Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results
Collaboration revenue for the third quarter of 2009 was approximately $0.1 million, reflecting the initial amortization of upfront payments in connection with the Astellas Agreement. Commencement of revenue recognition during the three months ended September 30, 2009 was triggered by the completion of the transfer of the E.U. Qutenza MA from NeurogesX to Astellas in late September 2009.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2009 were approximately $6.8 million, up 7.8% from approximately $6.3 million in the same period of 2008. The increase was primarily associated with a $1.2 million sublicense fee to the University of California, recorded as part of research and development expenses. The fee, which is due to be paid in the first quarter of 2010, was triggered in the most recent quarter upon receipt of a component of the upfront payments from Astellas. Excluding the sublicense fee, research and development expenses decreased year-over-year as a result of the Company's efforts to preserve cash resources to support its regulatory submissions processes in both the United States and the European Union and to devote resources to certain pre-commercialization activities. During the third quarter 2009 there was also an increase in general and administrative expenses versus the year ago period, primarily as a result of an increase in non-cash stock based compensation expense and continued focus on preparing for the potential U.S. launch of Qutenza in the United States.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2009 was approximately $6.8 million, compared to a net loss of approximately $6.3 million for the third quarter of 2008. Net loss per share was $0.38 per share and $0.36 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respe
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