– Advancing and Expanding Product Pipeline with Potential for First Product Royalties in Fiscal Year 2011 –
WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ImmunoGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMGN), a biotechnology company that develops targeted anticancer products using its antibody expertise and Targeted Antibody Payload (TAP) technology, today announced financial results for the three-month period and fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.
“We’re starting our new fiscal year with ImmunoGen in a very strong position,” commented Daniel Junius, President and CEO. “The first marketing application for an anticancer compound using our TAP technology – T-DM1 – is at the FDA. We’re aggressively advancing our own product candidates, with our third compound on track to enter the clinic in 2011. Five clinical-stage product candidates are moving forward through our collaborative partners with another expected to enter the clinic in 2010 and up to three more expected in the clinic in 2011. We have a solid management team and a strong balance sheet, and are seeing a whole new level of interest in our technology by other companies.”
Product Pipeline Highlights
Trastuzumab-DM1 (T-DM1) – in development by Roche for treatment of advanced HER2+ breast cancer (BC)
Lorvotuzumab mertansine (IMGN901) – in development by ImmunoGen for treatment of CD56+ solid tumors and multiple myeloma
SAR3419 – in development by sanofi-aventis for treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
IMGN388 – in development by ImmunoGen for treatment of solid tumors
Other ImmunoGen Compounds
Other Partner Compounds
ImmunoGen reported a net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2010, compared to a net loss of $10.8 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year. For the Company’s fiscal year ended June 30, 2010 (FY2010), ImmunoGen reported a net loss of $50.9 million, or $0.87 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $31.9 million, or $0.63 per basic and diluted share, for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 (FY2009).
Revenues were $13.9 million in FY2010, compared to $28.0 million in FY2009. Revenues in FY2010 include $5.7 million of license and milestone fees, compared to $15.1 million in FY2009. The FY2010 fees include $2.5 million in milestone payments earned with early-stage product achievements by two collaborative partners. The FY2009 fees include $10.5 million in milestone payments earned with two collaboration compounds moving into more advanced clinical testing, as well as other, smaller, items. Revenues in FY2010 also include $5.4 million of research and development support fees, compared to $7.6 million in FY2009. The FY2009 support fees included the final committed funding earned from sanofi-aventis under a five-year funded research collaboration between the companies. Revenues in FY2010 also include $2.9 million of clinical material reimbursement, compared to $5.3 million in FY2009. The lower amount in FY2010 compared with FY2009 is primarily because more clinical material batches were released in FY2009 than in FY2010.
Operating expenses in FY2010 were $65.2 million, compared to $59.8 million in FY2009. Operating expenses in FY2010 include research and development expenses of $50.3 million and general and administrative expenses of $14.9 million, compared to $45.9 million and $13.9 million, respectively, in FY2009. The increase in research and development expenses in FY2010 versus the prior year is primarily due to increased clinical and preclinical costs related to development of ImmunoGen product candidates, increased salary and related expenses driven by additional personnel and greater stock compensation expense, and less manufacturing overhead being allocated to collaborative partners to produce clinical materials on their behalf.
ImmunoGen had approximately $110.3 million in cash and marketable securities as of June 30, 2010 – inclusive of net proceeds of $77.5 million raised in May 2010 through the sale of common equity through a public offering – compared with $71.1 million as of June 30, 2009. The Company had no debt outstanding in either period. During FY2010, cash used in operations was $40.6 million, compared to $13.3 million during FY2009. The increase in cash used was driven principally by reduced cash inflow from upfront and milestone payments in FY2010 compared to FY2009, which also contributed to the greater net loss, and by the timing of payment of incentive compensation. Capital expenditures were $1.5 million for FY2010, compared to $1.9 million for FY2009.
ImmunoGen expects its net loss for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 to be between $50-53 million, its cash used in operations to be between $34-37 million, and its capital expenditures to be between $2-3 million. Cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2011 are anticipated to be between $74-77 million.
“Our guidance for our 2011 fiscal year reflects the increased investment we’re making in the aggressive development of our own product pipeline, which is more than offset by the significant increase in the amount of cash we expect to receive from partners,” commented Gregory Perry, Senior Vice President and CFO. “In the near term, we expect most of this cash inflow to be from upfront and milestone payments, with the potential for us to begin receiving royalty payments in the later part of our 2011 fiscal year.”
About ImmunoGen’s Targeted Antibody Payload (TAP) Technology
The Company’s TAP technology uses tumor-targeting manufactured antibodies to deliver one of ImmunoGen’s proprietary, highly potent cancer-cell killing agents specifically to cancer cells, to destroy tumors while reducing the damage to healthy tissue seen with non-targeted therapies. All of the TAP compounds in clinical development by the Company and its collaborative partners use an ImmunoGen cancer-cell killing agent (DM1, DM4) attached to the antibody with an ImmunoGen linker and methods of attachment. The benefits of ImmunoGen’s approach are seen in the growing body of clinical data being reported on the many TAP compounds in development for a wide variety of cancers.
