Earnings - May 17, 2017
Heidelberg, Germany, May 17, 2017 – Affimed N.V. (Nasdaq: AFMD), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing highly targeted cancer immunotherapies, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
"We are continuously advancing our NK-cell engager pipeline in hematological and solid tumors, developing several well-differentiated programs,” said Dr. Adi Hoess, CEO of Affimed. “Furthermore, clinical data from a subset of patients in our GHSG-sponsored Phase 2a trial with AFM13 are very encouraging, as they provide further evidence of efficacy as monotherapy in heavily pre-treated patients.”
NK cell engager programs
In Affimed’s Phase 1b combination study of AFM13 with Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), data read-out is ongoing and the Company continues to anticipate providing an update in the second half of 2017.
For the Company’s Phase 2a monotherapy study of AFM13 in HL, the patient population for HL has evolved rapidly with most patients receiving brentuximab vedotin (BV). Also, an increasing number of relapsed or refractory patients are being treated with recently approved anti-PD1 antibodies. Accordingly, as previously announced, the study protocol has been amended by the study’s sponsor, the German Hodgkin Study Group to ensure the recruitment of a homogeneous patient population. The study will now recruit patients pre-treated with both BV and anti-PD1. In addition, different dosing regimens are being investigated to provide improved exposure and convenience in these heavily pre-treated patients. In a subset of patients enrolled under the original study protocol, partial responses were observed in both arms of the study. In detail, 2 of 7 patients experienced partial responses who had failed prior standard treatments including BV and were anti-PD-1-naïve. This suggests that AFM13 is active as a single agent in this heavily pre-treated group of patients. Affimed continues to anticipate providing an update on the study in the second half of 2017, with the study expected to begin recruiting under the new design in the first half of 2017. Full data from the ongoing study will be presented upon its completion, which is anticipated in 2019.
In its collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Affimed is evaluating its tetravalent bispecific immune cell engager technology in combination with MDACC’s natural killer (NK-) cell product. The preclinical research activities are advancing as planned and the Company intends to provide regular progress updates.
At the AACR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in April 2017, the Company provided insights into how its NK-cell engagers modulate NK-cell function. The data highlight AFM13’s potential to therapeutically reactivate NK-cells that are dysregulated in cancer and support the strategy of combining Affimed’s NK-cell engagers with cytokines to potentially achieve deeper clinical responses.
Affimed continues to advance its first-in-class EGFR-targeting NK-cell engagers to address the critical unmet need in solid tumors. Data presented on AFM24, an EGFR/CD16A-targeting tetravalent bispecific antibody, at the AACR Annual Meeting, showcased AFM24’s novel mechanism of action offering higher efficacy and an improved safety profile as compared to current EGFR-targeting marketed agents. In particular, in vivo data showed an excellent safety profile in toxicity studies in cynomolgus monkeys, with single intravenous administration being well-tolerated up to the highest dose level of 93.75 mg/kg. Affimed plans to present further data on its EGFR-targeting antibodies at the upcoming EACR-AACR-SIC Special Conference in Florence, Italy, in June 2017.
T cell engager programs
Affimed continues to anticipate providing an update on the Phase 1 dose-escalation trials of its tetravalent bispecific CD19/CD3-targeting antibody AFM11 in patients with relapsed and refractory acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in the first half of 2017. Both trials are ongoing and recruiting, with additional sites being opened on an ongoing basis to accelerate recruitment.
Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc. has initiated a first-in-human Phase 1 dose escalation and expansion trial of AMV564, a CD33/CD3-specific antibody based on Affimed’s technology platform, in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Affimed owns ~23% of Amphivena and has participated in their recent Series A-extension financing.
(Figures for the first quarter of 2017 and 2016 represent unaudited figures)
Cash and cash equivalents and financial assets totaled €53.7 million as of March 31, 2017 compared to €44.9 million as of December 31, 2016. The increase was primarily attributable to the net proceeds of €16.4 million from the public offering, partially offset by Affimed’s operational expenses.
Net cash used in operating activities was €7.2 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to €8.5 million for the first quarter of 2016. The slight decrease was related to lower cash expenditure for research and development (R&D) in connection with our development and collaboration programs.
Revenue for the first quarter of 2017 was €0.4 million compared to €1.9 million for the first quarter of 2016. Revenue in the first quarter of 2017 was derived from Affimed’s collaboration with LLS and AbCheck service revenue, while revenue in the first quarter of 2016 related predominantly to the collaboration with Amphivena. In the first quarter of 2017, Affimed funded Amphivena with €0.6 million which was offset against consideration under the Amphivena agreement of €0.5 million.
R&D expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were €5.4 million compared to €7.1 million for the first quarter of 2016. The decrease was primarily related to lower expenses for AFM13, preclinical programs and infrastructure. G&A expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were nearly unchanged with €2.2 million compared to €2.1 million for the first quarter of 2016.
Net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was €7.8 million, or €0.19 per common share, compared to a net loss of €8.5 million, or €0.25 per common share, for the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in net loss was primarily related to lower spending on R&D for AFM13, preclinical programs and infrastructure. In addition, the result was affected by lower revenue and lower finance costs.
Note on IFRS Reporting Standards
Affimed prepares and reports the consolidated financial statements and financial information in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). None of the financial statements were prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the United States. Affimed maintains its books and records in Euro.
Conference call and webcast information
Affimed’s management will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results and recent corporate developments today at 8:30 a.m. ET. A webcast of the conference call can be accessed in the “Events” section on the “Investors & Media” page of the Affimed website at http://www.affimed.com/events.php. A replay of the webcast will be available on Affimed’s website shortly after the conclusion of the call and will be archived on the Affimed website for 30 days following the call.
Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) engineers targeted immunotherapies, seeking to cure patients by harnessing the power of innate and adaptive immunity (NK and T cells). We are developing single and combination therapies to treat cancers and other life-threatening diseases. For more information, please visit www.affimed.com.
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