|
|Loss from operations||$||(7,731,114||)||$||(5,176,385||)||$||(12,960,898||)||$||(8,464,862||)|
|Interest income, net||129,929||59,899||281,964||58,248|
|Foreign exchange gain/(loss), net||(60,195||)||40,212||(103,037||)||59,374|
|Loss before income tax||$||(7,661,380||)||$||(5,076,274||)||$||(12,781,971||)||$||(8,347,240||)|
|Net loss per shares:|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted||$||(0.62||)||$||(0.43||)||$||(1.05||)||$||(0.70||)|
|Weighted average common shares - basic and diluted||12,387,089||11,883,368||12,157,969||11,883,368|
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||6,319,925||$||7,311,611|
|Marketable securities - current||9,873,209||12,826,954|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||954,584||848,854|
|Total current assets||$||17,308,448||$||21,091,296|
|Marketable securities - non current||$||—||$||1,941,488|
|Property and equipment, net||138,556||144,379|
|Operating lease - right of use assets||559,771||659,933|
|Long-term deposits and other non-current assets||17,734||17,506|
|Total non-current assets||952,426||3,008,091|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Operating lease liability - current||235,798||229,080|
|Other current liabilities||3,247,233||2,106,756|
|Deferred income - current||1,069,107||55,180|
|Loans - current||111,636||108,135|
|Total current liabilities||$||5,588,164||$||4,125,251|
|Defined benefit pension plan||$||174,185||$||157,580|
|Operating lease liability - non-current||330,071||441,784|
|Deferred income - non-current||608,982||—|
|Loans - non-current||466,638||495,258|
|Total non-current liabilities||1,579,876||1,094,622|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; nil shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022.||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 50,000,000 shares authorized; 12,632,327 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023; 11,883,368 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022.||1,263||1,189|
|Additional paid-in capital||62,298,733||57,358,895|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||134,323||35,627|
|Loss for the period||(12,825,288||)||(17,590,738||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||11,092,834||18,879,514|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||18,260,874||$||24,099,387|
About Gain Therapeutics, Inc.
Gain Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company leading the discovery and development of next generation allosteric therapies. Gain’s lead drug candidate GT-02287, in development for the treatment of GBA1 Parkinson’s disease, has completed IND-enabling GLP toxicology studies. Clinical evaluation of GT-02287 is expected to begin this year.
Leveraging AI-supported structural biology, proprietary algorithms and supercomputer-powered physics-based models, the company’s SEE-Tx® discovery platform can identify novel allosteric binding sites on disease-implicated proteins, pinpointing pockets that cannot be found or drugged with current technologies. Gain’s unique approach enables the discovery of novel, allosteric small molecule modulators that can restore or disrupt protein function. Deploying its highly advanced platform, Gain is accelerating drug discovery and unlocking novel disease-modifying treatments for untreatable or difficult-to-treat disorders including neurodegenerative diseases, rare genetic disorders and oncology. For more information, please visit GainTherapeutics.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
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