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EDIT-101 for LCA10 set to be first ever in vivo CRISPR medicine administered to patients with dosing expected in second half of 2019
Advancing potentially best-in-class engineered cell medicine for
sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia
Appointed Cynthia Collins and David Scadden, M.D., to Board of Directors
and named Collins as interim Chief Executive Officer
Year-end cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $369 million expected to fund advancement of multiple transformative experimental medicines
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Editas Medicine, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDIT), a leading genome editing company, today reported business highlights and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018.
“2018 was a year of significant achievements for Editas Medicine as we advanced our efforts to bring transformative medicines to patients," said Cynthia Collins, interim Chief Executive Officer, Editas Medicine. “The IND application for our lead experimental medicine, EDIT-101 for LCA10, was accepted by the FDA upon initial review. We advanced a potentially best-in-class CRISPR medicine candidate to treat sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia; and, we strengthened our organization with key additions to our senior leadership and Board of Directors. In 2019, we plan to dose patients with EDIT-101, making it the first in vivo CRISPR medicine administered to patients in history. We are also well positioned to advance the Company’s EM22 long-range goals.”
Recent Achievements and Outlook
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Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities at December 31, 2018, were $369.0 million, compared to $337.5 million at September 30, 2018, and $329.1 million at December 31, 2017.
For the three months ended December 31, 2018, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $25.1 million, or $0.52 per share, compared to $36.2 million, or $0.84 per share, for the same period in 2017.
For the full year 2018, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $110.0 million, or $2.33 per share, compared to $120.3 million, or $2.98 per share, for the same period in 2017.
The Editas Medicine management team will host a conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. ET to provide and discuss a corporate update and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. To access the call, please dial 844-348-3801 (domestic) or 213-358-0955 (international) and provide the passcode 4134877. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investors & Media section of the Editas Medicine website at www.editasmedicine.com and a replay will be available approximately two hours after its completion.
About Editas Medicine
As a leading genome editing company, Editas Medicine is focused on translating the power and potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cpf1 (also known as Cas12a) genome editing systems into a robust pipeline of treatments for people living with serious diseases around the world. Editas Medicine aims to discover, develop, manufacture, and commercialize transformative, durable, precision genomic medicines for a broad class of diseases. For the latest information and scientific presentations, please visit www.editasmedicine.com.
EDIT-101 is a CRISPR-based experimental medicine under investigation for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis 10 (LCA10). EDIT-101 is administered via a subretinal injection to reach and deliver the gene editing machinery directly to photoreceptor cells.
About Leber Congenital Amaurosis
Leber congenital amaurosis, or LCA, is a group of inherited retinal degenerative disorders caused by mutations in at least 18 different genes. It is the most common cause of inherited childhood blindness, with an incidence of two to three per 100,000 live births worldwide. Symptoms of LCA appear within the first years of life, resulting in significant vision loss and potentially blindness. The most common form of the disease, LCA10, is a monogenic disorder caused by mutations in the CEP290 gene and is the cause of disease in approximately 20‑30 percent of all LCA patients.
About the Editas Medicine-Allergan Alliance
In March 2017, Editas Medicine and Allergan Pharmaceuticals International Limited (Allergan) entered a strategic alliance and option agreement under which Allergan received exclusive access and the option to license up to five of Editas Medicine’s genome editing programs for ocular diseases, including EDIT-101. Under the terms of the agreement, Allergan is responsible for development and commercialization of optioned products, subject to Editas Medicine’s option to co-develop and share equally in the profits and losses of two optioned products in the United States. In August 2018, Allergan exercised its option to develop and commercialize EDIT-101 globally for the treatment of LCA10. Additionally, Editas Medicine exercised its option to co-develop and share equally in the profits and losses from EDIT-101 in the United States. Editas Medicine is also eligible to receive development and commercial milestones, as well as royalty payments on a per-program basis. The agreement covers a range of first-in-class ocular programs targeting serious, vision-threatening diseases based on Editas Medicine’s unparalleled CRISPR genome editing platform, including CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cpf1 (also known as Cas12a).
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words ‘‘anticipate,’’ ‘‘believe,’’ ‘‘continue,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘estimate,’’ ‘‘expect,’’ ‘‘intend,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘plan,’’ ‘‘potential,’’ ‘‘predict,’’ ‘‘project,’’ ‘‘target,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘would,’’ and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding the Company’s EM22 goals and plans to dose patients with EDIT-101 in the second half of 2019. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions, or expectations disclosed in these forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including: uncertainties inherent in the initiation and completion of preclinical studies and clinical trials and clinical development of the Company’s product candidates; availability and timing of results from preclinical studies and clinical trials; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial or the results of future trials; expectations for regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products and availability of funding sufficient for the Company’s foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements. These and other risks are described in greater detail under the caption “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in other filings that the Company may make with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the future. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.
|EDITAS MEDICINE, INC.|
|Consolidated Statement of Operations|
|(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Collaboration and other research|
|and development revenues||$||6,119||$||3,667||$||31,937||$||13,728|
|Research and development||19,195||26,424||90,654||83,159|
|General and administrative||13,177||13,685||55,010||50,502|
|Total operating expenses||32,372||40,109||145,664||133,661|
|Other income (expense), net:|
|Other (expense) income, net||(3||)||129||328||587|
|Interest income (expense), net||1,202||124||3,445||(978||)|
|Total other income (expense), net||1,199||253||3,773||(391||)|
|Net loss per share attributable|
|to common stockholders,|
|basic and diluted||$||(0.52||)||$||(0.84||)||$||(2.33||)||$||(2.98||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and|
Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Items
(amounts in thousands)
|Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities||$||368,955||$||329,139|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||115,614||94,725|
|Construction financing lease obligation, net of|
|Total stockholders' equity||236,162||208,080|