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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
_________________________________
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2021
Or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                           to                           
Commission File Number 001-36856
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HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
46-2783806
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
399 Thornall Street, First Floor
Edison, New Jersey 08837
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(732902-4000
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.0001 per shareHEPA
The Nasdaq Capital Market
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  No 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit such files). Yes  No 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.:
Large accelerated filer
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer 
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes  No 
The number of shares of the registrant’s Common Stock outstanding as of May 7, 2021 was 76,225,245.



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NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are characterized by future or conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” believe,” “estimate” and “continue” or similar words. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss future expectations and plans, which contain projections of future results of operations or financial condition or state other forward-looking information. Such statements are only predictions and our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. We believe that it is important to communicate future expectations to investors. However, there may be events in the future that we are not able to accurately predict or control. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed under Item 1A. Risk Factors and elsewhere in the audited condensed consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021. These factors include the uncertainties associated with product development, the risk that products that appeared promising in early clinical trials do not demonstrate safety and efficacy in larger-scale clinical trials, the risk that we will not obtain approval to market our products, the risks associated with dependence upon key personnel and the need for additional financing. We do not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements as circumstances change and thus you should not unduly rely on these statements. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.
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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
(Note 2)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash$115,449,085 $40,726,838 
Prepaid expenses2,295,646 1,907,461 
Total current assets117,744,731 42,634,299 
Property and equipment, net172,402 108,440 
Right-of-use assets493,717 556,492 
In-process research and development3,190,000 3,190,000 
Goodwill1,870,924 1,870,924 
Other assets285,098 285,098 
Total assets$123,756,872 $48,645,253 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$1,662,444 $3,722,429 
Accrued expenses817,280 659,572 
Operating lease liabilities, current211,140 279,826 
Current portion of long-term debt176,585  
Total current liabilities2,867,449 4,661,827 
Contingent consideration2,600,000 2,570,000 
Long-term debt 176,585 
Deferred tax liability409,022 409,022 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current300,383 295,755 
Derivative financial instruments, at estimated fair value—warrants5,462 11,673 
Total liabilities6,182,316 8,124,862 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)
Stockholders’ equity:
Series A convertible preferred stock, stated value $10 per share, 85,581 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.
855,808 855,808 
Series C convertible preferred stock, stated value $1,000 per share, 1,807 and 1,817 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.
851,607 856,320 
Common stock—$0.0001 par value per share; 120,000,000 shares authorized, 76,225,245 and 32,025,153 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.
7,623 3,203 
Additional paid in capital226,022,287 142,910,523 
Accumulated deficit(110,162,769)(104,105,463)
Total stockholders’ equity117,574,556 40,520,391 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$123,756,872 $48,645,253 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).
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HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
20212020
Revenues$ $ 
Costs and expenses:
Research and development3,498,655 2,637,331 
General and administrative2,532,808 1,549,606 
Total operating expenses6,031,463 4,186,937 
Loss from operations(6,031,463)(4,186,937)
Other income (expense):
Interest expense(2,054) 
Change in fair value of derivative instruments (warrants) and contingent consideration(23,789)(39,680)
Loss before income taxes(6,057,306)(4,226,617)
Income tax benefit (expense)  
Net loss and comprehensive loss(6,057,306)(4,226,617)
Deemed dividend (see Note 5)(5,287) 
Net loss attributable to common shareholders$(6,062,593)$(4,226,617)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted52,160,742 4,345,699 
Net loss per common share: (see Note 10)
Basic and diluted$(0.12)$(0.97)










The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).
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HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity
(Unaudited)

Preferred StockPreferred StockAdditional Paid in CapitalAccumulated DeficitTotal Stockholders' Equity
Series ASeries CCommon Stock
SharesAmountSharesAmountSharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 202085,581 $855,808 1,817 $856,320 32,025,153 $3,203 $142,910,523 $(104,105,463)$40,520,391 
Net loss— — — — — — — (6,057,306)(6,057,306)
Stock-based compensation expense— — — — — — 957,871 — 957,871 
Conversion of preferred stock to common— — (10)(10,000)92 — 10,000 —  
Accretion of discount— — — 5,287 — — (5,287)—  
Issuance of common stock, net— — — — 44,200,000 4,420 82,149,180 — 82,153,600 
Balance at March 31, 202185,581 $855,808 1,807 $851,607 76,225,245 $7,623 $226,022,287 $(110,162,769)$117,574,556 













The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).
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HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity
(Unaudited)

Preferred StockPreferred StockAdditional Paid in CapitalAccumulated DeficitTotal Stockholders’ Equity 
Series ASeries CCommon Stock
SharesAmountSharesAmountSharesAmount
Balance at December 31, 201985,581 $855,808 1,827 $861,033 3,760,255 $375 $97,651,006 $(83,751,525)$15,616,697 
Net loss— — — — — — — (4,226,617)(4,226,617)
Stock-based compensation expense— — — — — — 8,246 — 8,246 
Issuance of common stock, net— — — — 2,311,867 231 6,788,234 — 6,788,465 
Warrant exercises— — — — 2,000 — 12,000 — 12,000 
Balance at March 31, 202085,581 $855,808 1,827 $861,033 6,074,122 $606 $104,459,486 $(87,978,142)$18,198,791 
















The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).
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HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
20212020
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss$(6,057,306)$(4,226,617)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Stock-based compensation957,871 8,246 
Depreciation and amortization18,143 6,527 
Change in fair value of derivative instrument-warrants(6,211)9,680 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration30,000 30,000 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses(1,902,277)277,715 
Prepaid expenses and other assets(389,468)(783,513)
Net cash used in operating activities(7,349,248)(4,677,962)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment(82,105) 
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment 2,194 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities(82,105)2,194 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs82,153,600 6,788,465 
Proceeds from the exercise of warrants 12,000 
Net cash provided by financing activities82,153,600 6,800,465 
Net increase in cash74,722,247 2,124,697 
Cash at beginning of period40,726,838 13,922,972 
Cash at end of period$115,449,085 $16,047,669 
Supplementary disclosure of non-cash financing activities:
Conversion of Series C convertible preferred stock (part of Series C deemed dividend)$10,000 $ 
Accretion of Series C preferred stock discount upon conversion$5,287 $ 
Warrants issued to placement agent$2,013,055 $ 






