Matinas BioPharma Reports 2017 First Quarter Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

– Announced positive topline data from initial study in Phase 1 program for MAT2501 –

– Company on track to report interim Phase 2 data of MAT2203 for mucocutaneous candidiasis and topline data of MAT2203 Phase 2 study for vulvovaginal candidiasis in June 2017 –

BEDMINSTER, N.J., May 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT:MTNB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative anti-infectives for orphan indications, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

The Company also reviewed the progress of its lead anti-infective products in development, MAT2203, an orally administered, encochleated formulation of amphotericin B (a broad spectrum fungicidal agent), and MAT2501, an orally administered, encochleated formulation of the broad spectrum aminoglycoside antibiotic, amikacin, to treat gram-negative bacterial infections and other intercellular bacterial infections.

“We have made notable, fundamental progress in the first quarter of 2017 on the corporate and clinical fronts. With our recent commencement of trading on the NYSE MKT, the successful completion of a warrant tender offer that strengthened our balance sheet, and key appointments of Dr. Ende to our board of directors and Dominick DiPaolo as SVP of Quality and Regulatory compliance, I believe that Matinas is positioned for great advancements this year,” said Roelof Rongen, Chief Executive Officer. “We remain focused on the progression of our MAT2203 and MAT2501 clinical programs, and look forward to announcing interim results and topline data in June, which we believe have the potential to provide important validation of our cochleate platform technology broadly.”



MAT2203: orally-administered, encochleated amphotericin B, a broad spectrum fungicidal agent, currently in Phase 2 clinical studies for the treatment of refractory mucocutaneous candidiasis and vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC)

MAT2501: orally-administered, encochleated amikacin, a broad spectrum aminoglycoside antibiotic agent, with a lead chronic indication for treatment of non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections


  • NIH to report interim results from the open-label, NIH-sponsored Phase 2a clinical study of MAT2203 in immunocompromised patients on June 3, 2017 at ASM Microbe 2017 in New Orleans;
  • Report topline results from the ongoing Phase 2 study of MAT2203 in VVC in June 2017;
  • Commence tolerability/PK study of MAT2203 in patients with a hematologic malignancy in Q3 2017 to position this lead product candidate for a pivotal study in this population; and
  • Commence multiple ascending dose PK/tolerability study of MAT2501 in healthy volunteers.


For the three months ended March 31, 2017, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of approximately $21.2 million, or a net loss share basic and diluted of $0.25, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of approximately $2.2 million, or a net loss per share basic and diluted of $0.04, for the three months ended March 31, 2016. The net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 is primarily attributable to an inducement charge from the exercise of warrants and also includes the ongoing research and development activities related to the Company’s MAT2203 antifungal and MAT2501 antibacterial product candidates as well as the costs associated with operating as a public company. The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of approximately $15.8 million.

Based on Management’s current projections, the Company believes that cash on hand is sufficient to fund operations into June 2018.

 Matinas BioPharma Holdings Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
    March 31,     December 31,  
CURRENT ASSETS                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 15,834,798     $ 4,105,451  
Restricted cash     155,636       155,610  
Prepaid expenses     803,039       304,427  
Total current assets     16,793,473       4,565,488  
Equipment - net     344,158       356,143  
In-process research and development     3,017,377       3,017,377  
Goodwill     1,336,488       1,336,488  
Other assets including long term security deposit     540,145       540,845  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 22,031,641     $ 9,816,341  
Accounts payable   $ 1,247,487     $ 475,602  
Note payable     47,218       118,046  
Accrued expenses     471,501       829,724  
Unearned revenue     164,656       -  
Deferred rent liability     11,744       11,485  
Lease liability     10,134       9,936  
Total current liabilities     1,952,740       1,444,793  
Deferred tax liability     1,205,141       1,205,141  
Lease liability - net of current portion     13,837       16,446  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     3,171,718       2,666,380  
Commitments     -       -  
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Convertible preferred stock, stated value $5.00 per share, 1,600,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, 1,590,000 and 1,600,0000 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 respectively (liquidation preference – $7,950,000 at March 31, 2017)     6,048,310       6,086,350  
Common stock par value $0.0001 per share, 250,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 90,985,192 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017; 58,159,495 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016     9,098       5,817  
Additional paid in capital     52,478,342       36,237,504  
Accumulated deficit     (39,675,827 )     (35,179,710 )
Total stockholders' equity     18,859,923       7,149,961  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 22,031,641     $ 9,816,341  
 The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2017     2016  
Contract research revenue   $ 14,969     $ -  
Costs and Expenses:                
Research and development     2,384,218       921,711  
General and administrative     2,117,975       1,315,777  
Total costs and expenses     4,502,193       2,237,488  
Loss from operations     (4,487,224 )     (2,237,488 )
Other income/(expense), net     (8,893 )     (7,122 )
Net loss   $ (4,496,117 )   $ (2,244,610 )
Inducement charge from exercise of warrants     (16,741,356 )     -  
Net loss attributable to common shareholders   $ (21,237,473 )   $ (2,244,610 )
Net loss available for common shareholders per share - basic and diluted   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.04 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding: basic and diluted     84,595,597       57,287,955  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

