ZyVersa Therapeutics Reports First Quarter, 2024 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

May 15, 2024

Key Highlights:

  • Second research site selected to enhance enrollment in the Phase 2a clinical trial for Cholesterol Efflux MediatorTM VAR 200 in patients with diabetic kidney disease planned to begin H1-2024.
  • GLP toxicology studies for Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100 scheduled to begin H1-2024, with planned Investigational New Drug (IND) submission Q4-2024, and Phase 1 clinical trial initiation Q1-2025.Atherosclerosis preclinical data readout for Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100 on schedule for H1-2024.
  • Initiation of preclinical study to assess Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100 for obesity-associated metabolic comorbidities scheduled to begin Q2-2024 with completion expected by year’s end.
  • Raised $2.7 million from exercising of investor warrants.

WESTON, Fla., May 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZVSA, or “ZyVersa”), a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class drugs for the treatment of renal and inflammatory diseases with high unmet medical needs, reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 and provides business update.

“We are pleased to announce that ZyVersa is on track to achieve key development milestones over the next 3 quarters,” stated Stephen C. Glover, ZyVersa’s Co-founder, Chairman, CEO, and President. “Our Phase 2a clinical trial with Cholesterol Efflux MediatorTM VAR 200 in diabetic kidney disease is expected to enroll the first patient(s) within the next few months, with initial data read-out in the second half of the year. Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100’s indication expansion studies are nearing completion for atherosclerosis, expected to conclude in June, and obesity-associated metabolic comorbidities, expected to conclude by year’s end. IND preparation has been initiated for IC 100, with submission targeted for year’s end, and initiation of a phase 1 clinical trial in first quarter 2025. We believe achievement of these milestones is a key inflection point for ZyVersa and for shareholder value.” 



  • Phase 2a clinical trial in diabetic kidney disease is on target to begin H1-2024
    • CRO, George Clinical, was engaged in December 2023 to initiate and manage the trial.
    • A central Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved the clinical trial protocol for trial initiation.
    • Two clinical research sites have been selected, with contracting nearing completion.
    • Enrollment of first patient(s) is expected in the next few months.


  • Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100’s preclinical program nearing completion, with GLP toxicology studies expected to begin H1-2024. IND submission is planned for Q4-2024, followed by initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial in Q1-2025.
  • Data from a scientific collaboration with an undisclosed partner to assess the potential of Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100 as a treatment for atherosclerosis in a well-established animal model is expected in June.
  • A scientific collaboration with inflammasome and neurology experts at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to assess the potential of Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100 as a treatment for obesity-associated metabolic comorbidities is expected to begin in Q2-2024, with completion in Q4-2024.
  • In vitro preclinical research funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) and conducted by researchers at University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine supported Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100’s mechanism of action and potential to block damaging neuroinflammation that induces neural degeneration in Parkinson’s disease. At the suggestion of MJFF, UM researchers are developing a grant request to further the research in an established animal model.


Net losses were approximately $2.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, with an improvement of $0.7 million or 20.2% compared to a net loss of approximately $3.5 million, for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

Based on its current operating plan, ZyVersa expects its cash of $2.0 million as of March 31, 2024 will be sufficient to fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements on a month-to-month basis. ZyVersa will need additional financing to support its continuing operations and to meet its stated milestones. ZyVersa will seek to fund its operations and clinical activity through public or private equity or debt financings or other sources, which may include government grants, collaborations with third parties or outstanding warrant exercises. During Q1, ZyVersa raised approximately $2.7 million from investors exercising in-the-money warrants.

Research and development expenses were $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, a decrease of $0.5 million or 51.4% from $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023. The decrease is attributable to lower manufacturing costs of IC 100 of $0.4 million and lower research and development payroll costs of $0.2 million due to fewer employees. This was offset by an increase in CRO fees of $0.1 million for VAR 200.

General and administrative expenses were $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, a decrease of $1.2 million or 34.6% from $3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023. The decrease is primarily attributable to a decrease of $0.4 million in payments for the Effectiveness Failure related to the PIPE shares, a decrease of $0.4 million for bonus accruals, a $0.2 million decrease in accounting fees and a $0.1 million decrease in director and officer insurance.

About ZyVersa Therapeutics, Inc.

ZyVersa (Nasdaq: ZVSA) is a clinical stage specialty biopharmaceutical company leveraging advanced, proprietary technologies to develop first-in-class drugs for patients with renal and inflammatory diseases who have significant unmet medical needs. The Company is currently advancing a therapeutic development pipeline with multiple programs built around its two proprietary technologies – Cholesterol Efflux Mediator™ VAR 200 for treatment of kidney diseases, and Inflammasome ASC Inhibitor IC 100, targeting damaging inflammation associated with numerous CNS and peripheral inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit www.zyversa.com.

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New factors emerge from time-to-time, and it is not possible for ZyVersa to predict all such factors, nor can ZyVersa assess the impact of each such factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to ZyVersa as of the date of this press release. ZyVersa disclaims any obligation to update such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.

Corporate, Media, IR Contact

Karen Cashmere
Chief Commercial Officer

    March 31, December 31,
     2024   2023 
Current Assets:    
 Cash$2,033,576  $3,137,674 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 866,476   215,459 
  Total Current Assets 2,900,052   3,353,133 
Equipment, net  4,333   6,933 
In-process research and development 18,647,903   18,647,903 
Vendor deposit  98,476   98,476 
Operating lease right-of-use asset -   7,839 
  Total Assets$21,650,764  $22,114,284 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   
Current Liabilities:    
 Accounts payable $8,127,746  $8,431,583 
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,454,970   1,754,533 
 Operating lease liability -   8,656 
  Total Current Liabilities 9,582,716   10,194,772 
Deferred tax liability  844,914   844,914 
  Total Liabilities 10,427,630   11,039,686 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders' Equity:    
 Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized:   
 Series A preferred stock, 8,635 shares designated, 50 shares issued   
 and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023 -   - 
 Series B preferred stock, 5,062 shares designated, 5,062 shares issued   
 and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023 1   1 
 Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized;   
 834,903 and 405,212 shares issued as of March 31, 2024 and   
 December 31, 2023, respectively, and 834,896 and 405,205 shares outstanding   
 as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively 83   40 
 Additional paid-in-capital 117,276,079   114,300,849 
 Accumulated deficit (106,045,861)  (103,219,124)
 Treasury stock, at cost, 7 shares at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023,   
 respectively  (7,168)  (7,168)
  Total Stockholders' Equity 11,223,134   11,074,598 
  Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$21,650,764  $22,114,284 

   For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2024   2023 
Operating Expenses:   
 Research and development$512,937  $1,055,943 
 General and administrative 2,313,699   3,536,136 
  Total Operating Expenses 2,826,636   4,592,079 
  Loss From Operations (2,826,636)  (4,592,079)
Other (Income) Expense:   
 Interest (income) expense 101   (1,078)
  Pre-Tax Net Loss  (2,826,737)  (4,591,001)
  Income tax benefit -   1,047,051 
  Net Loss  (2,826,737)  (3,543,950)
  Net Loss Per Share   
  - Basic and Diluted$(4.53) $(135.88)
  Weighted Average Number of   
  Common Shares Outstanding   
  - Basic and Diluted 623,600   26,081