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Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
– ARCALYST® (rilonacept) net revenue of $22.2 million in Q1 2022 –
– ARCALYST full-year 2022 net revenue expected to be $115 - $130 million –
– Cash reserves expected to fund operations into at least 2024 –
– Conference call and webcast scheduled for 8:30 am ET today –
HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (Nasdaq: KNSA) (Kiniksa), a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of assets designed to modulate immunological pathways across a spectrum of diseases, today reported first quarter 2022 financial results and provided a corporate update.
“With the one-year anniversary of our commercial launch of ARCALYST for recurrent pericarditis, we remain committed to supporting the continued growth in prescriber adoption, patient adherence, and payer coverage,” said Sanj K. Patel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kiniksa. “Looking to the rest of the year, we anticipate continued efficient commercial execution and key progress of our clinical-stage pipeline.”
- In February, Kiniksa and Hangzhou Zhongmei Huadong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huadong Medicine Co., Ltd. (Huadong Medicine) announced a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize ARCALYST and mavrilimumab in the Asia Pacific Region, excluding Japan.
- Kiniksa received a total upfront payment of $22.0 million, consisting of $12.0 million and $10.0 million for the rights to ARCALYST and mavrilimumab, respectively, in the Asia Pacific Region.
- Kiniksa is eligible to receive up to approximately $640.0 million in specified development, regulatory, and sales-based milestones as well as tiered royalties ranging from the low-teens to the low-twenties on annual net sales.
ARCALYST (IL-1α and IL-1β cytokine trap)
- ARCALYST net revenue was $22.2 million for the first quarter of 2022.
- More than 400 prescribers have written ARCALYST prescriptions for recurrent pericarditis since launch, with a growing number of repeat prescribers.
- Approximately 95% of completed patient enrollment cases for recurrent pericarditis were approved for coverage in the first quarter of 2022.
- Approximately 60% of recurrent pericarditis patients who started ARCALYST in the second quarter of 2021 remained on continuous therapy through the end of the first quarter of 2022.
Vixarelimab (monoclonal antibody inhibitor of signaling through OSMRβ)
- Kiniksa expects data from the Phase 2b dose-ranging clinical trial of once-monthly subcutaneous vixarelimab in prurigo nodularis in the second half of 2022.
KPL-404 (monoclonal antibody inhibitor of CD40-CD154 signaling)
- Kiniksa is conducting a Phase 2 clinical trial of KPL-404 in rheumatoid arthritis which is designed to enable potential development in a spectrum of autoimmune diseases believed to be mediated by the CD40-CD154 pathway.
Mavrilimumab (monoclonal antibody inhibitor targeting GM-CSFRα)
- Kiniksa is evaluating the development of mavrilimumab in rare cardiovascular diseases where the granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) mechanism has been implicated and that have synergies with the company’s existing commercial infrastructure.
- Total revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was $32.2 million, consisting of $22.2 million in ARCALYST net product revenue and $10.0 million in collaboration revenue, representing the upfront payment from Huadong Medicine for the rights to mavrilimumab in the Asia Pacific Region. Kiniksa did not generate revenue in the first quarter of 2021.
- The upfront payment of $12.0 million from Huadong Medicine for the rights to ARCALYST in the Asia Pacific Region was deferred and will be recognized over the life of the agreement.
- Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $55.5 million, compared to $49.3 million for the first quarter of 2021.
- Collaboration expenses in the first quarter of 2022 were $8.3 million reflecting two obligations payable to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Regeneron): a $2.3 million ARCALYST profit-split expense and a $6.0 million expense, representing 50% of the upfront payment from Huadong Medicine for the rights to ARCALYST in the Asia Pacific Region. Kiniksa did not report collaboration expenses in the first quarter of 2021.
- Non-cash, share-based compensation expense for the first quarter of 2022 was $6.0 million, compared to $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2021.
- Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $25.2 million, compared to a net loss of $49.5 million for the first quarter of 2021.
- As of March 31, 2022, the company had $145.6 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and no debt.
