Anthera Pharmaceuticals Provides Business Update and Reports 2016 First Quarter Financial Results

May 9, 2016 at 8:38 AM EDT

  • SOLUTION clinical study of Sollpura™ expanded to Europe, Israel and Canada in addition to ongoing US enrollment
  • Craig Thompson named as President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Appointment of Dr. James Pennington to Interim Chief Medical Officer
  • Enrollment of BRIGHT-SC Phase 2 clinical study in IgA Nephropathy completed
  • Bulk manufacturing campaign for blisibimod completed for CHABLIS-7.5

HAYWARD, Calif., May 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ANTH) today provided a business update and reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Recent Developments and Business Highlights:

Sollpura™ (liprotamase) - Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

  • Phase 3 SOLUTION Clinical Study Enrollment open in Europe

    In the first quarter of 2016, we continued further clinical site activation for the Phase 3 SOLUTION clinical study to include four European countries, Israel and Canada. This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of the capsule formulation of Sollpura™ to treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in patients with cystic fibrosis. 

  • SIMPLICITY Clinical Study expected to begin enrollment in Q2 2016
    The SIMPLICITY clinical study will be the first to offer Sollpura™ supplied in a convenient, easy-to-administer packet, which can be mixed with water or apple juice for drinkable dose administration. After an initial cohort of patients older than 7, this study will allow for administration of Sollpura™ powder for oral solution to pediatric patients ranging in age from 28 days to seven years.  For more information on the study, visit

Blisibimod - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus ("SLE")

  • Topline Data from Phase 3 CHABLIS-SC1 Clinical Study 
    We continue to collect and finalize data from the CHABLIS-SC1 study, which will be released later this year.
  • Phase 3 CHABLIS 7.5 Clinical Study to Initiate in Q2 2016
    Following the completion of a bulk drug manufacturing campaign and clinical site activations, the CHABLIS 7.5 study is expected to begin enrollment in Q2 2016.  This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of blisibimod in patients who, despite corticosteroid use, continue to have clinically-active Lupus (SLE) and the presence of anti-double-stranded DNA and low complement which are of known serological markers of lupus. For more information about the CHABLIS 7.5 study, visit  

Blisibimod - IgA Nephropathy

  • Phase 2 BRIGHT-SC Data Planned for Q2 2016
    We plan to conduct a proof-of-concept efficacy analysis of the BRIGHT-SC study when all patients have received a minimum of six months of therapy in Q2. This analysis will examine the effects of blisibimod versus placebo in the proportion of qualifying patients who achieve a complete response or a partial response at six months. As well, the effects of blisibimod on various disease markers will be assessed.  For more information about the BRIGHT-SC study, visit

Management Update

  • On January 7, 2016, we expanded our executive management team with the appointment of Craig Thompson as our President and Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, Mr. Thompson will oversee both our late stage development programs and launch readiness efforts. Mr. Thompson joins Anthera with over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical development and commercialization.  Most recently he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals where he oversaw the development and implementation of the commercial strategy as well as the business development and commercial manufacturing. Prior to Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Thompson served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Trius Therapeutics resulting in the acquisition of Trius by Cubist Pharmaceuticals for over $700 million.

  • On March 7, 2016, our Board appointed Dr. James Pennington as our Interim Chief Medical Officer, effective April 1, 2016.  Dr. Pennington joined Anthera in 2007 and has over 40 years of successful clinical development and commercialization experience including 14 drug approvals and 10 registration ex-US approvals including both small and large molecule therapeutics. Our search for a permanent Chief Medical Officer is progressing well.

Summary of Financial Results

  • Cash Position.  Cash and cash equivalents totaled $38 million as of March 31, 2016, compared to $47 million as of December 31, 2015. The decrease in cash was mainly attributable to research, development and operational expenses during the first quarter of 2016 and in line with our expectations. 
  • Revenues.  License and collaborative revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 totaled $145,000.
  • R&D Expense.  Research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 totaled $9.6 million, compared to $6.0 million in the same period in 2015. The increase is due to higher clinical development expenses of $3.4 million to support our ongoing clinical programs and preparation for two new Phase 3 studies, namely the SIMPLICITY study with Sollpura and the CHABLIS-7.5 study with blisibimod in severe lupus patients, and higher non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $0.2 million recognized during the first quarter of 2016 as a result of a greater number of outstanding and unvested stock options.
  • G&A Expense.  General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 totaled $2.2 million, compared to $1.9 million in the same period in 2015. The increase is due to higher non-cash compensation expense of $0.4 million recognized during the first quarter of 2015 as a result of a greater number of outstanding and unvested stock options.
  • Net Loss.  Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $11.7 million, or $0.29 per basic and diluted share, compared to $7.7 million, or $0.28 per basic and diluted share in the same period in 2015.

About Anthera Pharmaceuticals

Anthera Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat serious and life-threatening diseases, including exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis, lupus, lupus with glomerulonephritis, and IgA nephropathy. Additional information on the Company can be found at

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(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended 
March 31,
 2016 2015     
License revenue$ 139  $  49        
Collaboration revenue  6    196        
Total revenues  145    245         
Operating Expenses:            
Research and development$ 9,624  $  5,995        
General and administrative  2,238    1,907        
Total operating expenses  11,862    7,902        
Loss from operations  (11,717)   (7,657)       
Other Expenses:            
Other income (expense)  (9)   (3)       
Total other income (expense)  (9)   (3)       
Net loss$ (11,726) $ (7,660)       
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:            
Basic and diluted$ (0.29) $ (0.28)       
Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculation: basic and diluted 


(in thousands, except share data)
31, 2016
 December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents$ 37,877  $ 46,951        
Accounts receivable$ -  $ 326        
Total assets$ 38,856  $ 48,125        
Total deferred revenue$ -  $ 138        
Total liabilities, excludes deferred revenue$ 8,036  $  8,330        
Accumulated deficit $ (363,757) $ (352,031)       
Total shareholders' equity$  30,820  $ 39,657        
Common shares outstanding40,486,883 40,004,037       

CONTACT: Nikhil Agarwal of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, or 510-856-5600x5621

Source: Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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