WEST CHESTER, PA — Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: VRCA), a medical dermatology company committed to the development and commercialization of novel treatments that provide meaningful benefit for people living with skin diseases, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
“The first quarter of 2019 was monumental for Verrica as we reported positive Phase 3 topline data of our lead product candidate, VP-102, for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum, and then presented that data to the medical community during a late-breaking session at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting,” commented Ted White, President and Chief Executive Officer of Verrica. “We are focused on continuing that momentum with healthcare providers, enhancing disease awareness for this under-treated condition, and preparing to submit the company’s first new drug application with the FDA in the second half of 2019. Molluscum is a highly contagious viral skin infection affecting approximately six million people, primarily children, in the United States and our ultimate goal is to bring a safe and efficacious, FDA-approved treatment option to them.”
Business Highlights and Recent Developments
- Achieved positive topline results in two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials of VP-102 (CAMP-1 and CAMP-2) in patients with molluscum contagiosum (molluscum). Both trials evaluated the safety and efficacy of VP-102, a potential first-in-class topical therapy containing 0.7% cantharidin, compared to placebo and both achieved statistical significance for the primary endpoint with p-values less than 0.0001.
- Presented positive Phase 3 clinical results in the Late-Breaking Research: Clinical Studies/Pediatric Session at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting on March 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. Lead investigator, Dr. Lawrence F. Eichenfield, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, presented the results at the meeting.
- Continued progress with the Phase 2 trial of VP-102 in common warts (COVE-1), with topline results anticipated during the second quarter of 2019.
- Announced plans to initiate a Phase 2 trial of VP-102 in external genital warts in the second quarter of 2019.
- Appointed Neil D. DeHenes as Vice President of Distribution, Trade and Channel Strategy.
Verrica reported a net loss of $7.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million for the same period in 2018.
Research and development expenses were $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $0.9 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to the advancement of the VP-102 clinical development programs for the treatment of molluscum and common warts and an increase in costs associated with increased headcount and associated salary, bonus and stock-based compensation expense.
General and administrative expenses were $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to increased corporate infrastructure and additional costs associated with operating as a public company.
As of March 31, 2019, Verrica had aggregate cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $83.3 million.
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