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May 06, 2021

Karuna Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides General Business Update

Three Phase 3 trials – EMERGENT-2, EMERGENT-3 and EMERGENT-4 – evaluating KarXT for the treatment of psychosis in adults with schizophrenia are currently enrolling

On track to complete third cohort in Phase 1b trial evaluating KarXT in healthy elderly volunteers in the second quarter of 2021

Patents granted on co-formulation compositions of KarXT, extending exclusivity through 2039

$571.3 million in cash expected to fund operations, including multiple milestones, for at least 12 months following the potential New Drug Application (NDA) submission of KarXT in schizophrenia

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2021-- Karuna Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company driven to create and deliver transformative medicines for people living with psychiatric and neurological conditions, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021 and provided a general business update.

“This year is off to a very productive start, with the advancement of our early- and late-stage clinical programs, most notably the initiation and ongoing enrollment of three Phase 3 trials in our EMERGENT program, the clinical program evaluating KarXT, our lead product candidate, in schizophrenia,” said Steve Paul, M.D., chief executive officer, president and chairman. “We believe KarXT represents a major advance in the treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and dementia-related psychosis, where symptoms of psychosis are prominent and disabling. We look forward to furthering our journey to improve the lives of those living with these conditions.”

Pipeline Updates

KarXT (xanomeline-trospium) is an oral investigational antipsychotic with a novel mechanism of action mediated via muscarinic cholinergic receptors. KarXT is currently being evaluated as a potential treatment for psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and dementia-related psychosis.

  • KarXT for the treatment of psychosis in adults with schizophrenia. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has indicated that the previously completed positive Phase 2 five-week, inpatient safety and efficacy trial (EMERGENT-1), one successful Phase 3 efficacy and safety trial, and additional safety data would be acceptable to support a New Drug Application (NDA) filing in schizophrenia.
    • The Phase 3 EMERGENT-2, EMERGENT-3 and EMERGENT-4 trials are currently enrolling. The Phase 3 EMERGENT-5 trial remains on track to initiate in the second quarter of 2021.
    • The EMERGENT program includes the following Phase 3 trials:
      • EMERGENT-2: A five-week inpatient trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of KarXT compared to placebo in 246 adults with schizophrenia in the U.S.
      • EMERGENT-3: A five-week inpatient trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of KarXT compared to placebo in 246 adults with schizophrenia in the U.S. and Ukraine.
      • EMERGENT-4: A 52-week outpatient, open-label extension trial evaluating the long-term safety and tolerability of KarXT in 350 adults with schizophrenia who completed EMERGENT-2 or EMERGENT-3.
      • EMERGENT-5: A 52-week outpatient, open-label trial evaluating the long-term safety and tolerability of KarXT in 400 adults with schizophrenia in the U.S. in patients who were not enrolled in EMERGENT-2 or EMERGENT-3.
  • KarXT for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults who experience an inadequate response to standard of care. The Company plans to initiate a Phase 2 trial evaluating the potential of KarXT to improve symptoms of schizophrenia in adults who have not achieved an adequate response on their current antipsychotic treatment. This trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of KarXT when dosed with background antipsychotic treatment, and is expected to initiate in the second half of 2021.
    • Data highlighting the antipsychotic activity of xanomeline in combination with an atypical antipsychotic in pre-clinical models of psychosis will be presented at the 2021 American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology in June. The poster presentation will include data demonstrating xanomeline's, the active ingredient in KarXT, augmentation of ineffective doses of an atypical antipsychotic in a pre-clinical model.
  • KarXT for the treatment of dementia-related psychosis. The multi-cohort, placebo-controlled Phase 1b dose-ranging trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of KarXT in healthy elderly volunteers is ongoing.
    • Data from Cohort 3 of the Phase 1b trial in healthy elderly volunteers is expected in the second quarter of 2021. Based on interim data from Cohorts 1 and 2, previously reported in the first quarter of 2021, the Company believes that potentially therapeutic doses of KarXT can be administered to elderly adults while maintaining a favorable tolerability profile, providing a path to a Phase 2 trial evaluating KarXT in dementia-related psychosis. Cohort 3 will serve to further refine the dose range of xanomeline and trospium and the titration protocol. Planning for this Phase 2 trial in dementia-related psychosis has commenced and the Company expects to provide further guidance following the completion of Cohort 3 later this year.

