Interim report July-September 2017

Vicore Pharma Holding publish the interim report for the third quarter, 2017.

Important events during the third quarter 2017

  • In August, the initial analysis of the results of the Phase I extension study was presented. The results verified that C21 is well tolerated and safe in a group with a potentially compromised metabolic situation. In addition, the study indicated positive effects on lipid metabolism.

Important events after the period

  • In October, data from the in-depth analysis of the Phase I extension study was presented. The analysis strengthens previously published data showing beneficial metabolic effects with C21, and is the first demonstration of pharmacodynamic effects in humans for C21 and indeed for the pharmacological principle of AT2 receptor stimulation.

Financial summary (group)

KSEK July-Sept
2017
 
July-Sept
2016
 
Jan-Sept
2017
 
Jan-Sept
2016
 
Year
2016
 
Operating profit/loss  - 1 685  -1 587  -6 512  -4 847  -6 649 
Profit/loss after financial items  - 1 687  -1 588  -6 573  -4 850  -6 652 
Earnings per share, SEK  -0,11  -0,10  -0,31  -0,26  -0,54 
Equity as per 30 September  119 557  77 398  119 557  77 398  75 597 
Cash flow from operating activities  -1 718  -1 027  -8 409  -7 490  -7 289 
Cash flow from investing activities  -5 772  -3 093  -13 665  -9 085  -13 940 
Cash and cash equivalents as per
30 September
 
32 734  8 918  32 734  8 918  4 265 



 

CEO comments

Dear shareholders,

Here is a summary of significant events that took place during the third quarter.

Final preparations for Phase IIa study

The preparatory work to initiate the Phase IIa study on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is ongoing and is now in the final phase. An application to start the study is expected to be submitted before the end of the year. Approval to commence the study is then expected in Q1, 2018. We are happy to announce that our focus on fibrotic diseases with orphan drug status have allowed us to accelerate the development with C21. We will be able to inform more in-depth about the study plan in upcoming reports.

Positive results from phase I extension study

During the quarter, we published the results from the Phase I extension study. The initial biomarker analysis published in August verified that C21 was well-tolerated and safe in a group with a potentially compromised metabolic situation. In an in-depth analysis with additional biomarkers published in early October, besides safety and tolerability, beneficial metabolic effects with C21 were revealed.

C21 demonstrated clinically relevant protective effects on blood lipids; a decrease in plasma LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein - harmful cholesterol) and an increase in HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein - good cholesterol) for the C21 group but not for the placebo group. We could see these effects in the initial analysis, but it was only after the in-depth analysis that we could confirm them with statistical significance. This is the first demonstration of pharmacodynamic effects in humans for C21 and indeed for the pharmacological principle of AT2 receptor stimulation.

Updated strategy

During the autumn, the Board and Management have conducted a strategic review to further clarify and streamline the Company’s work. In short the strategy means that the company will continue to focus on developing C21 for fibrotic diseases with orphan drug designation.

The clinical development of C21 on the IPF indication is our main focus. In addition we are actively searching for a second indication withing the area which will allow us to accelerate the development through a focused knowledge and generation of data. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) och fibrotic kidney diseases with orphan drug status are of special interest for this development.  In parallel with this work, early research work continues with the aim to identify new molecules that could potentially be developed for diseases outside the orphan drug status. This work is taking place in collaboration with Vicore Pharma’s research partner, Emeriti Bio.

Other activities

During the autumn, we have participated in a number of conferences, including NLS days in Malmö and the Pareto Health Care Conference in Stockholm, where we have presented the company for investors and pharmaceutical companies. In the future, we will participate in international pharma and investor conferences. We will also present at Erik Penser Bank’s company day in Stockholm on November 23 and at Stora Aktiedagen in Gothenburg on November 27th.

I look forward with confidence to the coming months, in which we will continue to make important steps for the development of C21 towards a new therapy for IPF. I hope you will will continue to follow and support us on this exciting journey. We’re looking forward to report our progress in upcoming reports.

Per Jansson, CEO

For further information, please contact:

Per Jansson, CEO
Tel: +46 709 17 47 46 or e-mail: per.jansson@vicorepharma.com 

Hans Jeppsson, CFO
Tel: +46 705 53 14 65 or e-mail: 
hans.jeppsson@vicorepharma.com 

This information is information that Vicore Pharma Holding AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 08.00 CET on October 19, 2017

About Vicore Pharma Holding
Vicore Pharma develops drugs that act through the AT2 receptor. The company’s drug candidate C21 aims to improve the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare disease for which C21 has been granted orphan drug designation both in the EU and the US. In addition, C21 is explored pre-clinically in a number of rare diseases where the AT2 receptor plays an important role. Vicore Pharma is based in Astra Zeneca's Bioventurehub in Mölndal. The company's share (VICO) is listed for trading on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm with Erik Penser Bank as Certified Adviser. For more information, see  www.vicorepharma.com

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Vicore Pharma develops drugs that act through the AT2 receptor. The company’s drug candidate C21 aims to improve the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare disease for which C21 has been granted orphan drug designation both in the EU and the US. In addition, C21 is explored pre-clinically in a number of rare diseases where the AT2 receptor plays an important role. Vicore Pharma is based in Astra Zeneca's Bioventurehub in Mölndal. The company's share (VICO) is listed for trading on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm with Erik Penser Bank as Certified Adviser. For more information, see www.vicorepharma.com

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