Atossa Therapeutics President and CEO Dr. Steven C. Quay Issues Annual Letter to Stockholders Highlighting Key Accomplishments and Strategy for 2021

Regulatory Approval To Open Clinical Study of AT-H201 in Australia

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Atossa Therapeutics President and CEO Dr. Steven C. Quay Issues Annual Letter to Stockholders Highlighting Key Accomplishments and Strategy for 2021

SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATOS), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop innovative medicines in areas of significant unmet medical needs in oncology and infectious diseases, with a current focus on breast cancer and COVID-19, today issued the following letter from President and CEO Dr. Steven C. Quay to Atossa stockholders:

To Our Valued Stockholders:

With the onset of COVID-19, the year 2020 will be remembered as one that changed the entire paradigm of business, the way we lead our daily lives and the world. I am deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life and the countless challenges the pandemic has created worldwide. With the ease of transmission, new variants emerging and the current limits of vaccines, we believe COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future and we aim to be a part of the solution.

During the past twelve months, despite the pandemic and the associated global disruptions, we continued to deliver on our corporate and clinical milestones, expanded our pipeline, and significantly strengthened our balance sheet by adding approximately $81 million in net proceeds. We are in a strong position to continue the development of our programs and opportunistically add accretive programs as we move forward.

While much work still lies ahead, we are pleased to report the following highlights of our progress:

AT-301 Nasal Spray for the Treatment of COVID-19. AT-301 is a nasal spray being developed for at-home treatment of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization. During 2020, we completed successful in-vitro testing followed by a Phase 1 clinical study with preliminary data demonstrating safety and tolerability. We recently received written feedback from the FDA from a pre-IND meeting that is informing our clinical and regulatory strategy. We expect to release final data from this study in the first quarter of 2021 and then quickly start additional pre-clinical and clinical studies to support an investigational new drug application (IND) with the FDA. We are in the process of identifying potential partners for this program. For example, an ideal partner may be selling diagnostic tests for COVID-19 so that our nasal spray could be co-promoted with the diagnostic test once all regulatory approvals are obtained.

In addition to developing AT-301 nasal spray for COVID-19 patients recently diagnosed with the disease, we believe a significant opportunity exists for the nasal spray to potentially prevent COVID-19 in high-risk environments, such as people living with an infected patient, people living and working in healthcare facilities, emergency responders or teachers.

While we hope that traditional vaccines will be effective in reducing COVID-19 infections, it is also clear to us that therapies such as AT-301 nasal spray will also play an important role, particularly as it becomes clear that it will take months or years for vaccines to be administered around the world. New deadlier and/or more infective variants of COVID-19 are being reported in the U.S. and in many other countries and it is not clear that current vaccines will be completely effective against these and future variants. Additionally, none of the currently available vaccines are 100% effective, they may have more significant side effects in older people and effectiveness is expected to diminish over time. For these reasons, we believe therapies like ours will provide valuable protection even as vaccines continue to be developed and deployed.

AT-H201 Inhalation Therapy for COVID-19. AT-H201 is a proprietary combination of two drugs previously approved by the FDA to treat other diseases. It is intended to improve compromised lung function for moderate to severely ill, hospitalized COVID-19 patients by inhalation. In May 2020, we completed in vitro testing of AT-H201 that showed that the components of AT-H201 inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infectivity of VERO cells, which is a standard cell type being used to study infectivity of the coronavirus. The AT-H201 components were found to be at least four times more potent than remdesivir and at least 20 times more potent than hydroxychloroquine. Based in part on our success with other clinical studies in Australia, we have applied to the regulatory authorities to conduct the initial clinical study of AT-H201 in Australia, which we anticipate receiving in first quarter 2021.

Oral Endoxifen in the Window of Opportunity Between Diagnosis and Surgery. In 2020, we made tremendous progress developing oral Endoxifen in the window of opportunity between diagnosis of breast cancer and surgical treatment. In May 2020, we reported interim results from our Phase 2 study in Australia showing a statistically significant (p=0.031) reduction of about 74% in tumor cell proliferation was achieved in the initial patients, as measured by Ki-67, over an average 22 days of dosing. Ki-67 is a recognized standard measurement of breast cancer cell proliferation. Six out of the initial six (100%) patients experienced a significant reduction in Ki-67 and each had a Ki-67 below 25% after treatment, which is the threshold identified in research by others for predicting overall survival. Results to date from this open-label study are sufficiently compelling that we have halted the study, shortening our development time-line by approximately one year. In the second quarter 2021, we plan to report final data from the study and obtain input from the FDA to inform our pathway for further development in the U.S.

