Lyra Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results, Provides Corporate Update
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Lyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: LYRA), a clinical-stage therapeutics company focused on the development and commercialization of novel integrated drug and delivery solutions for the localized treatment of patients with ear, nose and throat (ENT) diseases, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 and provided a corporate update.
Key Fourth Quarter 2020 and Subsequent Highlights
- Company Announced Positive Topline Results for LANTERN Phase 2 Study of LYR-210. In December, Lyra announced positive topline results from its LANTERN Phase 2 study of LYR-210 for the treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis, including:
- LYR-210 is the first nasal implant to achieve a benefit of up to six months after a single administration in a clinical testing, and the first nasal implant to achieve a benefit in both polyp and non-polyp patients in clinical testing.
- 7500 mcg dose achieved statistically significant improvement in both 4 Cardinal Symptoms and SNOT-22 scores at 24 weeks and at several earlier timepoints, compared to control.
- Lyra believes the results support a clear path to regulatory submission for LYR-210 and plans to move forward into a pivotal Phase 3 trial using the 7500 mcg dose, subject to an end of Phase 2 meeting with the FDA.
“The positive results from the LANTERN Phase 2 study point to LYR-210’s potential as an easily administered, six-month treatment for CRS patients who have failed medical management,” said Professor Anders Cervin, Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Queensland, and a Principal Investigator for Lyra’s LANTERN trial. “An intranasal implant, like LYR-210, ensures treatment compliance on the part of patients and efficiently delivers drug directly to inflamed tissue. Based on these results, I believe LYR-210 could represent a viable alternative to invasive nasal surgery for CRS patients, with as few as two ENT office visits a year.”
- Appointed Robert Kern, MD, Chief Medical Officer. In February, Lyra announced that Robert Kern, MD had been named the company’s Chief Medical Officer. In addition to his role at Lyra, Dr. Kern will remain in his current position as the George A. Sisson Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kern is the immediate past president of the American Rhinologic Society and current President of the International Society of Inflammation and Allergy of the Nose. He is a renowned physician in the ENT field and a world-leading expert in chronic rhinosinusitis with a proven track record of global leadership in otolaryngology, in both academic research and clinical rhinology.
- Added Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. to Board of Directors. In October, the company announced that Dr. Snyderman had joined Lyra Therapeutics board. Dr. Snyderman is an accomplished otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon and healthcare systems expert. She most recently served as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News and has more than three decades of experience as a leading voice in healthcare and medicine. Dr. Snyderman currently serves as a board member of Alkermes (NASDAQ: ALKS) and Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXNX).
“We were pleased to end our first calendar year as a public company by announcing positive topline data from our LANTERN Phase 2 Study for LYR-210. In addition, we recently strengthened our team with the additions of Dr. Kern to our management team and Dr. Snyderman to our board,” said Maria Palasis, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Lyra Therapeutics. “Looking ahead, 2021 should be another pivotal year for Lyra as we read out the data from our PK study and plan to conduct an end of Phase 2 meeting with the FDA for LYR-210, followed by the potential initiation of a Phase 2 study for LYR-220 in the second half, and a Phase 3 pivotal trial of LYR-210 at the end of the year. I look forward to updating you on our progress.”
Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2020 were $74.6 million, compared with $81.6 million as of September 30, 2020.
Research and development expenses for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 were $3.7 million and $12.5 million, respectively, compared to $3.0 million and $12.0 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively.
General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 were $3.3 million and $9.7 million, respectively, compared to $1.4 million and $4.5 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively.
Total operating expenses for the quarter ended and full year ended December 31, 2020 were $7.1 million and $22.2 million, respectively, compared to $4.4 million and $16.5 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively.
Net loss for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 was $7.0 million and $22.1 million, respectively, compared to $4.4 million and $16.3 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively.
In terms of financial guidance for 2021, we believe that Lyra has sufficient cash to fund the company through planned operations into 2023.
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Annual Meeting Date
The Board of Directors of Lyra Therapeutics, Inc. has established May 26, 2021 as the date of its Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2021 Annual Meeting”). The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually by means of remote communication. The details of the virtual annual meeting, including how stockholders can log into the virtual meeting, vote and submit questions, will be disclosed in the Company’s definitive proxy statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Any stockholder seeking to bring business before the 2021 Annual Meeting or to nominate a director must provide timely notice, as set forth in the Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”). Specifically, written notice of any proposed business or nomination must be received at the Company’s principal executive offices no later than the close of business on March 19, 2021 (which is the tenth day following this public announcement of the date of the 2021 Annual Meeting). Any notice of proposed business or nomination must comply with the specific requirements set forth in the Company’s Bylaws.