Redwood Pharma AB (publ) Quarterly Report January – June 2020
REDWOODPHARMA.COM, Spotlight Stock Market Ticker: REDW
1 January – 31 June 2020
- Net revenue for the period was SEK 0 (0).
- Operating loss for the period amounted to SEK -8,026M (-7,625).
- Loss per share for the period was SEK -0.54 (-0.60).
Second quarter, 1 April – 30 June 2020
- Net revenue for the period amounted to SEK 0 (0).
- Operating loss for the period amounted to SEK -3,594M (-4,329).
- Loss per share for the period was SEK -0.24 (-0.34).
Important events during the period
- In connection with the issue of convertible shares during the period July 2018 – January 2019, Redwood Pharma issued 287,958 warrant options. Warrant holders exercised all these options to subscribe to 293,716 new shares. This resulted in the company reviving approximately SEK 2.1M.
- The company took a bridging loan from Formue Nord Markedsneutral A/S for SEK 4.5M and issued 937,025 warrant options (TO3) to existing shareholders. In addition, Formue Nord received 81,818 class TO3 warrant options.
Important events after the period
- A new patent for the exclusive use of oestrogen for the treatment of eye dryness was granted in the US. The new patent will complement the existing patent protection for RP101, which includes the use of IntelliGel in the US. Redwood Pharma’s oestrogen treatment will therefore be well protected, with exclusivity both for use of the active substance and the drug delivery system.
Comments from the CEO
“RP101 will receive additional patent protection in the largest global market for dry eye therapies’’
Following the successful results of the RP101 Phase II trial, the company is now moving our novel dry eye therapy towards the start of the next and final phase of clinical testing. Dry eye continues to be an exciting business opportunity while Redwood Pharma finds itself in more advanced discussions with potential partners. In addition, the company conducts a detailed evaluation of another dry eye therapy for sufferers of the mild form of the disease.
With an aging population and the advent of new therapies, the global dry eye disease (DED) market is expected to grow by an estimated 4.3% annually to over USD 8 billion by 2030 (TMR 2020). Dominant therapies such as cyclosporine and lifitegrast, which treat only inflammation associated with dry eye, are not sufficient to address the needs of a highly diverse patient population. Studies show that over 60% of dry eye patients discontinue treatment within 12 months of initiation1. Currently more than 16 million Americans are diagnosed with DED, but only about 2 million patients are receiving treatments2. The commercial potential for new therapies has never been larger.
DED prevalence has been shown to be two times higher for women than men and more than three times for individuals above 50 years of age3. It is well-established that dry eye may be exacerbated or caused by a variety of biological mechanisms, including hormonal changes in the case of menopausal women. RP101 offers a new route of therapy by using estrogen to restore the natural tear film. Naturally found in the human body (especially women). The RP101 Phase II trial results demonstrate both efficacy and safety of a topical low-dose estrogen therapy in relieving both the signs and symptoms of DED in post-menopausal women (the largest single cohort in the overall DED market).
RP101 is poised to enter its next phase of development. In order to begin Phase III clinical testing, production of more test material and additional tests including compatibility with contact lenses and toxicology will be needed. Redwood is actively preparing for these tests.
The future of RP101 and its commercial potential continues to brighten. Redwood recently received confirmation that the United States Patent and Trademark Office will grant patent protection for the therapeutic use of estrogen to treat DED in the US. This ensures that RP101 will receive additional patent protection in the largest global market for dry eye therapies. Redwood Pharma will now have thorough protection through both the exclusive use of the active substance and of the drug delivery system. This will in turn safeguard revenues for Redwood and its future partners.
I want to thank our shareholders for their continued support and look forward to reporting more exciting news in the coming months.
CEO Redwood Pharma
 White D., et.al. “Real-World Treatment Patterns of Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion and Lifitegrast Ophthalmic Solution Among Patients with Dry Eye”. Clinical Ophthalmology 2019:13 2285-2292.
 Farrand K.F., et. Al. “Prevalence of Diagnosed Dry Eye Disease in the United States Among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older”. Am J Ophthalmol 2017 Oct;182:90-98
Redwood Pharma and its market
Redwood Pharma AB develops ophthalmic drugs in areas where considerable medical demand exists. The company’s lead project is the development of a RP101, an active biological pharmaceutical for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic dryness of the eye in post-menopausal women. The drug uses the IntelliGel drug delivery platform that controls the release of active substances. By using IntelliGel, Redwood Pharma can also highly likely improve dosages of other established and new drugs. Redwood Pharma focuses on formulation and early-stage clinical development.
RP101: Redwood Pharma’s product for dry eyes
The company is developing a topical eye therapy with a known biological substance that can help post-menopausal women who suffer from chronically dry eyes. Currently, no sufficiently reliable treatments exist for women with moderate to severe symptoms. The product under development will be the first to target the basic biological mechanism and thereby increase production of tear fluid. With the help of IntelliGel-formulation, it is anticipated that treatment can be reduced to once or twice a day and therefore be easier and more comfortable for patients to take.
