Fate Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Highlights Operational Progress
No Cancer Relapse Reported in Phase 1 PROTECT Study of ProTmune
Anti-tumor Activity with No Dose-limiting Toxicities Observed in Initial Phase 1 Dose Escalation of FATE-NK100 in Advanced Solid and Liquid Tumors
IND for Off-the-Shelf NK Cell Product FT500 Remains on Track for 2Q18 Submission
Off-the-Shelf Dual-targeted CAR T-cell Product Demonstrates CD19 and CD20 Anti-tumor Activity in Preclinical Studies of Antigen Escape
“We have generated a strong package of preclinical safety, efficacy and manufacturing data for FT500, and expect to submit an IND application for this first-of-kind NK cell product in the second quarter of 2018. We look forward to continuing our productive interactions with the
Clinical Programs – Highlights & Updates
- Reported New ProTmune™ Clinical Data Showing No Events of Cancer Relapse. In March, the Company presented additional Phase 1 PROTECT data from seven subjects administered ProTmune, the Company’s next-generation hematopoietic cell graft for patients with hematologic malignancies. As of a
February 26, 2018data cut-off, with a median time on study of 228 days, no serious adverse events related to ProTmune and no events of cancer relapse had been reported by investigators. The Company also presented immune reconstitution data, which indicate that the T- and NK cell compartments of ProTmune are functional and capable of fighting against infections and cancer. The randomized, controlled and double-blinded Phase 2 PROTECT study is currently open for enrollment at 15 U.S. centers.
- Advancing FATE-NK100 in Multiple Phase 1 Studies. In February, the first subject was administered NK100, the Company’s first-in-class, donor-derived adaptive memory natural killer (NK) cell cancer immunotherapy, in the DIMENSION study. This ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial is assessing the safety and efficacy of NK100 when administered as a monotherapy and in combination with trastuzumab or cetuximab, two
FDA-approved monoclonal antibodies that are widely used today to treat various solid tumor malignancies. Additionally, initial clinical data from the first two subjects administered NK100 in the ongoing Phase 1 APOLLO study for recurrent ovarian cancer were presented at the Innate Killer Summit in March and showed no dose-limiting toxicities. The Day 28 response evaluation for Subject 2 showed stable disease with evidence of tumor reduction.
Universal Off-the-Shelf Cancer Immunotherapy Preclinical Programs – Highlights & Updates
- Completed Key Activities to Support FT500 IND Submission. The Company remains on track to submit in the second quarter of 2018 an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for FT500, a universal, off-the-shelf NK cell product manufactured from a clonal master induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line. A preclinical in vivo GLP toxicity and tumorigenicity study in animals demonstrated that FT500 was well tolerated. There were no mortality events in any FT500-treated cohorts and no adverse clinical observations related to FT500. Additionally, FT500 produced from multiple clinical-scale manufacturing runs met pre-established specifications for identity, purity and potency as set forth in the Company’s pre-IND meeting with the
FDA. The Company plans to clinically investigate FT500 in combination with FDA-approved checkpoint inhibitors as a rescue therapy.
$4Mfrom CIRM to Advance FT516 into a First-in-Human Clinical Trial. The award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine(CIRM) is being used to support ongoing IND-enabling activities. FT516 is a universal, off-the-shelf NK cell product manufactured from a clonal master iPSC line engineered to uniformly express a high-affinity, non-cleavable CD16 Fc receptor. Since CD16 is able to bind the Fc region of tumor-targeted antibodies, FT516 can be combined with FDA-approved monoclonal antibody therapies to target a broad spectrum of tumor-associated antigens. The Company has shown in preclinical studies that FT516 exhibits potent and persistent anti-tumor activity in vitro and in vivo against multiple tumor types, including in combination with monoclonal antibody therapies that target CD20, HER2 and EGFR.
- Presented Dual-targeted Anti-tumor Activity of FT819 for Antigen Escape. The Company presented breakthrough preclinical data demonstrating the dual-targeted anti-tumor activity of FT819, a universal, off-the-shelf CAR19 T-cell product, at the
American Association for Cancer ResearchAnnual Meeting in April. FT819 exhibited a target-specific T-cell response in vitro when challenged with CD19-positive tumor cells and displayed robust production of effector cytokines and cytolytic proteins. In addition, FT819 elicited antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity in vitro against CD19-negative, CD20-positive tumor cells when combined with rituximab, a monoclonal antibody targeting CD20. The Company is developing FT819, which is derived from a clonal master iPSC line engineered to completely eliminate the T-cell receptor, insert a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) targeting CD19 into the T-cell receptor ( TRAC) locus and express CD16 to mitigate antigen escape, under its exclusive iPSC-derived T-cell collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centerled by Michel Sadelain, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Cell Engineering.
First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
- Cash & Short-term Investment Position: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of
March 31, 2018were $88.6 millioncompared to $100.9 millionas of December 31, 2017. The decrease was primarily driven by the Company’s use of cash to fund operating activities.
