IRVING, Texas, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (RETA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today provided an update on the Company's product development programs and announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Product Development Updates
Phase 2/3 CARDINAL Trial of Bardoxolone Methyl in Alport Syndrome
In July, we reported positive data from the Phase 2 portion of the CARDINAL study, which demonstrated a significant improvement in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) after 48 weeks of treatment with bardoxolone methyl (bardoxolone), and a statistically significant retained eGFR benefit following 4 weeks of drug withdrawal. To our knowledge, bardoxolone is the first therapy to produce a retained eGFR benefit that is above baseline in a long-term chronic kidney disease (CKD) trial, and we believe this retained eGFR benefit provides evidence that increases in eGFR observed with bardoxolone therapy may prevent or delay kidney failure. Enrollment in the pivotal Phase 3 portion of the CARDINAL trial of bardoxolone in Alport syndrome is complete at 157 patients, and top-line data are expected in the second half of 2019.
Phase 2 PHOENIX Trial of Bardoxolone in Rare Forms of CKD
In July, we reported positive final results for the Phase 2 ADPKD cohort of PHOENIX. In this cohort, 31 patients were enrolled, and a statistically significant, mean increase in eGFR of 9.3 mL/min/1.73 m2 (p<0.0001) was observed at Week 12 compared to baseline. Historical eGFR data from 29 of these patients demonstrated that their kidney function was declining at an average annual rate of 4.8 mL/min/1.73 m2 for three years prior to study entry. Based on these results, we intend to initiate a pivotal trial for bardoxolone in ADPKD in 2019.
In September, we reported positive final results for the Phase 2 IgA nephropathy and type 1 diabetic CKD (T1D CKD) cohorts of PHOENIX. In the IgA nephropathy cohort, 26 patients were enrolled, and a statistically significant, mean increase in eGFR of 8.0 mL/min/1.73 m2 (p<0.0001) was observed at Week 12 compared to baseline. Historical eGFR data from 23 of these patients demonstrated that their kidney function was declining at an average annual rate of 1.2 mL/min/1.73 m2 for three years prior to study entry. In the T1D CKD cohort, 28 patients were enrolled, and a statistically significant, mean eGFR increase of 5.5 mL/min/1.73 m2 (p=0.02) was observed at Week 12 compared to baseline. Historical eGFR data from 22 of these patients demonstrated that their kidney function was declining at an average annual rate of 1.9 mL/min/1.73 m2 for three years prior to study entry.
In other forms of CKD, eGFR improvements produced by bardoxolone at Week 12 significantly correlated with eGFR change after one year of treatment. This suggests that long-term eGFR improvements and retained eGFR benefit observed in other forms of CKD may translate to patients with ADPKD, IgA nephropathy, and T1D CKD.
Pivotal MOXIe Trial of Omaveloxolone in Friedreich’s Ataxia
We are conducting the pivotal part 2 of the MOXIe Phase 2 trial of omaveloxolone in Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), an inherited, debilitating, and degenerative neuromuscular disorder. Enrollment in part 2 of the MOXIe trial is complete at 103 patients, and top-line data are expected in the second half of 2019.
Phase 3 CATALYST Trial of Bardoxolone in CTD-PAH
We are conducting the pivotal Phase 3 CATALYST trial of bardoxolone in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with connective tissue disease (CTD-PAH), an often fatal manifestation of many types of autoimmune disease, including systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) and systemic lupus erythematosus. Enrollment in CATALYST is proceeding as planned. The trial will enroll a total of approximately 200 patients, with top-line data expected in the first half of 2020.
- Final 12-week PHOENIX data from the FSGS cohort in the first half of 2019
- Phase 1 data for RTA 1701 in the first half of 2019
- Pivotal data from the CARDINAL trial in the second half of 2019
- Pivotal data from the MOXIe trial in the second half of 2019
- Initiation of a pivotal trial for bardoxolone in ADPKD in 2019
- Pivotal data from the CATALYST trial in the first half of 2020
We incurred total expenses of $34.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, with research and development accounting for $27.1 million. This compares to total expenses of $24.6 million for the same period of the year prior, when research and development accounted for $18.3 million. We reported a net loss of $30.8 million or $1.07 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. This compares to a net loss of $12.3 million or $0.50 per share in the same period of the year prior.
The increase in net loss for the three month period is primarily driven by both an increase in expenses and a decrease in revenue. Higher expenses are driven by an increase in research and development expenses due to clinical and manufacturing activities, and an increase in personnel expenses to support expanded development activities. Revenue to date has primarily been related to license and collaboration agreements entered into during 2009, 2010, and 2011. The decrease in revenue was caused primarily by the full recognition in 2017 of deferred revenue for a 2010 agreement and a decrease in the recognition of revenue for a 2009 agreement.
