14 Apr 2021 – Audited results for the year ended 31 December 2020 and positive Phase 2b data announced post year-end

Destiny Pharma plc
(“Destiny Pharma” or “the Company”)

Audited results for the year ended 31 December 2020

Phase 2b XF-73 clinical trial: patient recruitment completed and
positive Phase 2b data announced post year-end 

£10.4M equity raise to acquire NTCD-M3 completed 

Grant supported COVID-19 collaboration announced

Company funded through to Q4 2022

Brighton, United Kingdom – 14th April 2021 – Destiny Pharma plc (AIM: DEST), a clinical stage innovative biotechnology company focused on the development of novel medicines that can prevent life-threatening infections, announces its audited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020.

Financial and corporate highlights

  • Successful equity fund raise of £10.4 million (gross) to acquire NTCD-M3 for the prevention of Clostridioides difficile (difficile) infection recurrence
  • Strong year end cash position with cash and term deposits of £9.7 million (2019: £7.5 million)
  • Increase in R&D expenditure to £4.5 million (2019: £3.8 million) due to planned clinical development costs associated with XF-73 nasal gel Phase 2b study
  • Cash runway extended to Q4 2022 as a result of equity fund raise and careful management of operational activities

Operational highlights

Phase 2b clinical trial: XF-73 nasal gel for prevention of post-surgical infections

  • Patient recruitment successfully completed in December
  • Positive top-line results reported in March 2021. Primary efficacy endpoint successfully met with an exceptionally high statistical significance and no treatment related safety events
  • In discussion with US FDA with regards study design for Phase 3 clinical study

NTCD-M3 for prevention of C. difficile infection recurrence

  • Acquisition of global rights to NTCD-M3, a Phase 3 ready asset for prevention of difficile infection recurrence completed during Q4 2020
  • Protocol for Phase 3 clinical study agreed with FDA
  • Commencement of key work required to prepare for a Phase 3 clinical study to be ready to start in 2022
  • Professor Dale Gerding, discoverer of NTCD-M3 and world leading expert in difficile infections appointed to the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board
  • Major new contract signed with leading biotherapeutics manufacturing company for production of Phase 3 clinical trial doses

SporeGen COVID-19 collaboration

  • Destiny Pharma and SporeGen Limited announced collaboration and Innovate UK grant award of £800,000 to co-develop a novel, preventative product for COVID-19
  • Expands Destiny Pharma’s novel pipeline targeted at preventing infections with novel biologics/microbiome approach

Earlier pipeline and research projects

  • Research projects with Cardiff, Sheffield, Southampton and Aston Universities making good progress after COVID-19 delays
  • New grant awarded by National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) to fund a second research collaboration with Cardiff University in oral infections
  • Oxford University review supports the unique target profile of XF-73 and its potential to address the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR)

Post period highlights

  • Brazilian patent granted for XF-73 nasal gel
  • Agreement with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to evaluate a novel XF-73 formulation in skin wound infections
  • Professor Mark Wilcox, a recognised leader in infection prevention and control and renowned expert in difficile infection, appointed to the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board

Neil Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Destiny Pharma, commented:

“Destiny Pharma has delivered a very strong performance in the last 12 months and we look forward to further progress this year. We have delivered excellent Phase 2b data from our XF-73 nasal gel clinical study for the prevention of post-surgical infections and also expanded our pipeline through the acquisition of NTCD-M3 – a Phase 3 ready project targeting C. difficile gut infections. The Company has also progressed its earlier pipeline and been awarded additional grant funding including a £800,000 grant from Innovate UK to fund our COVID-19 collaboration. We closed a £10.4m equity funding in December to enable the NTCD-M3 acquisition and have a cash runway through to Q4 2022. We remain committed to developing novel products that prevent infections and have a clear clinical need and a substantial commercial opportunity”

Webcast and Conference Call

Destiny Pharma will host a webcast presentation followed by a live Q&A conference call for analysts and investors today, Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 09:30 am BST.

The webcast of the presentation will be available here and available on the Company’s website at https://www.destinypharma.com/

For details of the Q&A conference call, please contact DestinyPharma@optimumcomms.com

This announcement has been released by Shaun Claydon, CFO, on behalf of the Company.

For further information, please contact: 

Destiny Pharma plc
Neil Clark, CEO
Shaun Claydon, CFO
+44 (0) 1273 704 440

Optimum Strategic Communications
Mary Clark, Shabnam Bashir, Manel Mateus
+44 (0) 203 174 1789

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Advisor & Joint Broker)
Geoff Nash / Kate Bannatyne, Corporate Finance
Alice Lane, Corporate Broking
+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

WG Partners (Joint Broker)
Nigel Barnes / Claes Spång / Nigel Birks
+44 (0) 203 705 9330

About Destiny Pharma

Destiny Pharma is a clinical stage, innovative biotechnology company focused on the development of novel medicines that can prevent life-threatening infections. Its pipeline has novel microbiome-based biotherapeutics and XF drug clinical assets including NTCD-M3, a Phase 3 ready treatment for the prevention of C. difficile infection (CDI) recurrence which is the leading cause of hospital acquired infection in the US and also XF-73 nasal gel, which has recently completed a positive Phase 2b clinical trial targeting the prevention of post-surgical staphylococcal hospital infections including MRSA. It is also co-developing SPOR-COV, a novel, biotherapeutic product for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections and has earlier grant funded XF research projects.

For further information on the company, please visit  https://www.destinypharma.com

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