Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc., (NASDAQ:AGLE) a biotechnology company committed to developing enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat genetic rare diseases and cancer, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.
“We continue to advance our genetic rare disease and cancer programs with the dosing of the first patients in our Phase 1 clinical trials of our lead product candidate, AEB1102, for the treatment of patients with Arginase I deficiency and hematological malignancies. Additionally, initial data from our Phase 1 clinical trial of AEB1102 for the treatment of advanced solid tumors has demonstrated a dose dependent reduction in arginine of approximately 90% following a single dose of 0.08mg/kg or higher,” said David G. Lowe, Ph.D., co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Aeglea. “Based on the initial trial data we have seen in patients with advanced solid tumors and the progress achieved to date in the Arginase I deficiency clinical trial, we believe we are well positioned to advance our AEB1102 programs in 2017.”
|•||Announced the dosing of the first two patients in a Phase 1 trial of AEB1102 for the treatment of patients with Arginase I deficiency.|
|•||Announced the dosing of the first patient in a Phase 1 trial of AEB1102 for the treatment of the hematological malignancies acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.|
|•||Formed a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of leading industry experts to provide scientific and clinical insights supporting Aeglea’s pipeline of engineered human enzymes.|
|•||Scott Rowlinson, Ph.D., vice president of research at Aeglea, will present new preclinical data on AEB1102 at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 2016 Annual Meeting being held November 9 – 13, 2016 in Maryland:|
|o||Title: Disruption of the L-Arginine Balance in the Tumor Microenvironment with a Recombinant Human Arginase 1 (AEB1102) Sensitizes Cancer to Immunotherapy|
|o||Presentation Date/Time: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET and 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET|
|•||Giulia Agnello, Ph.D., research scientist at Aeglea, will present new preclinical data on AEB3103 at the 58th Annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting being held December 3 – 6, 2016 in San Diego, California:|
|o||Title: Development of a Human Therapeutic L-Cyst(e)ine-degrading Enzyme for the Treatment of Hematological Malignancies|
|o||Presentation Date/Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PT|
Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
At September 30, 2016, Aeglea had available cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $68.0 million, with net cash burn of $5.8 million. Management believes that Aeglea has sufficient capital resources to fund anticipated operations through the second quarter of 2018.
Aeglea recognized grant revenue of $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared with $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2015. The grant revenue is the result of a $19.8 million research grant received from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The increase was primarily due to additional qualifying costs associated with the initiation and continuation of grant-related clinical trials for AEB1102.
Research and development expenses totaled $5.4 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared with $3.1 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily associated with the expanded preclinical and clinical activity for Aeglea’s lead product candidate AEB1102, as Aeglea continued its ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with advanced solid tumors and initiated two Phase 1 clinical trials for AEB1102, in patients with Arginase I deficiency and in patients with hematological malignancies.
General and administrative expenses totaled $2.1 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2015. This increase was primarily due to additional costs associated with being a public company.
Net loss totaled $6.2 million and $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2016 and 2015, respectively.
About Aeglea BioTherapeutics
Aeglea is a biotechnology company committed to developing engineered human enzymes for the treatment of rare diseases and cancers associated with abnormal amino acid metabolism. The company’s engineered human enzymes are designed to degrade specific amino acids in the blood in order to reduce toxic levels of amino acids in in rare diseases or to deprive tumors dependent on amino acids by reducing levels below the normal range. Aeglea’s clinical program for its lead product candidate, AEB1102, includes three Phase 1 clinical trials, studying AEB1102 for the treatment of patients with Arginase I deficiency, advanced solid tumors, and hematological malignancies. The company is building a pipeline of additional product candidates targeting key amino acids, including AEB4104, which degrades homocystine, a target for an inborn error of metabolism, as well as two potential treatments for cancer, AEB3103, which degrades cysteine/cystine, and AEB2109, which degrades methionine. For more information, visit http://aegleabio.com.