March 11, 2020
NOVOHEART HOLDINGS INC.
Suite 2600 | 595 Burrard Street | Vancouver
British Columbia | V7X 1L3 | Canada
Novoheart Holdings Inc. Reports Second Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Financial Results
Vancouver, BC, March 11, 2020 – Novoheart Holdings Inc. (“Novoheart” or the “Company”) reports financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2019. Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in Canadian dollars and are in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Ronald Li, CEO of Novoheart, commented, “During the past quarter, we have been pleased to announce a number of major milestones that recognize consistent advances in our technology and also demonstrate the depth of our integration with multiple leading organizations at the forefront of drug discovery and development.
Two Pfizer-coauthored studies demonstrated the advanced capabilities of the MyHeart platform for drug screening as well as disease modelling, a collaboration with AstraZeneca will see Novoheart co-develop the world’s first Human Heart-in-a-jar Model of heart failure, an exclusive licensing agreement with Harvard University will lead the co-development of a next-generation heart model with significantly enhanced predictive accuracy, capacity and versatility and the award of a multi-million dollar R&D grant by the Innovation & Technology Commission (ITC) in recognition of the consistent advances in the Company's technology.
We are in a period of significant growth and commercial expansion and expect this strong momentum to continue throughout 2020 further driving both market confidence and industry confidence.”
- Co-developing first of its kind human heart-in-a-jar model of heart failure with AstraZeneca
- Exclusively licensed technology from Harvard University to develop next-generation human heart-in-a-jar
- Completion of Phase II of a commercial agreement with a top-10 Global Pharmaceutical Company (“Global Pharma Partner”) to develop high throughput drug screening
- Awarded $1.67 million in research funding
Co-developing first of its kind human heart-in-a-jar model of heart failure with AstraZeneca
In November 2019, the Company announced a collaboration with global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, to develop the world’s first human-specific in vitro, functional model of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), accounting for approximately 50% of heart failure.
In collaboration with the Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism therapy area of AstraZeneca, the Company aims to provide a unique assay for understanding the mechanisms of HFpEF, identification of new therapeutic targets, and assessment of novel therapeutics for treating HFpEF patients. Novoheart will exclusively own the intellectual property rights to the newly developed HFpEF hvCOC model.
Exclusively licensed technology from Harvard University to develop next-generation human heart-in-a-jar
In November 2019, the Company entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development.
The agreement enables Novoheart to combine MyHeartTM Platform with Harvard’s pioneering tissue-engineered scale model of the cardiac ventricle and bioreactor technology. The combination of these two technologies will elevate Novoheart’s cardiac disease modeling capabilities to an unprecedented level in the field, allowing for greatly improved translation of an in vitro model to predict clinical outcome with a higher accuracy. We anticipate that incorporating Harvard’s technology will broaden our commercial applications and offerings for facilitated drug discovery and development.
Completion of Phase II of a commercial agreement with the Global Pharma Partner to develop high-throughput drug screening as a potential recurrent revenue-generating avenue
In December 2019, Novoheart completed Phase II of a commercial agreement with the Global Pharma Partner. Upon completion of Phase II, the Company recognized $198,078 of revenue for the six months ended December 31, 2019. The Company has received approximately $400,000 from the Global Pharma for Phase I and Phase II of the commercial agreements, The contract deliverables will expand the Company’s testing capabilities of its platform, by designing and developing a new versatile high-throughput microplate which will allow the screening of hundreds of drugs using engineered human ventricular Cardiac Tissue Strips (hvCTS). Termed the hvCTS-96, the disposable microplate will be compatible with robotic plate handling systems for automated high-throughput screening.
The hvCTS-96 will increase the breadth and depth of the MyHeartTM Platform by offering a range of complementary but distinctive novel technologies to clients as tools for testing the efficacy and safety of drugs by predicting human responses. The patent-pending, custom-designed microplates are to be sold on an ongoing basis as a screening and research tool to the contracted pharma partner, as well as being marketed and sold to other global organizations in the business of drug screening and development. Novoheart retains ownership of all intellectual property rights relating to the new microplate design. The microplate market is estimated at CAD$980M (USD$750M).1
Awarded $1.67 million in research funding from the Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong SAR Government
In December 2019, Novoheart has received a further grant from the Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong SAR Government (the “ITC”). Combined with a cash rebate scheme and funding for hiring research and development talent, the Company is expecting to receive a total of over $1.67 million in grant awards from the ITC over the next two years. This is the third major research and development matching grant that the ITC has awarded Novoheart, making the total awarded grant to over $3.7 million.
