Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Business Business
Cerecor Inc. (the “Company” or “Cerecor”) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of treatments for immunologic, immuno-oncologic and rare genetic disorders. The Company is advancing its clinical-stage pipeline of innovative therapies that address unmet patient needs within rare and orphan diseases.

The Company’s rare disease pipeline includes CERC-801, CERC-802 and CERC-803 (“CERC-800 compounds”), which are in development for congenital disorders of glycosylation and CERC-006, an oral mTORc1/c2 inhibitor in development for the treatment of complex lymphatic malformations. The Company is also developing two monoclonal antibodies, CERC-002 and CERC-007. CERC-002, targets the cytokine LIGHT (TNFSF14) and is in clinical development for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome. CERC-007 targets the cytokine IL-18 and is in clinical development for the treatment of Still’s disease (adult onset Still’s disease and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis) and multiple myeloma. CERC-006, 801, 802 and 803 have all received Orphan Drug Designation and Rare Pediatric Disease Designation, which makes all four eligible for a priority review voucher (“PRV”) upon approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).

The Company has one commercialized product, Millipred®, a non-core asset, which is an oral prednisolone indicated across a wide variety of inflammatory conditions.

Cerecor was incorporated and commenced operation in 2011 and completed its initial public offering in October 2015.


As of June 30, 2021, Cerecor had $40.4 million in cash and cash equivalents. In June 2021, the Company entered into a $35.0 million venture debt financing agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) with Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (“Horizon”) and Powerscourt Investments XXV, LP (“Powerscourt, together with Horizon, the “Lenders”). In accordance with the Loan Agreement, $20.0 million of the $35.0 million loan was funded on the closing date (the “Initial Note”), with the remaining $15.0 million fundable upon the Company achieving certain predetermined milestones. The Company received net proceeds of $19.6 million in the second quarter of 2021 and will pay approximately $1.7 million of debt issuance costs in the third quarter of 2021, for total expected net proceeds of $17.9 million (related to the Initial Note funded in the second quarter). The Loan Agreement contains certain covenants and certain other specified events that could result in an event of default, which if not cured or waived, could results in the acceleration of all or a substantial portion of the notes. As of June 30, 2021, the Company did not breach any covenants or specified event that could result in an event of default.

In the third quarter of 2021, the Company received $10.0 million in gross proceeds (the “Second Note”) under the Loan Agreement. The Second Note was made available in connection with the Company’s successful positive initial results from a Phase1b proof-of-concept study evaluating CERC-002 in adult patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn’s disease.

In January 2021, the Company closed an underwritten public offering of 13,971,889 shares of its common stock and 1,676,923 pre-funded warrants for net proceeds of approximately $37.7 million.

In order to meet its cash flow needs, the Company applies a disciplined decision-making methodology as it evaluates the optimal allocation of the Company’s resources between investing in the Company’s existing pipeline assets and acquisitions or in-licensing of new assets. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, Cerecor generated a net loss of $47.8 million and negative cash flows from operations of $37.5 million. As of June 30, 2021, Cerecor had an accumulated deficit of $225.6 million.

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern; however, losses are expected to continue as the Company continues to invest in its research and development pipeline assets. The Company will require additional financing to fund its operations and to continue to execute its business strategy at least one year after the date the condensed consolidated financial statements included herein were issued. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

To mitigate these conditions and to meet the Company’s capital requirements, management plans to use its current cash on hand along with some combination of the following: (i) dilutive and/or non-dilutive financings, (ii) federal and/or private grants, (iii) other out-licensing or strategic alliances/collaborations of its current pipeline assets, and (iv) out-licensing or sale of its non-core assets. If the Company raises additional funds through collaborations, strategic alliances or licensing arrangements with third parties, the Company might have to relinquish valuable rights to its technologies, future revenue streams, research programs or product candidates. Subject
to limited exceptions, our venture debt financing agreement prohibits us from incurring certain additional indebtedness, making certain asset dispositions, and entering into certain mergers, acquisitions or other business combination transactions without prior consent of the Lender. If the Company requires but is unable to obtain additional funding, the Company may be forced to make reductions in spending, delay, suspend, reduce or eliminate some or all of its planned research and development programs, or liquidate assets where possible. Due to the uncertainty regarding future financing and other potential options to raise additional funds, management has concluded that substantial doubt exists with respect to the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements in this Quarterly Report were issued. Over the long term, the Company’s ultimate ability to achieve and maintain profitability will depend on, among other things, the development, regulatory approval, and commercialization of its pipeline assets, and the potential receipt and sale of any PRVs it receives.