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  • Investors Who Bought Keros Therapeutics (NASDAQ:KROS) Shares A Year Ago Are Now Up 204%
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  • Keros Therapeutics Reports Recent Business Highlights and Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
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    Keros Therapeutics Reports Recent Business Highlights and Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

    LEXINGTON, Mass., March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Keros Therapeutics, Inc. (“Keros” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: KROS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients suffering from hematological and musculoskeletal disorders with high unmet medical need, today provided a business update and reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020. “2020 was a transformative year for Keros, as we continued to make important preclinical and clinical progress across our pipeline and brought the company public,” said Jasbir S. Seehra, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “While our open-label Phase 2 clinical trial of KER-050 in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes is ongoing, we are also working to initiate three more Phase 2 clinical trials this year: a KER-050 trial in patients with myelofibrosis and two KER-047 trials, one in patients with iron deficiency anemia and one in patients with iron-refractory iron deficiency anemia. Our ability to progress multiple product candidates over the last year reflects the dedication of our team and the potential reach of our discovery approach, particularly given the many challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” Recent Corporate Highlights: Completed public offering: In November 2020, Keros completed its public offering of 2,990,000 shares of common stock, which included the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase up to 390,000 additional shares, at a public offering price of $50.00 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds to Keros of $149.5 million. Keros received approximately $140.1 million in net proceeds after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering costs. Strengthened leadership with board appointment: In December 2020, Keros appointed Mary Ann Gray, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Concurrent with Dr. Gray joining Keros’ Board of Directors, Alon Lazarus stepped down as a director of the Company. Recent Program Highlights: KER-050 for the treatment of ineffective hematopoiesis to address cytopenias: Keros has initiated dosing of the first two cohorts (0.75 mg/kg and 1.5 mg/kg) of Part 1 of its Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating KER-050 in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes. The Company expects to report initial data from Part 1 of this trial in mid-2021.Presented preclinical data at the virtual European School of Haematology (“ESH”) 2nd Translational Research E-Conference in March 2021, demonstrating that a research form of KER-050 induced red blood cell production by promoting multiple stages of erythroid differentiation. KER-047 for the treatment of anemia resulting from iron imbalance and for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva: Presented preclinical data on an ALK2 inhibitor closely related to KER-047 at the March 2021 ESH E-Conference, demonstrating targeted ALK2 inhibition as a potential therapeutic approach to reducing hepcidin and elevating serum iron.Keros expects to initiate two Phase 2 clinical trials of KER-047, one in patients with iron deficiency anemia and one in patients with iron-refractory iron deficiency anemia, in the second half of 2021 and to report initial data from both trials in 2022. Selected Anticipated 2021 Corporate Milestones: Report initial data from Part 1 of the Phase 2 clinical trial of KER-050 in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes in mid-2021Initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial of KER-050 in patients with myelofibrosis in mid-2021Initiate two Phase 2 clinical trials of KER-047, one in patients with iron deficiency anemia and one in patients with iron-refractory iron deficiency anemia, in the second half of 2021Initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial of KER-012 in the second half of 2021 2020 Financial Results Keros reported a net loss of $10.7 million for the fourth quarter and $45.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared to a net loss of $2.8 million for the fourth quarter and $12.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase in net loss for the fourth quarter and the year was largely due to increased research and development efforts as well as the infrastructure to support operations as a publicly traded company. Research and development expenses were $9.7 million for the fourth quarter and $33.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 as compared to $4.2 million for the fourth quarter and $17.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase in research and development expense for the fourth quarter and the year was primarily due to additional preclinical, clinical and manufacturing activities, as well as an increase related to personnel expenses, including additional share-based compensation cost, driven primarily by increased headcount. General and administrative expenses were $3.6 million for the fourth quarter and $12.