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- Achieved Meaningful Progress with Key Clinical Programs -
- Anticipate Multiple Data Readouts from SCiStar Study in 2018 into First Quarter of 2019 -
- Expect to Enroll First Subject in AST-VAC2 Randomized Clinical Trial in NSCLC in Second Quarter -
- Conference Call and Webcast Today,
“We have continued to make significant progress in our spinal cord injury clinical program,” commented
Mulroy continued, “We are equally excited for the planned start of the first-in-human clinical trial of AST-VAC2, our cancer immunotherapy product candidate, in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Upon this achievement, Asterias will have two product candidates in clinical trials that are aimed at addressing substantial unmet medical needs.”
“On the corporate side, Asterias completed a capital raise in 2017 and significantly improved its cost structure heading into 2018,” said
Anticipated 2018 Milestones
The company intends to report the following AST-OPC1 data readouts later this year:
- Six-month update for the entire SCiStar study, including Cohort 5, late in the second quarter or early third quarter of 2018.
- 12-month update for Cohorts 3 and 4 in the third quarter of 2018.
- 24-month update for Cohort 2 in the third or fourth quarter of 2018.
- 12-month update for the entire SCiStar study, including Cohort 5, late in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early in the first quarter of 2019.
The company anticipates achieving the following AST-VAC2 milestones in 2018:
- Open two sites for the AST-VAC2 study in NSCLC and enroll the first subject in the randomized trial in second quarter of 2018. The study will enroll up to 24 subjects into one of two cohorts, depending on the stage of each subject’s NSCLC.
- Assuming the first subject is dosed in the second quarter, the company plans to provide initial safety and immunogenicity data readouts in the second half of 2018.
Asterias plans to host a conference call to discuss the AST-VAC2 program and its potential as a ready-to-administer, off-the-shelf cancer immunotherapy after the first subject is dosed in the study.
2017 and Recent Key Achievements
- During 2017 and in
February 2018, Asterias continued to provide updates with promising data from the ongoing SCiStar study on recovery of arm, hand, and finger function in subjects who have been administered AST-OPC1.
- Reported MRI data from the SCiStar study that indicates AST-OPC1 cells have durably engrafted in patients post-implantation, demonstrating the potential for AST-OPC1 to prevent lesion cavity formation and possibly reducing spinal cord tissue deterioration after spinal cord injury.
- Reported continued positive safety profile for AST-OPC1 based on trial results to date. In
September 2017, an independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) recommended the SCiStar study continue as planned after it completed a regularly scheduled review of the accumulated safety data to date from the study.
- Completed enrollment and dosing in all five of the planned cohorts in the SCiStar study, positioning the company for additional anticipated data readouts in 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019.
Obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration( FDA) designation as a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) under the 21st Century Cures Act, which is intended to facilitate expedited development, review, and approval for important new regenerative medicine therapies for which preliminary clinical evidence indicates the potential to address a serious or life-threatening disease or condition.
- Published new efficacy and safety data from preclinical studies of AST-OPC1 in the peer-reviewed journal “Stem Cells Translational Medicine.”
- Received regulatory clearance in the
United Kingdomto initiate a first-in-human clinical trial of Asterias’ cancer immunotherapy product AST-VAC2. This trial is being sponsored and managed by Cancer Research UK, and will examine the safety, tolerability, immunogenicity and activity of AST-VAC2 in subjects with early and late stage NSCLC. Cancer Research UK, supported by Asterias technical personnel, successfully completed the manufacture of the first cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) clinical grade lot of AST-VAC2. This lot will provide initial clinical trial material for subjects enrolling in the upcoming Phase 1 study evaluating AST-VAC2 in NSCLC.
- Published positive AST-VAC1 Phase 2 clinical data in Acute Myeloid Leukemia in ‘Cancer,’ a leading peer-reviewed journal of the
American Cancer Society.
- Asterias closed the sale of shares of its common stock in a registered direct offering which raised approximately
$10.4 millionin gross proceeds.
- Asterias expanded its operating expense reduction efforts and reduced staffing allocated to non-clinical activities as part of a broader effort to more closely align operating expenses with the company’s primary goal of continuing to generate clinical data in its key clinical stage programs.
Net loss was
Conference Call and Webcast Details
Asterias will host a conference call and webcast today,
A replay of the conference call will be available for one month beginning about two hours after the conclusion of the live call, by calling toll-free (from U.S./
Forward Looking Statements
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|ASTERIAS BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)|
|Three months ended
|Royalties from product sales||28||44||331||257|
|Cost of sales||(14||)||(9||)||(165||)||(128||)|
|Total gross profit||14||1,742||3,877||6,826|
|Research and development||(6,434||)||(7,874||)||(26,640||)||(25,467||)|
|General and administrative||(2,128||)||(2,400||)||(10,488||)||(15,482||)|
|Total operating expenses||(8,562||)||(10,274||)||(37,128||)||(40,949||)|
|Loss from operations||(8,548||)||(8,532||)||(33,251||)||(34,123||)|
|Gain/(loss) from change in fair value on warrant liability||2,504||(740||)||5,908||(3,108||)|
|Interest expense, net||(114||)||(134||)||(465||)||(546||)|
|Other expense, net||(390||)||(9||)||(564||)||(37||)|
|Total other income (expenses), net||2,000||(883||)||4,879||(3,691||)|
|LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX BENEFIT||(6,548||)||(9,415||)||(28,372||)||(37,814||)|
|Deferred income tax benefit||-||69||-||2,325|
|Basic and diluted net loss per share||$||(0.12||)||$||(0.20||)||$||(0.56||)||$||(0.83||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding: basic and diluted||53,254||45,957||50,271||42,934|
|ASTERIAS BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PAR VALUE AMOUNTS)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||13,266||$||19,800|
|Available-for-sale securities, at fair value||8,329||15,269|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,121||1,921|
|Total current assets||22,716||36,990|
|Intangible assets, net||15,444||18,130|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||4,543||5,475|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Amount due to BioTime, Inc.||$||-||$||288|
|Capital lease liability, current||7||7|
|Lease liability, current||556||484|
|Deferred grant income||-||2,185|
|Total current liabilities||3,521||6,535|
|Capital lease liability, noncurrent||14||20|
|Deferred rent liability||316||266|
|Lease liability, noncurrent||2,941||3,496|
|Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value, authorized 5,000 shares; none issued and outstanding||-||-|
|Common Stock, $0.0001 par value, authorized 75,000 Series A Common Stock and 75,000 Series B Common Stock; 54,051 and 47,467 shares Series A Common Stock issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively; no Series B Common Stock issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and 2016||5||5|
|Additional paid-in capital||152,136||126,829|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(6,498||)||(1,078||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||33,543||42,028|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||43,092||$||61,010|
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