AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc., (NASDAQ:AGLE) a biotechnology company committed to developing enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat rare genetic diseases and cancer, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
“I am very pleased with the forward momentum and progress of the team at Aeglea over the last few months. Initiation of repeat dosing in Part 2 of our Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the treatment of Arginase 1 Deficiency is an important milestone and we look forward to the first insights on the effects of longer term dosing with AEB1102 in adults with Arginase 1 Deficiency,” said Anthony Quinn, M.B Ch.B, Ph.D., interim chief executive officer of Aeglea. “Additionally, our clinical collaboration with Merck on the effects of AEB1102 in combination with pembrolizumab in small cell lung cancer allows us to accelerate our profiling of the anti-cancer activity of AEB1102 beyond monotherapy in cancers with characteristics suggestive of arginine dependence.”
Arginase 1 Deficiency:
- Dosed two adults in Part 2 (repeat dose) of our Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AEB1102 (pegzilarginase), which is designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of weekly treatment in patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency
- Initiated site selection and regulatory activities in Europe and site readiness in Canada to support our ex-US strategy for completion of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial
- Continued dialogue with FDA about the inclusion of pediatric patients in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial
- Announced a clinical collaboration to evaluate the combination of AEB1102 with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), for the treatment of patients with small cell lung cancer. The multicenter Phase 1/2 trial will evaluate objective response rates in patients with extensive small cell lung cancer who have relapsed or progressed after receiving platinum-based chemotherapy. Enrollment is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
- Aeglea will deliver a poster presentation describing the effects of combining AEB1102 with anti-PD-L1 in a preclinical tumor model at the 2017 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Annual Meeting taking place November 8 – 12 in National Harbor, Maryland
- Aeglea will present a corporate update at the BMO Capital Markets 2017 Prescription for Success Healthcare Conference on December 14 in New York
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results
On September 30, 2017, Aeglea had available cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $55.7 million. Based on Aeglea’s current operating plan, management believes that it has sufficient capital resources to fund anticipated operations through the third quarter of 2019.
Aeglea recognized grant revenues of $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2016. The grant revenues are the result of a $19.8 million research grant received from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The increase was primarily due to additional qualifying expenditures associated with the clinical trials for AEB1102 in patients with advanced solid tumors and the hematological malignancies acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Research and development expenses totaled $6.2 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $5.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily associated with hiring additional personnel to expand Aeglea’s internal regulatory, laboratory, and clinical development capabilities, as well as manufacturing activities for AEB1102 and other pipeline programs.
General and administrative expenses totaled $3.0 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $2.1 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to an increase in employee compensation and facilities costs.
Net loss totaled $7.9 million and $6.2 million for the third quarter of 2017 and 2016, respectively.
About Aeglea BioTherapeutics
Aeglea is a biotechnology company committed to developing enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat rare genetic diseases and cancer. The company’s engineered human enzymes are designed to modulate the extremes of amino acid metabolism in the blood to reduce toxic levels of amino acids in inborn errors of metabolism or target tumor metabolism for cancer treatment. AEB1102 (pegzilarginase), Aeglea’s lead product candidate, is currently being studied in two ongoing Phase 1 clinical trials in patients with advanced solid tumors and acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome (AML/MDS). Additionally, Aeglea is recruiting patients into its ongoing Phase 1/2 trial of AEB1102 for the treatment of patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency. The company is building a pipeline of additional product candidates targeting key amino acids, including AEB4104, which degrades homocysteine and its oxidized form homocystine, a target for an inborn error of metabolism, as well as two potential treatments for cancer, AEB3103, which degrades cysteine, and its oxidized form cystine, and AEB2109, which degrades methionine. For more information, please visit http://aegleabio.com.
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Kelly Boothe, Ph.D.
Charles N. York II
Chief Financial Officer
|Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||13,162||$||47,748|
|Accounts receivable - grant||2,452||1,215|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,318||1,707|
|Total current assets||59,519||66,424|
|Property and equipment, net||844||599|
|Other non-current assets||139||40|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accrued and other current liabilities||4,212||3,726|
|Total current liabilities||4,877||3,965|
|Other non-current liabilities||117||132|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized as of|
September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; no shares issued and
outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized as of|
September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 16,472,831 shares and
13,430,833 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and
December 31, 2016, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||121,568||108,246|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(32||)||(4||)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||55,508||62,966|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||60,502||$||67,063|
|Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.|
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Research and development||6,239||5,385||17,024||13,402|
|General and administrative||3,020||2,065||7,749||6,342|
|Total operating expenses||9,259||7,450||24,773||19,744|
|Loss from operations||(7,998||)||(6,301||)||(21,050||)||(16,363||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Total other income||124||63||297||148|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.48||)||$||(0.47||)||$||(1.42||)||$||(1.89||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||16,409,871||13,326,093||14,641,082||8,598,268|
Source:Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.