The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).
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HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)
1. Business Overview
Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (we, our, or us) is a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, focused on the development of drug therapy for treatment of chronic liver diseases. This therapeutic approach targets fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (“HCC”) associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”), viral hepatitis, and other liver diseases. Our cyclophilin inhibitor, CRV431, is being developed to offer benefits to address these multiple complex pathologies. CRV431 is a cyclophilin inhibitor that targets multiple pathologic pathways involved in the progression of liver disease. Preclinical studies with CRV431 in NASH models demonstrated consistent reductions in liver fibrosis and additional reductions in inflammation and cancerous tumors in some studies. CRV431 additionally showed in vitro antiviral activity towards hepatitis B, C, and D viruses which also trigger liver disease. Preclinical studies also have shown potentially therapeutic activities of CRV431 in experimental models of acute lung injury, platelet activation, and SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus replication.
We are developing CRV431 as our lead molecule. CRV431 is a compound that binds and inhibits the function of a specific class of isomerase enzymes called cyclophilins that regulate protein folding. Many closely related isoforms of cyclophilins exist in humans. Cyclophilins A, B, and D are the best characterized cyclophilin isoforms. Inhibition of cyclophilins has been shown in the scientific literature to have therapeutic effects in a variety of experimental models, including liver disease models. In preclinical in vitro and/or in vivo experiments to date CRV431 decreased liver fibrosis, liver inflammation, liver tumors, and titers of HBV, HCV, HDV, and HIV-1. Importantly, reduction in liver fibrosis by CRV431 was observed in vivo in several experimental models and studies of NASH and liver fibrosis. Findings to date suggest that CRV431 might treat certain inciting agents of liver disease such as hepatitis viruses and also the ensuing disease processes resulting from those agents such as fibrosis.
On May 10, 2018, we submitted an Investigational New Drug Application (“IND”) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to support initiation of our CRV431 HBV clinical development program in the United States and received approval in June 2018. We completed the first segment of our Phase 1 clinical activities for CRV431 in October 2018 wherein we reached a major clinical milestone of positive data from a Phase I trial of CRV431 in humans. This achievement triggered the first milestone payment, as stated in the Merger Agreement for the acquisition of Ciclofilin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Ciclofilin”) and we paid a related milestone payment of approximately $346,000 to Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Aurinia") and $654,000 to the former Ciclofilin shareholders along with the issuance of 1,439 shares of our common stock with a fair value of $55,398, representing 2.5% of our issued and outstanding common stock as of June, 2016, to the former Ciclofilin shareholders. Our CEO is a former Ciclofilin shareholder and received approximately $274,000 and 603 shares of common stock and Petrus Wijngaard, a director of our company, received $2,805 and 6 shares of common stock.
Additional milestone payments could potentially be payable to the former Ciclofilin shareholders pursuant to the Ciclofilin Merger Agreement as follows: (i) upon receipt of Phase II positive data from a proof of concept clinical trial of CRV431 in humans - 4,317 shares of common stock and $3,000,000, (ii) upon initiation of a Phase III trial of CRV431 - $5,000,000, and (iii) upon acceptance by the FDA of a new drug application for CRV431 – $8,000,000. In addition, on February 14, 2014, Ciclofilin had entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire Aurinia’s entire interest in CRV431. This agreement contains future milestone payments payable by us based on clinical and marketing milestones of up to CAD $2.45 million. The milestone payments payable to the former Ciclofilin shareholders will be subject to offset by certain of the clinical and marketing milestone payments payable to Aurinia as follows: (a) the payments to the former Ciclofilin shareholders pursuant to (ii) above would be offset by payment to Aurinia of CAD $450,000, and (b) the payments to the former Ciclofilin shareholders pursuant to (iii) above would be subject to offset by payment to Aurinia of up to CAD $2,000,000. In addition to the above clinical and milestone payments, the Aurinia Agreement provides for the following additional contingent payment obligations: (x) a royalty of 2.5% on net sales of CRV431 which is uncapped, (y) a royalty of 5% on license revenue from CRV431 and (z) a payment equal to 30% of the proceeds from a Liquidity Event (as defined in the Purchase and Sale Agreement) with respect to Ciclofilin, of which approximately $150,000 plus interest will owed. The maximum obligation under both (y) and (z) is CAD $5,000,000.
On June 17, 2019, we submitted an IND to the FDA to support initiation of our CRV431 NASH clinical development program in the United States and received approval in July 2019. We completed dosing of CRV431 in our multiple ascending dose (“MAD’) clinical trial in September 2020.
On November 20, 2020, we submitted an IND to the FDA to support initiation of a CRV431 clinical development program in the United States for COVID-19. We received approval December 17, 2020, to conduct a COVID-19 clinical trial and are investigating potential sources of collaboration and/or funding for the trial.
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2. Basis of Presentation
Basis of Presentation
These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared following the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim reporting. In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, which include only normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly our interim financial information. The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2020 was derived from the audited annual consolidated financial statements but does not include all disclosures required by U.S. GAAP. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Principles of Consolidation
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include our accounts and the accounts of our subsidiaries, Contravir Research Inc. and Hepion Research Corp, which conduct their operations in Canada. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
Liquidity
As of March 31, 2021, we had $115.4 million in cash, an accumulated deficit of $110.2 million, and working capital of $114.9 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, cash used in operating activities was $7.3 million and we had a net loss of $6.1 million. We have not generated revenue to date and have incurred substantial losses and negative cash flows from operations since our inception. We have historically funded our operations through issuances of convertible debt, common stock and preferred stock. We expect to continue to incur losses for the next several years as we expand our research, development and clinical trials of CRV431. We are unable to predict the extent of any future losses or when we will become profitable, if at all. We currently anticipate that our cash and cash equivalents balances are sufficient to fund our anticipated operating cash requirements for more than one year from the date of issuance of these condensed consolidated financial statements. These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the assumption that we will continue as a going concern.
We will be required to raise additional capital in future years to continue the development and commercialization of current product candidates and to continue to fund operations at the current cash expenditure levels. We cannot be certain that additional funding will be available on acceptable terms, or at all. To the extent that we raise additional funds by issuing equity securities, our stockholders may experience significant dilution. Any debt financing, if available, may involve restrictive covenants that impact our ability to conduct business. If we are unable to raise additional capital when required or on acceptable terms, we may have to (i) significantly delay, scale back or discontinue the development and/or commercialization of one or more product candidates; (ii) seek collaborators for product candidates at an earlier stage than otherwise would be desirable and on terms that are less favorable than might otherwise be available; or (iii) relinquish or otherwise dispose of rights to technologies, product candidates or products that we would otherwise seek to develop or commercialize on unfavorable terms.
COVID-19 Pandemic
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) announced a global health emergency because of a new strain of coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China (the “COVID-19 outbreak”) and the risks to the international community as the virus spreads globally beyond its point of origin. In March 2020, the WHO classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, based on the rapid increase in exposure globally.
The full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve as of the date of this report. As such, it is uncertain as to the full magnitude that the pandemic will have on our financial condition, liquidity, and future results of operations. Management is actively monitoring the global situation and its impact on our financial condition, liquidity, operations, suppliers, industry, and workforce.
While we have not experienced delays to date, we may experience delays in the conduct of clinical testing of our product candidate. We do not know whether planned clinical trials will begin on time, will need to be redesigned or will be completed on schedule, if at all. The COVID-19 pandemic may affect the operations of the FDA and other health authorities, which could result in delays of reviews and approvals, including with respect to our product candidate. The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is also likely to directly or indirectly impact the pace of enrollment in our CRV431 clinical trials for at least the next several months and possibly longer as patients may avoid or may not be able to travel to healthcare facilities and physicians' offices unless due to a health emergency. Clinical trials can be delayed for a variety of reasons, including delays in
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obtaining regulatory approval to commence a clinical trial, in securing clinical trial agreements with prospective sites with acceptable terms, in obtaining institutional review board approval to conduct a clinical trial at a prospective site, in recruiting patients to participate in a clinical trial, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or in obtaining sufficient supplies of clinical trial materials. Any delays in completing our clinical trials will increase our costs, slow down our product development, timeliness and approval process and delay our ability to generate revenue.
The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is highly uncertain and subject to change and we do not yet know the full extent of potential delays or impacts on our business, financing or clinical trial activities or on healthcare systems or the global economy as a whole. Although we cannot estimate the length or gravity of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak nor estimate the potential impact to our fiscal year 2021 financial statements at this time, if the pandemic continues, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of future operations, financial position, liquidity, and capital resources, and those of the third parties on which we rely in fiscal year 2021.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), as amended on June 5, 2020 by the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The CARES Act, among other things, includes provisions relating to refundable payroll tax credits, deferment of employer side social security payments, net operating loss carryback periods, alternative minimum tax credit refunds, modifications to the net interest deduction limitations and technical corrections to tax depreciation methods for qualified improvement property. On April 13, 2020, we were granted a loan (the “Loan”) from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in the aggregate amount of $176,585, pursuant to the PPP under Division A, Title I of the CARES Act. The Loan also provides for customary events of default, including, among others, events of default relating to failure to make payments, bankruptcy, breaches of representations, and material adverse effects. Additionally, the Loan is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the SBA under the CARES Act. We may also be subject to CARES Act-specific lookbacks and audits that may be conducted by other federal agencies, including several oversight bodies created under the CARES Act. These bodies have the ability to coordinate investigations and audits and refer matters to the Department of Justice for civil or criminal enforcement and other actions.
The Loan, which was in the form of a Note dated April 13, 2020 issued by us, matures on April 13, 2022 and bears interest at a rate of 0.98% per annum, payable monthly commencing on November 13, 2020. The Note may be prepaid by us at any time prior to maturity with no prepayment penalties. Funds from the Loan may only be used for payroll costs, rent and utilities. We used the entire Loan amount for qualifying expenses. Under the terms of the PPP, certain amounts of the Loan may be forgiven if they are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act. We plan to repay the total amount of the loan in 2021, which is reflected in the consolidated balance sheet as current debt.
3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Use of Estimates
The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of expenses during the reporting period. Changes in estimates and assumptions are reflected in reported results in the period in which they become known. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Our significant accounting policies are disclosed in the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. Since the date of such consolidated financial statements, there have been no changes to our significant accounting policies.
Cash
As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, cash was $115.4 million and $40.7 million, respectively, consisting of checking accounts held at U.S. and Canadian commercial banks. Cash is maintained at financial institutions and, at times, balances may exceed federally insured limits. We have never experienced losses related to these balances.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments
Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement (“ASC 820”), establishes a fair value hierarchy for instruments measured at fair value that distinguishes between assumptions based on market data (observable inputs) and our own assumptions (unobservable inputs). Observable inputs are inputs that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability based on market data obtained from sources independent of us. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect our assumptions about the inputs that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability and are developed based on the best information available in the circumstances.
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ASC 820 identifies fair value as the exchange price, or exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. As a basis for considering market participant assumptions in fair value measurements, ASC Topic 820 establishes a three-tier fair value hierarchy that distinguishes among the following:
Level 1—Valuations based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that we can access.
Level 2—Valuations based on quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active and models for which all significant inputs are observable, either directly or indirectly.
Level 3—Valuations based on inputs that are unobservable and significant to the overall fair value measurement.
To the extent that the valuation is based on models or inputs that are less observable or unobservable in the market, the determination of fair value requires more judgment. Accordingly, the degree of judgment exercised by us in determining fair value is greatest for instruments categorized in Level 3. A financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement.
Financial instruments consist of cash and accounts payable, long-term debt, derivative instruments (warrants) and contingent consideration. These financial instruments are stated at their respective historical carrying amounts, which approximate fair value due to their short-term nature, except for derivative instruments (warrants) and contingent consideration, which were recorded at fair value at the end of each reporting period. See Note 5 for additional information of the fair value of the derivative liabilities. We recorded contingent consideration from the 2016 acquisition of Ciclofilin, which is required to be carried at fair value. See Note 6 for additional information on the fair value of the contingent consideration.
Derivative Financial Instruments
We issued common stock warrants in connection with the execution of certain equity financings. The fair value of the warrants, which were deemed to be derivative instruments based on certain contingent put features, was recorded as a derivative liability under the provisions of ASC Topic 815 Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”) upon issuance. Subsequently, the liability is adjusted to fair value as of the end of each reporting period and the changes in the fair value of derivative liabilities are recorded in the statements of operations under the caption “Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments—warrants.” See Note 5 for additional information.
The fair value of the warrants, issued in connection with the October 2015, April 2016, and April 2017 common stock offerings were deemed to be derivative instruments due to certain contingent put features, was determined using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, deemed to be an appropriate model due to the terms of the warrants issued, including a fixed term and exercise price.
The warrants, issued in connection with the July 2018 Rights Offering (See Note 5) are deemed to be derivative instruments since if we do not maintain an effective registration statement, we are obligated to deliver registered shares upon exercise and settlement of the warrant because there are further registration and prospectus delivery requirements that are outside our control. Therefore, the fair value of the warrants was determined using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, deemed to be an appropriate model due to the terms of the warrants issued, including a fixed term and exercise price.
The fair value of warrants was affected by changes in inputs to the Black-Scholes option pricing model including our stock price, expected stock price volatility, the contractual term, and the risk-free interest rate. This model uses Level 3 inputs, including stock price volatility, in the fair value hierarchy established by ASC 820 Fair Value Measurement. At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the fair value of all warrants was $5,462 and $11,673, respectively, which are classified as a long-term derivative liability on our condensed consolidated balance sheets.
Property, equipment and depreciation
As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively, of property and equipment, consisting primarily of lab equipment, computer equipment, furniture and fixtures. Expenditures for additions, renewals and improvements will be capitalized at cost. Depreciation will generally be computed on a straight-line method based on the estimated useful lives of the related assets. The estimated useful lives of the depreciable assets are 3 to 5 years. Leasehold improvements are amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives, or the remaining term of the lease, whichever is shorter. Depreciation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $18,143 and $6,527, respectively. Expenditures for repairs and maintenance are charged to operations as incurred. We will periodically
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evaluate whether current events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value of our depreciable assets may not be recoverable. There were no adjustments to the carrying value of property and equipment at March 31, 2021 or December 31, 2020.
Goodwill and In-Process Research & Development
In accordance with ASC Topic 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other (“ASC Topic 350”), goodwill and acquired IPR&D are determined to have indefinite lives and, therefore, are not amortized. Instead, they are tested for impairment annually, in our fourth quarter, and between annual tests if we become aware of an event or a change in circumstances that would indicate the carrying value may be impaired.
In January 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2017-4, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other: Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment, which eliminates Step 2 from the goodwill impairment test. The annual, or interim, goodwill impairment test is performed by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. An impairment charge should be recognized for the amount by which the carrying amount exceeds the reporting unit's fair value; however, the loss recognized should not exceed the total amount of goodwill allocated to that reporting unit. In addition, income tax effects from any tax deductible goodwill on the carrying amount of the reporting unit should be considered when measuring the goodwill impairment loss, if applicable.
The amendments also eliminate the requirements for any reporting unit with a zero or negative carrying amount to perform a qualitative assessment and, if it fails that qualitative test, to perform Step 2 of the goodwill impairment test. An entity still has the option to perform the qualitative assessment for a reporting unit to determine if the quantitative impairment test is necessary.
Goodwill relates to amounts that arose in connection with the acquisition of Ciclofilin. Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the net assets acquired when accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations. We performed a qualitative assessment of goodwill and determined that it was not more likely than not that the fair value of our reporting was less than its carrying value. There was no impairment of goodwill for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.
In-Process Research and Development ("IPR&D") acquired in a business combination is capitalized as indefinite-lived assets on our condensed consolidated balance sheets at the acquisition-date fair value. Once the project is completed, the carrying value of the IPR&D is reclassified to other intangible assets, net and is amortized over the estimated useful life of the asset. Post-acquisition research and development expenses related to the IPR&D projects are expensed as incurred. The projected discounted cash flow models used to estimate the fair values of our IPR&D assets, acquired in connection with the Ciclofilin acquisition, reflect significant assumptions regarding the estimates a market participant would make in order to evaluate a drug development asset, including: (i) probability of successfully completing clinical trials and obtaining regulatory approval; (ii) market size, market growth projections, and market share; (iii) estimates regarding the timing of and the expected costs to advance clinical programs to commercialization; (iv) estimates of future cash flows from potential product sales; and (v) a discount rate. These assumptions are based on significant inputs not observable in the market and thus represent Level 3 measurements within the fair value hierarchy. The use of different inputs and assumptions could increase or decrease our estimated discounted future cash flows, the resulting estimated fair values and the amounts of related impairments, if any.
If IPR&D becomes impaired or is abandoned, the carrying value of the IPR&D is written down to the revised fair value with the related impairment charge recognized in the period in which the impairment occurs. If the carrying value of the asset becomes impaired as the result of unfavorable data from any ongoing or future clinical trial, changes in assumptions that negatively impact projected cash flows, or because of any other information regarding the prospects of successfully developing or commercializing our programs, we could incur significant charges in the period in which the impairment occurs.
We performed a qualitative assessment of IPR&D and determined that it was not more likely than not that the asset was impaired. There was no impairment of IPR&D for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.
Income Taxes
We account for income taxes under the asset and liability method. We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases, as well as for operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. We measure deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which we expect to recover or settle those temporary differences. We recognize the effect of a change in tax rates on deferred tax assets and liabilities in the results of operations in the period that includes the enactment date. We reduce the measurement of a deferred tax asset, if
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necessary, by a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that we will not realize some or all of the deferred tax asset. We account for uncertain tax positions by recognizing the financial statement effects of a tax position only when, based upon technical merits, it is “more-likely-than-not” that the position will be sustained upon examination. Potential interest and penalties associated with unrecognized tax positions are recognized in income tax expense.
We continue to maintain a full valuation allowance for our U.S net deferred tax assets. The current period income tax expense is related to our foreign operations.
Under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, our net operating loss ("NOL") and tax credit carryforwards are subject to review and possible adjustment by the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities. NOL and tax credit carryforwards may become subject to an annual limitation in the event of certain cumulative changes in the ownership interest of significant shareholders over a three-year period in excess of 50%, as defined under Sections 382 and 383 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, respectively, as well as similar state tax provisions. This could limit the amount of tax attributes that we can utilize annually to offset future taxable income or tax liabilities. The amount of the annual limitation, if any, will be determined based on our value immediately prior to the ownership change. Subsequent ownership changes may further affect the limitation in future years. The utilization of these NOLs is subject to limitations based on past and future changes in our ownership pursuant to Section 382. We have completed several financings since our inception which may have resulted in a change in control as defined by Sections 382 and 383 of the Internal Revenue Code or could result in a change in control in the future. We plan to conduct an assessment in 2021 to determine whether there may have been a Section 382 or 383 ownership change.
Contingencies
In the normal course of business, we are subject to loss contingencies, such as legal proceedings and claims arising out of our business that cover a wide range of matters, including, among others, government investigations, shareholder lawsuits, product and environmental liability, and tax matters. In accordance with ASC Topic 450, Accounting for Contingencies, (“ASC 450”), we record accruals for such loss contingencies when it is probable that a liability will be incurred, and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. In accordance with this guidance, we do not recognize gain contingencies until realized.
Research and Development
Research and development costs, which include expenditures in connection with an in-house research and development laboratory, salaries and staff costs, application and filing for regulatory approval of proposed products, purchased in-process research and development, license costs, regulatory and scientific consulting fees, as well as contract research, insurance and FDA consultants, are accounted for in accordance with ASC Topic 730, Research and Development, (“ASC 730”). Also, as prescribed by this guidance, patent filing and maintenance expenses are considered legal in nature and therefore classified as general and administrative expense, if any.
We do not currently have any commercial biopharmaceutical products and do not expect to have such for several years, if at all. Accordingly, our research and development costs are expensed as incurred. While certain of our research and development costs may have future benefits, our policy of expensing all research and development expenditures is predicated on the fact that we have no history of successful commercialization of product candidates to base any estimate of the number of future periods that would be benefited.
Also as prescribed by ASC 730, non-refundable advance payments for goods or services that will be used or rendered for future research and development activities should be deferred and capitalized. As the related goods are delivered or the services are performed, or when the goods or services are no longer expected to be provided, the deferred amounts would be recognized as an expense. At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had prepaid research and development costs of $1.9 million and $1.8 million, respectively.
Share-based payments
ASC Topic 718 “Compensation—Stock Compensation” (“ASC 718”) requires companies to measure the cost of employee and non-employee services received in exchange for the award of equity instruments based on the estimated fair value of the award at the date of grant. The expense is to be recognized over the period during which an employee is required to provide services in exchange for the award. Generally, we issue stock options with only service-based vesting conditions and record the expense for awards using the straight-line method.
The fair value of each stock option grant is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The estimated expected stock volatility is based on the historical volatility of our own traded stock price. The expected term of stock options has been determined utilizing the “simplified” method for awards that qualify as “plain-vanilla” options.
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The expected term of stock options granted to non-employees is equal to the contractual term of the option award. The risk-free interest rate is determined by reference to the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant of the award for time periods approximately equal to the expected term of the award. Expected dividend yield is based on the fact that we have never paid cash dividends and do not expect to pay any cash dividends in the foreseeable future.
Foreign Exchange
The functional currency of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and ContraVir Research Inc. is the U.S. dollar. The functional currency of Hepion Research Corp. is the Canadian dollar. Our reporting currency is the U.S. dollar. The assets and liabilities of Hepion Research Corp. are translated into U.S. dollars using period-end exchange rates; income and expenses are translated using the average exchange rates for the reporting period. Unrealized foreign currency translation adjustments are deferred in accumulated other comprehensive loss, a separate component of shareholders’ equity. The amount of currency translation adjustment was immaterial at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
Transactions in foreign currencies are remeasured into the functional currency of the relevant subsidiaries at the exchange rate in effect at the date of the transaction. Any monetary assets and liabilities arising from these transactions are translated into the functional currency at exchange rates in effect at the balance sheet date or on settlement. Resulting gains and losses are recorded in other foreign exchange (gain) loss within the consolidated statements of operations. The impact of foreign exchange gains (losses) was immaterial at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
Segment Information
Operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise about which separate discrete information is available for evaluation by the chief operating decision maker, or decision-making group, in deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing performance. Our chief operating decision maker views our operations and manages the business in one segment.
Net loss per share
Basic and diluted net loss per share is presented in conformity with ASC Topic 260, Earnings per Share, (“ASC 260”) for all periods presented. In accordance with this guidance, basic and diluted net loss per common share was determined by dividing net loss attributable to common stockholders by the weighted-average common shares outstanding during the period.
4. Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity (“ASU 2020-06”), which simplifies the accounting for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity, including convertible instruments and contracts in an entity’s own equity. The standard eliminates the liability and equity separation model for convertible instruments with a cash conversion feature. As a result, after adoption, entities will no longer separately present in equity an embedded conversion feature for such debt. Additionally, the embedded conversion feature will no longer be amortized into income as interest expense over the instrument’s life. Instead, entities will account for a convertible debt instrument wholly as debt unless (1) a convertible instrument contains features that require bifurcation as a derivative under ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or (2) a convertible debt instrument was issued at a substantial premium. Additionally, the standard requires applying the if-converted method to calculate convertible instruments’ impact on diluted earnings per share (“EPS”). The standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, with early adoption permitted for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. It can be adopted on either a full retrospective or modified retrospective basis. We are currently evaluating the effect this ASU will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. We adopted this standard on January 1, 2021 and the impact that this guidance had on our condensed consolidated financial statements was immaterial.
5. Stockholders’ Equity and Derivative Liability — Warrants
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock
On October 14, 2014, our Board of Directors authorized the sale and issuance of up to 1,250,000 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series A”). All shares of the Series A were issued between October 2014 and February 2015. Each share of the Series A is convertible at the option of the holder into the number of shares of common stock determined by dividing the stated value of such share by the conversion price that is subject to adjustment. As of March 31, 2021, there were 85,581 shares outstanding. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, no shares of the Series A were converted.


