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Ovid Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Business Update, Corporate Highlights and Financial Results

  • Ovid is implementing its business development program which intends to secure a series of opportunities that complement and enhance its pipeline of precision and small-molecule CNS medicines

  • A development program for soticlestat, which Ovid licensed to Takeda, has begun enrolling patients in two pivotal, Phase 3 trials for Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes

  • Company ended the third quarter of 2021 with cash and cash equivalents of $201.8 million

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ovid Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: OVID), a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing medicines that transform the lives of people with rare neurological diseases, today provided a business update and reported corporate highlights and financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Ovid reported its strategic intent to pursue a series of business development opportunities aimed at complementing and enhancing its pipeline of small-molecule and next-generation medicines. The Company seeks to acquire platform technologies for the purpose of delivering precision therapeutics that act on rare genetic targets in the brain. Additionally, Ovid plans to complement its early-stage pipeline with precision-medicine and small-molecule assets that align with its demonstrated clinical development competencies. The Company will prioritize potential medicines that can: deliver clear mechanistic targeting, leverage defined clinical endpoints, and fill significant needs for underserved rare disease communities.

“We have the capital, the expert team and the right strategy in place to unlock value in the rapidly growing field of rare neurology,” said Jeremy M. Levin, D.Phil, MB BChir, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ovid Therapeutics. "With the perspectives of renowned biotech leaders who have recently joined our board and advisory team, we believe Ovid has the knowledge and access to pursue differentiated technologies and medicines for the brain. We look forward to providing updates on our business development activities."

Business Update

  • Ovid conducted a strategic review of approximately 100 potential programs and confirmed desired areas of business development to apply its capital and expertise. As part of this process, neuroscience and biotech experts from Ovid’s Board and Scientific and Clinical Advisory group have been actively involved in evaluating potential technologies and assets.

  • The Company will focus on acquiring and in-licensing assets for which it can shape the clinical development trajectory. Ovid will seek to create best-in-class or first-in-class medicines that can have a meaningful impact on patients. Business development activities are focused on platform and delivery technologies, in addition to small molecule assets.

  • As part of its strategy, Ovid retained and strengthened its neuroscience talent so that it can rapidly integrate and execute on in-licensed or acquired programs. The Company’s team includes experts in clinical development, medical affairs, research and advocacy, who support Ovid’s potential to be a partner-of-choice in rare neurology.

  • Ovid intends to submit three INDs in three years from its development programs. The Company is targeting an IND submission for OV329, a next-generation GABA aminotransferase inhibitor that is being evaluated in tuberous sclerosis and infantile spasm seizures, in 2022.

Corporate Highlights

  • Two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating soticlestat for Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome are actively enrolling patients. Ovid is eligible to receive regulatory and commercial milestones as well as tiered double-digit royalties, up to 20 percent on global sales of soticlestat, if it is approved and commercialized. Takeda is responsible for funding and operating both trials, and Ovid has no further financial obligations on soticlestat. If successful, Takeda estimates that it may receive regulatory approval of soticlestat in its fiscal year ending March 2024.  

  • Kevin Fitzgerald, Ph.D., an accomplished leader in RNAi therapeutics development, joined the Board of Directors. Dr. Fitzgerald brings to Ovid over 20 years of successful drug discovery experience and currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, where he was instrumental in discovering and clinically validating two forms of siRNA delivery.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2021, were $201.8 million.

  • Revenue was zero for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $6.9 million for the same period in 2020. The revenue in the third quarter of 2020 was due to the recognition of a portion of an upfront payment received from Angelini Pharma.

  • Research and development expenses were $4.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $15.9 million for the same period in 2020. The decrease of $11 million was primarily due to the wind-down of the clinical development of OV101 in Angelman syndrome and Fragile X syndrome and to the termination of Ovid’s responsibilities to fund research and development expenses related to soticlestat’s further development. 

  • General and administrative expenses were $6.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $7.4 million the same period in 2020. The decrease of $0.8 million was primarily a result of a decrease in ongoing payroll related expenses.

  • Net loss was $11.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, resulting in basic and diluted net loss per share of $0.17. Net loss was $16.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, resulting in basic and diluted net loss per share attributed to common stockholders of $0.28.

  • Operating expenses were $11.7 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2021, and non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses (which exclude non-recurring expenses and non-cash expenses) were $9.3 million for the third quarter. This expenditure was within the Company’s non-GAAP adjusted guidance of $8.0 - $10.0 million for the quarter. Ovid expects non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses to remain within the $8.0 - $10.0 million range for the fourth quarter of 2021. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a discussion of non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release presents non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses on a historical and projected basis. For the period presented, non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses exclude from operating expenses, as calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, non-recurring and non-cash items: OV101 clinical costs, severance expense, and stock-based compensation, respectively. Non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses is a financial measure that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. Accordingly, investors should consider non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses in addition to, but not as a substitute for, operating expenses that we calculate and present in accordance with GAAP. Among other things, our management uses non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses to establish budgets and operational goals and to manage our business. Other companies may define or use this measure in different ways. We believe that the presentation of non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses provides investors and management with helpful supplemental information relating to operating performance and trends. A table reconciling non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses to operating expenses for all historical periods presented is included below under the heading “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Expenses to Operating Expenses.” A quantitative reconciliation of projected non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses to operating expenses is not available without unreasonable effort primarily due to our inability to predict with reasonable certainty the amount of future stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses.

