- Announced AVTX-002 (quisovalimab) did not meet its primary endpoint in its Phase 2 PEAK Trial in non-eosinophilic asthma, however AVTX-002 significantly reduced serum LIGHT levels for study duration indicating strong target engagement
- Disclosed cash of approximately $6.3 million as of June 30, 2023
WAYNE, Pa. and ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avalo Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVTX), today announced business updates and financial results for the second quarter of 2023.
“Although the PEAK trial did not meet its primary endpoint, mechanistically I believe AVTX-002 has promise in other inflammatory driven diseases including IBD and other diseases of the lung, gut and skin. Additionally, we believe an opportunity remains in asthma, particularly in a subset of patients with higher baseline LIGHT levels. We also have high confidence in our preclinical stage fully human BTLA agonist fusion protein (AVTX-008) to potentially treat a wide range of autoimmune diseases and are excited by the drug’s novel mechanism of action and potential usage in patients not responsive to anti-TNF therapy,” said Dr. Garry Neil, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “The team is working tirelessly to determine the best path forward for these assets, including indication selection and funding to support development.”
- In June of 2023, Avalo prepaid $6 million of principal under its loan and security agreement. As of June 30, 2023, the remaining principal payments were $15.2 million.
- On July 20, 2023, Avalo entered into a forbearance agreement with its debt lenders, pursuant to which the parties agreed that an event of default had occurred due to a material adverse change in the Company’s business and the lenders agreed to forbear from enforcing its full remedies, including acceleration of the amounts due, until August 15, 2023 or earlier triggering event.
- Avalo is considering out-licensing or sale of its non-core and potentially its core assets to increase focus and reduce future expenses. In July of 2023, Avalo entered into a non-binding letter of intent for the potential sale of AVTX-801 (D-galactose), AVTX-802 (D-mannose) and AVTX-803 (L-fucose).
- AVTX-002: Anti-LIGHT monoclonal antibody (mAb) targeting immune-inflammatory diseases.
- Avalo announced that its Phase 2 PEAK trial in patients with NEA did not meet its primary endpoint, measured by the proportion of patients who experienced an asthma-related event (ARE), however AVTX-002 demonstrated a significant and sustained reduction in LIGHT levels and a favorable safety and tolerability profile. Further, a preliminary post-hoc analyses for a sub-population of patients with baseline LIGHT levels over 125 pg/mL, which represented over 50% of patients, showed an approximately 50% reduction in AREs for patients treated with AVTX-002 compared to placebo.
- Previously demonstrated AVTX-002 was statistically significant in reducing respiratory failure and mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 ARDS in a randomized placebo-controlled trial. AVTX-002 also demonstrated positive trends in an open-label study in Crohn’s Disease.
- AVTX-002 showed a rapid and sustained reduction of LIGHT levels in all indications studied including COVID-19 ARDS, Crohn’s Disease and NEA.
- Avalo will continue to evaluate the topline results of the Phase 2 PEAK trial, while also pursuing funding for the program, to inform future development plans.
- AVTX-008: B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA) agonist fusion protein targeting immune dysregulation disorders.
- Avalo previously identified a lead molecule, is evaluating several immune dysregulation disorders to pursue and plans to rapidly progress the asset to IND, subject to funding.
- AVTX-803: Fucose replacement for leukocyte adhesion deficiency type II (LAD II, also known as SLC35C1-CDG), a congenital disorder of glycosylation (CDG).
- In July of 2023, Avalo entered into a non-binding letter of intent for the potential sale of AVTX-801 (D-galactose), AVTX-802 (D-mannose) and AVTX-803 (L-fucose).
Second Quarter 2023 Financial Update:
Avalo had $6.3 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023, representing a $6.9 million decrease compared to December 31, 2022. The decrease was driven by operating expenditures to fund pipeline development and a $6 million partial prepayment under the loan and security agreement and were partially offset by $20.3 million of net proceeds from equity financings.