We incurred total expenses of $97.1 million for the nine month period ended September 30, 2018, with research and development accounting for $72.0 million. This compares to total expenses of $68.5 million for the same period of the year prior, when research and development accounted for $50.8 million. We reported a net loss of $55.0 million or $2.03 per share for the nine month period ended September 30, 2018. This compares to net loss of $31.0 million or $1.34 per share in the same period of the year prior. The increase in net loss for the nine-month period is driven primarily by increased expenses due to greater clinical and manufacturing activities, our development activities for earlier stage assets to expand our product candidate portfolio, and an increase in personnel expenses to support expanded development activities.
Our cash-based operating expenses, a non-GAAP measure, were $31.9 million and $89.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. This compares to $22.9 million and $63.4 million for the same periods in 2017. Cash-based operating expenses for the quarters ended September 30 and June 30, 2018, were $31.9 million and $31.6 million, respectively. Cash-based operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 included the additional sublicense fees and other expenses from the achievement of the KHK milestone. We expect our cash-based operating expenses to continue to increase in the future as we advance bardoxolone methyl and omaveloxolone through ongoing and future clinical trials, scale manufacturing for registrational and validation purposes, advance other product candidates into mid and later stage clinical trials, expand our product candidate portfolio, increase both our research and development and administrative personnel, and plan for commercialization of our product candidates.
At September 30, 2018, we had $375.2 million in cash and cash equivalents. We believe our existing cash and cash equivalents is sufficient to enable us to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements well past the data on our three registrational trials, and into 2021.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) financial highlights, this earnings release includes cash-based operating expenses, a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company defines as total expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense and depreciation expense. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is presented in the table below in this earnings release.
We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure, in addition to GAAP financial measures, provides a meaningful measure of our ongoing business and operating performance by allowing investors to analyze our financial results similarly to how management analyzes our financial results by viewing period expense totals more indicative of effort directly expended to advance the business and our product candidates. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not in isolation or as a substitute for, GAAP financial measures. In addition, our non-GAAP financial measure may differ from similarly named measures used by other companies.
Reata management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss our development programs on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. ET at the following:
|CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION |
|Date:||Wednesday, November 7, 2018|
|Time:||8:00 a.m. ET|
|Audience Dial-in (toll-free):||(844) 348-3946|
|Audience Dial-in (international):||(213) 358-0892|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations||(Unaudited)|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|License and milestone||$||4,766||$||12,501||$||44,452||$||37,594|
|Total collaboration revenue||5,175||12,557||45,137||38,094|
|Research and development||27,144||18,326||71,979||50,830|
|General and administrative||7,486||6,151||24,802||17,312|
|Depreciation and amortization||105||98||311||336|
|Other income (expense)|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||-||-||(1,007||)||-|
|Total other income (expense)||(1,266||)||(289||)||(2,993||)||(607||)|
|Loss before taxes on income||(30,826||)||(12,307||)||(54,948||)||(30,991||)|
|Provision for taxes on income||9||1||15||2|
|Net loss per share—basic and diluted||$||(1.07||)||$||(0.50||)||$||(2.03||)||$||(1.34||)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares |
used in net loss per share basic and diluted
|September 30, |
|December 31, |
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||375,185||$||129,780|
|Deferred revenue (including current portion)||233,620||244,438|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||$||37,545||$||(146,973||)|
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The following table presents results for the three months ending (in thousands) (unaudited):
|September 30||June 30||March 31||December 31||September 30||June 30||March 31|
|Total expenses - GAAP||$||34,735||$||34,223||$||28,136||$||26,489||$||24,575||$||24,000||$||19,906|
|Stock-based compensation |
|Depreciation and amortization||(105||)||(105||)||(101||)||(100||)||(98||)||(109||)||(130||)|
|Cash-based operating |
expenses - Non-GAAP
|Change from previous quarter||$||319||$||6,016||$||961||$||1,657||$||623||$||4,136||$||2,497|
|Percentage change from |
About Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Reata is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops novel therapeutics for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases by targeting molecular pathways involved in the regulation of cellular metabolism and inflammation. Reata’s two most advanced clinical candidates, bardoxolone and omaveloxolone, target the important transcription factor Nrf2 that promotes the resolution of inflammation by restoring mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, and inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling.
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