Progress continues apace with multiple trials expected to enter clinic later this year
First US patent granted
LONDON, July 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Small Pharma Inc. (TSXV: DMT) (OTCQB: DMTTF) (the “Company” or “Small Pharma”), a biotechnology company focused on short-acting psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental health conditions, has today published its financial results for the quarter ended May 31, 2022. A full copy of the results can be found under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Unless otherwise indicated, all currency references are in Canadian dollars.
- Cash on hand as of May 31, 2022 was $32.0 million. Cash is net of an unrealized loss of $2.3 million arising from foreign exchanges incurred due to a strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the British pound sterling (“GBP”) during the quarter; however, as most of the Company’s operating costs are incurred in GBP, the loss has little impact on the underlying cash burn of the Company.
- Cash used in operating activities was $6.3 million for the three months ended May 31, 2022.
- Operating expenses for the three months ended May 31, 2022 were $5.8 million.
Business Highlights (including post-period events)
Ultra Short-acting Psychedelic Program
- Progress continues in the Phase I/IIa clinical trial of the Company’s lead program, SPL026 intravenous (“IV”) N,N-dimethyltryptamine (“DMT”) assisted psychotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder (“MDD”). Phase IIa patient dosing is expected to complete in the coming months. Updates on trial completion and topline data timing are anticipated throughout H2 2022.
- Drug interaction Phase Ib study in MDD patients CTA submission complete; study expected to commence in H2 2022.
- Assessment of safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of DMT-assisted psychotherapy when administered with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (“SSRIs”).
- Preparation is ongoing for the Phase IIb international multi-site clinical trial.
Short-acting Psychedelic Programs
- Phase I study evaluating SPL026 intramuscular (“IM”) is planned for H2 2022 to compare the treatment profile of IM and IV modes of administration.
- Phase I study evaluating SPL028 deuterated DMT-assisted psychotherapy is planned for H2 2022.
- Strong IP Portfolio with 8 granted patents and 75 patent applications pending across the Company’s psychedelic and non-psychedelic portfolio.
- Two new patent grants in July 2022:
- One patent received is a US patent that strengthens the company’s portfolio surrounding certain salt forms of 2R,6R-hydroxynorketamine (“6-HNK”), including SPL801B.
- Second patent received is a European patent providing protection for high concentration oral dosage forms of 6-HNK salts, including SPL801B.
- Two new patent grants in July 2022:
- Continued participation in key investor events such as the PSYCH Symposium London, Jefferies Healthcare Conference and HC Wainwright Mental Health Conference.
Peter Rands, Chief Executive Officer of Small Pharma, said: “The remainder of 2022 is expected to be a busy one for our team as we approach the latter stages of the SPL026 Phase IIa clinical trial and prepare to progress a number of new planned trials into the clinic. Although across the world, our industry is facing challenging markets right now, we believe that Small Pharma remains in a strong position with our world-class team, robust pipeline and strong cash position as we strive to change the therapeutic paradigm for these much under-served patients with the option of better mental health treatments.”
About Small Pharma
Small Pharma is a biotechnology company progressing a pipeline of short-acting psychedelics with therapy for the treatment of mental health conditions, with a current focus on depression. Small Pharma initiated a clinical program into DMT-assisted psychotherapy in February 2021. This program includes a Phase I/IIa trial on the Company’s lead candidate alongside the development of a pipeline of proprietary preclinical assets.
DMT is a naturally occurring psychedelic tryptamine found in plants and in the brain of mammals. Scientific evidence suggests DMT offers the potential for rapid-acting and long-lasting antidepressant effects. DMT is differentiated by its short psychedelic experience (< 30 mins), which allows for short treatment sessions and offers the potential for convenient supervised treatments within patient clinics.
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Small Pharma makes no medical, treatment or health benefit claims about its proposed products. The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (the “MHRA”) or other similar regulatory authorities have not evaluated claims regarding DMT-assisted therapies and other next generation psychoactive compounds. The efficacy of such therapies has not been confirmed by MHRA-approved research. There is no assurance that such DMT-assisted therapies and other psychoactive compounds can diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. Vigorous scientific research and clinical trials are needed. Any references to quality, consistency, efficacy and safety of potential therapies do not imply that Small Pharma verified such in clinical trials or that Small Pharma will complete such trials. If Small Pharma cannot obtain the approvals or research necessary to commercialize its business, it may have a material adverse effect on Small Pharma’s performance and operations.
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