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Series C Convertible Preferred Stock Issuance
On July 3, 2018, we completed a rights offering pursuant to our effective registration statement on Form S-1. We offered for sale units in the rights offering and each unit sold in connection with the rights offering consisted of 1 share of our Series C Convertible Preferred Stock, or Series C, and common stock warrants (the “Rights Offering”). Upon completion of the offering, pursuant to the rights offering, we sold an aggregate of 10,826 units at an offering price of $1,000 per unit comprised of 10,826 shares of Series C and 88,928 common stock warrants. As of March 31, 2021, there were 1,807 shares outstanding. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, 10 shares of the Series C were converted into 92 shares of our common stock.
Common Stock and Warrant Offering
On October 7, 2015, we entered into an underwriting agreement related to the public offering and sale of 8,929 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase up to 5,357 shares of common stock, at a fixed combined price to the public of $1,680 under our prior shelf registration statement on Form S-3. The shares of common stock and warrants were issued separately on October 13, 2015. The warrants were immediately exercisable and will be exercisable for a period of five years from the date of issuance at an exercise price of $2,380.00 per share. These warrants expired in October 2020.
On April 4, 2016, we closed a public offering of 8,803 shares of our common stock and warrants to purchase up to 4,401 shares of common stock, at a fixed combined price to the public of $795.20 under our prior shelf registration statement on Form S-3. The warrants were immediately exercisable and will be exercisable for a period of five years from the date of issuance at an exercise price of $952.00 per share. The gross proceeds to us were $7.0 million, before deducting the underwriting discount and other offering expenses payable by us of approximately $0.7 million. If the warrants were exercised in full, we would receive additional proceeds of approximately $4.2 million.
If we consummate any merger, consolidation, sale or other reorganization event in which our common stock is converted into or exchanged for securities, cash or other property (“Fundamental Transaction”), then we shall pay at the holder’s option, exercisable at any time commencing on the occurrence or the consummation of the Fundamental Transaction and continuing for 90 days, an amount of cash equal to the value of the remaining unexercised portion of the warrant as determined in accordance with the Black-Scholes option pricing model on the date of such Fundamental Transaction. As a result of these terms, in accordance with the guidance contained in ASC Topic 815-40, we have determined that the warrants issued in connection with this financing transaction must be recorded as derivative liabilities upon issuance and marked to market on a quarterly basis in our condensed consolidated statement of operations. Upon the issuance of these warrants, the fair value of approximately $1.5 million was recorded as derivative financial instruments liability-warrants. “Refer to Note 6”.
The fair value of these liability classified warrants was estimated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Other than for the fair value of common stock, we developed our own assumptions for use in the Black-Scholes option pricing model that do not have observable inputs or available market data to support the fair value. This method of valuation involves using inputs such as the fair value of our common stock, our stock price volatility (stock price volatility of comparable companies prior to 2020), the contractual term of the warrants, risk free interest rates and dividend yields. Due to the nature of these inputs, the valuation of the warrants is considered a Level 3 measurement. The following assumptions were used to measure the warrants at issuance and to remeasure the liability as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Price of Hepion common stock$1.84 $2.19 
Expected warrant term (years)0.01 years0.25 years
Risk-free interest rate0.64 %0.27 %
Expected volatility123 %124 %
Dividend yield  
On April 25, 2017, we closed a public offering of 21,429 shares of our common stock and warrants to purchase up to 10,714 shares of common stock, at a fixed combined price to the public of $560.00 under our prior shelf registration statement on Form S-3. The warrants are immediately exercisable and will be exercisable for a period of five years from the date of issuance at an exercise price of $700.00 per share. The gross proceeds to us were $12.0 million, before deducting the underwriting discount and other offering expenses payable by us of approximately $0.5 million. If the warrants were exercised in full, we would receive additional proceeds of approximately $7.5 million.
If we consummate any merger, consolidation, sale or other reorganization event in which our common stock is converted into or exchanged for securities, cash or other property (“Fundamental Transaction”), then we shall pay at the
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holder’s option, exercisable at any time commencing on the occurrence or the consummation of the Fundamental Transaction and continuing for 90 days, an amount of cash equal to the value of the remaining unexercised portion of the warrant as determined in accordance with the Black-Scholes option pricing model on the date of such Fundamental Transaction. As a result of these terms, in accordance with the guidance contained in ASC Topic 815-40, we have determined that the warrants issued in connection with this financing transaction must be recorded as derivative liabilities upon issuance and marked to market on a quarterly basis in our condensed consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss. Upon the issuance of these warrants, the fair value of approximately $4.0 million was recorded as derivative financial instruments liability-warrants. “Refer to Note 6”.
The fair value of these liability classified warrants were estimated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Other than for the fair value of common stock, we developed our own assumptions for use in the Black-Scholes option pricing model that do not have observable inputs or available market data to support the fair value. This method of valuation involves using inputs such as the fair value of our common stock, our stock price volatility (stock price volatility of comparable companies prior to 2020), the contractual term of the warrants, risk free interest rates and dividend yields. Due to the nature of these inputs, the valuation of the warrants is considered a Level 3 measurement.
The following assumptions were used to measure the warrants at issuance and to remeasure the liability as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Price of Hepion common stock$1.84 $2.19 
Expected warrant term (years)1.06 years1.31 years
Risk-free interest rate0.64 %0.27 %
Expected volatility116 %115 %
Dividend yield  
The warrants, issued in connection with the July 2018 Rights Offering are deemed to be derivative instruments since if we do not maintain an effective registration statement, we are obligated to deliver registered shares upon exercise and settlement of the warrant because there are further registration and prospectus delivery requirements that are outside of our control. Therefore, the fair value of the warrants was determined using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, deemed to be an appropriate model due to the terms of the warrants issued, including a fixed term and exercise price.
The fair value of these liability classified warrants were estimated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Other than for the fair value of common stock, we developed our own assumptions for use in the Black-Scholes option pricing model that do not have observable inputs or available market data to support the fair value. This method of valuation involves using inputs such as the fair value of our common stock, our stock price volatility (stock price volatility of comparable companies prior to 2020), the contractual term of the warrants, risk free interest rates and dividend yields. Due to the nature of these inputs, the valuation of the warrants is considered a Level 3 measurement.
The following assumptions were used to measure the warrants at issuance and to remeasure the liability as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Price of Hepion common stock$1.84 $2.19 
Expected warrant term (years)2.25 years2.50 years
Risk-free interest rate0.64 %0.27 %
Expected volatility117 %118 %
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The following table sets forth the components of changes in our derivative financial instruments liability balance for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021:
DateDescriptionNumber of Warrants OutstandingDerivative Instrument Liability
December 31, 2020Balance of derivative financial instruments liability102,642 $11,673 
Change in fair value of warrants for the three months ended March 31, 2021 (6,211)
March 31, 2021Balance of derivative financial instruments liability102,642 $5,462 
Common Stock Offering
On February 16, 2021, we entered into an underwriting agreement ("Underwriting Agreement") with ThinkEquity, a division of Fordham Financial Management, Inc., as the representative (the Representative") of the underwriters ("collectively, the Underwriters") listed therein, with respect to an underwritten public offering ("Offering") of 44,200,000 shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001, at a public offering price of $2.00 per share, which resulted in net proceeds to us of approximately $82.1 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by us. We intend to use the net proceeds to fund our research and development activities and general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses and capital expenditures. Upon closing of the Offering, we issued to the Representative as compensation warrants to purchase 1,150,000 shares of common stock, or the Representative’s Warrants. The Representative’s Warrants will be exercisable at $2.50 per share. The Representative’s Warrants are exercisable at any time and from time to time, in whole or in part, during the four and one half year period commencing 180 days from February 19, 2020. We determined that the Representative Warrants should be recorded in the consolidated financial statements as equity classified.
6. Fair Value Measurements
The following table presents our liabilities that are measured and recognized at fair value on a recurring basis classified under the appropriate level of the fair value hierarchy at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.
Fair Value Measurement at Reporting Date Using
DescriptionFair value(Level 1)(Level 2)(Level 3)
As of March 31, 2021:
Contingent consideration$2,600,000 $ $ $2,600,000 
Derivative liabilities related to warrants$5,462 $ $ $5,462 
As of December 31, 2020:
Contingent consideration$2,570,000 $ $ $2,570,000 
Derivative liabilities related to warrants$11,673 $ $ $11,673 
The unrealized gains or losses on the derivative liabilities are recorded as a change in fair value of derivative liabilities- warrants in our condensed consolidated statement of operations. See Note 5 for a rollforward of the derivative liability for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement. At each reporting period, we review the assets and liabilities that are subject to ASC 815-40. At each reporting period, all assets and liabilities for which the fair value measurement is based on significant unobservable inputs or instruments which trade infrequently and therefore have little or no price transparency are classified as Level 3.
Contingent consideration was recorded for the acquisition of Ciclofilin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Ciclofilin) on June 10, 2016. The contingent consideration represented the acquisition date fair value of potential future payments, to be paid in cash and our stock, upon the achievement of certain milestones and was estimated based on a probability-weighted discounted cash flow model utilizing a discount rate of 6.5% and a stock price of $19.60.



