Phathom Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2021 Results and Provides Recent Business Updates

Florham Park, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

  • Positive Phase 3 trial of vonoprazan in Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection; New Drug Applications (NDAs) targeted for the fourth quarter of 2021
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants additional qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) designations to vonoprazan-based regimens with amoxicillin capsules; FDA had previously designated vonoprazan-based regimens with amoxicillin tablets as QIDP
  • Initiated Phase 2 trial evaluating vonoprazan on-demand in non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) – disease with large unmet need impacting an estimated more than 40 million people in the U.S.
  • Pivotal Phase 3 PHALCON-EE trial topline results expected in the fourth quarter of 2021

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHAT), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel treatments for gastrointestinal diseases, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2021 and provided an update on its recent clinical and organizational progress.

“With both the impressive results from our pivotal Phase 3 PHALCON-HP trial and the initiation of our NERD development program, Phathom marks a strong start to 2021 having accomplished two of our key strategic imperatives for the year,” said Terrie Curran, Phathom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are well-positioned to further build on this positive momentum as we anticipate several other significant catalysts in 2021 – including the expected readout from our pivotal Phase 3 trial in erosive esophagitis and the planned NDA submissions for vonoprazan-based regimens in the treatment of H. pylori infection.”

PHALCON-HP Clinical Development and Regulatory Updates:

  • On April 29, 2021, the company announced PHALCON-HP, a pivotal Phase 3 trial of vonoprazan in H. pylori infection, met all primary and secondary endpoints.
  • The PHALCON-HP study met the FDA required primary endpoints of noninferiority for vonoprazan in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin (“vonoprazan triple therapy”) and vonoprazan in combination with amoxicillin (“vonoprazan dual therapy”) compared to lansoprazole in combination with amoxicillin and clarithromycin (“lansoprazole triple therapy”) in clarithromycin sensitive patient population.
  • The PHALCON-HP study also demonstrated vonoprazan triple therapy and vonoprazan dual therapy were superior in the eradication of H. pylori compared to lansoprazole triple therapy in all patients and patients with clarithromycin resistant strains of H. pylori.
  • Based on these positive results, Phathom remains on track to submit NDAs for both vonoprazan-based regimens in the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • In May 2021, the FDA granted additional QIDP designations to vonoprazan triple therapy and vonoprazan dual therapy, each containing amoxicillin capsules, for the treatment of H. pylori infection. The FDA had previously granted QIDP designations to vonoprazan-based H. pylori regimens containing amoxicillin tablets.

Other Clinical and Business Updates:

  • In April 2021, the company commenced its NERD program by initiating PHALCON-NERD on-demand, a Phase 2 trial evaluating various doses of vonoprazan as an on-demand therapy for patients with NERD. The company expects to complete patient enrollment in the fourth quarter of 2021 and share topline results in the first half of 2022. NERD is a major subcategory of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is characterized by reflux-related symptoms in the absence of esophageal erosions. There are estimated to be over 40 million people with NERD in the U.S.
  • The PHALCON-EE pivotal Phase 3 trial evaluating vonoprazan for both the healing and maintenance of healing of erosive esophagitis, as well as the relief of heartburn, remains on track with topline results expected in the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • Phathom will have a significant presence at the Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) Virtual Meeting scheduled for May 21-23, 2021. A vonoprazan-focused poster presentation, The Effect of Food on the Pharmacokinetics of the Potassium-competitive Acid Blocker Vonoprazan, has received recognition as a poster of distinction and will be presented in a virtual session. The poster will be presented live by Prof. Colin W. Howden, MD, FRCP, FACP, AGAF, FACG, on May 22, 2021 at 12:15 pm ET. More information about Phathom’s DDW abstracts will be made available on following the conference.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results:

  • First quarter 2021 net loss was $34.8 million compared to $20.1 million for the first quarter of 2020.
  • First quarter 2021 net loss included a non-cash charge related to stock-based compensation of $3.8 million compared to the first quarter of 2020 non-cash charges related to stock-based compensation of $0.6 million and change in fair value of warrant liabilities of ($0.1) million.
  • First quarter 2021 research and development expenses increased to $20.6 million compared to $15.9 million for the first quarter 2020 as a result of higher chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) costs, clinical trial costs, and personnel-related expenses. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, research and development expenses decreased by $21.0 million following the acceleration of patient enrollment in our Phase 3 trials during late 2020.
  • First quarter 2021 general and administrative expenses increased to $13.0 million compared to $4.5 million for the first quarter of 2020 due to the ongoing buildout of administrative and commercial functions.
  • As of March 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $238.0 million. Cash and cash equivalents are expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated cash requirements into the fourth quarter of 2022.

About Vonoprazan
Vonoprazan is an investigational, oral small molecule potassium-competitive acid blocker (P-CAB). P-CABs are a novel class of medicines that block acid secretion in the stomach. Vonoprazan has shown the potential to have rapid, potent, and durable anti-secretory effects as a single agent in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and in combination with antibiotics for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. The FDA has designated vonoprazan in combination with both amoxicillin and clarithromycin and with amoxicillin alone as qualified infectious disease products (QIDP) and awarded them Fast Track status for the treatment of H. pylori infection. Phathom in-licensed the U.S., European, and Canadian rights to vonoprazan from Takeda, which completed 19 Phase 3 trials for vonoprazan and received marketing approval in Japan and numerous other countries in Asia and Latin America.

