Matinas BioPharma Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Highlights Recent Progress

EnACT Phase 2 study of MAT2203 in cryptococcal meningitis met its primary endpoint with 95% two-week patient survival in the Cohort 4 all-oral regimen

Phase 3 pivotal trial of MAT2203 for treatment of cryptococcal meningitis to commence Q1 2023

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) chose EnACT as its Outstanding Abstract and IDSA Awardee at IDWeek 2022

Eric J. Ende, MD, MBA appointed as Chairman of the Board effective October 1, 2022, with founding Chairman Herbert J. Conrad remaining as an Independent Director

$33.1 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities at September 30, 2022, sufficient to fund planned operations through 2023

Management to Host Conference Call Today, Wednesday, November 2nd, at 4:30 p.m. ET

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Nov. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE AMER: MTNB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the intracellular delivery of nucleic acids and small molecules with its lipid nanocrystal (LNC) platform delivery technology, today reported financial and operational results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, along with a corporate update.

“Since our last quarter’s reporting, the Company has achieved some very significant milestones, highlighted by our lead, Phase 3-ready asset, MAT2203, successfully completing Phase 2,” commented Jerome D. Jabbour, Chief Executive Officer of Matinas. “Interim EnACT Cohort 4 survival data were recently presented at IDWeek, with results that are simply unprecedented for an oral therapy in this vulnerable patient population. Following this impressive clinical validation of our LNC platform technology, we are aggressively preparing MAT2203 for Phase 3, and remain intently focused on advancing this platform into other areas of significant need, including the intracellular delivery of nucleic acids such as mRNA and other oligonucleotides, as we look ahead to close 2022 in strong fashion.”

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights and Recent Events


  • Interim data from Cohort 4 of the Phase 2 EnACT study (Encochleated Oral Amphotericin for Cryptococcal Meningitis Trial) of MAT2203 (oral amphotericin B) for the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis (CM) were presented at IDWeek in October 2022. As part of IDWeek, the EnACT abstract was the recipient of the Outstanding Abstract and IDSA Awardee by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In the EnACT trial, MAT2203 exceeded the primary endpoint threshold for early fungicidal activity (EFA) of 0.20 log10 CFU/mL/day, with a mean EFA achieved of 0.30 log10 CFU/mL/day with 95% confidence intervals from 0.22 – 0.38.
  • Cohort 4 also yielded key secondary endpoints, including overall survival and safety. For 40 patients receiving MAT2203 treatment, interim overall survival remains at 90% through 18 weeks, while the survival rate at Week 2 was 95% (the primary endpoint for the upcoming Phase 3 registration trial in cryptococcal meningitis). Importantly, the incidence of adverse events relating to kidney function and anemia were significantly lower for MAT2203 compared to the conventional IV amphotericin B standard of care treatment across the entirety of the EnACT trial, with no evidence of kidney toxicity even with up to 6 weeks of oral MAT2203 treatment.
  • The pivotal Phase 3 registration trial of MAT2203 in cryptococcal meningitis is planned to initiate early in the first quarter of 2023 and will assess MAT2203 as step-down therapy following 2 loading doses of IV amphotericin B (similar to EnACT Cohort 2). This open-label randomized trial, which will be partially financially supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), involves a three arm non-inferiority design in approximately 270 persons living with HIV who have cryptococcal meningitis.   The primary endpoint for this Phase 3 study will be 2-week all-cause mortality, with a pooled analysis across the two MAT2203 treatment arms compared with IV amphotericin as the standard of care to support either a 2-week or 6-week treatment of cryptococcal meningitis indication as supported by the data. An adaptive, de-risking design allows for the potential to add additional patients once enrollment has reached 75% to offset unforeseen patient deaths unrelated to study drug. Enrollment is expected to take approximately 18 months, with topline data expected in the second half of 2024.
  • Late-breaking data demonstrating the in vivo efficacy of MAT2203 in treating two strains of mucormycosis (R. delemar and M. circinelloides) in immunosuppressed mice were also presented at IDWeek 2022 by Dr. Ashraf Ibrahim of the Lundquist Institute. The preclinical data with MAT2203 demonstrated a prolonged median survival time, enhanced overall survival, and reduced tissue fungal burden of target organs including lung and brain as compared to AmBisome® (IV amphotericin B), positioning MAT2203 as a potential clinical solution for this deadly invasive fungal infection.

External Collaborations

  • In April 2022, Matinas and BioNTech entered an exclusive research collaboration centered on the combination of Matinas’ proprietary LNC platform technology and BioNTech mRNA formats. The Companies continue their collaborative formulation work on multiple nucleic acids, ultimately directed toward planned preclinical in vitro and in vivo testing. The parties remain in advanced discussions for a potential option to license the LNC platform for various nucleic acid applications.

Appointment of Eric Ende MD, MBA to Chairman of the Board of Directors

In September 2022, the Company also announced the unanimous appointment of board member, Eric J. Ende, to succeed Herbert J. Conrad as Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2022. Mr. Conrad, the founding Chairman of Matinas, remains on the Board as an independent director of the Company. Dr. Ende joined the Company’s Board of Directors in March 2017.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at September 30, 2022, were approximately $33.1 million, compared to $49.6 million at December 31, 2021. Based on current projections, the Company believes that cash on hand is sufficient to fund planned operations through 2023.

