Larimar Therapeutics Provides Updates on CTI-1601 Clinical Program Following a Type C Meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Reports Second Quarter 2022 Operating and Financial Results
- Larimar plans to submit a complete response to CTI-1601’s clinical hold in the third quarter of 2022
- In conjunction with the complete response, Larimar is proposing a Phase 2, four-week dose exploration study in Friedreich’s ataxia (FA)patients as CTI-1601’s next clinical trial
- Cash and marketable debt securities at June 30, 2022 of $54.9 million provides projected cash runway through the third quarter of 2023
BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (“Larimar”) (Nasdaq: LRMR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases, today announced that it has received meeting minutes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following a recent Type C Meeting with the Agency and reported its second quarter 2022 operating and financial results.
The purpose of the Type C Meeting was to obtain FDA feedback on the information needed to resolve CTI-1601's current clinical hold in full or in part, as well as to discuss a proposed change in CTI-1601’s clinical development plan to introduce a Phase 2 dose exploration study to precede initiation of an open label extension study.
The Company plans to submit a complete response to the CTI-1601 clinical hold in the third quarter of 2022. In conjunction with the complete response, Larimar is proposing as CTI-1601’s next clinical trial a Phase 2, four-week dose exploration study in FA patients starting at the lower dose levels tested in the Company’s Phase 1 multiple-ascending dose clinical trial. This study will provide data on extended dosing of lower doses of CTI-1601, including additional data on safety and tolerability as well as whether lower doses for longer periods of time can increase frataxin levels while maintaining acceptable exposures.
Carole Ben-Maimon, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Larimar, commented, “We would like to thank the FDA for a productive Type C Meeting, which informed the preparation and planned submission of a complete response that we believe will enable CTI-1601’s return to the clinic. We look forward to receiving FDA feedback on the complete response and our proposed Phase 2 dose exploration study. The proposed study has been designed to provide additional information on CTI-1601’s safety profile as well as pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles, which we believe will allow us to select appropriate doses for future long-term dosing. It will also enable us to build on our prior Phase 1 results, which provided clinical proof-of-concept for CTI-1601 by demonstrating its ability to increase frataxin levels in peripheral tissues. Given FA’s root cause is the inability of patients to produce sufficient amounts of frataxin, we believe these data highlight CTI-1601’s potential to address the urgent need for disease-modifying treatments that go beyond just symptom management.”
The CTI-1601 program was placed on clinical hold by the FDA in May 2021 following the Company’s notification to the Agency of mortalities which occurred at the highest dose levels in a 26-week non-human primate (NHP) toxicology study that was designed to support extended dosing of patients with CTI-1601. At the time of the notice, Larimar had no interventional clinical trials with patients enrolled or enrolling.
Data from Phase 1 single- and multiple-ascending dose (MAD) clinical trials indicated that repeated subcutaneous injections of CTI-1601 were generally well tolerated at doses up to 100 mg administered daily for up to 13 days. No serious adverse events, important medical events, or treatment-related severe adverse events were reported in the trials and the number and severity of adverse events did not increase with increasing exposure to CTI-1601. The most common adverse events were mild and moderate injection site reactions. Data from cohorts 2 and 3 of the MAD trial also showed that subcutaneous injections of 50 or 100 mg of CTI-1601, administered daily for at least seven days, resulted in frataxin levels in peripheral tissues (buccal cells) that were at or in excess of those that would be expected in phenotypically normal heterozygous carriers. Cohort 1 of the MAD trial, which evaluated a 25 mg dose, explored a daily dosing regimen for only four days.
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
As of June 30, 2022, the Company had cash and marketable debt securities totaling $54.9 million which provides projected cash runway through the third quarter of 2023.
The Company reported a net loss for the second quarter of 2022 of $8.7 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to a net loss of $12.6 million, or $0.79 per share, for the second quarter of 2021.
Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2022 were $5.6 million compared to $9.1 million for the second quarter of 2021. The decrease in research and development expenses compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by a decrease in nonclinical costs of $2.5 million and a decrease of $1.1 million in clinical trial costs partially offset by an increase of $0.2 million in stock-based compensation expense associated with stock option grants made in 2021 and 2022.
