Quick Take:

  • atai has released their Q2 financial report and business update.
  • This includes details on their IPO, a $20M upfront payment from a collaboration with Otsuka, and $453.6M investment to advance their current programs and explore new ones.

atai Life Sciences N.V. (Nasdaq: ATAI) (“atai”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021 and provided a corporate update.

“In the second quarter of 2021, we made significant advancements to build our business and successfully completed an initial public offering on Nasdaq, raising approximately US$258.8 million in gross proceeds,” “We have the financial resources to maximize the value of our decentralized drug development platform for improved probability of clinical success and leverage the value of our transformative pipeline. 2021 continues to be a pivotal year for atai with multiple upcoming catalysts across our expanding pipeline.”

Florian Brand, CEO and co-founder of atai

Q2 Corporate Updates

  • Received $20 million as part of Perception’s collaboration with Otsuka for the development of R-ketamine, the first major collaboration between a biopharmaceutical company developing psychedelics and large pharma.
  • Entered a strategic partnership with IntelGenx, a leader in pharmaceutical films. As part of the strategic partnership, IntelGenx will exclusively partner with atai to develop compounds for the prevention or treatment of mental health diseases or disorders.
  • Announced InnarisBio in partnership with UniQuest, Australia’s leading university technology transfer company commercializing the research of The University of Queensland (UQ), to develop a novel sol-gel-based intranasal drug delivery technology to improve treatments for mental health disorders.

Recent Advancements and Upcoming Milestones for atai’s Core Value Drivers

Perception Neuroscience:

Program Details: PCN-101 is a parenteral formulation of R-ketamine, a glutamatergic modulator being developed as a rapid-acting antidepressant, with the potential to be an at-home non-dissociative alternative to S-ketamine (marketed as SPRAVATO).

Upcoming Milestones

  • Phase 2 randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) to be initiated in the third quarter and expected to run through late 2022.
  • The trial will assess efficacy and safety, dose response and duration of action in patients with TRD.

Recognify Life Sciences:

Program Details:

  • RL-007, a cholinergic, glutamatergic and GABA-B receptor modulator, is an orally available compound that is thought to alter the excitatory/inhibitory balance in the brain to produce pro-cognitive effects.
  • atai is developing this compound for the treatment of cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia.

Q2 Advancements

  • In April 2021, Recognify initiated a Phase 2a study for RL-007, after receiving IND clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to commence clinical trials for the treatment of Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia (CIAS).
  • The study is designed to evaluate the effects of RL-007 on safety, tolerability, electroencephalogram-based biomarkers, and cognition. 

Upcoming Milestones: Topline results from the Phase 2a single-arm, multiple dose trial in patients with CIAS expected in late 2021.


Program Details

  • GRX-917 is an oral formulation of a deuterated version of etifoxine, a compound that has a long history of prescription use in France for treating anxiety disorders.
  • GRX-917 is designed to provide rapid anxiolytic activity with improved tolerability compared to current treatments for anxiety in the United States.

Q2 Advancements

  • In June 2021, GABA initiated a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled Phase 1 trial.
  • The study will evaluate safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, as well as pharmacodynamics using qEEG.

Upcoming Milestones: Topline results from the Phase 1 single ascending dose/multiple ascending dose program expected early in 2022.


Program Details: DMX-1002 is an oral formulation of ibogaine, a cholinergic, glutamatergic and monoaminergic receptor modulator being developed for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Q2 Advancements: DemeRx received approval from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to commence subject enrollment in our proposed Phase 1/2 clinical trial.

Upcoming Milestones

  • Phase 1 component of Phase 1/2 trial of DMX-1002 in recreational drug users and healthy volunteers to be initiated in Q3 2021 and is expected to read out safety data in early 2022.
  • The trial is designed to assess safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy, and the results will inform future studies in patients with opioid use disorder.

COMPASS Pathways:

Program Details: COMP360 is a proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, a 5-HT2A-R agonist being developed as an oral, rapid-acting antidepressant.

Q2 Advancements

  • In June 2021, COMPASS completed dosing in the Phase 2b clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
  • The randomized, double-blind, dose-ranging study investigated the safety and efficacy of psilocybin therapy in 233 patients, making it the largest clinical trial with psilocybin to date.

Upcoming Milestones: Phase 2b trial results are expected in late 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $453.6 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $97.2 million as of December 31, 2020. The six month increase of $356.4 million is attributed to net proceeds of $231.6 million from our Initial Public Offering, net proceeds of $168.6 million from Series C and Series D common stock issuances, $20.0 million of license revenue proceeds, and $4.0 million proceeds from the sale of investments and conversion of convertible notes. Offsetting were cash payments of $32.0 million for investments in platform companies, and $35.8 million in net operating expenses.


License revenue in the first half 2021 of $19.9 million was related to proceeds received from Perception’s License and Collaboration Agreement with Otsuka.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Research and development expenses were $16.0 million and $21.6 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, as compared to $2.9 million and $5.0 million for the same prior year periods. The increase of $13.1 million and $16.6 million, respectively, were attributable to personnel costs, including stock-based compensation expense, and increased CRO expenses related to advancements in our R&D programs.

We recorded acquisition of in-process research and development expense of $8.0 million and $9.0 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, relating to our investments in Neuronasal and InnarisBio.

General and administrative expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 were $37.3 million and $46.6 million, as compared to $2.9 million and $4.4 million in the same prior year periods. The increases of $34.4 million and $42.2 million, respectively, were attributable to personnel costs, including stock-based compensation expense, professional fees, and other costs related to support of our platform growth and public company requirements.

Total stock-based compensation expense for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 was $37.5 million and $37.7 million, respectively, as compared to $41,000 and $82,000 for the comparable prior year periods, reflecting the recognition of expense related to the achievement of IPO performance-based partial vesting conditions.

Net loss attributable to atai stockholders for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 was $48.5 million and $47.8 million, respectively, as compared to $16.4 million and $0.1 million for the comparable prior year periods.

Conference Call Information

atai will host a conference call and live audio webcast today at 08:30am ET to discuss its financial results and provide a corporate update. To access the live conference call, please dial 877-407-3982 from the United States, or +1 (201) 493-6780 internationally, using the conference ID: 13721888. The live and archived webcast of this call will be available in the “Events” section of the atai Life Sciences website at ir.atai.life. An archived copy of the webcast will be available on the atai website for at least 30 days after the conference call.

About atai Life Sciences 

atai is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders. atai was founded in 2018 as a response to the significant unmet need and lack of innovation in the mental health treatment landscape. atai is dedicated to acquiring, incubating and efficiently developing innovative therapeutics to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health disorders. atai’s business model combines funding, technology, scientific and regulatory expertise with a focus on psychedelic therapy and other drugs with differentiated safety profiles and therapeutic potential. By pooling resources and best practices, atai aims to responsibly accelerate the development of new medicines across its companies, seeking to effectively treat and ultimately heal mental health disorders. atai’s mission is to bridge the gap between what the mental healthcare system currently provides and what patients need. atai is headquartered in Berlin, with offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit www.atai.life.