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Avenue Therapeutics Reports Full Year 2018 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

March 12, 2019
-- Expects to Report Topline Data from Phase 3 Trial of IV Tramadol in Patients Following Abdominoplasty Surgery in mid-2019 --

NEW YORK, March 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATXI) (“Avenue”), a company focused on the development of intravenous (“IV”) tramadol for the U.S. market, today reported financial results and recent corporate highlights for the year ended December 31, 2018.

“2018 was an exciting year for Avenue. We announced positive data from our first pivotal Phase 3 trial evaluating IV tramadol in patients following bunionectomy surgery in May, and signed a two-stage equity investment and contingent acquisition agreement with InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“InvaGen”), a subsidiary of Cipla Limited, in November,” said Lucy Lu, MD, Avenue’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The first stage of the transaction closed in February of 2019 and we look forward to reporting topline data from our second Phase 3 trial in patients following abdominoplasty surgery in the coming months.”

2018 and Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • In May 2018, we announced that our first pivotal Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol achieved the primary endpoint of a statistically significant improvement in Sum of Pain Intensity Difference over 48 hours compared to placebo in patients with moderate to moderately severe postoperative pain following bunionectomy surgery. In addition, the trial met its key secondary endpoints and demonstrated a clear dose response.
  • In November 2018, we announced definitive agreements regarding an equity investment and contingent acquisition of Avenue by InvaGen, a subsidiary of Cipla Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company. The first stage of the transaction closed in February 2019, and InvaGen acquired 5,833,333 shares of our common stock at $6.00 per share for total gross proceeds of $35.0 million, representing a 33.3% stake in Avenue’s capital stock on a fully diluted basis.
  • In December 2018, we announced that the first patient has been dosed in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of IV tramadol for the management of moderate to moderately severe pain in patients following abdominoplasty surgery.  Topline data is expected to be available in mid-2019.

2018 Financial Results:

  • Cash Position: As of December 31, 2018, our cash and short-term investments totaled $2.7 million, compared to $21.8 million at December 31, 2017, a decrease of $19.1 million. However, on February 8, 2019, we completed the first stage of the Acquisition agreement and we sold 5,833,333 shares of our common stock to InvaGen for total gross proceeds of $35.0 million.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the full year 2018 were $17.7 million, compared to $6.7 million in 2017. This increase of $11.0 million was primarily attributable to the completion of our bunionectomy study, continuation of our safety study and the initiation of our abdominoplasty study.  
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the full year 2018 were $4.1 million, compared to $3.6 million in 2017. This increase of $0.5 million was primarily attributable to increases in legal costs and other professional fees partially offset by non-cash stock compensation expenses.
  • Net Loss: Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the full year 2018 was $21.5 million, or $2.10 per share, compared to a net loss of $12.3 million, or $1.85 per share, in 2017.             

About Avenue Therapeutics
Avenue, a company founded by Fortress Biotech, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of IV Tramadol for the management of moderate to moderately severe post-operative pain. IV Tramadol may fill a gap in the acute pain market between IV acetaminophen/NSAIDs and IV conventional narcotics. Avenue is currently evaluating IV Tramadol in a pivotal Phase 3 program for the management of post-operative pain. Avenue is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit   

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) (NASDAQ: FBIO) is an innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on identifying, in-licensing and developing high-potential clinical-stage assets. The company has over 25 programs in clinical development at Fortress, at its majority-owned and majority-controlled subsidiaries and at entities it founded and in which it holds significant minority ownership positions. Such product candidates span six large-market therapeutic areas, including oncology, rare diseases and gene therapy, which allow it to create value while mitigating risk for shareholders. Fortress advances its diversified pipeline through a streamlined operating structure that fosters efficient drug development. The Fortress model is driven by a world-class business development team that is focused on leveraging its significant biopharmaceutical industry expertise to further expand the company’s portfolio of product opportunities. Fortress has established partnerships with some of the world’s leading academic research institutions and biopharmaceutical companies to maximize each opportunity to its full potential, including Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., City of Hope, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a subsidiary of Cipla Limited), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and UCL Business PLC.  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.

Jaclyn Jaffe and William Begien
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652-4500

Balance Sheets
 ($ in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
    December 31,   December 31,
     2018     2017 
  Current Assets:      
  Cash and cash equivalents $   2,671     $   11,782  
  Short-term investments     -         10,000  
  Deferred financing costs     1,702         -  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     152         388  
  Total Assets $   4,525     $   22,170  
  Current Liabilities:      
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses $   4,669     $   2,737  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses - related party     487         53  
  Total current liabilities     5,156         2,790  
  Total Liabilities     5,156         2,790  
  Commitments and Contingencies      
  Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)      
  Preferred Stock ($0.0001 par value), 2,000,000 shares authorized      
  Class A Preferred Stock, 250,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018
and 2017, respectively
    -         -  
  Common Stock ($0.0001 par value), 50,000,000 shares authorized     -         -  
  Common shares; 10,667,714 and 10,265,083 shares issued and outstanding as of
December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
    1         1  
  Common stock issuable, 0 and 273,837 shares as of December 31, 2018 and 2017,
    -         1,103  
  Additional paid-in capital     41,577         38,937  
  Accumulated deficit     (42,209 )       (20,661 )
  Total Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)     (631 )       19,380  
  Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit) $   4,525     $   22,170  

Statements of Operations
($ in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
    For the Year Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
     2018     2017 
  Operating expenses:      
  Research and development $   17,696     $   6,698  
  Research and development - licenses acquired     -         1,103  
  General and administrative     4,120         3,620  
  Loss from operations     (21,816 )       (11,421 )
  Interest income     (93 )       (88 )
  Interest expense     -         294  
  Interest expense - related party     -         81  
  Change in fair value of convertible notes payable     -         99  
  Change in fair value of warrant liabilities     -         451  
  Other income     (175 )       -  
  Net Loss $   (21,548 )   $   (12,258 )
  Net loss per common share outstanding, basic and diluted $   (2.10 )   $   (1.85 )
  Weighted average number of common shares outstanding,
basic and diluted
    10,239,169         6,634,937  


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