Highlights include continued progress with phase IIb psilocybin therapy clinical trial, launch of first Centre of Excellence, and expansion of Discovery Center
- Phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) on track to report data by end of 2021
- First Centre of Excellence, a research facility and innovation lab, established at Sheppard Pratt (Baltimore, Maryland, US)
- Discovery Center expanded into network of world-leading scientists developing new optimised psychedelic compounds
- Conference call today at 1.00pm GMT (8.00am ET)
LONDON, March 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year-end 2020 and gave an update on recent progress across its business.
George Goldsmith, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder, COMPASS Pathways, said, “Mental health is an urgent crisis and this has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. At COMPASS we remain committed to transforming mental health care and helping patients who are suffering and aren’t helped by existing treatments. Our phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression is actively recruiting and we plan to report data from this trial at the end of the year. We are also continuing preclinical research into new indications, new compounds and new technologies, working with partners through our Centre of Excellence, our Discovery Center, and a number of investigator-initiated studies, as well as developing a strong team.”
- Continued progress with phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression (TRD)
– On track to report data end of 2021
– New site added in London, UK, bringing trial to 22 sites in 10 countries
– Working closely with all sites to assess the ongoing COVID-19 situation and COMPASS will always prioritise the safety of patients and teams
– Paper on therapist training programme published in Frontiers in Psychiatry in February, setting out formal and scalable methodology for psychological support in psilocybin therapy
– Breakthrough Therapy designation awarded by US FDA in 2018
- Signal-generating, exploratory psilocybin therapy research underway in a range of indications
– COMPASS has the right to exclusively license new IP generated through these investigator-initiated studies
- Launch of first Centre of Excellence at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore
– Centres of Excellence are research facilities and innovation labs that COMPASS anticipates will model the ”clinic of the future”, showcasing the most advanced thinking in science, therapy, technology and design
– Centres of Excellence should generate evidence to shape therapy models in mental health care, train and certify therapists, conduct clinical trials including proof-of-concept studies, and prototype digital solutions to improve patient experience
– Initial research focused on COMP360 psilocybin therapy, which is already being used in two investigator-initiated studies looking at severe treatment-resistant depression and bipolar type II depression
- Expansion of Discovery Center in the US
– Discovery Center expanded beyond initial sponsored research agreement with University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA) to include collaborations with world-leading scientists from laboratories at UC San Diego, School of Medicine, and Medical College of Wisconsin, in a virtual network
– Focus on development of new optimised psychedelic compounds targeting the 5-HT2A receptor
– COMPASS is exclusive licensee for all new compounds generated
- Net loss for the three months ended 31 December 2020 was $18.8 million, or $0.52 loss per share (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $1.4 million), compared with $7.6 million, or $0.90 loss per share, during the same period in 2019 (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $0.8 million)
- The net loss for the 12 months ended 31 December 2020 was $60.3 million, or $3.55 loss per share (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $18.0 million), compared with $19.6 million, or $2.62 loss per share, during the same period in 2019 (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $3.3 million)
- Research & development expenses (R&D) were $4.5 million for the three months ended 31 December 2020, compared with $4.6 million during the same period in 2019. R&D expenses were $23.4 million for the 12 months ended 31 December 2020, compared with $12.6 million during the same period in 2019, reflecting increased investment in the ongoing phase IIb COMP360 psilocybin therapy clinical programme for TRD
- General and administrative expenses (G&A) were $7.0 million for the three months ended 31 December 2020, compared with $2.8 million during the same period in 2019. Of the increase, $0.5 million was related to share-based compensation expenses. G&A expenses were $28.0 million for the 12 months ended 31 December 2020, compared with $8.6 million during the same period in 2019. Of this increase, $10.2 million was related to share-based compensation expenses
- Cash and cash equivalents were $190.3 million as of 31 December 2020, compared with $196.5 million at 30 September 2020
The COMPASS Pathways management team will host a conference call at 1.00pm GMT (8.00am ET) on 9 March 2021. The call can be accessed by dialling (833) 665-0659 from the United States, +1 (914) 987-7313 internationally, and 0800 028 8438 from the UK, followed by the conference ID: 5558345.
The call will also be webcast on the investors section of the COMPASS Pathways website (ir.compasspathways.com) and archived for 30 days.
About COMPASS Pathways
COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we are currently conducting a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 22 sites across Europe and North America. We are headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York, US. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. www.compasspathways.com
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