MEI Pharma Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results
Pipeline advancement continues, including clearance of voruciclib IND by FDA and pracinostat Orphan Drug Designation by EMA
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP), an oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel therapies for cancer, today reported results for its second quarter ended December 31, 2017.
"We continue to build on the progress we reported last quarter with important advances in the clinical development programs across our pipeline," said Daniel P. Gold, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of MEI Pharma. "Already in 2018, the Food and Drug Administration cleared the Investigational New Drug Application for voruciclib, and pracinostat was awarded Orphan Drug Designation from the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia."
Dr. Gold added: "In the coming months we look forward to separate data readouts in three programs: pracinostat's stage 1 of a Phase 2 dose-optimization study in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS); ME-401's single agent safety and efficacy in relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and follicular lymphoma (FL); and ME-344's interim results from a proof-of-concept study in combination with bevacizumab (marketed as Avastin®) in human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) negative breast cancer. In addition, we look forward to the initiation of our Phase 1 single-agent study with voruciclib in relapsed/refractory B lymphocyte malignancies."
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About MEI Pharma
MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) is a San Diego-based oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel therapies for cancer. The Company's portfolio of drug candidates includes pracinostat, an oral HDAC inhibitor that is partnered with Helsinn Healthcare, SA. Pracinostat has been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in combination with azacitidine for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are unfit for intensive chemotherapy. Pracinostat is also being developed in combination with azacitidine for the treatment of patients with high and very high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MEI Pharma's clinical development pipeline also includes ME-401, a highly differentiated oral PI3K delta inhibitor currently in a Phase 1b study in patients with relapsed/refractory CLL or follicular lymphoma, and voruciclib, an oral, selective CDK inhibitor shown to suppress MCL1, a known mechanism of resistance to BCL2 inhibitors. The Company is also developing ME-344, a novel mitochondrial inhibitor currently in an investigator-sponsored study in combination with bevacizumab for the treatment of HER2-negative breast cancer. Pracinostat, ME-401, ME-344 and voruciclib are investigational agents and are not approved for use in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.meipharma.com.
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MEI PHARMA, INC. CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except per share amounts) December 31, June 30, 2017 2017 ---- ---- (unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $7,339 $8,458 Short term investments 35,102 45,107 ------ ------ Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments 42,441 53,565 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 772 1,758 Total current assets 43,213 55,323 Intangible assets, net 314 331 Property and equipment, net 40 50 Total assets $43,567 $55,704 ======= ======= LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $1,089 $585 Accrued liabilities 3,230 3,285 Deferred revenues 890 996 Total current liabilities 5,209 4,866 Commitments and contingencies (Note 5) Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 100 shares authorized; none outstanding - - Common stock, $0.00000002 par value; 113,000 shares authorized; 37,052 and 36,772 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively - - Additional paid-in-capital 227,556 225,169 Accumulated deficit (189,198) (174,331) Total stockholders' equity 38,358 50,838 ------ ------ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $43,567 $55,704 ======= =======
MEI PHARMA, INC. CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ 2017 2016 2017 2016 ---- ---- ---- ---- Revenues: License revenue $ - $17,101 $ - $17,101 Research and development revenue 358 98 641 1,194 Total revenues 358 17,199 641 18,295 --- ------ --- ------ Operating expenses: Cost of research and development revenue 728 1,771 1,346 2,865 Research and development 3,444 1,642 9,508 3,288 General and administrative 2,358 1,970 4,846 4,650 Total operating expenses 6,530 5,383 15,700 10,803 ----- ----- ------ ------ (Loss) income from operations (6,172) 11,816 (15,059) 7,492 Other income (expense): Interest and dividend income 93 69 193 124 Income tax expense - - (1) (1) Net (loss) income $(6,079) $11,885 $(14,867) $7,615 ======= ======= ======== ====== Net (loss) income per share, basic $(0.16) $0.32 $(0.40) $0.21 ====== ===== ====== ===== Net (loss) income per share, diluted $(0.16) $0.32 $(0.40) $0.21 ====== ===== ====== ===== Shares used in computing net (loss) income per share: Basic 37,414 37,172 37,390 36,460 ====== ====== ====== ====== Diluted 37,414 37,217 37,390 36,501 ====== ====== ====== ======
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