MALVERN, Pa., Feb. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ocugen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCGN), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene and cell therapies, biologics, and vaccines, today reported fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results along with a general business update.
“We continue to grow and advance as a diversified biotechnology organization as reflected in our accomplishments of 2022,” said Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder of Ocugen. “Our pipeline has been expanded to appropriately address the current challenges and gaps in the fight against COVID-19, application of OCU410 to address Stargardt (a rare eye disease), and our novel approach to address dry age-related macular degeneration (dAMD)—a disease affecting vision in over 266 million people worldwide.
“Following FDA concurrence in the fourth quarter of 2022 on a confirmatory Phase 3 clinical trial design for NeoCart®, we are developing internal capabilities to move our regenerative medicine asset, NeoCart®, into the clinic next year.”
“The FDA has granted expanded orphan drug designations to OCU400 for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA),” said Dr. Musunuri. “These broad, gene-agnostic designations are encouraging at this stage in the development of OCU400.”
“During our first decade, we have built a strong foundation for addressing the diseases and conditions we aim to treat. We delivered on our promise to file an OCU200 IND in the first quarter of 2023 and look forward to delivering on important milestones in 2023, especially regarding preliminary efficacy data for gene therapy product OCU400, as we progress toward realizing our long-term vision to address unmet medical needs through courageous innovation,” Dr. Musunuri concluded.
Ophthalmic Gene Therapies
- OCU400 – Established the high dose as the maximum tolerable dose, completed retinitis pigmentosa patient enrollment, and continuing to enroll patients with LCA to receive the high dose. Ocugen intends to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial near the end of 2023.
- OCU410 and OCU410ST – Executing IND-enabling studies and intend to submit IND applications in the second quarter of 2023 to initiate Phase 1/2 clinical trials in dry AMD (geographic atrophy) and Stargardt disease.
Ophthalmic Biologic Product
- OCU200 – Submitted an IND application on February 27, 2023 to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial targeting diabetic macular edema.
Regenerative Cell Therapies
- NeoCart® – Received concurrence from the FDA on the confirmatory Phase 3 clinical trial design. Ocugen intends to initiate the Phase 3 clinical trial in the first half of 2024. Ocugen is renovating its facility to accommodate cGMP manufacturing of NeoCart® for clinical trials and beyond.
- OCU500 Series – Developing a novel mucosal vaccine platform which includes OCU500, a bivalent COVID-19 inhaled vaccine; OCU510, a seasonal quadrivalent flu inhaled vaccine; and OCU520 a combination quadrivalent seasonal flu and bivalent COVID-19 inhaled vaccine.
- COVAXIN™ (BBV152) – Completed enrollment in Phase 2/3 immuno-bridging and broadening clinical trial in fourth quarter 2022.
- Fourth quarter — Research and development expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2022, were $17.2 million compared to $7.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2022, were $6.9 million compared to $7.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021. Ocugen reported a $0.10 net loss per common share for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to a $0.07 net loss per common share for the three months ended December 31, 2021.
- Full year — Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2022, were $49.8 million compared to $35.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2022, were $35.1 million compared to $22.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. Ocugen reported a $0.38 net loss per common share for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to a $0.30 net loss per common share for the year ended December 31, 2021.
- Ocugen’s cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and investments totaled $90.9 million as of December 31, 2022, compared to $95.1 million as of December 31, 2021. The Company estimates that its current cash, cash equivalents, and investments will enable it to fund its operations into the first quarter of 2024. The Company had 221.6 million shares of common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2022.
About Ocugen, Inc.
Ocugen, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel gene and cell therapies, biologics, and vaccines that improve health and offer hope for patients across the globe. We are making an impact on patient’s lives through courageous innovation—forging new scientific paths that harness our unique intellectual and human capital. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with a single product, and we are advancing research in infectious diseases to support public health and orthopedic diseases to address unmet medical needs.