VANCOUVER, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or "the Company") (TSX-V: ICO) (OTCQX: ICOTF), today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in Canadian dollars and presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").
"Excellent progress was made in the first quarter with the final eight month patient visit in our iDEAL study," said Andrew Rae, President & CEO of iCo Therapeutics. "We currently expect to announce top line results before the end of the second quarter."
First Quarter 2014 Financial & Operational Highlights
- Completed overnight marketed equity offering of 16,206,483 units for aggregate gross proceeds of $6.75 million.
- Received approval from the Depository Trust Company for its United States trading symbol ICOTF, providing the Company with DTC eligibility.
- Announced the final month eight patient visit in the Phase 2 iDEAL Study evaluating the efficacy and safety of iCo-007 after repeated injections in patients with DME.
Subsequent Events to Quarter End
- Announced a poster presentation by research collaborators at the Association of Research and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2014 Annual Meeting titled "Demographics and Baseline Characteristics of the iDEAL Study: A Randomized, Multi-center, Phase II Study of the safety, Tolerability, and Bioactivity of Repeated Intravitreal Injections of iCO-007 as Monotherapy or in Combination with Ranibizumab or Laser Photocoagulation in the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema with Involvement of the FoveAL Center".
Summary First Quarter 2014 Results
iCo incurred total comprehensive income of $1,365,068 (earnings per share of $0.02) for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to a total comprehensive loss of $(1,790,385) (loss per share of $(0.04)) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, representing an increase of $3,155,453 in comprehensive income. The increase in net comprehensive income is primarily a result of an increase in the carrying value of $1,965,801 for our investment in Immune Pharmaceuticals, as well as a decrease in expenses associated with stock based compensation.
Research and development expenses were $624,891 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to $1,119,044 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, representing a reduction of $494,153. This decrease in research and development expenses is based mainly on reduced expenses associated with the iDEAL study for iCo-007 in diabetic macular edema for Q1 2014.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2014 general and administrative expenses were $365,591 compared to $626,094 for the quarter ending March 31, 2013, representing a decrease of $260,503, primarily as a result of reduced stock based compensation expense.
Liquidity and Outstanding Share Capital
As at March 31, 2014, we had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $7,235,365 compared to $1,903,389 as at December 31, 2013.
As at May 29, 2014, we had an unlimited number of authorized common shares with 84,457,713 common shares issued and outstanding.
For complete financial results, please see our filings at www.sedar.com.
About iCo Therapeutics
iCo Therapeutics in-licenses and redefines existing drug candidates or generics by employing reformulation and delivery technologies for new or expanded use indications. The Company has exclusive worldwide rights to two drug candidates - iCo-007 for Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and iCo-008 for other sight-threatening diseases. iCo-007 is in Phase 2 clinical studies for DME. With Phase 2 clinical history, iCo-008 is targeted for the treatment of keratoconjunctivitis and wet age-related macular degeneration. In addition, iCo holds worldwide rights to an oral drug delivery platform. The first platform candidate is the Oral Amp B Delivery system, utilizing a known anti-fungal drug to treat life-threatening infectious diseases. iCo trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ICO" and the OTCQX under the symbol "ICOTF". For more information, visit the Company website at: www.icotherapeutics.com.
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SOURCE: iCo Therapeutics Inc.
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