Quoin Pharmaceuticals Provides Corporate Update and Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results

  • Quoin announced dosing of first patient in double blinded clinical study to evaluate QRX003 for Netherton Syndrome
  • Quoin announced initiation of a second clinical trial to evaluate QRX003 in Netherton Syndrome patients currently receiving off-label systemic therapy
  • Continued advancement of pipeline products with Queensland University of Technology towards potential initiation of clinical testing in 2H 2023
  • Company working with its global distribution partnership network to determine requirements for Early Access Programs participation for QRX003
  • Subsequent to quarter end, Quoin completed a public offering, with aggregate net proceeds of approximately $6 million, further extending its cash runway into 2H 2024

ASHBURN, Va., March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: QNRX) (the “Company” or “Quoin”), a clinical stage, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on rare and orphan diseases, today provides a business update and announces financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2022.

Quoin CEO, Dr. Michael Myers, said, “2022 as a whole was a year of significant progress for Quoin and the fourth quarter continued that trend of operational execution across a number of important metrics. We were very pleased to announce the dosing of the first patient in our ongoing double blinded, placebo controlled study in Netherton Syndrome patients. This study has continued to recruit and dose patients since then and overall interest in participation in the study remains very high.

We were also excited to announce in October our plans to initiate a second clinical trial in Netherton Syndrome patients which we believe further establishes the company’s leadership position related to this disease. Since then, Quoin has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate this study under the Company’s currently open Investigational New Drug (IND). This second study is investigating the safety and efficacy of QRX003 in Netherton Syndrome patients currently receiving off-label systemic therapy, primarily biologic therapy. Both of our clinical studies will be run concurrently with each other and utilize the same investigators and clinical sites, resulting in high levels of operational synergies and cost savings. As this second trial is a single arm, open label study, Quoin will have access to the data, which we look forward to sharing in the coming months. We believe Quoin is the only pharmaceutical company currently conducting two clinical trials in Netherton Syndrome patients under an open IND application.

We also continued to work closely with our 8 partners covering the 60 countries under our current commercial arrangements to determine requirements to advance QRX003 into Compassionate Use or Early Access Programs in the various local markets, in advance of formal regulatory approval. With the anticipated generation of clinical data this year, we are hopeful that this will provide a major step forward towards that goal.

Both of our dermatological rare disease research programs with Queensland University of Technology for treatment of Scleroderma and Netherton Syndrome continue to make progress under the expert scientific guidance of the program coordinators and we are working towards the initiation of clinical testing in Australia for at least one of these programs in 2H 2023.

Finally, last month we completed a public offering of our shares with aggregate net proceeds of approximately $6 million, which further extends our cash runway into 2H 2024.”

Financial Highlights

  • Quoin ended the 2022 year with approximately $12.9 million in cash and marketable securities.
  • Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2022 was approximately $2.0 million. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 was approximately $9.4 million.
  • Investors are encouraged to read the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which will contain additional details about Quoin’s financial results as of December 31, 2022, and for the full year ended December 31, 2022.

About Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a clinical stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products that treat rare and orphan diseases. We are committed to addressing unmet medical needs for patients, their families, communities and care teams. Quoin’s innovative pipeline comprises four products in development that collectively have the potential to target a broad number of rare and orphan indications, including Netherton Syndrome, Peeling Skin Syndrome, Palmoplantar Keratoderma, Scleroderma, Epidermolysis Bullosa and others. For more information, visit: www.quoinpharma.com or LinkedIn for updates.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
The Company cautions that statements in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words referencing future events or circumstances such as “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” and “will,” among others. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company is contained under the heading “Risk Factors” included in the filings the Company has made with the SEC and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 that the Company will file with the SEC. One should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as may be required by law.

For further information, contact:
Investor Relations
PCG Advisory
Stephanie Prince
(646) 863-6341

Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Consolidated Balance Sheets
     December 31, December 31,
      2022   2021 
 Current assets:    
  Cash $2,860,628  $7,482,773 
  Investments  9,992,900   - 
  Prepaid expenses  516,584   715,474 
  Other assets  -   - 
   Total current assets  13,370,112   8,198,247 
  Prepaid expenses - long term  383,390   300,000 
  Intangible assets, net  704,561   808,604 
  Other assets  -   50,000 
   Total assets $14,458,063  $9,356,851 
 Current liabilities:    
  Accounts payable  605,600  $923,239 
  Accrued expenses  1,175,705   1,685,409 
  Accrued license acquisition  -   250,000 
  Accrued interest and financing expense  1,146,251   743,840 
  Due to officers - short term  600,000   600,000 
  Warrant liability  -   373,599 
   Total current liabilities  3,527,556   4,576,087 
  Due to officers - long term  3,523,733   4,123,732 
   Total liabilities $7,051,289  $8,699,819 
  Commitments and contingencies    
 Shareholders’ equity:    
  Ordinary shares, no par value per share, 500,000,000,000 ordinary shares $-  $- 
   authorized - 24,233,024,799 (4,846,605 ADS’s)    
   ordinary shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and    
   3,354,650,799 (670,930 ADS’s) at December 31, 2021    
  Treasury stock, 2,641,693 ordinary shares  (2,932,000)  (2,932,000)
  Additional paid in capital  47,855,521   31,659,017 
  Accumulated deficit  (37,516,747)  (28,069,985)
   Total shareholders’ equity  7,406,774   657,032 
   Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $14,458,063  $9,356,851 

Quoin Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Consolidated Statements of Operations   
     Years Ended December 31,  Three months ended December 31,
      2022   2021    2022   2021 
   (Audited)  (Audited)   (Unaudited)
Operating expenses         
 General and administrative $6,584,868  $4,499,923   $1,472,866  $1,974,557 
 Research and development  2,672,836   1,562,927    613,067   1,006,863 
  Total operating expenses  9,257,704   6,062,850    2,085,933   2,981,420 
Other (income) and expenses         
 Forgiveness of accounts payable  (416,000)  -    -   - 
 Fair value adjustment to convertible notes payable -   1,250,000    -   - 
 Warrant liability (income) expense  (77,237)  12,784,329    -   8,261,485 
 Financing expense  -   275,000    -   - 
 Unrealized income  (1,307)  -    (4,360)  - 
 Interest income  (95,745)  -    (80,613)  - 
 Interest and financing expense  714,081   1,090,409    -   574,133 
  Total other expense  123,792   15,399,738    (84,973)  8,835,618 
Net loss  $(9,381,496) $(21,462,588)  $(2,000,960) $(11,817,038)
 Deemed dividend on warrant modification  (65,266)  -    -   - 
Net loss attributable to shareholders $(9,446,762) $(21,462,588)  $(2,000,960) $(11,817,038)
Loss per ADS         
Loss per ADS         
 Basic  $(3.90) $(67.96)  $(0.41) $(21.70)
 Fully-diluted $(3.90) $(67.96)  $(0.41) $(21.70)
Weighted average number of ADS’s outstanding         
 Basic   2,421,916   315,801    4,846,605   544,547 
 Fully-diluted  2,421,916   315,801    4,846,605   544,547