Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ:OMER), a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing both small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies and disorders of the central nervous system, today announced recent highlights and developments as well as financial results for the third quarter of 2015, which include:
- Omidria® (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1% / 0.3% units shipped by wholesalers (“sell-through”) during Q3 increased 71% from prior quarter with no change to net revenue per vial sold from prior quarter
- Revenues of $3.3 million, $3.2 million of which resulted from net product sales of Omidria with minimal quarter-end wholesaler inventory levels
- Net loss of $19.9 million, or $0.53 per share, which included $2.7 million ($0.07 per share) of non-cash expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2015
- Converting Omidria sales force from a contracted to an in-house organization
- Received Fast Track Designation from FDA for OMS721 in the treatment of aHUS and reported additional positive data in the OMS721 Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs)
- Positive data in a patient with hematopoietic stem cell transplant-related TMA treated with OMS721; currently expanding clinical trials to include IgA nephropathy and other complement-related renal disorders
- Resuming previously suspended OMS824 Huntington’s clinical program following review of submitted data by and authorization from FDA
“The clinical acceptance of Omidria is strong and, throughout the third quarter, we continue to expand broadly reimbursement for Omidria across both government and commercial payers,” saidGregory A. Demopulos, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Omeros. “With the fourth-quarter introduction of OMIDRIAssure™, we have now expanded access to all cataract surgery patients and have ensured that physicians and facilities can provide the benefits of Omidria to their patients without coverage or reimbursement concerns. Quarterly and monthly unit-sales growth rates are high and that trend has continued into the fourth quarter, with Omidria sales revenue now more than covering Omidria-related sales, marketing and manufacturing costs and providing funding for pipeline development. OMS721 has continued to generate positive data in the Phase 2 TMA program, and we are expanding clinical indications beginning with IgA nephropathy and then moving to additional lectin-mediated disorders. With Omidria sales increasing, the OMS721 program expanding, OMS824 headed back to the clinic and the rest of the pipeline advancing, the rest of this year and 2016 promise to be exciting.”
Third Quarter and Recent Highlights and Developments
- Omeros is in the process of hiring as employees field sales representatives currently supplied by Ventiv Commercial Services, LLC (inVentiv), effective January 1, 2016, and will continue to receive back-office sales management and systems support from inVentiv on a month-to-month basis.
- OMS721 received Fast Track Designation from the FDA for the treatment of patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The FDA’s Fast Track program facilitates the development of drugs intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and that have the potential to address unmet medical needs.
- In August 2015, Omeros announced positive data from the mid- and high-dose cohorts in the dose-ranging stage of its Phase 2 clinical trial of OMS721 for the treatment of TMAs with consistent and robust improvement in efficacy measures. OMS721 was well tolerated by all patients in all dosing cohorts throughout the treatment periods. Chronic preclinical toxicity studies have been completed and demonstrated no safety concerns, allowing chronic dosing in clinical trials. Additional patients were enrolled in the high-dose cohort and the fixed-dose stage of the Phase 2 clinical trial is expected to continue in 2016. The company is preparing to discuss Phase 3 trial design with FDA later this year or in the early part of 2016. In addition, investigator-requested compassionate use for OMS721 continues to be available to European patients with aHUS for whom it has been and will be requested. Based on the positive efficacy and safety data in TMAs, Omeros is currently expanding clinical trials to evaluate OMS721 in IgA nephropathy and other complement-related renal disorders.
- In our Phase 2 clinical trial of OMS721 for the treatment of TMAs, an additional patient in the high-dose cohort of the dose-ranging stage has completed dosing. This patient has a history of lymphoma for which he underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). His post-transplant course has been complicated by a number of life-threatening disorders, including platelet transfusion-requiring TMA. Despite transfusions, the patient’s TMA persisted and he was enrolled in our OMS721 Phase 2 trial. Following the four-week dosing period, platelet count quadrupled, resulting in a count of more than 100,000; haptoglobin level more than doubled and was normal; plasma lactate dehydrogenase level, a measure of damage within blood vessels, decreased by 35 percent but still above normal; and schistocyte (i.e., fragmented red blood cell) count remained at only one. Throughout dosing with OMS721 and since completing OMS721 treatment, the patient has not required platelet transfusions or plasmapheresis.
