- Phase IIb COMP360 psilocybin therapy trial for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) close to completion; on track to report data by end of 2021
- Partnership being developed with leading UK institutions to accelerate psychedelic research and develop new models of mental health care in the UK
- Guy Goodwin appointed Chief Medical Officer and Danielle Schlosser appointed Senior Vice-President, Clinical Innovation
- “Everyone has a story: talking about mental health” podcast launched to eliminate stigma and open up dialogue
- Conference call today at 1:00pm UK (8:00am ET)
COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, today reported its financial results for the second quarter 2021 and gave an update on recent progress across its business.
George Goldsmith, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder, COMPASS Pathways, said, “We have completed psilocybin therapy administration in our COMP360 phase IIb trial, a significant milestone in our journey to bring new therapies to patients suffering with treatment-resistant depression. This is the largest trial ever conducted in psilocybin therapy, and it was done amid the lockdowns and challenges of the COVID pandemic. We are well-positioned for recruitment to phase III, pending results from the phase IIb study, which are expected later this year.”
Mr Goldsmith added, “We continue to invest in the expansion of our portfolio through new indications for psilocybin therapy and the discovery of new psychedelic compounds. We expect to see data this year from the investigator-initiated study of COMP360 psilocybin therapy in cancer patients, currently underway at Maryland Oncology Hematology at the Aquilino Cancer Center, and plan to begin new studies in other indications over the next few months.”
- Phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for TRD close to completion
- COMP360 psilocybin therapy has now been given to 233 patients, exceeding 216 target
- On track to report top-line data by end of 2021
- Dose-finding study comparing 25mg and 10mg of COMP360 psilocybin with 1mg, given in conjunction with psychological support from specially trained therapists
- World’s largest psilocybin therapy trial, taking place in 22 sites across 10 countries
- Continued investment in the expansion of the COMPASS portfolio, exploring new indications through investigator-initiated studies (IISs) and new compounds through our Discovery Center
- IIS at Maryland Oncology Hematology at the Aquilino Cancer Center, in the US, for COMP360 psilocybin therapy in cancer, due to finish and report data this year
- Partnership being developed to accelerate psychedelic research and develop new models of mental health care in the UK
- Memorandum of Understanding signed with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London
- Partnership intended to include research into areas of unmet need such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anorexia nervosa
- COMPASS is part of the working group that helped to establish mental health as one of the seven critical missions of the UK Government’s new life sciences strategy
- Team strengthened by new hires in all functions, with significant expansion in R&D and Digital
- Professor Guy Goodwin appointed Chief Medical Officer, bringing deep experience and leadership in psychiatry; Professor Goodwin is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Oxford
- Danielle Schlosser PhD appointed Senior Vice-President, Clinical Innovation, to lead therapist research and training, bringing her clinical experience in behavioural health and expertise in digital health innovation. Dr Schlosser joins from Verily Life Sciences, a sister company to Google
- Leadership hires in clinical science, regulatory affairs, clinical safety, quality and manufacturing, in preparation for phase III, new compounds and additional indications
- Eight patents now granted covering COMPASS’s novel crystalline polymorphic psilocybin, psilocybin formulations, methods of manufacturing psilocybin, and use of psilocybin for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological indications
- Numerous additional patent applications under review including three Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications
- New podcast launched: “Everyone has a story: talking about mental health”
- Aims to encourage dialogue around mental health challenges, in order to eliminate stigma and secure better care for those who are suffering
- Net loss for the three months ended 30 June 2021 was $17.5 million, or $0.44 loss per share, (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $1.9 million) compared with $16.2 million, or $1.65 loss per share, during the same period in 2020 (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $9.7 million)
- Net loss for the six months ended 30 June 2021 was $30.2 million, or $0.79 loss per share, (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $3.6 million) compared with $24.8 million, or $2.61 loss per share, during the same period in 2020 (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $11.4 million)
- Research and development (R&D) expenses were $11.4 million for the three months ended 30 June 2021, compared with $6.7 million during the same period in 2020. Of this increase, $4.7 million reflected increased development activities and $1.4 million related to hiring additional staff, as COMPASS progresses its COMP360 psilocybin therapy in TRD, and continues to explore additional indications and therapeutic approaches. There was a reduction of $1.7 million in non-cash share-based compensation expense compared with the same period in the prior year
- R&D expenses were $18.2 million for the six months ended 30 June 2021, compared with $12.0 million during the same period in 2020. Of this increase, $5.3 million reflected increased development activities and $2.2 million related to hiring additional staff, as COMPASS progresses its COMP360 psilocybin therapy in TRD, and continues to explore additional indications and therapeutic approaches. There was a reduction of $1.8 million in non-cash share-based compensation expense compared with the same period in the prior year
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $8.2 million for the three months ended 30 June 2021, compared with $11.0 million during the same period in 2020. The decrease was attributable to reductions of $6.1 million and $0.5 million respectively in non-cash share-based compensation and legal and professional fees, offset against an increase of $1.8 million and $2.0 million respectively in personnel expenses and facilities and other expenses
- G&A expenses were $14.9 million for the six months ended 30 June 2021, compared with $14.4 million during the same period in 2020. The increase was attributable to an increase of $3.3 million and $3.1 million respectively in personnel expenses and facilities and other expenses, offset against a decrease of $6.1 million in non-cash share-based compensation expenses
- Cash and cash equivalents were $316.3 million as of 30 June 2021, compared with $190.3 million as at 31 December 2020. In May 2021, we closed an underwritten public offering, including the full exercise of the underwriters’ greenshoe option, and received net cash proceeds of approximately $154.8 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses
The COMPASS Pathways management team will host a conference call at 1.00pm UK (8.00am ET) on 11 August 2021. The call can be accessed by dialing (833) 665-0659 from the United States, +1 (914) 987-7313 internationally, and 0800 028 8438 from the UK, followed by the conference ID: 3495828.
The call will also be webcast on the investors section of the COMPASS Pathways website (ir.compasspathways.com) and archived for 30 days.
About COMPASS Pathways
COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we are currently conducting a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 22 sites across Europe and North America. We are headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York, US. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. www.compasspathways.com
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