MADRID, Spain and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oryzon Genomics, S.A. (ISIN Code: ES0167733015, ORY), a public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leveraging epigenetics to develop therapies in diseases with strong unmet medical need, today reports financial results for the fourth quarter of 2019 and provides an update on recent developments.

"Oryzon continued to make strong clinical progress in the fourth quarter,” said Dr. Carlos Buesa, Oryzon’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are encouraged by the promising efficacy seen in both our iadademstat oncology program and vafidemstat neurology program and importantly, these exciting signals of clinical activity were achieved with good safety and tolerability profiles. We look forward to a number of important milestones in 2020, including data readouts for our REIMAGING-AD and ETHERAL trials and the initiation of the Phase IIb PORTICO study evaluating vafidemstat in borderline personality disorder and also additional data on the ongoing cancer trials.  We are confident that our two lead candidates are exciting potential treatment options in areas of high unmet medical need and look forward to continued clinical progress.”

Fourth Quarter and Recent Highlights

Iadademstat in oncology:

  • New positive efficacy data from Phase II trial ALICE, investigating iadademstat in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at the 61st ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, United States.
    • Reported objective responses in 6 out of 8 evaluable patients (75% OR): of these, there were 2 complete remissions (CR), 3 complete remissions with incomplete hematologic recovery (CRi) and 1 partial remission (PR).
    • The mean follow-up time amongst the evaluable patients was 20 weeks, with a mean Time to Response (TTR) of only 32 days in those patients who responded.
    • Two of the 5 patients (40%) that had received more than 3 cycles of treatment had also become transfusion independent.
  • Encouraging preliminary efficacy data from the first 8 patients in the CLEPSIDRA Phase II trial evaluating the safety and clinical efficacy of iadademstat in combination with platinum/etoposide in second-line small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients at the ESMO conference in Barcelona.
    • Reported responses in 6 out of 8 patients (75% response rate), with 4 partial remissions and 2 long-term disease stabilizations in patients treated with iadademstat plus carboplatin/etoposide.
    • Demonstrated durable treatment response with one partial remission patient at cycle 13 and still in response. This patient showed an initial 78.7% tumor reduction as determined by RECIST after 6 cycles of iadademstat plus carboplatin/etoposide. Tumor reduction continued upon iadademstat monotherapy after the combo cycles, with 86.3% of tumor reduction by RECIST at the end of cycle 12.
    • The clinical trial continues to recruit patients and investigate dosing regimens to minimize hematological toxicity of the combination.

Vafidemstat in neurological disease:

  • Additional positive Phase IIa REIMAGINE efficacy data of vafidemstat in the treatment of aggression in three psychiatric diseases at the 2019 International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) meeting in Athens, Greece.
    • Reported data from ADHD, BDP and ASD and aggregated cohorts demonstrating statistically significant improvements in several scales measuring aggression such as the Clinical Global Impression (CGI) of Severity (CGI-S) and Improvement (CGI-I) scales and the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) 4-item Agitation/Aggression subscale.
    • Benefits also observed on several scales more generally assessing the global condition of the patients, such as the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) total score, the global BPD checklist (BPDCL) scale (for BPD patients) and the ADHD Rating Scale (ADHD-RS) (for ADHD patients).
    • On the strength of these data, the company is currently preparing a Phase IIb trial in BPD (PORTICO trial), expected to start in 1H2020, and is evaluating additional Phase IIb studies in ADHD and/or ASD.
  • The company has completed the recruitment in REIMAGINE-AD, a Phase IIa trial evaluating the effect of vafidemstat to treat aggressiveness in moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease (AD) with a total of 12 patients. The company plans to report the results of this study at the AAT-AD/PD conference in April 2020 in Vienna, Austria.
  • The company has completed recruitment of the Phase IIa ETHERAL trial in Europe, with 117 patients randomized, while it continues in the parallel US arm (ETHERAL-US). ETHERAL is a randomized, double-blind, 3-arm, parallel-group study with a 24-week placebo-controlled period followed by a 24-week extension in which placebo patients are randomized to vafidemstat therapy, to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of vafidemstat in patients with mild to moderate AD. Positive safety data from the first 104 patients in ETHERAL were presented at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC-2019) in Los Angeles and the company plans to present initial interim 6-month treatment data from the EU trial also at the AAT-AD/PD conference in April 2020.
  • The company announced that the extension phase of the SATEEN Phase IIa clinical trial evaluating vafidemstat in multiple sclerosis has been extended in patients with the secondary progressive form of the disease up to a maximum of 18 months of vafidemstat treatment. This extension will allow the assessment of the effect of vafidemstat as a therapeutic treatment for the progressive form of the disease which requires longer clinical observation periods.