About Ovid Therapeutics

Ovid Therapeutics Inc. is a New York-based biopharmaceutical company using its BoldMedicine® approach to develop medicines that transform the lives of patients with neurological disorders. Ovid seeks to couple deep CNS experience with emerging advances in genetics and the pathways of the brain to build a leading, next-generation neuroscience pipeline. Ovid’s current pipeline programs include: OV329, a small molecule GABA aminotransferase inhibitor for seizures associated with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Infantile Spasms; OV882, a short hairpin RNA therapy approach for Angelman syndrome; OV815, a genetic therapy approach for KIF1A associated neurological disorders; and other research targets. Additionally, Ovid maintains a significant financial interest in the future regulatory development and potential commercialization of soticlestat, which Takeda is responsible for advancing globally. Two Phase 3 trials for soticlestat in Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome are actively enrolling patients. For more information on Ovid, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain disclosures that contain “forward-looking statements,” including, without limitation, statements regarding the development and acceleration of Ovid’s product candidate pipeline, Ovid's strategic approach and business development intentions and opportunities and ability to realize the desired benefits thereof, Ovid’s ability to identify acquisition targets, the potential therapeutic benefits of Ovid's current or future product candidates, the clinical and regulatory development and potential commercialization of soticlestat, OV329 or any of Ovid’s other current or future product candidates, Ovid’s eligibility for potential milestone and royalty payments and Ovid’s non-GAAP operating expense guidance for the fourth quarter of 2021. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “will,” “appears,” “believes” and “expects.” Forward-looking statements are based on Ovid’s current expectations and assumptions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, which are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation, uncertainties inherent in the preclinical and clinical development and regulatory approval processes, risks related to Ovid’s ability to achieve its financial objectives, the risk that Ovid may not be able to realize the intended benefits of its technology, risks related to Ovid’s ability to identify acquisition targets or strategic partners, to enter into strategic transactions on favorable terms, or to consummate and realize the benefits of any strategic transactions or acquisitions and risks to Ovid's or Takeda's abilities to meet anticipated deadlines and milestones presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additional risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Ovid’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 10, 2021, and in future filings Ovid makes with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Ovid assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether because of any new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

  For The Three Months Ended September 30,   For The Three Months Ended September 30,   For The Nine Months Ended September 30,   For The Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
License and other revenue $ -     $ 6,914,034     $ 12,382,779     $ 6,914,034  
License revenue - related party   -       -       196,000,000       -  
Total revenue   -       6,914,034       208,382,779       6,914,034  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development $ 4,917,393     $ 15,875,295     $ 28,849,969     $ 46,533,610  
General and administrative   6,764,341       7,442,401       28,970,053       20,220,160  
Total operating expenses   11,681,734       23,317,696       57,820,022       66,753,770  
(Loss) income from operations   (11,681,734 )     (16,403,662 )     150,562,757       (59,839,736 )
Other income (expenses), net   2,657       (21,127 )     (49,593 )     833,661  
(Loss) income before (benefit) provision for income taxes   (11,679,077 )     (16,424,789 )     150,513,164       (59,006,075 )
(Benefit) provision for income taxes   (294,829 )     -       1,678,532       -  
Net (loss) income $ (11,384,248 )   $ (16,424,789 )   $ 148,834,632     $ (59,006,075 )
Net (loss) income per share, basic $ (0.17 )   $ (0.28 )   $ 2.15     $ (1.04 )
Net (loss) income per share, diluted $ (0.17 )   $ (0.28 )   $ 2.14     $ (1.04 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic   67,929,894       59,406,215       67,282,495       56,586,640  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, diluted   67,929,894       59,406,215       67,848,033       56,586,640  

Select Condensed Balance Sheet Data

  September 30,   December 31,
  2021   2020
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $ 201,779,567     $ 72,033,930  
Working capital1   194,991,892       52,780,426  
Total assets   207,086,188       75,925,518  
Total stockholder's equity   197,021,761       43,631,656  

1Working capital defined as current assets less current liabilities

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Expenses to Operating Expenses

    Quarter Ended September 30,
Operating expenses   $ 11,681,734  
Non-recurring and non-cash items included therein:    
Stock-based compensation     1,161,911  
Wind-down of OV101 clinical costs     1,105,283  
Severance expense     106,746  
Non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses   $ 9,307,794  


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