Progress in Three Phase 3 Trials in Areas of High Unmet Clinical Need, Including Positive Sorbitol Reduction Data from the Ongoing Phase 3 INSPIRE Trial in Sorbitol Dehydrogenase (SORD) Deficiency
On Track to Report Additional Phase 3 Data Across Multiple Programs in 2023
NEW YORK, March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: APLT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates against validated molecular targets in indications of high unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.
“We are pleased with the clinical progress in 2022 across all three of our registrational Phase 3 programs, and we look forward to the data readouts in the year ahead,” said Shoshana Shendelman, PhD, Founder and CEO of Applied Therapeutics. “Our recent deal with Advanz Pharma highlights our ability to realize value in our clinical programs, and we continue to evaluate other potential opportunities for value recognition.”
- Announced Positive Sorbitol Reduction Data from the Ongoing Phase 3 INSPIRE Trial in Sorbitol Dehydrogenase (SORD) Deficiency. In February 2023, the Company announced positive sorbitol reduction data from the ongoing global Phase 3 INSPIRE trial. The INSPIRE trial is a Phase 3 double-blind placebo-controlled registrational study evaluating the effect of once-daily oral AT-007 in approximately 50 patients age 16-55 with SORD Deficiency in the US and Europe. SORD Deficiency (also called SORD Neuropathy or CMT-SORD) is a debilitating hereditary axonal neuropathy caused by mutations in the Sorbitol Dehydrogenase gene, leading to an inability to metabolize the sugar sorbitol, and resulting in accumulation of high levels of toxic sorbitol, which causes motor neuron degeneration and loss of mobility and motility. AT-007 (govorestat) is a central nervous system penetrant Aldose Reductase Inhibitor, which blocks conversion of glucose to sorbitol, and has previously been shown to reduce sorbitol levels in an open-label pilot study in patients with SORD Deficiency. In a pre-specified interim analysis of the ongoing Phase 3 INSPIRE trial, AT-007 reduced sorbitol levels by a mean of approximately 52% (or approximately 16,000ng/ml) over 90 days of treatment (p<0.001 vs. placebo) in patients with SORD Deficiency.
- Announced Partnership with Advanz Pharma for Commercialization of Govorestat in Europe. In January 2023, the Company announced a partnership with Advanz Pharma, a pharmaceutical company with a strategic focus on commercialization of specialty, hospital, and rare disease medicines, for commercialization of govorestat in Europe. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will receive certain near-term development milestone payments upon clinical trial completion and marketing authorization in Europe as well as commercial sales milestones, which in the aggregate amount to over €130 million, including €10 million upfront provided upon signing. The Company will receive royalties on any future net sales of govorestat in Europe of 20% and will continue to be responsible for the development, manufacturing and supply of govorestat.
- Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $30.6 million as of December 31, 2022, compared with $80.8 million at December 31, 2021.
- Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2022 were $55.6 million, compared to $62.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. The decrease of approximately $6.9 million was primarily related to a decrease in drug manufacturing and formulation expenses of $11.0 million primarily related to the completion and release of AT-001 and AT-007 drug product batches in the year ended December 31, 2021 and a decrease of regulatory and other expenses of $0.6 million primarily related to the University of Miami license fees recognized during the year ended December 31, 2021, which was offset by an increase in clinical and pre-clinical expense of $2.6 million, primarily related to the progression of the SORD Phase 2/3 registrational study, progression of the AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia long-term extension adult study, and progression of the AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia Kids pediatric registrational study; an increase in personnel expenses of $1.1 million due to the increase in headcount in support of our clinical program pipeline; and an increase in stock-based compensation of $0.9 million due to new stock option and restricted stock unit grants, offset by forfeitures of stock option and restricted stock unit grants.
- General and administrative expenses were $27.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $43.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. The decrease of approximately $15.7 million was primarily related to a decrease of $9.1 million related to decreased spend for commercial operations; a decrease in personnel expenses of $1.1 million and a decrease in stock-based compensation of $2.9 million due to a decrease in headcount; a decrease of insurance expenses of $0.7 million related to decreased directors and officers liability insurance costs; and a decrease in other expenses of $2.4 million, primarily relating to decreased costs of other office expenses, which was offset by an increase in professional and legal fees of $0.5 million due to higher external legal fees.
- Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $82.5 million, or $2.18 per basic and diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $105.6 million, or $4.12 per basic and diluted common share, for the year ended December 31, 2021.
About Applied Therapeutics
Applied Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates against validated molecular targets in indications of high unmet medical need. The Company’s lead drug candidate, AT-007 (govorestat), is a novel central nervous system penetrant Aldose Reductase Inhibitor (ARI) for the treatment of CNS rare metabolic diseases, including Galactosemia, SORD Deficiency, and PMM2-CDG. The Company is also developing AT-001, a novel potent ARI, for the treatment of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, or DbCM, a fatal fibrosis of the heart. The preclinical pipeline also includes AT-003, an ARI designed to cross through the back of the eye when dosed orally, for the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy.
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Statements of Operations
(in thousands except share and per share data)
|Research and development||$||55,634||$||62,570|
|General and administrative||27,316||43,048|
|Total operating expenses||82,950||105,618|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS||(82,950||)||(105,618||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET:|
|Change in fair value of warrant liabilities||(66||)||—|
|Total other income, net||442||34|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||$||(82,508||)||$||(105,584||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||$||(2.18||)||$||(4.12||)|
|Weighted-average common stock outstanding—basic and diluted||37,825,431||25,598,181|
Applied Therapeutics, Inc.
(in thousands except share and per share data)
|As of||As of|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||16,657||$||53,888|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||6,728||7,571|
|Total current assets||37,308||88,394|
|Operating lease right-of-use asset||857||1,298|
|Security deposits and leasehold improvements||198||200|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Current portion of operating lease liabilities||$||477||$||442|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||14,756||16,559|
|Total current liabilities||33,424||26,462|
|Noncurrent portion of operating lease liabilities||414||891|
|Clinical holdback - long-term portion||464||—|
|Total noncurrent liabilities||878||891|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2022 and 100,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2021; 48,063,358 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022 and 26,215,514 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021||5||3|
|Preferred stock, par value $0.0001; 10,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 0 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021||-||-|
|Additional paid-in capital||352,828||328,958|
|Accumulated other comprehensive gain/(loss)||51||(107||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||4,061||62,539|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||38,363||$||89,892|