BeyondSpring Reports First-Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Update
06/11/2020 | 08:01am EDT
- PROTECTIVE-2 (Study 106) Phase 3 Interim Analysis This Month to Evaluate Superiority in CIN -
- PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 2 Shows Positive Results in Chemotherapy Optimization with Potentially Better Clinical Outcomes -
- DUBLIN-3 (Study 103 Phase 3) Second Interim Analysis for NSCLC Received DSMB’s Recommendation to Continue Without Modification -
NEW YORK, June 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BeyondSpring Inc. (the “Company” or “BeyondSpring”) (NASDAQ: BYSI), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative cancer therapies, announced today its financial results and provided an operational update for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
“During the first quarter, we continued to make progress in the two lead indications for Plinabulin for both the prevention of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) and treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC),” said Dr. Lan Huang, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our recent data from PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 2 showed Plinabulin combined with G-CSF improves chemotherapy compliance compared to G-CSF alone, which potentially leads to better clinical outcomes. The Plinabulin-G-CSF combination’s potential to prevent infection and hospitalization becomes even more important to the physicians, patients and the healthcare system in the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect to reach the pre-specified interim analysis for PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 3 this month to evaluate superiority in CIN, which has the potential to mark the first significant enhancement in preventing neutropenia in 30 years.”
“With over 1,200 patients enrolled to date for Plinabulin clinical programs, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on our upcoming regulatory milestones with multiple New Drug Application (NDA) filings followed by near term commercial opportunities. Looking ahead, we continue to advance our clinical studies to support our view of Plinabulin as a ‘pipeline in a drug’ and believe its potential in improving standard of care in CIN prevention and cancer treatments will help many patients in need globally.”
Select First-Quarter 2020 and Recent Operational Highlights
Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia (CIN)
PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 2 for Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia Shows Positive Results in Chemotherapy Optimization with Potentially Better Clinical Outcomes
In June 2020, BeyondSpring announced that PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 2 superiority trial for CIN shows that Plinabulin in combination with Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a long-lasting G-CSF, which is a predominant therapy to treat CIN, enables more cancer patients to receive the optimal chemotherapy dose and regimen, which potentially leads to better clinical outcomes.
In breast cancer patients treated with docetaxel, doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide (TAC, a high-risk chemotherapy) with 20mg/m2 of Plinabulin combined with 6mg of Neulasta (n=16) compared with 6mg of Neulasta alone (n=22), Plinabulin + G-CSF improved compliance with targeted chemotherapy
Dose reduction (over 15 percent): only 6.3 percent of patients in the Plinabulin-Neulasta combination arm versus 22.7 percent in Neulasta arm – a 72 percent improvement
Downgraded regimen (from TAC to TC): No (0 percent) patients in the Plinabulin + G-CSF arm downgraded chemotherapy from the TAC regimen to the TC regimen versus 18.2 percent in the Neulasta arm – p < 0.05
Plinabulin’s Mechanism of Action Complements Neulasta in Cancer Treatment
In May 2020, two Company abstracts were presented at this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program, evaluating Plinabulin alongside Neulasta.
BeyondSpring’s e-publication, titled, “Comparison of CD34+ mobilization effects of standard dose pegfilgrastim (Peg) versus low-dose peg combined with plinabulin (Plin),” demonstrates the efficacy of Plinabulin-Neulasta combination in increasing CD34+ counts for patients, with fewer adverse events
Additionally, BeyondSpring’s poster presentation, titled, “Head-to-head comparison of the non-G-CSF small molecule single agent (SA) plinabulin with SA pegfilgrastim for the prevention of docetaxel chemotherapy (chemo)-induced neutropenia (CIN) in the protective-1 trial,” compares Plinabulin versus Neulasta as an effective monotherapy for CIN prevention
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
DSMB Recommends DUBLIN-3 Phase 3 NSCLC to Continue Without Modification
In June 2020, BeyondSpring reported it had reached the pre-specified second interim analysis for DUBLIN-3 for NSCLC treatment with Plinabulin.
