Virios Therapeutics Announces First Quarter 2023 Financial Results
ATLANTA, May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virios Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIRI) (the “Company”), a development-stage biotechnology company focused on advancing novel antiviral therapies to treat debilitating chronic diseases, including fibromyalgia (“FM”), today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.
- The Company proposed a Phase 3 program for its lead development candidate IMC-1 to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) as a treatment for FM consisting of four primary components: two adequate and well-controlled clinical studies, one of which would be a full factorial design with each of the individual components of IMC-1 (famciclovir and celecoxib) as separate comparator arms, a long-term safety trial, and a preceding pharmacokinetic/food effect study.
- Based on data from its recently completed FORTRESS Phase 2b trial, the Company proposed a Phase 3 development program targeting community-based FM patients, who have not participated in prior FM trials.
- Initial FDA feedback was that the agency is amenable to the Company’s Phase 3 proposal, subject to review of the final results from its recently completed chronic toxicology program. The Company submitted final toxicology reports as per FDA’s request as part of their overall review of the Phase 3 proposal in May 2023.
- An updated IMC-1 Phase 3 program proposal, responsive to FDA guidance, will also be provided once FDA completes its review of the chronic toxicology reports.
- Top line results from the exploratory Long-COVID study, featuring the combination of valacyclovir and celecoxib to treat Long-COVID sequelae, are expected in June 2023.
“Our initial discussions with the FDA regarding our fibromyalgia program were constructive and we look forward to further FDA feedback on our proposal to advance IMC-1 to Phase 3 development,” said Greg Duncan, Chairman and CEO of Virios Therapeutics.
First Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2023 were $0.5 million, compared to $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2022. The quarter over quarter change was due to decreases in expenses for clinical trials of $2.2 million, toxicology studies of $0.1 million and salaries and related costs of $0.1 million, offset by an increase in regulatory consulting costs of $0.1 million.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2023 were $1.1 million, compared to $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2022. The quarter over quarter change was primarily due to a decrease in salaries and related costs.
Net loss for the first quarter of 2023 was $1.5 million, or $0.08 basic and diluted net loss per share, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.48 basic and diluted net loss per share, for the first quarter of 2022.
As of March 31, 2023, Virios Therapeutics’ cash totaled $5.3 million. The Company believes it will have sufficient resources to support general research and development and administrative operations into the second quarter of 2024. Future IMC-1 FM research or clinical trials will require additional funding, licensing or partnership collaboration.
About Virios Therapeutics
Virios Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VIRI) is a development-stage biotechnology company focused on advancing novel antiviral therapies to treat debilitating chronic diseases, such as fibromyalgia (“FM”). Immune responses related to the activation of tissue resident herpes have been postulated as a potential root cause triggering and/or sustaining chronic illnesses such as FM, irritable bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and other functional somatic syndromes, all of which are characterized by waxing and waning symptoms with no obvious etiology. Our lead development candidate (“IMC-1”) is a novel, proprietary, fixed dose combination of famciclovir and celecoxib designed to synergistically suppress herpes virus replication, with the end goal of reducing virally promoted disease symptoms. IMC-1 has been granted fast track designation by the FDA.
The Company is pursuing a second development candidate, a combination of valacyclovir and celecoxib, as a potential treatment for managing the fatigue, sleep, attention, pain, autonomic function, and anxiety associated with Long-COVID, otherwise known as Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). The Company has provided the Bateman Horne Center (“BHC”) with an unrestricted investigational grant to conduct this study. BHC is a non-profit, interdisciplinary Center of Excellence advancing the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue disorders, FM, post-viral syndromes, and related comorbidities.
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|-Financial Tables Follow-|
Selected Financial Data
Condensed Statements of
Three Months Ended
|Research and development||497,714||2,769,102|
|General and administrative||1,059,573||1,192,112|
|Total operating expenses||1,557,287||3,961,214|
|Loss from operations||(1,557,287||)||(3,961,214||)|
|Net loss per share of common stock — basic and diluted||$||(0.08||)||$||(0.48||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding — basic and diluted||18,330,390||8,330,390|
|Condensed Balance Sheet Data||March 31,||December 31,|
|Total stockholders’ equity||5,971,327||7,326,494|
Source: Virios Therapeutics, Inc.
Released May 11, 2023