PolyPid Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Wednesday, 12. May 2021 13:00

• Recruitment Progressing as Planned with Nearly 200 Patients Enrolled into Phase 3 SHIELD I Trial of D-PLEX100 in Abdominal Surgery

• Recruitment Rate in SHIELD I trial Doubled in the Last Three Weeks

• Manufacturing Facility Now Fully Scaled Up and Capable of Supporting at Least First 30 Months of Anticipated Commercial Demand for D-PLEX100

• Conference Call Scheduled for Today at 8:30 AM ET

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD), a late-stage biopharma company aiming to improve surgical outcomes through locally administered, controlled, extended-release therapeutics, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • Recruitment progressing as planned with nearly 200 patients enrolled into the ongoing Phase 3 SHIELD I (Surgical site Hospital-acquired Infection PrEvention with Local D-plex) study, the first of two ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials of the Company’s lead product candidate D-PLEX100, for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs) in abdominal surgery (soft tissue).
  • The Company plans to enroll 616-900 patients undergoing high priority operations in 60 centers in the United States, Europe and Israel. Following the enrollment of approximately 500 patients, the study design provides for a blinded sample size re-estimation.
  • Enrollment is also advancing as anticipated in SHIELD II, the second of two Phase 3 clinical trials for D-PLEX100 in abdominal surgery (soft tissue). SHIELD II will enroll approximately 900-1,400 patients across 60 centers in the United States, Europe and Israel and has broader eligibility criteria, including minimally invasive surgical procedures.
  • Manufacturing facility is now fully scaled up and capable of producing the first 30 months of anticipated commercial demand for D-PLEX100.
  • Continued to generate compelling preclinical data from the Company’s new OncoPLEX intra-tumoral cancer therapy program. OncoPLEX utilizes PolyPid’s PLEX technology in the intra-operative tumor resection setting to provide prolonged and controlled exposure to docetaxel within the tumor resected site, which is important to prevent local tumor recurrence and the potential spreading of cancer cells.

“We have made significant progress advancing our promising development programs and continuing our evolution towards successful commercialization,” said Amir Weisberg, PolyPid’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our robust Phase 3 trials for D-PLEX100 for the prevention of SSIs, SHIELD I and SHIELD II, continue to enroll patients at the expected rate. To this end, we are thrilled to report that the recruitment rate in SHIELD I trial doubled in the last three weeks and that we have now enrolled nearly 200 patients in the trial. We continue to anticipate the availability of top-line results for SHIELD I by year-end 2021 and top-line results from SHIELD II by the end of next year.”

“We also continue to generate additional compelling preclinical data with OncoPLEX, including positive safety data in a promising solid tumor indication,” continued Mr. Weisberg. “We are excited to further progress our OncoPLEX development program and potentially initiate a first-in-man Phase 1 clinical trial in 2022.”

“Our strong balance sheet continues to drive our robust clinical development program. Our cash runway extends into 2022 and we remain well-positioned to complete the SHIELD I study and conduct SHIELD II, as well as prepare for the submission of a New Drug Application to the FDA with cash on hand,” concluded Mr. Weisberg.

Financial results for three months ended March 31, 2021

  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $6.0 million, compared to $3.4 million in the same three-month period of 2020, as spending increased due to the ongoing SHIELD I and SHIELD II Phase 3 clinical trials in abdominal surgery.
  • Marketing and business development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $0.7 million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period of 2020, as spending increased primarily due to additional marketing and business development personnel hired in the Company’s New Jersey offices.
  • General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $2.1 million, compared to $0.7 million for the same period of 2020. This increase was due to the increase in costs due to the Company’s status as a publicly traded company with higher D&O insurance costs and an increase in non-cash share-based compensation.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company had a net loss attributable to ordinary shares of $8.7 million, compared to a net loss of $5.9 million, in the three-month period ended March 31, 2020.
  • As of March 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, short-term deposits and long-term deposits in the amount of $61.4 million, compared to $66.6 million at December 31, 2020. PolyPid continues to expect that this cash balance will be sufficient to fund operations into 2022.
Conference Call Dial-In & Webcast Information:
 Date:Wednesday, May 12, 2021
 Time:8:30 AM Eastern Time
 United States:+1 877-870-9135
 Israel:+972 1809 213-985
 International:+44 (0) 2071 928338
 Conference ID:7258907

