SAN DIEGO, May 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HRTX), a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the lives of patients by developing best-in-class treatments to address some of the most important unmet patient needs, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and highlighted recent corporate updates.

Recent Corporate Updates

Pain Management Franchise

  • New Drug Application for HTX-011: In September 2019, Heron resubmitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for HTX-011, an investigational agent for the management of postoperative pain. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date is June 26, 2020.

  • Contract Manufacturing Site for HTX-011: In February 2020, Heron announced that the contract manufacturing site used to manufacture HTX-011 has been reinspected by the FDA with no Form 483 observations issued and with a recommendation by the FDA inspector for approval of the site. Heron has not been informed of any other manufacturing concerns.

  • Marketing Authorisation Application for HTX-011 in the European Union: In March 2019, Heron's Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for HTX-011 for the management of postoperative pain was validated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for review under the Centralised Procedure. The medical device certification required for approval in the European Union (EU) for the custom Luer lock applicator developed for application of HTX-011 without a needle was delayed. An opinion from the EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is now anticipated in the second half of 2020.

  • New Drug Submission for HTX-011 in Canada: In December 2019, Heron's New Drug Submission (NDS) for HTX-011 for the management of postoperative pain was granted Priority Review status and accepted by Health Canada. Health Canada's Priority Review status provides an accelerated 6-month review target for the NDS. Heron received the Certificate of Registration for the custom Luer lock applicator issued under the Medical Devices Single Audit Program for the medical device license in Canada. A decision by Health Canada on the NDS is anticipated in the third quarter of 2020.

CINV Franchise

  • CINV Net Product Sales: For the three months ended March 31, 2020, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) franchise net product sales were $25.4 million, compared to $31.6 million for the same period in 2019.

    • CINVANTI® Net Product Sales: Net product sales of CINVANTI (aprepitant) injectable emulsion for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $25.2 million, compared to $28.0 million for the same period in 2019. Heron expects the impact of the generic arbitrage to be resolved in 2020, with a return to growth in 2021 and beyond

    • SUSTOL® Net Product Sales: Net product sales of SUSTOL (granisetron) extended-release injection for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $0.2 million, compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2019. On October 1, 2019, the Company discontinued all discounting of SUSTOL, which resulted in significantly lower SUSTOL net product sales. Heron expects SUSTOL to return to growth in 2021 and beyond.

  • 2020 Net Product Sales Guidance: Heron expects 2020 net product sales for the CINV franchise of $70 million to $80 million and the CINV franchise to return to growth in 2021 and beyond.

"We are encouraged by a recent communication with the FDA where they indicated that they continue on schedule with their review of the NDA for HTX-011, with a PDUFA date of June 26, 2020," said Barry Quart, Pharm.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Heron. "For the CINV franchise, our customers are benefiting from the administration of CINVANTI by 2-minute IV push, an important product advantage compared to competitive products, which has led to strong first-quarter net product sales of $25.4 million."

Financial Results

Net product sales for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $25.4 million, compared to $31.6 million for the same period in 2019.

Heron's net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $51.6 million, or $0.57 per share, compared to $63.0 million, or $0.80 per share, for the same period in 2019. Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 included non-cash, stock-based compensation expense of $12.0 million, compared to $17.9 million for the same period in 2019.

As of March 31, 2020, Heron had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $356.3 million, compared to $391.0 million as of December 31, 2019. Net cash used for operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $32.9 million, compared to $49.0 million for the same period in 2019. Heron expects that its current cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments will be sufficient to fund its operations into 2022.

About HTX-011 for Postoperative Pain

HTX-011, an investigational non-opioid, is a dual-acting, fixed-dose combination of the local anesthetic bupivacaine with a low dose of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug meloxicam. It is the first and only extended-release local anesthetic to demonstrate in Phase 3 studies significantly reduced pain and opioid use through 72 hours compared to bupivacaine solution, the current standard-of-care local anesthetic for postoperative pain control. HTX-011 was granted Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the fourth quarter of 2017 and Breakthrough Therapy designation in the second quarter of 2018. Heron submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for HTX-011 in October of 2018 and received Priority Review designation in December of 2018. A Complete Response Letter (CRL) was received from the FDA regarding the NDA for HTX-011 on April 30, 2019 relating to chemistry, manufacturing and controls and non-clinical information. No issues related to clinical efficacy or safety were noted. Heron resubmitted an NDA to the FDA for HTX-011 in September 2019. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date is June 26, 2020. A Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for HTX-011 was validated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in March 2019 for review under the Centralised Procedure. Heron's New Drug Submission (NDS) for HTX-011 for the management of postoperative pain was granted Priority Review status by Health Canada in October 2019 and accepted by Health Canada in November 2019.

About CINVANTI (Aprepitant) Injectable Emulsion

CINVANTI, in combination with other antiemetic agents, is indicated in adults for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy (HEC) including high-dose cisplatin as a single-dose regimen, delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy (MEC) as a single-dose regimen, and nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of MEC as a 3-day regimen. CINVANTI is an IV formulation of aprepitant, a substance P/neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist (RA). CINVANTI is the first IV formulation to directly deliver aprepitant, the active ingredient in EMEND® capsules. Aprepitant (including its prodrug, fosaprepitant) is the only single-agent NK1 RA to significantly reduce nausea and vomiting in both the acute phase (0–24 hours after chemotherapy) and the delayed phase (24–120 hours after chemotherapy). The FDA-approved dosing administration included in the United States prescribing information for CINVANTI is a 30-minute IV infusion or a 2-minute IV injection.

