Infinity Pharmaceuticals Provides 2019 Goals and Financial Guidance
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) today announced anticipated 2019 milestones for IPI-549, a first-in-class, oral, immuno-oncology product candidate targeting tumor-associated myeloid cells through selective phosphoinositide-3-kinase-gamma (PI3K-gamma) inhibition and provided financial guidance for 2019.
"In the year ahead, we are excited to be moving into earlier lines of therapy, new indications, and novel, potentially transformative immuno-oncology combinations to execute on our strategy to expand the depth and breadth of the development of IPI-549," said Adelene Perkins, Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Pharmaceuticals. "Importantly, we have a cash runway into the second half of 2020, which enables us to advance IPI-549 development in several innovative studies in 2019. We also have the support of tremendous collaborators BMS and Arcus for two of these potentially transformative studies."
"The IPI-549 safety and clinical activity from the MARIO-1 Phase 1b study continues to inform our strategy to expand the depth and breadth of IPI-549 development for cancer patients," said Dr. Sam Agresta, Chief Medical Officer of Infinity. "MARIO-275 is our first global, randomized study of IPI-549 in combination with Opdivo compared to Opdivo monotherapy. This study, in collaboration with BMS, is designed to address an unmet medical need for patients with advanced urothelial cancer and is an important step in advancing IPI-549 development beyond the checkpoint inhibitor refractory setting. In addition, the safety, clinical activity and mechanism of action of IPI-549 allows us to expand the breadth of the program by moving into novel combinations, including in previously treated, advanced triple negative breast cancer patients, with a novel triple therapy study in collaboration with Arcus. And I am particularly excited to initiate our first IPI-549 study in the front-line setting in 2019."
Infinity plans to initiate MARIO-275, a combination study of IPI-549 with Opdivo® in I/O naïve urothelial cancer (UC) patients, in the first half of 2019. Opdivo was approved for use by the FDA as a single agent in advanced urothelial cancer based on durable response associated with treatment in CheckMate-275, a Phase 2 single arm clinical trial of Opdivo in subjects with metastatic or unresectable urothelial cancer who have progressed or recurred following treatment with a platinum agent1. Retrospective analyses of this study showed that patients with higher levels of myeloid derived suppressor cells, or MDSCs, had poor outcomes2. IPI-549 has been shown to reduce MDSCs as both a monotherapy and in combination with Opdivo in MARIO-13-6. MARIO-275 is intended to evaluate the benefit of adding IPI-549 to Opdivo in cisplatin-refractory, I/O-naive urothelial cancer patients. Clinical benefit will be assessed in the overall population as well as in subsets of patients with different baseline levels of MDSCs.
Infinity will also be advancing novel triple combination therapies with Arcus, initially evaluating IPI-549 in combination with AB928, Arcus's dual adenosine receptor antagonist, and chemotherapy in patients with previously treated, advanced triple negative breast cancer, or TNBC. As both macrophages and high adenosine levels are believed to play critical roles in creating a highly immune-suppressive tumor microenvironment in cancer after chemotherapy, the novel immuno-oncology combination being evaluated in this setting represent a potentially promising approach to treating TNBC.
Infinity's chair and chief executive officer, Adelene Perkins, will discuss the company's continued execution on its corporate strategy and 2019 priorities as part of a podium presentation at the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Thursday, January 10, at 9:30 a.m. PST (12:30 p.m. EST). The presentation will be webcast live on Infinity's website, www.infi.com, and an archived version of the webcast will be available on Infinity's website for 30 days.
Anticipated Milestones in 2019: Expanding Depth and Breadth of IPI-549 Development
2019 Financial Guidance
Infinity ended 2018 with approximately $58.6 million in cash and investments (unaudited) and plans to report its fourth quarter and full-year 2018 financial results in March. The company is providing the following financial guidance today:
Infinity's 2019 financial guidance is based on its current operating plans, excludes additional financing or business development activities, and includes a $2 million milestone payment from PellePharm, a private company, upon initiation of a Phase 3 study for the hedgehog inhibitor program, which Infinity licensed to PellePharm in 2013.
IPI-549 is an investigational compound, and its safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any other health authority.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
OPDIVO® is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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Company Codes: NASDAQ-NMS:INFI