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FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation Received for Pegzilarginase in Treatment of Arginase 1 Deficiency
Dosed First Patient in Global Pivotal Phase 3 PEACE Trial
New Data from Arginase 1 Deficiency Phase 2 Extension Trial Expected in September 2019
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company that engineers next-generation human enzymes to provide solutions for diseases with unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and corporate highlights.
“We made tremendous progress this quarter with pegzilarginase, our lead product candidate for the treatment of Arginase 1 Deficiency (ARG1-D),” said Anthony G. Quinn, M.B. Ch.B., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Aeglea. “We dosed our first patient in our global pivotal Phase 3 PEACE trial, which is a major milestone toward providing our therapy to patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) breakthrough therapy designation highlights the clinical relevance of the emerging data from the Phase 1/2 and Phase 2 open-label extension clinical trials as well as the potential of pegzilarginase to provide meaningful clinical improvements over available therapy.”
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Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
As of June 30, 2019, Aeglea had available cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash of $107.0 million. Based on Aeglea’s current operating plan, management believes it has sufficient capital resources to fund anticipated operations through the first quarter of 2021.
Research and development expenses totaled $14.8 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared with $9.1 million for the second quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to expanded personnel-related expenses, clinical development activity, investment in manufacturing and pre-commercial activities for Aeglea’s lead product candidate, pegzilarginase, and a ramp-up in manufacturing activities for the Company’s AEB4104 program for homocystinuria.
General and administrative expenses totaled $3.8 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared with $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2018. This increase was primarily due to additional employee headcount and compensation to support company growth.
Net loss totaled $18.0 million and $9.4 million for the second quarter of 2019 and 2018, respectively, with non-cash stock compensation expense of $1.2 million and $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2019 and 2018, respectively.
About Pegzilarginase in Arginase 1 Deficiency
Pegzilarginase is an enhanced human arginase that enzymatically depletes the amino acid arginine. Aeglea is developing pegzilarginase for the treatment of patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency, a rare debilitating disease presenting in childhood with persistent hyperargininemia, severe progressive neurological abnormalities and early mortality. Pegzilarginase is intended for use as an enzyme replacement therapy in patients to reduce elevated blood arginine levels. Aeglea’s Phase 1/2 and Phase 2 open-label extension data evaluating pegzilarginase in patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency demonstrated clinical improvements and sustained lowering of plasma arginine. Aeglea is currently recruiting patients for its single, global pivotal Phase 3 PEACE trial designed to assess the effects of treatment with pegzilarginase versus placebo over 24 weeks with a primary endpoint of plasma arginine reduction.
About Aeglea BioTherapeutics
Aeglea is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that engineers next-generation human enzymes with enhanced properties and novel activity to provide solutions for diseases with unmet medical need. Aeglea is developing pegzilarginase, its lead product candidate, for the treatment of Arginase 1 Deficiency which has received both rare pediatric disease and breakthrough therapy designation. Aeglea has two programs in IND-enabling studies for Homocystinuria and Cystinuria and an active discovery pipeline. For more information, please visit http://aegleabio.com.
Safe Harbor / Forward-Looking Statements
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Senior Director, Finance & Investor Relations
Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||25,430||$||22,461|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||4,394||2,158|
|Total current assets||109,935||76,671|
|Property and equipment, net||921||1,018|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||5,018||—|
|Other non-current assets||120||50|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS ’ EQUITY|
|Operating lease liabilities||328||—|
|Accrued and other current liabilities||9,967||9,576|
|Total current liabilities||13,019||10,239|
|Non-current operating lease liabilities||4,815||—|
|Other non-current liabilities||45||72|
|Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized
as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; no shares issued
and outstanding as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized
as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 28,848,303 shares
and 24,140,097 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2019
and December 31, 2018, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||251,592||184,314|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||67||(27||)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||99,615||67,428|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||117,494||$||77,739|
Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Research and development||14,806||9,122||29,195||15,992|
|General and administrative||3,816||2,926||7,084||5,811|
|Total operating expenses||18,622||12,048||36,279||21,803|
|Loss from operations||(18,622||)||(9,670||)||(36,279||)||(17,915||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Other expense, net||(16||)||(7||)||(33||)||(24||)|
|Total other income||603||256||1,093||382|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.55||)||$||(0.46||)||$||(1.14||)||$||(0.94||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and