Research and development (R&D) expenses decreased by 15% to $2.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and decreased by 19% to $4.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared with the same periods in 2011. This decrease was attributed to the termination of the research activities related to Alcon in 2011, partially offset by the increase in clinical activities as the Company began its Phase 2b trial in conjunctivitis, continued its UCBE trial and continued to scale up for the impetigo trial, which is expected to start in the third quarter of 2012.
NovaBay expects to incur increasing R&D expenses in 2012 and in subsequent years as it continues to advance its clinical programs in ophthalmology and urology.
General and administrative expenses remained relatively flat for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, at $1.4 million and $2.9 million, as expected, compared to the same periods in 2011.
Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $2.2 million, compared to a net income of $425,000 for the same period in 2011. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $4.8 million, compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2011. This change was primarily a result of the license and collaboration revenue decrease noted above, offset to some degree by a noncash gain on warrants issued as part of our July 2011 financing and the reduction in research and development expenses resulting from the termination of the Alcon agreement in 2011.2012 Highlights
- June 2012 - NovaBay Announced Successful End-of-Phase 2a FDA Meeting for Dermatology Program. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided guidance related to the proposed study protocol and statistical analysis plan, as well as the overall development plan for NVC-422 program for treating impetigo. This valuable direction is being incorporated into the Phase 2b protocol and analysis plan thereby enhancing the design of study. Implementation of the phase 2b program with NovaBay's partner Galderma S.A. is actively progressing following this successful FDA meeting.
- May 2012 - NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Global Aganocide® Patent Estate with Seven New Patents. The Company received three new composition of matter patent issuances in Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, and four Notices of Allowance in Canada, Japan, South Africa and Mexico for its proprietary Aganocide compounds, which includes it lead compound, NVC-422.
- May 2012 - NovaBay Enrolls First Patients in Global BAYnovation™ Phase 2b Study for Adenoviral Conjunctivitis. NovaBay has enrolled the first patients in its global Phase 2b clinical study. The study will evaluate the Company's lead compound, NVC-422, for treating adenoviral conjunctivitis, a highly contagious form of "pink eye." After providing certain suggestions and insight into the design of the trial at an End-of-Phase 2A meeting, the FDA confirmed that the trial has all the design elements (controls, sample size, end-points) of a pivotal trial.
- May 2012 - NovaBay's Aganocide® Out-Performed Traditional Antibiotics in Drug Resistance Study . Findings published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy demonstrated resistance to NVC-422 does not emerge in S. aureus, including MRSA, P. aeruginosa, and E. coli Bacteria.
- April 2012 - NovaBay's NeutroPhase(R) Supports Healing of Chronic Wounds New Patient Case Studies Highlighted at the 2012 Spring Symposium on Advanced Wound Care. NeutroPhase, in combination with commercially available wound dressings, was found to support healing when treating chronic non-healing wounds.
- March 2012 - NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Signs Option Agreement with Virbac Animal Health for Aganocide® Compounds. Further validates the use of Aganocides for the treatment of topical infections.
- January 2012 - NovaBay Prepares to Launch Global Phase 2b Ophthalmic Study of NVC-422. Selects top contract research organizations to manage clinical trial in the United States, India and Brazil.
- January 2012 – NovaBay Enters Strategic Marketing Agreement for NeutroPhase® in China with Pioneer Pharma Co., Ltd. Receives up to $1.3 million in upfront and milestone payments. Commercialization of this product is expected in 2013.
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