PTC Therapeutics Reports First Quarter Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
-Conference Call Today at 4:30 pm ET-
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - May 6, 2014 - PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced a corporate update and reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
"We are happy to report on the progress we have made in the first quarter of 2014 on each of the clinical, regulatory and corporate fronts. Our successful follow-on financing provides a strong foundation to advance our clinical programs and further PTC's pipeline of product candidates," stated Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, PTC Therapeutics, Inc. "As we look ahead, we are excited to complete enrollment in our confirmatory Phase 3 ACT DMD clinical trial in nonsense mutation Duchenne muscular dystrophy, initiate our confirmatory Phase 3 clinical trial in nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis, and advance our SMA program, partnered with Roche and the SMA Foundation. We also plan to pursue additional indications for ataluren beyond nmDMD and nmCF and expect to initiate a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study for an additional indication in the second half of this year."
- ACT DMD: In April 2013, PTC initiated the confirmatory Phase 3 ACT DMD (Ataluren Confirmatory Trial in DMD) evaluating ataluren as a potential treatment for patients with nonsense mutation Duchenne muscular dystrophy (nmDMD). This study, which is the largest clinical study ever conducted in DMD, is on-track to complete enrollment by mid-2014.
- ACT CF: We are in the process of initiating the confirmatory Phase 3 ACT CF clinical trial. The design of our confirmatory Phase 3 trial is similar to the previous Phase 3 trial, with FEV1 as the primary endpoint and pulmonary exacerbations as a key secondary endpoint. The main change from the prior trial will be to exclude patients from enrolling who are using chronic inhaled tobramycin. Tobramycin is a ribosome binding drug that has been shown to confound ataluren's activity.
- Additional Indications: There have now been 20 publications demonstrating ataluren's activity in a number of different disease models. We plan to initiate a Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial for ataluren in an additional indication in the second half of 2014.
- EMA regulatory process: In January 2014, the CHMP adopted a negative opinion regarding our application for the conditional marketing authorization of ataluren for the treatment of nmDMD. PTC has requested a re-examination of the CHMP opinion. A final decision from the CHMP is expected in the second quarter of 2014.
- SMA Program Entered Clinical Development: In January 2014, a Phase 1 clinical program was initiated which triggered a $7.5 million milestone payment from Roche to PTC. The SMA Phase 1 clinical program is complemented by ongoing natural history and biomarker observational studies in SMA patients.
- Completed Follow-on Financing: In February, we closed a registered public offering of common stock, in which we raised gross proceeds of $126.5 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses.
First Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights:
- Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $246.6 million at March 31, 2014 compared to $142.5 million at December 31, 2013. The increase was primarily driven by net proceeds of $118.2 million from PTC's follow-on equity financing as well as a $7.5 million milestone achieved in our Roche collaboration.
- Revenue from grants and collaborations was $9.2 million for the first quarter of 2014, compared to $7.1 million for the same period in 2013.
- Total operating expenses were $23.4 million for the first quarter of 2014, including $3.7 million in non-cash, stock based compensation expense, compared to $15.7 million for the same period in 2013, including $0.6 million in non-cash, stock based compensation expense. The increase primarily results from additional costs associated with clinical trials, pre-commercial activities and public company expenses.
- Net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $14.1 million compared to a net loss of $14.7 million for the same period in 2013.
- Shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2014 were 30.1 million, which includes 0.7 million shares of unvested restricted stock.
Today's Conference Call and Webcast Reminder
The PTC management team will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results and recent and upcoming developments today, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The call can be accessed by dialing (877) 303-9216 (domestic) or (973) 935-8152 (international) five minutes prior to the start of the call and providing the passcode 33834345.
The live, listen-only webcast of the conference call can also be accessed by visiting the "Investors Relations" section of the company's website at ir.ptcbio.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the PTC website for 30 days following the call.
ABOUT PTC THERAPEUTICS, INC.
PTC is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of orally administered, proprietary small molecule drugs that target post-transcriptional control processes. Post-transcriptional control processes regulate the rate and timing of protein production and are essential to proper cellular function. PTC's internally discovered pipeline addresses multiple therapeutic areas, including rare disorders, oncology and infectious diseases. PTC has developed proprietary technologies that it applies in its drug discovery activities and which form the basis for collaborations with leading biopharmaceutical companies. For more information on the company, please visit our website www.ptcbio.com.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than those of historical fact, contained in this release, including statements regarding the future expectations, plans and prospects for PTC, our Phase 3 clinical trials for ataluren in nmDMD and nmCF, our collaboration in SMA with Roche and the SMA Foundation, our current and planned regulatory filings with the EMA, the timing of the re-examination of the CHMP opinion, our earlier stage programs, including our initiation of a potential proof-of-concept study, our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues or projected costs, the development of and potential market for PTC's product candidates, and objectives of management, are forward-looking statements. Other forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "plan," "guidance," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "predict," "project," "target," "potential," "will," "would," "could," "should," "continue," and similar expressions.
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