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Opexa Therapeutics Reports Year End 2011 Financial Results And Provides Corporate Update

Interest expense was $3,135 for 2011, compared with $500,648 for 2010. The decrease in interest expense was primarily related to the non-cash amortization of the remaining discount and deferred financing fees in connection with the June 23, 2010 conversion to common stock of $1,250,000 in principal amount of convertible promissory notes.

Opexa reported a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 of $5,968,448, or $0.26 per share, compared with a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010 of $5,469,067, or $0.32 per share. The increase in net loss is primarily due to the increases in research and development, general and administrative, and depreciation expenses, and was partially offset by a decrease in interest expense.

Cash and cash equivalents were $7,109,215 as of December 31, 2011 compared to $3,812,535 as of December 31, 2010.

For additional information please see Opexa’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed today with the SEC.

About Opexa

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. is dedicated to the development of patient-specific cellular therapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The Company’s leading T-cell therapy is a personalized cellular immunotherapy treatment that is in late stage clinical development targeting both Secondary Progressive and Relapsing Remitting MS. The T-cell therapy is derived from T-cells isolated from peripheral blood, expanded ex vivo, and reintroduced into the patients via subcutaneous injections. This process triggers a potent immune response against specific subsets of autoreactive T-cells known to attack myelin and, thereby, reduces the risk of relapse over time.

For more information visit the Opexa Therapeutics website at www.opexatherapeutics.com.

Cautionary Statement Relating to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “may,” “could,” “intends,” “exploring,” “evaluating” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the development of the Company’s product candidate, Tovaxin, constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, without limitation, risks associated with: our capital position, the ability of the Company to enter into and benefit from a partnering arrangement for the Company's product candidate, Tovaxin, on reasonably satisfactory terms (if at all), our dependence (if partnered) on the resources and abilities of any partner for the further development of Tovaxin, our ability to compete with larger, better financed pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, new approaches to the treatment of our targeted diseases, our expectation of incurring continued losses, our uncertainty of developing a marketable product, our ability to raise additional capital to continue our treatment development programs and to undertake and complete any further clinical studies for Tovaxin, the success of our clinical trials, the efficacy of Tovaxin for any particular indication, such as for relapsing remitting MS or secondary progressive MS, our ability to develop and commercialize products, our ability to obtain required regulatory approvals, our compliance with all Food and Drug Administration regulations, our ability to obtain, maintain and protect intellectual property rights (including for Tovaxin), the risk of litigation regarding our intellectual property rights, the success of third party development and commercialization efforts with respect to products covered by intellectual property rights that the Company may license or transfer, our limited manufacturing capabilities, our dependence on third-party manufacturers, our ability to hire and retain skilled personnel, our volatile stock price, and other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We assume no obligation or undertaking to update any forward-looking statements to reflect any changes in expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. You should, however, review additional disclosures we make in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

 

OPEXA THERAPEUTICS, INC.

(a development stage company)

 
 
Statements of Expenses Data:  

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2011   2010
Research and development $ 3,340,038 $ 2,584,734
General and administrative 2,406,269 2,216,043
Depreciation and amortization 210,252 168,843
Loss on disposal of assets   9,686     459  
Operating loss (5,966,245 ) (4,970,079 )
 
Interest income 932 1,660
Interest expense   (3,135 )   (500,648 )
Net loss $ (5,968,448 ) $ (5,469,067 )
 
Basic and diluted loss per share $ (0.26 ) $ (0.32 )
 
Weighted average shares outstanding 22,532,498 17,071,691
 
 
 
 
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
2011 2010
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,109,215 $ 3,812,535
Other current assets 124,773 85,525
Fixed assets, net 1,029,236 815,958
Total assets 8,263,224 4,714,018
Total current liabilities 1,067,860 745,305
Total long term liabilities - -
Total stockholders' equity 7,195,364 3,968,713




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