ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

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SINGAPORE, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ASLN, TPEx:6497), a clinical-stage immunology and oncology focused biopharmaceutical company developing innovative treatments to transform the lives of patients, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2020 and provided an update on its clinical activities.

Dr Carl Firth, Chief Executive Officer, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, said: “As COVID-19 restrictions gradually lift in Singapore we expect to resume recruitment into our multiple ascending dose (MAD) study of ASLAN004 in early August. With the continuing impact of COVID-19 causing some delays in patient recruitment, we plan to share further data from the trial during the fourth quarter of 2020. We have been proactive in preparing to open new study sites in Australia and the US to ensure we can accelerate recruitment, as well as support our planned global Phase 2b study in atopic dermatitis in 2021.”

Second quarter 2020 and recent business highlights

Clinical development


  • Recruitment paused into randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled MAD study of ASLAN004 in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in April 2020 in response to government restrictions in Singapore to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • To accelerate recruitment, ASLAN has identified several clinical sites in Australia and the US that could join the ongoing MAD study in the third quarter.
  • Clinical trial application submitted and regulatory process underway in Australia to initiate recruitment of patients into the ongoing MAD study.
  • Preparations underway to file Investigational New Drug application to the US Food and Drug Administration later this month.


  • Two abstracts on varlitinib presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) virtual congress.

Anticipated upcoming milestones for ASLAN004

  • Interim, unblinded data from the 3 dose cohorts (up to 24 patients) expected in 4Q 2020, and initiation of the expansion cohort (an additional 18 patients).
  • Completion of MAD clinical trial in moderate-to-severe AD patients in 1H 2021.
  • Initiation of Phase 2b study of ASLAN004 for AD in 2021.

Second quarter 2020 financial highlights

  • Cash used in operations for the second quarter of 2020 was US$3.0 million compared to US$6.5 million in the same period in 2019.
  • Research and development expenses were US$1.9 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to US$5.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease was driven by the completion of clinical studies related to varlitinib and lower manufacturing expenses.
  • General and administrative expenses were US$1.8 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to US$1.9 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to lower headcount and staffing costs.
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was US$4.0 million compared to a net loss of US$7.9 million for the second quarter of 2019.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled US$13.8 million as of 30 June 2020 compared to US$22.2 million as of 31 December 2019. Weighted average shares outstanding for the second quarter of 2020 was 190.0 million compared to 160.2 million for the second quarter of 2019. One American Depositary Share is the equivalent of five ordinary shares.
ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited
(in US dollars)
  December 31, 2019 June 30, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents $22,203,031  $13,827,444 
Prepayments  68,923   295,203 
   Total current assets  22,271,954   14,122,647 
Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss  68,256   59,002 
Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income  132,160   57,829 
Property, plant and equipment  38,333   22,203 
Right-of-use assets  727,866   594,952 
Intangible assets  2,845   888 
Refundable deposits  108,076   108,076 
   Total non-current assets  1,077,536   842,950 
TOTAL ASSETS $23,349,490  $14,965,597 
Trade payables $1,871,843  $1,410,546 
Other payables  3,246,842   2,684,612 
Lease Liabilities - current  264,543   274,077 
   Total current liabilities  5,383,228   4,369,235 
Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss  262,350   262,350 
Long-term borrowings  17,065,305   17,120,010 
Long-term borrowing from related parties  566,176   607,661 
Lease Liabilities - non-current  490,835   351,934 
Other non-current liabilities  184,870   253,596 
   Total non-current liabilities  18,569,536   18,595,551 
Total liabilities  23,952,764   22,964,786 
Ordinary shares  61,366,844   61,366,844 
Capital surplus  116,495,710   116,495,710 
Accumulated deficits  (179,484,825)  (186,490,714)
Other reserves  (55,084)  (129,415)
   Total equity attributable to stockholders of the Company  (1,677,355)  (8,757,575)
NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS  1,074,081   758,386 
Total equity  (603,274)  (7,999,189)
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $23,349,490  $14,965,597 

ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited
(in US dollars, unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended June 30
  For the Six Months Ended June 30
   2019   2020   2019   2020 
NET REVENUE $-  $-  $3,000,000  $- 
COST OF REVENUE  -   -   (425,000)  - 
GROSS PROFIT  -   -   2,575,000   - 
OPERATING EXPENSES                
General and administrative expenses  (1,885,444)  (1,790,880)  (4,141,805)  (2,788,423)
Research and development expenses  (5,288,633)  (1,892,559)  (9,738,165)  (4,247,175)
Total operating expenses  (7,174,077)  (3,683,439)  
By: GlobenewsWire - 13 Jul 2020
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