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BARCELONA, SPAIN and CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - February 24, 2017) - Oryzon Genomics (MAD: ORY) (ISIN Code: ES0167733015), a public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leveraging epigenetics to develop therapies in diseases with strong unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 and provided an update on the Company's recent developments.
The company successfully completed the Phase I/IIA clinical trial in acute leukemia of its epigenetic drug ORY-1001; data was presented at the ASH-2016 Conference in December in San Diego, providing a demonstration of biological proof of concept and allowing the characterization of the first clinical responses. These and other data contributed to the decision by our licensee Roche to start a new Phase I clinical trial in small cell lung cancer patients. Under the terms of the License Agreement, this clinical trial and all subsequent trials will be funded entirely by Roche.
ORY-2001 has continued its satisfactory progression in the MAD phase of the Phase I clinical trial in healthy volunteers. ORY-2001 is the first ever Histone Demethylase inhibitor being explored in CNS disorders, with a particular emphasis in Alzheimer's disease and Multiple Sclerosis. This program should be Phase II ready in the first half of 2017.
The company has continued its experimental work in preclinical models of Alzheimer's disease and other CNS indications and has done substantial advances in the characterization of the mechanism of action of ORY-2001 in the EAE Multiple Sclerosis model. This broadens the therapeutic indication's potential for the Clinical Development Plan of this drug.
ORY-3001, the company's third LSD1 inhibitor, in preclinical development for the treatment of a non-oncological yet undisclosed orphan disease, continues its favorable progression through the regulatory tox. package. This program should be IND/CTA ready in the first half of 2017.
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Financial Update: Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Collaboration revenue was $0.03 million and $0.8 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, as compared to $0.9 million and $4.6 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2015 respectively. The period-over-period decreases reflect decreased recognition of deferred revenue from upfront payments and research and development revenue related to the Company's collaboration with Roche.
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $1.7million and $5.5 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, as compared to $0.7 million and $4.1 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2015 respectively. The $1.0 million increase was driven primarily by accelerated R&D efforts in the ORY-2001 program.
General and administrative expenses were $1.0 million and $5.0 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, as compared to $1.5 million and $4.6 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2015 respectively. This decrease is primarily due to the fact that during the fourth quarter of 2015 the company incurred in specific expenses related with the activities to list the company in the Spanish Stock market.
Net loss was -$1.4 million and -$5.7 million for the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2016 (-$0.20 and -$0.21 per share) respectively, compared to a net loss of -$0.7 million and -$1.1 million the last 3 and 12 months ended December 31, 2015 (-$0.03 and -$0.04 per share) respectively.
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $28.7 million as of December 31, 2016, compared to $23.7 million as of December 31, 2015. Oryzon closed a tranche of Debt Funding round in 2016 of $16.6 million.
Founded in 2000 in Barcelona, Spain, Oryzon (ISIN Code: ES0167733015) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company considered as the European champion in Epigenetics. The company has one of the strongest portfolios in the field and a clinical asset already partnered with Roche. Oryzon's LSD1 program is currently covered by + 20 patent families and has rendered two compounds in clinical trials. In addition, Oryzon has ongoing programs for developing inhibitors against other epigenetic targets. The company has a strong technological platform for biomarker identification and performs biomarker and target validation for a variety of malignant and neurodegenerative diseases. Oryzon's strategy is to develop first in class compounds against novel epigenetic targets through Phase II clinical trials, at which point it is decided on a case-by-case basis to either keep the development in-house or to partner or outlicense the compound for late stage development and commercialization. The company has offices in Barcelona and Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.oryzon.com.
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