Continued progress on the development of emavusertib
Strong balance sheet with $68.5 million in cash and investments; cash runway into 2025
Management to host conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET
LEXINGTON, Mass., Nov. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS), a biotechnology company focused on the development of emavusertib, an orally available, small molecule IRAK4 inhibitor for the treatment of hematologic malignancies, today reported its business update and financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.
"Since the removal of the partial clinical hold, we have re-started patient enrollment in both the Phase 1/2 TakeAim Leukemia monotherapy and TakeAim Lymphoma combination studies and expect to initiate a triplet combination study in AML in the fourth quarter. We also expect to present updated data from the TakeAim Lymphoma combination study at ASH in December," said James Dentzer, President and CEO of Curis.
Third Quarter 2023 and Recent Operational Highlights
Emavusertib (IRAK4 Inhibitor)
- Curis is currently enrolling relapsed or refractory (R/R) AML/MDS patients with FLT3 or spliceosome mutation (U2AF1 or SF3B1) who have received < 3 prior lines of treatment. The Company expects additional data from this study in the first half of 2024.
- The Company expects to initiate a triplet combination study of emavusertib with azacitidine and venetoclax in the fourth quarter. This Phase 1 study is intended to evaluate emavusertib's safety, as well as its ability enhance the effectiveness of azacitidine and venetoclax. Initial data from this study is expected in the second half of 2024.
- Curis is focusing its lymphoma clinical development efforts on Primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL), a rare form of extranodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma for which there are limited treatment options. The Company is currently enrolling PCNSL patients in its TakeAim Lymphoma study in which patients are being treated with a combination of emavusertib and ibrutinib. The Company will present updated data from the study at the 65th ASH Annual Meeting December 9-12, 2023, which will include a PCNSL patient subset.
- Curis expects updated clinical data from the TakeAim Lymphoma combination study with ibrutinib at the ASH Annual Meeting.
- The Company expects updated clinical data from the TakeAim Leukemia monotherapy study in the first half of 2024.
- The Company expects initial clinical data from the triplet combination study of emavusertib with azacitidine and venetoclax to treat AML patients in the second half of 2024.
In July 2023, Curis completed a registered direct offering with net proceeds of approximately $13.8 million.
On September 28, 2023, the Company effected a 1-for-20 reverse stock split of its common stock.
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
For the third quarter of 2023, Curis reported a net loss of $12.2 million or $2.13 per share on both a basic and diluted basis as compared to $13.3 million or $2.83 per share on both a basic and diluted basis, for the same period in 2022. Curis reported a net loss of $35.7 million or $6.96 per share on both a basic and diluted basis, for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 as compared to a net loss of $45.3 million or $9.82 per share on both a basic and diluted basis for the same period in 2022.
Revenues for the third quarters of 2023 and 2022 were both $2.8 million. Revenues for both periods consist of royalty revenues from Genentech and Roche's sales of Erivedge®. Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 were both $7.3 million.
Research and development expenses were $10.4 million for the third quarter of 2023, as compared to $10.8 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower employee-related costs due to a reduction in headcount, partially offset by increased clinical costs. Research and development expenses were $29.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, as compared to $34.6 million for the same period in 2022.
General and administrative expenses were $4.8 million for the third quarter of 2023, as compared to $4.6 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to higher professional, legal, and consulting services costs. General and administrative expenses were $13.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, as compared to $15.3 million for the same period in 2022.
Other income, net was $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2023, as compared to other expense, net of $0.7 million for the same period in 2022. Other income (expense), net primarily consisted of interest income partially offset by non-cash expense related to the sale of future royalties. Other income, net was $0.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 compared to other expense, net $2.5 million for the same period in 2022.
Curis's cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $68.5 million, and the Company had approximately 5.9 million shares of common stock outstanding. Curis expects its existing cash, cash equivalents and investments to enable its planned operations into 2025.
Conference Call Information
Curis management will host a conference call today, November 2, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. ET, to discuss the business update and these financial results.
To access the live conference call, please dial 1-888-390-0546 from the United States or 1-416-764-8688 from other locations, shortly before 8:30 a.m. ET. The conference call can also be accessed on the Curis website in the Investors section.
About Curis, Inc.
