REGENXBIO Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results and Operational Highlights
ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --
- Additional data from RGX-314 Phase I/IIa trial for wet AMD expected in 1H 2020
- RGX-314 clinical trials for treatment of wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy expected to advance in 2020 using subretinal and suprachoroidal delivery approaches
- Additional interim data from RGX-121 Phase I/II trial for MPS II expected in 2020
- Plans to expand rare disease pipeline into neuromuscular disorders in 2H 2020
- $400 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2019
- Conference call Wednesday, February 26th at 4:30 p.m. ET
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, 2019, and recent operational highlights.
"In 2020, we are broadening our internal gene therapy pipeline using our proprietary NAV Technology Platform, and advancing key programs including RGX-314 for the treatment of retinal diseases," said Kenneth T. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of REGENXBIO. "As we drive the RGX-314 program forward with new trials in wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy planned for later this year, we are also advancing our RGX-121 program in MPS II based on encouraging data from the first cohort of patients. We are pleased with the advancement of the RGX-111 and RGX-501 programs, and look forward to submitting an IND for RGX-181 and providing updates for our research programs in HAE and neurodegenerative diseases later this year."
Mr. Mills added: "Based on our in-house research and development team's work, we also plan to expand our rare disease platform to include a potential treatment for a neuromuscular disorder using NAV AAV8, which we believe has the potential to treat patients who lack treatments or who are currently underserved by existing therapies. I look forward to providing further updates on this work in the second half of the year."
Recent Operational Highlights
Gene Therapy Using NAV Vectors for AAV-Mediated Antibody Delivery
- RGX-314 for the Treatment of Wet AMD
- REGENXBIO expects to report additional data from the RGX-314 Phase I/IIa trial using subretinal delivery in 2020
- One-year data from Cohorts 4 and 5 is expected in mid-2020. As announced in January 2020, six-month data from Cohort 5 demonstrated meaningful reductions in anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) treatment burden following one-time administration of RGX-314. Eight out of 11 (73%) patients remained anti-VEGF injection-free, and demonstrated a mean improvement in vision of +5 ETDRS letters and a mean improvement in retinal thickness of -83 microns.
- REGENXBIO expects to provide two-year data from Cohorts 1-3 in the first quarter of 2020.
- REGENXBIO expects to initiate a pivotal program for the subretinal delivery of RGX-314 for the treatment of wet AMD in the second half of 2020.
- REGENXBIO plans to finalize the design of the trial based on the one-year assessment of patients in Cohort 5 in the Phase I/IIa trial and expects to begin dosing patients in a pivotal trial in the second half of 2020.
- REGENXBIO plans to initiate the Phase II trial for the suprachoroidal delivery of RGX-314 using the SCS Microinjector™ for the treatment of wet AMD in the first half of 2020.
- Interim data is expected from the first cohort by the end of 2020.
- RGX-314 for the Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)
- REGENXBIO expects to submit an IND for a Phase II trial for the treatment of DR in the first half of 2020. This trial will evaluate RGX-314 using the SCS Microinjector to deliver RGX-314 to the suprachoroidal space.
- The trial is expected to begin in the second half of 2020 and enrollment of the first cohort is expected to be complete by the end of 2020, with interim data expected in 2021.
- Research Program for the Treatment of Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)
- Lead product candidate selection is expected in the first half of 2020 and REGENXBIO will provide a program update in the second half of 2020.
- Research Program for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases
- REGENXBIO recently announced the expansion of the exclusive collaboration with Neurimmune AG to design and develop vectorized antibody therapies targeting both alpha synuclein and tau. REGENXBIO expects to provide a program update in the second half of 2020.
Gene Therapy Using NAV Vectors for Rare Genetic Diseases
- RGX-121 for the Treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II)
- Initial data from Cohort 1 of the Phase I/II trial was presented at the WORLDSymposium™ conference in February 2020. As of January 27, 2020, RGX-121 was well-tolerated with no drug-related or procedure-related serious adverse events assessed. As reported in December 2019, patients had demonstrated consistent and sustained reduction in heparan sulfate (HS) in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and available data supported early signs of neurocognitive stability.
- REGENXBIO expects to provide additional data from Cohort 1 in mid-2020.
- The first patient of Cohort 2 has been dosed at an increased dose level and REGENXBIO expects to complete enrollment of the cohort in the first half of 2020, with interim data available in second half of 2020.
- RGX-111 for the Treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I)
- Recruitment, screening and additional site activations are ongoing in the Phase I/II clinical trial evaluating RGX-111 for the treatment of MPS I. Recruitment in this trial was previously focused on an initial patient over 18 years of age; however, the protocol has recently been amended to include patients 4 months of age and older, given REGENXBIO's clinical experience with the direct-to-CNS delivery platform and accumulating data from the ongong Phase I/II trial of RGX-121.