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 as compared to $1.1 million and $3.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses to support Keros' organizational growth, additional share-based compensation costs and an increase in professional fees to support Keros' transition to a public company. Keros’ cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2020 was $265.9 million compared to $7.0 million as of December 31, 2019. Keros substantially extended its cash runway, largely by raising $55.8 million in net proceeds from its March 2020 Series C preferred stock offering, $100.1 million in net proceeds from its April 2020 initial public offering and $140.1 million in net proceeds from its November 2020 public offering. Keros expects that the cash and cash equivalents it had on hand at December 31, 2020 will fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the fourth quarter of 2023. About Keros Therapeutics, Inc. Keros is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients suffering from hematologic and musculoskeletal disorders with high unmet medical need. Keros is a leader in understanding the role of the Transforming Growth Factor-Beta family of proteins, which are master regulators of red blood cell and platelet production as well as of the growth, repair and maintenance of muscle and bone. Keros’ lead protein therapeutic product candidate, KER-050, is being developed for the treatment of low blood cell counts, or cytopenias, including anemia and thrombocytopenia, in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes and in patients with myelofibrosis. Keros’ lead small molecule product candidate, KER-047, is being developed for the treatment of anemia resulting from iron imbalance, as well as for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. Keros’ third product candidate, KER-012, is being developed for the treatment of disorders associated with bone loss, such as osteoporosis and osteogenesis imperfecta, and for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," “plans,” “potential,” "projects,” “would” and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of these forward-looking statements include statements concerning: Keros’ expectations regarding its growth, strategy, progress and timing of its preclinical studies and clinical trials for KER-050, KER-047 and KER-012, including its regulatory plans; the potential impact of COVID-19 on Keros’ ongoing and planned preclinical studies, clinical trials, business and operations; and Keros’ expected cash runway. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: Keros’ limited operating history and historical losses; Keros’ ability to raise additional funding to complete the development and any commercialization of its product candidates; Keros’ dependence on the success of its lead product candidates, KER-050 and KER-047; that Keros may be delayed in initiating, enrolling or completing any clinical trials; competition from third parties that are developing products for similar uses; Keros’ ability to obtain, maintain and protect its intellectual property; Keros’ dependence on third parties in connection with manufacturing, clinical trials and pre-clinical studies; and risks relating to the impact on our business of the COVID-19 pandemic or similar public health crises. These and other risks are described more fully in Keros’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the SEC on November 10, 2020, and its other documents subsequently filed with or furnished to the SEC. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Except to the extent required by law, Keros undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Investor Contact:Julia Balanovajbalanova@soleburytrout.com646-378-2936 KEROS THERAPEUTICS, INC. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (In thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited) THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 2019 2020 2019REVENUE: Research collaboration revenue$— $2,500 $— $10,000 Total revenue$— $2,500 $— $10,000 OPERATING EXPENSES: Research and development$(9,674) $(4,161) $(33,860) $(17,379) General and administrative$(3,617) $(1,067) $(12,797) $(3,184) Total operating expenses$(13,291) $(5,228) $(46,657) $(20,563) LOSS FROM OPERATIONS$(13,291) $(2,728) $(46,657) $(10,563) OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET: Interest expense, net$(1) $(1) $(6) $(8) Research and development incentive income$2,460 $— $2,460 $558 Change in fair value of preferred stock tranche obligation$— $(78) $(1,490) $(2,564) Other income (expense), net$156 $56 $160 $241 Total other income (expense), net$2,615 $(23) $1,124 $(1,773) Loss before income taxes$(10,676) $(2,751) $(45,533) $(12,336) Income tax benefit$— $— $172 $— Net loss$(10,676) $(2,751) $(45,361) $(12,336) Net loss attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted$(10,676) $(3,201) $(45,361) $(14,136) Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted$(0.49) $(1.32) $(2.93) $(6.08) Weighted-average common stock outstanding—basic and diluted 21,623,123 2,416,387 15,506,397 2,326,857 KEROS THERAPEUTICS, INC.