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Armata Pharmaceuticals appoints Brian Varnum, PhD, AS new CEO

Marina del Rey, CA., August 12, 2021 (PRNewswire) — Armata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: ARMP) (“Armata” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company focused on pathogen-specific bacteriophage therapeutics for antibiotic-resistant and difficult-to-treat bacterial infections, today announced results for the second quarter of 2021 and provided a corporate update.  

Second Quarter 2021 and Recent Developments:

  • Announced that Todd R. Patrick, Chief Executive Officer, has retired from the company. Armata’s Board of Directors has appointed Brian Varnum, PhD, the company’s former President and Chief Development Officer, to succeed Mr. Patrick. Mr. Patrick will retain his seat on Armata’s Board and has agreed to serve as an advisor to the company at least through 2022.
  • Continued to advance the SWARM-P.a. trial and received a milestone payment of $750,000 pursuant to the Company’s previously announced Therapeutics Development Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The award, up to $5 million, is intended to partially fund Armata’s Phase 1b/2a clinical trial of its lead clinical candidate, AP-PA02, as a treatment for chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa airway infections in people with cystic fibrosis.
  • Progressed IND-enabling activities in preparation for a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial evaluating AP-SA02 as a potential treatment for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia.

“We continue to make good progress advancing our lead phage product for chronic Pseudomonas airway infections in people with cystic fibrosis. We are very appreciative of the continued support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Therapeutics Development Network as we have navigated the challenges of conducting a clinical trial in the respiratory space during COVID-19,” stated Brian Varnum, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Armata.  “In addition, our pipeline programs are advancing. With the support of the U.S. Department of Defense, our phage product for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, AP-SA02, is progressing towards an IND filing. We are also leveraging our lead products and our proprietary phage library to identify the next clinical indication to prioritize.”

Anticipated 2021 and 2022 Milestones:

  • Complete the SWARM-P.a. Phase 1b/2a clinical trial
  • Initiate a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial evaluating AP-SA02 as a potential treatment for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia
  • Initiate at least one additional clinical trial in a new indication

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Grant Revenue. The Company recognized grant revenue of $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, which represents Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC)’s share of the costs incurred for the Company’s AP-SA02 program for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. The Company expects to receive $15.0 million in grant funding from MTEC over a three-year period administered by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Defense Health Agency and Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The Company recognized $31,000 of revenue in the comparable period in 2020.

Research and Development. Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were approximately $5.2 million as compared to $2.6 million for the comparable period in 2020. The increase was primarily related to the increase in clinical trial and personnel related expenses.

General and Administrative. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $2.1 million as compared to $2.0 million for the comparable period in 2020.

Loss from Operations. Loss from operations for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was $(6.2) million as compared to a loss from operations of $(4.6) million for the comparable period in 2020.

Cash and Equivalents. As of June 30, 2021, Armata held approximately $17.5 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, as compared to $9.7 million as of December 31, 2020.

As of August 12, 2021, there were approximately 24.9 million shares of common stock outstanding.  

About Armata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Armata is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of pathogen-specific bacteriophage therapeutics for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant and difficult-to-treat bacterial infections using its proprietary bacteriophage-based technology. Armata is developing and advancing a broad pipeline of natural and synthetic phage candidates, including clinical candidates for Pseudomonas aeruginosaStaphylococcus aureus, and other pathogens. In addition, in collaboration with Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, Armata is developing proprietary synthetic phage candidates to target an undisclosed infectious disease agent. Armata is committed to advancing phage with drug development expertise that spans bench to clinic including in-house phage specific GMP manufacturing. 

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/armata-pharmaceuticals-announces-second-quarter-results-and-provides-general-corporate-update-301354572.html

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