“I’m proud of what Idera has accomplished since the beginning of the year, despite the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have completed and reported encouraging data from ILLUMINATE-204, secured additional financing to help execute our key objectives, and, to date, are on track with timelines for both ILLUMINATE-301 and ILLUMINATE-206,” stated
ILLUMINATE (tilsotolimod) Clinical Development Updates
ILLUMINATE-204: Phase 1/2 trial of tilsotolimod in combination with Yervoy®* or Keytruda®± (pembrolizumab) in patients with anti-PD-1 refractory advanced melanoma:
- Final topline results released in
April 2020from the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) of 8 mg of tilsotolimod in combination with Yervoy®, which is the treatment regimen being evaluated in the Company’s registrational trial, ILLUMINATE-301.
- Median overall survival (OS) was 21.0 months (95% confidence interval (CI): 9.8 months-not reached (NR));
- The overall response rate (ORR) per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST v1.1) was 22.4%, including 2 complete responses (95% CI: 11.8-36.6%);
- The disease control rate (stable disease or better) was 71.4% (95% CI: 56.7%-83.4%);
- Median duration of response was 11.4 months (95% CI: 3.3 months-NR); and
- The combination regimen was generally well tolerated.
- Final data from the trial to be submitted for presentation at a medical conference in the second half of 2020.
ILLUMINATE-301: Randomized phase 3 trial of tilsotolimod in combination with Yervoy® (ipilimumab) versus Yervoy® alone in patients with anti-PD-1 refractory advanced melanoma:
- Primary endpoint family of overall response rate (ORR) per RECIST v1.1 and overall survival (OS);
- Trial initiated in
- Enrollment completed in
March 2020; and
- ORR and other preliminary data expected in the first quarter of 2021.
ILLUMINATE-206: Phase 2, open-label, multicohort, multicenter study to test the safety and effectiveness of tilsotolimod in combination with Yervoy® and Opdivo®* (nivolumab) for the treatment of solid tumors:
- Trial initiated in
September 2019with the microsatellite stable colorectal cancer (MSS-CRC) cohort;
- Initial safety run-in cohort of 10 patients with MSS-CRC fully enrolled; and
- Preliminary data from this cohort expected in the second quarter of 2020.
First Quarter Financial Results
Research and development expenses for the three months ended
As a result of the factors above, net income applicable to common stockholders for the three months ended
Harnessing the approach of the earliest researchers in immunotherapy and the Company’s vast experience in developing proprietary immunology platforms, Idera’s lead development program is focused on priming the immune system to play a more powerful role in fighting cancer, ultimately increasing the number of people who can benefit from immunotherapy. Idera also continues to focus on the acquisition, development and ultimate commercialization of drug candidates for both oncology and rare disease indications characterized by small, well-defined patient populations with serious unmet needs. To learn more about Idera, visit IderaPharma.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included or incorporated in this press release, including statements regarding the Company's strategy, financial position, funding for continued operations, and clinical trials, including the enrollment, timing, and future results thereof, are forward-looking statements. The words "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "may," "could," "should," "potential," "likely," "projects," "continue," "will," “schedule,” and "would" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements are predictions based on the Company’s current expectations and projections about future events and various assumptions. Idera cannot guarantee that it will actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in its forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which may be beyond Idera’s control, and which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause Idera's actual results to differ materially from those indicated or implied by its forward-looking statements including, without limitation: whether the Company’s cash resources will be sufficient to fund the Company’s continuing operations and the further development of the Company’s programs; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial; whether results obtained in preclinical studies and clinical trials will be indicative of the results that will be generated in future clinical trials, including in clinical trials in different disease indications; whether products based on Idera's technology will advance into or through the clinical trial process when anticipated or at all or warrant submission for regulatory approval; whether such products will receive approval from the FDA or equivalent foreign regulatory agencies; whether, if the Company's products receive approval, they will be successfully distributed and marketed; and whether the Company's collaborations will be successful. All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof, and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice, including, without limitation, those risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
*Yervoy (ipilimumab) and Opdivo (nivolumab) are registered trademarks of Bristol Myers Squibb.
±Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme, a subsidiary Merck & Co., Inc.
Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended|
|Research and development||9,510||8,102|
|General and administrative||3,642||3,143|
|Total operating expenses||13,152||11,376|
|Loss from operations||(13,152||)||(11,376||)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Warrant revaluation income||1,101||-|
|Future tranche right revaluation income||20,711||-|
|Other income (expense), net||157||402|
|Net income (loss)||$||8,817||$||(10,974||)|
|Net income (loss) per common share applicable to common stockholders|
|Weighted-average number of common shares used in computing net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders|
Balance Sheet Data
|Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments||$||33,487||$||42,793|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||(144||)||(11,168||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)||$||37,066||$||47,489|
Idera Pharmaceuticals Contacts:
Investor Relations &
Phone (484) 348-1675
Chief Financial Officer
Phone (484) 348-1627
Source: Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.