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At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the assumptions we used to calculate the fair value were as follows:
Assumptions
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Discount rate8.0%8.0%
Stock price$1.84$2.19
Projected milestone achievement datesSeptember 2021January 2025June 2021January 2025
Probability of success of milestone achievements13 %40%13 %40%
We completed the first segment of our Phase 1 clinical activities for CRV431 in October 2018 wherein we reached a major clinical milestone of positive data from a Phase I trial of CRV431 in humans. This achievement triggered the first milestone payment, as stated in the Merger Agreement for the acquisition of Ciclofilin and in the fourth quarter of 2019, we paid a related milestone payment of $1,000,000 and issued 1,439 shares of our common stock with a fair value of $55,398, representing 2.5% of our issued and outstanding common stock as of June 2016, to the Ciclofilin shareholders. As of March 31, 2021, due to the uncertainty in the timing of the clinical development of the associated product candidate, the entire balance is classified as a non-current liability.
The following table presents the change in fair value of the contingent consideration for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
Acquisition- related Contingent Consideration
Liabilities:
Balance at December 31, 2020$2,570,000 
Change in fair value recorded in earnings30,000 
Balance at March 31, 2021$2,600,000 
7. Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets and Goodwill
IPR&D
Our IPR&D asset consisted of the following at:
Indefinite-lived
Intangible Asset
CRV431 balance at December 31, 2020$3,190,000 
Change during the three months ended March 31, 2021 
CRV431 balance at March 31, 2021$3,190,000 
No impairment losses were recorded on IPR&D during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.
Goodwill
The table below provides a roll-forward of our goodwill balance:
Amount
Goodwill balance at December 31, 2020$1,870,924 
Change during the three months ended March 31, 2021 
Goodwill balance at March 31, 2021$1,870,924 
No impairment losses were recorded to goodwill during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.


