Interim Report Period from January 2017 to March 2017
Peptonic Medical AB (publ) org nr 556776-3064
(www.aktietorget.se ticker: PMED)
2017 FIRST QUARTER (Jan-Mar)
- Operating loss KSEK -2,681 (-3,551)
- Loss per share SEK -0.13 (-0.18)
|IMPORTANT EVENTS DURING THE PERIOD
|IMPORTANT EVENTS AFTER THE END OF THE PERIOD
From the CEO
The first quarter this year has been rather shocking for the management, the Board and the shareholders of Peptonic. The results of the phase 2b study, which were supposed to form the springboard to phase 3, turned out to be disappointing. None of the set efficacy endpoints were met, which appears totally incomprehensible given the results from previous studies, the meticulous preparations and the excellently performed study. This result means that we cannot proceed to phase 3 as planned. A thorough investigation of the results and all available information from the study is still underway. This with the hope of finding an explanation to the unexpected results and to come up with a plan for the continued development of Vagitocin®.
If the lack of effect of oxytocin was surprising, so were the positive results of the placebo gel itself. The effect of the gel on the most important clinical endpoints – both objective and subjective – was of a great magnitude and on par with effects reported from studies with pharmaceutical products in the same indication. During the study, the responsible investigators of the participating clinics reported that a significant proportion of the study subjects experienced symptom relief, which was confirmed by the final results. The most surprising, however, was that the proportion of the study subjects experiencing symptom relief was somewhat larger in the placebo arm (8 out of 10 study subjects) than in the active arm (7 out of 10). These results were so conclusive that we have now decided to bring the vaginal gel – without oxytocin - to the market as an OTC/ self-care product.
Before launch, the product needs to be CE –marked and it will be classified as a medical device. The process of CE –marking will take approximately 9 months and after obtaining the CE –mark it can be sold in all of Europe. A corresponding certification (510k) will be obtained for the US market as soon as possible. We have already registered a new trade name for the product - VagiVital®.
Initially, VagiVital® is planned to be launched in Sweden during 2018 and thereafter in the neighbouring Nordic countries. The Nordic market for products used to the treatment of vaginal atrophy is estimated to approximately SEK 700 million. Pharmacies will be the primary sales channel but other channels may be considered. Marketing and promotion will be supported by the documented efficacy from large clinical studies, which makes VagiVital® unique among its competing self-care products.
In parallel with the CE-marking and manufacturing sale-up processes we will be looking for distributors and commercial partners both in the home market (Sweden/Nordics) and abroad. This to give us more alternatives to find the best and most cost-effective ways of launching VagiVital®.
Bringing VagiVital® to the market is clearly a change of direction of Peptonic. However, it is not a 180 degree turn around. We are still a serious player in the field of women’s health, we are still focussing on vaginal atrophy, and our development work is still based on high quality clinical research. The main advantage of bringing VagiVital® to the market now is that it will create an income stream in the company already next year. It also gives us the possibility to complete the investigations relating to the lack of effect of oxytocin and potentially develop a plan for how to go forward with the development of an oxytocin based product.
I am thrilled about the unexpected possibility that has emerged from the phase 2b study. VagiVital® is a great opportunity for Peptonic and I hope that all shareholders share the enthusiasm with me and participate in the planned rights issue. The proceeds of which will be used to bring VagiVital® to the market.
Stockholm May 16, 2017
CEO, Peptonic Medical AB
Peptonic Medical AB (publ) is an innovative Swedish biopharma company developing products within the field of women’s health. The Company was founded in 2009 and its first candidate drug product is Vagitocin® – an estrogen-free product for the treatment of vaginal atrophy.
VagiVital® is a registered trademark of Peptonic Medical. The product is being developed for the non-prescription use for the treatment of vaginal atrophy.
Find out more at www.peptonicmedical.se
Net sales – Currently the company has no net sale.
Costs – Costs for the first quarter were KSEK -2,681 (-3,551).
Result – Loss before tax for the first quarter was KSEK -2,681 (-3,537).
Financial position and liquidity – Liquid assets was KSEK 7,373 (21,650) as of March 31, 2017.
Equity – PEPTONIC medical AB´s equity amounted to KSEK 58,961 (63,975) as of March 31, 2017, resulting in a solidity of 91 (86) percent.
Organization – The average number of employees during the period was 2 (2). At the end of the period the number of employees was 2 (2).
Share – Total numbers of shares in the company amounted to 20,602,984, as of March 31, 2017.