Bicycle Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Clinical Update
- Provides update on the Phase I/IIa trial evaluating lead asset BT1718 in patients with advanced solid tumors
- Successfully completed initial public offering (IPO) raising gross proceeds of $64.9 million
- Strengthened Board of Directors and clinical leadership team
CAMBRIDGE, England, & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bicycle Therapeutics plc, a biotechnology company pioneering a new class of therapeutics based on its proprietary bicyclic peptide (Bicycles®) product platform, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and provided a clinical update.
“The second quarter of this year was marked by the completion of our initial public offering, placing us in a solid financial position to advance our novel pipeline of Bicycle drug candidates through the clinic,” said Kevin Lee, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Bicycle Therapeutics. “We are pleased with the progress that our pipeline has made over the last quarter, including BT1718, which continues to progress in Phase I dose escalation. We believe that Bicycles, because of their low molecular weight and high affinity and selectivity, could provide meaningful efficacy to patients suffering from cancer and could avoid the toxicities associated with other classes of highly potent anti-cancer drugs, and we look forward to providing updates on our progress.”
Second Quarter 2019 and Recent Highlights
- Provided Update on the Phase I/IIa Trial Evaluating Lead Asset BT1718 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors. Today, Bicycle announced that in the 25 mg/m2 once weekly cohort, no dose limiting toxicities were observed, and the decision was made to continue with dose escalation.
- Announced Changes to the Board of Directors. In July 2019, Bicycle announced changes to the composition of its Board of Directors, including the appointment of pharmaceutical industry veteran Richard N. Kender and life sciences financing professional Janice Bourque, as well as an orderly transition for four board members to depart over the next twelve months, which will result in a reduction of the Company’s board size while enhancing its scientific and U.S. public company board expertise.
- Announced Positive Topline Results from Oxurion’s Phase I Trial Using Novel Bicycle-based Plasma Kallikrein Inhibitor for the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema. In July 2019, Bicycle announced the successful completion of Oxurion’s Phase I clinical trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreal injection of THR-149, a novel Bicycle-based plasma kallikrein (PKal) inhibitor, in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). No dose-limiting toxicities or drug-related adverse events were reported. A rapid onset of action was observed from Day 1, with an increasing average improvement in patients’ best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of up to 7.5 letters at Day 14. This activity was maintained with an average improvement in BCVA of 6.5 letters at Day 90 following the single injection.
- Completed Initial Public Offering. In May 2019, Bicycle completed its initial public offering (IPO) of 4,637,666 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), which included a partial exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional ADSs, at $14.00 per ADS, for gross proceeds of $64.9 million, before deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses.
- Entered Collaboration with Dementia Discovery Fund. In May 2019, Bicycle announced its collaboration with the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF), which allows the organization to use Bicycle technology for the development of novel therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. Under the terms of the agreement, Bicycle will identify Bicycles that bind to genetically-validated dementia targets. If promising lead compounds are identified, Bicycle will own the resulting IP and, with DDF, have the option to jointly establish a new company to develop those compounds.
- Strengthened Clinical Team to Advance Expanding Pipeline. In May 2019, Bicycle announced two senior appointments to help expand the Company’s clinical pipeline. Lisa Mahnke, M.D., Ph.D., joined as Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical and Terrence West, MBA, joined as Vice President and Head of Program Management. Dr. Mahnke was recently VP, Head of Clinical Development at Syros Pharmaceuticals and previously served at EMD Serono. Mr. West was previously Executive Director, Project Management, at EMD Serono.
- Cash and cash equivalents were $108.5 million as of June 30, 2019, compared with $63.4 million as of December 31, 2018. In the second quarter of 2019, Bicycle completed its IPO for gross proceeds of $64.9 million, before deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses.
- Collaboration revenues were $1.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The change in revenue includes $1.1 million of revenue recognized from new collaboration activities in Q2 2019, offset by a decrease in Sanofi revenue.
- Research and development expenses totaled $6.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $4.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The increase of $1.6 million is primarily due to a $2.5 million increase in direct program related spending and personnel related expenses, offset by an increase in research and development tax credit reimbursement of $0.9 million.
- General and administrative expenses were $3.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The increase was largely due to increased personnel costs associated with the growth of the Company and professional fees related to operations as a public company.
- Net loss was $10.2 million, or $(1.40) basic and diluted net loss per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net loss of $5.0 million, or $(11.85) basic diluted net income per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2018.
About Bicycle Therapeutics
Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of medicines, referred to as Bicycles®, for diseases that are underserved by existing therapeutics. Bicycles are fully synthetic short peptides constrained with small molecule scaffolds to form two loops that stabilize their structural geometry. This constraint facilitates target binding with high affinity and selectivity, making Bicycles attractive candidates for drug development. Bicycle’s lead product candidate, BT1718, is a Bicycle Toxin Conjugate being investigated in an ongoing Phase I/IIa clinical trial in collaboration with the Centre for Drug Development of Cancer Research UK. Bicycle is headquartered in Cambridge, U.K. with many key functions and members of its leadership team located in Lexington, MA. For more information, visit BicycleTherapeutics.com.
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