SOURCE: Aldeyra Therapeutics

Aldeyra Therapeutics

March 30, 2017 08:00 ET

Aldeyra Therapeutics Reports Full Year 2016 Financial Results

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwired - Mar 30, 2017) - Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDX) (Aldeyra), a biotechnology company focused primarily on the development of new products for inflammation, inborn errors of metabolism, and other diseases that are thought to be related to endogenously generated toxic and pro-inflammatory chemical species known as aldehydes, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016.

"2016 was a productive year for Aldeyra, highlighted by positive data from our late-stage clinical programs in allergic conjunctivitis, noninfectious anterior uveitis, and Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome," commented Todd C. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Aldeyra. "We look forward to building upon our accomplishments from last year as we advance our clinical programs, two of which are expected to commence Phase 3 studies in 2017. In addition, we expect to initiate a new clinical program in Dry Eye Syndrome." 

Key 2016 Clinical Program Highlights and Upcoming Events

  • Topical Dermatologic ADX-102 in Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome. In August 2016, Aldeyra announced positive results from a randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial of ADX-102 in SLS patients. ADX-102 was statistically superior to vehicle and demonstrated clinically relevant activity in diminishing the severity of ichthyosis, a serious dermatologic disease that afflicts patients with Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome. Following an End of Phase 2 meeting held with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Aldeyra expects to initiate a Phase 3 trial in the second half of 2017.

  • Topical Ocular ADX-102 in Noninfectious Anterior Uveitis. In May 2016, Aldeyra announced positive results from a randomized, parallel-group, investigator-masked, active-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial of ADX-102 in Noninfectious Anterior Uveitis patients. ADX-102 reduced inflammatory cell count in the anterior chamber of the eye to a degree similar to that of standard-of-care corticosteroid therapy (which may lead to cataracts and glaucoma in some patients), but without the intraocular pressure elevations that were observed in subjects treated with corticosteroids. Following meetings held with the FDA, Aldeyra expects to initiate a vehicle-controlled Phase 3 clinical trial in the second quarter of 2017.  

  • Topical Ocular ADX-102 in Allergic Conjunctivitis. In February 2016, Aldeyra announced positive results from a randomized, parallel-group, double-masked, vehicle-controlled Phase 2a clinical trial of ADX-102 in allergic conjunctivitis patients. ADX-102 demonstrated statistically and clinically significant activity over vehicle in reducing ocular itching and tearing. Following a meeting held with the FDA, Aldeyra initiated enrollment in February 2017 of a saline-controlled Phase 2b clinical trial. Results from the trial are expected to be reported in the second half of 2017. 

  • Topical Ocular ADX-102 and Topical Ocular ADX-103 in Dry Eye Syndrome. In November 2016, Aldeyra announced the addition of a Phase 2a clinical program in Dry Eye Syndrome, a common and painful ocular disease caused by inflammation and insufficient lipids (fats) in tears. By diminishing inflammation and protecting lipids from aldehyde-mediated damage, Aldeyra's aldehyde trap platform may represent a novel, dual-acting, approach for the treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome. Aldeyra plans to initiate a Phase 2a clinical trial of topical ocular ADX-102 in the second quarter of 2017. Contingent on preclinical results, regulatory feedback, and other factors, Aldeyra may also subsequently initiate a Phase 2a clinical trial of ADX-103. Results from the ADX-102 trial are expected to be reported in the second half of 2017.

Year Ended December 31, 2016 Financial Review

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Aldeyra reported a net loss of approximately $18.7 million compared to a net loss of approximately $12.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Basic and diluted net loss per share was $1.65 for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $1.40 per share for the same period in 2015. Losses have resulted from the costs of Aldeyra's clinical trials and research and development programs, as well as from general and administrative expenses.

Research and development expenses were $13.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $7.6 million for the same period in 2015. The increase of $5.6 million is primarily related to the increase in research and development expenditures, including manufacturing, preclinical and clinical development costs, and an increase in personnel costs.

General and administrative expenses were $5.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $4.4 million for the year ended 2015. The increase of $1.1 million is primarily related to an increase in legal costs, rent, consulting costs, and personnel costs.

In 2016, total operating expenses were approximately $18.7 million for the year compared to total operating expenses of approximately $12 million in the prior year.

Conference Call & Webcast Information

Aldeyra will hold a conference call on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the results. The dial-in numbers are 1-877-419-6590 for domestic callers and 1-719-325-4778 for international callers. The conference ID number for both is 7824349. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Aldeyra Therapeutics corporate website at

After the live webcast, the event will remain archived on the Aldeyra Therapeutics website for one year. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until March 29, 2018. The replay dial-in numbers are 1-888-203-1112 for domestic callers and 1-719-457-0820 for international callers. Please use event passcode 7824349.

About Aldeyra Therapeutics
Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company devoted to improving lives by inventing, developing and commercializing products that treat diseases thought to be related to endogenous aldehydes, a naturally occurring class of pro-inflammatory and toxic molecules. Aldeyra's lead product candidate, ADX-102, is an aldehyde trap in development for ocular inflammation, as well as for Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome and Succinic Semi-Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency, two inborn errors of aldehyde metabolism. ADX-102 has not been approved for sale in the U.S. or elsewhere.

About Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome
Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome is a rare inborn error of aldehyde metabolism caused by mutations in fatty acid aldehyde dehydrogenase, leading to elevated toxic fatty aldehyde levels that are thought to contribute to severe ichthyosis (scaly, thickened, dry skin), neurological disorders, and retinal disease. There is no therapy for SLS that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

About Noninfectious Anterior Uveitis
Noninfectious anterior uveitis is a rare, potentially blinding disease that may be mediated in part by pro-inflammatory aldehydes, and is characterized by inflammation in the front of the eye, pain, impaired vision, and photophobia.

About Allergic Conjunctivitis
Allergic conjunctivitis is a common allergic disease that is thought to be mediated in part by pro-inflammatory aldehydes, and is characterized by inflammation of the conjunctiva (a membrane covering part of the front of the eye), resulting in ocular itching, excessive tear production, lid swelling, and redness.

About Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome is a common inflammatory disease characterized by insufficient moisture and lubrication in the anterior surface of the eye. Symptoms may include ocular irritation, burning or stinging, and, in severe cases, decreased vision. In patients with Dry Eye Syndrome, aldehydes may contribute to ocular inflammation as well as the impairment of lipids (fats) that lubricate the surface of the eye.

Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding Aldeyra's plans for its product candidates. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "might," "will," "objective," "intend," "should," "could," "can," "would," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "target," "design," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "aim," "plan" or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. Aldeyra is at an early stage of development and may not ever have any products that generate significant revenue. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in Aldeyra's forward-looking statements include, among others, the timing of enrollment, commencement and completion of Aldeyra's clinical trials, the timing and success of preclinical studies and clinical trials conducted by Aldeyra and its development partners; the ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval to conduct clinical trials and to commercialize Aldeyra's product candidates, and the labeling for any approved products; the scope, progress, expansion, and costs of developing and commercializing Aldeyra's product candidates; the size and growth of the potential markets for Aldeyra's product candidates and the ability to serve those markets; Aldeyra's expectations regarding Aldeyra's expenses and revenue, the sufficiency of Aldeyra's cash resources and needs for additional financing; the rate and degree of market acceptance of any of Aldeyra's product candidates; Aldeyra's expectations regarding competition; Aldeyra's anticipated growth strategies; Aldeyra's ability to attract or retain key personnel; Aldeyra's ability to establish and maintain development partnerships; Aldeyra's expectations regarding federal, state and foreign regulatory requirements; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; Aldeyra's ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for its product candidates; the anticipated trends and challenges in Aldeyra's business and the market in which it operates; and other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Aldeyra's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and Aldeyra's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SEC's website at Additional factors may be set forth in Aldeyra's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, to be filed with the SEC in the first quarter of 2017. All of Aldeyra's development timelines may be subject to adjustment depending on recruitment rate, regulatory review, preclinical and clinical results, and other factors that could delay the initiation or completion of clinical trials.

In addition to the risks described above and in Aldeyra's other filings with the SEC, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Aldeyra's results. No forward-looking statements can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from such statements. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Aldeyra undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release on account of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law. 

    December 31,     December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 12,015,061     $ 14,648,866  
  Marketable securities     12,897,584       12,941,776  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     218,682       497,552  
    Total current assets     25,131,327       28,088,194  
Deferred offering costs     -       36,236  
Fixed assets, net     56,352       80,334  
Total assets   $ 25,187,679     $ 28,204,764  
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 275,441     $ 851,160  
  Accrued expenses     1,946,251       1,186,429  
  Current portion of credit facility     77,546       77,546  
    Total current liabilities     2,299,238       2,115,135  
Credit facility, net of current portion and debt discount     1,238,624       1,211,310  
  Total liabilities     3,537,862       3,326,445  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders' equity:                
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding     -       -  
  Common stock, voting, $0.001 par value; 150,000,000 authorized and 12,576,325 and 9,712,521 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     12,576       9,713  
  Additional paid-in capital     98,938,446       83,478,851  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     129       (8,361 )
  Accumulated deficit     (77,301,334 )     (58,601,884 )
    Total stockholders' equity     21,649,817       24,878,319  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 25,187,679     $ 28,204,764  
    Years ended December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Operating expenses:                
  Research and development   $ 13,175,670     $ 7,574,398  
  General and administrative     5,520,308       4,414,709  
  Loss from operations     (18,695,978 )     (11,989,107 )
Other income (expense):                
  Interest income     102,037       11,126  
  Interest expense     (105,509 )     (112,306 )
    Total other expense, net     (3,472 )     (101,180 )
    Net loss     (18,699,450 )     (12,090,287 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted   $ (1.65 )   $ (1.40 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted     11,352,230       8,633,897  

Contact Information

  • Corporate Contact:
    Stephen Tulipano
    Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc.
    Tel: +1 781-761-4904 Ext. 205
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    Investor Contact:
    Chris Brinzey
    Westwicke Partners
    Tel: 339-970-2843
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    Media Contact:
    Cammy Duong
    MacDougall Biomedical Communications
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