Conference call to be held on November 7, 2019 at 8:30 am EST/1:30 pm GMT
LONDON, Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autolus Therapeutics plc (AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T cell therapies, today announced its operational and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
“We are excited about the opportunity to share data updates at ASH on AUTO1 in ALL in three oral presentations, as well as an oral presentation on AUTO3 in DLBCL. We are also looking forward to presenting data on our other hematological clinical programs at ASH, and non-clinical data on our lead solid tumor program AUTO6NG at SITC,” stated Dr. Christian Itin, chairman and chief executive officer of Autolus. “This quarter we have made significant operational progress, delivering cell products from our new manufacturing operations at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and further strengthening our management team. Supported by a strong balance sheet, our key focus is on moving AUTO1 into our first pivotal clinical program in adult patients with ALL.”
On November 5, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted orphan drug designation for AUTO1 for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
SITC Meeting Presentation
Solid tumors (AUTO6NG) - AUTO6NG: Next generation GD2-targeting CAR T-cell therapy with improved persistence and insensitivity to TGFb and checkpoint inhibition for relapsed/refractory neuroblastoma (Saturday November 9, poster presentation)
ASH Meeting Presentations
Adult ALL (AUTO1) - AUTO1, a novel fast off CD19 CAR delivers durable remissions and prolonged CAR T cell persistence with low CRS or neurotoxicity in adult ALL (Saturday December 7, oral presentation)
Pediatric ALL (AUTO1) - Therapy of pediatric B-ALL with a lower affinity CD19 CAR leads to enhanced expansion and prolonged CAR T cell persistence in patients with low bone marrow tumor burden, and is associated with a favorable toxicity profile (Saturday December 7, oral presentation)
Integration Site Analysis (AUTO1) - Clonal dynamics of early responder and long-term persisting CAR-T cells in humans (Saturday December 7, oral presentation)
DLBCL (AUTO3) - Phase 1/2 study of AUTO3 the first bicistronic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) targeting CD19 and CD22 followed by an anti-PD1 in patients with relapsed/refractory (r/r) Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL): Results of Cohort 1 and 2 of the ALEXANDER study (Saturday December 7, oral presentation)
Multiple Myeloma (AUTO2) - Phase 1 First-in-Human study of AUTO2, the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell targeting APRIL for patients with relapsed/refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM) (Sunday December 8, poster presentation)
Pediatric ALL (AUTO3) - Phase 1 Study of AUTO3, a Bicistronic Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy Targeting of CD19 and CD22, in Pediatric Patients with Relapsed/Refractory B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (r/r B-ALL): AMELIA Study (Sunday December 8, poster presentation)
Operational and Corporate Highlights:
The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult site is fully operational and is delivering clinical products for patients in both Europe and the US
Significant change in shareholder base
In September, PPF Group announced that they had acquired, mainly from Woodford Investment Management, an approximate 19% holding of Autolus. Control of all the remaining shares of Autolus held by Woodford Investment Management are in the process of being transferred to Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc.
Nature Medicine publication of AUTO1 CARPALL study in pediatric ALL
In September, Autolus announced that the journal Nature Medicine has published both pre-clinical results and clinical data from the ongoing Phase 1 CARPALL trial of AUTO1, demonstrating the potential of the company’s novel CAR T therapy targeting CD19 in development for the treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Executive Leadership Team Changes
David Brochu has been named Senior Vice President, Head of Product Delivery to lead the transition of the company’s manufacturing organization to deliver products for late-stage clinical studies and commercial sale. In addition, Vishal Mehta has been named Vice President, Head of Clinical Operations.
Key Upcoming Clinical Milestones:
Initiation of the pivotal program of AUTO1 in adult ALL on track – dosing of first patients in the first half of 2020
Go/no go decision on Phase 2 initiation of AUTO3 in DLBCL expected in mid-2020
Interim Phase 1 data in T cell lymphoma with AUTO4 in the second half of 2020
Financial results for third quarter 2019
Cash and equivalents at September 30, 2019 totaled $229.4 million, compared with $247.1 million at September 30, 2018.
Net total operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019 were $35.6 million, net of grant income of $0.3 million, as compared to net operating expenses of $17.1 million, net of grant income of $0.3 million, for the same period in 2018. The increase was due, in general, to the increase in development activity, increased headcount primarily in our development and manufacturing functions, and the cost of being a public company.
Research and development expenses increased to $27.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 from $10.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Cash costs, which exclude depreciation as well as share-based compensation, increased to $21.6 million from $9.0 million. The increase in research and development cash costs of $12.6 million consisted primarily of an increase of compensation-related costs of $5.2 million primarily due to an increase in employee headcount to support the advancement of our product candidates in clinical development, an increase of $3.6 million in research and development program expenses related to the activities necessary to prepare, activate, and monitor clinical trial programs, including the manufacturing technical transfer activities required for AUTO1 to enable the commencement at the end of 2019 of a registration study in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, an increase of $2.6 million in facilities costs supporting the expansion of our research and translational science capability and investment in manufacturing facilities and equipment, an increase of $0.7 million in telecom and software costs, and an increase of $0.5 million in other costs.
General and administrative expenses increased to $8.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 from $7.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Cash costs, which exclude depreciation expense as well as share-based expense compensation decreased to $5.6 million from $5.7 million. Compensation related expenses decreased by $0.6 million and IT, telecommunication, and general office expense costs decreased by $0.7 million which were offset by an increase in legal and professional fees of $0.9 million and an increase of $0.3 million in commercial costs.
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was $27.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $12.9 million for the same period in 2018.
The basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share for the three months ended September 30, 2019 totaled $(0.61) compared to a basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share of $(0.33) for the three months ended September 30, 2018.
Autolus anticipates that cash on hand provides a runway into the second half of 2021.
Conference Call and Presentation Information
Autolus management will host a conference call today, November 7, at 8:30 a.m. EST/ 1:30pm GMT, to discuss the company’s financial results and operational update.
To listen to the webcast and view the accompanying slide presentation, please go to: https://www.autolus.com/investor-relations/news-events/events.
The call may also be accessed by dialing (866) 679-5407 for U.S. and Canada callers or (409) 217-8320 for international callers. Please reference conference ID 5075598. After the conference call, a replay will be available for one week. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 for U.S. and Canada callers or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. Please reference conference ID 5075598.
About Autolus Therapeutics plc
Autolus is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation, programmed T cell therapies for the treatment of cancer. Using a broad suite of proprietary and modular T cell programming technologies, the company is engineering precisely targeted, controlled and highly active T cell therapies that are designed to better recognize cancer cells, break down their defense mechanisms and eliminate these cells. Autolus has a pipeline of product candidates in development for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumors. For more information please visit www.autolus.com.
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