6-Month Results Expected 4Q12 and 12-Month Results Anticipated 1H13 From Phase 3 Fabry Monotherapy Study 011
Additional Human Proof-of-Concept Demonstrated for Chaperone-Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) Combination Platform
CRANBURY, N.J., Nov. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD), a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of developing therapies for rare and orphan diseases, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company also summarized recent and upcoming milestones and reiterated full-year 2012 operating expense guidance.
Key Highlights and Upcoming Milestones
John F. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amicus, stated, "The third quarter 2012 was excellent for Amicus. We continued to demonstrate our operational capabilities in global clinical research in rare and orphan diseases through our advancement of multiple Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies in Fabry and Pompe disease. We are especially pleased with the recruitment success in our second Phase 3 Fabry Study 012. Finally, further clinical and preclinical proof-of-concept evaluating the direct combination of pharmacological chaperones with ERTs to both enhance ERT stability and reduce ERT immunogenicity will be a cornerstone of our pipeline and shareholder value going forward."
3Q12 Financial Results
The Company's third quarter 2012 financial statements reflect updated revenue recognition accounting in conjunction with the expanded GSK collaboration (entered in July 2012). Payments received from GSK under the agreement are now being recorded in the "deferred reimbursements" account on the balance sheet. On September 30, 2012, the deferred reimbursements balance was $27.2 million. This amount included $4.5 million in cash reimbursed for shared global development costs of migalastat HCl during the third quarter 2012, and the $22.7 million unrecognized balance of the upfront license payment and premium on equity. Prior to July 1, 2012, quarterly cash reimbursements were recognized as "research revenue" and the upfront payment was amortized each quarter in "collaboration revenue."
For the three months ended September 30, 2011, Amicus reported total revenue of $5.8 million, including $4.1 million in research revenue and $1.7 million in collaboration revenue. More information on the updated revenue recognition accounting, which does not impact cash, will be contained in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter 2012 totaled $16.9 million compared to $18.9 million in the year-ago period on lower research and development expenses. Net loss attributable to common stockholders in the third quarter 2012 was $16.3 million, or $0.34 per share, compared to a net loss of $9.8 million, or $0.28 per share, in the year-ago period. The wider net loss versus the year-ago period is attributed to the change in revenue recognition under the expanded GSK collaboration.
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $106.2 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $95.8 million at June 30, 2012 and $55.7 million at December 31, 2011. The current cash position reflects an $18.6 million equity investment from GSK related to the expanded collaboration and a $3.5 million cash milestone payment received from GSK in the third quarter 2012. Amicus expects to end 2012 with at least $90 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities which is expected to fund its current operating plan beyond 2013. This projection includes quarterly reimbursement from GSK for shared development costs for migalastat HCl.
Amicus continues to expect full-year 2012 operating expenses within the higher end of the previously disclosed guidance range of $37 million to $43 million, net of anticipated cost sharing under the expanded Fabry disease collaboration with GSK. Amicus and GSK are funding 25% and 75% of the development costs, respectively, for migalastat HCl monotherapy and co-administration for full-year 2012. During the second half of 2012, Amicus and GSK will be responsible for 40% and 60% of the preclinical development costs, respectively, for the co-formulated chaperone-ERT product. Amicus will be responsible for all U.S. commercial activities for migalastat HCl upon approval, including pricing, marketing, patient access and reimbursement.
Amicus and GSK are co-developing all formulations of migalastat HCl under a global Fabry collaboration. Amicus has commercial rights to all Fabry products in the United States and GSK has commercial rights to all of these products in the rest of world. Outside the GSK collaboration, Amicus owns exclusive rights to the rest of its pipeline and applications of its platform technology.
Migalastat HCl Monotherapy for Fabry Disease
Migalastat HCl monotherapy is in Phase 3 development (Study 011 and Study 012) for Fabry patients with genetic mutations that are amenable to this chaperone monotherapy, as determined by a cell-based assay. Both studies are investigating oral migalastat HCl monotherapy 150 mg, dosed every-other-day (QOD).
Study 011 is a randomized, placebo-controlled study. During the fourth quarter 2012, Amicus and GSK expect to announce the primary endpoint analysis, based on interstitial capillary globotriaosylceramide (GL-3) as measured in kidney biopsy at 6 months. Results from the 6-month follow-up period in Study 011 are expected in the first half of 2013, which will include 12 months on migalastat HCl in the treatment group and 6 months on migalastat HCl in the placebo-crossover group.
