Annexon Biosciences Highlights Portfolio Progress and Key Anticipated Milestones, and Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Pioneering Upstream Complement-Targeted Platform with Broad Portfolio of Five Differentiated Product Candidates
Anticipating Eight Clinical Catalysts Across Robust Pipeline throughout 2022 and 2023
BRISBANE, Calif., May 09, 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 progress across its broad pipeline of product candidates and reported first quarter 2022 financial results.
The classical complement cascade is a seminal pathway within the immune system that anchors and drives a host of autoimmune, neurodegenerative and ophthalmic diseases. Annexon’s unique platform targets C1q, the initiator of the pathway that localizes on disease tissue and triggers complement’s harmful inflammation and tissue-damaging activity. The company’s product candidates are designed to block the early classical cascade and all downstream pathway components that contribute to disease, while selectively preserving the beneficial immune functions of other complement pathways.
“I am very proud of the strong execution by the Annexon team in advancing our classical complement platform across multiple indications driven by aberrant complement activity. In doing so, we’re actively building on the learnings and momentum from the first two clinical datasets generated with our lead product candidate, ANX005, which showed rapid improvement in clinical measures in two historically challenging diseases – Guillain-Barré Syndrome and Huntington’s disease,” said Douglas Love, Esq., president and chief executive officer of Annexon. “After years of research and development across our platform, and with eight clinical datasets anticipated throughout 2022 and 2023, we’re reaching a significant inflection point in proving our founding thesis: stopping the classical complement cascade at its start has the potential to provide more complete protection against inappropriate complement activity, and thereby provide important benefit to patients. We’re excited by the promise of our pioneering upstream complement platform, and we are well-positioned to create meaningful near-term value for patients, our supporters and for the business.”
Portfolio Highlights and Key Anticipated Milestones
Annexon is rigorously advancing five drug candidates, each with distinct routes of administration and dosing schedules, and a fit-for-purpose design to selectively inhibit the classical complement pathway in specific compartments of the body, brain or eye.
ANX005: ANX005 is an investigational, full-length monoclonal antibody (mAb) formulated for intravenous (IV) administration that is designed to fully inhibit C1q and the entire classical complement pathway in the body and across the blood brain barrier. ANX005 is being evaluated in Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune condition where maximum suppression of C1q and the classical cascade may act early in the disease course to rapidly prevent nerve damage and irreversible neurological disability. ANX005 is also being studied in the autoimmune disease warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (wAIHA), a program that has been informed by learnings from the GBS program, as well as in neurodegenerative disorders, Huntington’s disease (HD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), where maximum inhibition of aberrant classical complement activity is intended to preserve synapse loss and function to slow or halt disease progression.
To date, ANX005 has been evaluated in more than 170 patients with autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases and was generally well-tolerated, demonstrated full target engagement in the periphery and central nervous system, and in two distinct indications – GBS and HD – showed rapid and meaningful improvement in clinical measures.Key ANX005 Updates and Anticipated Milestones
- Phase 2 trial in patients with HD has completed the six-month treatment period and three-month follow-up period, with data anticipated in the second quarter of 2022
- Phase 2 trial in patients with wAIHA was initiated, with initial data anticipated in the second half of 2022
- Phase 2/3 trial in patients with GBS is underway, with data anticipated in 2023
- Phase 2 trial in patients with ALS is underway, with data anticipated in 2023
ANX007: ANX007 is an investigational antibody antigen-binding-fragment (Fab) formulated for intravitreal administration that is designed to inhibit C1q locally in the eye for patients with complement-mediated neurodegenerative ophthalmic disorders. To date, ANX007 has been administered to more than 200 patients, has been generally well-tolerated, and has demonstrated full target engagement in the aqueous humor. ANX007 is currently being evaluated in a global Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with geographic atrophy (GA), the leading cause of permanent blindness resulting from damaged and dying retinal cells. Annexon’s approach aims to leverage the blocking of C1q at the start of the pathway to provide more complete protection against excess classical complement activity, a potentially key driver of disease.
