Sierra Oncology Reports First Quarter Results

Published: May 10, 2018

VANCOUVER, May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Sierra Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRRA), a clinical stage drug development company focused on advancing next generation DNA Damage Response (DDR) therapeutics for the treatment of patients with cancer, today reported its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

"In late February 2018, we provided a comprehensive update on the development program for our Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1) inhibitor, SRA737. We also announced planned amendments to our SRA737 Monotherapy Phase 1/2 trial that are now being implemented, which include expanding the overall size of the trial and adding a sixth cohort targeting CCNE1-driven high grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). This cohort is of high interest to us given mounting evidence for the role that CCNE1 amplification has in driving replication stress in cancer and the corresponding reliance on Chk1 in order to manage this replication stress. Analogous to poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, which first exhibited robust activity in patients harboring BRCA mutations, emerging evidence suggests that Chk1 inhibitors such as SRA737 may prove effective in defined genetic backgrounds of high replication stress, such as CCNE1 amplification," said Dr. Nick Glover, President and CEO of Sierra Oncology. "We are also pleased to report that we have advanced our Phase 1/2 Low-Dose Gemcitabine Combination trial into the Cohort Expansion Phase 2 portion, which is targeting enrollment of 80 genetically-selected patients across four indications, with a comparable biological orientation based on both exogenous (low-dose gemcitabine) and intrinsic genetic drivers of replication stress. An update from this trial and preliminary data from the Monotherapy trial are anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2018."

During the first quarter, Sierra reported signing a supply agreement with Janssen Research & Development, LLC pursuant to which they will supply TESARO's ZEJULA® (niraparib), an orally administered PARP inhibitor, facilitating the initiation of a combination trial of niraparib with SRA737 in patients with prostate cancer in the fourth quarter of 2018. The trial is to be led by Professor Johann de Bono, Regius Professor of Cancer Research, Head of the Division of Clinical Studies and Professor in Experimental Cancer Medicine at The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Sierra presented preclinical results for SRA737, including late-breaking data, in two posters at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) 2018 Annual Meeting, demonstrating that SRA737 has anti-tumor activity across a broad range of settings, including as monotherapy in aggressive CCNE1-driven HGSOC patient-derived xenografts and in combination with a PARP inhibitor in tumor cells that have acquired resistance to PARP inhibitors and/or platinum therapy.

Sierra is also currently designing a clinical study evaluating SRA737 in combination with immuno-oncology agents, which potentially could be submitted to regulatory authorities in the fourth quarter of 2018.

In addition to SRA737, Sierra is also advancing SRA141, a potent, selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of cell division cycle 7 kinase (Cdc7). SRA141 is currently undergoing preclinical research in preparation for an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expected in the second half of 2018.

First Quarter 2018 Financial Results (all amounts reported in U.S. currency)
Research and development expenses were $8.3 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $8.0 million for the first quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $1.7 million in clinical trial costs partially offset by decreases of $0.9 million in third-party manufacturing costs related to SRA737 and SRA141, and $0.5 million in research, preclinical and other support costs. Research and development expenses included non-cash stock-based compensation of $1.0 million for both the first quarter of 2018 and of 2017.

General and administrative expenses were $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel-related costs and professional fees. General and administrative expenses included non-cash stock-based compensation of $0.5 million for both the first quarter of 2018 and of 2017.

Net loss was $11.5 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared with a net loss of $11.1 million for the first quarter of 2017.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $133.8 million as of March 31, 2018, compared to $100.3 million as of December 31, 2017. This increase was due to an underwritten public offering of 21,850,000 shares of common stock in March 2018, pursuant to which the company raised net proceeds of $46.0 million, net of underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses. The company believes that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund current operating plans through approximately mid-2020. At March 31, 2018, there were 74,309,681 shares of common stock issued and outstanding and stock options to purchase 10,202,831 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

About Sierra Oncology
Sierra Oncology is a clinical stage drug development company advancing next generation DDR therapeutics for the treatment of patients with cancer. Our lead drug candidate, SRA737, is a potent, highly selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a key regulator of cell cycle progression and the DDR Replication Stress response. SRA737 is currently being investigated in two Phase 1/2 clinical trials in patients with advanced cancer: SRA737-01, a monotherapy study evaluating SRA737 in patients with tumors identified to have genetic aberrations hypothesized to confer sensitivity to Chk1 inhibition via synthetic lethality; and SRA737-02, a drug combination study evaluating SRA737 potentiated by low-dose gemcitabine. Sierra is also preparing for potential clinical studies of SRA737 in combination with other agents where there is a strong biological rationale for synergy with Chk1 inhibition, such as immune oncology therapeutics and other DDR inhibitors including PARP inhibitors.

