“We are pleased to have completed the merger of Idera and Aceragen at the end of the third quarter, better enabling us to deliver important therapies for people living with rare diseases,” stated
Clinical Development Updates
REPRIEVE Study in Cystic Fibrosis: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study evaluating treatment with ACG-701, a proprietary oral formulation of sodium fusidate, in newly diagnosed pulmonary exacerbations in CF patients.
- The REPRIEVE study is on track for initiation by the end of 2022, with data anticipated in Q3 2023
TERRA Study for Melioidosis: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study evaluating ACG-701 in hospitalized melioidosis patients.
- The independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) for the TERRA Study is expected to meet by the end of 2022 to recommend whether the study should continue as planned or, if efficacy and safety data are compelling, to be immediately unblinded for full analysis. This DMC assessment is intended to be in lieu of the interim analysis originally anticipated in Q1 2023.
ADVANCE Study for Farber Disease: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, first-in-human, Phase 2 study of ACG-801 in patients with Farber disease.
- The ADVANCE study is on track for initiation in the second half of 2023.
- As previously disclosed, on
September 28, 2022, the Company announced its acquisition, via a stock-for-stock transaction, of Aceragen, Inc., a private biotechnology company addressing severe, rare pulmonary and rheumatic diseases for which there is significant medical need and limited or no available treatments.
- The combined cash of the two companies is expected to provide runway into Q3 2023, funding the advancement of ACG-701 and ACG-801 through important 2023 clinical milestones.
- In connection with the acquisition, the Company announced several leadership and Board changes:
John Taylor, the former Chief Executive Officer of Aceragen, was named Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Additional management team members are Carl Kraus, Aceragen’s former Chief Medical Officer, who now serves in that role for Idera; Bryant Lim, who continues in his role as Idera’s Chief Business Officer and General Counsel; Daniel Salain, Aceragen’s former Chief Operating Officer, who serves in that role for Idera; Andy Jordan, Aceragen’s former Chief Financial Officer, who was appointed Chief Strategy Officer for Idera; and John Kirby, who continues in his role as Idera’s Chief Financial Officer. Vincent Milano, Idera’s former Chief Executive Officer, was named Chair of the Board of Directors for the Company. Idera Board members Cristina Csimma, Pharm. D., M.H.P., James Geraghty, Maxine Gowen, Ph.D., and Michael Doughertycontinue in their positions and are joined by John Taylorand Ron Wooten, Senior Founding Partner, NovaQuest Capital Management LLC. Mr. Taylorand Mr. Wootenpreviously served on Aceragen’s board.
Third Quarter Financial Results
The Company’s pro forma cash position as of
As a result of the factors above, net loss applicable to common stockholders for the three months ended
Idera is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the care of people living with rare pulmonary and rheumatic diseases. Our portfolio includes late-stage programs that we are developing to be innovative therapeutics capable of addressing the unmet medical needs of these individuals. To learn more about Idera, visit IderaPharma.com.
About ACG-701 for Acute Pulmonary Exacerbations
ACG-701 is a proprietary oral formulation of sodium fusidate being developed as a potential treatment for acute pulmonary exacerbations (“PEx”) associated with cystic fibrosis (“CF”) and for melioidosis, a life-threatening infection caused by the B. pseudomallei pathogen.
The Phase 2 trial of ACG-701 in CF PEx (the REPRIEVE study) is expected to initiate during Q4 2022 at clinical sites in
The melioidosis clinical program for ACG-701 is supported by funding up to
About ACG-801 for Farber Disease
ACG-801, recombinant human acid ceramidase, is an investigational biologic under development to be the first-ever enzyme replacement therapy for the treatment of acid ceramidase deficiency, also called Farber disease, a progressive, severe and life-threatening lysosomal storage disorder. The condition is hallmarked by loss of acid ceramidase enzyme activity leading to abnormal accumulation of ceramide, profound macrophage-driven inflammation and multi-organ disease affecting bone and joints, cartilage, the immune system, central nervous system, and the lungs. Many of these patients die from complications of the disease, with the most severely affected patients dying in the first years of life. There are no Farber disease-specific medications currently available that can alter the natural history of the disease.
The Company expects to initiate the ADVANCE clinical study for ACG-801 in Farber disease in 2H 2023 with data expected in Q1 2024. Due to the ultra-rare nature of Farber disease, this study has the potential to be registrational. The FDA has granted Orphan, Fast Track, and Rare Pediatric Disease designations for ACG-801, which may be eligible for a priority review voucher (PRV) upon approval by FDA.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included or incorporated in this press release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's new development opportunities, clinical trials and studies, product designation and/or status, financial position, funding for continued operations, cash reserves, projected costs, prospects, clinical trials, plans, expectations, strategies, projections and objectives of management, 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 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 differ materially 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 will be able to successfully integrate the Aceragen operations; whether the Company’s stockholders approve the conversion of the Series Z Preferred Stock; whether the Company’s cash resources will be sufficient to fund the Company’s continuing operations and the newly acquired Aceragen operations, including the liabilities of Aceragen incurred in connection with the completion of the transactions; whether the Company’s products 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
Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Government contracts revenue||$||49||$||-||$||49||$||-|
|Research and development||1,470||3,507||5,960||14,271|
|General and administrative||2,268||2,331||7,325||7,959|
|Restructuring and other costs||2,802||130||2,802||1,322|
|Total operating expenses||9,376||5,968||18,923||23,552|
|Loss from operations||(9,327||)||(5,968||)||(18,874||)||(23,552||)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Warrant revaluation gain||116||-||116||6,983|
|Future tranche right revaluation gain||-||-||-||118,803|
|Other income (expense), net||73||3||135||(24||)|
|(Loss) income before income tax benefit||$||(9,138||)||$||(5,965||)||$||(18,623||)||$||102,210|
|Income tax benefit||6,039||-||6,039||-|
|Net (loss) income||$||(3,099||)||$||(5,965||)||$||(12,584||)||$||102,210|
|Undistributed earnings to preferred stockholders||-||-||-||-|
|Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders||$||(3,099||)||$||(5,965||)||$||(12,584||)||$||102,210|
|Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders|
|Net income (loss) per 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 and cash equivalents||$||26,795||$||32,545|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||20,768||29,453|
|Total liabilities, convertible redeemable preferred stock and stockholders' equity (deficit)||$||103,682||$||34,864|
Idera Pharmaceuticals Contacts:
Jill ConwellInvestor Relations & Corporate Communications Phone (484) 348-1600 JConwell@IderaPharma.com John J. KirbyChief Financial Officer JKirby@IderaPharma.com
Source: Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.