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Sensorion Reports Its 2018 Annual Results; 75% of Patients Enrolled in the Sens-111 Clinical Trial

MONTPELLIER, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

Sensorion (Paris:ALSEN) (FR0012596468 – ALSEN) a pioneering
clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company which specializes in the
development of novel therapies to restore, treat and prevent inner ear
diseases such as hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo, today announces its
annual results at 31 December 2018 and its outlook for 2019.

‘The repositioning of our AUV phase 2 clinical trial for SENS-111 has
borne fruit, we have obtained the necessary regulatory approval and are
now proud to announce that we have enrolled 75% of the patients. We
confirm that the results of the proof of concept trial will be announced
in the second half. Following the bond issue in March 2019, we believe
that cash in hand will carry us through until the middle of the second
half. 2019 will be a turnaround year for Sensorion. We expect two major
clinical phase 2 results in the second half for our two drugs SENS-111
and SENS-401. Sensorion now has a promising pipeline enabling it to
offer therapeutic solutions to Prevent and Treat inner ear disorders’,
Nawal Ouzren, Sensorion CEO.

2018 financial results

The annual accounts at 31 December 2018, drawn up according to IFRS
standards and approved by the Board of Directors on 26 March 2019, have
been duly reviewed by statutory auditors and the certification report is
being issued.

They show an increase in Research & Development spending, linked to the
launch of a phase 2 clinical trial for SENS-401 in the second half of

The simplified income statement at 31 December 2018 is as follows:

In Euros – IFRS standards 31.12.2018 31.12.2017
Operating income 2,309,859 2,025,413
Research & Development expenses 11,907,943 7,872,735
General & Administrative expenses 2,627,684 3,668,464
Total operating expenses 14,535,677 11,541,199
Operating profit/loss -12,225,767 -9,515,785
Financial profit/loss -124,254 -170,379
Net profit/loss -12,350,021 -9,686,164

At 31 December 2018, Sensorion operating income, mainly the
research tax credit, amounted to €2.2m, i.e. +18.9% compared with 31
December 2017.

Operating expenses rose 26%, moving up from €11.5m at 31 December
2017 to €14.5m at 31 December 2018, mainly owing to the preparation of
the launch of the phase 2 clinical trial with SENS-401 in the treatment
of sudden hearing sensorineural loss and execution of the SENS-401
toxicology programme.

G&A expenses are down 28%; they amounted to some €2.6m at 31 December
2018 compared with €3.7m at 31 December 2017.

Operating loss at 31 December 2018 thus came to -€12.2m, compared
with -€9.5m at 31 December 2017.

Net loss came to -€12.3m at 31 December 2018 versus a net
loss of -€9.7m at 31 December 2017.

At 31 December 2018, the company employed 18 persons.

Financial structure

Total equity came to €3.5m at 31 December 2018 versus €7.4m at 31
December 2017 In May 2018, the company undertook a €8.65m share issue,
broadening the shareholder base, notably with the entry into the capital
of US investors such as Novalis LifeSciences (created by Marijn Dekkers).

Financial debt was reduced to €1.7m versus 2.2m at December 2017,
following the conversion of the Yorkville bond (40 convertible bonds
were converted in Q1 2018). The contract signed with Yorkville for
financing via convertible bonds with share warrants (‘OCABSA’) was done
on 18 November 2018.

At 31 December 2018, Sensorion cash and cash equivalents amounted to
€2.7m versus €8.8m at 30 June 2018. Cash flow linked to operating
activities and investment amounted to €12.5m.

At 31 December 2018, the company lacked sufficient net working capital
to meet its cash requirements for the coming 12 months. Following the
bond issue generating €4.7m in gross income, and as of today, the
company has requisite cash to ensure coverage of its day-to-day expenses
and its development out till the middle of the second half of 2019.
Hence the company has led and continue to lead the search for financing
solutions mainly industrial partnership contracts or licence agreements
on one or several of its product candidates but also the search for
non-dilutive financing (grants and/or repayable advances) specifically
to fund the company’s research programs. Those financing solutions could

In addition, the company may re-dimension its operational plans by
postponing or limiting the extent of its research and development

Capital breakdown

The company’s capital breakdown at 31 December 2018 is as follows. The
two last columns include the impact of any conversion of the entirety of
the convertible bonds issued in March 2019 (the ‘CBs’).

Shareholders Number of shares

% capital and
voting rights

Number of shares
(after conversion
of the CBs)

% capital and
voting rights
conversion of the

Bpifrance Investissements (Innobio) 3,499,874 26.79% 3,499,874 20.83%
Inserm Transfert Initiative 982,911 7.52% 982,911 5.85%
Cochlear 533,755 4.09% 533,755 3.18%
Free float 7,878,886 60.3% 7,878,886 46.90%
Management 170,506 1.30% 170,506 1.02%
CB holders 3,733,574 22.22%
Total 13,065,932 100.00% 16,799,506 100.00%

Convertible bonds converted on the basis of the Sensorion share
price at the close of March 5, 2019 (€1,024)

Key developments in 2018

Research and development

Sensorion has undertaken clinical phase 2 tests with SENS-111 in acute
unilateral vestibulopathy (AUV). AUV has been chosen as the first
indication to initiate the SENS-111 clinical programme as it is a pure
disease for which the patient phenotype is quite homogenous. Two phase
2s were conducted in 2018, the positive results of the first were
published in December, the second is ongoing.

The results of the phase 2a trial reported in December 2018 were aimed
at comparing the tolerance of SENS-111 versus meclizine. Meclizine was
chosen as it belongs to the histamine receptor antagonist class H1 and
constitutes the first line treatment of vertigo in the US.

The results of the SENS-111 phase 2a trial met the main tolerance
primary end point to a statistically significant degree. The trial
confirms the initial postulate whereby the SENS-111 drug candidate
impacts neither the vigilance nor the cognitive performance of patients
during a motion stimulus.

The trial has shown that SENS-111, in contrast to meclizine, has no
negative CNS side effects such as sedation, impairment of memory and of
cognitive performance.

The study protocol of the ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial in acute
unilateral vestibulopathy (AUV) has been amended as announced in 2018.
Sensorion has received the necessary regulatory approvals for the
continuation of the modified trial. Some 100 patients are now expected
in centers opened in the United-States, Europe, Israel, and South Korea.
The trial has proceeded with success as we have enrolled 75% of the
forecast patients. Sensorion is progressing well in this trial and we
confirm that the trial results will be released in the second half of
2019, to assess efficacy of the drug candidate.

These items will allow the company to build a strong data package
covering the scientific, clinical and commercial strengths of SENS-111,
thereby to crystallize a SENS-111 licence partnership.

Sensorion launched a phase 2 clinical trial for SENS-401 in the
treatment of SSNHL in adults. This randomised, double-blind and
placebo-controlled phase 2 trial will unfold in 12 countries to enrol
some 260 patients and has already started in fifteen or so sites in
Europe and Canada. Interim results are expected in the second half of

Following the agreement initiated in December 2017, Sensorion and
Cochlear (world leader in cochlear implants) pursued their
collaboration. Based on the otoprotective properties demonstrated in
several preclinical models, SENS-401 could potentially save the residual
hearing of patients receiving cochlear implants. In 2018 we successfully
performed additional safety studies to assess the feasibility of long
duration treatment with SENS-401, which may be required in the cochlear
implant indication. Supported by these results, studies were carried out
to assess the different potential treatment modalities for cochlear
implantation and to validate the local exposure levels of SENS-401 in
the inner ear in preclinical models appropriate for cochlear implants
(results jointly presented jointly with Cochlear at the 2018 ARO
MidWinter Meeting).

