CohBar, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results
Menlo Park, California – May 15, 2015 – CohBar, Inc. (TSX-V: COB.U), an innovative biotechnology company focused on developing mitochondria-based therapeutics to treat diseases associated with aging, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015.
“We began last quarter with a very successful completion of our initial public offering and concurrent private placement,” said Jon Stern, CohBar CEO, “and have continued to make great progress toward our goal of bringing a mitochondria-based therapeutic to the clinic in 2017. We look forward to providing you with further updates as the year progresses.”
Business Highlights and Recent Developments:
- Completed Initial Public Offering and Private Placement. On January 6, 2015, CohBar completed its initial public offering (IPO) and was accepted for listing on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company received gross proceeds of $11.25 million from the sale in the IPO of units consisting of an aggregate of 11,250,000 shares of common stock, together with warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 5,625,000 shares of common stock. The Company received additional gross proceeds of $2.70 million from a previously subscribed private placement of the units completed concurrently with the IPO. The IPO was conducted in Canada and registered in the United States pursuant to a registration statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
- New Laboratory Facility Opened in Menlo Park, CA. In March 2015, the Company moved into a new expanded laboratory facility in Menlo Park, CA. The new lab, strategically located in Silicon Valley, enables the Company to attract top scientific talent as it continues to grow and advance its drug discovery and development activities.
- Key Addition to CohBar’s Scientific Team. In May 2015, CohBar expanded its scientific leadership team with the hiring of Kent Grindstaff, Ph.D., as its Vice President of Biology. Dr. Grindstaff, formerly Vice President, Global Operations at Solvo Biotechnology USA and Principal Investigator at Xenoport, Inc. (NASDAQ), brings to CohBar extensive experience in cell biology, biochemistry, assay development and operations.
- Expansion of Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). In April 2015, Frank Calzone, Ph.D., formerly Scientific Executive Director at Amgen, Inc., joined CohBar’s SAB. With his wealth of drug development expertise particularly in the area of cancer therapeutics, Dr. Calzone enhances the Company’s industry leading SAB which includes Dr. Amir Lerman (Mayo Clinic), Dr. Ronald Kahn (Harvard Medical School) and Nick Livingston, Ph.D., (formerly Vice President, GlaxoSmithKline).
Summary of Financial Results:
- Cash and Investments. CohBar had cash and marketable securities of $13,200,260 on March 31, 2015, compared to $1,194,492 on December 31, 2014.
- R&D Expenses. Research and development expenses were $262,760 in the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $111,708 in the prior year, a $151,052 increase. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily due to an increase in compensation expenses and an increase in contract research and consulting costs to support the development of the Company’s lead therapeutic candidate. This increase was offset by a decrease in research conducted under the terms of a grant awarded by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation which was completed in 2014.
- G&A Expenses. General and administrative expenses were $516,986 in the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $140,913 in the prior year period, a $376,073 increase. The increase in general and administrative expenses were primarily due to the following: (i) additional headcount in the current quarter; (ii) an increase in stock based compensation costs due to the timing and associated costs of the equity grants; and (iii) an increase in costs associated with being a publicly traded company.
- Net Loss. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net loss was $781,265, or $0.03 per share, compared to a net loss of $254,410 or $0.02 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014.
CohBar (TSX-V: COB.U) is a leader in the research and development of mitochondria-based therapeutics (MBTs), an emerging class of drugs for the treatment of diseases associated with aging. MBTs originate from the discovery by our founders of a novel group of peptides within the genome of mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell. This groundbreaking discovery was made by our founders, world leaders in the biology of aging, metabolism and mitochondrial genomics. MBTs offer the potential to address a broad range of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, atherosclerosis and neurodegenerative disorders.
For additional company information, please visit www.cohbar.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including: statements concerning: the company’s plans, prospects, resources and capabilities including its anticipated research and development activities. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by CohBar. These risks and uncertainties include CohBar’s ability to retain key personnel, expand its research operations, and successfully advance its drug discovery and development programs. Additional assumptions, risks and uncertainties are described in detail in our registration statements, reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators, which are available on our website, and at www.sec.gov or www.sedar.com. You are cautioned that such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements and other information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and CohBar does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
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Jeff Biunno, CFO
MacDougall Biomedical Communications
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