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Vir Biotechnology Provides Corporate Update and Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vir Biotechnology, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIR), a clinical-stage immunology company focused on combining immunologic insights with cutting-edge technologies to treat and prevent serious infectious diseases, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“Vir Biotechnology was founded to leverage advances in immunology, creating new ways of combatting serious infectious diseases on a global scale,” said George Scangos, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Vir. “In three years, we have assembled four technology platforms and built a broad pipeline targeting some of the world’s largest infectious diseases, including hepatitis B virus, influenza A, human immunodeficiency virus, and tuberculosis. Execution by our team has enabled us to rapidly bring two product candidates into the clinic in the past 12 months and we are on track to initiate two more clinical programs next year. The recent successful completion of our initial public offering provides additional funding to drive our development programs forward and, over the next 12-24 months, we anticipate generating new data across our portfolio to validate our immunologic approach to infectious disease drug development.”

Corporate Updates

  • In October, Vir raised $142.9 million in gross proceeds from an initial public offering.

  • VIR-2218, a hepatitis B virus (HBV)-targeting small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) being developed for the functional cure of HBV, has completed Phase 1/2 dosing of all patient cohorts receiving 50 – 200 mg. Data continue to be consistent with those previously shown and the company continues to anticipate additional data for this trial to be available in the first half of 2020.

  • VIR-2482, a monoclonal antibody being developed as universal prophylaxis for influenza A, is in an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Based on a positive review by the trial’s safety review committee of the available safety data for the 300 mg and 1200 mg cohorts, dosing in the 1800 mg cohort was initiated. The company continues to anticipate data from the first flu season of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial to be available in the second half of 2020 and from the second flu season of this trial to be available in the first half of 2021.

  • VIR-1111, a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) T cell vaccine based on human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), and VIR-3434, an HBV-neutralizing monoclonal antibody, both continue to be on track for investigational new drug (IND) and clinical trial application (CTA) submissions respectively in the first half of 2020.

  • Saira Ramasastry joined the Vir Board of Directors in September. Ms. Ramasastry is a recognized expert on life science alliances and deals and brings more than 20 years of transaction and advisory experience to her role on the Board of Directors.

  • Steven Rice joined the Vir senior leadership team in September as Chief Human Resources Officer. Over the course of the past 30 years, Mr. Rice has held several HR leadership positions at leading technology and healthcare organizations, most recently as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

  • Revenues: Total revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 were $1.4 million, compared to $2.9 million for same period in 2018. This decrease was primarily due to a decline in grant revenue. 

  • Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $39.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, which includes $0.9 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, compared to $29.8 million for the same period in 2018, which includes $0.3 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense. This increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel and ongoing clinical expenses and licenses and collaboration expenses.

  • General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $9.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, which includes $1.3 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, compared to $7.4 million for the same period in 2018, which includes $1.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense. The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel-related expenses related to additional headcount, as well as an increase in professional fees.

  • Net Loss: Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was $48.3 million, or $4.60 per share, compared to a net loss of $33.5 million, or $4.16 per share, for the same period in 2018.

  • Cash and Cash Equivalents: As of September 30, 2019, Vir had approximately $320.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

About VIR-2218
VIR-2218 is a subcutaneously administered HBV-targeting siRNA that has the potential to stimulate an effective immune response and have direct antiviral activity against HBV. Currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial, VIR-2218 is the first siRNA in the clinic to include Enhanced Stabilization Chemistry Plus (ESC+) technology to enhance stability and minimize off-target activity, which potentially can result in an increased therapeutic index. Initial data suggest that VIR-2218 is generally well-tolerated in healthy volunteers given as a single dose up to 900 mg and in patients with chronic HBV given as two doses of 20 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg or 200 mg each dose. Initial data also demonstrate substantial reductions in HBsAg in patients at doses ranging from 20 mg to 200 mg. VIR-2218 is the first asset in the company’s collaboration with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to enter clinical trials. Additional clinical data for this trial is anticipated in the first half of 2020.

About VIR-2482
VIR-2482 is an intramuscularly administered influenza A-neutralizing monoclonal antibody currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. In vitro, VIR-2482 has been shown to cover all major strains of influenza A that have arisen since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. VIR-2482 is designed as a universal prophylaxis for influenza A. It has the potential to overcome the limitations of current flu vaccines and lead to meaningfully higher levels of protection due to its broad strain coverage and because it does not rely on an individual to create their own protective antibody response. VIR-2482 has been half-life engineered so that a single dose has the potential to last the entire flu season, which is typically five to six months long. Vir anticipates clinical data from the first flu season of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial to be available in the second half of 2020 and from the second flu season of this trial to be available in the first half of 2021.

