4D Molecular Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2021 and Provides Operational Highlights
EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 4D Molecular Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FDMT), a clinical-stage gene therapy company harnessing the power of directed evolution for targeted gene therapies, announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021, and provided operational highlights.
“We continue to relentlessly execute and innovate as demonstrated by achievements in our first full quarter as a public company,” said David Kirn, M.D., Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of 4DMT. “The company remains on track to announce initial clinical data from both our 4D-310 Fabry disease product candidate and our 4D-125 XLRP product candidate in the second half of this year. In addition, we remain on track to initiate clinical trials in the second half of this year for 4D-150, our wet AMD and DME product candidate, and for 4D-710, our cystic fibrosis lung disease product candidate. We also recently expanded our technology platform to include applications of machine learning, and yesterday, at the annual ASGCT conference, we presented preclinical non-human primate data from 4D-150.”
Recent Operational Highlights
- Presented preclinical data from non-human primate (NHP) studies at the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 24th Annual Meeting. For the first-time, 4DMT described the design of 4D-150, a dual transgene, intravitreal gene therapy designed to inhibit four distinct VEGF family members for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME). Preclinical NHP studies demonstrated significant efficacy in the laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) model, including complete CNV suppression at the lowest dose of 1E11 vg/eye. In addition, a preclinical acute biodistribution study demonstrated high anti-VEGF levels within the NHP eye, with no evidence of uveitis or retinal abnormality.
- Entered into a collaboration focused on applying machine learning technology to the AAV vector capsid datasets generated from 4DMT’s Therapeutic Vector Evolution platform. This research will be conducted with U.C. Berkeley investigators Jennifer Listgarten, Ph.D and David Schaffer, Ph.D., global leaders in machine learning, computational biology, AAV directed evolution and gene therapy.
Expected Upcoming Milestones
- Initial clinical data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of 4D-310 in Fabry disease expected in the second half of 2021
- Initial clinical data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of 4D-125 in X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa (XLRP) expected in the second half of 2021
- Initiation of a clinical trial with 4D-150 in wet AMD and diabetic macular edema expected in the second half of 2021
- Initiation of a clinical trial with 4D-710 in cystic fibrosis lung disease expected in the second half of 2021
Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2021
Cash and Cash Equivalents: Cash and cash equivalents were $259.9 million as of March 31, 2021. We expect cash and cash equivalents to be sufficient to fund operations into mid-2023.
Revenue: Total revenue was $2.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $3.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The decrease was primarily driven by decreased revenue recognized under the Roche collaboration agreement.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $12.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $13.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. This decrease was primarily driven by decreased external manufacturing expense, which was partially offset by higher payroll and stock-based compensation expense.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $5.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $3.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. This increase was primarily due to higher payroll and stock-based compensation expense and higher business insurance expense.
Net Loss: Net loss was $16.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $13.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
4DMT is a clinical-stage company harnessing the power of directed evolution for targeted gene therapies. 4DMT seeks to unlock the full potential of gene therapy using its platform, Therapeutic Vector Evolution, which combines the power of directed evolution with approximately one billion synthetic capsid sequences to invent evolved vectors for use in targeted gene therapy products. The company is initially focused in three therapeutic areas: ophthalmology, cardiology, and pulmonology. The 4DMT targeted and evolved vectors are invented with the goal of being delivered through clinically routine, well-tolerated and minimally invasive routes of administration, transducing diseased cells in target tissues efficiently, having reduced immunogenicity and, where relevant, having resistance to pre-existing antibodies. 4DMT is currently conducting three clinical trials: 4D-125 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for XLRP patients, 4D-110 is in a Phase 1 clinical trial for choroideremia patients and 4D-310 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Fabry disease patients.
4D Molecular Therapeutics™, 4DMT™, Therapeutic Vector Evolution™, and the 4DMT logo are trademarks of 4DMT.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, implied and express statements regarding plans and timelines for the clinical development of 4D-310, 4D-125, 4D-110, 4D-150 and 4D-710, including the therapeutic potential and clinical benefits thereof; the estimated timing of clinical data being available for 4D-125’s Phase 1/2 clinical trial and 4D-310’s Phase 1/2 clinical trial; the estimated timing of initiating the clinical trials for 4D-150 and 4D-710; expectations on how long our cash and cash equivalents can fund operations; expectations regarding current and future interactions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and 4D Molecular Therapeutics' strategy, business plans and focus. The words "may," “might,” "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," “expect,” "estimate," “seek,” "predict," “future,” "project," "potential," "continue," "target" and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including, without limitation, risks associated with: the impact of COVID-19 on countries or regions in which we have operations or do business, as well as on the timing and anticipated results of our clinical trials, strategy and future operations; the delay of any current or planned clinical trials for the development of 4D Molecular Therapeutics' drug candidates, the risk that the results of our clinical trials may not be predictive of future results in connection with future clinical trials; 4D Molecular Therapeutics' ability to successfully demonstrate the safety and efficacy of its drug candidates; the timing and outcome of our planned interactions with regulatory authorities; and obtaining, maintaining and protecting our intellectual property. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in 4D Molecular Therapeutics’ most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be filed on or about the date hereof, as well as any subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent 4D Molecular Therapeutics' views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. 4D Molecular Therapeutics explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements. No representations or warranties (expressed or implied) are made about the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements.
4D-310, 4D-125 and 4D-110 are our product candidates in clinical trials and have not yet been approved for marketing by the US FDA or any other regulatory authority. No representation is made as to the safety or effectiveness of 4D-310, 4D-125, or 4D-110 for the therapeutic use for which they are being studied.
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Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended
|Collaboration and license revenue||$||2,000||$||3,411|
|Collaboration and license revenue, related parties||—||124|
|Research and development||12,769||13,158|
|General and administrative||5,543||3,654|
|Total operating expenses||18,312||16,812|
|Loss from operations||(16,312||)||(13,277||)|
|Other income (expense)||(94||)||117|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||$||(16,406||)||$||(13,160||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.61||)||$||(2.54||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||26,690,167||5,183,845|
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Condensed Balance Sheet Data
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||259,865||$||276,726|
|Total stockholders’ equity||242,431||256,387|