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Catalyst Biosciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Operating & Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

169 Days ago

Completed enrollment of the MarzAA SQ Phase 2 trial and demonstrated safety and clinical efficacy, with >90% reduction in bleeding

Completed a full immunogenicity analysis for DalcA, plan to initiate a Phase 2b 28-day SQ trial in March 2019

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBIO), today announced its operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ending December 31, 2018 and provided a corporate update.

“2019 will be a very exciting year for Catalyst with several clinical and regulatory read outs expected throughout the year,” said Nassim Usman, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Catalyst. “Both Phase 2 trials demonstrate that our therapies are clinically efficacious when dosed subcutaneously, which we believe is the future for hemophilia treatments. Subcutaneous MarzAA and DalcA have the potential to be disruptive to current intravenous products, an approximately $3.4 billion market, and they are especially well-suited for children.”

Recent Milestones:

  • Marzeptacog alfa (activated) – MarzAA, subcutaneously administered next-generation engineered coagulation Factor VIIa: Completed enrollment of 11 individuals, with hemophilia and an inhibitor in a Phase 2 efficacy trial. The trial is evaluating the ability of MarzAA to eliminate, or minimize, spontaneous bleeding episodes in individuals with hemophilia A or B with an inhibitor. As of February 2019, seven of 11 subjects had completed dosing with a reduction in annual bleed rates (ABR) from 18.2 to 2.1 (>90% reduction) and five of the seven had no bleeds for 50 days at their final dose. The Company’s interim data indicates MarzAA is safe and well tolerated. Subcutaneous half-life increased to 13.1 hours compared with intravenous half-life of 3.9 hours.

  • Dalcinonacog alfa – DalcA, subcutaneously administered next-generation engineered coagulation Factor IX: Completed a Phase 1/2 subcutaneous dosing trial. The trial evaluated the safety and efficacy of DalcA in individuals with severe hemophilia B. Data from the study demonstrated that DalcA is highly efficacious, achieving activity levels well above that required for prevention of spontaneous bleeding. Two subjects developed neutralizing antibodies, one transiently, that did not interfere with their ability for continued use of other FIX products. The Company completed a full investigation and concluded that DalcA has a similar low immunogenicity potential as do BeneFIX and other commercial wildtype Factor IX products. The Company is moving forward in clinical development of DalcA and will start a Phase 2b trial in March 2019, enrolling up to six patients each with 28 days of dosing.

  • DalcA: Amended the ISU Abxis license and collaboration agreement to replace the original profit-sharing arrangement with a low single-digit royalty, on a country-by-country basis, for net product sales of DalcA by the Company or its affiliates in each country other than South Korea.

  • CB 2679d-GT – Factor IX Gene Therapy: Demonstrated 3-fold superior clotting activity and a 4 to 5-fold reduction in bleeding time in a hemophilia B mouse model of AAV gene therapy delivery containing the DalcA sequence compared with a gene therapy construct containing the Padua variant, that is the current lead clinical variant in development.

  • Financial: Strong cash and short-term investments balance of $120.1 million, which positions the Company to fund the clinical development of the MarzAA and DalcA programs.

Expected Milestones

  • Complete the MarzAA Phase 2 open-label subcutaneous efficacy trial with topline data read out in Q3 2019 and final data read out in Q4 2019; initiate a MarzAA Phase 1 PK/PD study in Q2 2019 with final data read out in Q4 2019; initiate an End of Phase 2 meeting with the FDA in Q4 2019

  • Initiate a DalcA Phase 2b study in Q1 2019 with topline data readout in Q3 2019 and final data readout in Q4 2019

  • Demonstrate prolonged PK/PD for the anti-C3 protease in the dAMD program in Q2 2019

Fourth Quarter and Full-year 2018 Results and Financial Highlights

  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, as of December 31, 2018 were $120.1 million due primarily to the approximately $106.8 million in net financing in February 2018 and $9.5 million in proceeds from the exercise of warrants during the first quarter 2018.

  • Research and development expense for the three-months and full-year ended December 31, 2018 was $8.2 million and $21.5 million, respectively, compared with $3.6 million and $12.8 million for the prior year periods, respectively. The increase was due primarily to investments in the development of the MarzAA and DalcA clinical programs.