About VIR-1111
VIR-1111 is a subcutaneously administered HIV T cell vaccine based on human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) that has been designed to elicit T cells that recognize HIV epitopes that are different from those recognized by prior HIV vaccines and to stimulate a different and specific type of T cell immune response to HIV, known as an HLA-E restricted immune response. VIR-1111 is designed to establish proof of concept in a Phase I clinical trial to determine whether the unique immune response observed in preclinical studies can be replicated in humans. Vir plans to file an IND for VIR-1111 in the first half of 2020.

About VIR-3434
VIR-3434 is a subcutaneously administered HBV-neutralizing monoclonal antibody designed to block entry of all 10 genotypes of HBV into hepatocytes and also to reduce the level of virions and subviral particles in the blood. VIR-3434 has been engineered to have an extended half-life as well as to potentially function as a T cell vaccine against HBV in infected patients. Vir plans to submit a CTA for VIR-3434 in the first half of 2020 and anticipates clinical data from a Phase 1 clinical trial to be available in the first half of 2021.

About Vir Biotechnology
Vir Biotechnology is a clinical-stage immunology company focused on combining immunologic insights with cutting-edge technologies to treat and prevent serious infectious diseases. Vir has assembled four technology platforms that are designed to stimulate and enhance the immune system by exploiting critical observations of natural immune processes. Its current development pipeline consists of five product candidates targeting hepatitis B virus, influenza A, human immunodeficiency virus and tuberculosis. For more information, please visit www.vir.bio.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend” and similar expressions (as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Vir’s expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release. Each of these forward-looking statements involves risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements regarding the timing of program updates and data disclosures for Vir’s clinical trials and the anticipated timing of IND and CTA submissions for its product candidates, among others. Many factors may cause differences between current expectations and actual results including unexpected safety or efficacy data observed during preclinical or clinical studies, clinical site activation rates or clinical trial enrollment rates that are lower than expected, changes in expected or existing competition, and unexpected litigation or other disputes. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release are discussed in Vir’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section titled “Risk Factors” contained therein. Except as required by law, Vir assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in expectations, even as new information becomes available.

Contact:
Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
IR@vir.bio



Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
                 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited; in thousands, except share and per share data)
                 
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2019       2018       2019       2018  
Revenues:                
Grant revenue   $ 1,166     $ 2,771     $ 6,771     $ 6,680  
Contract revenue     237       114       340       862  
Total revenue     1,403       2,885       7,111       7,542  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     39,863       29,837       95,541       78,256  
General and administrative     9,220       7,394       25,790       21,182  
Total operating expenses     49,083       37,231       121,331       99,438  
Loss from operations     (47,680 )     (34,346 )     (114,220 )     (91,896 )
Other income (expense):                
Interest income     2,012       712       6,564       1,919  
Other income (expense), net     (2,659 )     178       (3,251 )     (14 )
Total other income (expense), net     (647 )     890       3,313       1,905  
Loss before benefit from (provision for) income taxes     (48,327 )     (33,456 )     (110,907 )     (89,991 )
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes     13             (5 )     500  
Net loss   $ (48,314 )   $ (33,456 )   $ (110,912 )   $ (89,491 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (4.60 )   $ (4.16 )   $ (11.53 )   $ (12.20 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted     10,500,848       8,043,283       9,615,379       7,333,986  
                 



 
 
Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
         
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited; in thousands, except share and per share data)
         
         
    September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
ASSETS        
CURRENT ASSETS:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 93,698     $ 47,598  
Short-term investments     226,512       50,845  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents, current     8,822       10,761  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     8,688       8,579  
Total current assets     337,720       117,783  
Intangible assets, net     35,999       36,917  
Goodwill     16,937       16,937  
Property and equipment, net     15,448       12,290  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents, noncurrent     2,850       1,003  
Other assets     13,688       6,666  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 422,642     $ 191,596  
LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:        
Accounts payable   $ 5,815     $ 6,473  
Accrued liabilities     22,953       14,534  
Deferred revenue, current portion     8,822       8,761  
Advanced proceeds from preferred stock financing           10,140  
Contingent consideration, current portion     6,726        
Total current liabilities     44,316       39,908  
Deferred revenue, noncurrent     8,408       6,561  
Convertible preferred stock warrant liability     4,425       1,024  
Contingent consideration, noncurrent     3,343       9,250  
Deferred tax liability     3,305       3,305  
Other long-term liabilities     3,030       1,588  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     66,827       61,636  
Convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 421,450,000 shares authorized; 88,112,733 and 69,910,520 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively; aggregate liquidation preference of $675,567 and $333,058 as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively     636,612       309,137  
STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT:        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 558,350,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 11,728,232 and 8,858,799 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively     1       1  
Additional paid-in capital     23,869       14,672  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     81       (14 )
Accumulated deficit     (304,748 )     (193,836 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT     (280,797 )     (179,177 )
TOTAL LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT   $ 422,642     $ 191,596