For the third quarter of 2022, net loss attributable to common shareholders was $5.5 million, or a net loss of $0.03 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $6.8 million, or a net loss of $0.03 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period in 2021. The reduced loss resulted from the Company recording $1.1 million in revenue from its research collaboration with BioNTech SE, along with a slight decrease in operating expenses year over year.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

The Company will host a live conference call and webcast to discuss these results today, November 2, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To participate in the call, please dial 888-609-1607 (Toll-Free) or (862) 298-0702 (Toll). The live webcast will be accessible on the Investors section of Matinas’ website,, and archived for 90 days.

About Matinas BioPharma

Matinas BioPharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the intracellular delivery of nucleic acids and small molecules with its lipid nanocrystal (LNC) platform technology. The Company is developing its own internal portfolio of products as well as partnering with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop novel formulations that capitalize on the unique characteristics of the LNC platform.

Preclinical and clinical data have demonstrated that this novel technology can provide solutions to many of the challenges in achieving safe and effective intracellular delivery, for both small molecules and larger, more complex molecules, such as mRNA, DNA plasmids, antisense oligonucleotides, and vaccines. The combination of a unique mechanism of action and flexibility with formulation and route of administration (including oral), positions Matinas’ LNC technology to potentially become the preferred next-generation intracellular drug delivery vehicle with distinct advantages over both lipid nanoparticles and viral vectors.

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 our business activities, our strategy and plans, our ongoing research collaboration with BioNTech and any potential license of the LNC platform technology, the potential of our LNC platform delivery technology, and the future development of its product candidates, including MAT2203, MAT2501, the anticipated timing of regulatory submissions, the anticipated timing of clinical studies, the anticipated timing of regulatory interactions, 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 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.

Matinas BioPharma Holdings Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
          September 30, 2022 December 31, 2021
          (Unaudited) (Audited)
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,175,838   $ 21,029,806  
  Marketable debt securities     21,875,015     28,592,049  
  Restricted cash - security deposit   50,000     50,000  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,997,798     1,321,466  
    Total current assets     37,098,651     50,993,321  
Non-current assets:            
  Leasehold improvements and equipment - net   2,144,102     1,537,728  
  Operating lease right-of-use assets - net   3,742,019     4,218,890  
  Finance lease right-of-use assets - net   7,026     22,270  
  In-process research and development   3,017,377     3,017,377  
  Goodwill       1,336,488     1,336,488  
  Restricted cash - security deposit   200,000     200,000  
    Total non-current assets   10,447,012     10,332,753  
    Total assets $ 47,545,663   $ 61,326,074  
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 656,717   $ 938,270  
  Accrued expenses     3,696,932     2,850,888  
  Operating lease liabilities - current   540,076     538,546  
  Financing lease liabilities - current   7,860     21,039  
    Total current liabilities     4,901,585     4,348,743  
Non-current liabilities:            
  Deferred tax liability     341,265     341,265  
  Operating lease liabilities - net of current portion   3,683,949     4,140,387  
  Financing lease liabilities - net of current portion   -     2,621  
    Total non-current liabilities   4,025,214     4,484,273  
    Total liabilities         8,926,799     8,833,016  
Stockholders' equity:            
  Common stock   21,685     21,627  
  Additional paid-in capital     188,529,404     184,251,138  
  Accumulated deficit     (148,996,657 )   (131,634,208 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (935,568 )   (145,499 )
    Total stockholders' equity   38,618,864     52,493,058  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 47,545,663   $ 61,326,074  

Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
  Research and development $ 1,062,500     $ -     $ 2,125,000     $ 33,333  
Costs and expenses:                      
  Research and development   3,706,828       4,621,255       12,811,462       10,343,451  
  General and administrative   2,818,252       2,256,689       8,423,868       7,710,625  
  Total costs and expenses   6,525,080       6,877,944       21,235,330       18,054,076  
Loss from operations   (5,462,580 )     (6,877,944 )     (19,110,330 )     (18,020,743 )
Sale of New Jersey net operating loss & tax credits   -       -       1,734,133       1,328,470  
Other income, net   988       41,394       13,748       108,298  
Net loss $ (5,461,592 )   $ (6,836,550 )   $ (17,362,449 )   $ (16,583,975 )
Preferred stock series B accumulated dividends   -       -       -       (395,799 )
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (5,461,592 )     (6,836,550 )   $ (17,362,449 )   $ (16,979,774 )
Net loss available for common shareholders per share - basic and diluted $ (0.03 )     (0.03 )   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.08 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   216,864,526       215,179,949       216,792,083       208,130,431  
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax                      
  Unrealized loss on securities available-for-sale   (181,152 )     (52,837 )     (790,069 )     (229,766 )
  Other comprehensive loss, net of tax   (181,152 )     (52,837 )     (790,069 )     (229,766 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to shareholders $ (5,642,744 )   $ (6,889,387 )   $ (18,152,518 )   $ (16,813,741 )

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