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 Ohr Pharmaceutical Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Financial and Business Results
   Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:01:14 PM ET

Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OHRP ), an ophthalmology research and development company, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

"Fiscal year 2016 was another highly productive year for Ohr, as we made significant progress in advancing both our lead candidate Squalamine for the treatment of wet AMD as well as our pipeline of sustained release drug candidates," said Jason Slakter, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Ohr. "Building off the Squalamine phase 2 results, we negotiated an SPA with the FDA in advance of commencing the pivotal phase 3 program. This comprehensive phase 3 program is now underway which, if successful, will position us to bring an innovative, meaningful treatment to market that has the potential to improve vision outcomes beyond current therapies and set a new standard of care in wet AMD."

Fiscal 2016 and Recent Corporate Highlights

-- Reached an agreement on a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the US FDA on the design of Phase 3 trials for Squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution, 0.2% ("Squalamine", also known as OHR-102) for patients with wet AMD.

-- Appointed David M. Brown, MD to serve as the chair of the Steering Committee for the Phase 3 clinical program of Squalamine in wet-AMD.

-- Closed a public offering of shares of common stock and warrants resulting in net proceeds of approximately $6.9 million.

Fiscal 2016 Clinical and Development Program Highlights

-- In September, presented new data from the Phase 2 IMPACT study at the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). Subjects with occult CNV <10mm achieved final mean visual acuity outcomes of 71.7 letters with Squalamine combination therapy compared to 67.4 letters with Lucentis(R) monotherapy. The final mean visual acuity outcomes in the combination therapy group translates to approximately 20/40 vision (Snellen equivalent). This underscores the potential of Squalamine combination therapy to allow patients to reach higher levels of visual function and improve their overall quality of life.

-- In May, presented two posters on the Squalamine Phase 2 IMPACT study and OHR3031 sustained release in vivo studies at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Conference.

-- In April, commenced enrollment in the Phase 3 clinical development program investigating Squalamine as a treatment to improve visual acuity for patients with wet AMD. <ul type="circle"><p>-- The Phase 3 program includes two double-masked, placebo-controlled, multicenter, international studies of Squalamine administered topically twice a day in patients with newly diagnosed wet AMD, in combination with Lucentis injections.

-- The Phase 3 program includes two double-masked, placebo-controlled, multicenter, international studies of Squalamine administered topically twice a day in patients with newly diagnosed wet AMD, in combination with Lucentis injections.

-- The primary endpoint in both studies is a measurement of visual acuity gain at nine months, which is the most clinically meaningful endpoint for wet AMD patients. Subjects will be followed to two years for safety.

-- In November 2015, presented new data from the Phase 2 IMPACT Study in Wet-AMD at American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting. <ul type="circle"><p>-- Data showed that the size of occult CNV at baseline, irrespective of a classic CNV component, was the most important factor in predicting treatment success with the combination of Squalamine plus Lucentis(R). This correlation was not seen in the Lucentis(R) monotherapy group.

-- Data showed that the size of occult CNV at baseline, irrespective of a classic CNV component, was the most important factor in predicting treatment success with the combination of Squalamine plus Lucentis(R). This correlation was not seen in the Lucentis(R) monotherapy group.

-- Also in November 2015, announced positive preclinical data in proprietary SKS sustained release technology. <ul type="circle"><p>-- In an animal model used to evaluate ophthalmic compounds, sustained supratherapeutic levels of active drug were achieved in target ocular tissues at all time points in the study.

-- In an animal model used to evaluate ophthalmic compounds, sustained supratherapeutic levels of active drug were achieved in target ocular tissues at all time points in the study.

-- The results serve as an important validation for the company’s SKS sustained release technology which holds the promise of improving the standard of care in a number of ocular conditions.

Financial Results for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2016

-- For the year ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $25.8 million, or ($0.82) per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $15.2 million, or ($0.54) per share in the same period of 2015.

-- For the year ended September 30, 2016, total operating expenses were approximately $24.6 million, consisting of $7.7 million in general and administrative expenses, $16.5 million of research and development expenses, and $1.2 million in depreciation and amortization. This compares to total operating expenses of $17.8 million in the same period of 2015, comprised of approximately $7.5 million in general and administrative expenses, $8.8 million in research and development expenses, and $1.2 million in depreciation and amortization.

