Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) Opinion on Migalastat for Fabry Disease Likely in March
Clinical Study Underway to Investigate Novel Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Pompe Disease
CRANBURY, N.J., Feb. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD), a biotechnology company at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases, today announced financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2015. The Company also provided program updates and reiterated full-year 2016 net cash spend guidance.
John F. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., stated, “Following our completion of an Oral Explanation at the February CHMP meeting earlier this week, we are likely to receive an Opinion for migalastat at the next CHMP meeting in late March. We continue to believe that the significant body of clinical data for migalastat supports approval in the EU for Fabry patients with amenable mutations. If we receive approval, our international leadership team is fully prepared for product launch. In Pompe disease, we are very pleased now to move our novel ERT into clinical studies. There remains such remarkable need for new treatment options in Pompe and it is a great milestone for us to advance the fight against this devastating disease with our first experimental biologic therapy. We are also very pleased with the significant advancements in our EB program, now firmly under Amicus leadership and with significant resources brought to bear to ensure the successful execution of this Phase 3 EB study. Together, these three lead rare disease programs in Fabry, Pompe, and EB have the potential to deliver significant value to patients and to our shareholders. Today, Amicus is strongly positioned to become one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies focused on rare and devastating diseases.”
2015 Full-Year Financial Results
- Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $214.0 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $169.1 million at December 31, 2014.
- Total operating expenses increased to $130.4 million compared to $69.9 million for the full year 2014 primarily due to increases in clinical development costs of the Fabry monotherapy program and manufacturing scale-up on the Pompe program.
- Net cash spend was $91.8 million, below the full-year 2015 guidance range of $100-110 million.
- Net loss was $132.1 million, or $1.20 per share, compared to a net loss of $68.9 million, or $0.93 per share, for the full year 2014.
2016 Financial Guidance
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $214.0 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $169.1 million at December 31, 2014. The Company’s balance sheet was strengthened during 2015 with a $258.8 million public offering. Amicus expects full-year 2016 net cash spend between $135 million and $155 million. The current cash position is projected to fund operations into mid-2017.
Migalastat for Fabry Disease
Migalastat is an oral personalized medicine intended to treat Fabry disease in patients who have amenable genetic mutations. Amicus has built a commercial organization that is prepared to launch migalastat upon approval in the EU and other international territories.
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) review of the Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for migalastat is currently in progress. Amicus provided an Oral Explanation before the CHMP in February 2016, which included members of the Amicus team and Key Opinion Leaders from the Fabry treatment community. An Oral Explanation is part of the MAA process for many novel orphan drugs, and the Opinion will often follow in a subsequent CHMP meeting. Following the Oral Explanation, Amicus is likely to receive the Opinion for migalastat at the next CHMP meeting (March 29 – April 1, 2016), which is consistent with prior Company guidance.
In the U.S., the Company is on track to complete the Integrated Safety Summary across all clinical studies as well as the additional data analyses from existing Phase 3 studies, as requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the Company has collected and analyzed additional histopathology data and gastrointestinal symptom data, as well as longer-term renal and cardiac data across both Phase 3 clinical studies. The Company expects to meet with the FDA in the second quarter of 2016 to present these data and discuss a potential pathway to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) for migalastat in the U.S.
Anticipated Upcoming Fabry Disease Program Milestones:
- Oral presentations and posters at WORLDSymposium™ 2016 in San Diego (February 29 – March 3, 2016)
- CHMP Opinion in EU
- FDA meeting and U.S. regulatory update
- Publication of migalastat Fabry Clinical Study 011 in top-tier medical journal
SD-101 for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
SD-101 is a novel, late-stage, proprietary topical treatment and potential first-to-market therapy for EB. This investigational product was granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation in 2013 based on results from a Phase 2a study for the treatment of lesions in patients suffering with EB. SD-101 is the first-ever treatment in clinical studies to show improvements in wound closure across all major EB types. SD-101 is currently being investigated in a registration-directed Phase 3 study (SD-005) to support global regulatory submissions. The company began a rolling NDA submission for SD-101 in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Anticipated 2016 EB Program Milestones:
- Amy Paller, MD, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to present Phase 2b (Study 003) data at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, March 6 at 2:24pm ET
- Completion of enrollment in Phase 3 study (mid-2016)
- Top-line Phase 3 data (2H16)
ATB200/AT2221 for Pompe Disease
Amicus is currently conducting a global clinical study (ATB200-02) to investigate ATB200/AT2221, a novel treatment paradigm that consists of ATB200, a uniquely engineered recombinant human acid alpha-glucosidase (rhGAA) enzyme with an optimized carbohydrate structure to enhance uptake, co-administered with AT2221, a pharmacological chaperone to improve activity and stability. Up to approximately a dozen clinical sites are expected to participate in this study. The study design is agreed to by both U.S. and EU regulators. Amicus completed Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production of ATB200 during 2015 to supply this clinical study in Pompe disease patients.