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8. Accrued Liabilities
Accrued expenses consisted of the following:
March 31,
2021
December 31,
2020
Payroll and related costs$306,487 $150,702 
Research and development420,817 438,856 
Legal fees52,875  
Accrued taxes 37,160 
Professional fees15,900  
Other21,201 32,854 
Total accrued expenses$817,280 $659,572 
9. Accounting for Share-Based Payments
On June 3, 2013, we adopted the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). Stock options granted under the Plan typically will vest after three years of continuous service from the grant date and will have a contractual term of ten years. At our annual meeting of stockholders on July 30, 2020, we received shareholder approval to increase the number of shares issuable under the Plan to 2,500,000. As of March 31, 2021, we had 35,229 shares available for grant.
We classify stock-based compensation expense in our condensed consolidated statement of operations in the same way the award recipient's payroll costs are classified or in which the award recipients' service payments are classified. We recorded stock-based compensation expense as follows:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
20212020
General and administrative$711,591 $5,910 
Research and development246,280 2,336 
Total stock-based compensation expense$957,871 $8,246 
A summary of stock option activity under the Plan is presented as follows:
Number of OptionsExercise Price
Per Share
Weighted
Average Exercise Price Per Share
Intrinsic
Value
Weighted
Average Remaining Contractual Team
Balance outstanding, December 31, 20202,460,677 $1.63 -$2,452.80 $4.17 $990,930 9.40 years
Granted $ -$ $ $ 
Exercised $ -$ $ $ 
Forfeited $ -$ $ $ 
Cancelled $ -$ $ $ 
Balance outstanding, March 31, 20212,460,677 $1.63 -$2,452.80 $4.17 $199,725 9.15 years
Vested awards and those expected to vest at March 31, 20212,398,882 $3.24 -$2,452.80 $4.21 $195,065 9.15 years
Vested and exercisable at March 31, 202147,515 $3.24 -$2,452.80 $88.38 $ 8.35 years
There were no options granted to employees during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The total fair value of the shares vested during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was de minimis.
The aggregate intrinsic value of stock options is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the stock options and the fair value of our common stock for those stock options that had exercise prices lower than the fair value of our common stock.
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As of March 31, 2021, the unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested stock options outstanding, net of expected forfeitures, was $5.2 million to be recognized over a weighted-average remaining vesting period of approximately 2.0 years.
The following weighted-average assumptions are used in the Black-Scholes valuation model to estimate fair value of stock option awards when granted to employees.
Risk-free interest rate—Based on the daily yield curve rates for U.S. Treasury obligations with maturities which correspond to the expected term of our stock options.
Dividend yield— We have not paid any dividends on our common stock since inception and do not anticipate paying dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.
Expected volatility—We base expected volatility on the trading price of our common stock.
Expected term—The expected option term represents the period that stock-based awards are expected to be outstanding based on the simplified method provided in SAB No. 107, which SAB No. 107, options are considered to be “plain vanilla” if they have the following basic characteristics: (i) granted “at-the-money”; (ii) exercisability is conditioned upon service through the vesting date; (iii) termination of service prior to vesting results in forfeiture; (iv) limited exercise period following termination of service; and (v) options are non-transferable and non-hedgeable.
In December 2007, the SEC issued SAB No. 110, Share-Based Payment, (“SAB No. 110”). SAB No. 110 was effective January 1, 2008 and expresses the views of the Staff of the SEC with respect to extending the use of the simplified method, as discussed in SAB No. 107, in developing an estimate of the expected term of “plain vanilla” share options in accordance with ASC 718. We will use the simplified method until we have the historical data necessary to provide a reasonable estimate of expected life in accordance with SAB No. 107, as amended by SAB No. 110. For the expected term, we have “plain-vanilla” stock options, and therefore used a simple average of the vesting period and the contractual term for options granted as permitted by SAB No. 107.
Forfeitures—ASC 718 allows for the election of forfeitures to be estimated at the time of grant and revised if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates.
10. Loss per Share
Basic and diluted net loss per common share was determined by dividing net loss applicable to common stockholders by the weighted-average common shares outstanding during the period. In addition, the net loss attributable to common stockholders’ is adjusted for the preferred stock deemed dividends related accretion of beneficial conversion feature and other discount on this instrument for the periods in which the preferred stock is outstanding.
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted net loss per share for the periods indicated:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per common share20212020
Numerator:
Net loss$(6,057,306)$(4,226,617)
Preferred stock deemed dividend(5,287) 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$(6,062,593)$(4,226,617)
Denominator:
Weighted average common shares outstanding52,160,742 4,345,699 
Net loss per share of common stock—basic and diluted$(0.12)$(0.97)
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The following outstanding securities at March 31, 2021 and 2020 have been excluded from the computation of basic and diluted weighted shares outstanding, as they would have been anti-dilutive:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
20212020
Common shares issuable upon conversion of Series A preferred stock3,184 3,184 
Common shares issuable upon conversion of Series C preferred stock16,654 16,839 
Stock options2,460,677 41,271 
Warrants – liability classified102,642 107,998 
Warrants – equity classified4,223,568 2,428,568 
Total6,806,725 2,597,860 
The liability and equity classified warrants disclosed above have been excluded from the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share because the exercise price of the warrants exceeds the average market price of our common stock for the period they were outstanding.
11. Commitments and Contingencies
Contractual Obligations
In August 2014, we entered into a lease for corporate office space in Edison, New Jersey. In December 2017, we entered an amendment to the lease for corporate office space in Edison, New Jersey expanding the office footprint and extending the lease for an approximate 5-year period. In May 2018, we entered into a 3-year lease for office equipment to be used at our corporate office space in Edison, New Jersey. In October 2019, we entered into a 3-year lease for office and research laboratory space in Edmonton, Canada. Prior to signing this lease, the space was previously on a month to month basis.
Legal Proceedings
We are involved in legal proceedings of various types. Significant judgment is required to determine both the likelihood and the estimated amount of a loss related to such matters. Additionally, while any litigation contains an element of uncertainty, we have at this time no reason to believe that the outcome of such proceedings or claims will have a material adverse effect on our condensed consolidated financial condition or results of operations.
Leases
We account for leases in accordance with ASC Topic 842, Leases, (“ASC 842”). We determine if an arrangement is a lease at contract inception. A lease exists when a contract conveys to the customer the right to control the use of identified property or equipment for a period in exchange for consideration. The definition of a lease embodies two conditions: (1) there is an identified asset in the contract that is land or a depreciable asset (i.e., property and equipment), and (2) the customer has the right to control the use of the identified asset.
Operating leases where we are the lessee are included under the caption “Right of Use Assets” on our condensed consolidated balance sheets. The lease liabilities are initially and subsequently measured at the present value of the unpaid lease payments at the lease commencement date. Key estimates and judgments include how we determine (1) the discount rate used to discount the unpaid lease payments to present value, (2) lease term and (3) lease payments.
The Right-Of-Use (“ROU”) asset is initially measured at cost, which comprises the initial amount of the lease liability adjusted for lease payments made at or before the lease commencement date, plus any initial direct costs incurred less any lease incentives received. For operating leases, the ROU asset is subsequently measured throughout the lease term at the carrying amount of the lease liability, plus initial direct costs, plus (minus) any prepaid (accrued) lease payments, less the unamortized balance of lease incentives received. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
As of March 31, 2021, the ROU assets were $0.5 million, the current lease liabilities were $0.2 million, and the non-current lease liabilities were $0.3 million. The discount rate used to account for our operating leases under ASC 842 is our estimated incremental borrowing rate of 6.5%.
Rent expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $0.1 million and $0.1 million, respectively.

