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Spruce Biosciences Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Updates

CAHmelia-203 Approaching 50% Enrollment; CAHmelia-204 Recently Surpassed 25% Enrollment

Appointment of Saba Sile, M.D., as Vice President of Clinical Development

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 10, 2022– Spruce Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRB), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapies for rare endocrine disorders with significant unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided corporate updates.

“The third quarter of 2022 was one of continuous execution and momentum on multiple fronts. We were pleased to have recently surpassed 25% enrollment in our CAHmelia-204 study and are approaching 50% enrollment in our CAHmelia-203 study,” said Javier Szwarcberg, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer of Spruce Biosciences. “As we continue to advance our late-stage clinical pipeline of therapies for rare endocrine disorders, I am excited to welcome Dr. Saba Sile as our Vice President of Clinical Development. With her extensive background in directing clinical development across multiple rare disease programs, Dr. Sile will play a key role in delivering on the full potential of tildacerfont to bring therapeutic benefit to patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and other endocrine disorders.”

Recent Corporate Update

  •  Appointment of Saba Sile, M.D., as Vice President of Clinical Development: As Vice President of Clinical Development, Dr. Sile will report to Dr. Will Charlton, Chief Medical Officer, and lead global clinical development of tildacerfont. Dr. Sile is a seasoned clinical research and development physician with nearly two decades of experience directing and leading clinical development programs that span across multiple therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular, immunology, and rare disease programs. Dr. Sile joins Spruce from Horizon Therapeutics, where she served as Executive Medical Director of Clinical Development. Prior to Horizon, she held roles of increasing responsibility at Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, and BioMarin Pharmaceutical. She earned an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed Genetics and Nephrology fellowships at Vanderbilt University.

Anticipated Upcoming Milestones

  •  Topline results from the Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in the first half of 2023
  •  Topline safety results from cohort 1 of the Phase 2 pediatric classic CAH clinical trial in the first half of 2023
  •  Topline results from the CAHmelia-203 clinical trial in adult classic CAH patients with elevated levels of androstenedione (A4) in the second half of 2023
  •  Topline results from the CAHmelia-204 clinical trial in adult classic CAH patients on supraphysiologic doses of glucocorticoids with normal or near normal levels of A4 in the second half of 2024

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  •  Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of September 30, 2022, were $90.4 million.
  •  Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, were $8.8 million and $26.4 million, respectively, compared to $8.6 million and $24.4 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2021. The overall increase in R&D expenses was primarily related to progressing clinical development of tildacerfont in adult classic CAH and the initiation of clinical programs in pediatric classic CAH and polycystic ovary syndrome.
  •  General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, were $2.8 million and $8.8 million, respectively, compared to $2.8 million and $8.5 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2021.
  •  Total Operating Expenses: Total operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, were $11.6 million and $35.2 million, respectively, compared to $11.4 million and $32.9 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2021. Stock-based compensation expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, was $0.8 million and $2.8 million, respectively, compared to $1.0 million and $3.2 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2021. When excluding depreciation and stock-based compensation expenses, total non-GAAP operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, were $10.8 million and $32.3 million, respectively, compared to $10.4 million and $29.8 million for the same periods in 2021.
  •  Net Loss: Net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 was $11.4 million and $35.0 million, respectively, compared to $11.4 million and $33.1 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2021.

About Spruce Biosciences

Spruce Biosciences is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapies for rare endocrine disorders with significant unmet medical need. Spruce is initially developing its wholly-owned product candidate, tildacerfont, as the potential first non-steroidal therapy for patients suffering from classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). Classic CAH is a serious and life-threatening disease with no known novel therapies approved in approximately 50 years. Spruce is also developing tildacerfont for women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with primary adrenal androgen excess. To learn more, visit www.sprucebiosciences.com and follow us on Twitter @Spruce_BioLinkedInFacebook and YouTube.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, the enrollment, results, conduct, progress and timing of Spruce’s clinical trials; the receipt of topline data from the same; and Dr. Sile’s role as Vice President of Clinical Development. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipate”, “will”, “believe”, “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Spruce’s current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with Spruce’s business in general, the impact of geopolitical and macroeconomic events, including the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other risks described in Spruce’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made and are based on management’s assumptions and estimates as of such date. Spruce undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This release and the reconciliation tables included herein include non-GAAP total operating expenses, which excludes depreciation and stock-based compensation expenses. Spruce excludes depreciation and stock-based compensation expenses because management believes the exclusion of these items is helpful to investors to evaluate Spruce’s recurring operational performance. Spruce management uses this non-GAAP financial measure to monitor and evaluate its operating results and trends on an on-going basis, and internally for operating, budgeting and financial planning purposes. This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results.

SPRUCE BIOSCIENCES, INC.CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS(unaudited)(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
  September 30,
2022
 December 31,
2021
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $21,649  $42,748 
Short-term investments  68,751   46,221 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,786   2,926 
Total current assets  93,186   91,895 
Restricted cash  216   216 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  1,229   1,479 
Long-term investments     32,459 
Other assets  667   437 
Total assets $95,298  $126,486 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $2,181  $2,823 
Term loan, current portion  1,216    
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  8,604   6,048 
Total current liabilities  12,001   8,871 
Term loan, net of current portion  3,685   4,878 
Operating lease liability, net of current portion  998   1,293 
Other liabilities  139   73 
Total liabilities  16,823   15,115 
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders’ equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized
and no shares issued or outstanding as of September 30, 2022 and
December 31, 2021
      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized as
of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 23,560,250 and
23,491,881 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2022
and December 31, 2021, respectively
  3   3 
Additional paid-in capital  217,514   214,685 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (873)  (184)
Accumulated deficit  (138,169)  (103,133)
Total stockholders’ equity  78,475   111,371 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $95,298  $126,486 
SPRUCE BIOSCIENCES, INC.CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS(unaudited)(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2022 2021 2022 2021
Operating expenses:        
Research and development $8,791  $8,607  $26,359  $24,440 
General and administrative  2,766   2,793   8,814   8,491 
Total operating expenses  11,557   11,400   35,173   32,931 
Loss from operations  (11,557)  (11,400)  (35,173)  (32,931)
Interest expense  (110)  (88)  (291)  (257)
Interest and other income, net  266   41   428   80 
Net loss $(11,401) $(11,447) $(35,036) $(33,108)
Unrealized (loss) gain on available for sale securities  (28)  13   (689)  (16)
Comprehensive loss $(11,429) $(11,434) $(35,725) $(33,124)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.48) $(0.49) $(1.49) $(1.42)
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding,
basic and diluted
  23,560,250   23,367,140   23,515,651   23,330,399 
SPRUCE BIOSCIENCES, INC.Reconciliation of Total Operating Expenses to Total Non-GAAP Operating Expenses(unaudited)(in thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
  2022  2021  2022  2021 
Operating expenses:            
Total operating expenses $11,557  $11,400  $35,173  $32,931 
Adjustments:                
Depreciation  10   5   27   14 
Stock-based compensation  783   1,031   2,829   3,161 
Total Non-GAAP operating expenses $10,764  $10,364  $32,317  $29,756 

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