Anticipated 2016 Pompe Disease Program Milestones:
- Oral presentation and poster at WORLDSymposium 2016
- Interim and full data from clinical study ATB200-02
Conference Call and Webcast
Amicus Therapeutics will host a conference call and audio webcast today, February 26, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss full-year 2015 financial results and corporate updates. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET by dialing 877-303-5859 (U.S./Canada) or 678-224-7784 (international) participant code 52850523.
An audio webcast can also be accessed via the Investors section of the Amicus Therapeutics corporate web site at http://www.amicusrx.com, and will be archived for 30 days. Web participants are encouraged to go to the web site 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary software. A telephonic replay of the call will be available for seven days beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET today. Access numbers for this replay are 855-859-2056 (U.S./Canada) and 404-537-3406 (international); participant code 52850523.
About Amicus Therapeutics
Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD) is a biotechnology company at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases. The Company has a robust pipeline of advanced therapies for a broad range of human genetic diseases. Amicus’ lead programs in development include the small molecule pharmacological chaperone migalastat as a monotherapy for Fabry disease, SD-101 for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), as well as novel enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) products for Fabry disease, Pompe disease, and other Lysosomal Storage Disorders.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to preclinical and clinical development of our product candidates, the timing and reporting of results from preclinical studies and clinical trials, products, the prospects and timing of the potential regulatory approval of our product candidates, commercialization plans, financing plans and the projected cash position for the Company. Such forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by us that any of our plans will be achieved. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this press release may turn out to be wrong and can be affected by inaccurate assumptions we might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. For example, with respect to statements regarding the goals, progress, timing and outcomes of discussions with regulatory authorities and in particular the potential goals, progress, timing and results of preclinical studies and clinical trials and the expected timing of the EMA’s final decision with respect to regulatory approval of migalastat in the European Union, actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, including, without limitation: the potential that results of clinical or pre-clinical studies indicate that the product candidates are unsafe or ineffective; the potential that it may be difficult to enroll patients in our clinical trials; the potential that regulatory authorities, including the EMA, may not grant or may delay approval for our product candidates; the potential that we may not be successful in commercializing our product candidates if and when approved; the potential that preclinical and clinical studies could be delayed because we identify serious side effects or other safety issues; and the potential that we will need additional funding to complete all of our studies. Further, the results of earlier preclinical studies and/or clinical trials may not be predictive of future results. With respect to statements regarding projections of the Company's cash position, actual results may differ based on market factors and the Company's ability to execute its operational and budget plans. In addition, all forward looking statements are subject to other risks detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and we undertake no obligation to revise or update this news release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
|Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Research and development||76,943||47,624||41,944|
|General and administrative||47,269||20,717||18,893|
|Changes in fair value of contingent consideration payable||4,377||100||—|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,833||1,547||1,719|
|Total operating expenses||130,437||69,925||64,544|
|Loss from operations||(130,437||)||(68,701||)||(64,181||)|
|Other income (expenses):|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||(952||)||—||—|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability||—||—||908|
|Loss before income tax benefit||(132,118||)||(70,039||)||(63,145||)|
|Income tax benefit||—||1,113||3,512|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(132,118||)||$||(68,926||)||$||(59,633||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders per common share — basic and diluted||$||(1.20||)||$||(0.93||)||$||(1.16||)|
|Weighted‑average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted||109,923,815||74,444,157||51,286,059|
|Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||69,485||$||24,074|
|Investments in marketable securities||144,548||127,601|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,568||2,902|
|Total current assets||216,601||154,577|
|Investments in marketable securities||—||17,464|
|Property and equipment, less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $13,353 and $11,520 at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively||6,178||2,811|
|In-process research & development||486,700||23,000|
|Other non-current assets||1,108||502|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||32,216||$||16,345|
|Contingent consideration payable, current portion||41,400||—|
|Current portion of secured loan||—||3,840|
|Total current liabilities||73,616||20,185|
|Secured loan, less current portion||—||10,510|
|Due to related party||41,601||—|
|Contingent consideration payable||232,677||10,700|
|Deferred tax liability||176,219||9,186|
|Other non-current liability||681||588|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Common stock, $.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 125,027,034 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015|
|Common stock, $.01 par value, 125,000,000 shares authorized, 95,556,277 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014||1,306||1,015|
|Additional paid-in capital||917,454||568,743|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||(115||)||(132||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||347,834||122,178|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity||$||908,384||$||209,967|
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