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BioLineRx Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results
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BioLineRx Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

BioLineRx Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results
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BioLineRx Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

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BioLineRx Ltd. has reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Kinneret Savitsky, Ph.D., CEO of BioLineRx, remarked, “We expect some very exciting milestones for our BL-8040 oncology platform in the coming few months. First, we expect to report top-line data, including response rates, from our Phase 2 clinical study for treating relapsed/refractory AML in the fourth quarter of 2015, following the highly encouraging results to date we reported from the dose escalation stage of this study. Additionally, we presented positive safety and efficacy results from our Phase 1 study of BL-8040 as a novel stem cell mobilization treatment at the European Hematology Association conference in June, which supported the use of BL-8040 as a single-agent, single-injection, one-day regimen for the collection and transplantation of stem cells. This is a major improvement over currently available procedures, and the superior composition of the collected cells may offer the potential for better quality grafts and improved transplant outcomes. We look forward to meeting with the FDA in October to discuss the next steps in the clinical development of this program. Based on the outcome of the meeting, we would expect to initiate a Phase 2 study as early as the first quarter of 2016.”

“We are also expanding our BL-8040 platform into multiple hematological indications beyond our primary AML program, which allows us to pursue additional high-potential, unmet medical needs, while at the same time reducing the overall development risk of our platform. In this regard, we have just announced the initiation of a Phase 2 study as a novel consolidation treatment for AML. The Phase 2b study, which is conducted in collaboration with the German Study Alliance Leukemia Group, will examine BL-8040 as part of a second-stage treatment, termed consolidation therapy, to improve outcomes for AML patients who have achieved remission after the standard first-line treatment regimen, called induction therapy. The consolidation therapy is aimed at eliminating the minimal residual disease left in the bone marrow that can lead to relapse. In addition, we are in the final planning stages for additional studies in AML patients with the FLT3-ITD mutation, and for hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome and aplastic anemia, which we expect to initiate by the end of this year.”

Dr. Savitsky continued, “In parallel, we have continued our ongoing dialogue with the EU regulatory authorities to confirm that our novel polymer BL-7010 for treating celiac disease can be developed on the medical device pathway in Europe. Following confirmation of the device pathway, we expect to initiate a pivotal CE Mark registration study for BL-7010 in the fourth quarter of 2015 or beginning of 2016. Currently, we are completing additional non-clinical studies and formulation work to further support advancing and potential approval of BL-7010 in Europe.”

“In addition to our core programs, we were proud to publish the results of our clinical trial for BL-5010, a novel formulation for the non-surgical removal of skin lesions, in The British Journal of Dermatology. Our partner Omega Pharma, now part of Perrigo, plans to submit an application for CE marking for BL-5010 in the third quarter of 2015. Upon potential CE Marking, we would expect the first sales of BL-5010 in Europe to start in 2016.”

Dr. Savitsky concluded, “We continue to pursue various collaboration agreements to maximize the value of our current pipeline assets, including discussions with additional partners for the purpose of monetizing some of our non-core programs. In parallel to our internal pipeline development, we continue to screen potential assets to develop under our strategic partnership with Novartis, and we will provide timely updates on therapeutic candidates selected by Novartis when these promising candidates emerge. Finally, we remain well capitalized to execute on our development program and to achieve significant milestones across our expanded therapeutic pipeline and we look forward to demonstrating our enhanced value proposition over the coming months.”

Financial Results for Quarter Ended June 30, 2015

Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2015 were $2.9 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 4%, compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The small increase resulted primarily from increased spending on BL-8040 in the 2015 period, partially offset by decreased spending on BL-7010, BL-9020 and BL-5010. Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $6.1 million, an increase of $0.6 million, or 11%, compared to $5.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The reason for the increase is similar to the one discussed above in the three-month comparison.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2015 were $0.3 million, substantially similar to the comparable period in 2014. Sales and marketing expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $0.6 million, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 14%, compared to $0.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The decrease resulted primarily from professional fees related to a number of significant business development activities carried out during the six-month period in 2014, which resulted in collaboration and outlicensing agreements later in the year.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2015 were $1.0 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 17%, compared to $0.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The small increase resulted primarily from an increase in salary-related payments. General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $1.8 million, substantially similar to the comparable period in 2014.

The Company’s operating loss for the three months ended June 30, 2015 amounted to $4.2 million, compared with an operating loss of $3.9 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The Company’s operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2015 amounted to $8.5 million, compared with an operating loss of $8.0 million for the corresponding 2014 period.

Net non-operating expenses amounted to $0.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, a change of $1.1 million, compared to net non-operating income of $0.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Non-operating income (expenses) for both periods primarily relates to fair-value adjustments of liabilities on account of the warrants issued in the private and direct placements conducted in February 2012 and 2013. These fair-value adjustments were highly influenced by the Company’s share price at each period end (revaluation date). Net non-operating expenses amounted to $0.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, a change of $2.9 million, compared to net non-operating income of $2.0 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The reason for the decrease is similar to the one discussed above in the three-month comparison.

Net financial income amounted to $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared to net financial expense of $0.4 million for the corresponding 2014 period. Net financial income amounted to $0.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to net financial expense of $0.2 million for the corresponding 2014 period. Net financial income (expenses) for the 2015 period primarily relates to investment income earned on our bank deposits, as well as banking fees. The 2014 period also includes exchange rate differences primarily relating to changes in the USD/NIS exchange rate.

The Company’s net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2015 amounted to $4.8 million, compared with a net loss of $4.1 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The Company’s net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2015 amounted to $9.1 million, compared with a net loss of $6.2 million for the corresponding 2014 period.

The Company held $54.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits as of June 30, 2015.

Net cash used in operating activities was $7.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $7.7 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The $0.5 million decrease in net cash used in operating activities during the six-month period in 2015, compared to the six-month period in 2014, was primarily the result of an increase in trade payables and accruals.

Net cash used in investing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $17.9 million, compared to net cash used in investing activities of $15.5 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The changes in cash flows from investing activities relate primarily to investments in, and maturities of, short-term bank deposits and other investments during the respective periods.

Net cash provided by financing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $28.6 million, compared to net cash provided by financing activities of $22.6 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The cash flows from financing activities primarily reflect the underwritten public offerings of our ADSs in March 2015 and 2014.

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