Key ANX007 Updates and Anticipated Milestones
- Phase 2 ARCHER trial fully enrolled ahead of schedule with a total of 270 patients; initial data is anticipated in the first half of 2023, with full data expected after the conclusion of the six-month off-treatment period
ANX009: ANX009 is an investigational subcutaneous formulation of a Fab that is designed to inhibit C1q selectively in the vascular space. In a Phase 1 trial, ANX009 was evaluated in 24 healthy volunteers, was well-tolerated and showed complete and sustained C1q inhibition in the vascular space. ANX009 is being evaluated in a Phase 1b trial in patients with lupus nephritis (LN), a disease in which enhanced C1q deposition is known to uniquely amplify kidney inflammation and damage. The Phase 1b trial is being conducted in patients with biomarkers of excess complement activity.
Key ANX009 Anticipated Milestones
- Initial data from Phase 1b trial in patients with LN is anticipated in the second half of 2022
ANX105: ANX105 is a next-generation investigational mAb formulated for IV administration with enhanced dosing properties designed for treatment of chronic autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases.
Key ANX105 Updates and Anticipated Milestones
- First-in-human trial of ANX105 was initiated in the second quarter of 2022, following clearance of the clinical trial application (CTA) by Dutch regulatory authorities, with data expected in 2023
ANX1502: ANX1502 is an investigational oral small molecule inhibitor of the classical complement cascade designed for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. ANX1502 has the potential to be a game-changing first-in-class small molecule classical complement inhibitor for a broad and deep set of autoimmune conditions.
Key ANX1502 Updates and Anticipated Milestones
- Preclinical activities for ANX1502 have been completed, enabling a planned CTA submission in the Netherlands
- Initiation of the first-in-human trial of ANX1502 is anticipated in the second half of 2022, with data expected in 2023
First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
- Cash and operating runway: Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $206.7 million as of March 31, 2022. Annexon continues to expect that its current cash position is sufficient to fund its operating plans into 2024.
- Research and development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $27.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to $20.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $8.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to $5.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
- Net loss: Net loss was $35.4 million or $0.92 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to $26.1 million or $0.68 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
Annexon (Nasdaq: ANNX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that aims to bring game-changing medicines to patients with classical complement-mediated diseases of the body, brain and eye. The classical complement cascade is a seminal pathway within the immune system that anchors and drives a host of autoimmune, neurodegenerative and ophthalmic diseases. Annexon is advancing a new class of complement medicines targeting the early classical cascade and all downstream pathway components that contribute to disease, while selectively preserving the beneficial immune functions of other complement pathways. Annexon is rigorously developing a pipeline of diversified product candidates across multiple mid- to late- stage clinical trials, with clinical data anticipated throughout 2022 and 2023. For more information, visit www.annexonbio.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended
|Research and development (1)||$||26,998||$||20,696|
|General and administrative (1)||8,428||5,506|
|Total operating expenses||35,426||26,202|
|Loss from operations||(35,426||)||(26,202||)|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||53||142|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(35,373||)||$||(26,060||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.92||)||$||(0.68||)|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||38,563,384||38,163,062|
|(1) Includes the following stock-based compensation expense:|
|Research and development||$||1,959||$||1,546|
|General and administrative||$||2,293||$||1,416|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||112,828||$||74,843|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||4,595||4,978|
|Total current assets||211,254||247,693|
|Property and equipment, net||17,805||17,848|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||20,103||20,333|
|Other non-current assets||241||—|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Operating lease liabilities, current||1,275||1,202|
|Other current liabilities||189||139|
|Total current liabilities||17,053||21,744|
|Operating lease liabilities, non-current||32,902||33,387|
|Additional paid-in capital||532,636||528,365|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(373||)||(180||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||200,614||231,909|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||250,569||$||287,040|