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The weighted average remaining term of our noncancelable operating leases is 1.89 years. Future minimum rental payments under our noncancelable operating leases at March 31, 2021 is as follows:
Remainder of 2021$215,649 
2022271,885 
202353,902 
2024 
2025 and thereafter 
Total541,436 
Present value adjustment(29,913)
Lease liability at March 31, 2021$511,523 
Employment Agreements
We have employment agreements with certain employees which require the funding of a specific level of payments, if certain events, such as a change in control, termination without cause or retirement, occur.
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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements and other financial information appearing elsewhere in this quarterly report. In addition to historical information, the following discussion and other parts of this quarterly report contain forward-looking statements. You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “plan,” “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” believe,” “estimate” and “continue” or similar words. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future business success or financial results. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss future expectations and plans, which contain projections of future results of operations or financial condition or state other forward-looking information. We believe that it is important to communicate future expectations to investors. However, there may be events in the future that we are not able to accurately predict or control. Accordingly, we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.
The forward-looking statements included herein are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties set forth under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as of and for the year ended December 31, 2020 filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 31, 2021. Accordingly, to the extent that this Report contains forward-looking statements regarding the financial condition, operating results, business prospects or any other aspect of us, please be advised that our actual financial condition, operating results and business performance may differ materially from that projected or estimated by us in forward-looking statements, and you should not unduly rely on such statements.
Business Overview
We are a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, focused on the development of drug therapy for treatment of chronic liver diseases. This therapeutic approach targets fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (“HCC”) associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”), viral hepatitis, and other liver diseases. Our cyclophilin inhibitor, CRV431, is being developed to offer benefits to address these multiple complex pathologies. CRV431 is a cyclophilin inhibitor that targets multiple pathologic pathways involved in the progression of liver disease. Preclinical studies with CRV431 in NASH models demonstrated consistent reductions in liver fibrosis and additional reductions in inflammation and cancerous tumors in some studies. CRV431 additionally showed in vitro antiviral activity towards hepatitis B, C, and D viruses which also trigger liver disease. Preclinical studies also have shown potentially therapeutic activities of CRV431 in experimental models of acute lung injury, platelet activation, and SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus replication.
NASH is the form of liver disease that is triggered by what has come to be known as the “Western diet”, characterized especially by high-fat, high-sugar, and processed foods. Among the effects of a prolonged Western diet is fat accumulation in liver cells (steatosis) which is described as NAFLD and can predispose cells to injury. NAFLD may evolve into NASH when the fatty liver begins to progress through stages of cell injury, inflammation, fibrosis, and carcinogenesis. People who develop NASH often have additional predisposing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, but the exact biochemical events that trigger and maintain the progression are not well known. Many people in the early stages of disease do not have significant clinical symptoms and therefore do not know that they have it. NASH becomes evident and a major concern when the liver becomes fibrotic and puts the individual at increased risk of developing cirrhosis and other complications. Individuals with advanced liver fibrosis have significantly higher risk of developing liver cancer, although cancer may also arise in some patients before significant hepatitis or fibrosis. NASH is increasing worldwide at an alarming rate due to the spread of the Western diet, obesity, and other related conditions. Approximately 4–5% of the global population is estimated to have NASH, including the USA. NASH is the leading reason for individuals requiring a liver transplant in the USA. Considering the serious outcomes linked to advancing NASH, the economic and social burden of the disease is enormous. There are no simple blood tests to diagnose or track the progression of NASH, and no drugs are approved to specifically treat the disease.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
We have created a proprietary AI tool called, “AI-POWR™” to optimize the outcomes of our current clinical programs and to potentially identify novel indications for CRV431 and possibly identify new targets and new drug molecules to broaden our pipeline.
AI-POWR™ is our acronym for Artificial Intelligence - Precision Medicine; Omics that include genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, and lipidomics; World database access; and Response and clinical outcomes. AI-POWR™ allows for the selection of novel drug targets, biomarkers, and appropriate patient populations. AI-POWR™ is used to identify responders from big data sources using our multi-omics approach, while modelling inputs and scenarios to increase response rates. The components of AI-POWR™ include access to publicly available databases, and in-house genomic and multi-omic big data, processed via machine learning algorithms. We believe AI outputs will allow for improved response outcomes through enhanced patient selection, biomarker selection and drug target selection. We believe AI outputs will help identify responders a priori and reduce the need for large sample sizes through study design enrichment.
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We intend to use AI-POWR™ to help identify which NASH patients will best respond to CRV431. It is anticipated that applying this proprietary platform to our drug development program will ultimately save time, resources and money. In so doing, we believe that AI-POWR™ is a risk-mitigation strategy that should reap benefits all the way through from clinical trials to commercialization.
We believe that NASH is a heterogenous disease and we need to have a better understanding of interactions among proteins, genes, lipids, metabolites, and other disease variables to help predict disease progression, regression, and responses to CRV431. All of this is further complicated by variable drug concentrations, patient traits and temporal factors. AI-POWR™ is designed to address many of the typical challenges in drug development, as we believe we can use our proprietary platform to shorten development timelines and increase the delta between placebo and treatment groups. AI-POWR™ will be used to drive our ongoing Phase 2a NASH program and identify additional potential indications for CRV431 to expand our footprint in the cyclophilin inhibition therapeutic space.
Impact of COVID-19
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) announced a global health emergency because of a new strain of coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China (the “COVID-19 outbreak”) and the risks to the international community as the virus spreads globally beyond its point of origin. In March 2020, the WHO classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, based on the rapid increase in exposure globally.
The full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve as of the date of this report. As such, it is uncertain as to the full magnitude that the pandemic will have on our financial condition, liquidity, and future results of operations. Management is actively monitoring the global situation and its impact on our financial condition, liquidity, operations, suppliers, industry, and workforce.
While we have not experienced delays to date, we may experience delays in the conduct of clinical testing of our product candidate. We do not know whether planned clinical trials will begin on time, will need to be redesigned or will be completed on schedule, if at all. The COVID-19 pandemic may affect the operations of the FDA and other health authorities, which could result in delays of reviews and approvals, including with respect to our product candidate. The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is also likely to directly or indirectly impact the pace of enrollment in our CRV431 clinical trials for at least the next several months and possibly longer as patients may avoid or may not be able to travel to healthcare facilities and physicians' offices unless due to a health emergency. Clinical trials can be delayed for a variety of reasons, including delays in obtaining regulatory approval to commence a clinical trial, in securing clinical trial agreements with prospective sites with acceptable terms, in obtaining institutional review board approval to conduct a clinical trial at a prospective site, in recruiting patients to participate in a clinical trial, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or in obtaining sufficient supplies of clinical trial materials. Any delays in completing our clinical trials will increase our costs, slow down our product development, timeliness and approval process and delay our ability to generate revenue.
The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is highly uncertain and subject to change and we do not yet know the full extent of potential delays or impacts on our business, financing or clinical trial activities or on healthcare systems or the global economy as a whole. Although we cannot estimate the length or gravity of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak nor estimate the potential impact to our fiscal year 2021 financial statements at this time, if the pandemic continues, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of future operations, financial position, liquidity, and capital resources, and those of the third parties on which we rely in fiscal year 2021.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), as amended on June 5, 2020 by the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The CARES Act, among other things, includes provisions relating to refundable payroll tax credits, deferment of employer side social security payments, net operating loss carryback periods, alternative minimum tax credit refunds, modifications to the net interest deduction limitations and technical corrections to tax depreciation methods for qualified improvement property. On April 13, 2020, we were granted a loan (the “Loan”) from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in the aggregate amount of $176,585, pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) under Division A, Title I of the CARES Act.
The Loan, which was in the form of a Note dated April 13, 2020 issued by us, matures on April 13, 2022 and bears interest at a rate of 0.98% per annum, payable monthly commencing on November 13, 2020. The Note may be prepaid by us at any time prior to maturity with no prepayment penalties. Funds from the Loan may only be used for payroll costs, rent and utilities. We used the entire Loan amount for qualifying expenses. Under the terms of the PPP, certain amounts of the Loan may be forgiven if they are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act. We plan to repay the total amount of the loan in 2021, which is reflected in the consolidated balance sheet as short-term debt.


