Ocugen Provides Business Update and Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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MALVERN, Pa., Nov. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocugen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCGN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing transformative therapies to cure blindness diseases, today reported third quarter 2020 financial results along with a general business update.

“I am proud of the advancements we have made this quarter in developing our modifier gene therapy and novel biologic product candidates. We remain on-track to achieve multiple near and mid-term milestones with a plan to initiate four Phase 1/2a trials during 2021 and 2022. Additionally, I am pleased that we have raised approximately $28 million of gross proceeds in 2020, which have extended our cash runway for continued development of our product candidates,” said Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Ocugen.

Business Highlights:

  • Steady Progress Towards Starting OCU400 Clinical Trials in 2021 – Ocugen has received materials for its Good Laboratory Practice (“GLP”) toxicology study from its manufacturing partner, CanSino Biologics Inc. Ocugen has commenced the detailed design of its two parallel Phase 1/2a trials and is on target to commence them in 2021.
  • Manufacturing Contract for OCU200 – In October 2020, Ocugen entered into an agreement with Kemwell Biopharma Pvt. Ltd (“Kemwell”) to manufacture Ocugen’s biologic product candidate, OCU200. Kemwell offers proven expertise in supporting companies with process development and clinical and commercial manufacturing of biologicals. The agreement with Kemwell is a fundamental step for OCU200 to enter the clinic in the first half of 2022.
  • Full Repayment of Unsecured Notes – From July through October 2020, Ocugen made aggregate prepayments of $4.5 million on the unsecured notes associated with the April 2020 amendment and exchange of its Series A Warrants. Following the October 2020 prepayments, the unsecured notes have been repaid in full and are no longer outstanding.
  • Capital Raised – In the third quarter, Ocugen sold an aggregate of 27.0 million shares of common stock in an at-the-market offering commenced in August 2020, generating net proceeds of $10.1 million and increasing its cash runway into the third quarter of 2021.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results:

  • Ocugen’s cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash totaled $19.3 million as of September 30, 2020, compared to $7.6 million as of December 31, 2019. The Company had 162.0 million shares of common stock outstanding at September 30, 2020.
  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $1.5 million compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $1.7 million compared to $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Ocugen reported a $0.07 loss per share for the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to a $3.55 loss per share for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

About Ocugen, Inc.

Ocugen, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing transformative therapies to cure blindness diseases. Our breakthrough modifier gene therapy platform has the potential to treat multiple retinal diseases with one drug – “one to many” and our novel biologic product candidate aims to offer better therapy to patients with underserved diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy. For more information, please visit

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Corporate Contact:
Ocugen, Inc.
Sanjay Subramanian
Chief Financial Officer

Media Contact:
Katie Gallagher
+1 617-792-3937

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  September 30,
 December 31,
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $19,105,830  $7,444,052 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 652,893  1,322,167 
Asset held for sale   7,000,000 
Total current assets 19,758,723  15,766,219 
Property and equipment, net 214,100  222,464 
Restricted cash 151,196  151,016 
Other assets 415,555  667,747 
Total assets $20,539,574  $16,807,446 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable $222,340  $1,895,613 
Accrued expenses 2,333,733  2,270,045 
Short-term debt, net 1,210,645   
Operating lease obligation 164,808  172,310 
Other current liabilities 199,261  205,991 
Total current liabilities 4,130,787  4,543,959 
Non-current liabilities    
Operating lease obligation, less current portion 42,746  163,198 
Long term debt, net 1,944,396  1,072,123 
Other non-current liabilities   9,755 
Total liabilities 6,117,929  5,789,035 
Stockholders’ equity    
Common stock 1,621,480  527,467 
Treasury Stock (47,864) (47,864)
Additional paid-in capital 82,359,494  62,018,632 
Accumulated deficit (69,511,465) (51,479,824)
Total stockholders’ equity 14,421,645  11,018,411 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $20,539,574  $16,807,446 


  Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Collaboration revenue $  $  $42,620  $ 
Total revenues     42,620   
Operating expenses        
Research and development 1,477,382  1,305,461  4,759,569  6,338,530 
In-process research and development 7,000,000    7,000,000   
General and administrative 1,704,598  1,408,350  5,760,398  3,544,847 
Total operating expenses 10,181,980  2,713,811  17,519,967  9,883,377 
Loss from operations (10,181,980) (2,713,811) (17,477,347) (9,883,377)
Other income (expense)        
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities   (18,512,204)   (19,896,626)
Loss on debt conversion       (341,136)
Interest income 42  136  594  1,107 
Interest expense (291,909) (796,141) (554,801) (1,753,172)
Other income (expense)   (751,261) (87) (751,493)
Total other income (expense) (291,867) (20,059,470) (554,294) (22,741,320)
Net loss $(10,473,847) $(22,773,281) $(18,031,641) $(32,624,697)
Deemed dividend related to Warrant Exchange     (12,546,340)  
Net loss to common stockholders $(10,473,847) $(22,773,281) $(30,577,981) $(32,624,697)
Shares used in calculating net loss per common share — basic and diluted 141,591,218  6,411,308  92,764,157  5,839,840 
Net loss per share of common stock — basic and diluted $(0.07) $(3.55) $(0.33) $(5.59)

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ocugen, inc., is a rapidly growing ophthalmology company developing a rich clinical pipeline of innovative therapies that address rare and underserved ocular disorders. the company’s lead programs in ocular graft versus host disease (ocu300) and chronic dry eye disease (ocu310) are expected to enter pivotal clinical trials in 2018. ocu300 received the first and only orphan drug designation for ocular graft versus host disease, providing certain regulatory and economic benefits. ocugen is also developing novel biologic therapies for retinitis pigmentosa (ocu100) and wet amd (ocu200), as well as a groundbreaking modifier gene therapy platform with potential to address a broad spectrum of inherited retinal disorders (ocu400). for more information, please visit