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited) DECEMBER 31, 2020 2019 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents$265,876 $7,020 Prepaid expenses and other current assets1,850 381 Deferred initial public offering costs— 604 Research and development incentive receivable— 922 Total current assets267,726 8,927 Operating lease right-of-use assets878 1,205 Property and equipment, net724 708 Restricted cash115 115 TOTAL ASSETS$269,443 $10,955 LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable$2,149 $2,088 Current portion of operating lease liabilities423 376 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities4,612 2,022 Total current liabilities7,184 4,486 Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion476 899 Preferred stock tranche liability— 4,956 Other liabilities62 119 Total liabilities7,722 10,460 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES Series A convertible preferred stock, par value of $0.0001 per share; 0 and 10,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 0 and 4,607,652 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; liquidation and redemption value of $0 as of December 31, 2020— 9,891 Series A-1 convertible preferred stock, par value of $0.0001 per share; 0 and 800,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 0 and 368,612 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; liquidation and redemption value of $0 as of December 31, 2020— 944 Series B-1 convertible preferred stock, par value of $0.0001 per share; 0 and 3,427,004 shares authorized as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 0 and 1,579,043 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; liquidation and redemption value of $0 as of December 31, 2020— 9,106 STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT: Common stock, par value of $0.0001 per share; 200,000,000 and 27,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 23,192,866 and 2,429,705 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively2 1 Additional paid-in capital326,730 203 Accumulated deficit(65,011) (19,650) Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)261,721 (19,446) TOTAL LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT$269,443 $10,955

  • Keros Therapeutics Presents Results from Preclinical Studies of KER-050 and ALK2 Inhibitors at the European School of Haematology (ESH) 2nd Translational Research E-Conference
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    Keros Therapeutics Presents Results from Preclinical Studies of KER-050 and ALK2 Inhibitors at the European School of Haematology (ESH) 2nd Translational Research E-Conference

    LEXINGTON, Mass., March 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Keros Therapeutics, Inc. (“Keros” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: KROS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients suffering from hematological and musculoskeletal disorders with high unmet medical need, today announced results from preclinical studies of KER-050 and the Company’s ALK2 inhibitor program at the virtual European School of Haematology (ESH) 2nd Translational Research E-Conference held March 5 through 7, 2021. “We are pleased to present preclinical data from our hematology programs at the ESH Translational Research E-Conference. Data from multiple in vivo disease models continue to support the positive observations in our Phase 1 clinical trials,” said Jasbir S. Seehra, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Keros. “For KER-050, these data support the observations from our Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers of a rapid hematological response, which we believe is indicative of effects on terminal differentiation, and a durable response, which we believe is indicative of effects on early precursors. We believe the ability to target multiple stages of erythropoiesis makes KER-050 a potential therapeutic candidate for diseases that cause anemia due to ineffective erythropoiesis, including myelodysplastic syndrome and myelofibrosis. Additionally, data from multiple anemia models recapitulated the increases in serum iron and decreases in serum hepcidin observed in our Phase 1 clinical trial of KER-047 in healthy volunteers, further highlighting the potential therapeutic benefit of ALK2 inhibition in hepcidin-mediated anemia.” KER-050, a Novel Inhibitor of TGF-β Superfamily Signaling, Induces Red Blood Cell Production by Promoting Multiple Stages of Erythroid Differentiation Keros has previously shown that mice treated with a single 10 mg/kg dose of a research form of KER-050 (“RKER-050”), a novel inhibitor of Transforming Growth Factor-Beta superfamily signaling, had increased red blood cells (“RBCs”, +7%), hemoglobin (“HGB”, +6.7%) and reticulocytes (“RET”, +20%) as soon as 12 hours after administration compared to vehicle-treated mice. Keros also observed increases in colony forming unit-erythroid progenitors as soon as Day 2, consistent with an effect on early stages of erythropoiesis, followed by changes in polychromatophilic/early orthochromatic erythroid precursors as soon as Day 4 and late orthochromatic erythroblasts/reticulocytes by Day 7, which is consistent with progression of