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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company that designs and develops innovative human enzyme therapeutics for patients with rare genetic diseases and cancer, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
“We made good progress in the second quarter with our clinical programs, and we completed a follow-on financing that sets the stage for an exciting second half of the year,” said Anthony G. Quinn, M.B Ch.B, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Aeglea. “We are looking forward to providing clinical updates at a number of medical conferences in the fall, including reporting the latest interim data from both our Arginase 1 Deficiency and cancer development programs. We also will provide updates on our clinical trial enrollment and our progress with one of our research enzyme programs, which we believe shows promise for treating the metabolic disorder homocystinuria.”
“With the management team we now have in place, Aeglea is ready to take the next step in advancing therapies with the potential to improve the lives of patients with devastating diseases. I believe the Company is well positioned for future growth with our current pipeline programs and our expanded in-house drug-hunting capabilities,” added Dr. Quinn.
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
As of June 30, 2018, Aeglea had available cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $72.2 million, which includes $37.7 million in net proceeds from a follow-on public offering that closed in April 2018. Based on Aeglea’s current operating plan, management believes it has sufficient capital resources to fund anticipated operations to the middle of 2020.
Aeglea recognized grant revenues of $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2017. The grant revenues were the result of a $19.8 million research grant received from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The revenue increase was primarily due to higher qualifying expenditures associated with the clinical trials for pegzilarginase in cancer patients in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the second quarter of 2017. Additionally, the grant contract ended in May 2018 with the full $19.8 million grant recognized as revenue over the life of the award. As of June 30, 2018, Aeglea had a remaining grant receivable totaling $4.3 million.
Research and development expenses totaled $9.1 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared with $5.8 million for the second quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily due to expanded clinical activity for Aeglea’s lead product candidate, pegzilarginase, as Aeglea advanced a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency and initiated single-agent cohort expansions in a Phase 1 clinical trial for advanced solid tumor patients and a Phase 1/2 combination trial in patients with small cell lung cancer.
General and administrative expenses totaled $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared with $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily due to additional employee compensation costs related to the building out of Aeglea’s management team as well as to support expanding research and development activities. Non-cash stock compensation expense accounted for $0.2 million of the increase.
Net loss totaled $9.4 million and $6.6 million for the second quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively, with non-cash stock compensation expense of $1.0 million and $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Inducement Grants Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)
Aeglea also announced today that the Compensation Committee of its Board of Directors has granted non-qualified stock options to purchase an aggregate of 2,400 shares of Aeglea’s common stock to two new employees under Aeglea’s 2018 Equity Inducement Plan.
The 2018 Equity Inducement Plan is used exclusively for the grant of equity awards to individuals who were not previously an employee or non-employee director of Aeglea (or following a bona fide period of non-employment), as an inducement material to such individual's entering into employment with Aeglea, pursuant to Rule 5635(c)(4) of the NASDAQ Listing Rules.
The options have an exercise price of $8.98 per share, which is equal to the closing price of Aeglea’s common stock on August 7, 2018. Each of the option awards vests as to 25% of the shares on the one-year anniversary of its grant, with the remainder of the shares vesting ratably over 36 months thereafter.
About Pegzilarginase in Arginase 1 Deficiency
Pegzilarginase is an enhanced human arginase that enzymatically degrades the amino acid arginine. Aeglea is developing pegzilarginase for the treatment of patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency, a debilitating urea cycle disorder caused by deficiency of a key arginine metabolizing enzyme that leads to severe and progressive hyperargininemia-related neurological abnormalities, hyperammonemia and early mortality. Pegzilarginase is intended for use as an enzyme replacement therapy in patients to reduce elevated blood arginine levels. The Company’s interim Phase 1/2 data demonstrated clinically relevant treatment effects and rapid and sustained lowering of plasma arginine in Arginase 1 Deficiency patients.
About Pegzilarginase in Cancer
Pegzilarginase is an enhanced human arginase that enzymatically degrades the amino acid arginine. In some cancers, tumor cells stop producing specific amino acids and must acquire them from the blood, making the tumor cells susceptible to starvation through depletion of those amino acids. Aeglea is developing pegzilarginase to exploit vulnerabilities in some cancers that lead to an increased dependency on extracellular arginine. Pegzilarginase targets these arginine dependent cancers by depleting blood arginine levels to below the normal range. Preclinical data demonstrated that the resulting arginine starvation inhibits proliferation, induces cell death, increases turnover of cell components and promotes anti-tumor immune responses. The Company’s Phase 1 data in advanced solid tumors demonstrated that pegzilarginase was well tolerated at doses that produced marked and sustained reductions in blood arginine levels below the normal range.
About Aeglea BioTherapeutics
Aeglea is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that designs and develops innovative human enzyme therapeutics for patients with rare genetic diseases and cancer. Aeglea is developing pegzilarginase, its lead investigational therapy, for the treatment of Arginase 1 Deficiency, as monotherapy in arginine-dependent cancers and in combination with an immune checkpoint inhibitor for small cell lung cancer. In addition, Aeglea has an active research pipeline of other human enzyme-based approaches in both therapeutic areas. For more information, please visit http://aegleabio.com.
Safe Harbor / Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "goal," "seek," "believe," "project," "estimate," "expect," "strategy," "future," "likely," "may," "should," "will" and similar references to future periods. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from what we expect. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding our cash forecasts, the timing and success of our clinical trials and related data, the timing of announcements and updates relating to our clinical trials and related data, our ability to enroll patients into our clinical trials, success in our collaborations and the potential therapeutic benefits and economic value of our lead product candidate or other product candidates. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect our business and its financial results are detailed in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other reports as filed with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
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Charles N. York II
Chief Financial Officer
Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||20,579||$||12,817|
|Accounts receivable - grant||4,281||3,078|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,414||1,614|
|Total current assets||78,888||54,991|
|Property and equipment, net||776||854|
|Other non-current assets||49||232|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS ’ EQUITY|
|Accrued and other current liabilities||5,223||5,220|
|Total current liabilities||6,175||5,629|
|Other non-current liabilities||91||111|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized
as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017; no shares issued
and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized
as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017; 21,908,192 shares
and 16,670,188 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018
and December 31, 2017, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||163,547||122,950|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(56||)||(102||)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||73,447||50,337|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||79,713||$||56,077|
Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
|Research and development||9,122||5,835||15,992||10,784|
|General and administrative||2,926||2,364||5,811||4,729|
|Total operating expenses||12,048||8,199||21,803||15,513|
|Loss from operations||(9,670||)||(6,720||)||(17,915||)||(13,051||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Other expense, net||(7||)||(12||)||(24||)||(23||)|
|Total other income||256||88||382||172|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.46||)||$||(0.47||)||$||(0.94||)||$||(0.94||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||20,598,711||14,114,101||18,646,265||13,742,029|