LogicBio Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
- IND for LB-001 in methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) cleared in
- Fast Track designation for LB-001 in MMA received in
- First follow-on offering post-IPO closed in
“LogicBio has recently marked several important achievements, which could set the stage for exciting news from our company in the quarters to come,” said
Anticipated LogicBio Milestones for 2021:
LB-001 for MMA
- Early 2021: First patient enrollment in Phase 1/2 SUNRISE trial
- Mid 2021: Operational update on dose escalation and age de-escalation
- Mid 2021: Data from retrospective natural history study in MMA
- Late 2021: Interim data from SUNRISE trial
- Early 2021: Translational data on GeneRide and Next Generation Capsid Platforms
- 2021: Nomination of next internal development candidate
Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Three Months Ended
- R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the three months ended
September 30, 2020were $5.5 million, compared to $8.9 millionfor the three months ended September 30, 2019. The decrease of approximately $3.4 millionwas primarily due to a decrease of approximately $3.8 millionin external development and manufacturing expenses for our lead product candidate, LB-001. This decrease was partially offset by an increase of $0.5 millionin other research and development expenses as we increased our overall research and development activities related GeneRide and our Next Generation Capsids.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were
$3.2 millionfor the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $2.2 millionfor the three months ended September 30, 2019. The increase of approximately $1.0 millionwas primarily driven by an increase of $0.4 millionin stock-based compensation expense and a $0.4 millionincrease in legal fees and professional services.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$8.0 million, or $0.34per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to a net loss of $10.9 million, or $0.48per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2019.
- Cash Position and Financial Guidance: As of
September 30, 2020, we had cash and cash equivalents of $32.3 million, which we believe, combined with the net proceeds of $45.2 millionfrom our October follow-on offering, will be sufficient to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditures for at least the next twelve months.
About LogicBio Therapeutics
LogicBio Therapeutics is dedicated to extending the reach of genetic medicine with pioneering targeted delivery platforms. LogicBio’s proprietary genome editing technology platform, GeneRide, enables the site-specific integration of a therapeutic transgene without nucleases or exogenous promoters by harnessing the native process of homologous recombination. LogicBio has received FDA clearance for the first-in-human clinical trial of LB-001, a wholly owned genome editing program leveraging GeneRide for the treatment of methylmalonic acidemia. Patient enrollment is expected to begin in early 2021. In addition, LogicBio has a collaboration with Takeda to research and develop LB-301, an investigational therapy leveraging GeneRide for the treatment of the rare pediatric disease Crigler-Najjar syndrome.
LogicBio is also developing a Next Generation Capsid platform for use in gene editing and gene therapies. Data presented have shown that the capsids deliver highly efficient functional transduction of human hepatocytes with improved manufacturability with low levels of pre-existing neutralizing antibodies in human samples. Top-tier capsid candidates from this effort demonstrated significant improvements over benchmark AAVs currently in clinical development. LogicBio is developing these highly potent vectors for internal development candidates and potentially for business development collaborations.
LogicBio is headquartered in Lexington, Mass. For more information, please visit www.logicbio.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including those related to the Company’s plans to initiate, advance and complete its planned Phase 1/2 SUNRISE clinical trial of LB-001 in MMA and the potential benefits to patients of LB-001; the timing, progress and results of the Company’s research and development activities, including those related to the GeneRide technology platform and Next Generation Capsid Program; its plans for LB-301 in Crigler-Najjar; and the sufficiency of our cash on hand to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditures. These are not statements of historical facts and are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available. They are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results and the implementation of the Company’s plans to vary materially, including the risks associated with the initiation, cost, timing, progress and results of the Company’s current and future research and development activities and preclinical studies and potential future clinical trials. In particular, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s ability to progress with its research, development, manufacturing and regulatory efforts, including the Company’s plans to initiate, advance and complete its Phase 1/2 clinical trial for LB-001 in MMA, and the value of and market for the Company’s common stock, will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence at this time, such as the ultimate duration of the pandemic, travel restrictions, quarantines, social distancing and business closure requirements in the United States and in other countries, and the effectiveness of actions taken globally to contain and treat the disease. These risks are discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including, without limitation, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2020 with the SEC, the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2020, and the Company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, even if new information becomes available in the future.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Cash, cash equivalents and investments||$||32,285||$||50,647|
|Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities||$||19,515||$||13,373|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||41,806||$||55,660|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Research and development||5,492||8,858||18,560||22,278|
|General and administrative||3,200||2,175||9,421||7,331|
|Total operating expenses||8,692||11,033||27,981||29,609|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS||(7,766||)||(11,033||)||(25,069||)||(29,609||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET:|
|Other income (expense), net||1||(3||)||(10||)||(4||)|
|Total other (expense) income, net||(273||)||115||(652||)||968|
|Loss before income taxes||(8,039||)||(10,918||)||(25,721||)||(28,641||)|
|Income tax provision||—||—||—||(22||)|
|Net loss per share—basic and diluted||$||(0.34||)||$||(0.48||)||$||(1.10||)||$||(1.27||)|
|Weighted-average common stock outstanding—basic and diluted||23,599,052||22,677,205||23,367,804||22,491,282|
Chief Financial Officer
Source: LogicBio Therapeutics