Financial Update: Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Research and development (R&D) expenses were $3.6 and $12.7 million, respectively, for the 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the $2.3 and $8.5 million for the 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2018. The $4.2 million increase was driven primarily by expenses associated with advancing the company’s clinical trials.

General and administrative expenses were $0.5 and $3.2 million, respectively, for the 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $0.5 and $3.0 million for the 3 and 12 months ended December 2018.

Net losses were $0.8 and $4.3 million, respectively, for the 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2019, compared to net losses of $0.7 and $3.3 million for the 3 and 12 months ended December 2018.

Negative net result of $4.1 million (-$0.10 per share) for the 12 months ended December 31, 2019 as a consequence basically of -$1.7 million non-recurrent R&D tax deductions, compared to a negative net result of $1.3 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $39.6 million as of December 31, 2019, compared to $39.5 million as of December 31, 2018.

      
ORYZON GENOMICS SA
BALANCE SHEET DATA (AUDITED)1
(Amounts in thousands US $)
      
  December 31st,
2019
 December 31st,
2018
 
      
 Cash and cash equivalents39,430 39,296 
 Marketable securities159 162 
 Total Assets89,946 77,231 
      
 Deferred revenue0 0 
 Total Stockholders' equity68,648 51,668 
      


 ORYZON GENOMICS SA
 STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (AUDITED)1
 (US $, amounts in thousands except per share data)
        
   Three Months Ended
December 31st
 Twelve Months Ended
December 31st
    
   20192018 20192018
        
 Collaboration Revenue00 00
        
 Operating expenses:     
 Research and Development3,5532,324 12,7158,489
 General and administrative516539 3,1852,993
        
 Total operating expenses4,0692,863 15,90011,482
        
 Loss from Operations-4,069-2,863 -15,900-11,482
        
 Other income, net3,3012,177 11,5898,143
        
 Net Loss -768-686 -4,312-3,339
        
 Net Financial & Tax-296-178 1741,991
        
 Net Result -1,064-864 -4,138-1,348
        
        
 Loss / profit per share allocable to common stockholders:   
 Basic -0.02-0.02 -0.10-0.04
 Diluted -0.02-0.02 -0.10-0.04
        
 Weighted average Shares outstanding    
 Basic 45,488,55436,836,648 41,589,15834,335,636
 Diluted 45,488,55436,836,648 41,589,15834,335,636
        
 1 Spanish GAAP      
 * Exchange Euro/Dollar (1.123 for 2019 and 1.145 in 2018)   
     

About Oryzon
Founded in 2000 in Barcelona, Spain, Oryzon (ISIN Code: ES0167733015) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company considered as the European champion in Epigenetics. Oryzon has one of the strongest portfolios in the field. Oryzon’s LSD1 program has rendered two compounds, vafidemstat and iadademstat, in clinical trials. In addition, Oryzon has ongoing programs for developing inhibitors against other epigenetic targets. Oryzon has a strong technological platform for biomarker identification and performs biomarker and target validation for a variety of malignant and neurodegenerative diseases. Oryzon has offices in Spain and the United States. For more information, visit www.oryzon.com

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