- Kiniksa expects ARCALYST net revenue for the full-year 2022 to be between $115 million and $130 million.
- Kiniksa expects that its cash and cash equivalents will fund its current operating plan into at least 2024.
Conference Call Information
- Kiniksa will host a conference call and webcast at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, to discuss first quarter 2022 financial results and to provide a corporate update.
- Individuals interested in participating in the call should dial (866) 614-0636 (U.S. and Canada) or (409) 231-2053 (international) using conference ID number 7787467. To access the webcast, please visit the Investors and Media section of Kiniksa’s website. A replay of the webcast will also be available on Kiniksa’s website within approximately 48 hours after the event.
Kiniksa is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing, and commercializing therapeutic medicines for patients suffering from debilitating diseases with significant unmet medical need. Kiniksa’s portfolio assets, ARCALYST, vixarelimab, KPL-404, and mavrilimumab, are based on strong biologic rationale or validated mechanisms, target underserved conditions, and offer the potential for differentiation. These assets are designed to modulate immunological pathways across a spectrum of diseases. For more information, please visit www.kiniksa.com.
ARCALYST is a weekly, subcutaneously injected recombinant dimeric fusion protein that blocks interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1α) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) signaling. ARCALYST was discovered by Regeneron and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for recurrent pericarditis, cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), including Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome and Muckle-Wells Syndrome, and deficiency of IL-1 receptor antagonist (DIRA). The FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to ARCALYST for the treatment of recurrent pericarditis in 2019 and Orphan Drug designation to ARCALYST for the treatment of pericarditis in 2020. The European Commission granted Orphan Drug Designation to ARCALYST for the treatment of idiopathic pericarditis in 2020.
ARCALYST is indicated for:
- Treatment of Recurrent Pericarditis (RP) and reduction in risk of recurrence in adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older.
- Treatment of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS), including Familial Cold Auto-inflammatory Syndrome (FCAS), and Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS) in adults and children 12 years and older.
- Maintenance of remission of Deficiency of Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist (DIRA) in adults and pediatric patients weighing 10 kg or more.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT ARCALYST
- ARCALYST may affect your immune system and can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Serious infections, including life-threatening infections and death, have happened in patients taking ARCALYST. If you have any signs of an infection, call your doctor right away. Treatment with ARCALYST should be stopped if you get a serious infection. You should not begin treatment with ARCALYST if you have an infection or have infections that keep coming back (chronic infection).
- While taking ARCALYST, do not take other medicines that block interleukin-1, such as Kineret® (anakinra), or medicines that block tumor necrosis factor, such as Enbrel® (etanercept), Humira® (adalimumab), or Remicade® (infliximab), as this may increase your risk of getting a serious infection.
- Talk with your doctor about your vaccine history. Ask your doctor whether you should receive any vaccines before you begin treatment with ARCALYST.
- Medicines that affect the immune system may increase the risk of getting cancer.
- Stop taking ARCALYST and call your doctor or get emergency care right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
- Your doctor will do blood tests to check for changes in your blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Common side effects include injection-site reactions (which may include pain, redness, swelling, itching, bruising, lumps, inflammation, skin rash, blisters, warmth, and bleeding at the injection site), upper respiratory tract infections, joint and muscle aches, rash, ear infection, sore throat, and runny nose.
For more information about ARCALYST, talk to your doctor and see the Product Information.
Vixarelimab is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody that targets oncostatin M receptor beta (OSMRβ), which mediates signaling of interleukin-31 (IL-31) and oncostatin M (OSM), two key cytokines implicated in pruritus, inflammation, and fibrosis. Kiniksa believes vixarelimab to be the only monoclonal antibody in development that targets both pathways simultaneously. Kiniksa’s lead indication for vixarelimab is prurigo nodularis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by severely pruritic skin nodules. The FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to vixarelimab for the treatment of pruritus associated with prurigo nodularis in 2020.