PHALCON-HP was a randomized, multicenter, Phase 3 trial that enrolled 1046 patients of which 992 patients with a confirmed H. pylori infection were randomized to one of three arms: vonoprazan 20 mg administered twice a day (BID) and amoxicillin 1g administered three times a day (TID) (n=324); vonoprazan 20 mg BID, amoxicillin 1g BID and clarithromycin 500 mg BID (n=338); and lansoprazole 30 mg BID, amoxicillin 1g BID and clarithromycin 500 mg BID (n=330). Each treatment regimen was administered for 14 days. Diagnoses of infection and test of cure were confirmed by 13C-urea breath test. Additional efficacy analyses were conducted using the pre-specified per protocol population (n=822), a subset of the mITT population comprised of patients who were protocol compliant.

PHALCON-EE is a randomized, double-blind, two-phase, multicenter Phase 3 trial that has completed enrollment of patients with erosive esophagitis (EE) in the U.S. and Europe. The first phase of the trial is evaluating the efficacy and safety of vonoprazan 20 mg administered once-daily (QD) compared to lansoprazole 30 mg QD for the healing of EE for up to eight weeks. The second phase of the trial is evaluating the efficacy and safety of vonoprazan 10 mg QD and 20 mg QD compared to lansoprazole 15 mg QD for the maintenance of healing of EE for 24 weeks. Both phases are also evaluating heartburn symptoms.

About PHALCON-NERD on-demand
PHALCON-NERD on-demand is a randomized, double-blind, multicenter Phase 2 study evaluating the efficacy and safety of various doses of vonoprazan compared to placebo for relief of episodic heartburn in subjects with symptomatic non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease or NERD. The first phase of the trial is a four-week, open-label run-in period with daily dosing of vonoprazan 20 mg. Following the run-in period, responders will be evenly randomized to one of three doses of vonoprazan (10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg) or placebo and treated on-demand for six weeks. The primary endpoint is evaluating the proportion of heartburn episodes with complete and durable relief. Secondary endpoints will also assess different aspects of the speed of onset of symptom relief and durability of relief, as well as number of doses of study drug and use of rescue antacids.

About Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Phathom Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel treatments for gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. Phathom has in-licensed the exclusive rights in the United States, Europe, and Canada to vonoprazan, a novel potassium competitive acid blocker (P-CAB) in late-stage development for the treatment of acid-related disorders. For more information about Phathom, visit the Company’s website at or follow the Company on social media: LinkedIn at and Twitter @PhathomPharma.

Forward Looking Statements

Phathom cautions you that statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the Company’s current beliefs and expectations. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected availability of topline results from the PHALCON-EE Phase 3 clinical trial; the expected submission of New Drug Applications for the eradication of H. pylori infection; the expected completion of enrollment in the Phase 2 NERD study; and Phathom’s belief that vonoprazan could represent an important treatment option for acid-related diseases, if approved. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Phathom that any of its plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Phathom’s business, including, without limitation: potential additional delays in the commencement, enrollment and completion of clinical trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors outside of Phathom’s control; patients already enrolled in PHALCON-EE and the Phase 2 NERD study may not complete the clinical trials or public health conditions and governmental restrictions may lead Phathom to stop such trial all together, which may adversely impact its trial results and development plans; Phathom’s dependence on third parties in connection with product manufacturing, research and preclinical and clinical testing; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate efficacy of vonoprazan that may limit its development, regulatory approval and/or commercialization, or may result in recalls or product liability claims; QIDP and Fast Track designations may be withdrawn or not actually lead to a faster development or regulatory review or extended exclusivity, and would not assure FDA approval of vonoprazan; Phathom’s ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for vonoprazan; Phathom’s ability to comply with its license agreement with Takeda; Phathom’s ability to maintain undisrupted business operations due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including delaying or otherwise disrupting its clinical trials, manufacturing and supply chain, and other risks described in the Company’s prior press releases and the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and Phathom undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, which is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


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Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and par value amounts)

 March 31,
 December 31,
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$237,974  $287,496 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (including related party amounts of $0 and $82, respectively) 4,836   3,872 
Total current assets 242,810   291,368 
Property, plant and equipment, net 907   986 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,261   2,373 
Other long-term assets 385   384 
Total assets$246,363  $295,111 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable (including related party amounts of $335 and $173, respectively)$10,857   16,782 
Accrued clinical trial expenses 10,868   19,997 
Accrued expenses (including related party amounts of $1,000 and $734, respectively) 6,566   10,606 
Accrued interest 312   312 
Current portion of long-term debt 11,765   7,353 
Operating lease liabilities, current 477   474 
Total current liabilities 40,845   55,524 
Long-term debt, net of discount 35,587   39,634 
Operating lease liabilities 1,467   1,557 
Other long-term liabilities 4,125   4,125 
Total liabilities 82,024   100,840 
Commitments and contingencies       
Stockholders’ equity:       
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares — 40,000,000 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; no shares issued and outstanding at
March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized shares — 400,000,000; issued shares — 31,321,613 and 31,262,769 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; outstanding shares — 28,876,510 and 28,516,010 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 3   3 
Additional paid-in capital 584,666   579,755 
Accumulated deficit (420,330)  (385,487)
Total stockholders’ equity 164,339   194,271 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$246,363  $295,111 

Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 2021 2020
Operating expenses:       
Research and development (includes related party amounts of $939 and $404 respectively)$20,580  $15,865 
General and administrative (includes related party amounts of $16 and $43, respectively) 13,004   4,510 
Total operating expenses 33,584   20,375 
Loss from operations (33,584)  (20,375)
Other income (expense):       
Interest income 14   878 
Interest expense (1,272)  (738)
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities    95 
Other income (expense) (1)  (1)
Total other income (expense) (1,259)  234 
Net loss and comprehensive loss$(34,843) $(20,141)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.96) $(0.62)
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic and diluted 36,298,968   32,470,402