Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Provides Clinical Pipeline Update and Reports 2010 First Quarter Results

Conference Call and Webcast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for human disease, today updated its drug development progress and reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  

"Achieving the remarkable results from our Phase 2a trial of LX4211 in patients with type 2 diabetes was the defining event of the first quarter," said Dr. Arthur T. Sands, president and chief executive officer of Lexicon.  "This is the second of our four mid-stage drug development programs to deliver positive proof-of-concept Phase 2a results.  In addition, the completion of our recent stock offering has placed us in a strong financial position to execute on our clinical development and business strategies."

Key Progress in Clinical Pipeline

  • Diabetes:  Top-line Phase 2a clinical data from a four-week study of Lexicon's dual sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) and SGLT1 inhibitor, LX4211, in patients with type 2 diabetes demonstrated significant and rapid improvements in multiple parameters, including improved glycemic control and reduced HbA1c. Also noted in this study were trends toward reduced weight, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome:  Lexicon recently presented additional findings demonstrating that measures of 5-HIAA, a biomarker of serotonin synthesis, could distinguish between patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who responded to LX1031 in its Phase 2a clinical trial versus those that did not. LX1031 is an inhibitor of tryptophan hydroxylase that acts locally in the gastrointestinal tract to reduce serotonin synthesis.  Top-line data from the trial demonstrated that the high dose of LX1031 produced statistically-significant improvements in a global assessment of relief of IBS pain and discomfort and in stool consistency as compared to placebo — clinical benefits that corresponded with a reduction in serotonin synthesis.  The results from additional analyses were presented at the Digestive Disease Week Convention in New Orleans.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Lexicon expanded its Phase 2a clinical trial of its drug candidate for rheumatoid arthritis, LX2931, an inhibitor of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) lyase.  The study is being conducted at multiple centers in the United States and Eastern Europe and is expected to enroll approximately 200 patients.  Top-line data are expected to be available around the end of the year.
  • Carcinoid Syndrome:  Lexicon initiated an open-label, Phase 2a trial in Europe of its drug candidate for carcinoid syndrome, LX1032, an inhibitor of tryptophan hydroxylase that reduces peripheral serotonin production without affecting brain serotonin levels. Enrollment is continuing in the separate placebo-controlled, Phase 2a trial in the United States. Top-line data from both trials are expected to be available in the second half of 2010.

Financial Results and Events

In March 2010, Lexicon completed an offering of its common stock resulting in net proceeds to Lexicon of approximately $181.5 million.

Revenues:  Lexicon's revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2010 decreased 61 percent to $1.6 million from $4.2 million for the corresponding period in 2009.  The decrease for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was primarily attributable to reduced revenues under Lexicon's alliance agreements with N.V. Organon and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Research and Development Expenses:  Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2010 decreased eight percent to $21.1 million from $22.9 million for the corresponding period in 2009.  The decrease was primarily attributable to lower salary and benefit costs, partially offset by higher external clinical research and development costs.  

General and Administrative Expenses:  General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2010 increased 13 percent to $5.5 million from $4.9 million for the corresponding period in 2009.  The increase was primarily attributable to higher patent-related legal costs.    

Net Loss Attributable to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:  Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $26.1 million, or $0.13 per share, compared to a net loss of $21.6 million, or $0.16 per share, in the corresponding period in 2009.  For the three months ended March 31, 2010, net loss included non-cash, stock-based compensation expense of $1.3 million, compared to $1.4 million in the corresponding period in 2009.    

Cash and Investments:  As of March 31, 2010, Lexicon had $278.7 million in cash and investments net of its obligations under the credit line secured by its auction rate securities, as compared to $125.1 million as of December 31, 2009.  Lexicon's cash and investments at December 31, 2009 included $5.4 million held by Symphony Icon, Inc.  As a result of Lexicon's adoption as of January 1, 2010 of a new accounting pronouncement regarding variable interest entities, the results of Symphony Icon are no longer consolidated in Lexicon's financial statements after December 31, 2009.  Accordingly, Lexicon's cash and investments at March 31, 2010 do not include the $4.4 million in cash and investments held by Symphony Icon at March 31, 2010.

