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SAN FRANCISCO, May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: KZR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company discovering and developing novel small molecule therapeutics to treat unmet needs in autoimmunity and cancer, today announced its first quarter 2019 financial results and corporate highlights.
“The entire team at Kezar is excited to build on last year’s momentum and advance both of our programs in 2019,” said John Fowler, Kezar’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our strategy of evaluating KZR-616 in Phase 2 trials across multiple autoimmune indications is underway, building our case around the broad therapeutic potential of immunoproteasome inhibition. Pursuant to that goal, we look forward to reporting the first in patient data for KZR-616 at a major medical conference later this quarter. In addition, our novel protein secretion program continues to progress, with our first oncology clinical candidate anticipated to be selected this year.”
First Quarter and Recent Clinical and Business Highlights
KZR-616 is a novel, first-in-class, selective immunoproteasome inhibitor with broad therapeutic potential across multiple autoimmune diseases. Nonclinical research demonstrates that selective immunoproteasome inhibition results in a broad anti-inflammatory response in animal models of several autoimmune diseases, while avoiding immunosuppression. Phase 1a clinical trial results in healthy volunteers provide evidence that KZR-616 potentially avoids adverse effects caused by currently marketed non-selective proteasome inhibitors, which we believe prevent them from being utilized as a chronic treatment in autoimmune disorders. A Phase 1b trial in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is currently underway, with a Phase 2 trial in lupus nephritis (LN) expected to initiate during the second quarter of 2019. Phase 2 trials in dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) are expected to commence the second half of 2019.
About Kezar Life Sciences
Based in South San Francisco, Kezar Life Sciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to revolutionizing treatments for patients with autoimmune diseases and cancer. Kezar is translating its innovative research on the immunoproteasome and protein secretion pathways to advance novel therapeutic approaches. KZR-616, a first-in-class selective immunoproteasome inhibitor, is being evaluated in severe and underserved autoimmune diseases. Additionally, Kezar plans to nominate an initial clinical candidate for the treatment of cancer from its protein secretion program before the end of the year. For more information, visit www.kezarlifesciences.com.
Cautionary Note on Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” and similar expressions (as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on Kezar’s expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release. Each of these forward-looking statements involves risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to, (i) projected financing needs, (ii) the discovery and development of new product candidates, (iii) the design, progress, timing, scope and results of clinical trials, (iv) the anticipated timing of disclosure of results of clinical trials, (v) the likelihood data will support future development and (vi) the likelihood of obtaining regulatory approval of Kezar’s product candidates. Factors that may cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release are discussed in Kezar’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” contained therein. Except as required by law, Kezar assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in expectations, even as new information becomes available.
SVP, Strategy & External Affairs
|KEZAR LIFE SCIENCES, INC.|
|Selected Balance Sheet Data|
|March 31, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||101,134||$||107,432|
|Total current liabilities||4,758||3,337|
|Total stockholders' equity||102,145||108,797|
|KEZAR LIFE SCIENCES, INC.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations|
|(In thousands except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Research and development||$||5,927||$||3,572|
|General and administrative||2,382||1,514|
|Total operating expenses||8,309||5,086|
|Loss from operations||(8,309||)||(5,086||)|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.40||)||$||(6.53||)|
|Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss
per common share, basic and diluted