Axsome Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

May 02, 2022

Company to host conference call today at 8:00 AM Eastern

NEW YORK, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

"Axsome is poised to transform into a commercial entity potentially as early as this month, a direct result of our dedicated team's focused execution. Between pending FDA action on our NDA for AXS-05 in depression and the expected closing of our acquisition of Sunosi, Axsome is well-positioned to potentially make two important new medicines available to patients living with serious CNS disorders in the coming months," said Herriot Tabuteau, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Axsome. "With regards to AXS-07 for migraine, we look forward to engaging with the FDA to address the issues in the recent complete response letter, with the goal of an expeditious resubmission of that NDA. The rest of our rich pipeline continues to progress with an NDA filing for AXS-14 in fibromyalgia, and topline results from our Phase 3 trials of AXS-12 in narcolepsy and AXS-05 in Alzheimer's disease agitation anticipated in 2023."

Business Update

Axsome is committed to developing medicines that meaningfully improve the lives of patients living with CNS disorders. The Company is advancing a portfolio of differentiated, patent-protected, CNS product candidates with four in active clinical development.


AXS-05 (dextromethorphan-bupropion) is Axsome's novel, oral, investigational NMDA receptor antagonist with multimodal activity being developed for the following indications: major depressive disorder (MDD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) agitation, and smoking cessation. AXS-05 has been granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy designations for MDD and for AD agitation.

  • Depression: Axsome's New Drug Application (NDA) for AXS-05 for the treatment of MDD was granted Priority Review and is currently under review by the FDA. The Company has received and agreed to Postmarketing Requirements/Commitments proposed by the FDA. Based on this interaction, the Company anticipates potential FDA action on the NDA in the second quarter of 2022.
  • Alzheimer's Disease Agitation: Axsome is conducting the ACCORD study, a Phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter, randomized withdrawal trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of AXS-05 in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) agitation. The Company is evaluating the design of the study and will provide an update following consultation with the FDA.
  • Smoking Cessation: Axsome plans to proceed to a pivotal Phase 2/3 trial in this indication. The Company intends to provide information on the timing of initiation of this study in 2022.


AXS-07 (MoSEIC™ meloxicam-rizatriptan) is Axsome's novel, oral, rapidly absorbed, multi-mechanistic, investigational medicine for the acute treatment of migraine.

  • Migraine: Axsome received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the FDA regarding its NDA for AXS-07 for the acute treatment of migraine. The CRL did not identify or raise any concerns about the clinical efficacy or safety data in the NDA and the FDA did not request any new clinical trials to support the approval of AXS-07. The principal reasons given in the CRL relate to chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) considerations. The Company believes that the issues raised in the CRL are addressable, and intends to provide potential timing for a resubmission following consultation with the FDA.


AXS-12 (reboxetine) is Axsome's novel, oral, potent, and highly selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor for the treatment of narcolepsy. AXS-12 has been granted FDA Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of narcolepsy.

  • Narcolepsy: Axsome is conducting the SYMPHONY study, a Phase 3 randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial of AXS-12 in the treatment of narcolepsy. Enrollment in the trial is progressing and topline results are anticipated in the first half of 2023.


AXS-14 (esreboxetine) is Axsome's novel, oral, potent, and highly selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor for the management of fibromyalgia. Esreboxetine, the SS-enantiomer of reboxetine, is more potent and selective than racemic reboxetine.

  • Fibromyalgia: Manufacturing and other activities related to the planned submission of an NDA for AXS-14 for the management of fibromyalgia are ongoing. The Company expects to submit the NDA in 2023. AXS-14 has previously met the primary endpoints and demonstrated positive and statistically significant results in a Phase 3 and in a Phase 2 trial for the management of fibromyalgia.


  • In March 2022, Axsome announced that the Company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sunosi® (solriamfetol) from Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: JAZZ). Sunosi is a dual-acting dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (DNRI) indicated to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) due to narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sunosi net sales were $57.9 million in 2021, representing year-over-year growth of 104%.

    The waiting period applicable to the acquisition under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired. The transaction is structured to be completed in sequential closings for the U.S. and ex-U.S. territories. The Company expects the U.S. transaction to close in the second quarter of 2022, and the ex-U.S. transaction to close within 60 days following the U.S. transaction close.

Commercial and Launch-Readiness Activities

Axsome is prepared for a commercial launch of AXS-05 for the treatment of MDD, if approved, and is ready to assume commercialization of Sunosi upon closing of that acquisition:

  • The AXS-05 field force team build is complete with all signed offers contingent upon approval. The Company anticipates having all field representatives for the product candidate on-board by launch.
  • Activities are underway to ensure a timely and seamless transition of Sunosi into the Axsome infrastructure upon closing of the transaction.
  • Axsome's first-in-class Digital Centric Commercialization™ (DCC) platform will be used to augment commercialization of both AXS-05 and Sunosi.

