SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aligos Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGS), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapeutics to address unmet medical needs in viral and liver diseases, today reported recent business progress and financial results for the third quarter, September 30, 2022.
“We continue to make important progress in advancing our portfolio of drug candidates targeting chronic hepatitis B (CHB), COVID-19, and NASH,” said Lawrence Blatt, PhD, MBA, Chairman and CEO of the Board at Aligos. “For our capsid assembly modulator (CAM), ALG-000184, we have observed a favorable safety and antiviral activity profile after 28 days of dosing and, as a result, have recently initiated longer term dosing cohorts. These cohorts will evaluate up to 48 weeks of treatment with ALG-000184 and will further define the potential role of this drug candidate in achieving chronic suppression and functional cure in CHB. We also recently began clinical evaluation in healthy volunteers of ALG-125755, our siRNA targeting HBsAg production. We anticipate evaluating this drug in CHB subjects in Q1 2023.”
“For our NASH thyroid hormone receptor beta agonist program, we will be sharing new safety and pharmacodynamic data after multiple doses of ALG-055009 in subjects with hyperlipidemia at The Liver Meeting (AASLD). The emerging safety and anti-lipid activity data appear favorable and support advancing this drug into phase 2 development.”
“As with our development programs, our discovery projects are also making important progress,” said Leonid Beigelman, PhD, President of Aligos. “ALG-097558, our potent, pan-coronavirus protease inhibitor that doesn’t require boosting with ritonavir is currently undergoing Phase 1 enabling non-clinical studies and we plan to initiate clinical evaluation of this important drug candidate in Q2 2023.”
Recent Business Progress
Aligos Portfolio of Drug Candidates
- ALG-000184 (CAM) – Evaluation of a range of doses given over 28 days to both HBeAg positive and HBeAg negative CHB subjects is largely complete. New data from cohorts evaluating 100 and 300 mg in HBeAg positive CHB subjects will be presented at The Liver Meeting (AASLD) in November. Based on the favorable safety and antiviral activity profile from these cohorts, the Study Review Committee (SRC) recommended the evaluation of 100 mg and 300 mg in HBeAg positive CHB subjects for up to 48 weeks. We anticipate sharing antiviral activity data from these new cohorts throughout 2023.
- ALG-125755 (siRNA) – Single ascending doses (SAD) of ALG-125755 are currently being evaluated in healthy volunteers in New Zealand. If the safety profile is favorable, we anticipate initiating cohorts evaluating SAD in CHB subjects in Q1 2023 and sharing data at scientific conferences throughout 2023.
- ALG-055009 – Evaluation of single and multiple ascending doses (SAD, MAD) in healthy volunteers and subjects with hyperlipidemia is complete and MAD data will be presented in November at The Liver Meeting (AASLD). Data from this Phase 1 study continue to be favorable.
- ALG-097558 – First in human enabling nonclinical studies are ongoing. We anticipate initiating the clinical evaluation of single and multiple ascending doses of this drug candidate in healthy volunteers in Q2 2023.
Financial Results for the Third Quarter 2022
Cash, cash equivalents, and investments totaled $142.3 million as of September 30, 2022, compared with $205.8 million as of December 31, 2021. We continue to believe our cash balance provides sufficient cash to fund planned operations into the first half of 2024.
Net losses for the three months ended September 30, 2022, were $18.6 million or basic and diluted net loss per common share of $(0.44), compared to net losses of $33.1 million or basic and diluted net loss per common share of $(0.78) for the three months ended September 30, 2021.
Research and development (R&D) expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2022, were $17.8 million compared with $28.1 million for the same period of 2021. The decrease in R&D expenses for this comparative period is primarily attributable to a decrease in third-party expenses due primarily to our continued winddown related to the discontinuation of our STOPS and ASO programs, and the manufacturing of drug supply in advance of our clinical trial activity for our CAM and siRNA programs. Total R&D stock-based compensation expense incurred for the three months ended September 30, 2022, was $1.9 million compared with $1.9 million for the same period of 2021.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2022, were $5.3 million compared with $6.5 million for the same period of 2021. The decrease in G&A expenses for this comparative period is primarily attributable to facility costs and updated expense allocations. Total G&A stock-based compensation expense incurred for the three months ended September 30, 2022, was $1.5 million compared with $1.7 million for the same period of 2021.
Aligos Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that was founded in 2018 with the mission to become a world leader in the treatment of viral infections and liver diseases. Aligos is focused on the discovery and development of targeted antiviral therapies for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and coronaviruses as well as leveraging its expertise in liver diseases to create targeted therapeutics for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Aligos’ strategy is to harness the deep expertise and decades of drug development experience its team has in liver disease, particularly viral hepatitis, to rapidly advance its pipeline of potentially best-in-class molecules.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be considered “forward-looking statements,” including without limitation, with respect to our CAM, ALG-000184, statements regarding the evaluation of 100 mg and 300 mg in HBeAg positive CHB subjects for up to 48 weeks, our anticipation of sharing antiviral activity data from these cohorts throughout 2023 and that such cohorts will further define the potential role of this drug candidate in achieving chronic suppression and functional cure in CHB; with respect to our siRNA, ALG-125755, statements regarding our evaluating this drug in CHB subjects in Q1 2023 and sharing data at scientific conferences throughout 2023; with respect to our NASH thyroid hormone receptor beta agonist program, ALG-055009, statements that the emerging safety and anti-lipid activity data appear favorable and support advancing this drug into phase 2 development; with respect to our pan-coronavirus protease inhibitor, ALG-097558, statements around our plan to initiate clinical evaluation thereof in Q2 2023; and the statement regarding our belief that our cash balance provides sufficient cash to fund planned operations into the first half of 2024. Forward-looking statements are typically, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” and other similar terminology indicating future results. Such forward looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause our development programs, future results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include without limitation risks and uncertainties inherent in the drug development process, including Aligos’s clinical-stage of development, the process of designing and conducting clinical trials, the regulatory approval processes, the timing of regulatory filings, the challenges associated with manufacturing drug products, Aligos’s ability to successfully establish, protect and defend its intellectual property, other matters that could affect the sufficiency of Aligos’s capital resources to fund operations, reliance on third parties for manufacturing and development efforts, changes in the competitive landscape and the effects on our business of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of Aligos in general, see Aligos’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 2, 2022 and its future periodic reports to be filed or submitted with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Aligos undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
|Aligos Therapeutics, Inc|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Revenue from Collaborations||$||4,106||$||1,537||$||10,370||$||3,992|
|Research and development||17,791||28,132||65,977||75,555|
|General and administrative||5,263||6,473||19,291||18,810|
|Total operating expenses||23,054||34,605||85,268||94,365|
|Loss from operations||(18,948||)||(33,068||)||(74,898||)||(90,373||)|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||284||70||795||(44||)|
|Loss before income tax expense||(18,664||)||(32,998||)||(74,103||)||(90,417||)|
|Income tax benefit (expense)||43||(126||)||(57||)||(201||)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per common share||$||(0.44||)||$||(0.78||)||$||(1.74||)||$||(2.31||)|
|Weighted-average number of shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share|
|Aligos Therapeutics, Inc|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|September 30, 2022||December 31, 2021|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||86,440||$||186,816|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||7,789||13,690|
|Total current assets||150,093||204,424|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Other liabilities, noncurrent||11,515||11,681|
|Total stockholders’ equity||122,013||184,731|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||164,069||$||235,369|
(1) The condensed, consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2021 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.
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