ReActiv8-B study on track – full data readout expected towards the end of 2018
Successfully completed financing of $37.5m (€30m) to fund completion of ReActiv8-B study and advance European commercialization
Cash on hand of $29.7m at 30 June 2018
Mainstay Medical International plc, a medical device company focused on commercializing ReActiv8®, an implantable restorative neurostimulation system designed to treat an underlying cause of disabling Chronic Low Back Pain, today announces the publication of its results for the Half Year ended 30 June 2018 and provides a company update.
Jason Hannon, CEO of Mainstay, said: “The recent period has seen us make significant progress across the business. We announced completion of all implants in the ReActiv8-B study and remain on track to have full data towards the end of 2018. This is a significant step as we continue to build momentum in our efforts to bring ReActiv8 to patients in the U.S.
“We are dedicated to making rapid progress in Germany, our first commercial market. Starting in March of this year we refined our commercial strategy, repositioned our sales team, focused the training of our new and existing sales team members, and increased our communication to potential implanting physicians. We also appointed a new Managing Director with responsibility for growing the commercial business in Germany, building relationships with key implanting physicians, and growing our team with experienced sales people who are capable of rapidly expanding ReActiv8 in the market.
In recent months we have seen encouraging signs that these initiatives are working. Importantly, we remain on track to meet our target of having 10 or more physician partners performing multiple implants by the end of this year. We believe this momentum will set us up for more meaningful commercial expansion in 2019 as more customers begin to adopt and get comfortable with selecting the appropriate patients for the therapy.”
During the first half of 2018, significant further progress was made in Mainstay’s pivotal IDE clinical study, ReActiv8-B, which is intended to gather data in support of a pre-market approval (PMA) application to the FDA, a key step towards the commercialization of ReActiv8 in the U.S. Completion of all implants was announced at the start of the third quarter of 2018. A total of 204 patients were implanted in the study, reflecting the strength of interest in study participation. The completion of implants in the clinical study means the Company remains on track to announce full data towards the end of 2018.
In Germany, Mainstay’s initial European market, the commercial team was repositioned in order to better focus efforts on key physician targets. Commercialization efforts in line with this strategy began in earnest in March 2018, post our financing announced in February 2018, and are gaining traction. The rates of implants and new implanting sites have increased sharply in July and August 2018 as compared to the first six months of the year.
Wolfgang Frisch was appointed VP and Managing Director for Germany on 20 June 2018. Mr. Frisch has over 30 years’ experience in the medical technology industry and will be instrumental in continuing to drive the commercial strategy forward, with a focus on adoption in a select number of high volume spine care centers.
Matthew Onaitis was appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective 20 August 2018, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience working with dynamic healthcare businesses and deep knowledge of financing innovative growth companies like Mainstay.
On 15 February 2018, the Company announced the completion of a €30.1 million financing (approximately $37.5 million) through a placement of 2,151,332 new ordinary shares to new and existing shareholders. The funds are being used to complete the ReActiv8-B clinical study, advance the initial commercialization of ReActiv8 in Germany and other markets and invest in early commercial activities in preparation for launch in the U.S.
Revenue during the six-month period ending 30 June 2018 was $0.4 million ($0.3 million in 1H17).
Operating expenses were $15.8 million ($12.3 million in 1H17). This increase was driven primarily by costs relating to the ReActiv8-B study and associated with commercialization efforts.
Cash on hand at 30 June 2018 was $29.7 million (31 December 2017: $10 million).
Mainstay is a medical device company focused on commercializing an innovative implantable restorative neurostimulation system, ReActiv8®, for people with disabling Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP). The Company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. It has subsidiaries operating in Ireland, the United States, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, and is listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris (MSTY.PA) and the ESM of Euronext Dublin (MSTY.IE).
About Chronic Low Back Pain
One of the recognized root causes of CLBP is impaired control by the nervous system of the muscles that dynamically stabilize the spine in the low back, and an unstable spine can lead to back pain. ReActiv8 is designed to electrically stimulate the nerves responsible for contracting these muscles and thereby help to restore muscle control and improve dynamic spine stability, allowing the body to recover from CLBP.
People with CLBP usually have a greatly reduced quality of life and score significantly higher on scales for pain, disability, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. Their pain and disability can persist despite the best available medical treatments, and only a small percentage of cases result from an identified pathological condition or anatomical defect that may be correctable with spine surgery. Their ability to work or be productive is seriously affected by the condition and the resulting days lost from work, disability benefits and health resource utilization put a significant burden on individuals, families, communities, industry and governments.
Further information can be found at www.mainstay-medical.com