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Galmed Pharmaceuticals Provides Business Update and Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLMD) ("Galmed" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of Aramchol, a liver targeted, oral SCD1 modulator currently in a Phase 3/4 clinical trial for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") and fibrosis provides today a business update and reports financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 08:30 ET today.

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Business Development

During the past quarter, the Company announced the initiation of its Phase 3/4 ARMOR, a double-blind, placebo-controlled, global study, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Aramchol in subjects with NASH and fibrosis. The study is designed to consist of two parts. In the first part (Histology-Based) 1200 subjects will be treated with Aramchol or matching placebo for 52 weeks. The Histology-Based data will serve as the basis for the submission of a marketing authorization application under regulatory provisions of accelerated/conditional approval. In the second part (clinically-based), all subjects will continue with the same treatment assignment until study completion to confirm clinical efficacy.

The ARMOR study will be conducted in approximately 185 sites in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia and the Company aims to complete enrollment by the second quarter of 2021 and report top-line results by the fourth quarter of 2022.

Financial Summary - Third Quarter 2019 vs. Third Quarter 2018:

  • Cash and cash equivalents, short-term deposits and marketable securities totaled $79.7 million as of September 30, 2019, compared to $90.2 million at December 31, 2018.
  • Net loss of $4.5 million, or ($0.21) per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to a net loss of $1.0 million, or ($0.05) per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018.
  • Research and development expenses amounted to approximately $4.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to approximately $1.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase resulted primarily from an increase in clinical, pre-clinical trial expenses and drug development expenses related to our continuing preparations of the ARMOR trial.
  • General and administrative expenses amounted to approximately $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to approximately $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018.
  •  Financial expenses amounted to $0.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to financial income of $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase primarily relates to an increase in financial income from financial assets.

Conference Call & Webcast:

Wednesday, November 6th @ 8:30am Eastern Time.


Toll Free:

1-855-327-6837


Toll/International:

1-631-891-4304


Israel Toll Free:

1-809-458-327


Conference ID:

10007881


Webcast:

http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=136591

Replay Dial-In Numbers


Toll Free:

1-844-512-2921


Toll/International:

1-412-317-6671


Replay Pin Number:

10007881


Replay Start:

Monday November 6, 2019, 11:30 AM ET


Replay Expiry:

Monday November 20, 2019, 11:59 PM ET

About Aramchol and Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Aramchol (arachidyl amido cholanoic acid) is a novel fatty acid bile acid conjugate, inducing beneficial modulation of intra-hepatic lipid metabolism. Aramchol's ability to modulate hepatic lipid metabolism was discovered and validated in animal models, demonstrating downregulation of the three key pathologies of NASH: steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis. The effect of Aramchol on fibrosis is mediated by downregulation of steatosis and directly on human collagen producing cells. Aramchol has been granted Fast Track designation status by the FDA for the treatment of NASH.

NASH is an emerging world crisis impacting an estimated 3% to 5% of the U.S. population and an estimated 2% to 4% globally. It is the fastest growing cause of liver cancer and liver transplant in the U.S. due to the rise in obesity. NASH is the progressive form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis and liver-related mortality.

About Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a clinical stage drug development biopharmaceutical company for liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Our lead compound, Aramchol™, a backbone drug candidate for the treatment of NASH and fibrosis is currently in a Phase 3/4 registrational study.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Galmed's objectives, plans and strategies, as well as statements, other than historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that Galmed intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. These statements are often characterized by terminology such as "believes," "hopes," "may," "anticipates," "should," "intends," "plans," "will," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "positioned," "strategy" and similar expressions and are based on assumptions and assessments made in light of management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Many factors could cause Galmed's actual activities or results to differ materially from the activities and results anticipated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: the timing and cost of Galmed's planned pivotal Phase 3/4 ARMOR trial, or the ARMOR Study; completion and receiving favorable results of the ARMOR Study for Aramchol or any other pre-clinical or clinical trial; regulatory action with respect to Aramchol by the FDA or the EMA; the commercial launch and future sales of Aramchol or any other future products or product candidates; Galmed's ability to comply with all applicable post-market regulatory requirements for Aramchol in the countries in which it seeks to market the product; Galmed's ability to achieve favorable pricing for Aramchol; Galmed's expectations regarding the commercial market for NASH patients; third-party payor reimbursement for Aramchol; Galmed's estimates regarding anticipated capital requirements and Galmed's needs for additional financing; market adoption of Aramchol by physicians and patients; the timing, cost or other aspects of the commercial launch of Aramchol; the development and approval of the use of Aramchol for additional indications or in combination therapy; and Galmed's expectations regarding licensing, acquisitions and strategic operations. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting Galmed is contained under the heading "Risk Factors" included in Galmed's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 13, 2019, and in other filings that Galmed has made and may make with the SEC in the future. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and reflect Galmed's current views with respect to future events, and Galmed does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

GALMED PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

U.S. Dollars in thousands, except share data and per share data



As of

September
30,

2019




As of

December 31,

2018




Unaudited



Audited

Assets








Current assets








Cash and cash equivalents


$

18,291



$

24,159

Short-term deposits



20,408




6,067

Marketable debt securities



41,031




59,962

Other accounts receivable



898




218

   Total current assets



80,628




90,406









Right of use assets



548



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