- Clinical trials evaluating OMS824 in Huntington’s were previously suspended at the request of the FDA. Recently, based on review of our submission of requested data, the FDA notified us that we are permitted to resume clinical trials in our Huntington’s program, with dosing limitations. The dosing limitations are subject to removal pending submission and FDA review of additional information. We are moving forward with the Huntington’s program and will generate additional data for further discussion with the FDA. Given that there was no active schizophrenia trial at the time of program suspension, the FDA will address the OMS824 schizophrenia program when we have a related trial protocol ready for initiation.
- To ensure that patients, surgeons and facilities can access the benefits of Omidria, Omerosintroduced the OMIDRIAssure™ Reimbursement Services Program in the fourth quarter with comprehensive reimbursement services including the “Equal Access” Patient Assistance Program for financially eligible government-insured and uninsured patients and the “We Pay the Difference” Commercial Reimbursement Program for patients with insufficient commercial insurance to cover the cost of Omidria.
- In October 2015 Omeros entered into an agreement with Apexus, LLC, an authorized 340B prime vendor, entitling its customers to purchase Omidria from Omeros’ wholesalers at a greater discount (i.e., sub-340B/sub-WAC) than those offered under the company’s PHSA Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement. Omeros has confirmed reimbursement coverage for Omidria from one-hundred percent (100%) of Medicare Administrative Contractors and 145 million of the 155 million lives represented by the top 30 commercial insurance payers as well as from AARP, USAA, TRICARE and Blue Cross/Blue Shield regional plans.
- As noted in Omeros’ second quarter 2015 earnings release, the European Commission (EC) approved Omidria for use in cataract surgery and lens replacement procedures to maintain mydriasis (pupil dilation), prevent miosis (pupil constriction) and to reduce postoperative eye pain. Decisions about price and reimbursement for Omidria are made on a country-by-country basis and will be required before marketing may occur in a particular country. The company plans to enter into one or more partnerships for the marketing and distribution of Omidria in the EU, the timing of which depends on numerous factors, including domestic sales of Omidria.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, revenue was $3.3 million, including $3.2 million of Omidria product sales. Omidria units shipped by the company’s wholesalers during the third quarter increased by 71% from the prior quarter based on data received from wholesalers. Net revenue per vial sold, including all gross-to-net adjustments, remained unchanged from the second quarter. Wholesaler buying patterns in the third quarter are responsible for the significant difference between reported revenues and wholesaler units shipped to ASCs and hospitals, with wholesalers at the end of the quarter holding minimal inventory. The increase in units shipped by the wholesalers reflects growth in customer base, order frequency and average order size.
Total costs and expenses, including noncash expenses, for the three months ended September 30, 2015 were $22.6 million compared to $17.3 million for the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to expenses related to sales and marketing costs for the U.S. commercial launch of Omidria and increased research and development activities related to OMS721.
For the three months ended September 30, 2015, Omeros reported a net loss of $19.9 million, or$0.53 per share, which included noncash expenses of $2.7 million ($0.07 per share). This compares to a net loss of $18.3 million, or $0.54 per share, for the same period in 2014, which included noncash expenses of $2.6 million ($0.08 per share).
At September 30, 2015, Omeros had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $35.0 million. (Original Source)
Shares of Omeros are down 4.20% to $13.00 in after hours trading. OMER has a 1-year high of $30.23 and a 1-year low of $10.48. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $12.51 and its 200-day moving average is $16.81.
On the ratings front, Omeros has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on August 31, Needham analyst Serge Belanger maintained a Buy rating on OMER, with a price target of $32, which represents a potential upside of 134.4% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on August 18, Maxim Group’s Jason Kolbert maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $30.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Serge Belanger and Jason Kolbert have a total average return of 24.6% and -14.6% respectively. Belanger has a success rate of 59.1% and is ranked #416 out of 3829 analysts, while Kolbert has a success rate of 29.4% and is ranked #3825.
Overall, 6 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $56.00 which is 310.3% above where the stock opened today.
Omeros Corp is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for inflammation, coagulopathies and disorders of the central nervous system.