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March 31, 2009
Arno Therapeutics Reports 2008 Year-End Financial Results
PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 31, 2009 -- Arno Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ARNI), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology therapeutics, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2008.
For the year ended December 31, 2008, Arno reported a net loss of $12.9 million, or $0.81 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.34 per share, for the year ended 2007. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $12.1 million, an increase of $8.8 million compared to the year ended 2007. Included in operating expenses for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 were non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $1.1 million and $0.1 million, respectively. The increase in operating expenses in 2008 was primarily attributed to clinical and pre-clinical development expenses of our three drug candidates, merger related fees and increased headcount.
Total research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $9.8 million, compared to $2.9 million in 2007. Research and development expenses for the years ended 2008 and 2007 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $0.5 million and $0.1 million, respectively. The increase in research and development expenses of $6.9 million for the year ended 2008 compared to 2007 was primarily attributed to clinical development costs associated with AR-67, our lead clinical development compound which has completed Phase I enrollment, in addition to the in-licensing and pre-clinical development costs associated with our other two drug candidates AR-12 and AR-42, which we in-licensed in 2008.
General and administrative expenses for the year ended 2008 were $2.3 million compared to $0.4 million for the year ended 2007. General and administrative expenses for the years ended 2008 and 2007 included non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $0.7 million and $39K, respectively. The increase in general and administrative expenses of $1.9 million for the year ended 2008 compared to 2007 was primarily attributed to merger related fees incurred in June 2008, in addition to the hiring of our Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officers during 2008.
Net cash used in operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $8.9 million, compared to $1.8 million in 2007. The increased use of cash for the year ended 2008 compared to 2007 is primarily driven by the development costs associated with the progress of our three drug candidates, in addition to increased headcount costs during 2008. As of December 31, 2008, cash and cash equivalents totaled $10.4 million, compared to $1.6 million as of December 31, 2007. The increase of cash from 2007 is a result of receiving $17.8 million in gross proceeds from the private placement of our common stock in June 2008, offset by expenditures required to complete Phase I enrollment of our drug candidate AR-67, costs associated to in-licensing and pre-clinical development efforts for AR-12 and AR-42, in addition to infrastructure support.
“We are very pleased with our progress in 2008 and achievements for Arno, as our lead drug candidate, AR-67 completed Phase I enrollment, and we in-licensed our other two drug candidates AR-12 and AR-42. We look forward to advancing AR-67 into Phase II trials, as well as initiating a Phase I trial for AR-12 during 2009,” stated Roger Berlin, MD, Chief Executive Officer.
About Arno Therapeutics
Arno Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative products for the treatment of cancer patients. Arno's lead clinical development compound is AR-67, a novel, third-generation camptothecin analogue which has completed patient enrollment of its Phase I studies in patients with advanced solid tumors, that has demonstrated high preclinical potency and improved pharmacokinetic properties when compared with marketed second-generation products in its class. Arno is also developing two pre-clinical compounds. AR-12 is a potential first-in-class, orally available PDK1 inhibitor that blocks the PI3K/Akt pathway undergoing IND-enabling studies. AR-42 is an orally available, targeted inhibitor of the Pan-DAC and Akt pathways that received FDA acceptance of its IND in the first quarter of 2009.
For more information on Arno please visit www.arnothera.com.
Brian Lenz, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Arno Therapeutics, Inc.
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