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Initiated Phase 1 trial of lead CBL-B E3 ligase inhibitor program NX-1607 in patients with cancer
Expanded Board of Directors with experienced business leaders
Strong financial position with $465.4 million as of August 31, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nurix Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRIX), a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted protein modulation drugs, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended August 31, 2021 and provided a corporate update.
“With the recent initiation of a Phase 1 trial for our lead E3 ligase inhibitor program NX-1607, we now have two wholly owned drug candidates in clinical development, both potentially addressing significant unmet needs in hematology and oncology,” said Arthur T. Sands, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Nurix. “The remainder of 2021 promises to be an exciting time for Nurix as we prepare to deliver on our ambitious goal of initiating Phase 1 trials for two additional wholly owned and internally developed drug candidates.”
Recent Business Highlights
Advanced NX-1607 into Phase 1 Clinical Development: Nurix initiated its Phase 1a/1b study to evaluate orally dosed small molecule NX-1607, a Casitas B-lineage lymphoma proto-oncogene (CBL-B) inhibitor at clinical sites in the United Kingdom. The multicenter, open-label Phase 1 dose escalation and expansion trial will evaluate the safety and tolerability of NX-1607 in adults with a variety of oncology indications.
Expanded the Board of Directors with Experienced Business Leaders: Nurix announced the appointments of Judith A. Reinsdorf and Paul M. Silva to its board of directors, effective October 1, 2021. Ms. Reinsdorf is the former executive vice president and general counsel of Johnson Controls International, and Mr. Silva is the former senior vice president, chief accounting officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. Nurix previously announced the appointment of Clay Siegall, Ph.D., to its board, effective May 28, 2021. Dr. Siegall is the co-founder of Seagen Inc. (formerly Seattle Genetics, Inc.) and serves as its president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board.
Upcoming Program Highlights*
NX-2127: Nurix’s lead drug candidate from its protein degradation portfolio, NX-2127, is an orally bioavailable degrader of BTK with immunomodulatory drug (IMiD) activity for the treatment of relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies. Nurix is conducting its Phase 1 clinical trial of NX-2127 at multiple clinical sites. Initial pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data from the dose escalation portion of the trial is anticipated by year-end 2021. Additional information on the clinical trial can be accessed at ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT04830137).
NX-1607: Nurix’s lead drug candidate from its E3 ligase inhibitor portfolio, NX-1607, is an orally bioavailable inhibitor of CBL-B for immuno-oncology indications. Nurix recently initiated the dose escalation portion of its ongoing Phase 1 trial.
NX-5948: Nurix’s second drug candidate from its protein degradation portfolio, NX-5948, is an orally bioavailable BTK degrader designed without IMiD activity for certain B-cell malignancies and autoimmune diseases. Nurix anticipates initiating a Phase 1 trial for NX-5948 in patients with hematologic malignancies in the second half of 2021 and is planning for the potential expansion of indications into selected autoimmune diseases in 2022.
DeTIL-0255: Nurix’s lead candidate in its cellular therapy portfolio, DeTIL-0255, is a drug-enhanced adoptive cellular therapy. Nurix anticipates initiating a Phase 1 trial for DeTIL-0255 in the second half of 2021.
* Expected timing of events throughout the press release are based on calendar year quarters.
Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
Collaboration revenue for the three months ended August 31, 2021 was $10.3 million compared to $4.1 million for the three months ended August 31, 2020. The increase was due to the continued scale up of internal resources and external spending for our collaborations with Sanofi and Gilead as compared to the prior period, resulting in a higher percentage of completion in the current period. The increase was also due to partial revenue recognized during the three months ended August 31, 2021 for the achievement of certain preclinical milestones under our collaborations with Gilead and Sanofi.
Research and development expenses for the three months ended August 31, 2021 were $30.9 million compared to $18.9 million for the three months ended August 31, 2020. The increase was primarily related to an increase of $4.1 million in compensation and related personnel costs attributable to an increase in headcount. There was also an increase of $1.6 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense. In addition, there was an increase of $1.9 million in supplies and contract research and an increase of $1.8 million in preclinical activities and contract manufacturing attributable to increases in our preclinical development activities and drug discovery research and an increase of $1.5 million in clinical costs due to ongoing clinical trial startup and patient enrollment.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended August 31, 2021 were $8.3 million compared to $4.3 million for the three months ended August 31, 2020. The increase was primarily related to an increase of $1.2 million in compensation related expenses attributable to a higher headcount and an increase of $1.6 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense. There was also an increase of $0.9 million in consultant and other professional service expenses primarily related to becoming a public company.
Net loss for the three months ended August 31, 2021 was $28.8 million, or ($0.65) per share, compared to a net loss of $18.5 million for the three months ended August 31, 2020, or ($1.09) per share.
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments: As of August 31, 2021, Nurix had cash, cash equivalents and investments of $465.4 million compared to $372.0 million as of November 30, 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to the net proceeds of $150.2 million from Nurix’s follow-on offering in March 2021.
About Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.
Nurix Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule therapies designed to modulate cellular protein levels as a novel treatment approach for cancer and other challenging diseases. Leveraging Nurix’s extensive expertise in E3 ligases together with its proprietary DNA-encoded libraries, Nurix has built DELigase, an integrated discovery platform to identify and advance novel drug candidates targeting E3 ligases, a broad class of enzymes that can modulate proteins within the cell. Nurix’s drug discovery approach is to either harness or inhibit the natural function of E3 ligases within the ubiquitin proteasome system to selectively decrease or increase cellular protein levels. Nurix’s wholly owned pipeline includes targeted protein degraders of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase, a B-cell signaling protein, and inhibitors of Casitas B-lineage lymphoma proto-oncogene B, an E3 ligase that regulates T cell activation. Nurix is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit http://www.nurixtx.com/.
Forward Looking Statement
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Jason Kantor, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Wolffe, Ph.D.
Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors
Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.
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