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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rezolute, Inc. (Nasdaq: RZLT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing transformative therapies for metabolic diseases associated with chronic glucose imbalance, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 ended September 30, 2021.
“This has been a productive quarter of execution for Rezolute, with steady clinical advancement of our lead pipeline candidates, RZ358 and RZ402, in Phase 2b and Phase 1b development, respectively,” said Nevan Elam, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Rezolute. “We look forward to announcing topline data for both programs in Q1 of 2022. Additionally, with a strengthened balance sheet following our recent offering, raising $55 million in gross proceeds, we have extended our cash runway and are well-positioned to continue to execute on our key clinical milestones.”
Recent Business Highlights
RZ358, monoclonal antibody for the treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) – Enrollment is ongoing in the Phase 2b RIZE study of RZ358 for the treatment of congenital HI. The Company expects to report topline results in Q1 of 2022.
European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) 2021 – Rezolute presented results from a natural history study designed to highlight the utility of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) and to quantify the extent of hypoglycemia in congenital HI patients on standard of care therapies.
RZ402, oral PKI for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) – A Phase 1b multiple ascending dose study, initiated in August 2021, is progressing as expected, with topline data expected in Q1 of 2022.
Financing Update – In October of 2021, Rezolute completed an underwritten public offering of 6,030,847 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $6.50 per share and of pre-funded warrants to purchase 1,661,461 shares of its common stock at a public price of $6.49 and completed a registered direct offering of 769,231 shares of its common stock at a public price of $6.50 per share. The gross proceeds of $55 million will be used to support clinical trial and program development activities.
First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $37.3 million as of September 30, 2021.
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $5.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $2.3 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. The increases from fiscal year 2021 to fiscal year 2022 were primarily due to increased spending in compensation and benefits, and clinical trial costs.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $1.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $1.3 million for the same period in fiscal 2021. The increases from fiscal year 2021 to fiscal year 2022 were primarily due to professional fees associated with corporate development activities, consulting services, and strategic financial advisory services along with an increase in share-based compensation expense.
Net loss was $7.8 million, or $0.92 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $3.6 million, or $0.62 per share for the same period in fiscal 2021.
About Rezolute, Inc.
Rezolute is developing transformative therapies for metabolic diseases related to chronic glucose imbalance. The Company’s lead clinical asset, RZ358, is in Phase 2b development for treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare pediatric endocrine disorder. The Company is also developing RZ402, an orally available plasma kallikrein inhibitor, for the treatment of diabetic macular edema. For more information, visit www.rezolutebio.com or follow us on Twitter.
This release, like many written and oral communications presented by Rezolute, Inc. and our authorized officers, may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding our prospective performance and strategies within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are including this statement for purposes of said safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies, and expectations of the Company, are generally identified by use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "seek," "strive," "try," or future or conditional verbs such as "could," "may," "should," "will," "would," or similar expressions. Our ability to predict results or the actual effects of our plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, Rezolute undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made.
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(1) In April 2021, we entered into a $30.0 million Loan Agreement with SLR and certain other Lenders. $15.0 million term A loan was funded on April 14, 2021.