Audentes Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Provides Update on ASPIRO, the Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of AT132 in Patients with X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy
- Muscle biopsy data demonstrate highly efficient tissue transduction as indicated by vector copy number, robust myotubularin protein expression as assessed by western blot, and significant improvement in histology in first three treated patients at 24-week timepoint
- Efficacy analysis updated to include week 24 assessments for Patient 3, demonstrating significant improvements in neuromuscular and respiratory function and reduction in ventilator dependence
- No serious adverse events in any patient since the last data update provided at ASGCT in May 2018
- Proceeding with per protocol dose escalation from 1x1014 vector genomes per kilogram (vg/kg) to 3x1014 vg/kg
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BOLD), a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapy products for patients living with serious, life-threatening rare diseases, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 and provided an update on ASPIRO, the phase 1/2 clinical trial of AT132 in patients with X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM), including muscle biopsy results from the first three patients treated in the study and the week 24 efficacy analysis for Patient 3.
"We're very pleased with continued clinical progress in ASPIRO, and in particular the results of the muscle biopsy data from the first three ASPIRO patients, which show unprecedented levels of tissue transduction and protein expression from a systemically administered gene therapy for a neuromuscular disease," stated Dr. Suyash Prasad, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Audentes. "The consistency of effect between the functional measures and histological improvement gives us further confidence in the emerging profile of AT132 as a therapy with the potential to bring transformative benefit to patients living with XLMTM. We look forward to continuing with the per protocol dose escalation and initiating enrollment of the second dose cohort at the 3x1014 vg/kg dose in the coming weeks."
"We anticipate building on the significant momentum of our XLMTM program with continued progress across our portfolio of product candidates, including advancing an exciting new research initiative directed toward a large neuromuscular disease with significant unmet medical need," stated Matthew R. Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of Audentes. "Coupled with further advancements in the commercial readiness of our manufacturing operations, we believe we are well-positioned as a leader in the AAV gene therapy field with significant near-term growth potential."
Today's announcement includes incremental safety, efficacy and muscle biopsy data updates since the most recent data disclosure in an oral presentation held on May 16, 2018 at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Annual Meeting.
There have been no serious adverse events in any patient since the last update.
The ASGCT oral presentation included week-24 assessments for Patients 1, 2, and 4 (untreated control) as well as earlier assessments for Patients 5, 6, and 7 from the Cohort 1 expansion group. Today's update adds week 24 assessments for Patient 3 to the available data set, including:
- CHOP-INTEND score: increased from 34 at baseline to 48 at week 24 (41% increase)
- Maximal Inspiratory Pressure (MIP): increased from 26 cmH20 at baseline to 70 cmH20 at week 24 (170% increase)
- Ventilator support: decreased from continuous (24 hours/day) invasive ventilator support at baseline to night-time only (8 hours/day) ventilator support at week 24
Subsequent to the week 24 assessment, Patient 2 successfully achieved ventilator independence.
Muscle biopsy samples at the 24-week timepoint show evidence of highly efficient tissue transduction as indicated by vector copy number, robust myotubularin protein expression as assessed by western blot, and significant improvement in histology as assessed by improved myofiber size, nuclei peripheralization and organelle localization.
Based on these findings, the independent Data Monitoring Committee for ASPIRO recommended continuing with dose escalation per protocol, from 1x1014 vg/kg for Cohort 1 to 3x1014 vg/kg for Cohort 2. Patient screening is underway, and dosing is expected to commence in the coming weeks.
Recent Achievements & Upcoming Key Events
- AT132 for XLMTM:
- Presented positive interim data from ASPIRO during an oral presentation at the ASGCT Annual Meeting in May 2018.
- The ASPIRO data set now includes safety and efficacy results through week 24 for patients 1-4 of Cohort 1, and up to week 4 data for the Cohort 1 expansion patients (patients 5-7), as well as week 24 muscle biopsy data for patients 1-3. To date, all patients show clinically meaningful improvements in neuromuscular and respiratory function. Patients 1-3 show significant reductions in ventilator dependence, with Patient 1 achieving ventilator independence by week 24.