A breast cancer patient in an FDA-approved, expanded access (or “compassionate use”) study has now received our oral Endoxifen for over two years without recurrence of breast cancer or significant side effects.

Oral Endoxifen to Reduce Mammographic Breast Density (MBD). We have contracted with South General Hospital in Stockholm to conduct a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study to reduce MBD in pre-menopausal women dosed over six months. This study will be led by principal investigator Dr. Per Hall, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet. This study will evaluate safety, tolerability and efficacy of our oral Endoxifen. The study is subject to approval by the European Medical Product Authority and ethics board. We expect to open this study in Stockholm soon after receiving all necessary regulatory approvals, provided COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to permit patient recruitment.

Fundraising Activities. At the end of this year and moving into the beginning of 2021, Atossa raised in excess of $81 million, which comfortably positions the Company to conduct its current programs through 2021 and beyond.

Moving forward in 2021, we will continue to pursue our mission with vigor and dedication and we have set the following goals and milestones:

COVID-19 Therapies. We expect to release final data from our Phase 1 study of AT-301 in the first quarter of 2021 and then quickly start additional pre-clinical and clinical studies to support an IND with the FDA. We are in the process of identifying potential partners for this program. We expect to receive regulatory approval in the first quarter 2021 to commence additional pre-clinical and clinical studies of AT-H201 in Australia.

Oral Endoxifen. In the second quarter 2021, we plan to report final data from our Australian window of opportunity Phase 2 study and obtain input from the FDA for further development in the U.S. Subject to receiving all regulatory clearances, we plan to commence a Phase 2 study of oral Endoxifen to reduce MBD in Stockholm as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.

On behalf of the board of directors, management and employees of Atossa Therapeutics, we thank you for your investment and continued support. The next period of Atossa’s history is just beginning and I cannot wait to report Atossa’s successes as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Steven C. Quay, MD, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

About Atossa Therapeutics

Atossa Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop innovative medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need in oncology and infectious diseases, with a current focus on breast cancer and COVID-19. For more information, please visit www.atossatherapeutics.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer Statement

Forward-looking statements in this press release, which Atossa undertakes no obligation to update, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated or estimated future results, including, without limitation, statements regarding the satisfaction of closing conditions relating to the offering and the anticipated use of proceeds from the offering, the risks and uncertainties associated with any variation between interim and final clinical results, actions and inactions by the FDA, the outcome or timing of regulatory approvals needed by Atossa including those needed to commence studies of AT-H201, AT-301 and Endoxifen, lower than anticipated rate of patient enrollment, estimated market size of drugs under development, the safety and efficacy of Atossa’s products, performance of clinical research organizations and investigators, obstacles resulting from proprietary rights held by others such as patent rights, whether reduction in Ki-67 or any other result from a neoadjuvant study is an approvable endpoint for oral Endoxifen, and other risks detailed from time to time in Atossa’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation its periodic reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q, each as amended and supplemented from time to time.

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Jonathan F. Finn

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Mr. Finn joined the Company as a director in November, 2023. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at Vantage Consulting Group.  In this role, he directs investment strategy, asset allocation, manager selection and portfolio construction. Mr. Finn, who is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), joined Vantage Consulting Group in 1995.

Mr. Finn is also a Founding Partner of Scientia Ventures, a manager of venture capital funds that invest in companies targeting computational biology and chemistry, the digitization of medicine, digital therapies, and traditional drug development businesses at the cutting edge of the life sciences industry. He currently serves as director of Verigraft AB, a regenerative medicine venture, Rose Pharma LLC, a development stage specialty pain company and Solör Bioenergy Holdings AB, a bioenergy business.

