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Viela Bio Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Business Highlights

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viela Bio (Nasdaq:VIE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering treatments for autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases, today reported financial results and provided program highlights for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“Our Company has achieved significant financial, regulatory and business development milestones underscored by our successful recent initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market,” said Bing Yao, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Viela Bio. “In August 2019, the U.S. FDA accepted for review our Biologics License Application for inebilizumab, and we now look forward to supporting global development and commercialization activities for this candidate, if approved. In preparation for the potential approval of inebilizumab, our commercial team is hard at work on product launch preparation, while our clinical team prepares to initiate a number of studies across our pipeline of novel autoimmune and severe inflammatory disease therapies.”

Continued Dr. Yao, “Based on the positive results from our pivotal study of inebilizumab in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, or NMOSD, we believe it may represent a transformative therapy for patients suffering from this rare and devastating disease. While we look forward to the continued planned expansion of our pipeline, our near-term priority remains delivering inebilizumab to the many patients who currently lack a viable treatment option.”

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Inebilizumab

  • U.S. FDA Reviewing Inebilizumab BLA for NMOSD
    In August 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for review the Company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for inebilizumab, clinically studied as a first-line monotherapy for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). The FDA set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, date of June 11, 2020.

  • Inebilizumab Commercial Planning Activities Underway
    In preparation for inebilizumab’s potential commercialization, if approved, in the United States, Viela is focused on developing a dedicated commercial team to target medical centers of excellence.

  • Pivotal Trial Data Published in The Lancet
    Peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet, published safety and efficacy results from the pivotal N-MOmentum trial, the largest global, placebo-controlled study in NMOSD. The data were also presented earlier this year during a plenary session at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting. 

  • Company Preparing to Initiate Additional Inebilizumab Clinical Trial 
    Viela is planning to submit an investigational new drug (IND) application and initiate a pivotal trial in myasthenia gravis in first half of 2020. In addition, Viela is planning to submit an IND and initiate a Phase 2b trial in IgG4-Related Disease in the first half of 2020. Furthermore, Viela is planning to initiate a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study to explore the potential of inebilizumab, used alone or in combination with VIB4920, to reduce levels of alloantibodies in kidney transplant candidates thereby improving transplant outcomes before the end of 2019.

VIB4920

  • Company Prepares to Initiate Phase 2b Trial with VIB4920
    Before the end of 2019, Viela expects to initiate a Phase 2b trial in Sjögren’s syndrome. Viela is also expected to initiate a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study with VIB4920 in kidney transplant.

VIB7734

  • VIB7734 Phase 1b Ongoing 
    The VIB7734 Phase 1b multiple ascending dose trial is ongoing. The trial includes a cohort of patients with multiple autoimmune diseases as well as separate cohorts of patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus, in the presence or absence of SLE.

CORPORATE UPDATES

  • Viela Closed Initial Public Offering (IPO)
    In October 2019, the Company closed its IPO of 9,085,000 shares of common stock, which included 1,185,000 shares sold pursuant to the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional shares, at a price to the public of $19.00 per share. Including the option exercise, the gross proceeds to Viela Bio from the offering, before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, were approximately $172.6 million.

  • Viela Entered into Collaborations to Expand Global Commercial Efforts for Inebilizumab
    In October 2019, Viela announced a partnership with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation to develop and commercialize inebilizumab in nine Asia regions –including Japan– for NMOSD and other potential future indications. The Company will receive an upfront licensing fee of $30 million as well as development and commercialization milestones and payments based, in part, on sales revenue.

    Viela is also currently partnered with Hansoh Pharmaceuticals Group Company Limited for the development and commercialization of inebilizumab for autoimmune diseases and hematologic cancers in China, Hong Kong and Macau. Viela received a $20 million upfront collaboration fee and is eligible to receive milestone payments of more than $203 million plus royalties on product sales.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

  • Cash Position: Viela reported cash, cash equivalents and current marketable securities of $198.2 million as of September 30, 2019. This does not include net proceeds from the IPO of approximately $157.2 million, which was subsequent to September 30, 2019. Also, upfront payments from the Company’s strategic partnerships of $35.0 million is expected before end of 2019, which was subsequent to September 30, 2019.
     
  • Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $38.7 million and $72.1 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively.
     
  • General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $10.2 million and $24.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively.
     
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $48.4 million and $74.9 million, or $65 and $150 per share, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively.

About Viela Bio
Viela Bio, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering treatments for autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases. For more information, please visit www.vielabio.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, prospects, plans, objectives of management, the timing and progress of clinical development and potential commercialization of our product candidates, if approved; our expectations with respect to the potential regulatory approval, global development and commercialization of inebilizumab; our planned and ongoing clinical trials for our product candidates and the potential advantages of those product candidates, including inebilizumab, VIB4920 and VIB7734; the initiation, enrollment, timing, progress, release of data from and results of those planned and ongoing clinical trials; our goals with respect to the development and potential use, if approved, of each of its product candidates; the utility of prior non-clinical and clinical data in determining future clinical results; and the expected timing and the potential for payments under our collaboration agreements are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, which are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. Various factors may cause differences between our expectations and actual results as discussed in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including without limitation, the risks and uncertainties described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our final prospectus dated October 2, 2019 and filed with the SEC on October 4, 2019. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Viela Bio Inc.
Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)

Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2019     2018     2019     2018  
Revenue:                                
License revenue   $     $     $ 20,000     $  
Total revenue                 20,000        
Operating expenses:                                
Research and development     38,700       13,928       72,113       28,892  
General and administrative     10,230       2,401       24,575       4,399  
Acquisition of in-process research and development                       143,333  
Total operating expenses     48,930       16,329       96,688       176,624  
Loss from operations     (48,930 )     (16,329 )     (76,688 )     (176,624 )
Other income:                                
Interest income     520       647       1,829       1,408  
Total other income     520       647       1,829       1,408  
Net loss   $ (48,410 )   $ (15,682 )   $ (74,859 )   $ (175,216 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted   $ (65 )   $ (1,568,200 )   $ (150 )   $ (17,521,600 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic and diluted     749,539       10       497,924       10  
Other comprehensive loss                                
Change in unrealized gains losses on marketable securities, net   $ (30 )   $     $ (30 )   $  
Total other comprehensive loss     (30 )           (30 )      
Total comprehensive loss   $ (48,440 )   $ (15,682 )   $ (74,889 )   $ (175,216 )


Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

    September 30,
2019
    December 31,
2018
 
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 155,747     $ 126,898  
Marketable securities     42,495        
Receivable from stockholders           12,000  
Accounts receivable     5,128        
Prepaid and other current assets     4,577       456  
Total current assets     207,947       139,354  
Marketable securities, non-current     24,915        
Property and equipment, net     905       473  
Other assets     73        
Total assets   $ 233,840     $ 139,827  
Liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 5,660     $ 1,142  
Accrued expenses     7,487       2,769  
Related party liability     13,100       12,054  
Total current liabilities   $ 26,247       15,965  
Commitments and contingencies                
Series A-1 preferred stock, $.001 par value; 14,225,324 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018     142,253       142,253  
Series A-2 preferred stock, $.001 par value; 17,000,000 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018     170,000       170,000  
Series A-3 preferred stock, $.001 par value; 4,705,882 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019; 6,470,588 shares authorized and no shares issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2018     80,000        
Series B preferred stock, $.001 par value; 4,687,500 shares authorized, issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019; no shares authorized, issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2018     75,000        
Total redeemable convertible preferred stock     467,253       312,253  
Stockholders’ deficit:                
Common stock, $.001 par value; 46,159,941 and 41,254,509 shares authorized as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 872,324 and 10 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018     1        
Additional paid-in capital     5,498       1,879  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (30 )      
Accumulated deficit     (265,129 )     (190,270 )
Total stockholders’ deficit     (259,660 )     (188,391 )
Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit   $ 233,840     $ 139,827  

Contacts

Investors:
Solebury Trout
Chad Rubin
646-378-2947
crubin@soleburytrout.com

Media:
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Amy Bonanno
914-450-0349
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Source: Viela Bio Inc.