Tel Aviv, Israel – March 17, 2022 – PainReform Ltd. (Nasdaq: PRFX) (“PainReform” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the reformulation of established therapeutics, today provided a business update for the year ended December 31, 2021.
Ilan Hadar, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We remain on track to commence our Phase 3 clinical trial of PRF-110 in bunionectomy in the second half of 2022. Specifically, we are advancing the manufacturing of PRF-110 clinical batches with our partner Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (PII), a U.S.-based contract manufacturing organization (CMO). After completion of the first trial, we plan to initiate the Phase 3 hernia repair clinical trial based on a similar study design to the prior Phase 2 trial. According to Persistance Market Research, the post-operative pain management market was valued at over $35 billion in 2021, of which, opioids accounted for two-thirds of this market. We believe PRF-110 has the potential to address the significant unmet need for a long-acting local anesthetic agent to spare opioid use and reduce hospital length of stay due to complications.”
“At the end of 2021, we had $16.6 million of cash on hand and positive working capital of approximately $18.3 million. We have maintained a healthy balance sheet without any debt. I am excited about the outlook for 2022 and look forward to a number of key upcoming catalysts that we believe will further enhance shareholder value, including the start of enrolment and dosing of the first patients. Given that the patient monitoring period is only 72 hours in the trial, I expect this to be a rapid and cost-efficient trial,” concluded Mr. Hadar.
Research and development expenses were $2.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $0.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily due to preparation for the initiation of clinical trials.
General and administrative expenses were $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $1.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase in headcount related expenses, as well as an increase in professional services, payroll and related expenses, and insurance related expenses.
Financial expense were $32,000 for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $2.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $2.1 million. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in the change in the fair value of derivative warrant liability, and interest expense and amortization of discount on convertible notes which was recognized in 2020.
Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2021 was approximately $7.2 million, compared to a net loss of approximately $4.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $16.6 million.
A copy of the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021 has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at https://www.sec.gov/ and posted on the Company’s investor relations website at https://painreform.com/investors/. The Company will deliver a hard copy of its annual report, including its complete audited consolidated financial statements, free of charge, to its shareholders upon request at email@example.com.
PainReform is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the reformulation of established therapeutics. PRF-110, the Company’s lead product, is based on the local anesthetic ropivacaine, targeting the post-operative pain relief market. PRF-110 is an oil-based, viscous, clear solution that is deposited directly into the surgical wound bed prior to closure to provide localized and extended post-operative analgesia. The Company’s proprietary extended-release drug-delivery system is designed to provide an extended period of post-surgical pain relief without the need for repeated dose administration while reducing the potential need for the use of opiates. For more information, please visit www.painreform.com.
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