- REGENXBIO expects to provide a program update in the second half of 2020.
- RGX-181 for the Treatment of Late-infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis Type 2 (CLN2) Disease
- REGENXBIO is conducting ongoing preclinical development of RGX-181, including assessment of unmet clinical needs such as neurologic and ophthalmologic manifestations of the disease. REGENXBIO expects to provide a program update in mid-2020 and submit an IND for a first-in-human trial in the second half of 2020.
- RGX-501 for the Treatment of Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH)
- As previously announced, REGENXBIO completed dosing of an expanded Cohort 2 in the Phase I/II trial of RGX-501 and plans to assess low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C) levels after all patients have completed steroid prophylaxis treatment. REGENXBIO expects to provide interim data in the first half of 2020.
- Research Program for the Treatment of Neuromuscular Disorders
- REGENXBIO expects to announce plans for clinical development of a potential treatment for a neuromuscular disorder using NAV AAV8 in the second half of 2020.
Operational Updates and Anticipated Milestones in 2020
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) Manufacturing Facility
- Construction of a new corporate, research and manufacturing headquarters in Rockville, Maryland continues, with plans to begin utilizing the new headquarters in late 2020.
- The new cGMP production facility is expected to allow for production of NAV vectors at scales up to 2,000 liters using REGENXBIO's platform suspension cell culture process, which will complement REGENXBIO's current external manufacturing network and capabilities. The cGMP facility is expected to be fully operational starting in 2021.
NAV Technology Licensee Program Highlights
As of December 31, 2019, REGENXBIO's NAV Technology Platform was being applied in one marketed product and more than 20 partnered product candidates in development. Fifteen of these partnered product candidates are in active clinical development. REGENXBIO's NAV Technology Licensees are advancing product candidates in a broad range of therapeutic areas and disease indications. Recent updates from NAV Technology Licensees include:
Marketed NAV Technology Products
- On January 29, 2020, Novartis AG reported fourth quarter 2019 U.S. Zolgensma® sales revenue of $186 million, and REGENXBIO recognized royalty revenue of $10.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 as a result of these sales.
- Novartis has reported that Zolgensma is currently under regulatory review in Europe with an anticipated regulatory decision in the first quarter of 2020 and in Japan with an anticipated regulatory decision in the first half of 2020. Zolgensma uses the NAV AAV9 vector.
Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $400.0 million as of December 31, 2019, compared to $470.6 million as of December 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily attributable to $107.7 million of net cash used in operating activities during 2019, partially offset by realized and unrealized gains of $37.8 million related to our marketable equity securities of Prevail Therapeutics Inc.
Revenues: Revenues were $11.8 million and $35.2 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to $40.8 million and $218.5 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively. The decreases were primarily attributable to $176.1 million of non-recurring revenue recognized in 2018 under REGENXBIO's March 2014 license agreement with AveXis, Inc., as amended, as well as $35.6 million of non-recurring revenue recognized in the fourth quarter of 2018 under REGENXBIO's license agreement with Abeona Therapeutics Inc. The decreases in revenue were partially offset by $10.7 million and $20.8 million of royalty revenue recognized during the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, related to net sales of Zolgensma. Commercial sales of Zolgensma commenced in the second quarter of 2019, and we are eligible to receive a milestone payment of $80.0 million from AveXis upon the achievement of $1.0 billion in cumulative net sales of Zolgensma.
Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $33.8 million and $124.2 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to $24.3 million and $83.9 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively. The increases were primarily attributable to personnel costs as a result of increased headcount, laboratory and facilities costs, expenses associated with conducting clinical trials for our lead product candidates, and externally sourced services for preclinical, regulatory and manufacturing-related activities.
General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $14.5 million and $51.8 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively compared to $11.1 million and $36.9 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively. The increases were primarily attributable to personnel costs as a result of increased headcount and professional fees for advisory and other services.
Net Loss: Net loss was $26.5 million, or $0.72 basic and diluted net loss per share, and $94.7 million, or $2.58 basic and diluted net loss per share, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to net income of $4.3 million, or $0.12 basic and $0.11 diluted net income per share, and $99.9 million, or $2.99 basic and $2.73 diluted net income per share, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively.
Based on its current operating plan, REGENXBIO expects its balance in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $400 million to fund the completion of its internal manufacturing capabilities and clinical advancement of its product candidates into 2022.
In connection with this announcement, REGENXBIO will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the live call by phone, dial (855) 422-8964 (domestic) or (210) 229-8819 (international) and enter the passcode 2439067. To access a live or recorded webcast of the call and accompanying slides, please visit the "Investors" section of the REGENXBIO website at www.regenxbio.com. The recorded webcast will be available for approximately 30 days following the call.
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.
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Zolgensma® is a registered trademark of AveXis. All other trademarks referenced herein are registered trademarks of REGENXBIO.
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