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TITAN PHARMACEUTICALS ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Titan Management Team to Host Conference Call
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA May 11, 2012 – Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (TTNP.OB) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Total revenues for the first quarter were approximately $1.3 million, compared to $0.9 million for the comparable period in 2011. First quarter 2012 revenues consisted primarily of $1.2 million in royalties on net sales of Fanapt®, which will be paid by Titan to Deerfield Management Company L.P. in accordance with the terms of the agreements entered into during 2011. First quarter 2012 revenues also included $42,000 in grant revenues from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for Titan’s proprietary ProNeura™ drug delivery technology.
Total operating expenses for first quarter 2012 were approximately $4.8 million, compared with approximately $4.5 million for the first quarter 2011, and consisted primarily of research and development (R&D) expenses of $3.1 million, compared to approximately $3.7 million for the comparable period in 2011. This decrease was primarily associated with the completion of the Phase 3 clinical trials of Probuphine. General and administrative (G&A) expenses totaled approximately $1.7 million, compared to approximately $0.8 million for the first quarter 2011. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily related to a one-time non-cash stock compensation expense incurred in the first quarter of 2012.
Net loss applicable to common stockholders for the first quarter 2012 was approximately $5.2 million, or approximately $0.09 per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $4.5 million, or $0.08 per share, for the comparable period in 2011.
At March 31, 2012, Titan had cash of approximately $2.3 million, compared to approximately $5.4 million at December 31, 2011. On April 9, 2012 Titan completed a registered direct offering, which provided an additional $5.0 million in capital net of fees and expenses. Titan believes that its current working capital will be sufficient to sustain planned operations into the fourth quarter of 2012, including the preparation and submission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for Probuphine in patients with opioid dependence.
“The additional financing in April was important to maintain progress with our Probuphine program and we continue to be on-track to complete and submit our NDA with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September,” said Sunil Bhonsle, President of Titan Pharmaceuticals. “We are equally focused on advancing our ongoing partnering discussions for the potential commercialization of Probuphine to bring this novel treatment option for opioid dependence to patients.”
Probuphine: Program Update
In February 2012, Titan announced the results of an open-label, six-month safety re-treatment study (PRO-811) of patients with opioid dependence who previously completed a full six months of treatment in Titan’s confirmatory Phase 3 clinical trial of Probuphine. In the 85 patients enrolled in this re-treatment study, Probuphine was shown to be well-tolerated, including the implant insertion and removal procedures, with a low incidence of adverse events and an overall safety profile similar to that observed in the Phase 3 confirmatory trial.
Titan has engaged the services of a seasoned contract research organization to support and manage the NDA preparation and electronic submission process, and continues to work closely with the contract manufacturing organization and several consultants to complete all the work in a timely manner. The commercial scale contract manufacturing facility expansion is on schedule with installation of the air-handling equipment and assembly of the modular clean room shell completed while the internal utilities and other requirements are currently in process. The initial qualification of the manufacturing equipment has commenced in preparation for the commercial scale manufacturing capability later this summer. Preparation of the clinical and non-clinical sections of the NDA is also proceeding as planned. The additional testing required to generate data requested by the FDA as part of the CMC section continues to progress on schedule and the NDA is expected to be ready for submission in September 2012.
The live webcast of the call may be accessed by visiting the Titan website at www.titanpharm.com. The call can also be accessed by dialing 888-329-8877, Participant code: 4735113 five minutes prior to the start time. A replay of the call will be available on the Company website approximately two hours after completion of the call and will be archived for two weeks.
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