Biophytis Announces Its 2023 Financial Results and Provides an Update on Its Business Activities

PARIS, FRANCE and CAMBRIDGE, MA / ACCESSWIRE / April 8, 2024 / Biophytis SA (NASDAQ:BPTS), (Euronext Growth Paris:ALBPS), (“Biophytis” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company specialized in the development of therapeutics for age-related diseases, publishes today its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2023, and provides an update on the progress of its various programmes.

“In 2023, despite a particularly difficult financial environment for the biotech sector, we succeeded in pursuing the development of our clinical programmes, while securing the company’s financing until early 2025,” states Stanislas Veillet, CEO of Biophytis. “We were able to confirm the therapeutic value of BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone), our lead drug candidate, in the treatment of patients suffering from severe forms of COVID-19, opening the door to wider use in viral Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). We have also obtained authorization to initiate a phase 3 SARA-31 trial in the United States and Belgium in sarcopenia, a disease that is still poorly understood but very common among the elderly and currently untreated. We are actively seeking global or regional pharmaceutical company partners to co-finance the phase 3 studies required to file a marketing authorization and to market BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) in these two indications.Finally, we are starting a new phase 2 clinical development programme in obesity to assess the efficacy of BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) in maintaining muscle function in obese patients treated with GLP-1 receptor agonists. We believe we can position ourselves as a key player in this fast-growing market, which is expected to reach over $100 billion by 2030 according to Goldman Sachs.”

2023 Highlights and outlook for 2024

SARA programme

  • Positive advice obtained from the Belgian authorities and the FDA in the second half of 2023 to start SARA-31, the first phase 3 study ever launched in sarcopenia, based on the positive results obtained in the SARA-INT phase 2b study.
  • 2024: The actual start of the study will depend on the conclusion of partnership agreements and Biophytis’ financial resources.

OBA programme

  • Promising preclinical results for BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) in obesity, suggesting beneficial metabolic effects on muscle and fat mass.
  • 2024: Phase 2 OBA study to start mid-2024, subject to regulatory approvals and financial resources. First patients enrolled in H2 2024.

COVA programme

  • Final results of the phase 2-3 COVA clinical trial: the study met its primary objective, with a significant 44% (p=0.043) reduction in the risk of respiratory failure or early death in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19. In addition, BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) has a very good safety profile, with a lower proportion of patients experiencing adverse events compared with placebo (57% vs. 64%).
  • Implementation of regulatory procedures to assess the conditions for market access based on the results of the COVA study, and preparation for the design of a second confirmatory phase 3 trial.
  • Setting up industrial partnerships with the Seqens and Skyepharma groups, with a view to commercial-scale production of the BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) drug candidate.
  • Partnership with the University of Liège to study the value of BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) in the treatment of respiratory failure caused by the influenza virus. BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) could treat severe forms of the main viral severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and significantly expand the product’s target market.
  • 2024: Reactivation of an early access programme in Brazil and extension to Europe. This strategy may be rolled out subject to regulatory approvals, particularly in Brazil, where early access authorization is currently being reactivated.

MYODA programme

  • 2024: presentation of the results obtained with BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone) in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the Muscular Distrophy Association (MDA) Conference in Dallas, Texas, from March 19 to 22, 2024. On this basis, Biophytis plans to start a phase 1/2 clinical trial in 2024, depending on its financial resources.

Key 2023 financial figures

The figures presented below and in appendices have been prepared in accordance with IFRS Accounting Standards and were approved by the Board of Directors on 8 April 2024.

Cash position

Consolidated cash and cash equivalents were €5.6 million at December 31, 2023, compared with €11.1 million at December 31, 2022, a net decrease of €5.5 million. Cash used in operating activities amounted to €12.6 million, and was partially offset by new cash injections, in the form of fundraising or convertible bond issues, totalling almost €8 million.

Taking into account the possibility of additional drawings on its ORNANE financing line, and on the basis of its financing plan, at the date of filing of the annual report on Form 20-F and the Annual Financial Report, the Company’s available cash and cash equivalents should not be sufficient to support its operating plan for at least the next 12 months. There is therefore significant doubt about the Company’s ability to continue its business activities.

On the basis of its current operations and its plans and assumptions, the Company believes that it will be able to finance its activities until the first quarter of 2025.

Consolidated results

2022 2023
(Amounts in thousands of euros, except share and per share data)
12 months 12 months
Cost of sales
Gross margin
Research and development expenses, net
(16,034 ) (8,845 )
General and administrative expenses
(7,237 ) (5,488 )
Operating loss
(23,272 ) (14,333 )
Financial expenses
(2,564 ) (1,633 )
Financial income
983 269
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities and convertible bonds
637 (1,330 )
Net financial expense
(944 ) (2,694 )
Loss before taxes
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Income taxes benefit
Net loss
(24,216 ) (17,026 )

Operating expenses have fallen sharply between 2022 and 2023, as a result of:

  • A significant reduction in R&D expenditure linked to the completion of clinical trials for the COVA and SARA programmes. Residual costs relating to clinical development were booked in 2023, but the bulk of R&D expenditure concerned pre-clinical work and operations relating to the production of BIO101.
  • The fall in staff costs was mainly due to the valuation of instruments giving access to capital, while the Company’s headcount remained stable.

The change in the financial result is essentially due to the revaluation of financial debts in accordance with IFRS 9.

As a result of the above, the annual loss has been significantly reduced, from €24.2 million at December 31, 2022 to €17 million at December 31, 2023.