The IntelliGel drug delivery platform
Redwood Pharma owns the global rights to the IntelliGel platform within ophthalmology. The platform is expected to make it possible to administer eye drops to treat dry eyes fewer times a day. IntelliGel is a so-called drug delivery platform that controls the release of a drug so that its effects are longer lasting. The platform also creates additional business opportunities in that several ophthalmic drugs can hopefully be reformulated and dosed more efficiently and in a way that is perceived as more convenient and perhaps also increase
the safety of patients.
Market for moderate to severe DED (dry eye disease)
The total global market for prescription DED drugs is estimated at USD 3.1 billion.
There are several reasons why the market is expected to grow. The main reasons are the lack of effective drugs that provide patients with effective relief from chronic dry eyes and an aging population in which chronic dry eye occurs more frequently. There are several types of chronic dry eye and a common medical solution for all types of these problems does not currently exist. There are several new products that are under development – with new approaches for different types of dry eye. However, these are directed at inflammation in the eye that can be a consequence of too little tear fluid. Product development is also expected to contribute to overall market growth.
The company’s core competence lies within pharmaceutical development and product formulation. To develop RP101 and other new ophthalmic drugs, the company uses its extensive network of experts in manufacturing, pre-clinical and clinical development as well as experts in ophthalmology, endocrinology, and women’s health.
The company aims to develop RP101 through to the conclusion of Phase II clinical trials (Proof of Concept), at which point the company will identify a commercial partner to maximize the value of RP101.
Through business agreements with major drug companies, the company will receive payments for achieving milestones and as future royalties. Such agreements may mean that the company receives an initial payment upon signing an agreement and subsequently for achieved milestones such as completion of Phase III clinical trials, market authorizations, and initial sales. Redwood Pharma is, however, open to other types of agreement to maximize the value of the company.
Revenues and expenses
The company did not generate any income between 1 January – 30 June 2020. Reported Other Operating Income refers to exchange rate gains. The company’s expenses are primarily related to development, project-related and administrative costs.
Operating loss for the period 1 January – 30 June 2020 was SEK -8,026M (-7,625). Operating loss for the period 1 April – 30 June 2020 was SEK -3,594 (-4,329).
Financial position and liquidity
As of 30 June 2020, the company’s liquid assets amounted to SEK 6,345M (4,726). The ratio of shareholder equity to total assets was 48 (55) %. The company’s shareholder equity amounted to SEK 6,287M (6,280).
In May, previously issued warrant options were exercised which resulted in the subscription of a total of 293,716 shares. This resulted in the company reviving approximately SEK 2.1M.
In June, the company decided to provide an additional 937,025 warrant options free of charge to existing shareholders. For each sixteenth (16) shares, one (1) class TO3 warrant options. Each warrant option entitles holders during the period 5 – 16 October 2020, to subscribe to one (1) new share in the company at a rate equivalent to 70% of the volume-weighted average price of the Redwood share during the period 10 – 30 September 2020, to a maximum price of SEK 14.65.
The company received SEK 4.5M through a bridging loan in June. The loan is due to be repaid on 31 October 2020. A set-up cost for the loan meant that the company issued an additional 81,818 class TO3 warrant options to Formue Nord Markedsneutral A/S.
Cashflow from day-to-day operations for the period amounted to SEK -3,980 (-6,968).
During the period 1 January – 30 June 2020, the company did not invest in tangible or intangible fixed assets.
This interim report has been prepared in line with the Annual Accounts Act (1995:1554) and Swedish Accounting Standards Board’s BFNAR 2012:1 guideline, Annual Accounts and Corporate Auditing (“K3”).
Risk and uncertainty
In conjunction with the preferential rights issue that was completed in October 2019, a detailed review of the risks associated with the company’s operations was carried out. No new risks have subsequently been identified. Risks and uncertainty are reported in the information memorandum produced in conjunction with the issue and has been published on the Redwood Pharma website, redwoodpharma.com.
Changes in the number of outstanding shares
Opening balance January 1 2019 12,499,874
Stock subscription exchange in January 184,636
New issue registered in October 2,014,183
Closing balance December 31 2019 14,698,693
Share subscription exchange in June 293,716
Closing balance June 30 2020 14,992,409
Stockholm August 28, 2020
This interim report has not been audited by the company’s auditors.
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This document is a translation of the original Swedish version. In the event of a conflict between the two, the Swedish version will take precedence.
About Redwood Pharma
Redwood Pharma develops ophthalmic products for unmet medical needs. The Company’s first project is the development of drug candidate RP101 with a known active substance against chronic dry eye in postmenopausal women who have moderate to severe symptoms. With the drug delivery platform IntelliGel the release of active substances is controlled. Through the use of IntelliGel, Redwood Pharma can also improve dosing of other established drugs. Redwood Pharma’s strength lies in formulation and early clinical development. Revenues will be generated through licensing agreements with pharmaceutical companies that have capabilities to manufacture and sell commercial products worldwide.
Redwood Pharma AB (publ.) is listed on Spotlight Stock Market
(Ticker: REDW.ST, ISIN: SE008294789).
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