Sierra Oncology is also advancing SRA141, a potent, selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Cell division cycle 7 kinase (Cdc7) undergoing preclinical development. Cdc7 is a key regulator of DNA replication and is involved in the DDR network, making it a compelling emerging target for the potential treatment of a broad range of tumor types. For more information, please visit www.sierraoncology.com.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Sierra Oncology's market and industry position, expectations from current data, anticipated clinical development activities, expectations regarding when trial data may be reported, use and adequacy of existing cash and cash equivalents, and potential benefits of Sierra Oncology's product candidates. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, among others, the risk that Sierra Oncology may be unable to successfully develop and commercialize product candidates, SRA737 and SRA141 are at early stages of development and may not demonstrate safety and efficacy or otherwise produce positive results, Sierra Oncology may experience delays in the preclinical and anticipated clinical development of SRA737 or SRA141, Sierra Oncology may be unable to acquire additional assets to build a pipeline of additional product candidates, Sierra Oncology's third-party manufacturers may cause its supply of materials to become limited or interrupted or fail to be of satisfactory quantity or quality, Sierra Oncology's cash resources may be insufficient to fund its current operating plans and it may be unable to raise additional capital when needed, Sierra Oncology may be unable to obtain and enforce intellectual property protection for its technologies and product candidates and the other factors described under the heading "Risk Factors" set forth in Sierra Oncology's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Sierra Oncology undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained herein or to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof, other than as may be required by applicable law.

                                                        SIERRA ONCOLOGY, INC.

                                                Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                                             (unaudited)

                                                           (in thousands)


                                                                                                                        March 31,       December 31,
                                                                                                                                 2018            2017
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    ASSETS

    CURRENT ASSETS:

                                                   Cash and cash
                                                   equivalents                                              $133,829                             $100,348

                                                   Prepaid expenses and
                                                   other current
                                                   assets                          2,159                        1,377
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                                                                           Total current
                                                                           assets                            135,988               101,725

    Property and equipment, net                                                                                                   144             154

    Other assets                                                                                                                  303             319
                                                                                                                                  ---             ---

    TOTAL ASSETS                                                                $136,435                                          $102,198
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    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    CURRENT LIABILITIES:

                                                   Accrued
                                                   liabilities                                                $4,898                               $6,133

                                                  Accounts payable                   740                        1,339
                                                                                   ---                          ---

                                                                                           Total current liabilities                5,638           7,472
                                                                                                                                    -----           -----

    TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                                                                           5,638           7,472
                                                                                                                                -----           -----


    STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:


    Common stock                                                                                                                   74              52

    Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                766,325         718,751

    Accumulated deficit                                                                                                     (635,602)      (624,077)
                                                                                                                             --------        --------

    TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                                                                130,797          94,726
                                                                                                                              -------          ------

    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                  $136,435                                          $102,198
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                                                        SIERRA ONCOLOGY, INC.

                                           Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

                                                             (unaudited)

                                           (in thousands, except share and per share data)


                                                                                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                                                                                        March 31,
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                                                                                                                                 2018            2017
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    Operating expenses:

                                                   Research and
                                                   development                                                $8,334                               $8,008

                                                   General and
                                                   administrative                  3,420                        3,146
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                                                   Total operating
                                                   expenses                       11,754                       11,154
                                                                                  ------                       ------

    Loss from operations                                                                                                     (11,754)       (11,154)

    Other income                                                                                                                  272              96
                                                                                                                                  ---             ---

    Loss before provision for income taxes                                                                                   (11,482)       (11,058)

    Provision for income taxes                                                                                                     43              34
                                                                                                                                  ---             ---

    Net loss                                                                   $(11,525)                                        $(11,092)
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    Net loss per share, basic and diluted                                        $(0.19)                                          $(0.26)
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    Weighted-average shares used in computing                                                                              59,722,743      45,596,980
    net loss per share, basic and diluted
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James Smith, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Sierra Oncology, 604.558.6536, investors@sierraoncology.com

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