Published on
May 13, 2021

COMPASS Pathways plc Announces Financial Results and Business Highlights For The First Quarter 2021

LONDON, May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) (“COMPASS”), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, today reported its financial results for the first quarter 2021 and gave an update on recent progress across its business.

George Goldsmith, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder, COMPASS Pathways, said, “Our recent financing gives us additional resources to work even faster and to expand our efforts, grow our team, and focus on developing new indications, new compounds and new technologies, building on our leadership position in psilocybin therapy and mental health care. Far too many people are suffering with mental health challenges today. We are focused on developing evidence-based therapies that can make a difference and be accessible to as many patients as possible who might benefit. The COMP360 data published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed promising signals in a small investigator-initiated study. We are approaching the completion of our phase IIb trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression, and on track to report data by the end of the year.”

Business highlights

  • Phase IIb clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for TRD continues to progress

  • On track to report top-line data by end of 2021

  • COMP360 data published in the New England Journal of Medicine

  • Signal-generating, exploratory research from independent study at Imperial College London (n=59) comparing the efficacy and mechanisms of action of psilocybin with a six-week course of escitalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), for major depressive disorder (MDD)

  • Study showed signals of positive activity in COMP360 psilocybin when compared with escitalopram and concludes that psilocybin findings should be explored further in larger studies

  • COMP360 psilocybin was generally well-tolerated and there were no Serious Adverse Events

  • Two new patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office

  • Patents cover oral formulations of COMPASS’s synthetic psilocybin in the treatment of MDD and COMPASS’s high-purity crystalline psilocybin (including the form used in COMP360), pharmaceutical formulations containing crystalline psilocybin and methods of treating MDD with crystalline psilocybin

  • COMPASS’s innovation has now been recognised with six granted patents, including three in the US, two in the UK, and one in Germany

  • Senior appointments

  • Wayne J Riley MD joins COMPASS’s Board of Directors. Wayne is President of the State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, where he holds tenured professorships in internal medicine and health policy and management. He has a breadth of experience in clinical and academic medicine, research programme oversight, biotechnology, primary care, public health, healthcare management and policy, healthcare quality, academic health science centre administration, and government service

  • Anne Benedict is appointed COMPASS’s first Chief People Officer. Anne has more than 25 years of global experience in human resources, talent and organisational development, and will help COMPASS attract, retain and develop the talent and people we need to achieve our mission

  • Equity financing priced, raising gross proceeds of $144 million

Financial highlights

  • Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021, was $12.7 million, or $0.35 loss per share (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $1.7 million), compared with $8.6 million, or $0.93 loss per share, during the same period in 2020 (after including non-cash share-based compensation expense of $1.7 million)

  • Research & development (R&D) expenses were $6.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with $5.2 million during the same period in 2020. Of this increase, $1.4 million reflected increased development activities, including hiring additional staff, as COMPASS progresses its COMP360 psilocybin therapy in TRD, and continues to explore additional indications and therapeutic approaches

  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $6.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with $3.5 million during the same period in 2020. Of the increase, $1.4 million was related to increased personnel costs, $1.1 million related to additional facility and other administrative expenses, and $0.6 million related to increased legal and professional expenses
  • Pro-forma cash and cash equivalents was $179.5 million as of March 31, 2021, compared with $190.3 million at December 31, 2020. On May 4, 2021, following the end of the reporting period, COMPASS completed a public offering of 4,000,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) at a price of $36.00 per ADS for total gross proceeds of $144 million.

Conference call

COMPASS Pathways’ management team will host a conference call at 1.00pm UK (8.00am ET) on 13 May 2021. The call can be accessed by dialling (833) 665-0659 from the United States, +1 (914) 987-7313 internationally, and 0800 028 8438 from the UK, followed by the conference ID: 4498819.

The call will also be webcast on the investors section of the COMPASS Pathways website ( and archived for 30 days.

About COMPASS Pathways

COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we are currently conducting a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 22 sites across Europe and North America. We are headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York, US. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing.

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Forward-looking statements

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These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others: preclinical and clinical development is lengthy and uncertain, and therefore our preclinical studies and clinical trials may be delayed or terminated, or may never advance to or in the clinic; and those risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in COMPASS’s annual report on Form 20-F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 9 March 2021 and in subsequent filings made by COMPASS with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at Except as required by law, COMPASS disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on COMPASS’s current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof.