Immune Design Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
Company conference call at 1:30 p.m. PT today
SEATTLE and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Immune Design (Nasdaq:IMDZ), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focused on oncology, today reported financial results and a corporate update for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.
"The positive data we presented during the second quarter provide a strong rationale for the continued advancement of our two lead programs, CMB305 and G100," said Carlos Paya, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Immune Design. "These two programs offer distinct approaches that use the patient's immune system to fight cancer, and which are different from previous efforts in this field."
Product Development Progress
Specific Antigen Approach: LV305/CMB305 and ZVex-Neo Programs
LV305/CMB305: Positive data in NY-ESO-1 Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) patients, Phase 2 combination study in collaboration with Genentech ongoing.
LV305: Positive PFS and OS data in STS
Data from the single agent Phase 1 study in 24 patients with advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma, which were presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, revealed:
clinical benefit for 58% of the patients in the form of partial response (PR) or stable disease (SD);
median progression-free survival (PFS) of 4.6 months and a median overall survival (OS) that had not yet been reached, with 81% of the patients alive at one year; and
very favorable safety profile, with no Grade 3/4 adverse events (AEs)
We believe these data compare favorably with approved STS agents and further support the applicability of the mechanism of action of the Prime/Boost agent, CMB305, in STS, and as a potential first registration path for an Immune Design product.
CMB305: (1) positive STS signal in early look; and (2) randomized Phase 2 combination study with Genentech's anti-PDL1 antibody, TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) ongoing in STS
Early data from the single agent Phase 1 study in 14 patients with STS showed
the median OS had not been reached, with 93% of the patients alive at one year, and the median PFS was 5.5 months, both of which we believe compare favorably to approved chemotherapy agents for STS patients who have received at least one or more prior therapies;
a favorable safety profile, with only Grade 1/2 AEs; and
a deeper immune response than seen in the LV305 Phase 1 study, including a trend of increased T cell clonality.
A randomized 80-patient Phase 2 study of CMB305 with or without the anti-PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor, atezolizumab, is ongoing in patients with STS
Part 1 of the study included a safety run in, which was deemed favorable by an independent Data Monitoring Committee, allowing enrollment in part 2 of the study to commence.
ZVex-Neo: Neoantigen Collaboration with Gritstone Oncology
In May 2016, Immune Design announced a collaboration with Gritstone Oncology to combine Immune Design's ZVex® discovery platform with Gritstone's proprietary genomics and proteomics platform for identification of patient-specific tumor antigens to develop neoantigen-based immunotherapies. The collaboration has commenced, with the intent to begin a study in patients with non-small cell lung cancer in 2017 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor of the PD-1/PD-L1 axis.
Intratumoral Immune Activation Approach: Positive Clinical and Translational Data
G100: (1) positive final Phase 1 results in Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC); and (2) randomized Phase 2 combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in collaboration with Merck is ongoing
The final results of a 10-patient Phase 1 study of G100 administered intratumorally and combined with radiation in patients with MCC, which were presented at the ASCO annual meeting, revealed:
a 50% overall response rate (ORR) per protocol, including one of the complete responses (CR) resulting from single agent G100 alone (no radiation);
no treatment-related AEs were observed, and all AEs were grade 1/2; and
analysis of the tumor microenvironment (TME) in G100-responding patients demonstrated the increase of innate immune molecules that favor (i) immune cell chemotaxis, (ii) increased NK cells and M1 macrophage markers, and (iii) dendritic cell antigen presentation and dynamics of adaptive immunity such as trafficking of CD8 and CD4 T cells from the stroma into the tumor bed, underscoring the transition to a "hot" tumor.
A randomized Phase 2 study of G100 with low dose radiation, with Merck's checkpoint inhibitor KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in NHL patients is ongoing.
Part 1 (dose escalation of G100 without Keytruda) was deemed safe, allowing the move to Part 2 of the study, in which patients are randomized to receive Keytruda in combination with G100 and radiation or G100 and radiation alone.
Expansion of the Team
Susan L. Kelley M.D. Joins Board of Directors: Addition of Oncology Development Expertise
Dr. Susan L. Kelley joined the Immune Design Board in June 2016, and brings more than 25 years' experience in oncology and immunology drug development to the company.
Immune Design ended the second quarter of 2016 with $92.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $112.9 million as of December 31, 2015. Net cash used in operations for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $20.4 million.
Net loss and net loss per share for the second quarter of 2016 were $14.3 million and $0.71, respectively, compared to $10.5 million and $0.54, respectively, for the second quarter of 2015.
Revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $1.1 million and was attributable primarily to the Sanofi G103 (HSV2 therapeutic vaccine) collaboration established in the fourth quarter of 2014 and GLA product sales to collaboration partners Medimmune/Astra Zeneca and Sanofi. Revenue for the second quarter of 2015 was $1.8 million and was attributable primarily to collaboration revenue associated with Sanofi G103 collaboration.
Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were $11.4 million, compared to $8.5 million for the second quarter of 2015. The $2.9 million increase was primarily attributable to continuing advancement of Immune Design's ongoing research and development programs, including ongoing Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials.
General and administrative expenses did not materially differ over the comparative periods. For the second quarter of 2016 general and administrative expenses were $3.9 million, compared to $3.8 million for the second quarter of 2015.
Net loss and net loss per share for the six months ended June 30, 2016 were $26.6 million and $1.32, respectively, compared to $19.9 million and $1.10, respectively, for the same period in 2015.
Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $3.0 million and was attributable primarily to collaboration revenue associated with the Sanofi G103 collaboration established in the fourth quarter of 2014 and GLA product sales to collaboration partners. Revenue for the same period in 2015 was $3.7 million and was attributable primarily to collaboration revenue associated with the Sanofi G103 collaboration.
Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2016 were $22.0 million compared to $15.9 million for the same period in 2015. The $6.0 million increase was primarily attributable to continuing advancement of Immune Design's ongoing research and development programs, including ongoing Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials and an increase in personnel-related expenses to support the company's advancing research and clinical pipeline.
General and administrative expenses did not materially differ over the comparative periods. For the six months ended June 30, 2016 general and administrative expenses were $7.9 million, compared to $7.6 million for the same period in 2015.
Conference Call Information
Immune Design will host a conference call and live audio webcast this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss the second quarter 2016 financial results and provide a corporate update.
The live call may be accessed by dialing 844-831-3023 for domestic callers and 920-663-6275 for international callers. A live webcast of the call will be available online from the investor relations section of the company website at http://ir.immunedesign.com/events.cfm and will be archived there for 90 days. A telephone replay of the call will be available for five days by dialing 855-859-2056 for domestic callers or 404-537-3406 for international callers and entering the conference code: 59485872.
An archived copy of the webcast will be available on Immune Design's website beginning approximately two hours after the conference call. Immune Design will maintain an archived replay of the webcast on its website for at least 30 days after the conference call.
About Immune Design
Immune Design is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company employing next-generation in vivo approaches to enable the body's immune system to fight disease. The company's technologies are engineered to activate the immune system's natural ability to generate and/or expand antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells, while also enhancing other immune effectors, to fight cancer and other chronic diseases. CMB305 and G100, the two-pronged focus of Immune Design's ongoing immuno-oncology clinical programs, are the product of its two synergistic discovery platforms, ZVex® and GLAASTM. Both ZVex and GLAAS also have potential applications in infectious disease and allergy as demonstrated by ongoing pharmaceutical collaborations. Immune Design has offices in Seattle and South San Francisco. For more information, visit www.immunedesign.com.
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