AlloVir Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
- Completed initial public offering raising $317.7M in gross proceeds
- Viralym-M (multi-virus-specific T cell therapy) registrational study in lead indication in virus-associated hemorrhagic cystitis and proof-of-concept study in prevention of multiple viral infections on track to initiate before year end
- ALVR109 (virus-specific T cell therapy designed to combat SARS-CoV-2) Phase 1/2 clinical trial initiated for the treatment of high risk COVID-19 patients
- Commenced tech transfer for AlloVir proprietary virus-specific T-cell manufacturing process to ElevateBio BaseCamp, as part of planned manufacturing capacity expansion and redundancy within supply chain
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AlloVir (Nasdaq: ALVR), a late clinical-stage cell therapy company, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
“In the third quarter, we completed our $317.7 million initial public offering creating a solid financial foundation for the next stage of AlloVir’s growth,” said David Hallal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AlloVir. “We are now focused on leveraging our robust capabilities to execute our objectives across our pipeline, including commencing up to nine pivotal and proof-of-concept studies across three cell therapies this year and throughout 2021.”
David Hallal continued, “the Phase 1/2 clinical trial with ALVR109, our virus-specific T cell therapy designed to combat SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – has been initiated in high-risk patients and we are on track to initiate two additional studies with our lead product, Viralym-M, including a registrational, Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of virus-associated hemorrhagic cystitis and a proof-of-concept study for the prevention of multiple viral infections, both in allogeneic stem cell transplant patients before year end.”
Third Quarter Business Highlights
- In August, the company closed its initial public offering (IPO) raising $317.7 million in gross proceeds prior to deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses. The company expects its current cash and cash equivalents, inclusive of IPO net proceeds, will be sufficient to fund its current operating plan into 2023.
- AlloVir expanded its regulatory expertise and management team by hiring Ercem Atillasoy, M.D., to the newly created position of Chief Regulatory and Safety Officer. Dr. Atillasoy has over 25 years of experience in clinical development, regulatory affairs, and safety. Most recently, he was the regulatory head at Merck and Co., responsible for all regulatory activities globally for the Infectious Disease and Vaccines franchises.
- In September, Dana Alexander, M.B.A., joined the team as Senior Vice President, Technical Operations. Mr. Alexander brings more than 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical operations, most recently as Head of Viral Vector Business Operations and Site General Manager at Brammer Bio, now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to Brammer Bio, he held senior operational and manufacturing leadership positions at Anika Therapeutics and Genzyme, a Sanofi Company.
- AlloVir has commenced tech transfer of its proprietary T cell manufacturing platform to ElevateBio BaseCamp, creating redundancy and ensuring manufacturing supply for full clinical pipeline with dedicated good manufacturing practice (GMP) capacity.
Viralym-M (ALVR105) Program Highlights
- The planned Phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy and safety of Viralym-M for the treatment of patients with virus-associated hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is on track to initiate in before year end.
- Additionally, a proof-of-concept (POC) clinical trial targeting the prevention of BK virus (BKV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), adenovirus (AdV), Epstein Barr virus (EBV), human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), and JC virus (JCV) in patients following allo-HSCT is also expected to initiate before year end
- Real-world data demonstrating the burden of multi-virus infections following allo-HSCT, was presented in a poster session at IDWeek 2020.
- Results from the Phase 2, POC, CHARMS study with Viralym-M as well as data demonstrating the economic and clinical burden of virus-associated HC in patients following allo-HSCT will be showcased in two oral presentations at the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition (ASH) in December 2020.
ALVR109 Program Highlights
- Initial clinical trial manufacturing runs of ALVR109 have been released and the proof-of-concept clinical trial with ALVR109 has been initiated.
- In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Investigational New Drug application (IND) for ALVR109, AlloVir’s allogeneic, off-the-shelf, virus-specific T cell therapy candidate designed to target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the severe and life-threatening viral disease, COVID-19.
- Pre-clinical data on this program will be presented in an oral session at ASH and will be featured in the conference press program.
ALVR106 Program Highlights
- AlloVir anticipates filing the IND before year end for ALVR106, an allogeneic, off-the-shelf, multi-respiratory, virus-specific T cell therapy designed to target respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, parainfluenza virus (PIV), and human metapneumovirus (hMPV).
- The POC clinical trial will now initiate in 2021 as the company is assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the incidence, diagnosis and treatment of the respiratory viral infections which ALVR106 targets.
- Real-world data demonstrating the burden of respiratory tract infections following allo-HSCT was presented in an oral session at IDWeek 2020.
Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
- Research and development expenses were $17.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to $5.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increase year-over-year is attributable to costs related to the development of the company’s product candidates, increased activity in outsourcing of manufacturing, and an increase in headcount and external consultants in support of research activities.
- General and administrative expense was $6.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to $2.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increase year-over-year was primarily attributable to legal, accounting and professional fees related to costs associated with operating activities and the preparations for becoming a public company.
- Stock-based compensation expense was $3.9 million and $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
- As of September 30, 2020, AlloVir had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $378.5 million, which compares to cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $104.5 million as of June 30, 2020.
- For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, net loss was $23.6 million or $0.58 per share compared to a net loss of $7.3 million or $4.97 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The total number of common shares outstanding as of September 30, 2020 was 65,106,873.
AlloVir is a leading late clinical-stage cell therapy company with a focus on restoring natural immunity against life-threatening viral diseases in patients with weakened immune systems. The company’s innovative and proprietary technology platforms leverage off-the-shelf, allogeneic, multi-virus specific T cells targeting devastating viruses for patients with T cell deficiencies who are at risk from the life-threatening consequences of viral diseases. AlloVir’s technology and manufacturing process enables the potential for the treatment and prevention of a spectrum of devastating viruses with each single allogeneic cell therapy. The company is advancing multiple mid- and late-stage clinical trials across its product portfolio. For more information visit www.allovir.com.
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|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)||September 30,||September 30,|
|Research and development||17,182||5,655||32,906||9,561|
|General and administrative||6,718||2,823||12,987||7,800|
|Total operating expenses||23,900||8,478||45,893||17,361|
|Loss from operations||(23,900||)||(8,478||)||(45,893||)||(17,196||)|
|Total other income, net:|
|Other income, net||174||427||573||700|
|Net loss per share --- basic and diluted||$||(0.58||)||$||(4.97||)||$||(2.93||)||$||(13.67||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding---basic and diluted||40,465,705||1,463,421||15,195,000||1,104,454|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(in thousands)||September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||378,488||$||126,077|
|Other current assets||5,453||1,236|
|Total current assets||383,941||127,313|
|Liabilities and stockholders' deficit|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||373,903||(51,503||)|
|Total liabilities, preferred stock, and stockholders' deficit||$||393,710||$||139,422|