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ELX-02 has been granted an orphan drug designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Cystic Fibrosis
Advancing several investigational drug candidates from our library in IND enabling studies for rare inherited retinal diseases
Announced scientific partnership with the Foundation Fighting Blindness to support ocular portfolio development
On track for top line data from two Phase 2 clinical trials in cystic fibrosis and cystinosis in 2019
Company to host webcast and conference call on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 8:30 am ET
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (ELOX) a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics to treat cystic fibrosis, cystinosis and other diseases caused by nonsense mutations limiting production of functional proteins, today reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and provided a business update.
“We are very pleased that ELX-02 has been granted orphan drug designations from the European Medicines Agency for cystic fibrosis, and the Food and Drug Administration in the US for cystinosis, and we look forward to reporting top line data from our Phase 2 clinical trials in both indications in 2019. New positive data recently presented at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference demonstrated that ELX-02 is the first read-through agent to show dose responsive increases in CFTR function that was found to correlate with CFTRmRNA elevations to levels at or above wild-type,” said Robert E. Ward, Chairman and CEO of Eloxx Pharmaceuticals. “We are also advancing several new investigational product candidates from our library in IND enabling studies in rare inherited retinal diseases, and we are very pleased to announce our strategic broad partnership with the Foundation Fighting Blindness as we identify a lead candidate later this year to move into clinical development.”
Eloxx today announced that ELX-02 has been granted an orphan drug designation by the European Medicines Agency. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had granted ELX-02 an orphan drug designation for cystinosis.
Eloxx’s CTA for ELX-02 in cystic fibrosis has been approved by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (the “FAMHP”) in Brussels, Belgium. The European Cystic Fibrosis Society Clinical Trial Network (ECFS-CTN) has given a Phase 2 clinical trial of ELX-02 in cystic fibrosis patients with a G542X mutation “high priority” status. We expect to enroll no more than 24 patients in this trial and to report top line data in 2019.
Our IND in the U.S. for ELX-02 in cystinosis is open and we have gained alignment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a focused Phase 2 clinical trial enrolling 6 patients. We expect to report top line data from this study in 2019.
Eloxx has several compounds from our library of eukaryotic ribosomal selective glycosides in IND enabling studies that have demonstrated positive activity on nonsense mutations in inherited retinal disorders and a favorable tolerability profile. We believe that these data are very supportive of continued development and are on track to advance one of these candidates into the clinic in a rare ocular genetic disease.
Eloxx has entered into a wide-ranging partnership with the Foundation Fighting Blindness, whose urgent mission is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for a spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. We are proud to support the My Retinal Tracker®, a registry of patients affected by inherited retinal degenerative diseases which is designed to accelerate the discovery of treatments and cures. As a National Partner, we are also excited to support the Foundation’s programs for educating people affected by retinal degenerative diseases.
Eloxx presented new positive data for ELX-02 at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference on October 18th, 2018 in Denver, Colorado in a Poster presentation titled “Measuring mRNA levels in cystic fibrosis organoids with nonsense mutations following treatment with ELX-02,” presented by Neal Sharpe, Ph.D., V.P. Translational Science. ELX-02 demonstrated significant increases in CFTR functional assay (P<0.0001) and mRNA levels (P<0.05) across multiple CFTR nonsense mutations in cystic fibrosis patient-derived organoids. ELX-02 demonstrated significant forskolin-induced swelling (FIS) in cystic fibrosis patient-derived organoids carrying homozygous and compound heterozygous CFTR nonsense mutations. Eloxx reported that:
ELX-02 demonstrated dose responsive increases in CFTR function and mRNA expression when tested in a correlative assay using organoids from cystic fibrosis patients with homozygous and heterozygous nonsense mutations. The FIS swelling was consistent across a range of concentrations of the swelling inducing agent, forskolin, and did not saturate in the timeframe of the assay. Additionally, the swelling response was demonstrated to be dependent on CFTR activity and the presence of a nonsense mutation. The response demonstrated is consistent with levels potentially predictive of clinical efficacy.
