LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2023 / Genflow (LSE:GENF) is pleased to announce its half year results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2023.
It is with pleasure that I take this opportunity to update shareholders of Genflow Biosciences Plc ('Genflow' or the 'Company') on the Company's performance during the first six months of 2023.
The Company continues to maintain a secure financial position and has sufficient cash reserves until March 2025. This is inclusive of grant funding which has been approved at the time of reporting and is due to be received in the coming months. The Company continues to seek further non-dilutive research grants which management will use to expedite specific phases of planned research and development.
The Company has continued to make progress with its two principal longevity programs:
1. NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) - where the Company is seeking to reverse aging fibrotic livers to normal functionality. The Company is seeking to ensure swift first-in-human trials; and
2. Werner Syndrome - where the Company is seeking to improve the lives of patients suffering with this accelerated aging disease.
Most notably in relation to our NASH program, the Company submitted a detailed application dossier for the Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) of the Group's proposed medical treatment of NASH, which was presented to the Belgian regulatory authorities (FAMHP) in early June 2023. The Company was pleased with the advice received from the FAHMP to advance clinical trials of its drug, GF-1002, with patients suffering from NASH (rather than in healthy volunteers). This follows promising results from the Company's research in in-vitro human cells and in-vivo rodent studies.
The Company's NASH clinical trials are scheduled to begin in approximately 18 months following dialogue and subsequent agreement with the European Medicine Agency.
Other notable progress with the Group's two longevity programs includes:
· The Company is conducting in-vivo evaluations of its centenarian SIRT6 gene therapy in four different NASH mice models in conjunction with four leading partners in the field: The University of Liverpool, UK, The University of Rochester, US, the International Clinical Research Center (FNUSA-ICRC), Czech Republic and Physiogenex, France.
These studies have been wide reaching and have included the analysation of over 700 mice, with the intention of understanding the efficacy and safety of the Company's drug candidate in animal models with NASH and has generated essential information in preparation for clinical trials in humans. Final reports are expected by the end of 2023.
· The Company has initiated a manufacturing program under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) conditions, which will applied in both the NASH and Werner Syndrome projects.
· The Company's partnership with Organips in France, has made it possible to limit the use of animal models in our research by opting for the use of artificial organs built with human cell organoids. These organoids mimic the function of a natural organ, therefore they deliver more relevant information on the potential safety and efficacy of the drug in humans. While organoids offer several advantages, they also have limitations and do not fully replicate the complexity and multicellular interactions of whole organs in the human body.
· The Group has expanded its intellectual property portfolio through a provisional patent application focussing on the ability to edit its SIRT6 gene. If granted, the patent will represent a significant breakthrough in the field of gene editing, with potential implications for longevity and other forms of gene therapy.
Admittance to the OTCQB
In June 2023, the Company was pleased to announce that, after a successful application process, its Ordinary Shares began trading on the OTCQB Venture Market in the United States ('U.S.'). The new U.S. trading avenue expands access to a broader pool of investors and enables investors in the U.S. to trade during U.S. trading hours and in U.S. dollars, thereby easing cross-border trading.
The move is particularly exciting for Genflow as it not only expands the Company's reach to a larger investor base and has the potential to enhance liquidity for our shares, but also provides the Company with a platform to showcase our innovative solutions and technologies to a wider audience, raising our profile and increasing visibility within the global biotech industry, and specifically, longevity.
Governance and the Board
To enhance the Company's current objectives and priorities in the U.S., including the Company's admission to OTCQB, the Board of Directors proactively restructured both itself and the Company's Scientific Advisory Board ('SAB').
In May 2023, I was pleased to be promoted to Chairperson of the Board and Vera Gorbunova PhD was promoted to Chairperson of the SAB. My experience in financing, coupled with a familiarity with the U.S. public markets, I hope will play a crucial role as the Company seeks to strengthen its links with the U.S. market and investors. We believe that Dr. Gorbunova's outstanding contributions to the field of longevity and her invaluable insights in this sector will be instrumental in guiding the Company's scientific research.
Yassine Bendiabdallah remains a key member of our Board and will continue to act as a Non-Executive Director, and Dr Eric Verdin remains a key member of the SAB.
The SAB also welcomed Professor Dr Sven Francque, a renowned expert in the field of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and NASH.
As of 30 June 2023, the Group had cash reserves of £1,507,437 (31 December 2022: £2,356,225) which has been derived from equity fundraising consecutive with admission to the London Stock Exchange in January 2022 and the receipt of research and development grants. The Company remains debt free.
Administration expenses for 30 June 2023 totalled £815,477 (30 June 2022: £696,402), which primarily consisted of research and development costs of £415,157 (30 June 2022: £97,304), legal and professional fees totalling £87,428 (30 June 2022: £267,535) and Directors' fees of £187,409 (30 June 2022: £172,851).
Other Comprehensive Income was charged with a translation gain of £26,749 upon converting the Subsidiary's results for the period to GBP.
On behalf of the Board, I thank you for your continued support and look forward to growing the Company's presence and continuing to build upon Genflow's position in the longevity sector both in Europe and the US. The recent recommendation from the FAHMP to commence Phase I/II clinical trials in NASH patients is a key milestone for Genflow, and I am excited for the Company to progress further towards gaining approval from the European Medicine Agency to commence human clinical trials over the next 18 months.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITIONAS AT 30 June 2023
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2023
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2023
Non- Cash Investing and Financing Activities
Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2022 and audited 12 months ended 31 December 2022- 900,000 Ordinary shares were issued at nominal value as non-cash consideration to three Directors of the Company in lieu of fees.
Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2022 and audited 12 months ended 31 December 2022 - 203,833,878 Ordinary shares were issued at nominal value as non-cash consideration for the acquisition of Genflow Biosciences Srl, as part of a share for share exchange arrangement.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2023
1. REPORTING ENTITY
Genflow Biosciences Plc (the 'Company') is a company domiciled in the United Kingdom. The consolidated interim financial information as at, and for the six months ended, 30 June 2023 comprise the results of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the 'Group').
The consolidated financial statements of the Group as at, and for the year ended, 31 December 2022 are available upon request from the Company's registered office at 6 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BT or at genflowbio.com .
2. BASIS OF PREPARATION
The financial information set out in this report is based on the consolidated financial information of the Company and its subsidiary companies. The financial information of the Group for the 6 months ended 30 June 2023 was approved and authorised for issue by the Board of the Company on 27 September 2023. The interim results have not been audited. This financial information has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies that are expected to be applied in the Report and Accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2022 and are consistent with the recognition and measurement requirements of IFRS as adopted by the United Kingdom. The comparative information for the full year ended 31 December 2022 is not the Group's full annual accounts for that period but has been derived from the annual financial statements for that period.
The consolidated financial information incorporates the results of the Group as at 30 June 2023. The corresponding amounts are for the year ended 31 December 2022 and for the 6 month period ended 30 June 2022.
The Group financial information is presented in Pound Sterling and values are rounded to the nearest pound.
The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in the interim consolidated financial information as were applied in the Group's latest annual audited financial statements except for those that relate to new standards and interpretations effective for the first time for periods beginning on (or after) 1 January 2023 and will be adopted in the 2023 annual financial statements.
A number of new standards and amendments became effective on 1 January 2023 and have been adopted by the Group. None of these standards have materially affected the Group.
3. GOING CONCERN
As the Group's assets are not generating revenue an operating loss has been reported and an operating loss is expected in the 12 months to 30 June 2024. However, the Directors believe that the Group will have sufficient funds to meet its immediate working capital requirements and undertake its targeted operating activities over the next 18 months from the date of approval of these financial statements.
In March 2022, Genflow Biosciences Srl was awarded a non-dilutive research grant of up to €3.375m from the regional government of Wallonia in southern Belgium. The total grant has been approved by the relevant authorities, however it has not yet been received at the time of reporting. Once received, management will use the funds to expedite specific phases of planned research and development. Management has prepared a forecast covering an 18-month post-period end and believes that current cash reserves will adequately meet the working capital requirements of the Group in addition to meeting research and development commitments.
As such, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has, and will have, future access to adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and, therefore, continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the interim financial statements.
4. EXPENSES BY NATURE
5. PROFIT/(LOSS) PER SHARE
6. TRADE AND OTHER DEBTORS
Trade and other receivables are all due within one year. The fair value of all receivables is the same as their carrying values stated above. These assets, excluding prepayments, are the only form of financial asset within the Group, together with cash and cash equivalents. There are no trade receivables therefore an aging analysis has not been provided.
As at 30 June 2023, £324,830 (31 December 2022: £92,535) in 'other receivables' relates to grant receivable.
7. SHARE CAPITAL
On 17 January 2022, the Company issued and allotted 47,036,500 new Ordinary Shares at a price of 8 pence per share for gross proceeds of £3,762,920. On the same day, the Company issued and allotted 900,000 new Ordinary Shares at nominal value in lieu of fees of £72,000.
The commitments stated in the Group's Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2022 remain in place.
9. EVENTS AFTER THE REPORTING DATE
On 20 September 2023, the Company announced that it received a recommendation from the FAHMP to commence clinical trials of its drug, GF-1002, with patients suffering from NASH (rather than in healthy volunteers).
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Genflow is a UK-based biotechnology company established in 2020. The Company is developing gene therapies designed to target the aging process and to reduce and delay the incidence of age-related diseases. This will be done through novel therapeutics targeting aging in humans by using adeno-associated virus ('AAV') vectors to deliver copies of the Sirtuin-6 ('SIRT6') gene variant that is found in centenarians into cells.
Its mission is to increase understanding of the factors that control and impact lifespan. Genflow researches, develops, and commercialises therapeutic solutions to lengthen health span, the amount of time we live in good health, creating biological interventions that enable longer and healthier lives. Genflow is dedicated to the development and commercialisation of novel therapeutics targeting aging in dogs and humans. By treating aging, Genflow can contribute to a decrease in healthcare costs and lessen the emotional and societal burden that comes with an aging population.
To learn more visit www.genflowbio.com
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