ImmunoGen Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

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  • The Company is investing in its wholly owned product programs, including expanding its mirvetuximab soravtansine (IMGN853) and IMGN529 clinical programs and developing plans for recently reacquired coltuximab ravtansine (SAR3419). Initial clinical data with mirvetuximab soravtansine in the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer are to be reported at ASCO annual meeting.
  • ImmunoGen continues to expand its antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology portfolio, had multiple presentations at the AACR annual meeting, and recently announced access to its technology has been licensed by Takeda.
  • The Company expects to end its fiscal year on June 30, 2015 with between $265 million and $275 million in cash and cash equivalents, reflecting its recent royalty transaction.

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ImmunoGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMGN), a biotechnology company that develops novel anticancer therapeutics using its ADC technology, today reported financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015 – the third quarter of the Company’s 2015 fiscal year. ImmunoGen also provided an update on its product pipeline and financial guidance.

“We are executing against our product development plan and recently strengthened our financial resources to support these programs”

“We are executing against our product development plan and recently strengthened our financial resources to support these programs,” commented Daniel Junius, President and CEO. “The clinical findings with mirvetuximab soravtansine to date are encouraging, and we look forward to their presentation at ASCO next month. Based on these data and the medical need, we are expanding the compound’s clinical program and implementing preparations to support an accelerated development pathway.”

Mr. Junius continued, “We are also expanding the development program for our CD37-targeting ADC, IMGN529, to include assessment in combination with rituximab for non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as evaluation as a single agent for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Updates on other hematology programs include that we are developing our plans for the CD19-targeting ADC, coltuximab ravtansine, for B-cell malignancies that we recently regained from Sanofi, we remain on track for IND submission later this year with IMGN779 for acute myeloid leukemia, and Biotest continues to make important progress with their CD138-targeting ADC for multiple myeloma and certain solid tumors.”

Pipeline Updates

Mirvetuximab soravtansine, a potential new therapy for many cases of ovarian cancer as well as for endometrial cancer and other solid tumors that highly express folate receptor a (FRa); wholly owned by ImmunoGen.

  • This ADC now has received orphan designation in ovarian cancer in the EU as well as in the US.
  • Initial findings with mirvetuximab soravtansine – used as a single agent – to treat FRa-positive platinum-resistant ovarian cancer will be presented at the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting. The data are from a disease-specific Phase 1 cohort. ImmunoGen plans to initiate a Phase 2 trial in this indication by the end of 2015 that could potentially support an accelerated registration pathway.
  • ImmunoGen also plans to initiate in 2H2015 assessment of mirvetuximab soravtansine used in combination regimens for ovarian cancer.
  • Assessment of mirvetuximab soravtansine for the treatment of FRa-positive relapsed/ refractory (R/R) endometrial cancer is ongoing. ImmunoGen is preparing to also assess it for FRa-positive R/R non-small cell lung cancer.
  • In addition to the every three week dosing schedule being used in the disease-specific testing underway, dose-finding with a weekly dosing regimen is advancing. The findings to date also have been accepted for presentation at ASCO.

IMGN529, a potential new treatment for B-cell malignancies; wholly owned by ImmunoGen.

  • Once the recommended Phase 2 dose is established, ImmunoGen plans to evaluate it specifically for the treatment of R/R diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
  • Preclinical findings with IMGN529 used with rituximab (Rituxan®) will be reported at the International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma in Lugano in June 2015. ImmunoGen is planning to initiate a clinical trial to assess the combination.
  • The next IMGN529 clinical data presentation(s) are targeted for the ASH annual meeting in December.

Indatuximab ravtansine (BT-062), a CD138-targeting ADC for multiple myeloma and certain solid tumors; wholly owned by Biotest; ImmunoGen holds rights to opt-in with Biotest on joint US development and commercialization.

  • Phase 2 trial ongoing in multiple myeloma; Phase 1 trial ongoing in triple-negative breast cancer and metastatic urinary bladder cancer.

Coltuximab ravtansine (SAR3419), a potential therapy for DLBCL and other B-cell malignancies; demonstrated encouraging activity in the treatment of R/R DLBCL in STARLYTE Phase 2 trial presented at ASCO 2014 and selected for Best of ASCO.

  • ImmunoGen recently regained the rights to this promising ADC from Sanofi.

IMGN779, CD33-targeting ADC utilizing one of ImmunoGen’s DNA-acting payload agents; a potential treatment for acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome; wholly owned by ImmunoGen.

  • Remains on track for IND submission in 2H2015.

IMGN289, EGFR-targeting ADC, wholly owned by ImmunoGen.

  • The Company has stopped Phase 1 testing and returned the program to research.

Genentech/Roche’s ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla®), which uses ImmunoGen’s ADC technology.

  • Approved in the US, Europe, and other geographies based on the results from the EMILIA Phase 3 trial; in development by Roche for a number of indications, with data from the MARIANNE Phase 3 trial to be presented at ASCO.
  • ImmunoGen recently reported a monetization transaction pertaining to the royalties earned on Kadcyla sales.

Financial Results

For the Company’s quarter ended March 31, 2015 (3QFY2015), ImmunoGen reported a net loss of $21.6 million, or $0.25 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $37.5 million, or $0.44 per basic and diluted share, for the same quarter last year (3QFY2014).

Revenues for 3QFY2015 were $11.4 million, compared to $6.9 million for 3QFY2014. They include $5.1 million of license and milestone fees, principally from a $5 million cash milestone payment earned from Novartis with the initiation of Phase 1 testing of its product candidate, LOP628. They also include $5.1 million of royalty payments received from Roche in March 2015 for sales of Kadcyla during the three-month period ended December 31, 2014. The royalty transaction recently announced impacts royalties earned on Kadcyla sales starting January 1, 2015. Revenues for 3QFY2015 also include $0.7 million of clinical materials revenue and $0.5 million of research and development support fees. The level of research support and the number of batches of clinical materials produced and released to partners varies on a quarter-to-quarter basis.

Operating expenses in 3QFY2015 were $32.7 million, compared to $44.3 million in 3QFY2014, and consist of research and development expenses of $25.7 million and general and administrative expenses of $7.0 million. The prior year period included a $12.8 million non-cash charge recorded to research and development expense related to a collaboration agreement executed with CytomX.

ImmunoGen had approximately $111.8 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2015, – inclusive of a $20 million upfront payment received from Takeda – compared with $142.3 million as of June 30, 2014. Cash used in operations was $27.4 million in the first nine months of FY2015 and capital expenditures were $4.5 million.

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