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— On Track to Submit U.S. NDA for Roxadustat in October —
— Initiated ZEPHYRUS Phase 3 Study of Pamrevlumab in IPF —
Conference Call Today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/2:00 p.m. Pacific Time
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGEN) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and provided an update on the company’s recent developments.
“This has been a very productive quarter with the achievement of multiple regulatory and clinical milestones. We had a positive pre-NDA meeting with the FDA on roxadustat. Supported by positive efficacy and safety data, including compelling MACE and MACE+ results, we look forward to submitting our U.S. NDA in October. In IPF, the first patient was dosed in our Phase 3 pamrevlumab program,” said Thomas B. Neff, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to see the publication of two articles in the New England Journal of Medicine on our pivotal roxadustat Phase 3 studies in China.”
Recent Developments and Upcoming Milestones
Roxadustat for Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the U.S. and Europe
Roxadustat for Anemia in CKD in China
Roxadustat for Anemia in CKD in Japan
Pamrevlumab for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Pamrevlumab for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer (LAPC)
Pamrevlumab for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Corporate and Financial
Conference Call and Webcast Details
FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss financial results and provide a business update. A live audio webcast of the call may be accessed in the investor section of the company’s website, www.fibrogen.com. To participate in the conference call by telephone, please dial 1 (800) 708-4540 (U.S. and Canada) or 1 (847) 619-6397 (international), reference the FibroGen second quarter 2019 financial results conference call, and use confirmation number 48879852. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call for a period of two weeks. To access the replay, please dial (888) 843-7419 (domestic) or (630) 652-3042 (international), and use passcode 4887 9852#.
Roxadustat (FG-4592), discovered by FibroGen, is a first-in-class, orally administered small molecule currently approved in China for the treatment of anemia in CKD patients on dialysis. Roxadustat is a HIF-PH inhibitor that promotes erythropoiesis through increasing endogenous production of erythropoietin, improving iron regulation, and overcoming the negative impact of inflammation on hemoglobin syntheses and red blood cell production by downregulating hepcidin. Administration of roxadustat has been shown to induce coordinated erythropoiesis, increasing red blood cell count while maintaining plasma erythropoietin levels within or near normal physiologic range in multiple subpopulations of CKD patients, including in the presence of inflammation and without a need for supplemental intravenous iron.
Astellas and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in territories including Japan, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, and South Africa. AstraZeneca and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in the U.S., China, and other markets in the Americas and in Australia/New Zealand as well as Southeast Asia.
Pamrevlumab is a first-in-class antibody developed by FibroGen to inhibit the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a common factor in fibrotic and proliferative disorders characterized by persistent and excessive scarring that can lead to organ dysfunction and failure. Pamrevlumab is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and pancreatic cancer, and has been granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) in these indications as well as in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Pamrevlumab has also received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with IPF and for patients with locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer. Pamrevlumab is currently in a Phase 2 trial for DMD. Across all trials, pamrevlumab has consistently demonstrated a good safety and tolerability profile to date. For information about pamrevlumab studies currently recruiting patients, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
FibroGen, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, with subsidiary offices in Beijing and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, is a leading biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing a pipeline of first-in-class therapeutics. The company applies its pioneering expertise in hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) biology, and clinical development to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of anemia, fibrotic disease, and cancer. Roxadustat, the company’s most advanced product candidate, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase (HIF-PH) activity. Together with our collaboration partners Astellas and AstraZeneca, preparation for regulatory submissions for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) to the U.S. FDA, the EMA, and other competent authorities is underway. In China, a New Drug Application (NDA) was approved by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in December 2018. Our partner Astellas submitted an NDA for the treatment of anemia in CKD patients on dialysis in Japan in September 2018, which is currently under review by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Roxadustat is in Phase 3 clinical development in the U.S. and Europe and in Phase 2/3 development in China for anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Pamrevlumab, an anti-CTGF human monoclonal antibody, is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Pamrevlumab is also currently in a Phase 2 trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). FibroGen is also developing a biosynthetic cornea in China. For more information, please visit www.fibrogen.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding our strategy, future plans and prospects, including statements regarding the development of the company’s product candidates pamrevlumab and roxadustat, our interpretation of the pooled safety analyses and other analyses of the global Phase 3 program for roxadustat, the potential for and timing of an NDA submission to the FDA and an MAA submission to the EMA for potential marketing approval for roxadustat, the potential safety and efficacy profile of our product candidates, and our clinical, regulatory plans, and those of our partners. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will”, “should,” “on track,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the continued progress and timing of our various programs, including the enrollment and results from ongoing and potential future clinical trials, and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and our quarterly report on 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|June 30, 2019||December 31, 2018 (1)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||74,587||$||89,258|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||136,596||4,929|
|Total current assets||805,791||690,015|
|Restricted time deposits||4,145||4,145|
|Property and equipment, net||44,865||127,198|
|Finance lease right-of-use assets||44,536||—|
|Liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests|
|Accrued and other liabilities||66,545||66,123|
|Finance lease liabilities, current||12,071||—|
|Total current liabilities||82,812||89,033|
|Long-term portion of lease obligations||1,342||97,157|
|Product development obligations||16,846||16,798|
|Deferred revenue, net of current||102,926||136,109|
|Finance lease liabilities, non-current||43,780||—|
|Other long-term liabilities||19,058||9,993|
|Total stockholders’ equity||629,031||509,199|
|Total liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests||$||915,066||$||880,598|
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2018 are derived from audited financial statements.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Development and other revenue||40,985||29,629||64,848||61,553|
|Research and development||52,008||52,138||102,505||109,112|
|Selling, general and administrative||26,739||15,055||48,948||30,605|
|Total operating expenses||78,747||67,193||151,453||139,717|
|Income (loss) from operations||112,819||(23,241||)||63,976||(63,841||)|
|Interest and other, net:|
|Interest income and other, net||4,125||2,645||8,303||4,717|
|Total interest and other, net||3,389||(105||)||6,796||(802||)|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||116,208||(23,346||)||70,772||(64,643||)|
|Provision for income taxes||205||75||180||174|
|Net income (loss)||$||116,003||$||(23,421||)||$||70,592||$||(64,817||)|
|Net income (loss) per share|
|Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net income (loss) per share:|
Karen L. Bergman
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
1 Under U.S. GAAP revenue recognition guidelines, we are required to include estimated consideration from milestones in the determination of revenue recognition in the period that milestone achievement becomes probable. Receipt of milestone payments is dependent on the occurrence of the triggering event.