SOLENO THERAPEUTICS INC false 0001484565 0001484565 2022-05-10 2022-05-10





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Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): May 10, 2022




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ITEM 2.02

Results of Operations and Financial Conditions

On May 10, 2022, Soleno Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. 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

(d)    Exhibits





99.1    Press release issued by Soleno Therapeutics, Inc. dated May 10, 2022
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 10, 2022      

/s/ Anish Bhatnagar

      Anish Bhatnagar
      Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 99.1



Soleno Therapeutics Provides Corporate Update and Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 10, 2022 – 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, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 and Recent Corporate Highlights



Continuing dialogue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain alignment on the design of a study to provide additional clinical data to support the potential filing of a New Drug Application for diazoxide choline extended-release (DCCR) for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)



Presented posters highlighting long-term results from the Company’s studies evaluating DCCR tablets for the treatment of patients with PWS who received DCCR for 52 weeks and compared to a matched cohort from the PATH for PWS natural history study (C601/C602) at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting and Pediatric Endocrinology Society (PES) 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting



Closed $15 million public offering on March 31, 2022

“We look forward to reaching alignment with the FDA on generating additional controlled clinical data,” said Anish Bhatnagar, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Soleno Therapeutics. “Achieving regulatory approval as expeditiously as possible for DCCR continues to be the Soleno team’s core priority. Our recent data presentations at the PAS and PES annual meetings highlight the significant potential of DCCR to improve behavioral and metabolic outcomes for people with PWS who have no current therapeutic options. Our recently closed public offering has strengthened our balance sheet, providing us with financial flexibility as we continue to advance our strategic clinical and operational plans.”

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, 2022 Financial Results

Research and development expenses were $4.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to $7.2 million in the same period of 2021. Soleno’s research and development spending continues to fluctuate depending upon the state of its clinical programs and the timing of CMC costs and other projects necessary to support the submission of an NDA.

General and administrative expense was $2.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to $3.0 million in the same period of 2021. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in stock-based compensation.



The change in fair value of contingent consideration is a result of Soleno remeasuring at the end of each reporting period its obligation to make cash payments to Essentialis stockholders upon the achievement of certain future commercial milestones associated with the acquisition of DCCR in accordance with the terms of the Essentialis merger agreement. The fair value was estimated to be approximately $8.7 million as of March 31, 2022, a $0.9 million decrease from the estimate as of December 31, 2021.

Total other income was $0.05 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to $0.2 million in the same period of 2021, and consisted of the change in the fair value of Soleno’s outstanding warrants and interest income.

Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, was approximately $5.7 million, or a net loss of $0.07 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately $9.0 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

As of March 31, 2022, Soleno had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $29.0 million, compared to $21.3 million as of December 31, 2021.

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, a once-daily oral tablet for the treatment of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), is currently being evaluated in an ongoing Phase 3 clinical development program. For more information, please visit www.soleno.life.

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 and 92.9 % body composition 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 DCCR (Diazoxide Choline) Extended-Release Tablets

DCCR is a novel, proprietary extended-release dosage form containing the crystalline salt of diazoxide and is administered once-daily. The parent molecule, diazoxide, has been used for decades in thousands of patients in a few rare diseases in neonates, infants, children and adults, but has not been approved for use in PWS. Soleno conceived of and established extensive patent



protection on the therapeutic use of diazoxide and DCCR in patients with PWS. The DCCR development program is supported by data from five completed Phase 1 clinical studies in healthy volunteers and three completed Phase 2 clinical studies, one of which was in PWS patients. In the PWS Phase 3 study, DCCR showed promise in addressing hyperphagia, the hallmark symptom of PWS, as well as several other symptoms such as aggressive/destructive behaviors, fat mass and other metabolic parameters. Soleno has been in ongoing discussions with the FDA regarding additional data needed to support the submission of an NDA.

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

   $ 28,974     $ 21,304  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     1,004       1,118  







Total current assets

     29,978       22,422  

Long-term assets


Property and equipment, net

     27       33  

Operating lease right-of-use assets

     350       421  

Intangible assets, net

     12,151       12,637  

Other long-term assets

     40       40  







Total assets

   $ 42,546     $ 35,553  







Liabilities and stockholders’ equity


Current liabilities


Accounts payable

   $ 2,411     $ 3,254  

Accrued compensation

     598       728  

Accrued clinical trial site costs

     3,521       3,420  

Operating lease liabilities

     344       282  

Other current liabilities

     439       323  







Total current liabilities

     7,313       8,007  

Long-term liabilities


2018 PIPE Warrant liability

     4       31  

Contingent liability for Essentialis purchase price

     8,689       9,547  

Long-term lease liabilities

     79       175  







Total liabilities

     16,085       17,760  







Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)


Stockholders’ equity


Common stock, $0.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 120,088,816 and 79,864,310 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.

     120       80  

Additional paid-in-capital

     245,422       231,068  

Accumulated deficit

     (219,079     (213,355

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (2     —    







Total stockholders’ equity

     26,461       17,793  







Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 42,546     $ 35,553  









Soleno Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss


(In thousands except share and per share data)


     Three Months Ended
March 31,
     2022     2021  

Operating expenses


Research and development

   $ 3,988     $ 7,164  

General and administrative

     2,643       2,979  

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

     (858     (987







Total operating expenses

     5,773       9,156  







Operating loss

     (5,773     (9,156







Other income


Change in fair value of warrants liabilities

     27       201  

Interest income

     22       1  







Total other income

     49       202  







Net loss

   $ (5,724   $ (8,954







Other comprehensive loss


Foreign currency translation adjustment

     (2     —    







Total comprehensive loss

   $ (5,726   $ (8,954







Net loss per common share, basic and diluted

   $ (0.07   $ (0.11







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

     80,020,677       79,694,781