Anticipated Milestones

  • Corporate:
    • Sunosi acquisition U.S. and ex-U.S. transaction closings (2Q, 3Q 2022, respectively)
  • Regulatory and Commercial:
    • AXS-05 for MDD, FDA action on NDA
    • AXS-05 for MDD, commercial launch, if approved
    • AXS-07 for migraine, NDA resubmission
    • AXS-14 for fibromyalgia, NDA submission (2023)
  • Clinical Trial Readouts:
    • Phase 3 SYMPHONY trial of AXS-12 in narcolepsy, topline data (1H 2023)
    • Phase 3 ACCORD trial of AXS-05 for Alzheimer's disease agitation, topline data (1H 2023)

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Research and development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $12.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and $16.6 million for the comparable period in 2021. The decrease was driven by expenses related to the NDA filing which occurred in the prior comparable period.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $25.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and $11.2 million for the comparable period in 2021. The increase was primarily related to pre-commercial activities and personnel expense, along with an increase in non-cash stock compensation expense.
  • Net loss: Net loss was $39.6 million, or $(1.03) per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2022 compared to a net loss of $29.3 million, or $(0.78) per share, for the comparable period in 2021. The net loss for the current period included $7.6 million of non-cash stock compensation expense compared to $3.7 million in the comparable period.
  • Cash: At March 31, 2022, Axsome had $84.7 million of cash compared to $86.5 million at December 31, 2021.
  • Shares outstanding: At March 31, 2022, Axsome had 38,883,445 shares of common stock outstanding.

Financial Guidance

  • Axsome believes that its current cash, along with the remaining committed capital from the $300 million term loan facility, is sufficient to fund anticipated operations into 2024, based on the current operating plan, which includes the potential launch of AXS-05 in MDD, and the acquisition and commercialization of Sunosi.
  • Axsome expects that its operating expenses will increase year over year as it continues to build out the commercial function and further advance its pipeline. 

Conference Call Information

Axsome will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:00 AM Eastern to discuss first quarter 2022 financial results as well as to provide a corporate update. To participate in the live conference call, please dial (844) 200-6205 (toll-free domestic) or (929) 526-1599 (international) and use the conference ID 152950. The live webcast can be accessed on the "Webcasts & Presentations" page of the "Investors" section of the Company's website at A replay of the webcast will be available for approximately 30 days following the live event.

About Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for central nervous system (CNS) conditions that have limited treatment options. Through development of therapeutic options with novel mechanisms of action, we are transforming the approach to treating CNS conditions. At Axsome, we are committed to developing products that meaningfully improve the lives of patients and provide new therapeutic options for physicians. For more information, please visit the Company's website at The Company may occasionally disseminate material, nonpublic information on the company website.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements". We may, in some cases, use terms such as "predicts," "believes," "potential," "continue," "estimates," "anticipates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "may," "could," "might," "will," "should" or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. In particular, the Company's statements regarding trends and potential future results are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the success, timing and cost of our ongoing clinical trials and anticipated clinical trials for our current product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of initiation, pace of enrollment and completion of the trials (including our ability to fully fund our disclosed clinical trials, which assumes no material changes to our currently projected expenses), futility analyses and receipt of interim results, which are not necessarily indicative of the final results of our ongoing clinical trials, and the number or type of studies or nature of results necessary to support the filing of a new drug application ("NDA") for any of our current product candidates; our ability to fund additional clinical trials to continue the advancement of our product candidates; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") or other regulatory authority approval of, or other action with respect to, our product candidates (including, but not limited to, whether potential filing issues or issues identified by FDA during the substantive review may impact the potential approvability of the Company's NDA submission for AXS-05 in MDD or the timing of such approval; whether issues identified by FDA in the complete response letter may impact the potential approvability of the Company's NDA for AXS-07 for the acute treatment of migraine in adults with or without aura, pursuant to our special protocol assessment for the MOMENTUM clinical trial; the potential for the ASCEND clinical trial, combined with the GEMINI clinical trial results, to provide a basis for approval of AXS-05 for the treatment of major depressive disorder and accelerate its development timeline and commercial path to patients; the Company's ability to successfully defend its intellectual property or obtain the necessary licenses at a cost acceptable to the Company, if at all; the successful implementation of the Company's research and development programs and collaborations; the success of the Company's license agreements; the acceptance by the market of the Company's product candidates, if approved; the Company's anticipated capital requirements, including the amount of capital required for the Company's commercial launch of its product candidates, and the potential impact on the Company's anticipated cash runway; unforeseen circumstances or other disruptions to normal business operations arising from or related to COVID-19; and other factors, including general economic conditions and regulatory developments, not within the Company's control. The factors discussed herein could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstance.


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Axsome Contact:
Mark Jacobson
Chief Operating Officer
Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.
22 Cortlandt Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Tel: 212-332-3243


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