General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2022 were $3.0 million compared to $3.4 million for the second quarter of 2021. The decrease in general and administrative expenses compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by a decrease in professional fees associated with legal and accounting services of $0.5 million partially offset by an increase of $0.1 million in stock-based compensation expense associated with stock option grants made in 2021 and 2022.
The Company reported a net loss for the first half of 2022 of $17.6 million, or $0.96 per share, compared to a net loss of $24.7 million, or $1.54 per share, for the first half of 2021.
Research and development expenses for the first half of 2022 were $11.5 million compared to $18.1 million for the first half of 2021. The decrease in research and development expenses compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by a decrease of $3.0 million in clinical trial costs, a decrease in clinical supply manufacturing costs of $2.3 million, and a decrease in nonclinical costs of $2.3 million partially offset by an increase of $0.4 million in personnel related costs due to annual compensation increases and an increase of $0.4 million in stock-based compensation expense associated with stock option grants made in 2021 and 2022.
General and administrative expenses for the first half of 2022 were $6.1 million compared to $6.6 million for the first half of 2021. The decrease in general and administrative expenses compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by a decrease in professional fees associated with legal and accounting services of $0.6 million, a decrease in operational expenses of $0.3 million and partially offset by an increase of $0.4 million in stock-based compensation expense associated with stock option grants made in 2021 and 2022.
CTI-1601 is a recombinant fusion protein intended to deliver human frataxin to the mitochondria of patients with Friedreich’s ataxia who are unable to produce enough of this essential protein. CTI-1601 has been granted Rare Pediatric Disease designation, Fast Track designation and Orphan Drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Orphan Drug Designation by the European Commission, and a PRIME designation by the European Medicines Agency.
About Larimar Therapeutics
Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: LRMR), is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases. Larimar’s lead compound, CTI-1601, is being developed as a potential treatment for Friedreich's ataxia. Larimar also plans to use its intracellular delivery platform to design other fusion proteins to target additional rare diseases characterized by deficiencies in intracellular bioactive compounds. For more information, please visit: https://larimartx.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on Larimar’s management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. All statements contained in this release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including but not limited to Larimar’s expectations regarding its ability to resolve the clinical hold imposed by the FDA related to CTI-1601, Larimar’s ability to develop and commercialize CTI-1601 and other planned product candidates, Larimar’s planned research and development efforts, including the timing of its CTI-1601 clinical development plan and other matters regarding Larimar’s business strategies, use of capital, results of operations and financial position, and plans and objectives for future operations.
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Chief Financial Officer
|Larimar Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||19,736||$||70,097|
|Marketable debt securities||35,188||—|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,820||2,107|
|Total current assets||56,744||72,204|
|Property and equipment, net||986||1,049|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||3,134||3,406|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Operating lease liabilities, current||638||594|
|Total current liabilities||7,719||8,846|
|Operating lease liabilities||5,077||5,408|
|Commitments and contingencies (See Note 8)|
|Preferred stock; $0.001 par value per share; 5,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; no shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value per share; 115,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 17,710,450 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021||18||18|
|Additional paid-in capital||183,955||180,645|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(57||)||—|
|Total stockholders’ equity||50,056||64,413|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||62,852||$||78,667|
|Larimar Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Research and development||$||5,644||$||9,102||$||11,450||$||18,076|
|General and administrative||3,043||3,441||6,124||6,573|
|Total operating expenses||8,687||12,543||17,574||24,649|
|Loss from operations||(8,687||)||(12,543||)||(17,574||)||(24,649||)|
|Other income (expense), net||20||(66||)||(36||)||(48||)|
|Net loss and Total comprehensive loss||$||(8,667||)||$||(12,609||)||$||(17,610||)||$||(24,697||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.47||)||$||(0.79||)||$||(0.96||)||$||(1.54||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||18,338,853||15,996,133||18,338,853||15,996,133|
|Net loss and Total comprehensive loss||$||(8,667||)||$||(12,609||)||$||(17,610||)||$||(24,697||)|
|Other comprehensive loss:|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable debt securities||(57||)||—||(57||)||—|
|Total other comprehensive loss||(57||)||—||(57||)||—|
|Total comprehensive loss||$||(8,724||)||$||(12,609||)||$||(17,667||)||$||(24,697||)|