Stephen J. Galli, MD

Director

Dr. Galli has served as a director of the Company since July 2011. Dr. Galli has been a Professor of Pathology and of Microbiology & Immunology and the Mary Hewitt Loveless, M.D., Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California since February 1999. He served as Chair of the Department of Pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1999 to 2016. Before joining Stanford, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He holds 14 U.S. patents and has over 400 publications.

Dr. Makarand (Mak) Jawadekar

PHD

Dr. Mak Jawadekar is currently an independent Pharma Professional. He worked at Pfizer, Inc. based in Groton-New London Connecticut for 28 consecutive years. In 2010, he was a Director, Portfolio Management at Pfizer Inc. During his career at Pfizer, he was responsible for Drug Delivery Technology Assessment function involving external ‘Drug Delivery’ technologies. He has extensive experience in creating and cultivating external partnerships and alliances for Drug Delivery Technologies. He began his professional career at Pfizer Central Research in early 1982, after having completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, under Prof. Ed Rippie at the University of Minnesota.

His 28+ years of experience with Pfizer Global R&D specifically includes Solids R&D, Drug Product formulation/ Dosage Form/ Drug Delivery development, Clinical Trials Supply Manufacturing, Scale-up and Technology Transfer & Research Pharmacy functions. He helped create various Pharma R&D Partnerships, JVs, and Collaborations. He managed several functions/groups within R&D for many years. As a bench Scientist, he worked on many challenging commercial formulations which became multibillion-dollar products for many years for Pfizer Inc. These R & D formulations & Product
development programs included ZOLOFT, ZITHROMAX, VIAGRA faster onset, DIFLUCAN ODT and EXUBERA pulmonary delivery system. He also worked on many “Life Cycle Management “projects for Pfizer’s existing products.

Post Pfizer career, he worked with KKR, a Private Equity group in New York, for acquisition of Capsugel division from Pfizer which Pfizer divested later in 2011. Mak has presented at many professional meetings and has participated in various Panel Discussions/Round Tables around the globe. During February 2018, he worked with Mr. Tonino Lamborghini, Chairman, Tonino Lamborghini S.p.A. from Italy in creating Strategic Collaborations in India, working through India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister, D. Phadanavis.

Currently, he serves on various company Strategic & Scientific Advisory Boards around the globe. Some of the list includes:

  • Actinium Pharma, New York city
  • Applied DNA Technologies, Stony Brook, NY
  • Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, California
  • Tonino Lamborghini SpA, Italy.
  • NMBT, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Sonnet Bio Therapeutics Inc., Cranbury, NJ
  • Saama Technologies Inc., Campbell, California

Serving on the Board of Directors: (Public Companies)

  • Preveceutical Medical Inc., Vancouver, Canada
  • Cardax Pharma, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nanoviricides Inc. Shelton, Connecticut

Member of the Board of Directors at a NY based, Non-Profit organization,

  • Abilities Inc.

Dr. Per Hall

MD, PHD

Dr. Hall is widely regarded as a leading researcher in the field of breast cancer and prevention. He is the Head of the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet. Dr. Hall is leading the unique KARMA (Karolinska Mammography Project for Risk Prediction of Breast Cancer) Cohort, including over 70,000 women, which is regarded as the best characterized breast cancer cohort in the world and serves as a resource for studies about breast cancer risk assessment and prevention, and the Karisma Intervention Study, which is studying the change in MBD in women taking various doses of oral tamoxifen.

Dr. Carl Novina

MD, PHD

Dr. Novina is one of the leading researchers in the field of RNAi therapeutics. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Novina Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His laboratory has made several important discoveries into the biology of noncoding RNAs, their dysregulation in cancers, and their development as biomedical tools.

Dr. Novina received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2000 and his Ph.D. from Tufts University, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 1998. His graduate work has resulted in 10 publications examining transcriptional regulation of TATA-less promoters. In 2014 he received the coveted National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award, which funds bold and innovative research proposals to attack challenging biomedical problems. Dr. Novina has established many collaborations between industry partners and physicians to facilitate his goal of bringing biomedical innovations from bench to bedside.

Richard I. Steinhart

Director

Mr. Steinhart has served as a director of the Company since March 2014. Mr. Steinhart is currently the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BioXcel Therapeutics, Inc. From October 2015 to June 2017 he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a privately held pharmaceuticals company. From January 2014 until he joined Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Steinhart acted as an independent financial consultant to the Biotechnology and Medical Device Industries.