The new ITC grant will support the development of the automated next generation of human heart assays, with further enhanced throughput, accuracy and sensitivity in screening drugs for toxic or therapeutic effects on the heart. The platform is designed to help drug developers increase their confidence in the selection and investment of candidate drugs that are most likely to succeed in clinical trials.
Change of fiscal year-end
To better align its financial reporting with the calendar year and that of its industry peers, during the six months ended December 31, 2019, the Company changed its fiscal year-end to December 31, from June 30. The Company’s transition year is the six months ended December 31, 2019, and the comparative period is the twelve months ended June 30, 2019. The variation in the duration of the comparative must be considered in evaluating the financial information noted below.
Financial Results for the six months ended December 31, 2019
The Company recorded a net loss after tax of $3,995,070 (loss per share of $0.02) for the six months ended December 31, 2019 compared to a net loss of $7,656,520 (loss per share of $0.08) for the year ended June 30, 2019.
Revenue and Cost of Sales
For the six months ended December 31, 2019, the Company recorded revenue of $266,747 and cost of sales of $93,138 compared to revenue of $165,031 and cost of sales of $75,487 for the year ended June 30, 2019. The increase in revenue was mainly due the completion of Phase II with the Global Pharma Partner (see “Business Highlights”, above). Services for Phase II commenced in August 2019 and was completed in December 2019. Cost of sales mainly comprised of labour and material costs.
Operating expenses for the six months December 31, 2019 was $4,511,814 compared to $8,327,059 for the year ended June 30, 2019. The most significant contributing factors to the increase was a result of the acquisition of Xellera Therapeutics Limited, increases in research and development expenses and general and administrative expense. The increase was offset by the decrease of share-based compensation expenses, marketing expenses and intellectual property expenses.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019
The Company recorded a net loss after tax of $2,539,336 (loss per share of $0.02) in the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $1,932,758 (loss per share of $0.03) in the three months ended December 31, 2018. The increase in the net loss was due primarily to an increase in research and development expenses, general and administrative expenses in the area of occupancy costs, while being offset by the increase in revenue.
Operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $2,643,509 as compared to $1,999,010 for the three months ended December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily related to increases in research and development expense and general and administrative expenses while partially offset by the decrease in share-based compensation expenses. Research and development expenses increased as the Company enters into more commercial agreements and partnership research and development projects. The increase in general and administrative expenses was a result of the expansion of the lab and office, as well as the build-out of the GMP facility. Share-based compensation expenses decreased due to some of the restricted share units and options being fully vested.
Liquidity and Outstanding Share Capital
As at December 31, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $12,167,583 and pledged bank deposits of $5,004,000. As at March 11, 2020, there were 188,640,774 common shares issued and outstanding, and 8,798,373 of common shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options at an exercise price range of $0.32 to $0.50 per share and 176,251 of the issuance of vested restricted share units.
ABOUT NOVOHEART HOLDINGS INC.
Novoheart is a global stem cell biotechnology company that pioneers an array of next-generation human heart tissue prototypes. It is the first company in the world to have engineered miniature living human heart pumps that can revolutionize drug discovery, helping to save time and money for developing new therapeutics. Also known as 'human heart-in-a-jar', Novoheart’s bio-artificial human heart constructs are created using state-of-the-art and proprietary stem cell and bioengineering approaches and are utilized by drug developers for accurate preclinical testing as to the effectiveness and safety of new drugs, maximizing the successes in drug discovery while minimizing costs and harm caused to patients. With the recent acquisition of Xellera Therapeutics Limited for manufacturing Good Manufacturing Product (GMP)-grade clinical materials, Novoheart is now developing gene- and cell-based therapies as well as other next-generation therapeutics for cardiac repair or regeneration.
Common shares of Novoheart is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “NVH”.
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