Sol-Gel Technologies Reports Full Year 2018 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

March 21, 2019 at 4:05 PM EDT

Company met all milestones in 2018 and this year expects to report Phase III top-line results for Epsolay® and TWIN, potentially best-in-class papulopustular rosacea and acne vulgaris topical medications

Recent approval of Perrigo's generic acyclovir cream, 5%, has already provided revenue during the first quarter of 2019

NESS ZIONA, Israel, March 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLGL) (“Sol-Gel” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage dermatology company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing branded and generic topical drug products for the treatment of skin diseases, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018 and provided a corporate update.

“Sol-Gel made significant clinical progress in 2018 with two branded product candidates entering Phase III development and the launch of our first generic product by Perrigo in February 2019,” stated Dr. Alon Seri-Levy, Chief Executive Officer of Sol-Gel. “We look forward to an exciting 2019 as we expect to have clinical data from our pivotal trials for Epsolay® and TWIN.”

Corporate Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On February 6, 2019, Sol-Gel announced that Perrigo (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first generic version of Zovirax® (acyclovir) cream, 5%. The product was developed in a collaboration between Sol-Gel and Perrigo in which they shared development costs and will equally share the gross profits generated from sales of the product. Perrigo has launched acyclovir cream and sales are in line with Sol-Gel’s expectations.
  • On January 15, 2019, Sol-Gel announced the appointment of John M. Vieira as U.S. Head of Commercialization. Mr. Vieira’s background includes 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in commercial operations, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, pricing strategy, reimbursement and business development within the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industries in the U.S. with a focus on specialty dermatology products. Mr. Vieira joined Sol-Gel from Leo Pharmaceuticals where he served in U.S. and Global Marketing roles.
  • On December 17, 2018, Sol-Gel announced dosing of the first subject in the pivotal Phase III clinical program evaluating the safety and efficacy of TWIN in subjects with acne vulgaris. TWIN is a cream containing a fixed-dose combination of encapsulated tretinoin and encapsulated benzoyl peroxide using Sol-Gel’s proprietary microencapsulation platform.
  • On December 4, 2018, Sol-Gel announced it has entered into a sixth collaborative agreement with Perrigo Israel, an affiliate of Perrigo, for the development, manufacturing and commercialization of a generic product candidate. The fifth collaboration with Perrigo was announced on November 1, 2018.             

Program Update

  • Plans to have pivotal Phase III Epsolay top-line results in papulopustular rosacea in mid-2019.
  • Plans to have pivotal Phase III TWIN top-line results in acne vulgaris in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Plans to report bioequivalence study results for a generic 5-fluorouracil cream, 5%, indicated for actinic keratosis, and to submit an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) during 2019.
  • Sol-Gel has decided to hold the development of SIRS-T, focusing resources on more lucrative products.

Full Year 2018 Financial Results

Revenues were $0.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared with $0.2 million for the same period in 2017. The revenues were comprised from royalty payments to Sol-Gel.

Research and development expenses were $28.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $25.8 million for the same period in 2017. The increase of $2.3 million was mainly attributed to an increase of $1.0 million in payroll and related expenses due to share-based compensation, salary increases, and an increase in the number of research and development personnel; an increase of $2.4 million (due to a $1.9 million increase in manufacturing expenses related to our Phase III clinical program for TWIN and a generic drug product candidate, and a $0.5 million increase in regulatory expenses mainly related to our Phase III clinical program for TWIN and Epsolay); an increase of $4.1 million in clinical trial expenses; and an increase of $1.0 million in depreciation, patents and other expenses; offset by a decrease of $6.2 million due to acquiring an in-process research and development product candidate in 2017.

General and administrative expenses were $5.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $6.0 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease of $0.5 million was mainly attributed to a decrease of $0.5 million in professional fees which were capitalized in 2018 as part of our IPO.

Sol-Gel reported a loss of $32.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to a loss of $31.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

As of December 31, 2018, Sol-Gel had $63.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, deposits and marketable securities compared to $9.0 million as of December 31, 2017. The increase resulted from the Company’s initial public offering in the first quarter of 2018.