- Total Revenue: Revenue was
$1.0 millionfor the first quarter of 2018 as well as for the same period in 2017. All revenue was derived from the Company’s research collaboration and license agreement with Juno Therapeutics.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were
$11.5 millionfor the first quarter of 2018, compared to $8.0 millionfor the same period in 2017. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in third-party service provider fees related to the clinical development and manufacture of ProTmune and FATE-NK100 and to IND-enabling activities for FT500, as well as an increase in equipment and materials associated with the preclinical development of the Company’s iPSC-derived cancer immunotherapy programs and in employee compensation associated with growth in headcount.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were
$3.6 millionfor the first quarter of 2018, compared to $3.0 millionfor the same period in 2017. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in stock-based compensation expense and in intellectual property costs.
- Shares Outstanding: Common shares outstanding were 52.9 million as of
March 31, 2018and 52.6 million as of December 31, 2017. Preferred shares outstanding as of March 31, 2018and December 31, 2017were 2.8 million, each of which is convertible into five shares of common stock. All preferred shares outstanding are from the Company’s sale and issuance of non-voting Class A convertible preferred stock to Redmile Group, LLCin November 2016.
Today's Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will conduct a conference call today,
FATE-NK100 is an investigational, first-in-class, allogeneic donor-derived natural killer (NK) cell cancer immunotherapy comprised of adaptive memory NK cells, a highly specialized and functionally distinct subset of activated NK cells expressing the maturation marker CD57. Higher frequencies of CD57+ NK cells in the peripheral blood or tumor microenvironment in cancer patients have been linked to better clinical outcomes. In
ProTmune™ is an investigational next-generation hematopoietic cell graft for the prevention of acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). ProTmune is manufactured by pharmacologically modulating a donor-sourced, mobilized peripheral blood graft ex vivo with two small molecules (FT1050 and FT4145) to decrease the incidence and severity of acute GvHD while maintaining the anti-leukemia activity of the graft. ProTmune has been granted Orphan Drug and Fast Track Designations by the
About Fate Therapeutics’ iPSC Product Platform
The Company’s proprietary iPSC product platform enables mass production of off-the-shelf, engineered, homogeneous cell products that can be administered in repeat doses to mediate more effective pharmacologic activity, including in combination with cycles of other cancer treatments. Human iPSCs possess the unique dual properties of unlimited self-renewal and differentiation potential into all cell types of the body. The Company’s first-of-kind approach involves engineering human iPSCs in a one-time genetic modification event, and selecting a single iPSC for maintenance as a clonal master iPSC line. Analogous to master cell lines used to manufacture biopharmaceutical drug products such as monoclonal antibodies, clonal master iPSC lines are a renewable source for consistently and repeatedly manufacturing homogeneous cell products in quantities that support the treatment of many thousands of patients in an off-the-shelf manner. Fate Therapeutics’ iPSC product platform is supported by an intellectual property portfolio of over 90 issued patents and 100 pending patent applications.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements regarding the Company’s advancement of and plans related to its product candidates, clinical studies and preclinical research and development programs, the Company’s progress, plans and timelines for its manufacture and clinical investigation of ProTmune™ and FATE-NK100 and its manufacture, preclinical development and clinical investigation of its iPSC-derived product candidates, the timing for the Company’s receipt of data from its clinical trials and preclinical studies, the Company’s development and regulatory strategy, including the therapeutic and market potential, for its product candidates, and the Company’s financial condition and projected cash expenditures. These and any other forward-looking statements in this release are based on management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that results observed in prior studies of its product candidates, including preclinical studies and clinical trials of ProTmune and FATE-NK100, will not be observed in ongoing or future studies involving these product candidates, the risk of a delay in the enrollment or evaluation of subjects in any clinical studies, the risk that the Company may cease or delay preclinical or clinical development of any of its product candidates for a variety of reasons (including requirements that may be imposed by regulatory authorities on the initiation or conduct of clinical trials or to support regulatory approval, difficulties or delays in subject enrollment in current and planned clinical trials, difficulties in manufacturing or supplying the Company’s product candidates for clinical testing, and any adverse events or other negative results that may be observed during preclinical or clinical development), and the risk that the Company’s expenditures may exceed current expectations for a variety of reasons. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended|
|Research and development||11,476||7,966|
|General and administrative||3,604||3,032|
|Total operating expenses||15,080||10,998|
|Loss from operations||(14,054||)||(9,971||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Total other expense, net||(81||)||(155||)|
|Other comprehensive loss:|
|Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities, net||(10||)||(33||)|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.27||)||$||(0.24||)|
|Weighted–average common shares used to||52,763,306||41,388,329|
|compute basic and diluted net loss per share|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||32,912||$||88,952|
|Short-term investments and related maturity receivables||55,722||11,997|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,491||1,647|
|Total current assets||90,625||102,596|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||9,600||$||8,932|
|Long-term debt, current portion||758||—|
|Current portion of deferred revenue||2,105||2,105|
|Other current liabilities||125||12|
|Total current liabilities||12,588||11,049|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||14,069||14,808|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,570||1,522|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||93,420||$||105,292|
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