- Awarded PRIME designation by the European Medicines Agency
- Next data update anticipated at the 23rd International Congress of the World Muscle Society, October 2-6, 2018
- AT342 for Crigler-Najjar Syndrome:
- Presented initial proof of concept at a dose of 1.5x1012 vg/kg at the Annual Congress of the 51st Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in May 2018
- AT342 has been well-tolerated with no significant treatment-related safety signals
- Dose escalating to 6x1012 vg/kg and plan to provide the next interim data update from VALENS in the fourth quarter of 2018
- AT982 for Pompe Disease:
- Presented preclinical data from AT982 in a Pompe mouse model at the ASGCT Annual Meeting in May 2018
- Conducting preclinical program in support of IND submission to evaluate AT982 in both infantile and late onset Pompe disease patients
- Plan to submit the AT982 IND in 2019
- Plan to initiate INQUIRO, a prospective natural history run-in study in both infantile and late onset Pompe disease patients in the first half of 2019
- AT307 for CASQ2-CPVT:
- IND application is active
- Received Fast Track designation from the FDA
- Continuing patient identification activities to better characterize CASQ2-CPVT prevalence. Results from these efforts will inform clinical plans as they relate to the timing of a potential phase 1/2 clinical trial.
- Pipeline expansion:
- Research initiative underway focused on the design and development of a novel AAV-based therapeutic targeting a large neuromuscular disease with significant unmet medical need
- Commenced BLA preparation and validation efforts for our internal cGMP manufacturing facility, AT132 process and analytical methods. Since program inception, clinical material has been manufactured utilizing substantially the same process, scale, and facility intended to supply the commercial market.
- Current facility and scale provide sufficient capacity for the expected global commercial needs of XLMTM and Crigler-Najjar markets, and ongoing clinical supply for current pipeline programs.
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
- Cash Position: At June 30, 2018, Audentes had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $314.4 million. Current cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments are expected to fund operations into the second half of 2020.
- Research and Development Expense: Research and development expense was $26.3 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $18.8 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of $7.5 million. The increase in research and development expense was primarily attributable to an increase in development costs related to our AT982 program, increased headcount and related facility costs, increased internal manufacturing costs and higher stock compensation expense. Research and development expense for the second quarter includes $2.3 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, research and development expense was $46.2 million compared to $33.4 million for the same period in 2017.
- General and Administrative Expense: General and administrative expense was $6.3 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $4.1 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of $2.2 million. The increase in general and administrative expense was primarily attributable to increases in headcount and related facility costs, professional service fees, stock compensation expense and public company regulatory compliance costs. General and administrative expense for the second quarter includes $1.8 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, general and administrative expense was $12.8 million compared to $7.7 million for the same period in 2017.
- Net Loss: Net loss was $31.4 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $22.7 million for the same period in 2017. For the six months ended June 30, 2018, net loss was $56.9 million as compared to $40.9 million for the same period in 2017.
At 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time today, Audentes management will host a conference call and a simultaneous webcast to discuss its second quarter 2018 financial results and provide an update on ASPIRO, the phase 1/2 clinical trial of AT132 in Patients with X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy. To access a live webcast of the conference call, please visit the Events & Presentations page within the Investors + Media section of the Audentes website at www.audentestx.com. Alternatively, please call 1-833-659-8620 (U.S.) or 1-409-767-9247 (international) and dial the conference ID 2572579 to access the call.
A replay of the webcast will be available on the Audentes website for approximately 30 days.
About Audentes Therapeutics, Inc.
Audentes Therapeutics (Nasdaq: BOLD) is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative gene therapy products for patients living with serious, life-threatening rare diseases. We are currently conducting phase 1/2 clinical trials of our lead product candidates AT132 for the treatment of X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM) and AT342 for the treatment of Crigler-Najjar Syndrome. We have two additional product candidates in development, including AT982 for the treatment of Pompe disease, and AT307 for the treatment of the CASQ2 subtype of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CASQ2-CPVT). We are a focused, experienced and passionate team committed to forging strong, global relationships with the patient, research and medical communities.
For more information regarding Audentes, please visit www.audentestx.com.
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