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August 14, 2018

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Galectin Therapeutics Reports 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results and Provides Business Update

NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT), the leading developer of therapeutics that target galectin proteins, today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter, which ended June 30, 2018, and provided a business update. These results are included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is available at www.sec.gov.

Key Highlights

  • Company has initiated Phase 3 preparation of GR-MD-02 for NASH cirrhosis
  • Reported a net operating loss of $4.1M and has sufficient cash resources to fund operations at least through June 2019
  • Has received notice of issuance of additional patents surrounding GR-MD-02
  • Board of Directors elected Richard E. Uihlein as Chairman and Kevin D. Freeman as Vice Chairman
  • Engaged Back Bay Life Science Advisors to pursue strategic alternatives

"The second quarter was another active quarter with significant progress advancing our proprietary compound GR-MD-02 to a pivotal Phase 3 trial and preparing for the opportunities it represents to our business,” said Dr. Harold H. Shlevin, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Galectin Therapeutics.  “Most importantly, we announced that we are proceeding with plans for a Phase 3 clinical trial program with GR-MD-02 in NASH cirrhosis, incorporating advice and guidance obtained in a meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and based on the positive effects of GR-MD-02 on HVPG and the possible prevention or postponement of development of esophageal varices in the Phase 2 NASH-CX trial, which we believe is the first large, randomized clinical trial of any drug to demonstrate a clinically meaningful improvement in these patients.”

Richard Uihlein, Chairman of the Board, added, “Galectin’s new leadership is focused on planning and conducting additional supportive work to prepare for a Phase 3 trial for GR-MD-02 in NASH cirrhosis based on the positive effects of GR-MD-02 on HVPG. However, we believe our galectin-3 inhibitor GR-MD-02 has widespread applicability for a range of diseases. Consequently, we are simultaneously pursuing other opportunities and, most immediately, anticipate results on our combination immunotherapy clinical trial. We also now have a potential pathway forward in pulmonary fibrosis, where GR-MD-02 was recently granted a patent. Finally, on behalf of the Board, we are extremely pleased that Dr. Harold Shlevin has agreed to take on the broader role of CEO, and we are all confident in his ability to drive Galectin Therapeutics forward across all our multiple programs.”

Expected Upcoming Milestones  Enrollment in cohort 3 (GR-MD-02 8 mg/kg) of the pembrolizumab combination immunotherapy Phase 1 clinical trial has completed and will likely include up to 10 evaluable patients with melanoma and head & neck cancer, to provide a larger group of and different type of cancer patients in this initial evaluation. It is hoped that these additional data can be reported in the near term when we anticipate a decision on progressing this program to the next phase.

Summary of Key Development Programs and Updates

  • Announced that we are proceeding with plans for a Phase 3 clinical trial program with our galectin-3 inhibitor GR-MD-02 in NASH cirrhosis, incorporating advice and guidance obtained in a meeting with the FDA.  Details of the Phase 3 clinical trial design, including projected timings and costs, will be announced once the planning phase has been completed and the Company has submitted a final clinical trial protocol with the FDA.

  • At the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 22, 2018, it was announced that the Board of Directors had elected Richard E. Uihlein, who has been a member of the Board since 2017, as Chairman and Kevin D. Freeman, who has been a member of the Board since 2011, as Vice Chairman.

  • The Company received notice of issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9,968,631 titled "Method and Treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis,” covering method of use of GR-MD-02 as a means to treat pulmonary fibrosis. Pharmaceutical companies may have an interest in this molecule as there is a sizeable section of the population in need of treatment and well defined regulatory pathways for approval of agents to treat pulmonary fibrosis.

  • The Company received notice of issuance on May 22, 2018 of U.S. Patent Number 9,974,802 titled “Composition of Novel Carbohydrate Drug for Treatment of Human Diseases” covering a composition comprising its galectin inhibitor, GR-MD-02, and an immunotherapeutic agent or a vaccine directed against CTLA4, OX40, PD-1, PD-L1 or combinations thereof (and the composition for use in cancer disorders).  This patent complements USP 9,872,909 issued on January 23, 2018 which covers method of treating cancer by administering GR-MD-02 and an immunomodulatory agent wherein the cancer is one of gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer, sarcoma, myosarcoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancer, mouth cancer, skin cancer, melanoma, kidney cancer, urinary tract cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, neurological cancer, endocrine gland cancer, bone cancer, hematological cancers, multiple myeloma, and myelofibrosis.

  • The Company has engaged Back Bay Life Science Advisors, a Boston-based, internationally focused integrated strategy and transaction advisory organization, to support the Company’s exploration of strategic alternatives.

Dr. Shlevin concluded, “Galectin Therapeutics has developed a novel compound, GR-MD-02, a galectin-3 inhibitor, which we believe has the potential to be effective in treating a wide range of diseases wherein elevated levels of galectin protein and inflammation play key roles in the pathophysiology of the diseases. Most immediately, we are focused on advancing our Phase 3 trial in NASH Cirrhosis. However, we continue to investigate a variety of other preclinical applications where research shows that GR-MD-02’s antifibrotic capabilities may help provide more effective treatment in a variety of conditions. We believe this is the best path to build value in our overall galectin franchise.”

