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REGENXBIO Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Financial Results and Recent Operational Highlights

  • Completed dosing of third cohort in RGX-314 Phase I clinical trial for wet AMD
  • Continuing dosing of second cohort in RGX-501 Phase I/II clinical trial for HoFH
  • Anticipate presenting topline data from RGX-314 and RGX-501 clinical trials in late 2018
  • Expect to initiate dosing in clinical trials for RGX-111 for MPS I and RGX-121 for MPS II in mid-2018
  • $176 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- REGENXBIO Inc. (Nasdaq:RGNX), a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy based on its proprietary NAV® Technology Platform, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017 and recent operational highlights.

“In 2017, we significantly advanced our AAV gene therapy pipeline, which now consists of 12 active clinical stage programs, including four internal programs, as we seek to improve treatment options using our NAV Technology Platform,” said Kenneth T. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of REGENXBIO. “We believe 2018 will be a transformative year for REGENXBIO, as we advance our mission of improving lives through the curative potential of gene therapy and expand our leading AAV gene therapy pipeline with our internal lead product candidates and our NAV Technology Licensees’ programs. We look forward to providing updates on our lead product candidates and our NAV Technology Licensees’ programs throughout the year, and are on track to report topline trial data for RGX-314 for wet AMD and RGX-501 for HoFH by year-end.”

Recent Operational Highlights

  • In February 2018, REGENXBIO announced the completion of dosing of the third cohort in the Phase I clinical trial for RGX-314 for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). A total of 18 patients have been treated in the clinical trial to date. REGENXBIO expects to present topline data from the RGX-314 clinical trial in late 2018, which will include both primary and secondary endpoint data.
  • In February 2018, REGENXBIO dosed the second patient in the second cohort, and fifth patient overall, with a single administration of RGX-501 in the Phase I/II clinical trial for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH). REGENXBIO expects to present topline data from the RGX-501 clinical trial in late 2018, which will include both primary and secondary endpoint data.
  • Site activation is continuing in the Phase I clinical trial evaluating RGX-111 for the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I). Patient recruitment is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2018, with the first patient expected to be dosed in mid-2018.
  • Site activation is continuing in the Phase I/II clinical trial evaluating RGX-121 for the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II). Patient recruitment is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2018, with the first patient expected to be dosed in mid-2018.
  • In January 2018, REGENXBIO and AveXis, Inc. announced an amendment to their license agreement for the development and commercialization of treatments for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Under the terms of the amended agreement, REGENXBIO could receive up to $260 million, including an upfront payment of $80 million, $60 million in additional guaranteed annual payments and potential commercial milestone payments of up to $120 million, and AveXis acquired exclusive rights to the entire NAV Technology Platform for the development of treatments for SMA. Additionally, the amended agreement permits assignment by AveXis upon a change of control without REGENXBIO’s consent.
  • In January 2018, REGENXBIO entered into an agreement with FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies which secures access to dedicated cGMP suite capacity and resources capable of manufacturing REGENXBIO’s lead product candidates at up to 2,000L scale in support of global development and commercialization.

As of December 31, 2017, REGENXBIO’s NAV Technology Platform was being applied in the development of more than 20 partnered product candidates by 10 NAV Technology Licensees. Eight of these partnered product candidates are in active clinical development. Three recent updates from NAV Technology Licensee active clinical programs include:

  • In January 2018, AveXis announced that it will initiate screening for remaining patients in the pivotal trial of AVXS-101 for SMA Type I following review of preliminary data from the first three patients. AVXS-101 uses the NAV AAV9 vector.
  • In January 2018, Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. announced positive interim data from the first dose cohort in the Phase I/II clinical trial evaluating AT132 for the treatment of X-linked myotubular myopathy. AT132 uses the NAV AAV8 vector.
  • In February 2018, Audentes Therapeutics announced dosing of the first patient in the Phase I/II clinical trial evaluating AT342 for the treatment of Crigler-Najjar Syndrome. AT342 uses the NAV AAV8 vector.