KPL-404 is an investigational humanized monoclonal antibody that is designed to inhibit CD40-CD154 (CD40 ligand) interaction, a key T-cell co-stimulatory signal critical for B-cell maturation and immunoglobulin class switching and Type 1 immune responses. Kiniksa believes disrupting the CD40-CD154 interaction is an attractive approach to address multiple autoimmune disease pathologies.
Mavrilimumab is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody that blocks activity of GM-CSF by specifically binding to the alpha subunit of the GM-CSF receptor (GM-CSFRα). Phase 2 clinical trials of mavrilimumab in rheumatoid arthritis and GCA achieved their primary and secondary endpoints with statistical significance. Kiniksa is evaluating the development of mavrilimumab in rare cardiovascular diseases where the GM-CSF mechanism has been implicated and that have synergies with the company’s existing commercial infrastructure.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including without limitation, statements regarding: the multi-product collaboration between Kiniksa and Huadong Medicine, including anticipated milestone and royalty payments under the collaboration; our expectation that ARCALYST net revenue for full-year 2022 will be between $115 million and $130 million; our expectation that we will have continued robust commercial execution and further advancement of our clinical-stage pipeline in 2022; our expectation about our cash reserves funding our current operating plan into 2024; expected timing of data from the dose-ranging Phase 2b clinical trial of vixarelimab in prurigo nodularis in the second half of 2022; our expectation that we will continue to enroll the Phase 2 trial of KPL-404 in rheumatoid arthritis in 2022; our expectations regarding our next steps for mavrilimumab; our beliefs about the mechanisms of action of our product candidates and potential impact of their approach, including that vixarelimab is the only monoclonal antibody in development that targets both interleukin-31 (IL-31) and oncostatin M (OSM) pathways simultaneously and that using KPL-404 to disrupt the CD40-CD154 interaction is an attractive approach to address multiple autoimmune disease pathologies; and our belief that all of our product candidates offer the potential for differentiation.
These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the following: delays or difficulty in enrollment of patients in, and activation or continuation of sites for, our clinical trials; delays or difficulty in completing our clinical trials as originally designed; potential for changes between final data and any preliminary, interim, top-line or other data from clinical trials; our inability to replicate results from our earlier clinical trials or studies; impact of additional data from us or other companies, including the potential for our data to produce negative, inconclusive or commercially uncompetitive results; potential undesirable side effects caused by our products and product candidates; our inability to demonstrate safety and efficacy to the satisfaction of applicable regulatory authorities; potential for applicable regulatory authorities to not accept our filings, delay or deny approval of any of our product candidates or require additional data or trials to support approval; inability to successfully execute on our commercial strategy for ARCALYST; our reliance on third parties as the sole source of supply of the drug substance and drug product used in our products and product candidates; our reliance on Regeneron as the sole manufacturer of ARCALYST; raw materials, important ancillary products and drug substance and/or drug product shortages; our reliance on third parties to conduct research, clinical trials, and/or certain regulatory activities for our product candidates; complications in coordinating requirements, regulations and guidelines of regulatory authorities across jurisdictions for our clinical trials; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in response to the pandemic on our business and operations as well as the business and operations of our manufacturers, CROs upon whom we rely to conduct our clinical trials, and other third parties with whom we conduct business or otherwise engage, including the FDA and other regulatory authorities; changes in our operating plan and funding requirements; and existing or new competition.
These and other important factors discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption “Risk Factors” contained therein, could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
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|KINIKSA PHARMACEUTICALS, LTD.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Product revenue, net||$||22,189||$||—|
|Cost of goods sold||4,219||—|
|Research and development||20,817||28,683|
|Selling, general and administrative||22,218||20,600|
|Total operating expenses||55,508||49,283|
|Loss from operations||(23,319||)||(49,283||)|
|Loss before provision for income taxes||(23,285||)||(49,274||)|
|Provision for income taxes||(1,925||)||(210||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common shareholders —basic and diluted||$||(0.36||)||$||(0.72||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic and diluted||69,136,901||68,269,486|
|KINIKSA PHARMACEUTICALS, LTD.|
|SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments||$||145,577||$||182,201|
|Total shareholders' equity||166,244||185,037|