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Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (BLPH) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Monday, November 15, 2021

Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.

CIK: 1600132 Ticker: BLPH

Exhibit 99.1

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Bellerophon Provides Clinical Program Update and Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

WARREN, N.J., November 15, 2021 – Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) (“Bellerophon” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing treatments for cardiopulmonary diseases, today provided a clinical program update and reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“We remain focused on advancing the development of our INOpulse® inhaled nitric oxide therapy in fibrotic interstitial lung disease, or fILD, and sarcoidosis, or PH-Sarc, which are two areas of severe unmet medical need,” said Naseem Amin, M.D., Chairman of Bellerophon’s Board of Directors. “Our pivotal Phase 3 REBUILD study in fILD is continuing to enroll. Importantly, INOpulse is the first potential therapy to treat a broad fILD population that includes patients at low, intermediate, and high risk of associated pulmonary hypertension. In addition, we are pleased to have concluded enrollment in our PH-Sarc Phase 2 dose escalation study and expect the availability of top-line results before the end of this year. Finally, with $28.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, we believe that we are in a strong financial position to continue advancing our late-stage development programs.”

Clinical Program Highlights:

fILD

REBUILD Phase 3 Study: In December 2020, Bellerophon announced that the first patient had been enrolled in its Phase 3 REBUILD registrational study of INOpulse for the treatment of fILD. The REBUILD study plans to enroll 300 fILD patients who will be treated with either INOpulse at a dose of iNO45 or placebo. The primary endpoint is change in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). If approved, INOpulse would become the first therapy to treat a broad fILD population that includes patients at low-, intermediate- and high-risk of pulmonary hypertension.

The Phase 3 program builds on positive top-line results from the Company’s previously reported Phase 2 studies for INOpulse for the treatment of fILD. Acute treatment with INOpulse showed benefit in multiple cardiopulmonary parameters, including pulmonary vascular resistance, which improved by 21%, and mean pulmonary arterial pressure, which improved by 12%. Chronic treatment with INOpulse at a dose of iNO45 assessed over four months showed an average improvement in MVPA of 20% as compared to placebo. The improvements in MVPA were supported by benefits in overall activity, as well as two patient reported questionnaires, the University of California, San Diego Shortness of Breath Questionnaire and the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire.

Pulmonary Hypertension-Sarcoidosis (PH-Sarc)

Phase 2 Clinical Study: Bellerophon has concluded enrollment in a Phase 2 dose escalation study in PH-Sarc and anticipates the availability of top-line data by the end of this year. The safety and efficacy study is assessing the acute hemodynamic benefit of INOpulse via right heart catheterization. PH-Sarc is an unmet medical need with no approved therapies, and a median survival of approximately five years after diagnosis.

Corporate Update:

In September 2021, the Company presented at the H.C. Wainwright 23rd Annual Global Investment Conference.

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Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2021 Financial Results:

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported an operating loss of $4.8 million, compared to $8.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported a net loss of $4.6 million, or $(0.49) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.9 million, or $(0.84) per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2021 were $3.0 million, compared to $6.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to the close-out of activities related to the development of INOpulse for the treatment of COVID-19.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2021 were $1.8 million, compared to $2.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in consulting and stock-based compensation costs.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 Financial Results:

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported an operating loss of $15.9 million, compared to $18.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported a net loss of $13.5 million, or $(1.42) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $16.7 million, or $(2.31) per basic and diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 included an income of $0.6 million due to a change in fair value of the Company’s common stock warrant liability, as compared to an expense of $0.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $9.9 million, compared to $11.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to the close-out of activities related to the development of INOpulse for the treatment of COVID-19.

General and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $6.0 million, compared to $6.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in consulting and stock-based compensation costs.

Balance Sheet
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $28.7 million, compared to $47.6 million at December 31, 2020. 

About Bellerophon

Bellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Company is currently developing multiple product candidates under its INOpulse® program, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery system. For more information, please visit www.bellerophon.com.

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Forward-looking Statements

Any statements in this press release about Bellerophon’s future expectations, plans and prospects, including statements about the clinical development of its product candidates, regulatory actions with respect to the Company’s clinical trials and expectations regarding the sufficiency of the Company’s cash balance to fund clinical trials, operating expenses and capital expenditures, and other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “contemplate,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks and uncertainties relating to INOpulse®, the uncertainties inherent in the initiation of future clinical trials, availability and timing of data from ongoing and future clinical trials and the results of such trials, whether preliminary or interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of that trial or whether results of early clinical trials will be indicative of the results of later clinical trials, expectations for regulatory approvals, the FDA’s substantial discretion in the approval process, availability of funding sufficient for our foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Bellerophon’s views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any subsequent date. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements included in this press release.

Contacts

LifeSci Advisors:

Brian Ritchie

(212) 915-2578

britchie@lifesciadvisors.com

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Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

    

September 30, 2021

    

December 31, 2020

Assets

 

  

 

  

Current assets:

 

  

 

  

Cash and cash equivalents

$

28,714

$

47,557

Restricted cash

 

103

 

103

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

898

 

420

Total current assets

 

29,715

 

48,080

Restricted cash, non-current

 

300

 

300

Right of use assets, net

 

1,026

 

1,504

Property and equipment, net

 

88

 

169

Other non-current assets

186

186

Total assets

$

31,315

$

50,239

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

  

 

  

Current liabilities:

 

  

 

  

Accounts payable

$

1,278

$

3,725

Accrued research and development

 

1,314

 

3,699

Accrued expenses

 

1,795

 

2,305

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

740

 

704

Total current liabilities

 

5,127

 

10,433

Long term operating lease liabilities

 

396

 

956

Common stock warrant liability

 

1

 

601

Total liabilities

 

5,524

 

11,990

Commitments and contingencies

 

  

 

  

Stockholders' equity:

 

  

 

  

Common stock, $0.01 par value per share; 200,000,000 shares authorized and 9,506,419 and 9,491,111 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

 

95

 

95

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized, zero shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

253,671

 

252,645

Accumulated deficit

 

(227,975)

 

(214,491)

Total stockholders' equity

 

25,791

 

38,249

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

31,315

$

50,239

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Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Operations

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

2021

    

2020

Operating expenses:

Research and development

$

3,030

$

6,065

$

9,853

$

11,754

General and administrative

 

1,773

 

2,196

 

6,035

 

6,376

Total operating expenses

 

4,803

 

8,261

 

15,888

 

18,130

Loss from operations

 

(4,803)

 

(8,261)

 

(15,888)

 

(18,130)

Change in fair value of common stock warrant liability

 

167

 

319

 

600

 

(768)

Interest and other income, net

 

2

 

9

 

4

 

50

Pre-tax loss

 

(4,634)

 

(7,933)

 

(15,284)

 

(18,848)

Income tax benefit

 

 

 

1,800

 

2,125

Net loss

$

(4,634)

$

(7,933)

$

(13,484)

$

(16,723)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Basic

 

9,506,419

 

9,491,111

 

9,501,428

 

7,228,349

Diluted

 

9,506,419

 

9,491,111

 

9,501,428

 

7,228,349

Net loss per share:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Basic

$

(0.49)

$

(0.84)

$

(1.42)

$

(2.31)

Diluted

$

(0.49)

$

(0.84)

$

(1.42)

$

(2.31)

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Ticker: BLPH
CIK: 1600132
Form Type: 8-K Corporate News
Accession Number: 0001600132-21-000053
Submitted to the SEC: Mon Nov 15 2021 9:02:13 AM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Mon Nov 15 2021
Period: Monday, November 15, 2021
Industry: Pharmaceutical Preparations
Events:
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