Business Updates

  • The Company completed a successful follow-on offering in the first quarter of 2021. The follow-on public offering resulted in net proceeds of $270.0 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions, and other offering related expenses.
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted two patents in the first quarter of 2021, with September 2039 patent expiration dates and the potential for patent term extension. The USPTO granted US Patent Nos. 10,933,020 and 10,925,832 related to compositions and methods for treating disorders ameliorated by muscarinic receptor activation.
  • COVID-19 update. The Company continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on operations and will provide relevant updates on its impact on activities as deemed appropriate.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

The Company reported a net loss of $30.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, as compared to $8.7 million for the prior year period. The increase in net loss for the quarter was due to higher research and development expenses related to the Company’s preparation, initiation and enrollment of the Phase 3 clinical trials within its EMERGENT program, NDA-supporting activities such as manufacturing, and increased employee headcount across the organization.

Research and development expenses were $20.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, as compared to $4.4 million the prior year period. The increase in research and development expenses for the quarter was primarily driven by expenses related to the Company’s preparation, initiation and enrollment of the Phase 3 clinical trials within the EMERGENT program, expenses related to manufacturing in preparation for a potential NDA submission, increased spend on the Company’s discovery programs and increased personnel-related costs due to the increase in employee headcount.

General and administrative expenses were $9.8 million for the first quarter of 2021, as compared to $5.6 million for the prior year period. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to an increase in employee headcount.

The Company ended the quarter with $571.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale investment securities compared to $322.3 million as of December 31, 2020. The increase was the result of the completion of the Company’s public offering. The Company expects that current cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale investment securities as of March 31, 2021, will enable the Company to fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements for at least 12 months following the potential NDA submission of KarXT for the treatment of psychosis in adults with schizophrenia.

About Karuna Therapeutics

Karuna Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company driven to create and deliver transformative medicines for people living with psychiatric and neurological conditions. At Karuna, we understand there is a need for differentiated and more effective treatments that can help patients navigate the challenges presented by these severe and disabling disorders. Utilizing our extensive knowledge of neuroscience, we are harnessing the untapped potential of the brain in pursuit of novel pathways to develop medicines that make meaningful differences in peoples’ lives. For more information, please visit www.karunatx.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding our expectations about the timing of advancing of our planned clinical trials and regulatory filings, our goals to develop and commercialize our product candidates, our identification of additional product candidates, our liquidity and capital resources and other statements identified by words such as “could,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “should,” “will,” “would,” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements. These factors include risks related to our limited operating history, our ability to obtain necessary funding, our ability to generate positive clinical trial results for our product candidates and other risks inherent in clinical development, the timing and scope of regulatory approvals, changes in laws and regulations to which we are subject, competitive pressures, our ability to identify additional product candidates, risks relating to business interruptions resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and other risks set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. Our actual results could differ materially from the results described in or implied by such forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

Karuna Therapeutics, Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

$

20,186

 

 

$

4,420

 

 

General and administrative

 

 

9,777

 

 

 

5,635

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

29,963

 

 

 

10,055

 

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(29,963

)

 

 

(10,055

)

 

Other income (loss), net:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment loss on right-of-use assets

 

 

(677)

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

143

 

 

 

1,397

 

 

Total other income (loss), net

 

 

(534)

 

 

 

1,397

 

 

Net loss before income taxes

 

 

(30,497

)

 

 

(8,658

)

 

Income tax provision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(30,497

)

 

$

(8,658

)

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

$

(1.10

)

 

$

(0.33

)

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

 

27,786,538

 

 

 

26,042,434

 

 

Karuna Therapeutics, Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)

 

 

 

March 31,
2021

 

 

December 31,
2020

 

Cash, cash equivalents and investments

 

$

571,295

 

 

$

322,330

 

Working capital

 

 

583,390

 

 

 

337,746

 

Total assets

 

 

593,264

 

 

 

347,625

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

$

584,914

 

 

$

338,931

 

 

Investors:
Alexis Smith
518-338-8990
asmith@karunatx.com

Source: Karuna Therapeutics, Inc.

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