Annexon Biosciences Provides Business Update and Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
– ANX005 Huntington’s Disease Phase 2 trial fully enrolled with data anticipated 2H 2021 –
– ANX009 First-in-Human dose-ranging trial completed with data expected summer 2021 –
– Next generation drug candidates, ANX105 and ANX1502, on track to submit INDs by end of 2021 –
– Current cash position sufficient to fund operations through 2023 –
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Annexon, Inc. (“Annexon”) (Nasdaq: ANNX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel therapies for patients with classical complement-mediated disorders of the body, brain and eye, today announced first quarter 2021 financial results and business highlights.
Recent Business Highlights
Annexon is advancing a portfolio of innovative C1q inhibitors to stop classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease processes at the start in several indications. Recent portfolio highlights include:
- Completed enrollment in Phase 2 trial of ANX005 in Huntington’s Disease (HD). The company successfully completed enrollment in a Phase 2 trial evaluating ANX005 in HD patients. ANX005 is an intravenously administered C1q inhibitor in development for autoimmune and neurodegenerative indications. Initial data from this trial is anticipated in the second half of 2021.
- Completed dose escalation in first-in-human study of ANX009 subcutaneous formulation. The company successfully completed dosing of ANX009 in a Phase 1 dose-ranging study in healthy volunteers. ANX009 is a subcutaneously administered C1q inhibitor in development for autoimmune indications. Data from this study is anticipated in the summer of 2021.
- Continued clinical trial progress for lead ANX005 and ANX007 C1q inhibitors. The company’s Phase 2/3 trial in Guillain-Barré Syndrome and Phase 2 trial in geographic atrophy continue to progress as planned, as well as initiation activities for the company’s Phase 2 trials in warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- Pipeline expansion. The company continues to advance two novel classical pathway inhibitors, ANX105 (IV) and ANX1502 (oral small molecule), toward IND submission by the end of 2021 and plans to initiate clinical development in 2022.
“We are pleased with the strong progress on our mission to deliver transformative therapies for patients suffering from complement-driven autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases,” said Douglas Love, Esq., president and chief executive officer of Annexon. “Annexon remains on track for another exciting year, and looking ahead, is sharply focused on effectively executing our several clinical programs while advancing multiple next generation drug candidates and driving our beachhead strategy to rapidly expand our platform into mechanistically related indications.”
First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
- Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments: Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $326.7 million as of March 31, 2021.
- Research and development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $20.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to $10.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $5.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to $2.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
- Net loss: Net loss was $26.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to $12.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
About Annexon, Inc.
Annexon is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel therapies for patients with classical complement-mediated disorders of the body, brain and eye. The company’s pipeline is based on its platform technology addressing well-researched classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease processes, both of which are triggered by aberrant activation of C1q, the initiating molecule of the classical complement pathway. Annexon is deploying a rigorous, biomarker-driven development strategy designed to improve the probability of technical success over shorter development timelines. For more information, visit www.annexonbio.com.
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended|
|Research and development (1)||$||20,696||$||10,217|
|General and administrative (1)||5,452||2,239|
|Total operating expenses||26,148||12,456|
|Loss from operations||(26,148||)||(12,456||)|
|Other income, net||142||115|
|Accretion on redeemable convertible preferred stock||—||(279||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(26,006||)||$||(12,620||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.68||)||$||(29.10||)|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||38,163,062||433,749|
|(1) Includes the following stock-based compensation expense:|
|Research and development||$||1,546||$||325|
|General and administrative||$||1,416||$||338|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||206,669||$||268,565|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,868||2,805|
|Total current assets||330,522||354,011|
|Property and equipment||1,429||1,935|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Deferred rent, current||398||391|
|Total current liabilities||10,695||10,622|
|Additional paid-in capital||513,539||510,309|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(103||)||(77||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||321,476||344,278|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||333,117||$||355,946|
Investor Contacts: Jennifer Lew, Chief Financial Officer Annexon Biosciences firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Michelmore email@example.com Media Contacts: Miriam Mason Annexon Biosciences firstname.lastname@example.org