Net cash used in operating and investing activities was $47.5 million in the first quarter of 2023; quarter-end cash and restricted cash position was $688.4 million
Data reported in an oral presentation at AD/PD 2023 that PRX012, a potential best-in-class anti-amyloid beta antibody, demonstrated higher affinity binding to amyloid beta soluble protofibrils and greater clearance of pyroglutamate-modified amyloid beta plaques compared to other approved and investigational molecules
Topline data reported from Phase 1 SAD study of PRX005, a novel anti-MTBR-tau antibody, meeting the primary study objective
DUBLIN, May 04, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ:PRTA), a late-stage clinical biotechnology company with a robust pipeline of investigational therapeutics built on protein dysregulation expertise, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2023 and provided business highlights.
"Recent positive clinical study results and FDA approvals have now established that reduction of amyloid beta plaque is directly related to clinical benefit. These results are positive for the Alzheimer’s disease community, especially for the patients, families and caregivers who fight everyday against this devastating disease. Prothena is committed to furthering these efforts by developing patient-centric, next-generation Alzheimer’s disease treatments," said Gene Kinney, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Prothena. "We showcased our potential best-in-class Alzheimer’s disease portfolio in the first quarter of 2023 with new preclinical data presented at AD/PD which adds to the scientific foundation for our PRX012 program. These data demonstrated higher affinity binding to amyloid beta soluble protofibrils and greater clearance of pyroglutamate-modified amyloid beta plaques compared to other approved and investigational molecules. In addition, we released topline data from the Phase 1 SAD study of PRX005 which demonstrated that single doses of PRX005 across three dose cohorts were generally safe and well tolerated.
"We look forward to making meaningful advances in our Alzheimer’s disease portfolio this year. We also continue to focus on enrolling our confirmatory Phase 3 AFFIRM-AL study of birtamimab, the first potential therapy to observe a significant survival benefit in patients with Mayo Stage IV AL amyloidosis," added Kinney.
First Quarter, Recent Business Highlights and Upcoming Milestones
Neurodegenerative Diseases Portfolio
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
PRX012, a wholly-owned potential best-in-class, next-generation subcutaneous antibody for the treatment of AD, targets a key epitope at the N-terminus of amyloid beta (Aβ) with high binding potency. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation for PRX012 for the treatment of AD.
Multiple presentations at International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases 2023 (AD/PD) highlighted by an oral presentation of preclinical data showing superior binding characteristics of PRX012, demonstrated 20-fold higher affinity to Aβ soluble protofibrils when compared to lecanemab; PRX012 also cleared pyroglutamate-modified Aβ at lower concentrations when compared to donanemab
Partnered with Walgreens to accelerate patient identification and recruitment for ongoing ASCENT-2 multiple ascending dose (MAD) clinical trial evaluating safety and tolerability
Ongoing Phase 1 single ascending dose (SAD) and MAD studies; topline data expected year end 2023
PRX005, a potential best-in-class antibody for the treatment of AD, specifically targets a key epitope within the microtubule binding region (MTBR) of tau, a protein implicated in diseases including AD, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and other tauopathies. PRX005 is part of a global neuroscience research and development collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb.
Topline data from Phase 1 SAD study announced January 2023 showing single doses of PRX005 across three dose cohorts were generally safe and well tolerated, meeting the primary study objective; results expected from the Phase 1 SAD study at an upcoming medical conference
Ongoing Phase 1 MAD study; topline data expected by year end 2023
PRX123, a wholly-owned potential first-in-class dual Aβ/tau vaccine for the treatment and prevention of AD, is a dual-target vaccine targeting key epitopes within the N-terminus of Aβ and MTBR-tau designed to promote amyloid clearance and block the transmission of pathogenic tau
Investigational new drug (IND) application filing expected by year end 2023
Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Prasinezumab, a potential first-in-class antibody for the treatment of PD, is designed to target a key epitope within the C-terminus of alpha-synuclein and is the focus of a worldwide collaboration with Roche
Poster and oral presentations at AD/PD highlighted aspects of the Phase 2 PASADENA study of prasinezumab for the treatment of PD
In Q1 2023, Roche completed enrollment for the Phase 2b PADOVA trial in patients with early PD (NCT04777331); topline data expected in 2024
Rare Peripheral Amyloid Diseases Portfolio
Birtamimab, a wholly-owned potential best-in-class amyloid depleter antibody for the treatment of AL amyloidosis, is designed to directly neutralize soluble toxic aggregates and promote clearance of amyloid that causes organ dysfunction and failure. Among patients with AL amyloidosis, a rare, progressive, and fatal disease, newly diagnosed individuals with advanced disease (i.e. Mayo Stage IV) are at the highest risk for early death. Birtamimab has been granted Fast Track Designation by the FDA for the treatment of patients with Mayo Stage IV AL amyloidosis to reduce the risk of mortality and has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by both the FDA and European Medicines Agency.