  • General and administrative expense for the three-months and year-ended December 31, 2018 was $3.4 million and $12.4 million, respectively, compared with $2.6 million and $10.0 million for the prior year periods, respectively. The increase was due primarily to increases in personnel and non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

  • Interest and other income for the three-months and the year ended December 31, 2018 was $0.8 million and $3.8 million, respectively, compared with $0.1 million and $0.3 million for the prior year periods, respectively. Interest income increased by $2.0 million in 2018 due to the higher cash balances from the financing and the exercise of warrants. The Company also received a $1.5 million milestone payment under an asset sale agreement in 2018.

  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the three-months and year-ended December 31, 2018 was $10.9 million, or ($0.91) per basic and diluted share, and $30.1 million, or ($2.68) per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared with $5.8 million, or ($1.26) per basic and diluted share, and $25.5 million, or ($7.45) per basic and diluted share, for the prior year periods, respectively.

  • On February 19, 2018, the final $5.1 million of the Company’s redeemable convertible notes matured and were repaid in full.

  • As of December 31, 2018, the Company had 11,954,528 shares of common stock outstanding.

About Catalyst Biosciences
Catalyst is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address serious medical conditions for individuals who need new or better treatment options. We are focusing our product development efforts in the field of hemostasis (the process that regulates bleeding) and have a mission to develop valuable therapies for individuals with hemophilia. For more information, please visit www.catalystbiosciences.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements about the potential commercial market for DalcA and MarzAA, the relative safety of DalcA compared with BeneFIX and other recombinant Factor IX products, Catalyst’s plans to commence a Phase 2b clinical trial of DalcA in March 2019 and have top-line and final data readouts in Q3 and Q4, 2019, respectively, the potential for DalcA to provide a conveniently-dosed subcutaneous prophylactic treatment option for patients suffering from hemophilia B, the potential for MarzAA to provide prophylaxis therapy in patients with hemophilia A or B with inhibitors, and plans to complete the Phase 2 clinical trial and a Phase 1 PK/PD study of MarzAA in 2019. Forward looking statements also include Catalyst’s plans to determine preclinical efficacy for CB 2679d-GT in 2019 and develop CB2782 towards a pre-clinical candidate in 2019. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions, expectations and projections disclosed in the forward-looking statements. Various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements that the Company makes, including, but not limited to, the risk that trials and studies may be delayed and may not have satisfactory outcomes, that additional human trials will not replicate the results from earlier trials, that potential adverse effects may arise from the testing or use of MarzAA or DalcA, including the generation of antibodies, which has been observed in patients treated with DalcA, the risk that costs required to develop or manufacture the Company’s products will be higher than anticipated, competition and other factors that affect our ability to establish collaborations on commercially reasonable terms and other risks described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 7, 2019, and with other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Contacts:
Investors:
Fletcher Payne, CFO
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.
1.650.871.0761
investors@catbio.com

Media:
Josephine Belluardo, Ph.D.
LifeSci Public Relations
1.646.751.4361
jo@lifescipublicrelations.com

 
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
 
    December 31, 2018     December 31, 2017  
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 31,213     $ 14,472  
Short-term investments     88,914       17,971  
Restricted cash     50       5,333  
Prepaid and other current assets     3,814       1,333  
Total current assets     123,991       39,109  
Other assets, noncurrent     543       128  
Property and equipment, net     386       276  
Total assets   $ 124,920     $ 39,513  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 1,248     $ 747  
Accrued compensation     1,495       1,366  
Other accrued liabilities     2,043       1,322  
Deferred revenue, current portion           212  
Deferred rent, current portion     15       7  
Redeemable convertible notes           5,085  
Total current liabilities     4,801       8,739  
Deferred rent, noncurrent portion     174        
Total liabilities     4,975       8,739  
Stockholders’ equity:                
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 0 and 3,680 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively            
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 11,954,528 and 6,081,230 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively     12       6  
Additional paid-in capital     323,279       204,262  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (4 )      
Accumulated deficit     (203,342 )     (173,494 )
Total stockholders’ equity     119,945       30,774  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 124,920     $ 39,513  


Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
 
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2018     2017  
Contract revenue   $ 6     $ 1,018  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     21,474       12,847  
General and administrative     12,354       9,993  
Total operating expenses     33,828       22,840  
Loss from operations     (33,822 )     (21,822 )
Interest and other income, net     3,767       261  
Net loss     (30,055 )     (21,561 )
Deemed dividend for convertible preferred stock beneficial conversion feature     -       (3,951 )
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (30,055 )   $ (25,512 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted   $ (2.68 )   $ (7.45 )
Shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted     11,213,884       3,423,901  
 

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