About MAT2203

MAT2203 is an orally-administered, encochleated formulation of amphotericin B (a broad spectrum fungicidal agent). Little to no clinical resistance has been reported to date with amphotericin B as compared to the rapidly emerging drug resistance seen in other antifungal therapies. Currently, IV-only administered amphotericin B is the only broad spectrum fungicidal available but its IV-delivery results in significant treatment-limiting side effects, including nephrotoxicity. The ability to provide amphotericin B orally using our proprietary and novel oral formulation may offer a new and promising alternative for patients and doctors. Currently, there are two Phase 2 studies underway with MAT2203. The first is an open-label Phase 2a NIH/NIAID-sponsored clinical study with MAT2203 in immunocompromised patients with refractory mucocutaneous candidiasis. The second is a Phase 2 study of MAT2203 in patients with vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC). Data from both studies is expected to be announced in June of 2017. The FDA has designated MAT2203 as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) for the treatment of invasive candidiasis and the treatment of aspergillosis, as well as for the prevention of invasive fungal infections due to immunosuppressive therapy. MAT2203 is also being explored for treatment of additional anti-fungal indications and may have the potential for Orphan Drug Designation in certain of these indications.

About MAT2501

MAT2501 is an orally-administered, encochleated formulation of the broad spectrum IV-only aminoglycoside antibiotic agent amikacin, which utilizes the Company’s proprietary, lipid-crystal, nanoparticle delivery technology. Amikacin is currently used to treat different types of chronic and acute bacterial infections, including non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections and various multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacterial infections. IV-administered amikacin is associated with major side effects including nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity (permanent loss of hearing). MAT2501 is specifically designed to provide targeted delivery of the potent antibiotic amikacin while providing a significantly improved safety and tolerability profile. In preclinical studies MAT2501 demonstrated efficacy after oral bioavailability and targeted delivery of amikacin directly to the site of infection in murine models of both pulmonary (lung) and disseminated NTM infections. The FDA has designated MAT2501 as a QIDP and an Orphan Drug for the treatment of NTM infections. The Company intends to initially develop MAT2501 for the treatment of NTM infections and is also exploring the development of MAT2501 for the treatment of a multi-drug resistant, gram negative bacterial infections. The Company recently reported positive topline data from its Phase 1 single ascending dose study in healthy volunteers. If approved, Matinas believes MAT2501 would become the first orally bioavailable aminoglycoside and represent a significant improvement over existing therapies from a treatment and health economic perspective.

About Matinas BioPharma

Matinas BioPharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative anti-infectives for orphan indications. The Company's proprietary, disruptive technology utilizes lipid-crystal nano-particle cochleates to nano-encapsulate existing drugs, making them safer, more tolerable, less toxic and orally bioavailable.

The Company's lead anti-infective product candidates, MAT2203 and MAT2501, position Matinas BioPharma to become a leader in the safe and effective delivery of anti-infective therapies utilizing its proprietary lipid-crystal nano-particle cochleate formulation technology. For more information, please visit and connect with the Company on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

Forward Looking Statements: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those relating to the Company's strategic focus and the future development of its product candidates, including MAT2203 and MAT2501, the anticipated timing of regulatory submissions, the anticipated timing of clinical studies, the Company’s ability to identify and pursue development and partnership opportunities for its products or platform delivery technology on favorable terms, if at all, and the ability to obtain required regulatory approval and other statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "could," "believes," "estimates" and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our ability to obtain additional capital to meet our liquidity needs on acceptable terms, or at all, including the additional capital which will be necessary to complete the clinical trials of our product candidates; our ability to successfully complete research and further development and commercialization of our product candidates; the uncertainties inherent in clinical testing; the timing, cost and uncertainty of obtaining regulatory approvals; our ability to maintain and derive benefit from the Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP), Orphan and/or Fast Track designations for MAT2203 and MAT2501, which does not change the standards for regulatory approval or guarantee regulatory approval on an expedited basis, or at all; our ability to protect the Company's intellectual property; the loss of any executive officers or key personnel or consultants; competition; changes in the regulatory landscape or the imposition of regulations that affect the Company's products; and the other factors listed under "Risk Factors" in our filings with the SEC, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Except as may be required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Matinas BioPharma's product candidates are all in a development stage and are not available for sale or use.

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