Company focused on gaining regulatory clarity for late-stage lenabasum program and advancing programs targeting the endocannabinoid system and integrins into the clinic
Augmenting the pipeline through business development continues to be a priority
Cash and investments on hand of $114M provides projected runway into first quarter of 2024
Norwood, MA, Aug. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) (“Corbus” or the “Company”), an immunology company, today provided corporate updates and reported financial results for the second quarter of 2021.
Lenabasum: The primary endpoint in the DETERMINE Phase 3 study of lenabasum in dermatomyositis was not met, although evidence of activity was seen in multiple endpoints. The next step for this program is to reach agreement with the FDA on the potential path forward in dermatomyositis. The company expects topline data from the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Phase 2 study of lenabasum in systemic lupus erythematosus in Q4 2021.
Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) program: Corbus’ CB1 inverse agonists are in preclinical development for treatment of metabolic diseases. In an animal model of diet-induced obesity, our most advanced candidate (CRB-556) generates weight loss as a monotherapy, and its combination with a GLP-1 agonist resulted in greater weight loss than with the GLP-1 inhibitor alone. Program is on track for IND in 2022.
Cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) program: Corbus’ CB2 agonists are in preclinical development for treatment of cancer in combination with existing therapies, such as checkpoint inhibitors. Corbus compounds inhibit tumor cells proliferation in vitro and have activity as monotherapy in animal models of cancer. Key preclinical data are expected in Q3 2021 that will guide the path to an IND.
Anti-TGFβ integrin monoclonal antibody (mAb) program:
New data demonstrate CRB-601 is highly effective at inhibiting αvβ8-mediated activation of diffusible and non-diffusible TGFβ in vitro, has preliminary efficacy in the syngeneic animal model of lung cancer (Lewis lung carcinoma model), and appears to be significantly more effective (75x) in vitro than ADWA-11 (PF-06940434), an anti-αvβ8 mAb being tested in a Phase 1 study sponsored by Pfizer.
CRB-601 is also up to 10x more potent in vitro than its precursor mAb, C6D4.
Pre-IND work has commenced, and the program is on schedule for anticipated IND in late 2022.
CRB-602 (anti-α vβ6/8 mAb) for fibrotic diseases and cancer:
CRB-602 inhibits both αvβ6 and αvβ8 and is in preclinical development for fibrotic diseases and cancer.
Program is on schedule for an anticipated IND in early 2023.
Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer said, “Corbus recently made significant progress on our plan to expand our pipeline by licensing two integrin-targeting mAbs that we believe offer a promising approach to inhibiting TGFβ. We are on track to progress these assets along with our small molecules that activate or inhibit the endocannabinoid system into the clinic next year.”
Dr. Cohen continued, “With our strong financial position of approximately $114M of cash and investments on hand, we have the resources in place to advance our diversified pipeline.”
Financial Results for First Quarter Ended June 30, 2021:
Revenue from awards and licenses was approximately $137,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately $286,000 in the comparable period in 2020.
Operating expenses decreased by $21.6 million to approximately $16.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $38.4 million in the comparable period in the prior year. The decrease was primarily attributable to decreased clinical trial and drug manufacturing costs, and an overall reduction in compensation expense.
The Company reported a net loss of approximately $17.1 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.15, for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to a net loss of approximately $38.1 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.52, for the same period in 2020.
Subsequent to June 30th the Company received a refundable foreign tax credit of approximately $12.2 million. As of August 10, 2021, the company has $114.3 million of cash on hand which is expected to fund operations into the first quarter of 2024, based on the current planned expenditures.
Corbus is committed to connecting innovation to our purpose of improving lives by developing new medicines that target inflammation, fibrosis, metabolism and immuno-oncology, by building upon our underlying expertise in immunology. Corbus’ current pipeline includes small molecules that activate or inhibit the endocannabinoid system and anti-integrin monoclonal antibodies that block activation of TGFβ. Corbus is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts. For more information on Corbus, visit corbuspharma.com. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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