Viridian Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Updates
- VRDN-001 and VRDN-002 programs for Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) progressing; on track for IND filings in fourth quarter of 2021
- Reported $117 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of March 31, 2021; cash runway into 2024
BOULDER, Colo., May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viridian Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRDN), a biopharmaceutical company advancing new treatments for patients suffering from serious diseases but underserved by current therapies, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021 and provided corporate updates.
“The first quarter saw significant milestones both for our TED programs and for our corporate growth,” said Jonathan Violin, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridian. “Following the addition of Dr. Barrett Katz as our Chief Medical Officer earlier this quarter, we have assembled our development and clinical operations team and are prepared to rapidly advance the clinical development of VRDN-001 and VRDN-002.”
First Quarter 2021 and Recent Operational Highlights
VRDN-001: Viridian’s most advanced product candidate is VRDN-001, a monoclonal antibody targeting the insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R), a clinically and commercially validated target for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). This antibody had previously been developed in oncology as AVE-1642 and studied in over 100 patients. The pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety, and tolerability data from that clinical program has informed the Company’s plans to evaluate VRDN-001 in TED. IND-enabling activities remain on track and the Company plans to file an IND in the fourth quarter of 2021, with initial proof of concept data in patients expected in the second quarter of 2022, followed by dose exploration to inform potential intravenous and subcutaneous dosing paradigms.
VRDN-002: Viridian’s second product candidate, VRDN-002, is a distinct anti-IGF-1R antibody that incorporates half-life extension technology and is designed to support administration as a convenient, low volume, subcutaneous injection. IND-enabling activities remain on track and the Company plans to file an IND by the end of 2021. The Company expects to initiate clinical development with a Phase 1 single ascending dose trial to explore safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and target engagement of VRDN-002 in healthy volunteers. Data from this trial is expected in mid-year 2022; the Company also expects to initiate the dosing of patients in 2022.
Discovery Pipeline: Viridian’s development strategy includes expanding its discovery pipeline beyond IGF-1R and TED, with a focus on opportunities that will leverage validated mechanisms, technologies, and modalities to bring new therapeutic options to patients underserved by today’s options. The most advanced of these programs is VRDN-004, a therapeutic antibody program currently in discovery stage.
First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $117.1 million as of March 31, 2021, compared to $127.6 million as of December 31, 2020. The Company believes that its current cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments will be sufficient to fund its operations into 2024.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses increased by $7.7 million to $13.8 million during the first quarter of 2021, compared to $6.1 million during the first quarter of 2020. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily driven by the advancement of the Company’s lead programs, including expenses related to manufacturing and IND enabling studies. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in clinical trial expenses in the first quarter of 2021.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses increased by $3.4 million to $6.2 million during the first quarter of 2021, compared to $2.7 million during the first quarter of 2020. The increase in general and administrative expenses was driven by increases in personnel related costs, including severance, share-based compensation charges, and consulting expenses.
Net Loss: The Company’s net loss was $18.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $8.0 million for the first quarter of 2020.
Shares Outstanding: As of May 4, 2021, Viridian had approximately 31,291,175 shares of common stock outstanding on an as-converted basis, which included 8,429,644 shares of common stock and approximately 22,861,531 shares of common stock issuable upon the conversion of 342,906 shares of preferred stock.
About Viridian Therapeutics, Inc.
Viridian Therapeutics is a biotechnology company advancing new treatments for patients suffering from serious diseases but underserved by today’s therapies. Viridian’s most advanced program, VRDN-001, is an anti-IGF-1R monoclonal antibody in development for TED, a debilitating auto-immune disease that causes inflammation and fibrosis within the orbit of the eye which can cause double vision, pain, and potential blindness. Patients with severe disease often require multiple remedial surgeries to the orbit, eye muscles, and eyelids. Viridian is based in Boulder, Colorado, and Waltham, Massachusetts. Learn more about Viridian and its programs at www.viridiantherapeutics.com.
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Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended
|Collaboration revenue - related party||$||1,451||$||—|
|Research and development||13,806||6,103|
|General and administrative||6,160||2,723|
|Total operating expenses||19,966||8,826|
|Loss from operations||(18,515||)||(7,998||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest and other income||55||95|
|Interest and other expense||—||(141||)|
|Change in unrealized loss on investments||(13||)||—|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(2.91||)||$||(2.65||)|
|Weighted-average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share||6,336,347||3,031,756|
Viridian Therapeutics, Inc.
Selected Financial Information
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(amounts in thousands)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||46,489||$||45,897|
|Total stockholders’ equity||$||105,998||$||120,037|