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Valneva Reports Strong 2017 Revenues Driven by Double Digit Product Sales Growth
Strong sales performance in 2017 (unaudited)
Lyme Phase I read-out on track
Additional business update
David Lawrence, Valneva's Chief Financial Officer, commented, "This revenue performance results from the successful execution of our strategy including the ongoing expansion of the Company's commercial capabilities.Our cash position also underlines a healthy balance sheet which has supported ongoing R&D investment and loan repayment."
Key Financial Information
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|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period||38.1||42.2|
Lyon (France), February 15, 2018 - Valneva SE ("Valneva" or "the Company"), a fully integrated, commercial stage biotech company focused on developing and commercializing innovative, life-saving vaccines, reported today its unaudited revenues and cash balance for the full year ended December 31, 2017. Audited full year financial results are scheduled to be released on March 22, 2018.
JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS VACCINE (IXIARO®/JESPECT®)
Continued sales growth supported by market penetration
In 2017, IXIARO®/JESPECT® sales reached €60.0 million compared to €53.0 million in 2016, representing 13.3% year-on-year growth. The increase was mainly driven by growth in the UK, German and Canadian private markets where continued marketing and sales efforts increased product adoption by travelers. Sales to the US military also contributed to the growth and a new $39.6 million contract was signed with the US government in November 2017 to supply IXIARO® to the US Department of Defense, over a one-year period.
Valneva expects IXIARO®/JESPECT® revenues to continue to grow at a double-digit rate through continued market penetration and the development of its commercial network, including in the US private market where the Company took direct control of sales and marketing in late 2017.
Valneva has been recently granted a nine-year patent extension for the alum-adjuvant formulation of its Japanese encephalitis vaccine IXIARO® by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), extending the patent term in the US until 2032.
CHOLERA / ETEC- DIARRHEA VACCINE (DUKORAL®)
Double-digit sales growth in 2017
In 2017, DUKORAL® sales reached €28.5 million compared to €24.6 million in 2016, representing a 16.2% year-on-year growth. In addition to Canada, where more than 50% of DUKORAL® global revenues are generated, the vaccine benefited from strong sales in the UK market.
Valneva expects DUKORAL® revenues to continue to grow healthily in 2018 through continued market penetration.
Clinical vaccine Candidates
LYME DISEASE VACCINE CANDIDATE - VLA 15
Phase I top-line data expected during first quarter of 2018
Valneva has focused its R&D expertise and resources on the development of a much-needed vaccine against Lyme disease, one of the fastest growing vector-borne infections for which there is no other clinical vaccine candidate in development worldwide.
After completing subject enrollment in the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company is currently conducting serological testing and aims to release top-line Phase I data in the first quarter of 2018. Valneva's Lyme vaccine candidate was granted FDA Fast Track designation in July 2017 with a view to potentially accelerate the availability of the vaccine on the market.
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is a systemic infection caused by Borrelia bacteria transmitted by infected ticks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 400,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year with at least a further 200,000 cases in Europe.
Valneva's Phase I study was conducted at three sites - two in the U.S. and one in Europe (Belgium) - and enrolled approximately 180 subjects aged between 18 and 40 years. The primary objective of the observer-blind, partially randomized, dose escalation study was to evaluate the vaccine candidate's safety and tolerability profile at different dose levels and formulations. Immunogenicity, measured by observing IgG antibodies against the six most prevalent serotypes of Lyme borreliosis in the US and Europe present in the vaccine, was also monitored for different dose groups and formulations at different time-points.
The global market for a vaccine against Lyme disease is currently estimated at approximately €700 - €800 million annually.
CHIKUNGUNYA VACCINE CANDIDATE - VLA 1553
Phase I initiation to commence in the first quarter of 2018 according to plan
Valneva has developed a monovalent, live attenuated chikungunya vaccine candidate which is differentiated from other vaccines in development by the potential for single-shot protection.
Preclinical data including studies in non-human primates showed both a good safety profile and good immunogenicity after a single immunization. The Phase I study protocol was finalized at the end of 2017 and the Company plans to initiate Phase I in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a Togaviridae virus that re-emerged in 2014. There were about 180,000 reported cases in the Americas in 2016 and it is now considered a major public health threat. The incidence and geographic spread of CHIKV is expected to grow as the distribution of its primary mosquito vectors continues to broaden.
With no effective treatment available for CHIKV infection, there is an important need for a vaccine and the global market is estimated at approximately €500 million annually.
ZIKA VACCINE CANDIDATE - VLA 1601
Phase I initiation imminent, Partnered with Emergent BioSolutions
In July 2017, Valneva and Emergent BioSolutions joined forces to accelerate the development of a vaccine against the Zika virus. After finalizing the Phase I study protocol at the end of 2017, the two companies are expected to initiate the Phase I in the US imminently and anticipate first Phase I data in late 2018 or early 2019.
Upon availability of Phase I data, Emergent has an option to take the program over in exchange for an initial €5 million milestone payment, potential additional milestones of up to €44 million and future royalties on annual net sales.
The companies are expected to enter into a technology transfer agreement at a future date to enable transfer of Valneva's technology to Emergent's Bayview manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Maryland. Valneva retains a right of first negotiation for potential product commercialization in Europe.
The Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted by Aedes mosquitos that causes no symptoms or a mild flu-like syndrome in infected persons. However, if women are infected during pregnancy, the virus is transmitted to the fetus and has been associated with the development of severe congenital abnormalities including microcephaly. Zika infection has also been linked with the risk of developing the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome. In 2015, a major Zika epidemic started in Brazil and spread to other parts of the Americas. Between 2015 and end of July 2017, 1 million cases of Zika infection and many cases of the congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus had been reported by countries and territories in the Americas, according to the World Health Organization.
About Valneva SE
Valneva is a fully integrated, commercial stage biotech company focused on developing innovative life-saving vaccines.
Valneva's portfolio includes two commercial vaccines for travelers: IXIARO®/JESPECT® indicated for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis and DUKORAL® indicated for the prevention of cholera and, in some countries, prevention of diarrhea caused by ETEC. The Company has proprietary vaccines in development including a unique vaccine against Lyme disease. Valneva has operations in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the US with over 450 employees. More information is available at www.valneva.com.
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 As estimated by the CDC based on US reported cases in 2015
 As estimated from available national data. Case reporting is highly inconsistent in Europe and many LB infections still go undiagnosed.
 Company estimate supported by independent market studies
 PAHA/WHO data: Number of reported cases of Chikungunya Fever in the Americas - EW 33 (August 19, 2016)
 Company estimate supported by independent market studies
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