San Francisco, CA (May 3, 2017) Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 and provided updates on its programs.
“The first quarter of 2017 has been extremely successful for KindredBio. We continue to expect approval of Mirataz and Zimeta IV by second half of 2017, if the FDA review continues to proceed well. We have been receiving very positive feedback from key opinion leaders and other veterinarians about the product profiles of the products, and look forward to the upcoming launches. We are also making excellent progress on the pipeline, and recently initiated enrollment of the Zimeta Oral pivotal effectiveness study,” stated Richard Chin, M.D., CEO of KindredBio.
Development and Corporate Milestones
- KindredBio continues to expect approval of Mirataz™ (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) for the management of weight loss in cats in the second half of 2017, assuming the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds the submissions acceptable. The Company expects to launch the drug shortly after approval. The Company has received approval of its efficacy technical section, has responded to comments from the FDA regarding the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) technical section, and is in the process of responding to FDA comments on the safety technical section. Regulatory approval is subject to the typical risks inherent in such a process.Preparations for the commercial launch of Mirataz are on track.Mirataz is expected to be the first FDA-approved product for the management of weight loss in cats, a serious and potentially fatal condition that is the leading cause of visits to the veterinarian for cats.
- KindredBio continues to expect approval of Zimeta™ (dipyrone injection) for the control of pyrexia (fever) in horses in the second half of 2017, assuming the FDA finds the submissions acceptable. The Company expects to launch the drug shortly after approval. The Company has received approval of its efficacy technical section and has responded to FDA comments regarding the CMC and safety technical sections. Regulatory approval is subject to the typical risks inherent in such a process.Preparations for the commercial launch of Zimeta are on track.Zimeta is expected to be the first FDA-approved product for the control of fever in horses, a significant unmet medical condition that affects millions of horses each year.
- All clinical sites have been initiated for the pivotal effectiveness trial for the oral form of Zimeta (dipyrone oral gel) and patient enrollment has begun. The target animal safety study is expected to commence in Q2 2017.Zimeta Oral is expected to expand use of the drug and build upon the success of Zimeta IV.
- The pilot field study of epoCat™ (feline recombinant erythropoietin) for the control of non-regenerative anemia in cats demonstrated a statistically significant increase in red blood cell levels. In addition, KindredBio has further engineered the molecule and has made a significant improvement. The Company will be moving forward with the enhanced variant of epoCat in its development program.Anemia is a common condition in older cats which is often associated with chronic kidney disease, resulting in decreased levels of endogenous erythropoietin. epoCat is a recombinant protein that has been specially engineered by KindredBio with a prolonged half-life compared to endogenous feline erythropoietin.
- The first pilot field study of KIND-014 for the treatment of equine gastric ulcers has been completed. Based on the positive study results, the Company is optimizing its formulation and expects to initiate the next pilot field study in the second quarter of this year.
- A pilot field study assessing oral tolerability and palatability is ongoing for two formulations of KIND-015 for the management of clinical signs associated with equine metabolic syndrome. The lead formulation will move into further development.
- The second stage of the pilot field study of KIND-011, an anti-TNF monoclonal antibody targeting sick or septic foals, has been initiated and is enrolling patients.
- The pilot field study of atopic dermatitis in dogs, to assess safety and efficacy of several anti-cytokine antibodies, continues to enroll patients. Based on the results, KindredBio will select certain product candidate(s) for further development.
- KindredBio’s antibodies against cytokines and immune checkpoints remain on track, with initial pilot studies for some expected in 2017. KIND-Bodies, a novel biologics scaffold with certain advantages over antibodies, including bispecific binding, is also on track.
- Construction is now complete and commissioning is underway at KindredBio’s state-of-the-art GMP biologics manufacturing plant. The Company anticipates proceeding to cGMP manufacturing in mid-2017. This facility is believed to be one of the first in the world dedicated to veterinary biologics.
First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, KindredBio reported a net loss of $6.5 million or $0.30 per share, as compared to a net loss of $6.1 million or $0.31 per share, for the same period in 2016.
Total research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $3.8 million, compared to $3.4 million for the same period in 2016. The $0.4 million year-over-year increase in research and development expenses was primarily due to increased biologics batch production and testing costs, including lab supplies, as well as higher stock-based compensation expense and consulting costs.
Total general and administrative expenses for the 2017 and 2016 first quarters were $2.8 million and $2.0 million, respectively. Expenditures in the first quarter of 2017 increased across the board. The $0.8 million increase in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period in 2016 included a mix of higher stock-based compensation expense, payroll and related expenses, legal and professional fees, as well as corporate and marketing expenses.
The Company had no further restructuring charges beyond a onetime charge of $655,000 in the first quarter of 2016.
As of March 31, 2017, KindredBio had $68.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments, compared with $57.8 million as of December 31, 2016. Net cash used in operating activities for the first quarter of 2017 was approximately $5.9 million, offset by $16.5 million in net cash proceeds from the sale of securities in conjunction with an At Market Issuance Sales Agreement with FBR Capital Markets & Co. The Company also invested approximately $0.3 million in capital expenditures for the build-out of its GMP biologics manufacturing facility.
For the 2017 calendar year, the Company reiterates its previous guidance for operating expenses to be in the range of $30 million to $32 million, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense and the impact of acquisitions, if any. The Company’s anticipated expenditures for the remainder of the year include the build-out of a small commercial team, and preparations for distribution, commercial scale-up and manufacturing for Mirataz and Zimeta. Additionally, KindredBio plans to focus on the development of its pipeline candidates, as well as the necessary manufacturing requirements for its biologics program.
Webcast and Conference Call
KindredBio will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Interested parties may access the call by dialing toll-free (855) 433-0927 from the US, or (484) 756-4262 internationally, and using conference ID 7883795.
About Kindred Biosciences
Kindred Biosciences is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets. Its mission is to bring to pets the same kinds of safe and effective medicines that human family members enjoy. The Company’s strategy is to identify compounds and targets that have already demonstrated safety and efficacy in humans and to develop therapeutics based on these validated compounds and targets for dogs, cats and horses. The Company has a deep pipeline of novel drugs and biologics in development across many therapeutic classes.
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