Lexicon Conference Call:

Lexicon management will hold a conference call to discuss its clinical development progress and financial results for the first quarter of 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 10, 2010.  The dial-in number for the conference call is 888-220-1244 (within the US/Canada) or 706-679-5615 (international).  The conference ID for all callers is 71087289.  Investors can access www.lexpharma.com to listen to a live webcast of the call.  The webcast will be archived and available for review through May 17, 2010.

About Lexicon

Lexicon is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for human disease.  Lexicon currently has four drug candidates in mid-stage development for diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, carcinoid syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis, all of which were discovered by Lexicon's research team.  Lexicon has used its proprietary gene knockout technology to identify more than 100 promising drug targets.  Lexicon has focused drug discovery efforts on these biologically-validated targets to create its extensive pipeline of clinical and preclinical programs.  For additional information about Lexicon and its programs, please visit www.lexpharma.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," including statements relating to Lexicon's clinical development of LX1031, LX1032, LX2931, and LX4211 and the potential therapeutic and commercial potential of LX1031, LX1032, LX2931, and LX4211. This press release also contains forward-looking statements relating to Lexicon's growth and future operating results, discovery and development of products, strategic alliances and intellectual property, as well as other matters that are not historical facts or information.  All forward-looking statements are based on management's current assumptions and expectations and involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors, specifically including those relating to Lexicon's ability to successfully conduct clinical development of LX1031, LX1032, LX2931, and LX4211 and preclinical and clinical development of its other potential drug candidates, advance additional candidates into preclinical and clinical development, obtain necessary regulatory approvals, achieve its operational objectives, obtain patent protection for its discoveries and establish strategic alliances, as well as additional factors relating to manufacturing, intellectual property rights, and the therapeutic or commercial value of its drug candidates, that may cause Lexicon's actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Information identifying such important factors is contained under "Factors Affecting Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in Lexicon's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Lexicon undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Selected Financial Data


Consolidated Statements of Operations Data


Three Months Ended

March 31,

(In thousands, except per share data)


2010


2009



(unaudited)

Revenues:





Collaborative research


$  1,641


$  3,605

Subscription and license fees



563

Total revenues


1,641


4,168

Operating expenses:





Research and development, including stock-based compensation of $806 and $829, respectively


21,088


22,864

General and administrative, including stock-based compensation of $499 and $613, respectively


5,519


4,874

Total operating expenses


26,607


27,738

Loss from operations


(24,966)


(23,570)

Gain on investments, net


88


517

Interest income


217


327

Interest expense


(727)


(666)

Other expense, net


(682)


(945)

Consolidated net loss


(26,070)


(24,337)

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in Symphony Icon, Inc.



2,777

Net loss attributable to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


$  (26,070)


$  (21,560)






Net loss attributable to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. per common share, basic and diluted


$  (0.13)


$  (0.16)






Shares used in computing net loss attributable to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. per common share, basic and diluted


197,239


137,075





Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

As of March 31,


As of December 31,

(In thousands)

2010


2009


(unaudited)



Cash and investments (1)

$  314,181


$  162,513

Obligations under line of credit

(35,531)


(37,435)

Cash and investments, net of obligations under line of credit(1)

278,650


125,078





Property and equipment, net

57,850


58,754

Goodwill

25,798


25,798

Total assets

409,211


257,761

Deferred revenue

14,788


15,154

Current and long-term debt, including line of credit

64,798


66,964

Noncontrolling interest in Symphony Icon, Inc.


(290)

Accumulated deficit

(597,701)


(570,175)

Total Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. stockholders' equity

318,905


163,787





(1)   Cash and investments at December 31, 2009 included $5.4 million held by Symphony Icon, Inc.  As a result of Lexicon's adoption as of January 1, 2010 of a new accounting pronouncement regarding variable interest entities, the results of Symphony Icon are no longer consolidated in Lexicon's financial statements after December 31, 2009.  Accordingly, cash and investments at March 31, 2010 do not include the $4.4 million in cash and investments held by Symphony Icon at March 31, 2010.




SOURCE Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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