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Organization and Description of Business

Organization and Description of Business
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
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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
S. aureus
, including methicillin-resistant strains, which causes serious infections such as bacteremia, pneumonia and osteomyelitis.
S. aureus
is also a frequent source of biofilm-dependent infections of heart valves (endocarditis), prosthetic joints, indwelling devices and catheters. These infections result in significant morbidity and mortality despite current antibiotic therapy. Exebacase was being studied in a pivotal Phase 3 superiority study (the “DISRUPT study”) to evaluate the safety, tolerability, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of intravenous (“IV”) exebacase when used in addition to background standard of care antibiotic therapy for the treatment of
S. aureus
bacteremia, including right-sided endocarditis in adolescent and adult patients. On July 7, 2022, the Data Safety Monitoring Board (“DSMB”) conducted an interim futility analysis and recommended that the DISRUPT study be stopped because the conditional power of the study was below the
threshold for futility. Based on the DSMB’s recommendation, patient enrollment in the Phase 3 trial was stopped (“Trial Closure”). The Company continues to monitor <20 already enrolled patients as they complete their
visits and to perform ongoing data review. The Company also expects to complete all clinical study reports as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). On July 29, 2022, the Company initiated a restructuring plan resulting in a reduction in workforce. The restructuring plan was designed to reduce costs and align resources with the Company’s anticipated product development milestones for exebacase and CF-370 and to help preserve the value of the Company’s drug discovery operations. The restructuring reduced the Company’s workforce from 43 full-time employees as of June 30, 2022 to 27 full-time employees as of August 15, 2022, when the reduction was completed. The Company recognized a restructuring charge of approximately $7.7 million, including $1.6 million related to employee termination costs and other related expenses from the workforce reduction and $6.1 million from the write-off of prepaid manufacturing costs following the suspension of IV exebacase related activities.
The Company has incurred recurring losses since inception as a research and development organization and has an accumulated deficit of $315.9 

million as of September 30, 2022. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, the Company used $
 million of cash in operations. The Company has relied on its ability to fund its operations through public and private debt and equity financings, and, to a lesser extent, grant funding and government contracts. The Company expects operating losses and negative cash flows to continue at significant levels in the future as it continues to advance its programs. As of September 30, 2022, the Company had approximately $
 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, which, without additional funding, the Company believes will not be sufficient to meet its obligations within the next twelve months from the date of issuance of these consolidated financial statements. The Company plans to continue to fund its operations through public or private debt and equity financings, but there can be no assurances that such financing will continue to be available to the Company on satisfactory terms, or at all, particularly in light of the Trial Closure. As such, under the requirements of Accounting Standard Codification (“ASC”)
management may not consider the potential for future capital raises in its assessment of the Company’s ability to meet its obligations for the next twelve months, and substantial doubt exists about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for twelve months from the date the financial statements were issued. If the Company is unable to obtain funding, the Company would be forced to delay, further reduce its workforce or reduce or eliminate its research and development programs, which could adversely affect its business prospects, or the Company may be unable to continue operations or continue as a going concern.
The consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern, which contemplates continuity of operations, the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.
On August 14, 2020, the Company filed a shelf registration statement on Form
(the “Form
with the SEC. The Form
was declared effective by the SEC on August 31, 2020. The Form
allows the Company to offer and sell from
up to $150.0 million of common stock, preferred stock, debt securities, warrants or units comprised of any combination of these securities.
On March 22, 2021, the Company completed an underwritten public offering under the Form
of 11,500,000 shares of its common stock, including shares sold pursuant to the fully exercised overallotment option granted to the underwriters in connection with the offering, at a public offering price of $5.00 per share, resulting in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $53.8 million after underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by the Company.
On March 10, 2021, the Company entered into a cost-share contract (the “BARDA Contract”) with BARDA, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The base period for the BARDA Contract included government funding of up 
to $9.8 million
 to reimburse expenses to support the conduct of the Phase 3 DISRUPT study and futility analysis. Following the interim futility analysis and the stopping of patient enrollment, on August 24, 2022, the BARDA Contract was modified to provide for and exercise an option by BARDA to provide up 
to $6.6 million
 in funding to support a futility outcome root-cause analysis and the close-out of the Phase 3 DISRUPT study of exebacase.