Biophytis SA is a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in the development of drug candidates for age-related diseases. BIO101 (20-hydroxyecdysone), our lead drug candidate, is a small molecule in development for muscular (sarcopenia, phase 3 ready and Duchenne muscular dystrophy), respiratory (Covid-19 phase 2-3 completed) and metabolic diseases (obesity, phase 2 to be started). The company is based in Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Company’s ordinary shares are listed on Euronext Growth (Ticker: ALBPS -ISIN: FR0012816825) and the ADSs (American Depositary Shares) are listed on Nasdaq Capital Market (Ticker BPTS – ISIN: US09076G1040). For more information, visit


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Consolidation statement of financial situation

(amounts in thousands of euros)
2022 2023
Patents and software
2,655 2,637
Property, plant and equipment
584 315
Other non-current financial assets
173 158
Total non-current assets
3,411 3,110
Other receivables and prepaid expenses
6,934 2,916
Other current financial assets
590 368
Cash and cash equivalents
11,053 5,567
Total current assets
18,576 8,850
21,987 11,960
Shareholder’ equity
Share capital
47,660 2,081
Premiums related to the share capital
(1,588 ) 13,483
Treasury shares
(21 ) (12 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment
(25 ) (25 )
Reserves – attributable to the owners of the parent
(23,689 ) (2,357 )
Net loss – attributable to the owners of the parent
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Shareholder equity – attributable to the owners of the parent
(1,879 ) (3,857 )
Non-controlling interests
(32 ) (32 )
Total shareholder equity (deficit)
(1,911 ) (3,889 )
Employee benefit obligations
183 237
Non-current financial liabilities
4,367 3,247
Non-current derivative financial instruments
Total non-current liabilities
4,551 3,484
Current financial liabilities
10,213 5,023
75 223
Trade payable
6,940 5,392
Tax and social liabilities
1,780 1,348
Current derivative financial liabilities
13 1
Other creditors and miscellaneous liabilities
328 378
Total current liabilities
19,348 12,365
21,987 11,960

Consolidated financial of profit or loss

2022 2023
(Amounts in thousands of euros, except share and per share data)
12 months 12 months
Cost of sales
Gross margin
Research and development expenses, net
(16,034 ) (8,845 )
General and administrative expenses
(7,237 ) (5,488 )
Operating loss
(23,272 ) (14,333 )
Financial expenses
(2,564 ) (1,633 )
Financial income
983 269
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities and convertible bonds
637 (1,330 )
Net financial expense
(944 ) (2,694 )
Loss before taxes
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Income taxes benefit
Net loss
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Attributable to the owners of the parent
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Non-controlling interests
Basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding
174,839,276 543,074,353
Basic loss per share (€/share)
(0.14 ) (0.03 )
Diluted loss per share (€/share)
(0.14 ) (0.03 )
2022 2023
(amounts in thousands of euros)
12 months 12 months
Net loss for the year
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss
Actuarial gains and losses
80 1
Items that will be reclassified to profit or loss
Foreign currency translation adjustment
48 (1 )
Other comprehensive income items
128 1
Total other comprehensive profit or loss
(24,089 ) (17,026 )
(17,026 )
Attributable to the owners of the parent
(24,089 ) (17,026 )
Non-controlling interests

Statement of consolidated cash flows

2022 2023
(amounts in thousands of euros)
12 months 12 months
Cash flow used in operating activities
Net loss
(24,216 ) (17,026 )
Amortization and depreciation of intangible and tangible assets
484 803
Additions of provisions, net of reversals
(89 ) (72 )
Expenses associated with share-based payments
5,567 812
Financial interest
1,853 1,022
Amortization of the day one Loss
Change in fair value of financial instruments
(637 ) 1,330
Interests on investment accounts
(4 )
Net financial indemnities Negma
(1,000 )
Unwinding of conditional advances and other financial expenses
22 12
Amortized cost of non-convertible bonds and debt component of the convertible notes
364 272
Cash flow used in operating activities before changes in working capital
(17,652 ) (12,847 )
(-) Change in working capital (net of depreciation of trade receivables and inventories)
(1,335 ) (26 )
(Increase) decrease in Other non-current financial assets
(Increase) decrease in other receivables
(398 ) 1,670
Increase (decrease) in trade accounts payable
(665 ) (1,328 )
Increase (decrease) in tax and social security liabilities
(219 ) (432 )
Increase (decrease) in other creditors and accrued liabilities
(53 ) 50
Cash flow used in operating activities
(18,988 ) (12,873 )
Cash flow used in investment operations
Acquisition of intangible and tangible assets
(141 ) (220 )
Purchase of term deposits classified as other current financial assets
Decrease (increase) in short term deposits accounts
14 590
Cash flow used in investment operations
(17 ) 370
Cash flow from/used in to financing operations
Proceeds from share capital increase
Costs paid in relation to equity transactions
(1,303 )
Net financial indemnity received from/ (paid to) Negma
Exercise of warrants (BSA) and founders’ warrants (BSPCE)
6 2,146
Proceeds from research tax credit prefinancing, net of guarantee deposit
1,834 1,098
Reimbursement of the prefinanced CIR receivables, net of guarantee deposit
(3,450 )
Proceeds from conditional advances
Repayment of conditional advances
(224 ) (220 )
Proceeds from subsidies
Financial interest paid
(662 ) (460 )
Proceeds from the issuance of convertible notes and non-convertible bonds
9,510 1,890
Repayment non-convertible bonds
(1,844 ) (1,262 )
Costs incurred in relation to the issuance of convertible notes and non-convertible bonds
(121 )
Repayment of lease obligations
(244 ) (283 )
Cash flow used in financing operations
6,134 7,027
Net effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
(3 ) (9 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
(12,873 ) (5,485 )
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period
23,926 11,053
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period
11,053 5,568

SOURCE: Biophytis

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