CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCN) today announced corporate updates including advances in its zagociguat (formerly CY6463) mitochondrial disease program.
The Company previously reported clinical data in adult patients with MELAS* that indicate that zagociguat may have potential as a first-ever therapy for patients with this rare, genetic mitochondrial disease. In Q4 2022, Cyclerion met with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and incorporated feedback from regulatory and mitochondrial disease clinical experts to refine the design of a Phase 2b study to evaluate zagociguat in patients with MELAS. More recently, Cyclerion filed a request with the FDA for Orphan Drug Designation and manufactured drug product to support the Phase 2b study.
Given the significant capital and capabilities necessary to ensure that the Phase 2b study is executed efficiently and with the highest quality, and the currently unfavorable capital market conditions, the Company is actively evaluating the best combination of capital, capabilities, and transactions available to it to advance the development of zagociguat and its other clinical development candidates and to maximize shareholder value.
Cyclerion is working expeditiously to deliver this potential treatment to help address the immense unmet needs of patients with MELAS, a patient population in desperate need of therapies. The Company is also working to develop and execute on the optimal strategy to advance its other wholly-owned assets: CY3018, a next-generation CNS-penetrant sGC stimulator that preferentially targets the brain and has demonstrated a unique pharmacological signature and promising profile for neuropsychiatric diseases, and olinciguat, a vascular-targeted sGC stimulator which has attractive profile in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary diseases, areas where sGC stimulators have previously demonstrated clinical benefit.
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash balance on December 31, 2022 was approximately $13.4 million, as compared to approximately $20.4 million on September 30, 2022.
Research and development expenses were approximately $31.5 million for the full year 2022, as compared to approximately $37.6 million for the full year 2021. The decrease of approximately $6.1 million was driven by decreases of approximately $1.0 million in non-cash stock-based compensation, approximately $0.3 million in salaries and other employee-related expenses, and approximately $6.8 million of facilities and operating costs, partially offset by increases of approximately $2.0 million related to zagociguat and CY3018 external research and development costs.
General and administrative expenses were approximately $14.5 million for the full year 2022, as compared to approximately $20.6 million for the full year 2021. The decrease of approximately $6.1 million was driven by decreases of approximately $2.3 million in non-cash stock-based compensation, approximately $1.0 million in salaries and other employee-related expenses, approximately $2.1 million in facilities and operating costs, and approximately $0.7 million in outside professional and corporate expenses.
Net Loss: Net loss was approximately $44.1 million for the full year 2022, as compared to $51.6 million for the full year 2021.
About Cyclerion Therapeutics Cyclerion Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company on a mission to develop treatments for serious diseases. Cyclerion’s portfolio includes novel sGC stimulators that modulate a key node in a fundamental signaling network in both the CNS and the periphery. The multidimensional pharmacology elicited by the stimulation of sGC has the potential to impact a broad range of diseases. Zagociguat is a CNS-penetrant sGC stimulator that has shown rapid improvements across a range of endpoints reflecting multiple domains of disease activity, including mitochondrial disease-associated biomarkers. CY3018 is a CNS-targeted sGC stimulator in preclinical development that preferentially localizes to the brain and has a pharmacology profile that suggests its potential for the treatment of neuropsychiatric diseases and disorders. Praliciguat is a systemic sGC stimulator that is licensed to Akebia and being advanced in rare kidney disease. Olinciguat is a vascular sGC stimulator that the Company intends to out-license for cardiovascular diseases. For more information about Cyclerion, please visit https://www.cyclerion.com/ and follow us on Twitter (@Cyclerion) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/cyclerion).
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* MELAS (Mitochondrial Encephalopathy, Lactic Acidosis, and Stroke-like episodes syndrome)
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