Protagonist Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
NEWARK, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq:PTGX) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, and provided a corporate update on its clinical development programs.
"We are pleased to report continued progress from each of the three clinical programs evaluating differentiated and novel therapeutics enabled by our proprietary peptide engineering platform," commented Dinesh V. Patel, Ph.D., Protagonist President and Chief Executive Officer. "We recently presented safety and efficacy data from the Phase 2 PROPEL study. Notably, these data show dose-dependent histologic remission in ulcerative colitis patients. The cumulative data for PTG-100, which now includes clinical, endoscopic, histologic and biomarker data, is supportive of the GI-restricted, oral targeted therapy approach for potential treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases."
"In addition, we recently announced successful completion of the Phase 1 clinical trial of the oral interleukin-23 receptor antagonist PTG-200. We are working closely with our partner Janssen Biotech to support the U.S. IND filing for a Phase 2 Crohn's trial in the coming months."
"Our hepcidin mimetic PTG-300 is on track for initiation of an open label, global, phase 2 trial in beta-thalassemia patients by year end. We are encouraged to note that PTG-300 now has Orphan Drug Designation both from the U.S. FDA and European Medicines agency, as well as Fast Track designation from the U.S. FDA for beta-thalassemia."
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Protagonist reported a net loss of $8.7 million and $25.1 million, respectively, for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018, as compared to a net loss of $4.8 million and $33.9 million, respectively, for the same periods of 2017. The increase in net loss for the third quarter of 2018 as compared to the prior year period was driven primarily by a decrease in revenue under the Janssen Collaboration Agreement related to proportional performance as measured by actual costs incurred as a percentage of budgeted costs, and increases in research and development (R&D) and general and administrative (G&A) expenses. The decrease in net loss for the first nine months of 2018 as compared to the prior year period was driven primarily by an increase in revenue under the Janssen Collaboration Agreement, which became effective in the third quarter of 2017, partially offset by increases in R&D and G&A expenses. The net loss for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 includes non-cash stock-based compensation of $2.0 million and $4.8 million, respectively, as compared to $1.2 million and $3.1 million, respectively, for the same periods of 2017.
R&D expenses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 were $12.1 million and $45.2 million, respectively, as compared to $11.2 million and $34.5 million, respectively, for the same periods of 2017. The increases in R&D expenses were primarily due to costs related to contract manufacturing and the preparation for and conduct of clinical trials for our product candidates. R&D expenses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 included increases in salaries and employee-related expenses due to an increase in R&D personnel.
G&A expenses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 were $3.4 million and $10.2 million, respectively, as compared to $2.6 million and $8.7 million, respectively, for the same periods of 2017. The increases in G&A expenses were primarily due to increases in salaries and employee-related expenses to support the growth of our operations.
Protagonist ended the third quarter with $138.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments. The company expects to have sufficient financial resources to fund operations to mid-2020.
About Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.
Protagonist Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that utilizes a proprietary technology platform to discover and develop novel peptide-based drugs to transform existing treatment paradigms for patients with significant unmet medical needs. PTG-100 is an oral alpha-4-beta-7 integrin specific antagonist peptide that is under development for potential treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases. PTG-200 is an oral peptide interleukin-23 receptor antagonist in development for the treatment of Crohn's disease. The company has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech for the clinical development of PTG-200. Protagonist is also developing an injectable hepcidin mimetic, PTG-300, for the potential treatment of anemia and iron overload related to rare blood diseases with an initial focus on beta-thalassemia. The company has completed a Phase 1 clinical trial of PTG-300, which established safety/tolerability and pharmacodynamic-based clinical proof-of-concept in normal healthy volunteers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug designation and Fast Track designation to PTG-300 for beta-thalassemia for which a global Phase 2 trial is to be initiated in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Protagonist is headquartered in Newark, California, with pre-clinical and clinical staff in California and discovery operations in both California and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. For further information, please visit http://www.protagonist-inc.com.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, the potential for our programs including PTG-100 and the initiation and availability of results of our clinical trials. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "may," "will," "expect," or the negative or plural of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, our ability to develop and commercialize our product candidates, our ability to earn milestone payments under our collaboration agreement with Janssen, our ability to use and expand our programs to build a pipeline of product candidates, our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our product candidates, our ability to operate in a competitive industry and compete successfully against competitors that have greater resources than we do, and our ability to obtain and adequately protect intellectual property rights for our product candidates. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2018, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.
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