TiGenix Financial Update for 1H 2016
OREANDA-NEWS. TiGenix NV, an advanced biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary platforms of allogeneic expanded stem cells, today reported its business and financial highlights for the first half of 2016.
Below are the key business and financial highlights for the first half of 2016, ending June 30, 2016, as well as other post period events:
- Cx601 continued to reach significant major value inflection points
- Cx601 delivered positive follow-up results at 52 weeks, confirming its sustained efficacy and safety profile. Cx601's positive Phase III 24-week results were presented at the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO), at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in the US and published in The Lancet
- Significant progress was also made on the regulatory front. Based on the data from the pivotal Phase III trial in Europe, TiGenix submitted a Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Cx601's marketing authorization is expected to be granted in the second half of 2017
- Licensing agreement for the ex-US rights of Cx601 signed in July with Takeda for up to EUR 380 million in regulatory and sales milestones, of which EUR 25 million at signing, and double digit royalties on net sales. Takeda committed to a EUR 10 million equity investment within the 12 months following the signing
- TiGenix retains 100% of the US rights, estimated to be 50% of the global market as well as the right to further develop Cx601 in new indications
- Significant progress with the pipeline and strategic focus reconfirmed
- Broadening of the shareholder base with European and US marquee investors
- Cash position at June 30, 2016 of EUR 24.1 million, further strengthened in July by the upfront cash payment of EUR 25 million received from Takeda
"It has been an extremely positive first half of the year for us. We have made solid progress both on the operations and in the financial front," said Eduardo Bravo, CEO of TiGenix. "With our recent licensing agreement with Takeda, with their solid track record and strong leadership position in gastroenterology, we have the best partner with the needed capabilities and resources to secure the commercial success of Cx601. We have also gained the financial strength to move forward with the clinical development of Cx601 in the US and continue to make progress with the rest of the assets in development such as AlloCSC-01 in Acute Myocardial Infarction and Cx611 for Severe Sepsis. TiGenix is in an excellent position with clear value-creation catalysts in the medium-to-short term."
Business Highlights for the first half 2016 and post June 30, 2016
Cx601 continued to reach significant major value inflection points
In February TiGenix secured the license for the commercial production of cell therapy products, a relevant achievement to secure the needed commercial manufacturing capacity for the forthcoming launch of Cx601 as well as for the fulfillment of the final requirements to file a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for Cx601 with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
In March TiGenix announced positive follow-up results at 52 weeks for Cx601, reporting sustained efficacy and safety profile. Top line follow-up data showed that in the ITT population (n=212), Cx601 achieved statistical superiority (p=0.012) with 54% combined remission at week 52 compared to 37% in the placebo arm. The 52-week data also showed a higher rate of sustained closure in those patients treated with Cx601 and in combined remission at week 24 (75.0%) compared to patients in the placebo group (55.9%). In terms of safety, treatment-emergent adverse events (non-serious and serious) and discontinuations due to adverse events were comparable between Cx601 and placebo groups.
In March TiGenix submitted a centralized European MAA for Cx601.The centralized procedure offers a substantial benefit for the marketing authorization holder as it allows to market the medicine and make it available to patients and healthcare professionals throughout the European Union on the basis of a single marketing authorization. Once granted, the centralized marketing authorization is valid in all European Union member states as well as in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. TiGenix is currently preparing the responses to the Day 120 List of Questions received from the Committee of Human Medicinal Products (CHMP within EMA). We expect a marketing authorization by the European Commission could be forthcoming by the second half 2017.
The relevance of the 24-week results of Cx601 and its potential as a truly innovative treatment for complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease patients was further confirmed by their selection for oral presentation at the two most important medical congresses in this field: in March in Europe at the ECCO, the main European congress for Crohn's and Colitis specialists, with more than 6,000 delegates registered this year; in May in the US at the Digestive Disease Week, the largest congress with international attendees and organized in the US for the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Furthermore, in July, the 24-week results were published by The Lancet, one of the most highly regarded and well-known medical journals in the world. This publication will increase awareness of Cx601 results ahead of the initiation of the pivotal Phase III trial for registration of Cx601 in the US.
In July TiGenix entered into a licensing agreement with Takeda, a global pharmaceutical company active in gastroenterology, under which Takeda acquired the exclusive right to develop and commercialize Cx601 for complex perianal fistulas outside the US. Under the terms of the licensing agreement, TiGenix received a cash payment of EUR 25 million after signing. In addition TiGenix is eligible to receive additional regulatory and sales milestone payments for up to a potential total of EUR 355 million plus double-digit royalties on net sales. The first anticipated milestone payment will be EUR 15 million upon obtaining the marketing authorization of Cx601 in Europe. Takeda has also committed to an equity investment of EUR 10 million within 12 months from signing the agreement. This agreement increases the probability of commercial success of Cx601 by drawing on the reimbursement and commercial expertise of one of the leaders in the field. Finally, this agreement provides TiGenix with the financial strength necessary to move forward with the development of Cx601 for registration in the US and advance with the other assets in its allogeneic stem cell platforms.
TiGenix retains 100% of the US rights, estimated to be 50% of Cx601 global market, as well as the right to further develop Cx601 in new indications. The US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, agreed through a special protocol assessment procedure (SPA) in 2015 that the pivotal Phase III trial, if successful, could, together with the European Phase III data, serve as supportive evidence for filing a biologics license application, or BLA, for regulatory approval of Cx601 with the FDA. TiGenix expects to initiate such trial in the first half of 2017. TiGenix is currently exploring different expedited pathways, which could facilitate and accelerate Cx601 development and the review of its future BLA.Financial Highlights for the first half 2016
During the first half 2016, total revenues remained stable at EUR 0.9 million when compared to the same period of 2015. Revenues mainly represented royalties and other operating income received from Sobi.
Research and development expenses for the first half 2016 amounted to EUR 9.7 million, compared to EUR 7.7 million for the same period in 2015, a 26% increase which is mainly attributable to clinical activities in connection with the ongoing Phase I/II clinical trial for AlloCSC-01 in acute myocardial infarction, the preparation activities for the launching of the pivotal Phase III trial for the registration of Cx601 in the US and the Phase Ib/IIa clinical trial for Cx611 in severe sepsis as well as other key activities related to the filing of Cx601 MAA in Europe.
General and administrative expenses in the first half of 2016 increased by 54% and amounted to EUR 4.3 million. This increase was mainly attributable to non-recurrent expenses related to advisory fees for the preparation of the US IPO and the Takeda licensing agreement.
As a result of the above, the operating loss amounted to EUR 13.1 million compared to EUR 9.6 million during the same period of 2015.
The net financial income of the first six months of 2016 amounted to EUR 3.8 million compared to the net financial loss of EUR 1.0 million during the same period of 2015. Net financial income/(loss) comprised of financial income, interest on borrowings and other financial costs, fair value gains/(losses) and foreign exchange differences. The main driver that explains the evolution during the first half of 2016 is the change in the fair value (mainly non-cash) of the embedded derivative on the convertible bonds issued in March 2015.
As a result, the loss for the first half 2016 amounted to EUR 9.4 million, compared to EUR 10.6 million for the same period in 2015, which represents a decrease of 11%.
At the end of June 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of EUR 24.1 million, compared to EUR 18.0 million at the beginning of the year. This increase is mainly due to gross proceeds of EUR 23.8 million raised through the March private placement via an accelerated book-building procedure with specialist investors in Europe and in the US. Net cash used in operating activities in the first half of 2016 amounted to EUR 12.6 million. Additionally in July TiGenix obtained a cash payment of EUR 25.0 million after the signing of the licensing agreement with Takeda.