Graphite Bio Reports Recent Business Progress and Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Graphite Bio Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPH) today reported recent business progress and fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 financial results.

“As announced last month, Graphite Bio has initiated a process to evaluate strategic alternatives that may result in changes to our business strategy,” said CEO Josh Lehrer, M.D., M.Phil. “We are working expeditiously to complete this strategic review and look forward to providing an update in the future when appropriate.”

Recent Business Updates

  • In February 2023, Graphite Bio announced its decision to discontinue development of nulabeglogene autogedtemcel (nula-cel) for sickle cell disease and initiate a process to explore strategic alternatives. As a result of this decision, the company announced a corporate restructuring to preserve capital while it conducts the strategic review. The company also disclosed its intention to continue research activities associated with its early-stage non-genotoxic conditioning program, with the goal of advancing toward one or more potential development candidates.
  • In January 2023, the company announced a voluntary pause of the Phase 1/2 CEDAR study of nula-cel. The company made this decision due to a serious adverse event of prolonged low blood cell counts (pancytopenia) in the first patient dosed with nula-cel, and the company’s conclusion that the event is likely related to study treatment.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Cash Position: As of December 31, 2022, cash, cash equivalents and investments in marketable securities totaled $283.6 million.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $18.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, which includes $1.4 million in stock-based compensation expense.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $8.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, which includes $2.2 million in stock-based compensation expense.
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $24.6 million, or $0.44 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2022.

Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Highlights

  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $72.8 million for fiscal year 2022, which includes $5.3 million in stock-based compensation expense.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $32.9 million for fiscal year 2022, which includes $8.2 million in stock-based compensation expense.
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $101.1 million, or $1.84 per basic and diluted share, for fiscal year 2022.

About nulabeglogene autogedtemcel (nula-cel)

Nula-cel, formerly GPH101, is an investigational next-generation gene editing autologous hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) therapy designed to directly correct the genetic mutation that causes sickle cell disease (SCD). A serious, life-threatening inherited blood disorder, SCD affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States and millions of people around the world, making it the most prevalent monogenic blood disease worldwide. Nula-cel is the first investigational therapy to use a highly differentiated gene correction approach that seeks to efficiently and precisely correct the mutation in the beta-globin gene to decrease sickle hemoglobin (HbS) production and restore adult hemoglobin (HbA) expression, thereby potentially curing SCD. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track and Orphan Drug designations to nula-cel for the treatment of SCD.

About Graphite Bio

Graphite Bio is a clinical-stage, next-generation gene editing company harnessing high efficiency targeted gene integration to develop a new class of therapies to potentially cure a wide range of serious and life-threatening diseases. The company’s precision gene editing approach aims to enable a variety of applications to transform human health through its potential to achieve one of medicine’s most elusive goals: to precisely “find & replace” any gene in the genome. Graphite Bio’s platform is designed to precisely correct mutations, replace entire disease-causing genes with normal genes or insert new genes into predetermined, safe locations. Additionally, the company is advancing the development of novel conditioning regimens to help bring curative therapies to more patients.

Graphite Bio was founded by academic pioneers in the fields of gene editing and gene therapy, including Maria Grazia Roncarolo, M.D., and Matthew Porteus, M.D., Ph.D. Learn more by visiting www.graphitebio.com and following the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements we make in this press release may include statements that are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). These statements may be identified by words such as “aims,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “goal,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “possible,” “potential,” “seeks,” “will” and variations of these words or similar expressions that are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Any such statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our plans to explore strategic alternatives, our ability to complete a transaction on acceptable terms, or at all, in connection with our pursuit of strategic alternatives, our plans to continue research activities associated with our early-stage non-genotoxic conditioning program, our ability to advance this program toward potential candidate(s), our implementation of our corporate restructuring and workforce reduction and the timing and scope of these events, and our anticipated cash runway, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act and are making this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions.

Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on Graphite Bio’s current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects only as of the date of this release and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements, including risks associated with volatility and uncertainty in the capital markets for biotechnology companies; availability of suitable third parties with which to conduct contemplated strategic transactions; whether we will be able to pursue a strategic transaction, or whether any transaction, if pursued, will be completed on attractive terms; whether our efforts to advance our non-genotoxic conditioning program will be successful; and whether our cash resources will be sufficient to fund our foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements. These risks concerning Graphite Bio’s programs and operations are described in additional detail in our periodic filings with the SEC, including our most recently filed periodic report, and subsequent filings thereafter. Graphite Bio explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except to the extent required by law.

GRAPHITE BIO, INC.

Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

         

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Operating expenses*:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

$

18,462

 

 

$

11,205

 

 

$

72,787

 

 

$

37,932

 

General and administrative

 

 

8,289

 

 

 

7,736

 

 

 

32,852

 

 

 

22,511

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

26,751

 

 

 

18,941

 

 

 

105,639

 

 

 

60,443

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(26,751

)

 

 

(18,941

)

 

 

(105,639

)

 

 

(60,443

)

Other income (expense), net:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income, net

 

 

2,152

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

4,587

 

 

 

24

 

Change in fair value of the Series A redeemable convertible preferred stock tranche liability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10,341

)

Total other income (expense), net

 

 

2,152

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

4,587

 

 

 

(10,317

)

Net loss

 

$

(24,599

)

 

$

(18,931

)

 

$

(101,052

)

 

$

(70,760

)

Unrealized gain (loss) on investments

 

 

548

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,048

)

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss

 

$

(24,051

)

 

$

(18,931

)

 

$

(102,100

)

 

$

(70,760

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted

 

$

(0.44

)

 

$

(0.35

)

 

$

(1.84

)

 

$

(2.45

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share—basic and diluted

 

 

55,721,704

 

 

 

53,429,766

 

 

 

54,873,675

 

 

 

28,919,255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Includes stock-based compensation as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

$

1,436

 

 

$

1,051

 

 

$

5,317

 

 

$

2,685

 

General and administrative

 

 

2,186

 

 

 

1,396

 

 

 

8,217

 

 

 

5,186

 

 

 

$

3,622

 

 

$

2,447

 

 

$

13,534

 

 

$

7,871

 

GRAPHITE BIO, INC.

Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

     

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

47,730

 

 

$

376,976

 

Investments in marketable securities, current

 

 

220,499

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

7,136

 

 

 

4,760

 

Total current assets

 

 

275,365

 

 

 

381,736

 

Restricted cash

 

 

1,716

 

 

 

1,716

 

Investments in marketable securities, non-current

 

 

15,322

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

22,630

 

 

 

6,507

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

5,580

 

 

 

11,574

 

Other assets

 

 

1,289

 

 

 

454

 

Total assets

 

$

321,902

 

 

$

401,987

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

2,608

 

 

$

2,453

 

Accrued compensation

 

 

3,799

 

 

 

2,689

 

Accrued research costs

 

 

720

 

 

 

633

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

1,871

 

 

 

886

 

Operating lease liabilities, current

 

 

4,045

 

 

 

5,482

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

13,043

 

 

 

12,143

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

 

1,749

 

 

 

5,794

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

10,819

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

25,611

 

 

 

17,937

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

 

539,741

 

 

 

525,400

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(1,048

)

 

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(242,403

)

 

 

(141,351

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

296,291

 

 

 

384,050

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

321,902

 

 

$

401,987

 

 

Contacts

Investors and Media:
Stephanie Yao
VP, Communications and Investor Relations
650-502-2931
syao@graphitebio.com

 
 

Source: Graphite Bio, Inc.

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