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Organization and Description of Business

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Organization and Description of Business
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
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Organization and Description of Business
1. Organization and Description of Business
Organization and Business
ContraFect Corporation (the “Company”) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of direct lytic agents (“DLAs”), including lysins and amurin peptides, as new medical modalities for the treatment of life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant infections. The Company intends to address antibiotic-resistant infections using product candidates from our lysin and amurin peptide platforms. DLAs are fundamentally different than antibiotics and offer a potential paradigm shift in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections. The Company’s most advanced product candidate is exebacase, a lysin which targets
Staph aureus
, including methicillin-resistant strains, which causes serious infections such as bacteremia, pneumonia and osteomyelitis.
Staph aureus
is also a common cause of biofilm-driven infections of heart valves (endocarditis), prosthetic joints, indwelling devices and catheters. These infections result in significant morbidity and mortality despite current antibiotic therapy. Exebacase is being studied in a pivotal Phase 3 superiority study to confirm efficacy and safety when used in addition to background standard of care antibiotic therapy for the treatment of
Staph aureus
bacteremia, including right-sided endocarditis. The Phase 2 data for MRSA-infected patients treated with exebacase, which demonstrated superior outcomes in clinical response at Day 14 and in
30-day
all-cause
mortality, as well as health economics benefits, provided the basis for the Phase 3 study design and Breakthrough Therapy designation.
The Company has incurred losses from operations since inception as a research and development organization and has relied on its ability to fund its operations through public and private debt and equity financings, and, to a lesser extent, grant funding. Management believes its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balances as of June 30, 2020, will be sufficient to fund operations for at least 12 months from the issuance date of these financial statements and expects operating losses and negative cash flows to continue at more significant levels in the future. Transition to profitability is dependent upon the successful development, approval, and commercialization of its product candidates and achieving a level of revenues adequate to support the Company’s cost structure. The Company may never achieve profitability, and unless and until it does, the Company will continue to need to raise additional capital. Management intends to fund future operations through additional public or private debt and equity financings, and may seek additional capital through arrangements with strategic partners or from other sources. There can be no assurances that such financing will be available to the Company on satisfactory terms, or at all.
On May 27, 2020, the Company completed an underwritten public offering of 11,797,752 shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase an additional 8,848,314 shares of its common stock at an exercise price of $4.90 per share (the “2020 Offering”). The public offering price was $4.45
for
one
 share of common stock and
 
an
accompanying warrant
 to purchase 0.75 shares o
f common stock
, resulting in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $48.9 million after underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by the Company. The Company completed a concurrent private placement to Pfizer Inc. (“Pfizer”) of 674,156 shares of common stock and an accompanying warrant to purchase an additional 505,617 shares of its common stock at an exercise price of $4.90 per share (the “Pfizer Warrant”)
. The offering price for one share of common stock and an accompanying warrant to purchase 0.75 shares of common stock was
at a price of $4.45 per share of common stock, resulting in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $3.0 million.