NRx Pharmaceuticals Provides Business Update and Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Company to Host Conference Call and Webcast May 16, 2022, at 8:30am ET

RADNOR, Pa., May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- NRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRXP, NRx Pharmaceuticals), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 and provided a business and clinical update.

NRX-101 Dosed the First Patient in Phase II Study.

"During our first quarter of 2022 we continued to make progress on our strategic priorities for our two key compounds, namely advancing NRX-101 for bipolar depression with Acute and Sub-Acute Suicidal Ideation & Behavior and intravenous ZYESAMI® for COVID-19," said Robert Besthof, Interim Chief Executive Officer of NRx Pharmaceuticals.

COVID-19 has also significantly affected the mental health status of the United States.  "We have all heard about the recent loss of lives due to suicide of well-known people, and those only known to few.  Hence, we are pleased to have restarted development of our psychiatry franchise with the initiation of a Phase II clinical study of NRX-101 for patients with bipolar depression and sub-acute suicidal ideation & behavior (SSIB) for which the first patient was enrolled on May 12, 2022," continued Mr. Besthof.  "We expect to initiate our registrational Phase IIb/III study for Bipolar Depression in patients with acute suicidal ideation & behavior (ASIB) in the second half of this year with commercial level material."   

Having an effective therapeutic for Critical COVID-19 is of the utmost importance, as the U.S. is still losing nearly 300 Americans to COVID-19 daily.  ZYESAMI® is the only remaining drug for Critical COVID-19 in the NIH sponsored ACTIV-3b Trial. NRx Pharmaceuticals made important progress to further improve its proprietary formulation of aviptadil and has now achieved refrigerated stability of up to 8 months and expected multi-year frozen stability (-20°C).

Though infections have gone down since earlier this year, the White House recently issued a warning of up to 100 million new infections in the fall and winter. For the ongoing ZYESAMI® NIH Phase III ACTIV-3b Trial, the next DSMB meeting is scheduled for May 25, 2022, instead of an originally planned meeting in April.  The NIH ACTIV-3b Trial leadership indicated to NRx Pharmaceuticals that this new timing would allow the vast majority of patients enrolled to date to have reached the 90-day observation period endpoint.  Additionally, the Company submitted filings for Emergency Use Authorization and a Breakthrough Therapy designation request to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) both focused on a narrower group of patients with Critical COVID-19, based on a post-hoc analysis of those who progressed despite treatment with remdesivir and other therapies. These filings were supplemented by cumulative safety data of approximately 750 patients treated with intravenous ZYESAMI®.  The Company continues to collaborate with the NIH ACTIV-3b Trial leadership in the quest to enable data read out by the end of 2022.

"Overall, we continue to execute on our commitment to bring hope to life by applying innovative science to known molecules in the quest to address very high unmet medical needs," concluded Robert Besthof.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Submitted a new Emergency Use Authorization request to the FDA for ZYESAMI® in patients with Critical COVID-19 who are at immediate risk of death from respiratory failure despite treatment with approved therapies including remdesivir.
  • Submitted an updated Breakthrough Therapy designation request to the FDA for ZYESAMI® in patients with Critical COVID-19 with respiratory failure that continued to progress despite treatment with remdesivir. This submission included safety data of approximately 750 patients treated with intravenous ZYESAMI® for Critical COVID-19.
  • NIH ACTIV-3b Trial DSMB continues to enroll patients and enrollment is expected to rise as infections rise.  
  • Further advanced commercial manufacturing capabilities for ZYESAMI®, enabling stability of up to eight months, and expected multi-year frozen stability (minus -20°C) based on data to date.
  • Restarted development in Psychiatry Franchise by initiating a Phase II study of NRX-101 for bipolar depression with SSIB, and patient enrollment in this study has commenced.
  • Preparing to start a new registrational study of NRX-101 for severe bipolar depression with ASIB using commercial level material in the second half of 2022.
  • Completed $25 Million private placement in February 2022.

Financial Results for Quarter Ended March 31, 2022

  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022, totaled $5.5 million, compared to $2.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The increase of $2.6 million was primarily driven by an increase of $2.1 million in clinical trials and development expenses related to ZYESAMI®.
  • General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022, totaled $10.2 million, compared to $2.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase of $8.1 million was primarily related to an increase of $4.4 million in legal, professional, and accounting fees, an increase of $2.2 million in insurance expense, an increase of $0.8 million in stock-based compensation expense and an increase of $0.7 million in other general and administrative expense. The $10.2 million and $2.1 million of general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively, include $1.1 million and $0.3 million, respectively, of non-cash stock-based compensation.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2022, NRx Pharmaceuticals recorded gains of $2.1 million and $0.2 million for the change in fair value of Earnout Cash liability and warrant liability, respectively. NRx Pharmaceuticals recorded no such gains in the three months ended March 31, 2021.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2021, NRx Pharmaceuticals recorded reimbursement of expenses from Relief Therapeutics of $0.8 million, a $0.1 million gain on extinguishment of debt, and a non-cash settlement expense of $21.4 million related to the GEM Warrant. NRX Pharmaceuticals had no reimbursement of expenses from Relief Therapeutics, gain from extinguishment of debt or settlement expense in the three months ended March 31, 2022.
  • Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was $13.4 million, or $0.21 per share, compared with a net loss of $25.5 million, or $0.71 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
  • During the three months ended March 31, 2022, NRx Pharmaceuticals used $10.4 million of cash in operating activities compared to $3.0 million during the three months ended March 31, 2021.
  • As of March 31, 2022, cash was $40.2 million compared to $27.6 million as of December 31, 2021. NRx Pharmaceuticals believes it has sufficient cash to support operations for at least the next 12 months.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Investors and the general public are invited to listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed five minutes before the start of the call by dialing (877) 705-6003 (U.S.), (201) 493-6725 (International) Conference ID: 13729829, or through the webcast link NRx Pharmaceuticals First Quarter 2022 Earnings Call. A replay will be available from the NRx Pharmaceuticals website for thirty days following the call at www.nrxpharma.com.