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FINANCIAL OPERATIONS OVERVIEW
From inception through March 31, 2021, we have an accumulated deficit of $110.2 million and we have not generated any revenue from operations. We expect to incur additional losses to perform further research and development activities and do not currently have any commercial biopharmaceutical products. We do not expect to have such for several years, if at all.
On February 16, 2021, we entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with ThinkEquity, a division of Fordham Financial Management, Inc., as the representative (the “Representative”) of the underwriters listed therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), with respect to an underwritten public offering (the “Offering”) of 44,200,000 shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001 (the “Shares”), at a public offering price of $2.00 per share, which resulted in net proceeds to us of approximately $82.1 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by us. We intend to use the net proceeds of this Offering to fund our research and development activities and general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses and capital expenditures. The Offering closed on February 18, 2021.
Our product development efforts are in their early stages and we cannot make estimates of the costs or the time they will take to complete. The risk of completion of any program is high because of the many uncertainties involved in bringing new drugs to market including the long duration of clinical testing, the specific performance of proposed products under stringent clinical trial protocols, the extended regulatory approval and review cycles, our ability to raise additional capital, the nature and timing of research and development expenses and competing technologies being developed by organizations with significantly greater resources.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES
Our condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (U.S. GAAP). The preparation of these condensed consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, costs and expenses, income taxes and related disclosures. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates and assumptions. Our actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.
During the three months ended March 31, 2021, there were no significant changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates as described in the financial statements contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.
OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS
We had no off-balance sheet arrangements as of March 31, 2021.
RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
Please refer to Note 4 of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, Recent Accounting Pronouncements, in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
JOBS Act
On December 31, 2020, our status as an emerging growth company ended. To the extent that we continue to qualify as a “smaller reporting company,” as such term is defined in Rule 12b 2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, after we ceased to qualify as an emerging growth company on December 31, 2020, certain of the exemptions available to us as an emerging growth company may continue to be available to us as a smaller reporting company, including: (1) not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes Oxley Act; (2) scaled executive compensation disclosures; and (3) the requirement to provide only two years of audited financial statements, instead of three years.
We expect to qualify as a “smaller reporting company” for the foreseeable future.