Study 012 is the first clinical study to compare oral migalastat HCl to standard-of-care ERTs (Fabrazyme® and Replagal®). The open-label study randomized males and females with Fabry disease, who either to switch to migalastat HCl or remain on ERT. Amicus and GSK achieved target enrollment in Study 012 ahead of schedule. The primary outcome measure is renal function assessed by Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) at 18 months.
Amicus and GSK also continue to evaluate patients who completed a previous Phase 2 study in an ongoing Phase 2 extension study (Study 205) of migalastat HCl. Updated results from Study 205 were presented at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2012. A total of 17 patients completed Study 205 after a median treatment duration of 5.2 years (4.7 to 6.4 years) with migalastat HCl in the Phase 2 and Phase 2 extension studies. 16 of these patients are currently enrolled in a separate open-label extension study (MGM116041).
Migalastat HCl in Combination with ERT for Fabry Disease
During the third quarter 2012, Amicus and GSK completed enrollment in an open-label Phase 2 study (Study 013) to investigate the effects of a single oral dose of migalastat HCl (150 mg or 450 mg) co-administered prior to ERT (Fabrazyme or Replagal) in 23 males with Fabry disease. Positive preliminary results were announced in the first quarter 2012 and updated data will be presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). Amicus and GSK, along with GSK's collaborator JCR Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, also continue to advance preclinical studies of migalastat HCl co-formulated with JCR Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd's proprietary investigational ERT (JR-051, recombinant human alpha-Gal A enzyme).
AT2220-ERT Co-Administration for Pompe Disease
In October 2012, Amicus announced additional positive preliminary results from a Phase 2 open-label study (Study 010) to investigate four ascending dose cohorts of the pharmacological chaperone AT2220 co-administered with ERT (Myozyme® and Lumizyme®) for Pompe disease. In the first 3 dose cohorts, AT2220-ERT co-administration increased Pompe enzyme (recombinant GAA) activity. Study 010 is fully enrolled and results from Cohort 4 are anticipated by year-end. In parallel with Study 010, initial ex vivo studies completed using T cells from 50 healthy donor blood samples demonstrated that the addition of AT2220 may reduce the immunogenicity of Myozyme and Lumizyme. Results from these studies may help guide further investigation of the effects of AT2220 on immune response to ERT in future clinical studies.
Conference Call and Webcast
Amicus Therapeutics will host a conference call and audio/visual webcast today, November 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET to review financial results and provide a corporate update. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET by dialing 877-303-5859 (U.S./Canada) or 678-224-7784 (international).
An audio/visual 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.
The slide presentation for today's conference call and webcast is also available in the Investors section of the Amicus Therapeutics corporate web site at http://www.amicusrx.com. A telephonic replay of the call will be available for seven days beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET today. Access numbers for this replay are 855-859-2056 (U.S./Canada) and 404-537-3406 (international); participant code 64424986.
About Amicus Therapeutics
Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FOLD) is a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of developing therapies for rare diseases. The Company is developing orally-administered, small molecule drugs called pharmacological chaperones, a novel, first-in-class approach to treating a broad range of human genetic diseases. Amicus' late-stage programs for lysosomal storage disorders include migalastat HCl monotherapy in Phase 3 for Fabry disease; migalastat HCl co-administered with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) in Phase 2 for Fabry disease; and AT2220 co-administered with ERT in Phase 2 for Pompe disease.
About Migalastat HCl for Fabry Disease
Amicus and GSK are co-developing all formulations of migalastat HCl under a global Fabry collaboration. Amicus has commercial rights to all Fabry products in the United States and GSK has commercial rights to all of these products in the rest of world. As a monotherapy, migalastat HCl is designed to bind to and stabilize, or "chaperone" alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A) enzyme in patients with genetic mutations that are amenable to this chaperone in a cell-based assay. For patients currently receiving ERT for Fabry disease, migalastat HCl in combination with ERT may improve ERT outcomes by keeping the infused alpha-Gal A enzyme in its properly folded and active form.
Fabry disease is an inherited lysosomal storage disease that is currently estimated to affect approximately 5,000 to 10,000 people worldwide. Fabry Disease is caused by deficiency of an enzyme called alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A). The role of alpha-Gal A within the body is to break down a complex lipid called globotriaosylceramide (GL-3). Reduced or absent levels of alpha-Gal A activity leads to the accumulation of GL-3 in the affected tissues, including the central nervous system, heart, kidneys, and skin. This accumulation of GL-3 is believed to cause the various symptoms of Fabry disease, including pain, kidney failure, and increased risk of heart disorders and stroke.
