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Avenue Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

August 11, 2017

NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATXI) (“Avenue”), a Fortress Biotech (NASDAQ:FBIO) Company, today announced financial results and recent corporate highlights for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

“We are thrilled to have completed our initial public offering. The initiation of the Phase 3 bunionectomy trial is planned for the third quarter of 2017, and we anticipate announcing topline data from the study as early as the second quarter of 2018,” said Lucy Lu, MD, Avenue’s Chief Executive Officer.  Dr. Lu continued, “I am also excited to take on an official leadership role at Avenue, and look forward to delivering value for our shareholders.” 

Financial Results:

  • As of June 30, 2017, Avenue’s cash totaled $34.7 million compared to $0.2 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $34.5 million year-to-date.
  • Research and development expenses were $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2016.
  • General and administrative expenses were $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $2.4 million, or $0.70 per share, for the second quarter of 2017. This compares to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.8 million, or $0.28 per share, for the second quarter of 2016. 

Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • In May 2017, Avenue received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new patent application (U.S. Application No. 15/163,111) titled "Intravenous Administration of Tramadol.” The patent application describes and claims a dosing regimen of IV 50 mg tramadol that provides certain pharmacokinetic parameters that are similar to those of 100 mg tramadol HCl administered orally every six hours at a steady state.  Issuance of the patent (U.S. Patent No. 9,693,949) occurred in July 2017. This patent application falls under Avenue’s licensing agreement with Revogenex Ireland Ltd.
  • On June 30, 2017, Avenue completed its initial public offering of 6,325,000 shares of common stock, at a public offering price of $6.00 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $38 million. Avenue’s common stock began trading on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “ATXI”.
  • Also in June 2017, Dr. Lu was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Avenue, a position she held on an interim basis since the company’s inception.

About Avenue Therapeutics 
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc., a Fortress Biotech Company, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of an intravenous formulation of tramadol HCl (“IV tramadol”) for the management of postoperative pain. Avenue is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit   

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain of its subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensings, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended. Such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to our growth strategy and product development programs and any other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could negatively affect our business, operating results, financial condition and stock value. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated include: risks relating to our growth strategy; risks relating to the results of research and development activities; risks relating to the timing of starting and completing clinical trials; our ability to obtain, perform under and maintain financing and strategic agreements and relationships; uncertainties relating to preclinical and clinical testing; our dependence on third-party suppliers; our ability to attract, integrate and retain key personnel; the early stage of products under development; our need for substantial additional funds; government regulation; patent and intellectual property matters; competition; as well as other risks described in our SEC filings. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

($ in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
  June 30, December 31, 
   2017   2016  
 Current Assets:    
 Cash$34,683  $197  
 Prepaid expenses 22   -  
 Total Assets$   34,705   $   197   
 Current Liabilities:    
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses$826  $506  
 Accrued expenses - related party 167   1,348  
 Interest payable 56   57  
 Accrued interest - related party 120   346  
 Notes payable - related party 3,486   2,848  
 NSC notes payable, short-term 2,500   1,000  
 Derivative warrant liability -   314  
 Total current liabilities 7,155   6,419  
 Convertible notes payable, at fair value -   200  
 NSC notes payable, long-term (net of debt discount of $106 and $174, respectively) 394   1,826  
 Total Liabilities 7,549   8,445  
 Commitments and Contingencies    
 Stockholders' Deficit    
 Preferred Stock ($0.0001 par value), 2,000,000 shares authorized    
 Class A Preferred Stock, 83,333 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 -   -  
 Common Stock ($0.0001 par value), 50,000,000 shares authorized    
 Common shares; 10,041,008 and 3,257,936 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 1   1  
 Common stock issuable, 0 and 83,532 shares as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively -   49  
 Additional paid-in capital 38,625   105  
 Accumulated deficit (11,470)  (8,403) 
 Total Stockholders' Deficit 27,156   (8,248) 
 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit$   34,705   $   197   


 ($ in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
  For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended 
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016 
 Operating expenses:        
 Research and development$447  $421  $580  $985  
 General and administration 1,297   217   1,668   493  
 Loss from operations (1,744)  (638)  (2,248)  (1,478) 
 Interest expense 93   87   188   172  
 Interest expense - related party 20   46   81   79  
 Change in fair value of convertible notes payable 95   -   99   -  
 Change in fair value of warrant liabilities 454   -   451   89  
 Net Loss$   (2,406) $   (771) $   (3,067) $   (1,818) 
 Net loss per common share outstanding, basic and diluted$(0.70) $(0.28) $(0.95) $(0.66) 
 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 3,459,942   2,785,865   3,242,602   2,761,367  


Joseph Vazzano, VP, Finance and Corporate Controller
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652‐4500

Media Relations
Sarah Hall
Phase IV Communications
(215) 313-5638

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