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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Comparison of the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
20212020Change
Revenues$— $— $— 
Costs and Expenses:
Research and development3,498,655 2,637,331 861,324 
General and administrative2,532,808 1,549,606 983,202 
Loss from operations(6,031,463)(4,186,937)(1,844,526)
Other income (expense):
Interest expense(2,054)— (2,054)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments (warrants) and contingent consideration(23,789)(39,680)15,891 
Loss before income taxes(6,057,306)(4,226,617)(1,830,689)
Income tax benefit (expense)— — — 
Net loss$(6,057,306)$(4,226,617)$(1,830,689)
We had no revenues during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, because we do not have any commercial biopharmaceutical products and we do not expect to have such products for several years, if at all.
Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $3.5 million and $2.6 million, respectively. The increase of $0.9 million was primarily due to an increase of $0.4 million for costs related to drug supply and various ongoing studies, a $0.2 million increase in employee compensation costs related to an increase in headcount, and a $0.2 million increase in stock-based compensation costs.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $2.5 million and $1.5 million, respectively. The increase of $1.0 million is primarily related to an increase of $0.7 million in stock-based compensation costs, a $0.1 million increase in insurance costs, a $0.1 million increase in consulting costs and a $0.2 million increase in miscellaneous costs offset by a decrease of $0.1 million in professional fees.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2021, we had working capital of $114.9 million compared to working capital of $38.0 million as of March 31, 2020. The increase of $76.9 million in working capital is primarily related to our offering in February 2021.
Cash Flows
The following table summarizes our cash flows for the following periods:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
20212020
Net cash provided by (used in):
Operating activities$(7,349,248)$(4,677,962)
Investing activities(82,105)2,194 
Financing activities82,153,600 6,800,465 
Net increase (decrease) in cash$74,722,247 $2,124,697 
As of March 31, 2021, we had $115.4 million in cash. Net cash used in operating activities was $7.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 consisting primarily of our net loss of $6.1 million. Changes in non-cash operating activities was $1.0 million, primarily for stock-based compensation. Changes in working capital accounts had a negative impact of $2.3 million on cash primarily for a decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses.
Net cash used in operating activities was $4.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 consisting of our net loss of $4.2 million. Changes in working capital accounts had a negative impact of $0.2 million on cash.
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Net cash used in investing activities during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $0.1 million related to equipment purchases for research and development. Net cash provided by in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was immaterial.
Net cash provided by financing activities was $82.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 due primarily to the issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs. Net cash provided by financing activities was $6.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 due primarily to the issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs.
Common Stock Offerings during 2021
On February 16, 2021, we entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with ThinkEquity, a division of Fordham Financial Management, Inc., as the representative (the “Representative”) of the underwriters listed therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), with respect to an underwritten public offering (the “Offering”) of 44,200,000 shares of our common stock, par value $0.0001 (the “Shares”), at a public offering price of $2.00 per share, which resulted in net proceeds to us of approximately $82.1 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by us. We intend to use the net proceeds from this Offering to fund our research and development activities and general corporate purposes, including working capital, operating expenses and capital expenditures. The Offering closed on February 18, 2021.
Operating and Capital Expenditure Requirements
As of March 31, 2021, we had an accumulated deficit of $110.2 million and expect to incur a significant increase in operating losses for the next several years as we expand our research, development and clinical trials of CRV431. We are unable to predict the extent of any future losses or when we will become profitable, if at all. We currently anticipate that our cash and cash equivalents balances are sufficient to fund our anticipated operating cash requirements for more than one year from the date of issuance of these consolidated financial statements. These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the assumption that we will continue as a going concern.
We will be required to raise additional capital in a future year to continue the development and commercialization of current product candidates and to continue to fund operations at the current cash expenditure levels. We cannot be certain that additional funding will be available on acceptable terms, or at all. To the extent that we raise additional funds by issuing equity securities, our stockholders may experience significant dilution. Any debt financing, if available, may involve restrictive covenants that impact our ability to conduct, delay, scale back or discontinue the development and/or commercialization of one or more product candidates; (ii) seek collaborators for product candidates at an earlier stage than otherwise would be desirable and on terms that are less favorable than might otherwise be available; or (iii) relinquish or otherwise dispose of rights to technologies, product candidates or products that we would otherwise seek to develop or commercialize on unfavorable terms.
Contractual Obligations and Commitments
Please refer to Note 11 of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for a description of our contractual obligations and commitments.
ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
Not applicable.
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures. Based on an evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) required by paragraph (b) of Rule 13a-15 or Rule 15d-15, as of September 30, 2020, our Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer have concluded that, due to the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
As required by Rule 13a-15(d) of the Exchange Act, our management, including our principal executive officer and our principal financial officer, conducted an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting to determine whether any changes occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. There have been no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting during the three months ended March 31, 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


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Remediation of Material Weaknesses
We are committed to the remediation of the material weaknesses described above, as well as the continued improvement of our internal control over financial reporting. We are in the process of taking steps to remediate the identified material weaknesses and continue to evaluate our internal controls over financial reporting, including the following:
Control environment:
We are utilizing the services of external consultants to review our internal control environment and make recommendations to remediate the material weaknesses in our financial reporting.
Period end financial close and reporting:
We assessed our company wide accounting resource requirements and as a result have hired a Director of Financial Reporting with the appropriate technical accounting and financial reporting experience and are in the process of hiring additional experienced accounting personnel in order to improve the overall efficiency of our accounting and reporting processes.
We have implemented several software solutions including software for the reporting of stock-based compensation and software related to public company reporting in order to improve our financial reporting process.
We are utilizing the services of external consultants for non-routine and\or technical accounting issues as they arise.
We are utilizing the services of external tax consultants to improve our reporting process for income taxes including deferred tax assets, deferred tax liabilities, income taxes payable and the related income tax expense.
We have engaged a third-party consultant to assist us in reviewing our business process internal controls and improving our internal control documentation.
As we continue our evaluation and improve our internal control over financial reporting, management may identify and take additional measures to address control deficiencies. We cannot assure you that we will be successful in remediating the material weaknesses in a timely manner.

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.
ITEM 6. EXHIBITS
101.INSXBRL Instance Document
101.SCHXBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema
101.CALXBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
101.DEFXBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
101.LABXBRL Taxonomy Label Linkbase
101.PREXBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Registrant)
Date: 05/14/2021By:/s/ ROBERT FOSTER
Robert Foster
Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
Date: 05/14/2021By:/s/ JOHN CAVAN
John Cavan
Chief Financial Officer

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EXHIBIT 31.1
CERTIFICATIONS
I, Robert Foster, certify that:
1)I have reviewed this report on Form 10-Q of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
2)Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3)Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4)The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and we have:
a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
b)Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
5)The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions);
a)All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
b)Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
Date: May 14, 2021
/s/ Robert Foster
Robert Foster
Chief Executive Officer and Director
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EXHIBIT 31.2
CERTIFICATIONS
I, John Cavan, certify that:
1)I have reviewed this report on Form 10-Q of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
2)Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3)Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4)The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and we have:
a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
b)Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
5)The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions);
a)All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
b)Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
Date: May 14, 2021/s/ John Cavan
John Cavan
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EXHIBIT 32.1
CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2021
PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350, AS ADOPTED
PURSUANT TO SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002
I am the Chief Executive Officer of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”). I am delivering this certificate in connection with the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Form 10-Q”).
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the Form 10-Q fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and that the information contained in the Form 10-Q fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.
Date: May 14, 2021/s/ Robert Foster
Robert Foster
Chief Executive Officer and Director
(Principal Executive Officer)


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EXHIBIT 32.2
CERTIFICATION OF PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL OFFICER
HEPION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2021
PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350, AS ADOPTED
PURSUANT TO SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002
I am the Chief Financial Officer of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”). I am delivering this certificate in connection with the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Form 10-Q”).
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the Form 10-Q fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and that the information contained in the Form 10-Q fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.
Date: May 14, 2021/s/ John Cavan
John Cavan
Chief Financial Officer