About AT2220 for Pompe Disease
AT2220 is an investigational, orally-administered pharmacological chaperone owned exclusively by Amicus. In published preclinical studies, AT2220-ERT co-administration resulted in significant increases in muscle rhGAA levels and decreases in glycogen levels in a mouse model of Pompe disease. Preclinical results to date also suggest that AT2220-ERT co-administration may mitigate ERT-induced immunogenicity by stabilizing the enzyme in its properly folded and active form.
Pompe disease is a lysosomal storage disease characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. It is caused by a deficiency in GAA activity, which leads to accumulation of glycogen in tissues affected by the disease (primarily muscle). Pompe disease affects an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 individuals worldwide and is clinically heterogeneous in the age of onset, the extent of organ involvement, and the rate of progression.
This press release contains, and the accompanying conference call will contain, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to preclinical and clinical development of Amicus' candidate drug products, the timing and reporting of results from preclinical studies and clinical trials evaluating Amicus' candidate drug products, and the projected cash position for the Company. Words such as, but not limited to, "look forward to," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "likely," "will," "would," "should" and "could," and similar expressions or words identify forward-looking statements. 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 Amicus that any of its plans will be achieved. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this press release may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions Amicus 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 the potential goals, progress, timing and results of preclinical studies and clinical trials, actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the business of Amicus, 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 may not grant or may delay approval for our product candidates; the potential that preclinical and clinical studies could be delayed because we identify serious side effects or other safety issues; the potential that we will need additional funding to complete all of our studies and, our dependence on third parties in the conduct of our clinical 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. 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 Amicus undertakes no obligation to revise or update this news release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
|Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.|
|(a development stage company)|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|February 4, 2002|
|Three Months||Nine Months||To|
|Ended September 30,||Ended September 30,||Sept. 30,|
|Research revenue||$ 4,138||$ --||$ 10,824||$ 11,591||$ 57,493|
|Collaboration and milestone revenue||1,660||--||4,980||6,820||64,382|
|Total revenue||$ 5,798||$ --||15,804||18,411||121,875|
|Research and development||13,711||11,499||36,455||39,226||304,846|
|General and administrative||4,841||4,995||15,963||14,909||128,158|
|Impairment of leasehold improvements||--||--||--||--||1,030|
|Depreciation and amortization||380||422||1,243||1,284||11,347|
|In-process research and development||--||--||--||--||418|
|Total operating expenses||18,932||16,916||53,661||55,419||447,321|
|Loss from operations||(13,134)||(16,916)||(37,857)||(37,008)||(325,446)|
|Other income (expenses):|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability||3,376||553||2,022||(1,941)||(1,041)|
|Loss before tax benefit||(9,759)||(16,290)||(35,750)||(38,770)||(314,337)|
|Benefit from income taxes||--||--||--||--||5,463|
|Preferred stock accretion||--||--||--||--||(802)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$ (9,759)||$ (16,290)||$ (35,750)||$ (38,770)||$ (329,100)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders per common share – basic and diluted||$ (0.28)||$ (0.34)||$ (1.03)||$ (0.88)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted||34,979,702||48,513,647||34,544,768||44,255,885|
|Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.|
|(a development stage company)|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|December 31,||September 30,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 25,668||$ 24,273|
|Investments in marketable securities||30,034||81,942|
|Receivable due from GSK||5,043||3,184|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||5,903||3,077|
|Total current assets||66,648||112,476|
|Property and equipment, less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $9,507 and $8,080 at December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, respectively||2,438||5,293|
|Other non-current assets||709||442|
|Total Assets||$ 69,795||$ 118,211|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$ 9,708||$ 9,428|
|Current portion of deferred reimbursements||8,504||—|
|Current portion of secured loan||1,044||502|
|Total current liabilities||19,256||9,930|
|Deferred reimbursements, less current portion||18,999||27,235|
|Secured loan, less current portion||—||398|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Common stock, $.01 par value, 125,000,000 shares authorized, 34,654,206 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011, 125,000,000 shares|
|authorized, 49,360,659 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012||407||554|
|Additional paid-in capital||299,285||385,042|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||4||37|
|Deficit accumulated during the development stage||(270,104)||(308,874)|
|Total stockholders' equity||29,592||76,759|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$ 69,795||$ 118,211|
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