-- At September 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $12.5 million. This compares to cash and equivalents of approximately $28.7 million at September 30, 2015.

-- On December 7, 2016, the Company sold in a public offering, an aggregate of approximately 3,885,000 shares of its common stock, together with Series A common stock purchase warrants exercisable for up to an aggregate of approximately 1,942,500 shares of common stock and Series B common stock purchase warrants exercisable for up to an aggregate of approximately 3,885,000 shares of common stock. Net proceeds from the offering were approximately $6.9 million, after deducting placement agent fees and estimated offering expenses payable but excluding the proceeds, if any, from the exercise of the Series A and Series B Warrants issued in the offering.

Conference Call & Webcast

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Thursday, December 22 at 5:00pm Eastern Time</span>

Domestic:            877-407-0789
International:       201-689-8562
Conference ID:       13651651
Webcast:             http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=122267 

Replays - Available through December 29, 2016

Domestic:             844-512-2921
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Conference ID:        13651651

About Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OHRP ) is an ophthalmology research and development company. The company’s lead drug candidate, Squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution, 0.2% (also known as OHR-102), is currently being studied using an eye drop formulation in a Phase 3 clinical program for the treatment of the wet form of age-related macular degeneration. In addition, Ohr has a sustained release micro fabricated micro-particle ocular drug delivery platform with several preclinical drug product candidates in development for glaucoma, steroid-induced glaucoma, ocular allergies, and protein drug delivery. Additional information on the company may be found at www.ohrpharmaceutical.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made only as the date thereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including the future success of our scientific studies, our ability to successfully develop products, rapid technological change in our markets, changes in demand for our future products, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments, the financial resources available to us and general economic conditions. Shareholders and prospective investors are cautioned that no assurance of the efficacy of pharmaceutical products can be claimed or assured until final testing; and no assurance or warranty can be made that the FDA will approve final testing or marketing of any pharmaceutical product. Our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Lucentis is a registered trademark of Genentech Inc.

OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                             September 30,          September 30,
                                                                                                                                             2016                   2015
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
       Cash                                                                                                                                  $    12,546,890        $    28,697,323
       Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                                                                  738,118                338,713
                                                                          Total Current Assets                                                    13,285,008             29,036,036
EQUIPMENT, net                                                                                                                                    198,631                248,753
OTHER ASSETS
       Security deposit                                                                                                                           12,243                 12,243
       Intangible assets, net                                                                                                                     15,208,219             16,332,863
       Goodwill                                                                                                                                   740,912                740,912
                                                                          TOTAL ASSETS                                                       $    29,445,013        $    46,370,807
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
       Accounts payable and accrued expenses                                                                                                 $    4,394,068         $    1,592,348
       Notes payable                                                                                                                              87,798                 48,063
       Contingent consideration                                                                                                                   -                      2,239,603
                                                                          Total Current Liabilities                                               4,481,866              3,880,014
                                                                          TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                       4,481,866              3,880,014
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
       Preferred stock, Series B; 6,000,000 shares authorized, $0.0001 par value, 0 shares issued and outstanding, respectively                   -                      -
       Common stock; 180,000,000 shares authorized, $0.0001 par value, 32,076,396 and 30,331,309 shares issued and outstanding, respectively      3,207                  3,033
       Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                 109,237,551            100,999,173
       Accumulated deficit                                                                                                                        (84,277,611 )          (58,511,413 )
                                                                          Total Stockholders’ Equity                                              24,963,147             42,490,793
                                                                          TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
                                                                          STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                               $    29,445,013        $    46,370,807
OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
For the Year Ended September 30,
                                                                   2016               2015               2014
OPERATING EXPENSES
General and administrative                                         $  7,656,327       $  7,509,601       $  4,287,205
Research and development                                              16,460,714         8,777,519          4,369,413
Depreciation and amortization                                         1,189,276          1,179,254          466,306
Gain on settlement of accounts payable                                (710,264    )      -                  -
Impairment of Intangibles                                             -                  338,906            -
                                      OPERATING LOSS                  24,596,053         17,805,280         9,122,924
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
             Change in fair value of contingent consideration         (1,185,667  )      2,637,756          -
             Share in losses on investment in joint venture           -                  (103,143    )      (10,643    )
             Other income and expense                                 3,419              42,966             8,479
             Interest income (expense), net                           12,103             (5,977      )      (5,576     )
             Royalty income                                           -                  35,813             -
                                      Total Other Income (Expense)    (1,170,145  )      2,607,415          (7,740     )
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE
             INCOME TAXES                                             (25,766,198 )      (15,197,865 )      (9,130,664 )
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                                            -                  -                  -
NET LOSS                                                           $  (25,766,198 )   $  (15,197,865 )   $  (9,130,664 )
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE                                   $  (0.82       )   $  (0.54       )   $  (0.41      )
WEIGHTED AVERAGE  NUMBER
OF SHARES OUTSTANDING:
             BASIC AND DILUTED                                        31,349,223         28,404,405         22,141,538
OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
                                                                                                      For the Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                                      September 30,
                                                                                                      2016               2015               2014
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
             Net loss                                                                                 $  (25,766,198 )   $  (15,197,865 )   $  (9,130,664 )
             Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
             used by operating activities:
                             Common stock issued for services                                            1,754,814          635,288            -
                             Warrants issued for services                                                -                  8,559              1,177,095
                             Stock option expense                                                        2,913,626          3,579,788          2,074,487
                             Change in fair value of contingent consideration                            1,185,667          (2,637,756  )      -
                             Share in losses on investment in joint venture                              -                  103,143            10,643
                             Depreciation                                                                64,632             40,623             17,850
                             Amortization of intangible assets                                           1,124,644          1,138,631          448,456
                             Impairment of intangibles                                                   -                  338,906            -
                             Gain on settlement of accounts payable                                      (710,264    )      (40,636     )      -
             Changes in operating assets and liabilities
                             Prepaid expenses and deposits                                               (64,794     )      7,214              105,823
                             Accounts payable and accrued expenses                                       3,511,984          1,331,120          (63,822    )
                                                                Net Cash Used in Operating Activities    (15,985,889 )      (10,692,985 )      (5,360,132 )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
                             Acquisition of SKS Ocular’s assets                                          -                  -                  (3,500,000 )
                             Investment in joint venture                                                 -                  (100,000    )      (13,786    )
                             Purchase of property and equipment                                          (14,510     )      (184,951    )      (1,083     )
                                                                Net Cash Used in Investing Activities    (14,510     )      (284,951    )      (3,514,869 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
             Proceeds for issuance of common stock for cash                                              -                  26,582,998         16,876,000
             Proceeds from warrants exercised for cash                                                   26,041             80,003             260,752
             Repayments of short-term notes payable                                                      (176,075    )      (208,236    )      (164,152   )
                             Net Cash Provided by/ (Used in) Financing Activities                        (150,034    )      26,454,765         16,972,600
NET CHANGE IN CASH                                                                                       (16,150,433 )      15,476,829         8,097,599
CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD                                                                              28,697,323         13,220,494         5,122,895
CASH AT END OF PERIOD                                                                                 $  12,546,890      $  28,697,323      $  13,220,494
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION                                                        -
             CASH PAID FOR:
                             Interest                                                                 $  6,071           $  5,977           $  5,576
                             Income Taxes                                                                -                  -                  -
             NON CASH FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                             Settlement of contingent consideration                                   $  3,425,270       $  -               $  -
                             Financing of insurance premiums through issuance of short term notes        215,810            212,400            194,000
                             Subscription receivable from exercise of warrants                           118,801            -                  -
                             Conversion of preferred for common stock                                    -                  -                  50
                             Noncash exercise of options and warrants                                    -                  -                  223
                             Common stock issued to acquire intangible assets                            -                  -                  10,180,224
                             Common stock issued to settle accounts payable                              -                  50,000             50,000
Contact:
Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc.
Investor Relations
888-388-2327
ir@ohrpharmaceutical.com

LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Michael Wood
646-597-6983
mwood@lifesciadvisors.com

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