Curis is a biotechnology company focused on the development of emavusertib, an orally available, small molecule IRAK4 inhibitor for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. Emavusertib is currently undergoing testing in the Phase 1/2 TakeAim Lymphoma study in patients with hematologic malignancies, such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other B cell malignancies in combination with the BTK inhibitor, ibrutinib, and as a monotherapy in the Phase 1/2 TakeAim Leukemia study in patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, for which it has received Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Curis, through its 2015 collaboration with Aurigene, has the exclusive license to emavusertib (CA-4948). Curis licensed its rights to Erivedge® to Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, under which they are commercializing Erivedge® for the treatment of advanced basal cell carcinoma. For more information, visit Curis's website at www.curis.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, any statements with respect to Curis's plans, strategies and objectives, cash runway, statements concerning product research, development, clinical trials and studies and commercialization plans, timelines, anticipated results or the therapeutic potential of drug candidates including any statements regarding the initiation, progression, expansion, use, safety, efficacy, dosage and potential benefits of emavusertib in clinical trials as a monotherapy and/or as a combination therapy, Curis's plans and timelines to provide preliminary, interim and/or additional data from its ongoing or planned clinical trials, its ability to further patient enrollment in its TakeAim Leukemia and TakeAim Lymphoma studies, and initiate its AML triplet study, any statements concerning Curis's expectations regarding its interactions with the FDA, statements with respect to mutations or potential biomarkers, and statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Forward-looking statements may contain the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "seeks," "estimates," "assumes," "predicts," "projects," "targets," "will," "may," "would," "could," "should," "continue," "potential," "focus," "strategy," "mission," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. For example, the FDA may take further regulatory action with regard to Curis's clinical trials. Curis may experience adverse results, delays and/or failures in its drug development programs and may not be able to successfully advance the development of its drug candidates in the time frames it projects, if at all. Curis's drug candidates may cause unexpected toxicities, fail to demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy in clinical studies and/or may never achieve the requisite regulatory approvals needed for commercialization. Favorable results seen in preclinical studies and early clinical trials of Curis's drug candidates may not be replicated in later trials. There can be no guarantee that the collaboration agreements with Aurigene and ImmuNext will continue for their full terms, or the CRADA with NCI, that Curis or its collaborators will each maintain the financial and other resources necessary to continue financing its portion of the research, development and commercialization costs, or that the parties will successfully discover, develop or commercialize drug candidates under the collaboration. Regulatory authorities may determine to delay or restrict Genentech's and/or Roche's ability to continue to commercialize Erivedge in basal cell carcinoma. Competing drugs may be developed that are superior to Erivedge. In connection with its agreement with Oberland Capital, Curis faces risks relating to the transfer and encumbrance of certain royalty and royalty-related payments on commercial sales of Erivedge, including the risk that, in the event of a default by Curis or its wholly-owned subsidiary, Curis could lose all retained rights to future royalty and royalty-related payments, Curis could be required to repurchase such future royalty and royalty-related payments at a price that is a multiple of the payments it has received, and its ability to enter into future arrangements may be inhibited, all of which could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition and stock price. Curis will require substantial additional capital to fund its business. If it is not able to obtain sufficient funding, it will be forced to delay, reduce in scope or eliminate some of its research and development programs, including related clinical trials and operating expenses, potentially delaying the time to market for, or preventing the marketing of, any of its product candidates, which could adversely affect its business prospects and its ability to continue operations, and would have a negative impact on its financial condition and its ability to pursue its business strategies. Curis faces substantial competition. Curis and its collaborators face the risk of potential adverse decisions made by the FDA and other regulatory authorities, investigational review boards, and publication review bodies. Curis may not obtain or maintain necessary patent protection and could become involved in expensive and time-consuming patent litigation and interference proceedings. Unstable market and economic conditions, natural disasters, public health crises, political crises and other events outside of Curis's control could significantly disrupt its operations or the operations of third parties on which Curis depends and could adversely impact Curis's operating results and its ability to raise capital. Other important factors that may cause or contribute to actual results being materially different from those indicated by forward-looking statements include the factors set forth under the captions "Risk Factor Summary" and "Risk Factors" in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, and the factors that are discussed in other filings that we periodically make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent the views of Curis only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing Curis's views as of any subsequent date. Curis disclaims any intention or obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
Costs and expenses:
Cost of royalty revenues
Research and development
General and administrative
Total costs and expenses
Loss from operations
Other income (expense), net
Net loss per common share (basic and diluted)
Weighted average common shares (basic and diluted)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
September 30, 2023
December 31, 2022
Cash, cash equivalents and investments
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Property and equipment, net
Operating lease right-of-use asset
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities
Operating lease liability
Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net
Total stockholders' equity
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
SOURCE Curis, Inc.