Financial Results

For the three months ended June 30, 2018, the Company reported a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $4.1 million, or $0.11 per share, compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $4.8 million, or $0.14 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease is largely due to lower research and development expenses primarily related to the winding down of the Phase 2 NASH clinical program somewhat offset by higher non-cash stock compensation expenses.

Research and development expense for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $1.5 million, compared with $3.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease primarily reflects lower research and development expenses primarily related to the winding down of the Phase 2 NASH clinical program somewhat offset by higher non-cash stock compensation expenses.

General and administrative expense for quarter was $2.3 million, compared with $1.1 million for the prior year, with the increase being primarily related to higher investor relations, business development and non-cash stock compensation expenses.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had $10.5 million of non-restricted cash and cash equivalents. The Company believes it has sufficient cash on hand in addition to its $10 million line of credit (untapped at June 30, 2018) to fund currently planned operations and research and development activities through at least June 30, 2019.

About Galectin Therapeutics

Galectin Therapeutics is dedicated to developing novel therapies to improve the lives of patients with chronic liver disease and cancer. Galectin’s lead drug (GR-MD-02) is a carbohydrate-based drug that inhibits the galectin-3 protein which is directly involved in multiple inflammatory, fibrotic, and malignant diseases. The lead development program is in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with cirrhosis, the most advanced form of NASH related fibrosis. This is the most common liver disease and one of the largest drug development opportunities available today.  Additional development programs are in treatment of severe atopic dermatitis, moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, and in combination immunotherapy for advanced melanoma and other malignancies; advancement of these additional clinical programs is largely dependent on finding a suitable partner. Galectin seeks to leverage extensive scientific and development expertise as well as established relationships with external sources to achieve cost-effective and efficient development.  Additional information is available at www.galectintherapeutics.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or future financial performance, and use words such as “may,” “estimate,” “could,” “expect” and others. They are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These statements include those regarding the hope that Galectin’s development program for GR-MD-02 will lead to the first therapy for the treatment of fatty liver disease with cirrhosis and those regarding the hope that our lead compounds will be successful in the treatment of severe atopic dermatitis, moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis and in cancer immunotherapy and in other therapeutic indications. Factors that could cause actual performance to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, among others, that Galectin may not be successful in developing effective treatments and/or obtaining the requisite approvals for the use of GR-MD-02 or any of its other drugs in development; the Company may not be successful in scaling up manufacturing and meeting requirements related to chemistry, manufacturing and control matters; the Company’s current clinical trial and any future clinical studies may not produce positive results in a timely fashion, if at all, and could prove time consuming and costly; plans regarding development, approval and marketing of any of Galectin’s drugs are subject to change at any time based on the changing needs of the Company as determined by management and regulatory agencies; regardless of the results of any of its development programs, Galectin may be unsuccessful in developing partnerships with other companies or raising additional capital that would allow it to further develop and/or fund any studies or trials.  Galectin has incurred operating losses since inception, and its ability to successfully develop and market drugs may be impacted by its ability to manage costs and finance continuing operations. For a discussion of additional factors impacting Galectin’s business, see the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and subsequent filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Although subsequent events may cause its views to change, management disclaims any obligation to update forward-looking statements.

Contacts:
Jack Callicutt, Chief Financial Officer
(678) 620-3186
ir@galectintherapeutics.com.

Galectin Therapeutics and its associated logo is a registered trademark of Galectin Therapeutics Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
  (in thousands, except per share data)
Operating expenses:        
         
Research and development $ 1,476   $ 3,444   $ 3,774   $ 7,216  
General and administrative   2,283     1,070     4,163     2,244  
Total operating expenses   3,759     4,514     7,937     9,460  
Total operating loss   (3,759 )   (4,514 )   (7,937 )   (9,460 )
Other income:        
Interest and other   (81 )   6     (161 )   15  
Total other income   (81 )   6     (161 )   15  
                         
Net loss $ (3,840 ) $ (4,508 ) $ (8,098 ) $ (9,445 )
Preferred stock dividends and accretion costs   (268 )   (301 )   (553 )   (573 )
                         
Net loss applicable to common stock $ (4,108 ) $ (4,809 ) $ (8,651 ) $ (10,018 )
                         
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.11 ) $ (0.14 ) $ (0.23 ) $ (0.29 )
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share   38,227     34,692     37,755     34,312  
                         

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

    June 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
    (in thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,497 $ 3,053  
Total assets   11,210   4,161  
Total current liabilities   1,435   2,968  
Total liabilities   1,435   2,968  
Total redeemable, convertible preferred stock   1,723   1,723  
Total stockholders’ equity $ 8,052 $ (530 )
           

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