From April 2006 to December 2013, Mr. Steinhart was an executive at MELA Sciences, Inc., most recently serving as its Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary. From 1992 to 2006, Mr. Steinhart was Managing Director at Forest St. Capital/SAE Ventures. Earlier, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Emisphere Technologies from 1991 to 1992 and as General Partner and Chief Financial Officer of CW Group Inc. Mr. Steinhart is a Member of the Board of Directors of Actinium Pharmaceuticals where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Steinhart was a Member of the Board of Directors of Manhattan Pharmaceuticals and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Steinhart received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Pace University. Mr. Steinhart has been selected to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors because of his qualifications as a business executive and audit committee financial expert, and his prior experience as a Chief Financial Officer, director and committee member of public companies.

Gregory L. Weaver

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Weaver has served as a director of Atossa Therapeutics since October 2013 and the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2023. Prior to joining Atossa as CFO, Mr. Weaver spent over 30 years in the life sciences industry in a variety of financial and operations leadership roles, having led corporate finance for several innovative biotech’s through IPO and accelerated growth stages. Most recently, he served as CFO of privately held BioIntelliSense, a commercial stage med-tech company focused on remote patient monitoring.. Mr. Weaver has also served as a board director for six life science companies since 2005 in the US and Europe. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen.

H. Lawrence Remmel, ESQ.

Director

Mr. Remmel has served as a director of the Company since February 2012. He is currently a partner of the law firm Pryor Cashman LLP, located in New York City, where he chairs the Banking and Finance practice group. Mr. Remmel joined Pryor Cashman in 1988. His practice includes corporate and banking financings, issues relating to the Investment Company Act of 1940, and intellectual property and licensing issues, in particular in the biotechnology and biocosmeceutical areas.

Shu-Chih Chen, PHD

Director

Dr. Chen has served as founder and director since April 2009. She served as Chief Scientific Officer of the Company since it was incorporated in April 2009 through August 2014. She was an Associate Professor at National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, and served as the principal investigator of an NIH RO1 grant studying tumor suppression by gap junction protein connexin 43 at the Department of Molecular Medicine at Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA.

She has two issued U.S. patents and 20 pending U.S. patent applications related to cancer therapeutics. Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology and public health from Michigan State University in 1992 and has published extensively on molecular oncology. She received her B.S. degree in medical technology from National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan in 1984. Dr. Chen was selected to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors because of her role as a founder of the Company and her qualifications in medical technology and as a professor and researcher in the field of cancer therapeutics.

Gregory L. Weaver

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Weaver has more than 30 years of life sciences, financial and operations experience leading corporate finance for several innovative biotechs through IPO and accelerated growth stages. Most recently, he served as CFO of privately held BioIntelliSense, a commercial-stage med-tech company focused on remote patient monitoring.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Weaver served as CFO of rare disease focused Eloxx Pharmaceuticals where he led the reverse merger and Nasdaq IPO including raising $110 million. He also led the atai Life Sciences international corporate finance team and their 2021 Nasdaq IPO, raising over $500M, and managed their acquisition of multiple mental health therapeutics assets. He has been a core executive team member of three Nasdaq oncology businesses with multiple FDA approvals and commercial launches, pre-clinical and global clinical operations and has been responsible for M&A transactions totaling over $200 million. Mr. Weaver has also served as a board director for six life science companies since 2005 in the US and Europe. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen. Mr. Weaver earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College, and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Trinity University.

Steven C. Quay, MD, PHD

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Quay has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since the Company was incorporated in April 2009. Dr. Quay is certified in Anatomic Pathology with the American Board of Pathology, completed both an internship and residency in anatomic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, and is a former faculty member of the Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Quay is a named inventor on 87 U.S. patents, 130 pending U.S. patent applications, and is named inventor on patents covering five pharmaceutical products that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Quay received an M.D. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. degree in biology, chemistry and mathematics from Western Michigan University in 1971. He was selected to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors because of his role as a founder of the Company, as well as his qualifications as a physician and the principal researcher overseeing the clinical and regulatory development of the Company’s pharmaceutical programs.

