Annexon Biosciences Announces Program Highlights and Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results
Multiple Value-Creating Catalysts Across Complement-Targeted Portfolio Anticipated Through 2023
Encouraging Interim Data Reported from Phase 2 Study of ANX005 for Huntington’s Disease; Full Data Expected in the Second Quarter of 2022
$243 Million in Cash and Investments at End of 2021; Operating Runway into First Quarter of 2024
BRISBANE, Calif., March 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Annexon, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANNX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of complement medicines for patients with classical complement-mediated autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and ophthalmic disorders, today announced recent highlights and reported fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results.
“2021 was a year of marked progress across our pipeline, which is uniquely designed to provide greater protection against complement-mediated disorders of the body, brain and eye by stopping the classical complement pathway at its start, C1q,” said Douglas Love, Esq., president and chief executive officer of Annexon. “The favorable early data generated with ANX005 in both Guillain-Barré Syndrome and Huntington’s disease – autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, respectively – support our approach to fully inhibiting C1q and support the ongoing development with our lead candidate. In addition, given the known role that aberrant activation of C1q plays in driving a wide range of diseases, we are actively advancing our pipeline across three therapeutic franchises, with numerous clinical data readouts and new study initiations anticipated over the course of 2022 and 2023. This is an exciting time for Annexon, and I am confident in our potential to deliver game-changing medicines to patients in need.”
- In January 2022, Annexon reported interim data from its ongoing, open-label Phase 2 clinical trial of ANX005 in patients with Huntington’s disease (HD) who completed the 24-week treatment period. Interim data showed that treatment with ANX005 had been generally well-tolerated and showed full target engagement of C1q in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), notable improvements in clinical measures relative to baseline and NfL levels consistent with levels reported in natural history studies. Annexon anticipates reporting data from all patients treated, including data from the three-month follow-up period, in the second quarter of 2022.
- In December 2021 at the ASH Annual meeting, Annexon announced safety and dose-response data from its Phase 1 clinical trial of ANX009, the company’s subcutaneously administered product candidate that is designed to selectively inhibit C1q in vascular and blood-based autoimmune diseases. In addition, Annexon reported preclinical data supporting the potential role of the complement pathway in warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (wAIHA).
- In February 2022, Dr. Bettina Cockroft joined the Annexon board of directors with over 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Key Anticipated Milestones
- Report data from Phase 2 trial of ANX005 in patients with warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (wAIHA) in the second half of 2022
- Report initial data from Phase 1b trial of ANX009, the company’s subcutaneously administered drug candidate, in patients with lupus nephritis in the second half of 2022
- Initiate first-in-human trial of ANX1502, a first-in-class oral small molecule drug candidate, in the second half of 2022, with data expected in 2023
- Report data from Phase 2/3 trial of ANX005 in patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in 2023
- Report data from Phase 2 trial of ANX005 in patients with HD, who completed the six-month treatment period and three-month follow-up period, in the second quarter of 2022
- Initiate first-in-human trial of ANX105, the company’s next generation monoclonal antibody formulated for IV administration, in the first half of 2022, with data anticipated in 2023
- Report data from Phase 2 trial of ANX005 in patients with ALS in 2023
- Report data from Phase 2 trial of ANX007, a monoclonal antibody antigen-binding fragment, in patients with geographic atrophy in 2023
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results
- Cash and operating runway: Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $242.7 million as of December 31, 2021. Annexon continues to expect that its current cash position is sufficient to fund its operating plans into the first quarter of 2024.
- Research and development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $27.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, and $100.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $18.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and $49.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $10.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, and $30.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $5.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and $14.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
- Net loss: Net loss was $37.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, and $130.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $23.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and $63.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020.
Annexon (Nasdaq: ANNX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering a new class of complement medicines designed to stop the classical complement pathway at its start, C1q, to bring therapies to patients with classical complement-mediated autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and ophthalmic disorders. The company’s proprietary complement-targeting platform utilizes well-researched classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative processes triggered by aberrant activation of C1q, the initiating molecule of the classical complement pathway. Annexon is advancing a broad portfolio of innovative product candidates designed to block the activity of C1q and the entire classical complement pathway, which may provide more complete protection against complement-mediated disorders of the body, brain and eye. The company’s pipeline includes three clinical-stage drug candidates, ANX005 (intravenous administration), ANX007 (intravitreal administration), and ANX009 (subcutaneous administration), as well as a robust early-stage pipeline of preclinical and discovery stage programs. Annexon is deploying a disciplined, biomarker-driven strategy designed to improve the probability of technical success of its portfolio. For more information, visit www.annexonbio.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended|
|Research and development (1)||$||27,217||$||17,992||$||100,066||$||49,271|
|General and administrative (1)||10,241||5,199||30,647||14,198|
|Total operating expenses||37,458||23,191||130,713||63,469|
|Loss from operations||(37,458||)||(23,191||)||(130,713||)||(63,469||)|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||87||(7||)||390||57|
|Net loss before taxes||(37,371||)||(23,198||)||(130,323||)||(63,412||)|
|Provision for income taxes||—||(5||)||—||—|
|Accretion on redeemable convertible preferred stock||—||—||—||(705||)|
|Deemed dividend – beneficial conversion feature on redeemable|
convertible preferred stock
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(37,371||)||$||(23,193||)||$||(130,323||)||$||(70,336||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share|
attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted
|(1) Includes the following stock-based compensation expense:|
|Research and development||$||2,280||$||990||$||8,610||$||2,274|
|General and administrative||$||2,075||$||1,001||$||7,652||$||2,614|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||74,843||$||268,565|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||4,978||2,805|
|Total current assets||247,693||354,011|
|Property and equipment, net||17,848||1,935|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||20,333||—|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Deferred rent, current||—||391|
|Operating lease liabilities, current||1,202||—|
|Other current liabilities||139||—|
|Total current liabilities||21,744||10,622|
|Operating lease liabilities, non-current||33,387||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||528,365||510,309|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(180||)||(77||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||231,909||344,278|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||287,040||$||355,946|