About Sol-Gel Technologies

Sol-Gel is a clinical-stage dermatology company focused on identifying, developing and commercializing branded and generic topical drug products for the treatment of skin diseases. Sol-Gel’s current product candidate pipeline consists of late-stage branded product candidates that leverage our proprietary, silica-based microencapsulation technology platform, and several generic product candidates across multiple indications. For additional information, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our business, financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, plans and objectives. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “may,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “expect,” “predict,” “potential,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on information we have when those statements are made or our management’s current expectation, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) the adequacy of our financial and other resources, particularly in light of our history of recurring losses and the uncertainty regarding the adequacy of our liquidity to pursue our complete business objectives; (ii) our ability to complete the development of our product candidates; (iii) our ability to find suitable co-development partners; (iv) our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our product candidates in our target markets and the possibility of adverse regulatory or legal actions relating to our product candidates even if regulatory approval is obtained; (v) our ability to rely on data from our Phase II TWIN trial to advance the development of SIRS-T; (vi) our ability to commercialize our pharmaceutical product candidates; (vii) our ability to obtain and maintain adequate protection of our intellectual property; (viii) our ability to manufacture our product candidates in commercial quantities, at an adequate quality or at an acceptable cost; (ix) our ability to establish adequate sales, marketing and distribution channels; (x) acceptance of our product candidates by healthcare professionals and patients; (xi) the possibility that we may face third-party claims of intellectual property infringement; (xii) the timing and results of clinical trials that we may conduct or that our competitors and others may conduct relating to our or their products; (xiii) intense competition in our industry, with competitors having substantially greater financial, technological, research and development, regulatory and clinical, manufacturing, marketing and sales, distribution and personnel resources than we do; (xiv) potential product liability claims; (xv) potential adverse federal, state and local government regulation in the United States, Europe or Israel; and (xvi) loss or retirement of key executives and research scientists. More information about the risks and uncertainties that can affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's final prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 2, 2018 relating to our Registration Statement on Form F-1, and our other reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F to be filed with the SEC. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements after the date of this prospectus to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

      December 31,  
      2017       2018  
CURRENT ASSETS:                    
 Cash and cash equivalents       $ 5,024         $ 5,325    
 Bank deposit       4,000           1,000    
 Marketable securities       -           56,662    
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets       1,524           2,987    
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS         10,548           65,974    
NON-CURRENT ASSETS:                    
 Long term receivables       1,653           -    
 Restricted long-term deposits         120           462    
 Property and equipment, net         2,314           2,604    
 Funds in respect of employee rights upon retirement         680           642    
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS         4,767           3,708    
TOTAL ASSETS       $ 15,315         $ 69,682    
Liabilities and shareholders' equity (capital deficiency)                    
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                      
 Accounts payable       $ 534         $ 2,924    
 Other account payable        1,332           1,971    
 Loans from the controlling shareholder         65,338           -    
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES         67,204           4,895    
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES –                    
 Liability for employee rights upon retirement         810           878    
TOTAL LONG-TERM LIABILITIES         810           878    
TOTAL LIABILITIES         68,014           5,773    
 Ordinary shares, NIS 0.1 par value – authorized: 50,000,000 as of December
 31, 2017 and 2018, respectively; issued and outstanding: 6,290,244 and
 18,949,968 as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018, respectively 
      82           520    
 Additional paid-in capital       42,480           190,853    
 Accumulated deficit       (95,261 )         (127,464 )  
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (CAPITAL DEFICIENCY)         (52,699 )         63,909    
    $ 15,315       69,682    


(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

      Year ended December 31,
      2016       2017       2018    
REVENUES   $ -     $ 174       $ 129    
OPERATING EXPENSES                        
   Research and Development     17,023       25,805         28,146    
   General and Administrative      3,733       6,002         5,504    
TOTAL OPERATING LOSS       20,756       31,633         33,521    
FINANCIAL EXPENSES (INCOME), net       15       (65 )       (1,318 )  
LOSS FOR THE YEAR     $ 20,771     $ 31,568       $ 32,203    
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE     $ 3.30     $ 5.02       $ 1.80    
    6,290,242       6,290,244         17,867,589    

For further information, please contact:
Sol-Gel Contact:
Gilad Mamlok
Chief Financial Officer

Investor Contact:
Patricia L. Bank
Westwicke, an ICR Company


Source: Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd.