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Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): May 5, 2021




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ITEM 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Conditions

On May 5, 2021, Soleno Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. The full text of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

This information is intended to be furnished under Item 2.02 and Item 9.01 of Form 8-K, “Results of Operations and Financial Condition” and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits





Exhibit No.



99.1    Press release issued by Soleno Therapeutics, Inc. dated May 5, 2021
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: May 5, 2020      

/s/ Anish Bhatnagar

      Anish Bhatnagar
      Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 99.1



Soleno Therapeutics Provides Corporate Update and Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 5, 2021 – Soleno Therapeutics, Inc. (“Soleno”) (NASDAQ: SLNO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases, today provided a corporate update, and reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

“We are continuing our dialogue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the appropriate next steps in our DCCR program for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and work towards obtaining regulatory approval as expeditiously as possible,” said Anish Bhatnagar, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Soleno Therapeutics. “The Soleno team remains committed to the development of DCCR and building an appropriate data set to support its development. To this end, we were excited to recently present behavioral outcomes data from caregiver interviews that summarized individual patient experiences during treatment with DCCR. We were also pleased to speak to the PWS community directly during the recent PWS DCCR Town Hall meeting where we reiterated our continued focus on DCCR and outlined the proposed necessary steps for submitting a marketing application to the FDA in the U.S. More importantly, we were able to listen to the stories about the individual study participants’ experiences during our completed Phase III clinical trial of DCCR, DESTINY PWS, and the ongoing long-term safety extension study.”

Dr. Bhatnagar continued, “We are grateful for the work completed by the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research and Prader-Willi Syndrome Association | USA in collecting the experiences of PWS patients and caregivers treated with DCCR. This petition, which was submitted to the FDA, was signed by more than 26,000 individuals in support of DCCR.”

First Quarter 2021 and Recent Corporate Highlights



Continued discussions with FDA and currently evaluating appropriate next steps for DCCR program in PWS



Presented behavioral outcomes data from the Company’s ongoing open-label extension study (C602) of DCCR in PWS at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting (poster available https://investors.soleno.life/events-and-presentations/presentations)



A majority of patients (83%) reported positive changes in multiple behavioral outcome domains, including food-seeking behaviors, mealtime behaviors and daily life behaviors in a preliminary analysis of data from interviews of caregivers of participants in C602



Presented assessment of baseline renal function in PWS patients enrolled in clinical study C601 at the Endocrinology Society (ENDO) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting (poster available https://investors.soleno.life/events-and-presentations/presentations)



With researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, presented resting energy expenditure data for a limited number of subjects enrolled in clinical studies C601 and




C602 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting (poster available https://investors.soleno.life/events-and-presentations/presentations)



DCCR treated subjects showed progressive increases in resting energy expenditure



Presented a post-hoc analysis of C601 taking into account data prior to the ‘COVID impact’ (defined as 1 March 2020) at the PES 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting (poster available https://investors.soleno.life/events-and-presentations/presentations)



The primary endpoint, change in hyperphagia using HQ-CT, and all key secondary endpoints showed significant improvements in DCCR treated subjects compared with placebo



There were significant improvements in a number of behavioral and cardiometabolic endpoints in DCCR treated subjects compared with placebo



Participated in PWS DCCR Town Hall



Highlighted the proposed necessary steps to submit a marketing application for DCCR in the U.S. and reaffirmed the Company’s commitment to this process



Listened to individual patient and caregiver experiences with DCCR



Participated in a fireside chat at the 31st Annual Oppenheimer Healthcare Conference

Financial Results

Soleno’s current research and development efforts are primarily focused on advancing its lead product candidate, DCCR, for the treatment of PWS, through late-stage clinical development.

First Quarter Ended March 31, 2021 Financial Results

Research and development expenses were $7.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $6.7 million in the same period of 2020. The increase was primarily due to increased activities related to the DCCR development program. General and administrative expense was $3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $2.0 million in the same period of 2020.

The change in the fair value of contingent consideration results from Soleno’s obligation to make cash payments to Essentialis stockholders upon the achievement of certain future commercial milestones associated with the sale of DCCR in accordance with the terms of the Essentialis merger agreement. The fair value was estimated to be approximately $9.3 million at March 31, 2021, resulting in a decrease in expense of approximately $1.0 million from the estimate at December 31, 2020.

Total other income was $0.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $3.4 million in the same period of 2020, and consisted primarily of the change in the fair value of our outstanding warrants.



Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, was approximately $9.0 million, or a net loss of $0.11 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately $5.9 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

As of March 31, 2021, Soleno had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $41.6 million, compared to $49.2 million at December 31, 2020.

About PWS

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association USA estimates that PWS occurs in one in every 15,000 live births in the U.S. The hallmark symptom of this disorder is hyperphagia, a chronic feeling of insatiable hunger that severely diminishes the quality of life for PWS patients and their families. Additional characteristics of PWS include behavioral problems, cognitive disabilities, low muscle tone, short stature (when not treated with growth hormone), the accumulation of excess body fat, developmental delays, and incomplete sexual development. Hyperphagia can lead to significant morbidities (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease) and mortality (e.g., stomach rupture, choking, accidental death due to food seeking behavior). In a global survey conducted by the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, 96.5% of respondents (parent and caregivers) rated hyperphagia as the most important or a very important symptom to be relieved by a new medicine. There are currently no approved therapies to treat the hyperphagia/appetite, metabolic, cognitive function, or behavioral aspects of the disorder. Diazoxide choline has received Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of PWS in the U.S. and EU, and Fast Track Designation in the U.S.

About Soleno Therapeutics, Inc.

Soleno is focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases. The company’s lead candidate, DCCR extended-release tablets, a once-daily oral tablet for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), is currently being evaluated in a Phase 3 clinical development program. For more information, please visit www.soleno.life.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding timing of any regulatory process or ultimate approvals and determining a path forward for DCCR for the treatment of PWS. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including the risks and uncertainties associated with market conditions, as well as risks and uncertainties inherent in Soleno’s business, including those described in the company’s prior press releases and in the periodic reports it files with the SEC. The events and circumstances reflected in the company’s forward-looking statements may not be achieved or



occur and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, the company does not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise.

Corporate Contact:

Brian Ritchie

LifeSci Advisors, LLC




Soleno Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands except share and per share data)


     March 31,
    December 31,



Current assets


Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 41,607     $ 49,224  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     921       1,019  







Total current assets

     42,528       50,243  

Long-term assets


Property and equipment, net

     20       19  

Operating lease right-of-use assets

     50       124  

Finance lease right-of-use assets

     13       15  

Intangible assets, net

     14,095       14,581  







Total assets

   $ 56,706     $ 64,982  







Liabilities and stockholders’ equity


Current liabilities


Accounts payable

   $ 4,669     $ 3,489  

Accrued compensation

     411       1,005  

Accrued clinical trial site costs

     4,140       3,789  

Operating lease liabilities

     57       139  

Other current liabilities

     232       196  







Total current liabilities

     9,509       8,618  

Long-term liabilities


2018 PIPE Warrant liability

     338       539  

Contingent liability for Essentialis purchase price

     9,291       10,278  







Total liabilities

     19,138       19,435  







Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)


Stockholders’ equity


Common stock, $0.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 79,723,680 and 79,615,692 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

     80       80  

Additional paid-in-capital

     228,887       227,912  

Accumulated deficit

     (191,399     (182,445







Total stockholders’ equity

     37,568       45,547  







Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 56,706     $ 64,982  










Soleno Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations


(In thousands except share and per share data)


     Three Months Ended
March 31,
     2021     2020  

Operating expenses


Research and development

   $ 7,164     $ 6,695  

General and administrative

     2,979       2,003  

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

     (987     584  







Total operating expenses

     9,156       9,282  







Operating loss

     (9,156     (9,282







Other income


Change in fair value of warrants liabilities

     201       3,413  

Interest income

     1       11  







Total other income

     202       3,424  







Net loss

   $ (8,954   $ (5,858







Net loss per common share, basic and diluted

   $ (0.11   $ (0.13







Weighted-average common shares outstanding used to calculate basic and diluted net loss per common share

     79,694,781       44,679,858