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Gain Therapeutics Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Business Update

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.”

Pipeline Updates

  • 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.

Upcoming Milestones

  • 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.

Financial Results

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.

 

 
GAIN THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2023     2022     2023     2022  
Revenues:                        
Collaboration revenues   $     $ 95,102     $ 55,180     $ 132,640  
Other income                       7,468  
Total revenues   $     $ 95,102     $ 55,180     $ 140,108  
                         
Operating expenses:                        
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 )
                         
Other income/(expense):                        
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 )
                         
Income tax     (26,589 )     (9,146 )     (43,317 )     (10,823 )
                         
Net loss   $ (7,687,969 )   $ (5,085,420 )   $ (12,825,288 )   $ (8,358,063 )
                         
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  

 

 
GAIN THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)
 
    June 30,   December 31,
    2023   2022
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 6,319,925     $ 7,311,611  
Marketable securities - current     9,873,209       12,826,954  
Tax credits     160,730       103,877  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     954,584       848,854  
Total current assets   $ 17,308,448     $ 21,091,296  
             
Non-current assets:            
Marketable securities - non current   $     $ 1,941,488  
Property and equipment, net     138,556       144,379  
Internal-use software     204,549       213,967  
Operating lease - right of use assets     559,771       659,933  
Restricted cash     31,816       30,818  
Long-term deposits and other non-current assets     17,734       17,506  
Total non-current assets     952,426       3,008,091  
Total assets   $ 18,260,874     $ 24,099,387  
             
Liabilities and stockholders' equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 924,390     $ 1,626,100  
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  
             
Non-current liabilities:            
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  
Total liabilities   $ 7,168,040     $ 5,219,873  
             
Stockholders’ equity            
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  
Accumulated deficit     (38,516,197 )     (20,925,459 )
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  and follow us on.

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