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SAN FRANCISCO, March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGEN), a science-based biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016, and provided an update on the company’s recent developments.
“We are pleased with the topline results reported from our two China Phase 3 trials, which are the first Phase 3 readouts for roxadustat, and bring us closer to completing our new drug application submission in China. With our partners AstraZeneca and Astellas, we are making steady progress in Phase 3 clinical development worldwide for roxadustat in CKD anemia, and continue to expect filing of our U.S. NDA in 2018,” said Thomas B. Neff, FibroGen’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year, we are expanding development activities for roxadustat into oncology-related anemias. We are also anticipating important clinical milestones for pamrevlumab, or FG-3019. We began the year with the presentation and publication of promising clinical results in pancreatic cancer, and expect to report data from our placebo-controlled Phase 2 trial in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in the third quarter of this year.”
U.S. and Europe Roxadustat (FG-4592) Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
China Roxadustat Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease
Japan Roxadustat Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease
U.S. Roxadustat Oncology-Related Anemias
China Roxadustat Oncology-Related Anemias
Pamrevlumab in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Pamrevlumab in Pancreatic Cancer
Corporate and Financial Highlights
Conference Call Details
FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, March 1, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time), to discuss financial results and provide a business update. Interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the conference call via the investor section of the FibroGen website, www.fibrogen.com. To access the conference call by telephone, please dial (888) 771-4371 (U.S. and Canada) or (847) 585-4405 (international), reference the FibroGen Year-End 2016 conference call, and use the confirmation number 44252209. It is recommended that listeners register 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure a timely connection. 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 the confirmation number 44252209#.
Roxadustat (FG-4592) is a first-in-class, orally administered small molecule currently in global Phase 3 clinical development as a potential therapy for anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Roxadustat is a hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor (HIF-PHI) that promotes erythropoiesis through increasing endogenous erythropoietin, improving iron regulation, and reducing 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.
Roxadustat is currently advancing through Phase 3 clinical trials worldwide, supported by extensive Phase 2 clinical data demonstrating correction and maintenance of hemoglobin levels in multiple subpopulations of CKD anemia patients. To date, roxadustat has been evaluated in Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies, involving more than 1,400 subjects. Globally, a total of 15 Phase 3 studies, with target enrollment of about 10,000 patients worldwide, are currently being conducted to support independent regulatory approvals of roxadustat in both NDD-CKD and DD-CKD patients in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. Roxadustat is also entering a Phase 3 clinical trial in the U.S. for treatment of anemia in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). In China, a roxadustat MDS Phase 2/3 clinical trial application (CTA) is currently under review by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). For information about roxadustat studies currently recruiting patients, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Pamrevlumab (FG-3019) is an investigational therapeutic antibody developed by FibroGen to inhibit the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a common factor in chronic fibrotic and proliferative disorders characterized by persistent and excessive scarring that can lead to organ dysfunction and failure. FibroGen is currently conducting clinical studies of pamrevlumab in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, pancreatic cancer, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In desmoplastic or fibrotic cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, CTGF in the extensive fibrous stroma associated with the tumor promotes abnormal proliferation of stromal cells and tumor cells. Studies in a transgenic mouse model of pancreatic cancer indicate that treatment with pamrevlumab in combination with chemotherapy may enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy and improve survival. For information about roxadustat studies currently recruiting patients, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
About FibroGen, Inc.
FibroGen, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco with subsidiary offices in Beijing and Shanghai, is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing a pipeline of first-in-class therapeutics. The company applies its pioneering expertise in fibrosis and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) biology and clinical development to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of anemia, fibrotic disease, and cancer. Roxadustat (FG-4592), the company’s most advanced product candidate, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase activity in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Pamrevlumab (FG-3019), a fully-human monoclonal antibody that inhibits the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), is in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pancreatic cancer, and 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, roxadustat and pamrevlumab, the potential safety and efficacy profile of our product candidates, the timelines for reporting of our clinical data reporting, potential milestones, and regulatory submissions, our clinical plans and our financial projections. 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 non-clinical and clinical programs, including enrollment of our Phase 3 trials, and our collaboration partners’ clinical trials for roxadustat in anemia associated with CKD, the continued progress of our plans and programs in China, clinical development of and regulatory filing outcomes for anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndrome, the enrollment and results from ongoing clinical trials for pamrevlumab in IPF, and pancreatic cancer, and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, 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
|December 31, 2016||December 31, 2015|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||173,782||$||153,324|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,889||3,988|
|Total current assets||266,516||200,564|
|Restricted time deposits||6,217||7,254|
|Property and equipment, net||123,657||129,020|
|Liabilities, stockholders' equity and non-controlling interests|
|Total current liabilities||65,125||67,181|
|Long-term portion of lease financing obligations||97,352||97,042|
|Product development obligations||14,854||15,085|
|Deferred revenue, net of current||106,709||85,132|
|Other long-term liabilities||6,191||4,607|
|Total stockholders’ equity||155,838||177,554|
|Total liabilities, stockholders' equity and non-controlling interests||$||469,552||$||470,574|
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2015 are derived from audited financial statements.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Years Ended December 31,|
|License and milestone revenue||$||137,352||$||148,093|
|Collaboration services and other revenue||42,225||32,735|
|Research and development||187,206||214,089|
|General and administrative||46,025||44,364|
|Total operating expenses||233,231||258,453|
|Loss from operations||(53,654||)||(77,625||)|
|Interest and other, net:|
|Interest income and other, net||2,628||3,121|
|Total interest and other, net||(8,097||)||(7,912||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(61,751||)||(85,537||)|
|Provision for (benefit from) income taxes||(71||)||242|
|Net loss per share - basic and diluted||$||(0.98||)||$||(1.42||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net loss per share - basic and diluted||62,744||59,926|
(1) The condensed consolidated statements of operations amounts for the year ended December 31, 2015 are derived from audited financial statements.
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