FibroGen Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Completed enrollment in ZEPHYRUS-1 Phase 3 study of pamrevlumab in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • 1Q 2022 revenue of $60.8M, growth of 58% vs. 1Q 2021
  • Significant roxadustat volume growth in China in first quarter 2022 offsetting NRDL price reduction

SAN FRANCISCO, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGEN) today reported financial results for the first quarter 2022 and provided an update on the company’s recent developments.

“We continue our progress in advancing pamrevlumab in three high value indications and are delighted to have completed enrollment of the ZEPHYRUS-1 Phase 3 study in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,” said Enrique Conterno, Chief Executive Officer, FibroGen. “In addition, roxadustat is off to a strong start in 2022 in China with significant year over year volume growth.”

Recent Developments:

  • Completed enrollment of the ZEPHYRUS-1 Phase 3 clinical trial of pamrevlumab in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
  • Completed enrollment of the LELANTOS-1 Phase 3 clinical trial of pamrevlumab in non-ambulatory patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
  • Our partner Astellas received approval for roxadustat in Russia for the treatment of adult patients with symptomatic anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which triggered a $25 million milestone payable to FibroGen.

China Performance:

  • FibroGen’s net product revenue under U.S. GAAP from sale of roxadustat in China was $18.9 million compared to $15.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. Increase driven mainly due to release of deferred revenue.
  • First quarter total roxadustat net sales in China1 by FibroGen and the distribution entity (JDE) jointly owned by FibroGen and AstraZeneca was $43.5 million, flat as compared to the first quarter of 2021. This result was driven by an increase in volume of over 70% offset by the recent National Reimbursement Drug List (NRDL) price reduction.
  • Roxadustat continues to be the number one brand based on value share in the anemia of CKD market in China.

Upcoming Milestones:

  • Interim analysis of event free survival of the LAPIS Phase 3 study of pamrevlumab in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) to be conducted in 2Q 2022.
  • Topline data from the LELANTOS-1 Phase 3 study of pamrevlumab in DMD expected 1H 2023.
  • Expect to complete enrollment in the LELANTOS-2 Phase 3 study of pamrevlumab in ambulatory patients with DMD in 2Q 2022.
  • Topline data from the ZEPHYRUS-1 Phase 3 study of pamrevlumab in IPF expected mid-2023.
  • Topline data from the MATTERHORN Phase 3 study of roxadustat in anemia of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) expected 1H 2023.


  • Total revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was $60.8 million, as compared to $38.4 million for the first quarter of 2021.
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $63.2 million, or $0.68 net loss per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $71.8 million, or $0.78 net loss per basic and diluted share one year ago.
  • At March 31, 2022, FibroGen had $565.4 million in cash - defined as cash, cash equivalents, investments, and accounts receivable.
  • Based on our latest forecast, we estimate a 2022 ending cash balance of $310-340 million.

1 Total roxadustat net sales in China includes sales made by the distribution entity as well as FibroGen China’s direct sales, each to its own distributors. The distribution entity jointly owned by AstraZeneca and FibroGen is not consolidated into FibroGen’s financial statements.

Conference Call and Webcast Details
FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, Monday, May 9, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss financial results and provide a business update. A live audio webcast of the call may be accessed in the investor section of the Company’s website, To participate in the conference call by telephone, please dial 1 (877) 658-9081 (U.S. and Canada) or 1 (602) 563-8732 (international), reference the FibroGen first quarter 2022 financial results conference call, and use confirmation number 2487763. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call for a period of 7 days. To access the replay, please dial 1 (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or 1 (404) 537-3406 (international) and use passcode 2487763.

About Pamrevlumab
Pamrevlumab is a potential first-in-class antibody being developed by FibroGen that inhibits the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), an important biological mediator in fibrotic and proliferative disorders. Pamrevlumab is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer (LAPC), and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Pamrevlumab is an investigational drug and not approved for marketing by any regulatory authority. For information about pamrevlumab studies currently recruiting patients, please visit

About Roxadustat
Roxadustat, an oral medication, is the first in a new class of medicines comprising HIF-PH inhibitors that promote erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production, through increased endogenous production of erythropoietin, improved iron absorption and mobilization, and downregulation of hepcidin. Roxadustat is in clinical development for anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and for chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA).