Total operating expenses decreased $17.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 as compared to the same period in 2022. This decrease was primarily driven by decreases to both selling, general and administrative and research and development expenses as a result of cost savings initiatives implemented in the first quarter of 2022 and fewer programs ongoing in the current year.
The net loss and net loss per share for the three months ended June 30, 2023 was largely driven by operating expenses.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
|June 30, 2023||December 31, 2022|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||6,307||$||13,172|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,135||1,290|
|Restricted cash, current portion||15||15|
|Total current assets||7,519||16,416|
|Property and equipment, net||2,176||2,411|
|Restricted cash, net of current portion||131||131|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ deficit|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||7,588||13,214|
|Notes payable, current||14,115||5,930|
|Total current liabilities||22,454||22,114|
|Notes payable, non-current||—||13,486|
|Deferred tax liability, net||156||141|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,544||1,711|
|Common stock—$0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; 14,036,940 and 9,430,535 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively||14||9|
|Additional paid-in capital||314,755||292,900|
|Total stockholders’ deficit||(6,969||)||(10,915||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit||$||24,235||$||33,367|
The condensed consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 have been derived from the reviewed and audited financial statements, respectively, but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Product revenue, net||$||643||$||1,033||$||1,117||$||2,206|
|Total revenues, net||643||1,033||1,117||2,206|
|Cost of product sales||708||1,567||1,259||2,286|
|Research and development||4,658||8,510||10,667||18,094|
|Selling, general and administrative||2,427||2,784||5,134||14,468|
|Total operating expenses||7,793||12,861||17,060||34,886|
|Interest expense, net||(996||)||(1,154||)||(1,945||)||(2,323||)|
|Change in fair value of derivative liability||(40||)||—||(220||)||—|
|Other expense, net||—||—||(25||)||(20||)|
|Total other expense, net||(1,036||)||(1,154||)||(2,190||)||(2,343||)|
|Loss before taxes||(8,186||)||(12,982||)||(18,133||)||(35,023||)|
|Income tax expense||7||5||15||15|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||$||(8,193||)||$||(12,987||)||$||(18,148||)||$||(35,038||)|
|Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted1||$||(0.59||)||$||(1.38||)||$||(1.41||)||$||(3.73||)|
1 Amounts for prior periods presented have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the 1-for-12 reverse stock split effected on July 7, 2022.
The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 have been derived from the reviewed financial statements but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
About AVTX-002 (quisovalimab)
AVTX-002 is a fully human monoclonal antibody (mAb), directed against human LIGHT (Lymphotoxin-like, exhibits Inducible expression, and competes with Herpes Virus Glycoprotein D for Herpesvirus Entry Mediator (HVEM), a receptor expressed by T lymphocytes). There is increasing evidence that the dysregulation of the LIGHT-signaling network which includes LIGHT, its receptors HVEM and LTβR and the downstream checkpoint BTLA, is a disease-driving mechanism in autoimmune and inflammatory reactions in barrier organs. Therefore, we believe reducing LIGHT levels can moderate immune dysregulation in many acute and chronic inflammatory disorders. AVTX-002 previously demonstrated proof of concept in COVID-19 induced acute respiratory distress syndrome including reduction in mortality and respiratory failure, as well as a positive signal in Crohn’s Disease.
AVTX-008 is a fully human B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA) agonist fusion protein in the IND-enabling stage.
About Avalo Therapeutics
Avalo Therapeutics is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the treatment of immune dysregulation by developing therapies that target the LIGHT-signaling network.
LIGHT and its signaling receptors, HVEM (TNFRSF14), and lymphotoxin β receptor (TNFRSF3), form an immune regulatory network with two co-receptors of herpesvirus entry mediator, checkpoint inhibitor B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA), and CD160 (the LIGHT-signaling network). Accumulating evidence points to the dysregulation of the LIGHT network as a disease-driving mechanism in autoimmune and inflammatory reactions in barrier organs. Therefore, we believe reducing LIGHT levels can moderate immune dysregulation in many acute and chronic inflammatory disorders.
For more information about Avalo, please visit www.avalotx.com.
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