DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GH Research PLC (Nasdaq: GHRS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to transforming the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and gave updates on its business.
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
Cash was $256.9 million as of September 30, 2022, compared to $276.8 million as of December 31, 2021. We believe that our existing cash will be sufficient for us to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into 2025.
Research and development expenses
R&D expenses were $4.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, compared to $2.6 million for the same quarter in 2021. The increase was primarily due to increased activities relating to our technical development and increases in employee expenses to support these activities.
General and administrative expenses
G&A expenses were $2.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, compared to $2.1 million for the same quarter in 2021. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in insurance costs which has been partially offset by an increase in professional costs and employee expenses.
Net loss was $0.4 million, or $0.008 loss per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.035 loss per share, for the same quarter in 2021. The decrease was due to the foreign exchange gain in the quarter.
GH001 for the treatment of TRD
GH001 is our proprietary inhalable 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) product candidate.
We have recently submitted clinical trial applications in several European countries for a multi-center, randomized, controlled Phase 2b trial of GH001 in treatment-resistant depression (TRD) (GH001-TRD-201). Pending regulatory approval, we expect to initiate this trial in the first quarter of 2023. We expect to recruit approximately 80 patients for this trial. The primary objective will be to determine the efficacy of a single-day individualized dosing regimen (IDR) of GH001 compared with placebo in improving depressive symptoms as assessed by the mean change from baseline in Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) at the end of the 7-day double-blind phase. The double-blind phase will be followed by a 6-month open-label extension phase where all patients can receive treatment with the GH001 IDR as-needed, based on the patient’s clinical response.
In May 2022, we also announced the positive outcome of our pre-IND meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and we expect to submit our IND for GH001 in TRD in the first quarter of 2023. The planned IND-opening study is a Phase 1 imaging study in patients with TRD designed to further elucidate the mechanism of action of GH001 (GH001-TRD-104).
GH001 for the treatment of BDII and PPD
We have recently initiated Phase 2a proof-of-concept clinical trials of GH001 for the treatment of patients with bipolar II disorder and a current depressive episode (BDII) (GH001-BD-202) and for the treatment of patients with postpartum depression (PPD) (GH001-PPD-203). We expect to complete these studies by the end of 2023.
GH002 and GH003
GH002 is our 5-MeO-DMT product candidate formulated for administration via a proprietary injectable approach. GH002 has completed pre-clinical development to support early clinical trials and we have recently submitted a clinical trial application for a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, dose-ranging clinical pharmacology trial in healthy volunteers (GH002-HV-105). Pending regulatory approval, we expect to initiate this trial in the fourth quarter of 2022.
GH003 is our 5-MeO-DMT product candidate formulated for administration via a proprietary intranasal administration approach. GH003 is currently in preclinical development.
About GH Research PLC
GH Research PLC is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to transforming the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. GH Research PLC's initial focus is on developing its novel and proprietary 5-MeO-DMT therapies for the treatment of patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD).
GH Research PLC's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2021 is available at www.ghres.com and shareholders may receive a hard copy free of charge upon request.
Our lead product candidate, GH001, is formulated for 5-MeO-DMT administration via a proprietary inhalation approach. With GH001, we have completed two Phase 1 healthy volunteer clinical trials and a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Based on the observed clinical activity, where 87.5% of patients with TRD were brought into an ultra-rapid remission with our GH001 single-day individualized dosing regimen in the Phase 2 part of the trial, we believe that GH001 has potential to change the way TRD is treated today. Across the GH001 program, no serious adverse events have been reported and GH001 was well tolerated at the investigated single dose levels and in the individualized dosing regimen.
About GH002 and GH003
GH002 is our 5-MeO-DMT product candidate formulated for administration via a proprietary injectable approach. GH002 has completed preclinical development to support early clinical trials. GH003 is our 5-MeO-DMT product candidate formulated for administration via a proprietary intranasal administration approach. GH003 is currently in preclinical development.
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Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three months ended|
|Nine months ended|
|Research and development||(4,620||)||(2,556||)||(13,574||)||(5,202||)|
|General and administration||(2,006||)||(2,110||)||(7,808||)||(3,277||)|
|Loss from operations||(6,626||)||(4,666||)||(21,382||)||(8,479||)|
|Foreign exchange gain||6,185||2,832||15,512||3,377|
|Loss before tax||(441||)||(1,837||)||(5,870||)||(5,111||)|
|Loss for the period||(441||)||(1,837||)||(5,870||)||(5,111||)|
|Other comprehensive expense|
|Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss|
|Currency translation adjustment||(6,464||)||(2,845||)||(15,779||)||(3,533||)|
|Total comprehensive loss for the period||(6,905||)||(4,682||)||(21,649||)||(8,644||)|
|Attributable to owners:|
|Loss for the period||(441||)||(1,837||)||(5,870||)||(5,111||)|
|Comprehensive loss for the period||(6,464||)||(2,845||)||(15,779||)||(3,533||)|
|Loss per share|
|Basic and diluted loss per share (in USD)||(0.008||)||(0.035||)||(0.113||)||(0.125||)|
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Condensed Consolidated Interim Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
|At September 30,||At December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||256,939||276,776|
|Other current assets||3,100||3,066|
|Total current assets||260,039||279,842|
|Property, plant and equipment||84||82|
|Total non-current assets||84||82|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Other current liabilities||1,635||1,866|
|Total current liabilities||3,385||2,749|
|Equity attributable to owners|
|Foreign currency translation reserve||(21,682)||(5,903)|
|Total liabilities and equity||260,123||279,924|