SEATTLE, Wash and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 11, 2021 — Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHV), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to the global development and commercialization of cytisinicline for smoking cessation and nicotine addiction, today announced fourth quarter and year-end 2020 financial results and provided an update on the cytisinicline clinical development program.
Recent Events & Highlights
- Initiated the Phase 3 ORCA-2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of 3 mg cytisinicline dosed 3 times daily compared to placebo in 750 adult smokers at 15 clinical sites in the United States
- Presented data on smoker and e-cigarette user attitudes and perceptions on quitting at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting on February 24, 2021
- Closed financing of $17.3 million, prior to deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, in December 2020
- Facilitated Smoking Cessation Key Opinion Leader Virtual Roundtable in November 2020
“We concluded 2020 in the best financial position since the Company’s inception and with the Phase 3 ORCA-2 trial underway at 15 well-established smoking cessation research centers in the United States. As we look to the year ahead, our focus will continue to be on execution of this pivotal trial, completion of additional NDA-enabling activities, and exploration of new opportunities for expansion into additional populations, such as vaping and e-cigarette users, who may benefit from a new cessation therapeutic option like cytisinicline,” commented John Bencich, Chief Executive Officer of Achieve.
Phase 3 ORCA-2 Trial
Achieve’s first Phase 3 ORCA-2 trial was initiated in October 2020 and will randomize 750 U.S. smokers to one of three study arms to determine the efficacy and safety of cytisinicline administered for either 6 or 12 weeks, compared to placebo. The primary endpoint is biochemically verified continuous abstinence during the last 4 weeks of treatment in the 6 and 12-week cytisinicline treatment arms compared to placebo. Each treatment arm will be compared independently to the placebo arm and the trial will be determined to be successful if either or both of the cytisinicline treatment arms show a statistical benefit compared to placebo. The trial is expected to complete enrollment by the middle of the 2021.
Data Highlighting Smoker Dissatisfaction with Available Treatments Presented at SRNT
Achieve data presented at the SRNT Annual Meeting in February 2021 provided insights into current and former smokers’ perceptions on currently available cessation treatment options. In a survey of 1,122 individuals, overall satisfaction and perceived efficacy with available therapies was low, with the best performing treatment leading to satisfaction in less than one-third of the respondents. The study found a majority of prescription cessation medication users do not complete their full 3-month course of therapy, with 53% reporting less than 1 month of use. Smokers reported side effects and lack of efficacy as the most common reason for discontinuation or lack of initiation with varenicline or bupropion.
Data Elucidating Vaping/e-Cigarette Users Behavior and Quitting Intentions Presented at SRNT
Two Achieve posters were presented at the SRNT Annual Meeting in February 2021 reporting findings from a survey of 508 users of nicotine vape products. The results showed that the primary reason to initiate e-cigarettes/vaping was to quit combustible cigarettes. While proven successful in the cohort of subjects who only util