Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On September 19, 2022, Virios Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press
release relating to the announcement described in Item 8.01 below. A copy of the
press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and
is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01.
On September 19, 2022, the Company posted a presentation to its website that may
be used by the Company from time to time with investors, analysts,
collaborators, vendors or other third parties. A copy of the presentation is
furnished as Exhibit 99.2.
The information in this Item 7.01, including the attached exhibits, is furnished
solely pursuant to Item 7.01 of Form 8-K. Consequently, such information is not
deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Further, the
information in this Item 7.01, including the exhibits, shall not be deemed to be
incorporated by reference into the filings of the registrant under the
Securities Act of 1933.
Item 8.01 Other Events
On September 19, 2022, the Company announced top-line results from its FORTRESS
(Fibromyalgia Outcome Research Trial Evaluating Synergistic Suppression of
Herpes Simplex Virus-1) study of oral IMC-1 for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Overall, the FORTRESS study did not achieve statistical significance on the
prespecified primary efficacy endpoint of change from baseline to Week 14 in the
weekly average of daily self-reported average pain severity scores comparing
IMC-1 to placebo (p=0.302). However, analysis of the data suggests a
bifurcation of response based on the timing of patient enrollment in the
FORTRESS trial. During the first half of the trial (June 2021 to November 2021),
for the patients who were enrolled (n=208) when the Delta variant of COVID-19
was the dominant strain in the U.S., IMC-1 demonstrated no improvement versus
placebo-treated patients. Conversely, during the second half of the trial
(November 2021 to April 2022), for the patients who were enrolled (n=214) when
vaccination rates improved and the less severe Omicron variant of COVID-19
became the dominant U.S. strain, IMC-1-treated patients demonstrated a
statistically significant improvement on the primary pain reduction endpoint
(p=0.03) at Week 14, as well as a statistically significant improvement in the
key secondary PROMIS Fatigue assessment (p=0.006) and the Fibromyalgia Impact
Questionnaire-Revised (FIQR) symptoms domain score (p=0.015).
IMC-1 was well-tolerated overall, with only 4.6% of IMC-1 treated patients
dropping out due to adverse events, as compared with 8.1% of placebo treated
patients. No adverse event category in the IMC-1 group exceeded a 4% rate with
the exception of COVID-19 infection. Overall discontinuations were 18.5% in the
IMC-1 treated group versus 23% in the placebo treated group. Patients in the
FORTRESS trial were randomized one-to-one to either IMC-1 or placebo and patient
background demographics and baseline pain scores were well matched.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)Exhibits. Exhibit Number Description 99.1 Press Release of the Company, dated September 19, 2022 (furnished herewith). 99.2 Presentation dated September 19, 2022 (furnished herewith). 104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101) 2
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