Please see full prescribing information at www.CINVANTI.com.

About SUSTOL (Granisetron) Extended-Release Injection

SUSTOL is indicated in combination with other antiemetics in adults for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of moderately emetogenic chemotherapy (MEC) or anthracycline and cyclophosphamide (AC) combination chemotherapy regimens. SUSTOL is an extended-release, injectable 5-HT3 receptor antagonist that utilizes Heron's Biochronomer® drug delivery technology to maintain therapeutic levels of granisetron for ≥5 days. The SUSTOL global Phase 3 development program was comprised of two, large, guideline-based clinical studies that evaluated SUSTOL's efficacy and safety in more than 2,000 patients with cancer. SUSTOL's efficacy in preventing nausea and vomiting was evaluated in both the acute phase (0–24 hours after chemotherapy) and delayed phase (24–120 hours after chemotherapy).

Please see full prescribing information at www.SUSTOL.com.

About Heron Therapeutics, Inc.

Heron Therapeutics, Inc. is a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the lives of patients by developing best-in-class treatments to address some of the most important unmet patient needs. Heron is developing novel, patient-focused solutions that apply its innovative science and technologies to already-approved pharmacological agents for patients suffering from pain or cancer.

For more information, visit www.herontx.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Heron cautions readers that forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations and assumptions as of the date of this news release and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, those associated with: whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the New Drug Application (NDA) for HTX-011; the timing of the commercial launch of HTX-011; the timing of the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) review process for HTX-011; whether the European Commission (EC) authorizes the Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for HTX-011; the timing of Health Canada's New Drug Submission (NDS) review process for HTX-011; whether Health Canada issues a Notice of Compliance for the NDS for HTX-011; the full-year 2020 net product sales guidance for the CINV franchise; the expected future balances of Heron's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments; the expected duration over which Heron's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balances will fund its operations; and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements reflect our analysis only on their stated date, and Heron takes no obligation to update or revise these statements except as may be required by law.

 

HERON THERAPEUTICS, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)




March 31,

2020



December 31,

2019




(Unaudited)





ASSETS









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

103,285



$

71,898


Short-term investments



253,061




319,074


Accounts receivable, net



34,811




39,879


Inventory



34,849




24,968


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



12,442




23,245


Total current assets



438,448




479,064


Property and equipment, net



21,908




19,618


Right-of-use lease assets



18,239




13,754


Other assets



346




346


Total assets


$

478,941



$

512,782


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

11,562



$

2,758


Accrued clinical and manufacturing liabilities



35,321




34,614


Accrued payroll and employee liabilities



8,770




15,248


Other accrued liabilities



32,423




36,535


Current lease liabilities



2,755




1,926


Convertible notes payable to related parties, net of discount



5,934




5,624


Total current liabilities



96,765




96,705


Non-current lease liabilities



16,708




12,242


Total liabilities



113,473




108,947


Stockholders' equity:









Common stock



906




903


Additional paid-in capital



1,580,903




1,568,317


Accumulated other comprehensive income



708




85


Accumulated deficit



(1,217,049)




(1,165,470)


Total stockholders' equity



365,468




403,835


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

478,941



$

512,782












 

HERON THERAPEUTICS, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended

March 31,



2020


2019



(Unaudited)


Revenues:





    Net product sales

$      25,400


$         31,602


Operating expenses:





    Cost of product sales

10,622


14,962


    Research and development

36,894


42,972


    General and administrative

10,422


9,648


    Sales and marketing

20,196


28,720


          Total operating expenses

78,134


96,302







Loss from operations

(52,734)


(64,700)







Other income, net

1,155


1,688







Net loss

$   (51,579)


$      (63,012)







Basic and diluted net loss per share

$       (0.57)


$         (0.80)







Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share

90,409


78,419


 

HERON THERAPEUTICS, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)






Three Months Ended

March 31,






2020



2019






(Unaudited)


Operating activities:











Net loss




$

(51,579)



$

(63,012)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used for operating activities:











Stock-based compensation expense





11,974




17,902


Depreciation and amortization





621




467


Amortization of debt discount





310




247


Realized gain on available-for-sale securities








(8)


Accretion of discount on short-term investments





(117)




(1,357)


Impairment of property and equipment





27




27


Loss on disposal of property and equipment








52


Change in operating assets and liabilities:











Accounts receivable





5,068




(9,355)


Prepaid expenses and other assets





10,803




(346)


Inventory





(9,881)




7,611


Accounts payable





8,804




(6,052)


Accrued clinical and manufacturing liabilities





707




(868)


Accrued payroll and employee liabilities





(6,478)




(6,757)


Other accrued liabilities





(3,194)




12,425


Net cash used for operating activities





(32,935)




(49,024)


Investing activities:











Purchases of short-term investments





(28,922)




(127,763)


Maturities and sales of short-term investments





95,675




164,009


Purchases of property and equipment





(2,938)




(2,136)


Net cash provided by investing activities





63,815




34,110


Financing activities:











Proceeds from stock option exercises





504




6,539


Proceeds from warrant exercises





3





Net cash provided by financing activities





507




6,539


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents





31,387




(8,375)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year





71,898




31,836


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period




$

103,285



$

23,461


Investor Relations and Media Contact:
David Szekeres
Chief Legal, Business and Administrative Officer
Heron Therapeutics, Inc.
dszekeres@herontx.com 
858-251-4447

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