UNITY Biotechnology, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Business Updates

UBX1325 Phase 2 study in DME currently enrolling, with additional Phase 2 study in AMD planned for 1H22

UNITY to present at invitation-only Eyecelerator innovation conference at AAO

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNITY Biotechnology, Inc. (UNITY) [NASDAQ:UBX], a biotechnology company developing therapeutics to slow, halt, or reverse diseases of aging, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“In our Phase 1 clinical study, UBX1325, a senolytic small molecule working through an entirely new mechanism of action, has shown a favorable safety profile and very promising evidence of biological activity through six months, demonstrating durability,” said Anirvan Ghosh, Ph.D., chief executive officer of UNITY. “As announced yesterday, we share the excitement of the patient and physician community about the potential for UBX1325 as a possible disease-modifying treatment to fill the large and unmet need for options beyond anti-VEGF therapies. Our team continues to advance the UBX1325 program in a Phase 2 proof of concept study currently enrolling patients with diabetic macular edema (DME), and we are using the promising data from patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the Phase 1 study to inform design of a Phase 2 study in wet AMD to start in the first half of 2022.”

UNITY yesterday released 24-week data from its Phase 1 study of UBX1325 in DME, along with 24-week and 12-week (AMD-only cohort) data in patients with AMD, and will present information about the UBX1325 program at Eyecelerator@AAO 2021 in New Orleans on November 11, 2021, an invitation-only event featuring ophthalmic innovation put on in partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology and ASCRS.

Upcoming Milestones

  • UBX1325 Phase 2a proof of concept study in DME had a first patient dosed in June 2021 and is actively recruiting patients, with information about that trial available here. Twelve-week safety and efficacy data are expected in the first half of 2022.
  • UBX1325 Phase 2 proof of concept study in AMD is expected to initiate in the first half of 2022, with twelve-week safety and efficacy data expected in the second half of 2022.
  • UBX2050 (Tie2 mAb) and UBX2089 (alpha-Klotho) expected to enter IND-enabling studies in 2022.

Third Quarter Financial Results

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $88.5 million as of September 30, 2021 compared with $115.6 million as of December 31, 2020. UNITY believes that current cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities are sufficient to fund operations through the third quarter of 2022.

Operating loss for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $14.8 million compared to $24.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Cash used in operations during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $40.0 million compared to $61.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Research and development expenses decreased by $9.7 million, to $9.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $18.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to decreases of $4.1 million in net direct research and development expenses mainly due to termination of OA studies, delayed manufacturing and reduction in pre-clinical safety studies, $3.4 million in personnel costs due to reduction in force, $1.2 million in facilities-related costs, $0.8 million in laboratory supplies and $0.2 million in consultant expenses.

General and administrative expenses decreased by $0.8 million, to $5.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $6.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of $0.4 million in personnel costs due to reduction in force, $0.3 million in facilities-related costs and $0.1 million in professional fees.

About UBX1325

UBX1325 is an investigational compound being studied for age-related diseases of the eye, including diabetic macular edema (DME), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic retinopathy (DR). UBX1325 is a potent small molecule inhibitor of Bcl-xL, a member of the Bcl-2 family of apoptosis-regulatory proteins. UBX1325 is designed to inhibit the function of proteins senescent cells rely on for survival. In preclinical studies, UNITY has demonstrated that targeting Bcl-xL with UBX1325 preferentially eliminates senescent cells from diseased tissue while sparing healthy cells. In its Phase 1 safety trial in patients with advanced DME or wet AMD who were no longer expected to benefit from anti-VEGF therapies, UBX1325 showed a favorable safety and tolerability profile as well as initial evidence of relevant biological efficacy. UNITY’s goal with UBX1325 is to transformationally improve real-world outcomes for patients with DME, AMD, and DR.


UNITY is developing a new class of therapeutics to slow, halt, or reverse diseases of aging. UNITY’s current focus is on creating medicines to selectively eliminate or modulate senescent cells and thereby provide transformative benefit in age-related ophthalmologic and neurologic diseases. More information is available at www.unitybiotechnology.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including statements related to UNITY’s understanding of cellular senescence and the role it plays in diseases of aging, the potential for UNITY to develop therapeutics to slow, halt, or reverse diseases of aging, including for ophthalmologic and neurologic diseases, our expectations regarding potential benefits, activity, effectiveness, and safety of UBX1325, the potential for UNITY to successfully commence and complete clinical studies of UBX1325 for DME, AMD, and other ophthalmologic diseases, the expected timing of results of our studies of UBX1325, the timing of the expected commencement, progression, and conclusion of our studies including those of UBX1325, and UNITY’s expectations regarding the sufficiency of its cash runway. These statements involve substantial known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including the risk that the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic may continue to negatively impact the development of preclinical and clinical drug candidates, including delaying or disrupting the enrollment of patients in clinical trials, risks relating to the uncertainties inherent in the drug development process, and risks relating to UNITY’s understanding of senescence biology. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions, or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions, and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. The forward-looking statements in this press release represent our views as of the date of this release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we have no current intention of doing so except to the extent required by applicable law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of UNITY in general, see UNITY’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2021, as well as other documents that may be filed by UNITY from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Unity Biotechnology, Inc.
Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
  September 30,  September 30, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development $9,081  $18,830  $28,815  $54,218 
General and administrative  5,747   6,530   17,952   18,803 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration     (718)     (33)
Impairment of long-lived assets           2,159 
Total operating expenses  14,828   24,642   46,767   75,147 
Loss from operations  (14,828)  (24,642)  (46,767)  (75,147)
Interest income  20   226   82   1,093 
Interest expense  (792)  (499)  (2,351)  (499)
Other income (expense), net  (850)  (2,637)  (996)  296 
Net loss  (16,450)  (27,552)  (50,032)  (74,257)
Other comprehensive gain (loss)                
Unrealized loss on marketable debt securities     (166)     (24)
Comprehensive loss $(16,450) $(27,718) $(50,032) $(74,281)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.30) $(0.52) $(0.91) $(1.49)
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted  55,436,444   52,482,200   54,826,481   49,926,396 

Unity Biotechnology, Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands)

  September 30,  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $21,994  $17,807 
Short-term marketable securities  58,973   79,892 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  3,209   3,167 
Restricted cash  550    
Total current assets  84,726   100,866 
Property and equipment, net  10,608   12,627 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  21,856   23,509 
Long-term marketable securities  7,500   17,871 
Restricted cash  896   1,446 
Other long-term assets  105    
Total assets $125,691  $156,319 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $1,773  $2,558 
Accrued compensation  3,398   5,355 
Accrued and other current liabilities  6,861   6,550 
Current portion of long-term debt  945    
Total current liabilities  12,977   14,463 
Operating lease liability, net of current portion  30,812   34,468 
Long-term debt, net  24,142   24,508 
Other long-term liabilities  23    
Total liabilities  67,954   73,439 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock  5   5 
Additional paid-in capital  447,057   422,379 
Related party promissory notes for purchase of common stock     (210)
Accumulated other comprehensive gain  6   5 
Accumulated deficit  (389,331)  (339,299)
Total stockholders’ equity  57,737   82,880 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $125,691  $156,319 

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