Financial Results

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $176.4 million as of December 31, 2017, compared to $159.0 million as of December 31, 2016. Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2017 exclude the $80 million received from AveXis in connection with the previously announced amendment to the license agreement in January 2018 for the development and commercialization of treatments for SMA.

Revenues were $2.0 million and $10.4 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017, respectively, compared to $1.7 million and $4.6 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

Total operating expenses were $18.6 million and $86.3 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017, respectively, compared to $22.2 million and $69.9 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

Net loss was $16.0 million and $73.2 million, or $0.51 and $2.45 net loss per basic and diluted common share, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017, respectively, compared to $19.6 million and $63.0 million, or $0.74 and $2.38 net loss per basic and diluted share, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

Financial Guidance

REGENXBIO reiterates that it expects full-year 2018 cash burn to be between $85 million and $95 million, which will support the continued development of its lead product candidate programs. Full-year 2018 cash burn guidance excludes the effect of the upfront payment of $80 million and any other potential consideration that may be received from AveXis in connection with the previously announced amendment to the license agreement in January 2018 for the development and commercialization of treatments for SMA. Subject to this exclusion, full-year 2018 cash burn will be measured as the decrease in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

About REGENXBIO Inc.

REGENXBIO is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. REGENXBIO’s NAV Technology Platform, a proprietary adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery platform, consists of exclusive rights to more than 100 novel AAV vectors, including AAV7, AAV8, AAV9 and AAVrh10. REGENXBIO and its third-party NAV Technology Platform Licensees are applying the NAV Technology Platform in the development of a broad pipeline of candidates in multiple therapeutic areas.

Forward-Looking Statements

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REGENXBIO INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
December 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $46,656 $24,840
Marketable securities 114,122 64,714
Accounts receivable 473 1,032
Prepaid expenses 5,334 1,775
Other current assets 1,412 1,010
Total current assets 167,997 93,371
Marketable securities 15,616 69,412
Property and equipment, net 13,977 9,324
Restricted cash 225 225
Other assets 862 400
Total assets $198,677 $172,732
Liabilities and Stockholders Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $4,832 $1,543
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 9,605 8,126
Total current liabilities 14,437 9,669
Deferred rent, net of current portion 1,211 1,326
Total liabilities 15,648 10,995
Stockholders’ equity
Preferred stock; $0.0001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized,
and no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017
and December 31, 2016
Common stock; $0.0001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized
at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 31,295
and 26,477 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017
and December 31, 2016, respectively
3 3
Additional paid-in capital 371,497 276,354
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (715) (33)
Accumulated deficit (187,756) (114,587)
Total stockholders’ equity 183,029 161,737
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $198,677 $172,732


REGENXBIO INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues
License revenue $2,040 $1,665 $10,385 $4,303
Reagent sales 213
Grant revenue 31 8 73
Total revenues 2,040 1,696 10,393 4,589
Expenses
Costs of revenues
Licensing costs (382) 330 1,703 861
Costs of reagent sales 6 98
Research and development 14,170 16,059 57,224 45,482
General and administrative 4,808 5,742 27,229 23,590
Other operating expenses (income) 42 34 116 (102)
Total operating expenses 18,638 22,165 86,278 69,929
Loss from operations (16,598) (20,469) (75,885) (65,340)
Other Income
Investment income 601 426 2,716 1,938
Total other income 601 426 2,716 1,938
Loss before income taxes (15,997) (20,043) (73,169) (63,402)
Income Tax Benefit 435 435
Net loss $(15,997) $(19,608) $(73,169) $(62,967)
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities,
net of reclassifications and income tax expense
(161) (886) (682) 686
Total other comprehensive income (loss) (161) (886) (682) 686
Comprehensive loss $(16,158) $(20,494) $(73,851) $(62,281)
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $(0.51) $(0.74) $(2.45) $(2.38)
Weighted-average basic and diluted common shares 31,178 26,476 29,878 26,409

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