About the Pipeline Compounds Discussed
T-DM1 is in global development by Roche under a collaboration agreement between ImmunoGen and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. T-DM1 consists of Roche’s HER2-targeting antibody, trastuzumab, with ImmunoGen’s DM1 cancer-cell killing agent attached using ImmunoGen’s linker and methods of attachment.
Lorvotuzumab mertansine consists of DM1 attached to the Company’s CD56-targeting antibody. It is wholly owned by ImmunoGen. IMGN388 consists of the Company’s DM4 cell-killing agent attached to an αv integrin-targeting antibody developed by Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., which has certain opt-in rights. IMGN529 is a potential treatment for certain hematological malignancies.
SAR3419 and SAR650984 are in development by sanofi-aventis under a license agreement with ImmunoGen. SAR3419 consists of a CD19-targeting antibody developed and humanized by ImmunoGen with DM4 attached. SAR650984 is a non-TAP antibody therapeutic for hematological malignancies consisting of a CD38-targeting antibody developed and humanized by ImmunoGen.
BT-062 and BIIB015 are in development by Biotest and Biogen Idec, respectively, for the treatment of multiple myeloma and solid tumors, respectively, under collaboration agreements with ImmunoGen. ImmunoGen has certain opt-in rights to BT-062.
In addition to the compounds discussed above, companies that have licenses to develop TAP compounds to one or more other agreed-upon targets include Amgen, Bayer Schering Pharma, Genentech/Roche, and sanofi-aventis.
About ImmunoGen, Inc.
ImmunoGen, Inc. develops targeted anticancer therapeutics using its expertise in cancer biology, monoclonal antibodies and the creation and attachment of potent cancer-cell killing agents. The Company’s TAP technology uses engineered antibodies to deliver one of ImmunoGen’s proprietary cancer-cell killing agents specifically to tumor targets. In addition to the Company’s product pipeline, compounds are in clinical testing through ImmunoGen’s collaborations with Genentech (a member of the Roche Group), sanofi-aventis, Biogen Idec and Biotest. A marketing application for the most advanced compound using ImmunoGen’s TAP technology, T-DM1, was submitted to the US FDA by Genentech in July 2010. Other ImmunoGen collaborative partners include Bayer Schering Pharma AG and Amgen. More information about ImmunoGen can be found at www.immunogen.com.
This press release includes forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations. These statements include, but are not limited to, ImmunoGen’s expectations related to: the Company’s net loss, cash used in operations and capital expenditures in its 2011 fiscal year; its cash and marketable securities as of June 30, 2011; the occurrence, timing and outcome of potential pre-clinical, clinical and regulatory events related to the Company’s and its collaboration partners’ product programs; and the timing and outcome of product development, regulatory and business development events. For these statements, ImmunoGen claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Various factors could cause ImmunoGen’s actual results to differ materially from those discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are current only as of the date of this release. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from such expectations include, but are not limited to: the timing and outcome of FDA reviews; the timing and outcome of ImmunoGen’s and the Company’s collaboration partners’ research and clinical development processes; the difficulties inherent in the development of novel pharmaceuticals, including uncertainties as to the timing, expense and results of preclinical studies, clinical trials and regulatory processes; ImmunoGen’s ability to financially support its product programs; ImmunoGen’s dependence on collaborative partners; industry merger and acquisition activity; and other factors more fully described in ImmunoGen’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Financials Follow -
|SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||110,298||$||71,125|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Long-term portion of deferred revenue and other long-term liabilities||21,338||22,719|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||137,208||$||100,704|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three Months Ended||Year Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|License and milestone fees||$||1,774||$||814||$||5,698||$||15,117|
|Research and development support||1,495||1,168||5,365||7,566|
|Clinical materials reimbursement||1,153||2,320||2,880||5,305|
|Research and development||13,790||11,663||50,280||45,904|
|General and administrative||3,973||3,458||14,898||13,900|
|Total operating expenses||17,763||15,121||65,178||59,804|
|Loss from operations||(13,341||)||(10,819||)||(51,235||)||(31,816||)|
|Other (loss)/income, net||(64||)||(8||)||58||(221||)|
|Loss before taxes||(13,405||)||(10,827||)||(51,177||)||(32,037||)|
|(Benefit)/provision for income taxes||-||-||(265||)||(100||)|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.21||)||$||(0.21||)||$||(0.87||)||$||(0.63||)|
|Average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||63,851||51,635||58,845||51,068|
Carol Hausner, 781-895-0600
Executive Director, Investor Relations
and Corporate Communications
The Yates Network
Adriana Jenkins, 617-744-1713
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INDUSTRY KEYWORDS: Health Biotechnology Oncology Pharmaceutical