Achieve Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2018 and Provides Cytisinicline (Cytisine) Clinical Development Update
SEATTLE, Wash and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, November 7, 2018 — Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHV), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to the global development and commercialization of cytisinicline for smoking cessation, today provided an update on the cytisinicline clinical development program and announced third quarter 2018 financial results.
- The United States Adopted Name Council, or USAN, adopted cytisinicline as the nonproprietary (generic) name for the substance also known as cytisine
- Announced initiation of the first trial in the ORCA (Ongoing Research of Cytisinicline for Addiction) Program. This Phase 2b optimization study will evaluate approximately 250 smokers in the U.S.
- Reported results of a clinical study evaluating the effect of food on the bioavailability of a new formulation for cytisinicline
- Closed registered direct offering for gross proceeds of $5.6 million
- Announced positive cytisinicline data published in the International Journal of Drug Policy
Rick Stewart, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Achieve Life Sciences commented, “We are pleased with our continued progress made in the third quarter, particularly the initiation of the ORCA-1 trial that will provide critical insights to inform our Phase 3 program expected to initiate in the second-half of 2019.”
“Cytisinicline” Designated as New Generic Name for Cytisine
The United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council adopted cytisinicline as the nonproprietary (generic) name in Q3 2018. USAN is responsible for selecting simple, informative, and unique generic drug names. The USAN Council establishes logical nomenclature classifications based on pharmacological and/or chemical relationships.
Initiated Phase 2b “ORCA-1”Optimization Trial
ORCA-1 is the first in Achieve’s ORCA (Ongoing Research of Cytisinicline for Addiction) Program that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of cytisinicline for smoking cessation and potentially other indications. This Phase 2b trial will evaluate both the 1.5mg and 3mg doses of cytisinicline on a declining titration schedule over 25 days, as well as three times daily dosing. The trial is randomized and blinded to compare the effectiveness of the cytisinicline doses and schedules to respective placebo groups. The primary efficacy endpoint is reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked during treatment with secondary analyses to be conducted on smoking cessation rates, safety, and compliance. ORCA-1 is being conducted at eight centers across the U.S. and results are expected in mid-2019.
Announced Study Results for New Formulation
The study evaluated the bioavailability of a new formulation of cytisinicline under fed and fasted conditions in 12 healthy volunteer smokers. Results demonstrated bioequivalence when cytisinicline was administered with or without food and that the 3mg dose of this new formulation was well tolerated.
Completed $5.6M Financing
Achieve announced the closing of a registered direct offering that raised total gross proceeds of $5.6 million and after deducting approximately $0.6 million in placement agent fees and offering expenses, receiving net proceeds of $5.0 million.
Publication of New Cytisinicline Data in the International Journal of Drug Policy
Results of an observational study comparing the effectiveness of cytisinicline and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as an aid to smoking cessation in the Russian Federation determined that smokers in the cytisinicline group were approximately three times more likely to achieve 90-days abstinence compared to those who attempted to quit with NRT (p=0.011). The authors concluded the findings support previous trial evidence indicating that cytisinicline is superior to NRT for achieving short- and long-term abstinence and should be considered a first-line pharmacologic treatment for smoking cessation.
As of September 30, 2018, the company’s cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash were $13.2 million. Total operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30,