Quoin Pharmaceuticals Provides Corporate Update and Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Company reported positive clinical data for QRX003 from first six evaluable subjects in ongoing open-label Netherton Syndrome study

Positive benefits were observed across a number of clinical endpoints including pruritus, Investigator skin scoring system and patient global assessment

No safety concerns have been observed to date in either ongoing clinical study

Quoin expects its cash runway will extend through the end of 2024

ASHBURN, Va., Nov. 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 quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Quoin CEO, Dr. Michael Myers, said, “While still early-stage, we are extremely excited by the positive clinical data generated to date across a number of endpoints from our ongoing open-label clinical study in Netherton Syndrome patients. We are particularly pleased with the pruritus results observed for five of the six subjects evaluated. Given the overall strong efficacy data and the exemplary safety profile demonstrated thus far, we are moving into an optimization phase for both of our Netherton Syndrome studies, which we believe could lead to an even more robust clinical data set.”

Corporate Highlights –

  • On October 24th, Quoin announced positive clinical data from the first six evaluable patients in the company’s open-label clinical trial in Netherton Syndrome patients.
  • Five of the six subjects evaluated had negligible or absent pruritus, or itch, following treatment with QRX003, a significant improvement from prior to the study.
  • All six subjects exhibited improvement in the Investigator assessed skin scoring system with three subjects showing improvement throughout the study and the other three at various points during the study.
  • All six subjects expressed a favorable impression of QRX003 across multiple assessed metrics.
  • No safety concerns have been reported to date for any subject in either of Quoin’s studies.
  • Company plans to further optimize its clinical program by making a number of protocol amendments including: eliminating the lower 2% dose in the double blinded study, changing the dosing frequency to twice-daily from once-daily and increasing the number of subjects in both studies.
  • Company secured long term, exclusive supply of the only fully GMP grade active ingredient in QRX003.
  • On September 6th, Quoin signed its ninth commercial agreement for QRX003, increasing the number of partnered countries to sixty-one.

Financial Highlights

  • Quoin had approximately $14.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2023.
  • Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 was approximately $2.1 million compared to approximately $2.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, and net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 was $7.2 million compared to $7.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.
  • Investors are encouraged to read the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which will contain additional details about Quoin’s financial results as of and for the period ended September 30, 2023.

Quoin will host a conference call and webcast at 8:30am ET on Thursday, November 9, 2023. The call will include a discussion of third quarter 2023 financial results and a corporate update. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-603-0527 (domestic) or 1-412-317-0688 (international). The call webcast will be available at: https://event.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=sPhSaNGJ.

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 Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 that the Company filed 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. 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:

PCG Advisory
Stephanie Prince
(646) 863-6341

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Consolidated Balance Sheets

     September 30, December 31, 
      2023   2022  
 Current assets:     
  Cash and cash equivalents $3,163,426  $2,860,628  
  Investments  10,818,051   9,992,900  
  Prepaid expenses  159,851   516,584  
   Total current assets  14,141,328   13,370,112  
  Prepaid expenses - long term  300,000   383,390  
  Intangible assets, net  626,529   704,561  
   Total assets $15,067,857  $14,458,063  
 Current liabilities:     
  Accounts payable $239,978  $605,600  
  Accrued expenses  2,594,199   1,175,705  
  Accrued interest and financing expense  1,146,251   1,146,251  
  Due to officers - short term  600,000   600,000  
   Total current liabilities  4,580,428   3,527,556  
  Due to officers - long term  3,073,733   3,523,733  
   Total liabilities $7,654,161  $7,051,289  
  Commitments and contingencies     
 Shareholders' equity:     
  Ordinary shares, no par value per share, 8,333,334 ordinary shares     
   authorized - 987,220 (987,220 ADS's) ordinary shares issued and outstanding at    
   September 30, 2023 and 403,887 (403,887 ADS's) at December 31, 2022 $-  $-  
  Treasury stock, 45 ordinary shares  (2,932,000)  (2,932,000) 
  Additional paid in capital  54,499,138   47,855,521  
  Accumulated deficit  (44,153,442)  (37,516,747) 
   Total shareholders' equity  7,413,696   7,406,774  
   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $15,067,857  $14,458,063  


Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

     Nine months ended September 30, Three months ended September 30,
      2023   2022    2023   2022 
Operating expenses         
 General and administrative $4,685,241  $5,112,002   $1,366,464  $1,582,059 
 Research and development  2,475,596   2,059,769    758,759   745,506 
  Total operating expenses  7,160,837   7,171,771    2,125,223   2,327,565 
Other (income) and expenses         
 Forgiveness of accounts payable  -   (416,000)   -   - 
 Warrant liability (income) expense  -   (77,237)   -   - 
 Unrealized loss (gain)  11,926   3,053    (2,119)  3,053 
 Interest income  (536,068)  (15,132)   (196,425)  (15,132)
 Interest and financing expense  -   714,081    -   714,081 
  Total other (income) expense  (524,142)  208,765    (198,544)  702,002 
Net loss  $(6,636,695) $(7,380,536)  $(1,926,679) $(3,029,567)
 Deemed dividend on warrant modification  -   (65,266)   -   (65,266)
Net loss attributable to shareholders $(6,636,695) $(7,445,802)  $(1,926,679) $(3,094,833)
Loss per ADS         
Loss per ADS         
 Basic  $(7.61) $(55.79)  $(1.95) $(11.28)
 Fully-diluted $(7.61) $(55.79)  $(1.95) $(11.28)
Weighted average number of ADS's outstanding         
 Basic   871,835   133,450    987,220   274,317 
 Fully-diluted  871,835   133,450    987,220   274,317