Clinical Data from First Subjects in VOYAGE Study of FATE-NK100 for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia to be Presented at SITC 2017
First-of-Kind iPSC-derived Cancer Immunotherapy Candidates FT500 and FT819 to be Featured in Oral Presentations at 2017 ASH Annual Meeting
First Subject Treated in Phase 2 PROTECT Study of ProTmune™ for Prevention of Acute Graft-versus-Host Disease
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fate Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FATE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of programmed cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders, today reported business highlights and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
"We are poised to release initial Phase 1 clinical data for FATE-NK100 and ProTmune at prominent scientific conferences during the coming weeks," said Scott Wolchko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fate Therapeutics. "Additionally, we are pleased that two first-of-kind product candidates from our proprietary iPSC-derived cancer immunotherapy pipeline have been selected for oral presentations at the 2017 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting. Thousands of doses of homogeneous drug product can be produced from a clonal iPSC master cell line in a single manufacturing run. This represents a transformative approach to enable off-the-shelf delivery of cancer immunotherapies that are uniformly engineered and identical in composition from dose-to-dose across patients. At ASH we will be unveiling exciting new preclinical and manufacturing data to support our 2018 path to clinic for iPSC-derived NK- and T-cell product candidates."
Recent Highlights & Program Updates
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Today's Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will conduct a conference call today, Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET to review financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. In order to participate in the conference call, please dial 877-303-6235 (domestic) or 631-291-4837 (international) and refer to conference ID 9892619. The live webcast can be accessed under "Events & Presentations" in the Investors & Media section of the Company's website at www.fatetherapeutics.com. The archived webcast will be available on the Company's website beginning approximately two hours after the event.
FATE-NK100 is a first-in-class 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. FATE-NK100 is produced through a feeder-free, seven-day manufacturing process during which NK cells sourced from a healthy donor are activated ex vivo with pharmacologic modulators.
ProTmune™ is an investigational next-generation hematopoietic cell graft for the prevention of acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in subjects 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 enhance the biological properties and therapeutic function of the graft. Acute GvHD is a severe immunological disease that commonly arises in patients during the first weeks following allogeneic HCT when the newly-transplanted donor immune cells attack the patient's tissues and organs, resulting in a potentially fatal immune system reaction. The disease is the leading cause of early morbidity and mortality in matched unrelated donor transplant, and there are currently no FDA-approved preventive therapies and very few treatment options for acute GvHD. ProTmune has been granted Orphan Drug and Fast Track Designations by the FDA, and Orphan Medicinal Product Designation by the European Medicines Agency.
About Fate Therapeutics' iPSC Product Platform
The Company's proprietary induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) product platform enables genetic engineering, high-throughput single-cell isolation and clonal selection of human iPSCs and supports long-term maintenance of human iPSCs as master pluripotent cell lines. Human iPSCs possess the unique dual properties of unlimited self-renewal and differentiation potential into all cell types of the body. Similar to master cell lines used for the manufacture of monoclonal antibodies, clonal iPSC master cell lines can serve as a renewable cell source for the consistent and repeated manufacture of homogeneous cell products with the potential to treat many different diseases and 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.
About Fate Therapeutics, Inc.
Fate Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of programmed cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders. The Company's hematopoietic cell therapy pipeline is comprised of NK- and T-cell immuno-oncology programs, including off-the-shelf product candidates derived from engineered induced pluripotent cell lines, and immuno-regulatory programs, including product candidates to prevent life-threatening complications in patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation and to promote immune tolerance in patients with autoimmune disease. Its adoptive cell therapy programs are based on the Company's novel ex vivo cell programming approach, which it applies to modulate the therapeutic function and direct the fate of immune cells. Fate Therapeutics is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.fatetherapeutics.com.
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 the Company's product candidates, clinical studies, research and development programs, the Company's progress and plans for its clinical investigation of ProTmune™ and of FATE-NK100 and the receipt of data from its ongoing clinical trials, the Company's expected product development and regulatory strategy, and associated timelines, for its iPSC-derived product candidates, the therapeutic potential of ProTmune and FATE-NK100, 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, 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 ongoing clinical studies, the risk that the Company may cease or delay preclinical or clinical development for any of its existing or future product candidates for a variety of reasons (including requirements that may be imposed by regulatory authorities and requirements for regulatory approval, difficulties or delays in subject enrollment in current and planned clinical trials, difficulties in manufacturing and 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 our 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 Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company's most recently filed periodic report, and from time to time the Company's other investor communications. Fate Therapeutics is providing the information in this release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Nine Months Ended|
|Research and development||8,578||6,804||24,471||20,222|
|General and administrative||2,788||2,611||8,489||7,462|
|Total operating expenses||11,366||9,415||32,960||27,684|
|Loss from operations||(10,340||)||(8,389||)||(29,881||)||(24,309||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||(118||)||—||(118||)||—|
|Total other expense, net||(344||)||(348||)||(574||)||(1,213||)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities, net||26||(8||)||(12||)||3|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.26||)||$||(0.27||)||$||(0.74||)||$||(0.85||)|
|Weighted-average common shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share||41,428,845||32,090,174||41,407,995||29,920,075|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||43,231||$||88,609|
|Short-term investments and related maturity receivables||25,983||3,503|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||825||1,211|
|Total current assets||70,039||93,323|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||7,611||$||4,891|
|Long-term debt, current portion||—||8,187|
|Current portion of deferred revenue||2,105||2,105|
|Other current liabilities||—||4|
|Total current liabilities||9,716||15,187|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||14,789||2,501|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,171||1,377|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||72,675||$||95,048|
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