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YM BioSciences (YM.TO) Reports Operational and Financial Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2012


2/9/2012 9:56:35 AM

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - YM BioSciences Inc. (NYSE Amex: YMI, TSX: YM), a drug development company advancing a diverse portfolio of hematology and cancer related products, today reported operational and financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2012, ended December 31, 2011.

"JAK inhibitors may ultimately prove valuable in the treatment of a wide range of blood disorders, cancers and inflammatory diseases, representing an immense opportunity for this emerging drug class. We recently reported multicenter data for our lead JAK inhibitor, CYT387, establishing its competitive safety and efficacy profile in patients with myelofibrosis," said Dr. Nick Glover, President and CEO of YM BioSciences. "The strength of our data positions us well to select the optimal course to further advance this opportunity."

Updated results from the Phase I/II study of CYT387 in 166 patients with myelofibrosis were presented in a poster session at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology held in San Diego in December 2011. CYT387 demonstrated an ability to render and maintain anemic myelofibrosis patients transfusion independent for clinically-relevant periods while also producing significant and durable improvements in their splenomegaly and constitutional symptoms. CYT387 was generally safe and well tolerated in myelofibrosis patients for dosing periods up to and exceeding two years, with minimal treatment-related myelosuppression observed.

Financial Results (CDN dollars)
The interim consolidated financial statements and comparative information for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Previously, up to June 30, 2011, the Company prepared its Interim and Annual Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("Canadian GAAP").

Revenue from out-licensing for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, ended December 31, 2011, was $0.4 million compared with $0.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Revenue from out-licensing for the first six months of fiscal 2012 was $0.6 million and comparable to $0.6 million for the first six months of fiscal 2011.

Net finance income was $1.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to net finance costs of $4.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Net finance income was $9.0 million for the first six months of fiscal 2012 compared to net finance costs of $8.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2011. Under IFRS, warrants denominated in a different currency than the Company's functional currency must be classified as a financial liability and measured at fair value, with changes reflected in profit or loss. The change in net finance income during the second fiscal quarter is primarily attributed to a change of $6.0 million in the fair value adjustment for USD warrants. For the first six months of fiscal 2012, the Company incurred a gain of $7.3 million compared to a loss of $7.5 million for the six months ended December 31, 2010 on the revaluation of warrants.

Licensing and product development expenses were $7.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with $5.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Licensing and product development expenses were $13.7 million for the first six months of fiscal 2012 compared with $10.9 million for the first six months of fiscal 2011. Development expenses for CYT387 increased due to the expansion of the Phase I/II clinical trial in myelofibrosis, start-up costs associated with the BID (twice-daily dosing) study, pre-clinical development activities, and manufacturing of drug for these programs. Expenses for nimotuzumab continued to decrease.

General and administrative expenses were $1.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared to $2.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. General and administrative expenses were $3.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2012 compared to $5.0 million for the first six months of fiscal 2011, primarily due to severance and restructuring costs in 2010.

Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $6.6 million ($0.06 per share) compared to $12.3 million ($0.14 per share) for the same period last year.

As at December 31, 2011 the Company had cash and short-term deposits totaling $67.9 million and accounts payables and accrued liabilities totaling $3.7 million compared to $79.7 million and $4.4 million respectively at June 30, 2011. Management believes that the cash and short-term deposits at December 31, 2011 are sufficient to support the Company's activities for at least the next 18 months.

As at December 31, 2011 the Company had 116,711,448 common shares and 7,366,418 warrants outstanding.

About YM BioSciences
YM BioSciences Inc. is a drug development company advancing three products: CYT387, a small molecule, dual inhibitor of the JAK1/JAK2 kinases; nimotuzumab, an EGFR-targeting monoclonal antibody; and CYT997, a vascular disrupting agent (VDA).

CYT387 is an orally administered inhibitor of both the JAK1 and JAK2 kinases, which have been implicated in a number of immune cell disorders including myeloproliferative neoplasms and inflammatory diseases as well as certain cancers. Positive interim results have been reported from a Phase I/II trial of CYT387 in 166 patients with myelofibrosis. This trial has completed enrollment while a 60 patient Phase II twice-daily dose escalation trial is currently recruiting patients. Nimotuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting EGFR with an enhanced side-effect profile over currently marketed EGFR-targeting antibodies. Nimotuzumab is being evaluated in numerous Phase II and III trials worldwide. CYT997 is an orally-available small molecule therapeutic with dual mechanisms of vascular disruption and cytotoxicity, and has completed a Phase II trial in glioblastoma multiforme. In addition to YM's three products, the Company has several preclinical research programs underway with candidates from its library of novel compounds identified through internal research conducted at YM BioSciences Australia.


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