Roxadustat is approved in European Union (EU) member states, including the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as in Japan, China, Chile, South Korea, Russia, and the UK for the treatment of anemia of CKD in adult patients on dialysis (DD) and not on dialysis (NDD). Several other licensing applications for roxadustat have been submitted by partners, Astellas and AstraZeneca to regulatory authorities across the globe, and are currently under review.

Astellas and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the potential treatment of anemia in territories including Japan, Europe, Turkey, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, and South Africa. FibroGen and AstraZeneca are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the potential treatment of anemia in the U.S., China, other markets not licensed to Astellas.

About FibroGen
FibroGen, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing a pipeline of potential first-in-class therapeutics. The Company applies its pioneering expertise in connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) biology and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of unmet needs. Pamrevlumab, an anti-CTGF human monoclonal antibody, is in clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer (LAPC), and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The Company is currently developing and commercializing roxadustat, an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase activity for anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and for chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA). FibroGen recently expanded its research and development portfolio to include product candidates in the immuno-oncology and autoimmune space. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding our strategy, future plans and prospects, including statements regarding the development and commercialization of the company’s product candidates, the potential safety and efficacy profile of our product candidates, our clinical programs and regulatory events, and those of our partners. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will”, “should,” “on track,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the continued progress and timing of our various programs, including the enrollment and results from ongoing and potential future clinical trials, and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 March 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
 (Unaudited) (1)
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$185,896 $171,223
Short-term investments 242,179  233,967
Accounts receivable, net 43,883  17,401
Inventory 43,067  31,015
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,390  20,453
Total current assets 524,415  474,059
Restricted time deposits 2,072  2,072
Long-term investments 93,488  167,796
Property and equipment, net 26,881  28,277
Equity method investment in unconsolidated variable interest entity 4,155  3,825
Operating lease right-of-use assets 87,990  91,112
Other assets 6,933  6,680
Total assets$745,934 $773,821
Liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$36,353 $26,097
Accrued and other liabilities 203,299  172,599
Deferred revenue 4,744  15,857
Operating lease liabilities, current 10,978  10,944
Total current liabilities 255,374  225,497
Product development obligations 17,374  17,613
Deferred revenue, net of current 184,893  186,801
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 85,948  88,776
Other long-term liabilities 24,330  26,021
Total liabilities 567,919  544,708
Total stockholders’ equity 158,048  209,146
Non-controlling interests 19,967  19,967
Total equity 178,015  229,113
Total liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests$745,934 $773,821

(1)   The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2021 are derived from audited financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended March 31, 
 2022  2021 
License revenue$22,590  $ 
Development and other revenue 11,762   14,587 
Product revenue, net 18,881   15,362 
Drug product revenue 7,594   8,480 
Total revenue 60,827   38,429 
Operating costs and expenses:     
Cost of goods sold 4,238   3,401 
Research and development 89,018   74,676 
Selling, general and administrative 30,564   30,779 
Total operating costs and expenses 123,820   108,856 
Loss from operations (62,993)  (70,427)
Interest and other, net:     
Interest expense (97)  (501)
Interest income and other income (expenses), net (322)  (453)
Total interest and other, net (419)  (954)
Loss before income taxes (63,412)  (71,381)
Provision for income taxes 113   134 
Investment income (loss) in unconsolidated variable interest entity 320   (240)
Net loss$(63,205) $(71,755)
Net loss per share - basic and diluted$(0.68) $(0.78)
Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net loss per share - basic and diluted 93,043   91,688 

FibroGen, Inc.
Michael Tung, M.D.
Corporate Strategy / Investor Relations

Meichiel Keenan
Investor Relations and Corporate Communications