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

Company reported positive initial clinical data for QRX003 from first six evaluable subjects in ongoing open-label Netherton Syndrome study with positive benefits observed across a number of clinical endpoints

Eligibility age for enrollment into both studies has been lowered to fourteen years and older

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

Quoin expects its cash runway will extend into the second half of 2025 following $6.5 million offering on March 5th

Cash Runway to be further extended by $8 million Equity Line of Credit arrangement signed January 25, 2024

ASHBURN, Va., March 13, 2024 (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 and year ended December 31, 2023.

Quoin CEO, Dr. Michael Myers, said, “2023 marked another year of significant progress for Quoin and for the development of QRX003 for the treatment of Netherton Syndrome. Notably, we released initial positive data from our open label clinical study, representing a first for the very underserved Netherton community. That progress has continued, and based on the strength of the initial positive clinical data, we implemented a number of important protocol changes that we believe could lead to a more streamlined development program overall.

“We have also strengthened our balance sheet through the recently completed $6.5 million capital raise and we have the capacity to further solidify our cash position via the $8.0 million equity line of credit transaction we entered into earlier this year, once shareholder approval is received. We continue to believe that Quoin is in position to deliver the first approved treatment for this terrible disease.”

Recent Corporate Highlights –

  • On March 4th, Quoin announced FDA Clearance to recruit teen subjects into both ongoing Netherton Syndrome clinical studies.
  • On February 8th, 2024, Quoin filed U.S. and International patent applications for a novel Netherton Syndrome combination product.
  • On December 13th, Quoin announced FDA clearance of the Clinical Optimization Plan for QRX003 for Netherton Syndrome
  • 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 reported that their pruritus, or itch, was either negligible or absent 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 at the completion of 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.

Financial Highlights

  • Quoin had approximately $10.7 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2023. This does not include the proceeds from the $6.5 million public offering of common shares that the company announced on March 5, 2024, nor the anticipated proceeds from the $8 million equity line of credit transaction which was entered into in January of this year. Implementation of this remains subject to shareholder approval.
  • Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 was approximately $2.0 million compared to approximately $2.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2022. Net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 was $8.7 million compared to $9.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022.
  • 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 and for the period ended December 31, 2023.

Quoin will host a conference call and webcast at 8:30am ET on Thursday, March 14, 2024. The call will include a discussion of fourth quarter and full year 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 live and archived webcast of the call will also be available on the Quoin Pharmaceuticals website under the Investors section or by following this link: https://event.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=ZmehVyN5

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. All statements that reflect the Company’s expectations, assumptions, projections, beliefs, or opinions about the future, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company’s expected cash runway, the belief that certain protocol changes could lead to a more streamlined development program and the belief that the Company is in a position to deliver the first approved treatment for Netherton Syndrome. 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, 2023 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

-Tables Follow-


Consolidated Balance Sheets

   December 31,   December 31,
   2023   2022 
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $2,401,198  $2,860,628 
Investments  8,293,663   9,992,900 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  591,034   516,584 
Total current assets  11,285,895   13,370,112 
Prepaid expenses - long term  300,000   383,390 
Intangible assets, net  583,334   704,561 
Total assets $12,169,229  $14,458,063 
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $526,523  $605,600 
Accrued expenses  1,308,706   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  3,581,480   3,527,556 
Due to officers - long term  2,923,733   3,523,733 
Total liabilities $6,505,213  $7,051,289 
Commitments and contingencies    
Shareholders' equity:    
Ordinary shares, no par value per share, 100,000,000 and 8,333,334 ordinary shares authorized at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively - 987,220 (987,220 ADS's) $-  $- 
ordinary shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 403,887    
(403,887 ADS's) at December 31, 2022    
Treasury stock,  -   (2,932,000)
-0- ordinary shares issued at December 31, 2023 and 45 ordinary shares issued at December 31, 2022    
Additional paid in capital  51,867,336   47,855,521 
Accumulated deficit  (46,203,320)  (37,516,747)
Total shareholders' equity  5,664,016   7,406,774 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $12,169,229  $14,458,063 


Consolidated Statements of Operations

  Years Ended December 31,  Three months ended December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
 (Audited) (Audited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Operating expenses       
General and administrative$6,070,517  $6,584,868  $1,385,276  $1,472,866 
Research and development 3,307,987   2,672,836   832,391   613,067 
Total operating expenses 9,378,504   9,257,704   2,217,667   2,085,933 
Other (income) and expenses       
Forgiveness of accounts payable -   (416,000)  -   - 
Warrant liability (income) expense -   (77,237)  -   - 
Unrealized loss (gain) 2,683   (1,307)  (9,243)  (4,360)
Realized and accrued interest income (694,614)  (95,745)  (158,546)  (80,613)
Interest and financing expense -   714,081   -   - 
Total other (income) expense (691,931)  123,792   (167,789)  (84,973)
Net loss$(8,686,573) $(9,381,496) $(2,049,878) $(2,000,960)
Deemed dividend on warrant modification -   (65,266)  -   - 
Net loss attributable to shareholders$(8,686,573) $(9,446,762) $(2,049,878) $(2,000,960)
Loss per ADS       
Basic$(9.64) $(46.81) $(2.08) $(4.95)
Fully-diluted$(9.64) $(46.81) $(2.08) $(4.95)
Weighted average number of ADS's outstanding       
Basic 900,919   201,826   987,220   403,884 
Fully-diluted 900,919   201,826   987,220   403,884