Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ:AVXL) Q1 2020 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript

Feb 06, 2020 • 04:30 pm ET


Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ:AVXL) Q1 2020 Earnings Conference Call - Final Transcript


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Good afternoon. My name is Anna and I will be your conference operator today. Welcome to the Anavex Life Sciences to announce Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Financial Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to introduce your host for today's conference, Clint Tomlinson. Please go ahead.

Clint Tomlinson

Thank you and good afternoon, everyone. We appreciate you joining us today for Anavex Life Sciences' conference call and webcast. Our agenda is to review the company's financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2020 and provide a clinical study update. A taped replay of this call will be available approximately two hours after the call's conclusion and will remain available for one month. The call will also be available for replay on Anavex's website at

With us today is Dr. Christopher Missling, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Sandra Boenisch, Principal Financial Officer. Dr. Missling and Ms. Boenisch will make prepared remarks and then we will take questions from equity analysts.

Before we begin, please note that during this conference call, the company will make some projections and forward-looking statements regarding future events. We encourage you to review the company's filings with the SEC. This includes, without limitation, the company's forms 10-K and 10-Q, which identify the specific factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. These factors may include, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital and maintenance of intellectual property rights.

And with that, I'd like to turn the call over to Dr. Missling.

Christopher U. Missling

Thank you. I'd like to thank everyone for joining us on today's conference call to review our first quarter financial results and share with you some clinical updates for ANAVEX 2-73 or blarcamesine. We were pleased to announce earlier this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has granted Fast Track designation for the ANAVEX 2-73 clinical development program for the treatment of Rett syndrome.

FDA Fast Track is a program designed to facilitate and expedite the development and review of a new drug to address unmet medical need in the treatment of a serious and life threatening condition for which it demonstrates the potential to address unmet medical needs for such a disease or condition. The purpose of the program is to get important new therapies to the patients earlier in order to address the unmet medical need in the treatment of serious and life threatening diseases.

Our clinical Rett Syndrome Program, RS-001 and RS-002, AVATAR are on track with continued enrollment. We continue to strengthen our patent position as well. During the quarter, we were granted another U.S. patent to support Anavex leading drug candidate, ANAVEX 2-73 for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Rett syndrome and multiple sclerosis. This patent is expected to remain enforced at least until 2037, not including any patent term extensions. It covers