Reaffirms milestone timing for Phase 2 clinical trial of AVTX-002 in non-eosinophilic asthma (NEA) and pivotal trial of AVTX-803 in leukocyte adhesion deficiency type II (LAD II)
Executed workforce reduction to align with previously announced pipeline prioritization
Disclosed cash and cash equivalents of $38 million as of March 31, 2022
WAYNE, Pa. and ROCKVILLE, Md., May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avalo Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVTX), today announced business updates and first quarter 2022 financial results.
“The first quarter has been highly productive for the Avalo Therapeutics team. We executed our pipeline prioritization plan and right-sized the organization needed to deliver what we think will provide the greatest value for our shareholders,” said Dr. Garry Neil, Chief Executive Officer of Avalo Therapeutics. “We remain focused on driving our highest value programs forward to meet our timelines. These include our Phase 2 clinical trial of AVTX-002 in NEA and our pivotal trial of ATX-803 in LAD II. We have now initiated both programs, and we expect to dose our first patients in both studies in the second quarter, keeping the programs on track to meet our year-end data release milestones.”
The Company executed a reduction in workforce in March to align with its previously announced, focused pipeline. With these changes, the Company believes it will achieve substantial cost savings over time while creating a more appropriately sized workforce needed to successfully achieve the Company’s 2022 objectives, most notably obtaining and releasing data for its Phase 2 clinical trial of AVTX-002 in NEA and pivotal trial of AVTX-803 in LAD II. Headcount was reduced by approximately one third from December 31, 2021.
Program Updates and Milestones:
AVTX-002: Anti-LIGHT monoclonal antibody (mAb) targeting immune-inflammatory diseases.
NEA: The Company has initiated its Phase 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluating AVTX-002 in 80 patients with poorly controlled NEA. Top-line data from the trial are expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
IBD: The Company continues to consider initiating a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study in moderate-to-severe refractory patients in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
AVTX-007: Anti-IL-18 mAb targeting adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD).
AOSD: The Company is evaluating AVTX-007 in a multicenter, Phase 1b study in 12 refractory or steroid-dependent patients with AOSD in two cohorts. Management is currently reviewing preliminary data and the path forward related to this indication. Top-line data are currently expected in 2023, which is subject to change and refinement pending finalization of the review.
AVTX-800 programs (AVTX-801 and AVTX-803): Monosaccharide therapies for two congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs): leukocyte adhesion deficiency type II (LAD II, also known as SLC35C1-CDG) and PGM1-CDG.
LAD II: The Company has initiated a single-center (U.S.), double-blind (followed by an open-label extension) pivotal study of AVTX-803 in patients with LAD II. Data from this pivotal trial are expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
PGM1-CDG: Avalo and the study sponsor remain in dialogue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to align on a suitable clinical study design for AVTX-801 (PGM1-CDG). Pivotal trial data are expected in 2023. Avalo is currently working with the study sponsor to refine milestone timing.
First Quarter 2022 Financial Update:
As of March 31, 2022, Avalo had $38.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, representing a $16.1 million decrease as compared to December 31, 2021. The decrease was primarily driven by operating expenditures to fund and support pipeline development.
Total operating expenses decreased $9.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021. The decrease was mainly driven by a $15.6 million decrease in research and development expenses. The decrease in research and development expenses was due to: 1) a $10.0 million upfront license fee incurred in the first quarter of 2021, which did not repeat; and 2) a $5.6 million reduction due to specific timing of manufacturing and clinical trial activities.
The decrease in operating expenses was partially offset by $3.1 million of severance expense and $4.3 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense recognized in the first quarter of 2022 due to headcount reductions from the pipeline prioritization plan and the termination of employees prior to such plan. Most of these expenses were general and administrative, and they were the primary driver of the increase in general and administrative expenses period over period. The Company expects salary related expenses to decrease beginning in the second quarter as a result of the headcount reductions. The net loss and change in net loss was largely driven by operating expenses.
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About Avalo Therapeutics
Avalo Therapeutics is a leading clinical-stage precision medicine company that discovers, develops, and commercializes targeted therapeutics for patients with significant unmet clinical need in immunology and rare genetic diseases. The Company has built a diverse portfolio of innovative therapies to deliver meaningful medical impact for patients in urgent need. The Company’s clinical candidates commonly have a proven mechanistic rationale, biomarkers and/or an established proof-of-concept to expedite and increase the probability of success.
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