About NRx Pharmaceuticals

NRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRXP) ("NRx Pharmaceuticals" or the "Company") draws upon decades of collective, scientific, and drug-development experience to bring improved health to patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation, a Special Protocol Agreement, and a Biomarker Letter of Support for NRX-101, an investigational medicine for the treatment of severe bipolar depression in patients with acute suicidal ideation and behavior after initial stabilization with ketamine or other effective therapy. In addition, ZYESAMI® (aviptadil), for patients with COVID-19, has been granted Fast Track designation by the FDA and is in a Phase III trial for Critical COVID-19 patients which is sponsored and managed by the US National Institutes of Health.

NRx Pharmaceuticals is led by executives who have held senior leadership roles at Lilly, Pfizer, and Novartis as well as major investment banking institutions.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement of NRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook, product development, business prospects, and market and industry trends and conditions, as well as the Company's strategies, plans, objectives, and goals. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs, expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections of, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Company's management.  

The Company assumes no obligation to revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Accordingly, you should not place reliance on any forward-looking statement, and all forward-looking statements are herein qualified by reference to the cautionary statements set forth above.

CORPORATE CONTACT
Molly Cogan
Head of Global Corporate Communications
mcogan@nrxpharma.com
484.254.6134, ext. 724

INVESTOR RELATIONS
Tom Johnson
Investor Relations
tjohnson@lifesciadvisors.com

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NRX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)




Three months ended




March 31, 




2022


2021


Operating expenses:








     Research and development


$

5,483


$

2,909


     General and administrative



10,222



2,101


     Settlement expense





21,366


     Reimbursement of expenses from Relief Therapeutics





(771)


  Total operating expenses



15,705



25,605


Loss from operations



(15,705)



(25,605)


Other (income) expenses:








     Gain on extinguishment of debt





(121)


     Interest expense



3



5


     Change in fair value of warrant liability



(157)




     Change in fair value of Earnout Cash liability



(2,103)




  Total other (income) expenses



(2,257)



(116)


Net loss


$

(13,448)


$

(25,489)


Net loss per share:








  Basic and diluted


$

(0.21)


$

(0.71)


Weighted average common shares outstanding:








  Basic and diluted



63,667,468



35,658,216


 

NRX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)




March 31, 2022



December 31, 2021



(Unaudited)




ASSETS







Current assets:







     Cash


$

40,202


$

27,605

     Prepaid expenses and other current assets



3,382



5,109

          Total current assets



43,584



32,714

Other assets



17



15

          Total assets


$

43,601


$

32,729

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







     Current liabilities:







     Accounts payable


$

4,311


$

3,687

     Accrued and other current liabilities



4,001



2,375

     Accrued clinical site costs



466



469

     Earnout Cash liability



2,479



4,582

     Warrant liabilities



135



292

     Note payable and accrued interest



520



518

          Total liabilities


$

11,912


$

11,923

Stockholders' equity:







Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares
issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December31, 2021,
respectively





Common stock, $0.001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 66,641,314
and 58,810,550 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and
December 31, 2021, respectively



67



59

     Additional paid-in capital



228,313



203,990

     Accumulated deficit



(196,691)



(183,243)

          Total stockholders' equity



31,689



20,806

          Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

43,601


$

32,729

 

NRX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Three months ended March 31, 



2022


2021

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:







Net loss


$

(13,448)


$

(25,489)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating
activities:







     Depreciation expense



1



     Stock-based compensation



1,334



372

     Gain on extinguishment of debt





(121)

     Change in fair value of warrant liabilities



(157)



     Change in fair value of earnout cash liability



(2,103)



     Non-cash interest expense



2



5

     Non-cash settlement expense





21,366

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







     Accounts receivable





831

     Prepaid expenses and other assets



1,727



(50)

     Accounts payable



624



1,229

     Accrued expenses and other liabilities



1,640



(1,158)

          Net cash used in operating activities



(10,380)



(3,015)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES







Purchase of computer equipment



(3)



          Net cash used in investing activities



(3)



CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES







Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of transaction costs





6,927

Proceeds from issuance of common stock for exercise of warrant





7,500

Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants issued in private placement, net of issuance costs



22,980



          Net cash provided by financing activities



22,980



14,427








Net increase in cash



12,597



11,412

Cash at beginning of period



27,605



1,859

Cash at end of period


$

40,202


$

13,271

 

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