Using nanoString™ technology, ELX-02 mediated organoid swelling was found to correlate with increased CFTR mRNA, with elevations above wild-type. ELX-02 appears to increase the steady state concentrations of CFTR mRNA suggesting that ELX-02 may be modulating nonsense mediated decay.
The increased CFTR function demonstrated with ELX-02 was further enhanced with the addition of a potentiator and corrector in some organoids derived from patients with heterozygous nonsense mutations.
These data demonstrate that ELX-02 promotes translation of functional CFTR and support continuing development of ELX-02 in patients with cystic fibrosis.
The results from our Phase 1a single-ascending dose (SAD) study for ELX-02 have been submitted to a scientific journal for publication.
We have begun the fifth cohort of our multiple-ascending dose (MAD) study for ELX-02.
ELX-02 is an investigational agent not approved by any regulatory agency for therapeutic use.
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
As of September 30, 2018, we had cash and cash equivalents of $55.3 million. As a result of our equity capital raise in April 2018, which provided net proceeds of approximately $53.6 million, we expect that our current cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund our current operations to 2020 and through data readouts for our Phase 2 clinical trials for our investigational product, ELX-02, in cystic fibrosis and cystinosis.
We incurred a loss for the three months ended September 30, 2018, of $11.2 million or $0.32 per share, which includes $2.7 million non-cash expense related to stock-based compensation. We incurred a net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2017, of $4.0 million, or $1.15 per share. For the three months ended September 30, 2018, the net cash used in operating activities was $8.1 million. For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the net cash used in operating activities was $3.8 million driven primarily by our net loss.
Our research and development expenses were $5.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of $2.1 million due to increased fees and salaries and growth in clinical development.
Our general and administrative expenses were approximately $5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to approximately $0.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of approximately $5.2 million. The increase in our general and administrative expenses was primarily related to an increase in our headcount and related salaries, non-cash stock-based compensation, and professional service fees.
Year to Date 2018 Financial Results
We incurred a loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, of $33.2 million or $1.05 per share, which includes $9.6 million non-cash expenses related to stock-based compensation. The Company incurred a net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, of $10.6 million, or $2.92 per share. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the net cash used in operating activities was $22.3 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the net cash used in operating activities was $9.7 million, driven primarily by our net loss.
Our research and development expenses were $14.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $8.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of $5.8 million due to increased fees and salaries and growth in clinical development.
Our general and administrative expenses were approximately $18.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to approximately $1.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of approximately $17.3 million. The increase in our general and administrative expenses was primarily related to an increase in our headcount and related salaries, non-cash stock-based compensation, as well as other personnel and professional service fees.
Conference Call Information:
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. ET
Domestic Dial-in Number: (866) 913-8546
International Dial-in Number: (210) 874-7715
Conference ID: 4287229
Live Webcast: accessible from the Company's website at www.eloxxpharma.com under Events and Presentations or with this link: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/adeeqo7a
About Eloxx Pharmaceuticals
Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel RNA-modulating drug candidates (designed to be eukaryotic ribosomal selective glycosides) that are fromulated to treat rare and ultra-rare premature stop codon diseases. Premature stop codons are point mutations that disrupt protein synthesis from messenger RNA. As a consequence, patients with premature stop codon diseases have reduced or eliminated protein production from the mutation bearing allele accounting for some of the most severe phenotypes in these genetic diseases. These premature stop codons have been identified in over 1,800 rare and ultra-rare diseases. Read-through therapeutic development is focused on extending mRNA half-life and increasing protein synthesis by enabling the cytoplasmic ribosome to read through premature stop codons to produce full-length proteins. Eloxx’s lead investigational product candidate, ELX-02, is a small molecule drug candidate designed to restore production of full-length functional proteins. ELX-02 is in the early stages of clinical development focusing on cystic fibrosis and cystinosis. ELX-02 is an investigational drug that has not been approved by any global regulatory body. Eloxx’s preclinical candidate pool consists of a library of novel drug candidates designed to be eukaryotic ribosomal selective glycosides identified based on read-through potential. Eloxx recently announced a new program focused on rare ocular genetic disorders. Eloxx is headquartered in Waltham, MA, with R&D operations in Rehovot, Israel. For more information, please visit www.eloxxpharma.com.
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