cells through erythropoiesis. A single dose of RKER-050 increased RBCs and HGB through at least Day 51 (+8.5% and +3%, respectively). Concurrently, despite increased erythropoiesis, erythropoietin levels were greater than two-fold higher than controls, starting at Day 4, continuing through Day 37 and returning to baseline by Day 51. Keros believes that these results suggest that RKER-050 potentially elicits the combined effects of stimulating terminal maturation of late-stage erythroid precursors to rapidly increase RBCs and potentially mobilizes a prolonged supply of progenitors through expansion of early-stage precursor populations that allows for sustained upregulation of erythropoiesis. Targeted ALK2 Inhibition as a Therapeutic Approach to Reducing Hepcidin and Elevating Serum Iron Hepcidin is an endocrine regulator of iron metabolism that, when elevated, can decrease levels of iron available for erythropoiesis, resulting in anemia. Keros believes that ALK2 signaling is an integral part of hepcidin-mediated iron mobilization and has previously used an siRNA-based model of iron-refractory iron deficiency anemia (“IRIDA”) to demonstrate that administration of either KTI-2338, a small molecule ALK2 kinase inhibitor, or KTI-A2.0MAb, a novel neutralizing ALK2 antibody, in mice can decrease serum hepcidin, resulting in an increase in HGB, hematocrit and serum iron compared to control cohorts receiving vehicle. These results have been further explored using a mouse model of anemia of inflammation via induced chronic kidney disease. In this preclinical study, mice were dosed daily for six weeks with 50 mg/kg of adenine to induce kidney damage, and developed inflammation-mediated anemia, with corresponding elevated levels of hepcidin and decreased serum iron. Thereafter, mice continued to receive either vehicle or adenine daily, but also received treatment of either vehicle or 5 mg/kg KTI-2338 daily for 10 days. At study termination, mice receiving adenine in combination KTI-2338 had serum iron values 108.2% higher than the vehicle-treated mice receiving adenine and vehicle. Additionally, serum hepcidin was decreased by 85.4% over vehicle-treated mice. These data substantiate the role of ALK2 signaling in anemia arising from high hepcidin and illustrate the potential therapeutic benefit of specific ALK2 inhibition in these diseases, including anemia of inflammation. About Keros Therapeutics, Inc. Keros is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients suffering from hematologic and musculoskeletal disorders with high unmet medical need. Keros is a leader in understanding the role of the Transforming Growth Factor-Beta family of proteins, which are master regulators of red blood cell and platelet production as well as of the growth, repair and maintenance of muscle and bone. Keros’ lead protein therapeutic product candidate, KER-050, is being developed for the treatment of low blood cell counts, or cytopenias, including anemia and thrombocytopenia, in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes and in patients with myelofibrosis. Keros’ lead small molecule product candidate, KER-047, is being developed for the treatment of anemia resulting from iron imbalance, as well as for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. Keros’ third product candidate, KER-012, is being developed for the treatment of disorders associated with bone loss, such as osteoporosis and osteogenesis imperfecta, and for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," “plans,” “potential,” "projects,” “would” and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of these forward-looking statements include statements concerning: the potential of KER-050 to treat diseases that cause anemia due to ineffective erythropoiesis, including myelodysplastic syndrome and myelofibrosis; the potential of ALK2 inhibition to treat hepcidin-mediated anemias, including anemia of inflammation; and the potential of RKER-050 to stimulate both terminal maturation of late-stage erythroid precursors and expansion of early-stage precursor populations. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: Keros’ limited operating history and historical losses; Keros’ ability to raise additional funding to complete the development and any commercialization of its product candidates; Keros’ dependence on the success of its lead product candidates, KER-050 and KER-047; that Keros may be delayed in initiating, enrolling or completing any clinical trials; competition from third parties that are developing products for similar uses; Keros’ ability to obtain, maintain and protect its intellectual property; Keros’ dependence on third parties in connection with manufacturing, clinical trials and pre-clinical studies; and risks relating to the impact on our business of the COVID-19 pandemic or similar public health crises. These and other risks are described more fully in Keros’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the SEC on November 10, 2020, and its other documents subsequently filed with or furnished to the SEC. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Except to the extent required by law, Keros undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Investor Contact: Julia Balanovajbalanova@soleburytrout.com646-378-2936