Upon reviewing the efficacy and safety data of over 500 patients at an approximately 300-patient death event, DSMB advised BeyondSpring to continue the study without any modifications
DUBLIN-3 is a global Phase 3 trial for Plinabulin, in combination with docetaxel versus docetaxel alone, for the treatment of second- / third-line EGFR wild-type NSCLC
Thus far, over 600 cancer patients have been dosed with Plinabulin, which has demonstrated good tolerability and satisfies the safety database standard of both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA)
BeyondSpring Granted U.S. Patent for Plinabulin to Treat Severe CIN from Taxane in Cancer Patients
In May 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted BeyondSpring a new patent for methods of treating severe CIN in cancer patients treated with taxane with protection through 2033. This patent establishes Plinabulin’s beneficial effects in reducing CIN associated with taxane, one of the most commonly used chemotherapies
The Company currently owns 76 patents, including 17 issued U.S. patents, for Plinabulin and its analogs with protection through 2036
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020
Research and development (“R&D”) expenses were $13.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $6.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The $7.4 million increase was largely attributable to an increase of $4.4 million in clinical trial expenses and an increase of $3.0 million in non-cash share-based compensation.
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $2.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $1.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The $1.3 million increase was mainly due to a $0.6 million increase in commercial and marketing expense, a $0.3 million increase in salary, wages and benefits expense, and a $0.4 million increase in other expenses.
Net loss attributable to the Company was $16.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $7.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
As of March 31, 2020, the Company had a cash balance of $24.9 million. The Company believes currently available financial resources will be sufficient to support its clinical trials and submit NDAs in the U.S. and China for Plinabulin for the CIN and NSCLC indications, as well as to advance its immuno-oncology pipeline and ubiquitination protein degradation research platform.
The following outlines the Company’s anticipated upcoming milestones and projected timelines:
Interim topline data readout for PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 3 for CIN – June 2020
Final data readout for PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 3 for CIN – H2 2020
Final data readout for PROTECTIVE-1 Phase 3 for CIN – H2 2020
NDA submission for Plinabulin for CIN in the U.S. – H2 2020
Final data readout for DUBLIN-3 for NSCLC – H2 2020
NDA submission for Plinabulin for NSCLC in China – H2 2020
NDA submission for Plinabulin for NSCLC in the U.S. – H1 2021
About BeyondSpring BeyondSpring is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative immuno-oncology cancer therapies. BeyondSpring’s lead asset, first-in-class agent Plinabulin, is in a Phase 3 global clinical trial as a direct anticancer agent in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and two Phase 3 clinical programs in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN). BeyondSpring has strong R&D capabilities with a robust pipeline in addition to Plinabulin, including three immuno-oncology assets and a drug discovery platform using the ubiquitination degradation pathway. The Company also has a seasoned management team with many years of experience bringing drugs to the global market. BeyondSpring is headquartered in New York City.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Words such as "will," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "believe," "design," "may," "future," "estimate," "predict," "objective," "goal," or variations thereof and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on BeyondSpring's current knowledge and its present beliefs and expectations regarding possible future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of several factors including, but not limited to, difficulties raising the anticipated amount needed to finance the Company's future operations on terms acceptable to the Company, if at all, unexpected results of clinical trials, delays or denial in regulatory approval process, results that do not meet our expectations regarding the potential safety, the ultimate efficacy or clinical utility of our product candidates, increased competition in the market, and other risks described in BeyondSpring’s most recent Form 20-F on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this release and BeyondSpring undertakes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as otherwise required by law.
AUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND
UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS OF MARCH 31, 2020
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Cash and cash equivalents
Advances to suppliers
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
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Operating lease right-of-use assets
Other noncurrent assets
Total noncurrent assets
Liabilities and equity
Due to related parties
Current portion of operating lease liabilities
Other current liabilities
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Ordinary shares ($0.0001 par value; 500,000,000
shares authorized; 27,885,613 shares and 27,888,906 shares
issued and outstanding as of December 31,
2019 and March 31, 2020, respectively)
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Total BeyondSpring Inc.’s shareholder’s equity
Total liabilities and equity
UNAUDITED INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 AND 2020
(Amounts in thousandsof U.S. Dollars (“$”), except for number of shares and per share data)
Three months ended March 31,
Research and development
Selling, general and administrative
Loss from operations
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net
Loss before income tax
Income tax benefit
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
Net loss attributable to BeyondSpring Inc.
Net loss per share
Basic and diluted
Weighted-average shares outstanding
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Other comprehensive loss
Foreign currency translation adjustment (loss) gain
Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
Comprehensive loss attributable to BeyondSpring Inc.