Y-mAbs Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Developments
NEW YORK, May 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Y-mAbs”) (Nasdaq: YMAB) a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, antibody-based therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer, today reported financial results for the first quarter 2020.
“We are very pleased with our first quarter 2020 financial results, especially seen in conjunction with the completion of our naxitamab BLA submission to the FDA and the notable progress we’ve made on our rolling BLA submission for omburtamab, as well as the continued commercial ramp-up for the potential launch of both compounds. After the balance sheet date, we entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with MSK and MIT for the SADA technology, which we believe may be a potential game changer in therapeutic and diagnostic use of Liquid RadiationTM,” stated Thomas Gad, Founder, Chairman, President and Head of Business Development and Strategy.
Dr. Claus Moller, Chief Executive Officer, continued, “We have worked hard to complete the submission of the naxitamab BLA in March, and were excited to see the application go in. The omburtamab BLA application process is well underway, and after our recent pre-BLA meeting with the FDA, we have made good progress on that submission. We expect to start submitting a rolling BLA in May, with anticipated completion in June.”
First Quarter 2020 and Recent Corporate Developments
- Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, on April 24, 2020, Y-mAbs announced the appointment of Laura J. Hamill to its Board of Directors.
- Also, subsequent to the end of the first quarter, on April 15, 2020, Y-mAbs announced that it has entered into an agreement with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a worldwide exclusive license and research collaboration for the SADA technology, a concept we refer to as Liquid RadiationTM.
- After the close of the first quarter, on April 1, 2020, Y-mAbs announced that the Company completed the submission of its rolling BLA submission to the FDA for naxitamab on March 31, 2020.
- On February 26, 2020, Y-mAbs announced a Pre-BLA meeting with the FDA for omburtamab.
Y-mAbs reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2020 of $26.2 million, or $0.66 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $15.9 million, or $0.47 per basic and diluted share, reported for the first quarter of 2019.
Research and Development
Research and development expenses were $18.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $12.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, an increase of $6.1 million. The increase in research and development expenses primarily reflects the following:
- $2.8 million increase in outsourced research and supplies to support the expansion of our product development activities;
- $2.1 million increase in personnel costs; and
- $0.9 million increase in outsourced manufacturing for our two lead product candidates, naxitamab and omburtamab.
General and Administration
General and administrative expenses were $8.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $3.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, an increase of $4.4 million. Such increase in general and administrative expenses primarily reflects the following:
- $1.6 million increase in personnel costs; and
- $1.6 million increase in commercial infrastructure costs.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
The Company had approximately $185.8 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2020, compared to $207.1 million as of December 31, 2019. The decrease of $21.4 million was primarily attributable to the increased costs of operation as the Company completed its BLA submission for naxitamab and prepared the upcoming submission of the rolling BLA for omburtamab, as wells as build-up of the Company’s commercial infrastructure, and increased personnel costs related to thesse activities.
Webcast and Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9 am eastern time. To participate in the call, please dial 855-327-6838 (domestic) or 604-235-2082 (international) and reference the access code 10009507. A webcast will be available at: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=139639
Y-mAbs is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, antibody-based therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. The Company has a broad and advanced product pipeline, including two pivotal-stage product candidates—naxitamab and omburtamab—which target tumors that express GD2 and B7-H3, respectively.
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