Kyle Guse, ESQ, CPA

Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Guse has served as Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2013. His experience includes more than 20 years of counseling life sciences and other rapid growth companies through all aspects of finance, corporate governance, securities laws and commercialization.

Mr. Guse has practiced law at several of the largest international law firms, including from January 2012 through January 2013 as a partner at Baker Botts LLP and, prior to that, from October 2007 to January 2012, as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Before working at McDermott Will & Emery, Mr. Guse previously served as a partner at Heller Ehrman LLP. Mr. Guse began his career as an accountant at Deloitte & Touche and he is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. Mr. Guse earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

B. Heather Fraser, PHD

VP Clinical, Regulatory & CMC

Dr. Fraser brings over 20 years of extensive industry experience in the biotech industry to the Company, recently serving in a leadership role as VP Clinical Operations & Program Management at Cerecor, Inc. She held positions with increasing levels of responsibility at Anthera Pharmaceuticals and CV Therapeutics (acquired by Gilead Sciences) where the roles included preclinical and clinical sciences and regulatory affairs.

Dr. Fraser has experience in drug development across diverse therapeutic areas including psychiatry, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disorders, and rare diseases; and she has been involved in all stages of drug development from pre-clinical through Phase 4. Dr. Fraser received her BS in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, her MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Montana and her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Delly Behen, PHR, SHRM-CP

VP, Administration & HR

Delly Behen, PHR, SHRM-CP has served as Atossa’s VP, Administration & Human Resources since July 2014. Delly brings over 20 years of human resources, administrative, and operational experience to the company. Her experience includes leading people, culture and administration at various biotech companies throughout the Puget Sound. Most recently, she served as Impel NeuroPharma’s HR Consultant, where she helped grow the company and implement HR policies and procedures. She also held positions with increasing responsibilities at CTI Biopharma. Delly received her B.A. degree from the University of Washington and her HR certification from Seattle Pacific University.

Heather Rees

Vice President, Finance and Accounting

Ms. Rees brings more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting leadership roles within publicly traded, IPO startups and global organizations. Prior to her current role, Ms. Rees served as Atossa’s VP, Finance & Accounting from early 2021. She joined Atossa in 2017 as the Corporate Controller. She previously spent ten years working as an independent financial consultant serving public and private companies including, Avalara, Getty Images, Fisher Communications, and Flow International. Heather began her career with Deloitte & Touche and worked nine years in the audit practice. Ms. Rees earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Gonzaga University. She is a CPA in the state of Washington (inactive).

Eric Van Zanten

VP, Investor & Public Relations

Mr. Van Zanten brings over 25 years of corporate communications experience working within the biopharmaceutical, finance and healthcare industries. He will oversee corporate, executive and digital communications, investor relations, thought leadership, and branding for the Company. Prior to joining Atossa, Mr. Van Zanten led corporate affairs at Faron Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on tackling difficult-to-treat cancers via precision macrophage immunotherapy and Urogen Pharma, a commercial stage biotech delivering innovative solutions that treat specialty cancers. 

He was also formerly Head of Commercial and Medical Communications and Director of Oncology Communications at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he helped launch Opdivo, one of the most successful oncology brands ever. Earlier in his career he held communications leadership roles at Deloitte, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Unisys Corporation. Mr. Van Zanten is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, where he received his BA in Political Science and Government.

Dr. Paul Wabnitz

BSC (HONS), MD, PHD, MBA, FRACP

Dr. Wabnitz has extensive experience in clinical development with a unique combination of clinical medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, and industry drug development experience. He has acted as an investigator and Medical Monitor on over 50 first in human Phase I/II clinical trials over the last two years, including several Phase I/II first in human oncology studies, as well as previously being the Executive Medical Director of a leading Australian Phase I clinical unit. 

His scientific background includes a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, a Post Doc at Parke-Davis (Ann Arbor, MI), 6.5 years of drug development industry experience (Pfizer/Esperion), an M.B.A. from the Stephen Ross School of Business (University of Ann Arbor, MI), and a Drug Development certificate in Regulatory Affairs from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). His clinical background includes a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), and he is a qualified Specialist Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physician, Australia).