aTyr Pharma Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results and Provides Corporate Update
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“2019 was a productive year for aTyr and we achieved some key milestones, including the announcement of interim safety data results for our ongoing ATYR1923 Phase 1b/2a clinical trial for patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis. We also recently entered into a licensing collaboration with
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life, we remain committed to the safety of our employees as well as our physician partners and the patients who are participating in our ATYR1923 Phase 1b/2a clinical study. This global public health crisis has been challenging for clinical trial conduct worldwide, and we now anticipate there will be a delay in topline results from our study, which were previously anticipated in the third quarter of this year. We are working closely with our investigators to implement procedures which will allow for rapid completion of this study when the demand on the health system eases.”
“Importantly, the successful licensing deal and public offering that we completed in 2020, together with cash on hand, provide critical resources that we believe will comfortably allow us to reach significant and potentially value creating milestones. We remain committed to completion of our Phase 1b/2a study as expeditiously as possible as we work to introduce an entirely new class of therapeutics to treat unmet needs in interstitial lung diseases (ILDs).”
2019 and Subsequent Period Highlights and Upcoming Milestones
- Announced the results of a pre-planned, blinded interim analysis of safety and tolerability, the primary endpoint of its ongoing Phase 1b/2a clinical trial of its lead therapeutic candidate, ATYR1923, in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis. Interim safety data results announced were from 15 pulmonary sarcoidosis patients who had received a minimum of one dose of blinded study drug (ATYR1923 or placebo). Study drug (ATYR1923 or placebo) was observed to be generally safe and well tolerated with no drug-related serious adverse events, consistent with our Phase 1 study results in healthy volunteers. Adverse events were mostly mild or moderate in severity and assessed by the study investigators as unrelated to study drug.
- Entered into a collaboration and license agreement with Kyorin for the development and commercialization of ATYR1923 for ILDs in
Japan(the Kyorin Agreement). aTyr received an $8 millionupfront payment and is eligible to receive up to an additional $167 millionin the aggregate upon achievement of certain development, regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties on net sales in Japan.
- Announced the appointment of
Arthur M. Mercurio, Ph.D. as a scientific advisor to the company. aTyr’s abstract, “Domain-specific antibodies to Neuropilin-2 implicate VEGF-C and not Semaphorin 3F in breast cancer stem cell function” was accepted by the American Association for Cancer Researchfor a poster session at its Annual Meeting, and was completed in conjunction with Dr. Mercurio’s lab at the Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biologyat the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
- Published “Serum-circulating His-tRNA synthetase inhibits organ-targeted immune responses,” in the Nature journal Cellular and Molecular Immunology highlighting the essential role that histidyl tRNA synthetase (HARS) plays in the modulation of immune cell engagement in a broad range of disease states, including ILDs.
- Earlier this week, announced its
Hong Kongsubsidiary, Pangu BioPharma Limited(Pangu), together with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(HKUST), has been awarded a grant of approximately $750,000to build a high-throughput platform for the development of bi-specific antibodies. This grant will help further support the company’s NRP2 antibody development program.
- Raised gross proceeds of
$20.7 millionthrough the issuance of 4,870,588 shares of common stock in early 2020 from a public offering of common stock and the full exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option.
March 2019, entered into a research and option agreement with global biotherapeutics leader CSL Behring to identify up to four new IND candidates from aTyr’s tRNA synthetase pipeline (the CSL Agreement). aTyr is eligible to receive $4.25 millionper synthetase, or up to $17 millionin potential total option fees from the collaboration if all four synthetase advance.
Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results
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Conference Call and Webcast Details
aTyr is developing ATYR1923 as a potential therapeutic for patients with interstitial lung diseases. ATYR1923, a fusion protein comprised of the immuno-modulatory domain of histidyl tRNA synthetase fused to the FC region of a human antibody, is a selective modulator of neuropilin-2 that downregulates the innate and adaptive immune response in inflammatory disease states. aTyr is currently enrolling a proof-of-concept Phase 1b/2a trial evaluating ATYR1923 in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis. This Phase 1b/2a study is a multi-ascending dose, placebo-controlled, first-in-patient study of ATYR1923 that has been designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, steroid sparing effect, immunogenicity and pharmacokinetics profile of multiple doses of ATYR1923.
Neuropilin-2 (NRP2) is a cell surface receptor that plays a key role in lymphatic development and in regulating inflammatory responses. In many forms of cancer, high NRP2 expression is associated with worse outcomes. NRP2 can interact with multiple ligands and co-receptors through distinct domains to influence their functional roles, making it a potential drug target with multiple distinct therapeutic applications. NRP2 interacts with type 3 semaphorins and plexins to impact inflammation and with forms of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and their receptors, to impact lymphangiogenesis. In addition, NRP2 modulates interactions between CCL21 and CCR7 potentially impacting homing of dendritic cells to lymphoid organs. aTyr is currently investigating NRP2 receptor biology, both internally and in collaboration with key academic thought leaders, as a novel target for new product candidates for a variety of diseases, including cancer and inflammation.
aTyr is a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel immunological pathways. aTyr’s research and development efforts are concentrated on a newly discovered area of biology, the extracellular functionality and signaling pathways of tRNA synthetases. aTyr has built a global intellectual property estate directed to a potential pipeline of protein compositions derived from 20 tRNA synthetase genes and their extracellular targets. aTyr’s primary focus is ATYR1923, a clinical-stage product candidate which binds to the neuropilin-2 receptor and is designed to down-regulate immune engagement in interstitial lung diseases. For more information, please visit http://www.atyrpharma.com.
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|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Research and development||3,590||3,549||14,048||20,385|
|General and administrative||2,516||2,414||9,352||12,435|
|Total operating expenses||6,106||5,963||23,400||32,820|
|Loss from operations||(5,962||)||(5,963||)||(22,978||)||(32,820||)|
|Total other expense, net||(171||)||(359||)||(785||)||(1,695||)|
|Consolidated net loss||$||(6,133||)||$||(6,322||)||$||(23,763||)||$||(34,515||)|
|Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in
|Net loss attributable to
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(1.54||)||$||(2.92||)||$||(7.03||)||$||(16.11||)|
|Weighted average common stock shares outstanding, basic and diluted||3,891,002||2,168,388||3,355,600||2,141,961|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale investments||$||31,144||$||49,545|
|Property and equipment, net||1,270||1,853|
|Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities||$||3,431||$||3,066|
|Current portion of operating lease liability||755||—|
|Long-term operating lease liability, net of current portion||2,239||—|
|Current portion of long-term debt, net of issuance costs and discount||8,737||7,767|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion and issuance costs and discount||—||8,263|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||36,188||$||52,746|
Source: aTyr Pharma, Inc.