Confirmatory Phase 3 AFFIRM-AL trial in patients with Mayo Stage IV AL amyloidosis, which is under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the FDA with a primary endpoint of all-cause mortality at p≤0.10, is ongoing (NCT04973137); topline data expected in 2024
NNC6019 (formerly PRX004), a potential first-in-class amyloid depleter antibody for the treatment of ATTR cardiomyopathy, is designed to deplete the pathogenic, non-native forms of the transthyretin (TTR) protein and is being developed by Novo Nordisk as part of their up to $1.2 billion acquisition of Prothena’s ATTR amyloidosis business and pipeline
Ongoing Phase 2 study in patients with ATTR cardiomyopathy is being conducted by Novo Nordisk (NCT05442047); topline data expected in 2024
First Quarter of 2023 Financial Results
For the first quarter of 2023, Prothena reported net loss of $46.9 million, as compared to a net loss of $36.3 million for the first quarter of 2022. Net loss per share was $0.89 for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to net loss per share of $0.78 for the first quarter of 2022.
Prothena reported total revenue of $2.2 million for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to total revenue of $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, primarily from collaboration revenue from Bristol Myers Squibb.
Research and development (R&D) expenses totaled $44.8 million for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to $27.3 million for the first quarter of 2022. The increase in R&D expense for the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily due to higher clinical trial expenses, higher personnel related expenses, higher consulting and other R&D expenses. R&D expenses included non-cash share-based compensation expense of $4.4 million for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to $3.3 million for the first quarter of 2022.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses totaled $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to $11.8 million for the first quarter of 2022. The increase in G&A expenses for the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily related to higher personnel related and legal expenses. G&A expenses included non-cash share-based compensation expense of $4.4 million for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to $4.3 million for the first quarter of 2022.
Total non-cash share-based compensation expense was $8.8 million for the first quarter of 2023, as compared to $7.7 million for the first quarter of 2022.
As of March 31, 2023, Prothena had $688.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, and no debt.
As of April 28, 2023, Prothena had approximately 52.8 million ordinary shares outstanding.
2023 Financial Guidance
The Company continues to expect the full year 2023 net cash used in operating and investing activities to be $213 to $229 million and expects to end the year with approximately $512 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (midpoint). The estimated full year 2023 net cash used in operating and investing activities is primarily driven by an estimated net loss of $250 to $275 million, which includes an estimated $46 million of non-cash share-based compensation expense.
Prothena Corporation plc is a late-stage clinical biotechnology company with expertise in protein dysregulation and a pipeline of investigational therapeutics with the potential to change the course of devastating neurodegenerative and rare peripheral amyloid diseases. Fueled by its deep scientific expertise built over decades of research, Prothena is advancing a pipeline of therapeutic candidates for a number of indications and novel targets for which its ability to integrate scientific insights around neurological dysfunction and the biology of misfolded proteins can be leveraged. Prothena’s pipeline includes both wholly-owned and partnered programs being developed for the potential treatment of diseases including AL amyloidosis, ATTR amyloidosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and a number of other neurodegenerative diseases. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.prothena.com and follow the Company on Twitter @ProthenaCorp.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to, among other things, the sufficiency of our cash position to fund advancement of a broad pipeline; the continued advancement of our discovery, preclinical, and clinical pipeline, and expected milestones in 2023 and beyond; the treatment potential, designs, proposed mechanisms of action, and potential administration of birtamimab, prasinezumab, NNC6019/PRX004, PRX005, PRX012, and PRX123; plans for future clinical studies of birtamimab, prasinezumab, NNC6019/PRX004, PRX005, PRX012, and PRX123 (including the filing of an IND application); the expected timing of reporting data from clinical studies of birtamimab, prasinezumab, PRX005, and PRX012; our anticipated net cash burn from operating and investing activities for 2023 and expected cash balance at the end of 2023; and our estimated net loss and non-cash share-based compensation expense for 2023. These statements are based on estimates, projections and assumptions that may prove not to be accurate, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated due to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including but not limited to those described in the "Risk Factors" sections of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 4, 2023, and discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events, or changes in our expectations.
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