About D-PLEX100
PolyPid’s lead product candidate, D-PLEX100, is a novel drug product candidate designed to provide local prolonged and controlled anti-bacterial activity directly at the surgical site to prevent SSIs. Following the administration of D-PLEX100 into the surgical site, the PLEX technology enables a prolonged and constant release of the broad-spectrum antibiotic doxycycline, resulting in high local concentration of the drug for a period of four weeks for the prevention of SSIs, with additional potential to prevent SSIs caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the surgical site. D-PLEX100 has received Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of SSIs in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery. D-PLEX100 has also received two Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designations as well as two Fast Track designations for the prevention of post-abdominal surgery incisional infection and for the prevention of sternal wound infection post-cardiac surgery.

About PolyPid
PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD) is a late-stage biopharma company aiming to improve surgical outcomes through locally administered, controlled, extended-release therapeutics. PolyPid’s proprietary PLEX (Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation matriX) technology pairs with medications, enables precise delivery of drugs at effective release rates, over durations ranging from several days to months. PolyPid’s lead product candidate D-PLEX100 is in Phase 3 clinical trials for the prevention of sternal and abdominal surgical site infections (SSIs).

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Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and other securities laws. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, the Company is using forward-looking statements when it discusses statements relating to the expected recruitment for trials, timing of trials and release of the results thereof, the capacity of the Company’s manufacturing facility, the potential benefits of PLEX and OncoPLEX, the sufficiency of the Company’s cash to fund future operations, and all statements (other than statements of historical facts) that address activities, events, or developments that the Company intends, expects, projects, believes, or anticipates will or may occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based upon management’s current expectations, beliefs and projections, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain. Such expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith. However, there can be no assurance that management’s expectations, beliefs and projections will be achieved, and actual results may differ materially from what is expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company, reference is made to the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risks detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on March 5, 2021. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, subsequent events or circumstances, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that the Company will make additional updates with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements.

References and links to websites have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release. PolyPid is not responsible for the contents of third-party websites.

PolyPid, Ltd.
Dikla Czaczkes Akselbrad
Tel: +972-747195700

Bob Yedid
LifeSci Advisors

U.S. dollars in thousands
 March 31,
 December 31,
  2021  2020
 U.S. dollars in thousands 
Cash and cash equivalents$ 5,993 $ 4,319 
Restricted cash 385  390 
Short-term deposits 43,279  40,157 
Prepaid expenses and other receivables 1,286  2,334 
Total current assets 50,943  47,200 
Property and equipment, net 6,023  5,890 
Long-term deposits 12,100  22,120 
Other long-term assets 773  637 
Total long-term assets 18,896  28,647 
Total assets 69,839  75,847 

U.S. dollars in thousands (except share and per share data)
  March 31,
 December 31,
   2021 2020
   U.S. dollars in thousands
Trade payables $1,468  $ 974 
Other payables and accrued expenses  2,038   1,903 
Total current liabilities  3,506   2,877 
Long-term liabilities:        
Other liabilities  186   193 
Total long-term liabilities  186   193 
Commitments and Contingencies        
Shareholders' equity:        
Share capital -        
Ordinary shares with no par value - Authorized: 47,800,000 shares at March 31, 2021 (unaudited) and December 31, 2020; Issued and outstanding: 18,745,142 and 18,494,739 shares at March 31, 2021 (unaudited) and December 31, 2020, respectively.  -   - 
Additional paid-in capital  207,120   205,063 
Accumulated deficit  (140,973)  (132,286)
Total shareholders' equity  66,147   72,777 
Total liabilities, convertible preferred shares and shareholders' equity $69,839  $75,847 

U.S. dollars in thousands (except share and per share data)
  Three months ended

March 31,
  2021 2020
  U.S. dollars in thousands  
Operating expenses:        
Research and development, net $6,018  $3,433 
Marketing and business development expenses  652   276 
General and administrative  2,127   727 
Operating loss  8,797   4,436 
Financial expense (income), net  (110)  1,433 
Net loss $8,687  $5,869 
Net loss attributable to Ordinary shares $8,687  $5,869 
Basic and diluted net loss per Ordinary share $0.47  $13.90 
Weighted average number of Ordinary shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share  18,623,154   562,748 

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