WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tengion, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNGN), a leader in regenerative medicine, today provided a business update and reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
"We continue to diligently execute on our value creating milestones for both of our two lead programs, the Neo-Urinary Conduit and the Neo-Kidney Augment," said John L. Miclot, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tengion. "For the Neo-Urinary Conduit, we are very encouraged by the results we have seen in the fourth implanted patient in our Phase 1 trial and we remain on track to enroll up to 10 patients in this study by the end of 2012. We have also commenced the previously announced GLP animal study program to support an IND filing for the Neo-Kidney Augment program, which we believe will produce results in line with the positive data observed in our preclinical models of chronic kidney disease."
Neo-Urinary Conduit Clinical Program Update
Tengion has implanted four patients in the ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial of its most advanced product candidate, the Neo-Urinary Conduit, for use in bladder cancer patients requiring a urinary diversion following bladder removal (cystectomy). The trial is designed to assess the safety and preliminary efficacy of the Neo-Urinary Conduit in up to 10 patients, as well as to translate the surgical procedure successfully used in preclinical animal models into clinical trials with human patients. The ongoing initial trial is being conducted at the University of Chicago Medical Center and at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Data from the first three patients in this trial allowed clinical investigators to make surgical modifications to address stoma patency, conduit integrity, and vascular supply. Following implantation of the fourth patient in the first quarter of 2012, Tengion and its clinical investigators believe they have successfully translated the surgical technique used in animal models, which they believe will address the complications that arose in the first three patients. In addition, there have been important observations made in the four patients that reinforce the potential of a clinically meaningful product profile for the Neo-Urinary Conduit. Tengion is actively recruiting additional patients in the trial. Assuming appropriate safety data, the Company anticipates that it will complete enrollment of up to 10 patients by the end of 2012.
Neo-Kidney Augment Preclinical Program Update
Tengion's lead preclinical program, the Neo-Kidney Augment, is intended to prevent or delay the need for dialysis or kidney transplant by catalyzing the regeneration of functional kidney tissue in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Tengion has now commenced the good laboratory practice (GLP) animal study program required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support an Investigational New Drug (IND) filing and initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial in CKD patients. These GLP studies are consistent with studies using several preclinical animal models of CKD already conducted by Tengion, which yielded positive data demonstrating slowing of kidney disease progression and improved survival.
Tengion anticipates that it will submit an IND filing for the Neo-Kidney Augment during the first half of 2013 and that its Phase 1 trial will provide initial human proof-of-concept data in 2014. Tengion is also exploring an entry strategy in Europe for its Neo-Kidney Augment product candidate using the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP) pathway, an established regulatory route in Europe for advanced cell-based therapies. Tengion plans to define the European regulatory pathway for Neo-Kidney Augment program in the second half of 2012.
For the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted common share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $6.5 million, or $0.41 per basic and diluted common share, for the same period in 2011. The decreased adjusted net loss for the 2012 period was primarily due to a decrease in compensation-related expenses of $1.0 million and a decrease in depreciation expense of $1.0 million.
The decreased compensation-related expenses during the 2012 period, of which $0.6 million were attributable to research and development personnel and $0.4 million were attributable to general and administrative personnel, were primarily due to lower headcount resulting from the Company's November 2011 restructuring. The decreased depreciation expense during the 2012 period resulted from both a change during the second quarter of 2011 in the estimated useful life of leasehold improvements at the Company's leased facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and an impairment during the fourth quarter of 2011 of the carrying value of the Company's leased facility in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. The loss per basic and diluted common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was significantly affected by the issuance of common stock in connection with the equity financing completed March 2011.
As of March 31, 2012, the Company held $7.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. Based upon the Company's currently expected level of operating expenditures and debt repayments, the Company expects to be able to fund its operations to September 2012.
Conference Call and Webcast
John L. Miclot, President and Chief Executive Officer, A. Brian Davis, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, and Dr. Tim Bertram, Chief Scientific Officer and President of Research and Development, will host a conference call today, May 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. EDT to provide a business update and discuss the Company's first quarter 2012 financial results.
The call can be accessed by dialing 1-866-356-4281 (domestic) or 1-617-597-5395 (international) five minutes prior to the start time and providing the access code 33248660. The conference call can be accessed from the Investors section of the Company's website or directly at http://www.media-server.com/m/p/rf5nyqx7. The webcast will also be archived on the website.
Tengion, a clinical-stage regenerative medicine company, is focused on developing its Organ Regeneration Platform to harness the intrinsic regenerative pathways of the body to regenerate a range of native-like organs and tissues with the goal of delaying or eliminating the need for chronic disease therapies, organ transplantation, and the administration of anti-rejection medications. An initial clinical trial is ongoing for the Company's most advanced product candidate, the Neo-Urinary Conduit, an autologous implant that is intended to catalyze regeneration of native-like urinary tissue for bladder cancer patients requiring a urinary diversion following bladder removal. The Company's lead preclinical candidate is the Neo-Kidney Augment, which is designed to prevent or delay dialysis kidney transplantation by increasing renal function in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. Tengion has worldwide rights to its product candidates.