The company is accelerating the development and utilisation of its
screening platform in all inner ear pathologies. We have
increased throughput of the High Content Screening platform.

Collaboration has been initiated with internationally renowned experts
for the validation of translational, quantitative endpoint measures in
tinnitus. We have also implemented robust models of chronic noise
exposure and age-related hearing loss.

Regular scientific communication

At various scientific congresses in 2018, Sensorion presented major
preclinical results underpinning the development of its drug candidates,
and in particular:

Ongoing negotiation for an exclusive
collaboration with the Institut Pasteur
Gene Therapy programmes targeting hearing loss

On 23 November 2018, Sensorion announced the signature of a letter of
intent with the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) in order to collaborate
exclusively on several research programs to co-develop and commercialize
gene therapy product candidates for restoration, treatment and
prevention of hearing loss disorders.

The Pasteur Institute Unit of Genetics and Physiology of Hearing, headed
by Professor Christine Petit, has developed world-class expertise over
the last 25 years in hearing development, molecular physiology and
physiopathology leading to gene therapy programmes for inner ear
disorders. Sensorion and the Institut Pasteur should collaborate in the
future on several programs to correct monogenic forms of hereditary
hearing loss including, amongst others, the Usher Syndrome type1 and

The negotiations are ongoing.

Strategy and outlook: 2019 a turnaround year

Sensorion announced on March 11 a €4.7 million nominal bond issue,
consisting of one (i) convertible bond issue1 for a nominal
amount of €3.4 million subscribed by several new European investors as
well as (ii) a bond issue2 for a nominal amount of €1.3
million subscribed by these same European investors for an amount of €1
million and the balance by the Company’s management, Mr. Patrick
Langlois, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Ms. Nawal Ouzren, Chief
Executive Officer3.

At the same time, in order to promote the company’s development,
Bpifrance has included Sensorion in the “Hub Health Tech”, a highly
selective growth accelerator program designed for only five technology
leaders in BPI’s portfolio for the current promotion. This program also
provides preparation for internationalization. Bpifrance thus confirms
its interest and willingness to continue to actively support Sensorion
in its development.

Sensorion will continue to actively develop its drug candidates which
are in clinical trials, while undertaking research work in its
technological screening platform. As mentioned above, the results of the
phase 2 trial on the efficacy of SENS-111 in acute unilateral
vestibulopathy are expected during the second half of 2019 and the phase
2 of the SENS-401, in sudden hearing loss (SSNHL), is commencing with
intermediary results expected at the end of the year.

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About Sensorion

Sensorion is a pioneering clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company,
which specializes in the development of novel therapies to restore,
treat and prevent inner ear diseases such as hearing loss, vertigo and
tinnitus. Our clinical-stage portfolio includes two phase 2 products:
Seliforant (SENS-111) in acute unilateral vestibulopathy and Arazasetron
(SENS-401) for sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). We have built
a unique R&D technology platform to expand our understanding of the
pathophysiology and etiology of inner ear diseases enabling us to select
the best targets and modalities for drug candidates. We also identify
biomarkers to improve diagnosis and treatment of these underserved

We are uniquely placed through our platforms and pipeline of potential
therapeutics to make a lasting positive impact on hundreds of thousands
of people with inner ear related disorders; a significant global unmet
need in medicine today.

ISIN: FR0012596468
Mnemonic: ALSEN

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considers to be reasonable. However, there can be no assurance that such
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1 i.e. 3,440,862 convertible bonds with a nominal value of €1
2 i.e. 1,290,325 bonds with a nominal value of €1
3 Mr. Patrick Langlois, Chairman of the Company’s
Board of Directors, has subscribed, through his family holding company,
for bonds, up to €50,000. Ms. Nawal Ouzren, Chief Executive Officer, has
subscribed for bonds, up to €200,000


Nawal Ouzren
+33 467 207 730

Catherine Leveau
Financial communication
+33 467 207 730

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