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WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Morphic Therapeutic (NASDAQ: MORF), a biopharmaceutical company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, today reported corporate highlights and financial results for the third quarter of 2019.
“Morphic began the third quarter of 2019 with a successful IPO, providing significant financial resources to fund the discovery and development of our portfolio of small-molecule integrin therapeutics,” commented Praveen Tipirneni, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Morphic Therapeutic. “As we look forward, we now believe that we will submit the IND for MORF-720, our oral αvβ6 inhibitor for patients with fibrotic disease being developed in collaboration with AbbVie, in the second half of 2020, based on the request for an additional preclinical study by the FDA. In Morphic’s wholly-owned portfolio, we remain on track to file an IND for our oral inhibitor of α4β7 for patients with inflammatory bowel disease in mid-2020. Further, Morphic continues to refine and apply the MInT platform, a suite of technologies designed to streamline rapid and effective discovery of drug candidates across the entire integrin target class, where we have deep expertise.”
Third Quarter Highlights and Program Updates
Oral Integrin Development Program Updates
Oral αvβ6 Inhibition Program for Fibrotic Diseases
Oral α4β7 Inhibition Program for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
Morphic’s development portfolio is targeted to integrin receptors that are strongly implicated in diseases with validated clinical need. The company’s lead programs are inhibitors of the integrins αvβ6 and α4β7, which Morphic’s data suggests could be the basis of transformational treatments for patients with fibrotic diseases and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), respectively. Fibrosis is a common feature of many chronic diseases involving tissue injury and can lead to the progressive failure of multiple organs, such as the lungs, liver, skin and kidney. IBD is a group of chronic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract that include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, among others.
Financial Results for Third Quarter 2019
Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, was $8.9 million or $0.30 per share compared to a net loss of $7.1 million or $7.00 per unit (units were converted to shares as a result of converting from a limited liability company to a corporation prior to the IPO), for the same quarter last year.
As of September 30, 2019, Morphic had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $251.7 million, compared to $185.9 million as of December 31, 2018. Morphic believes its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2019, will be sufficient to fund operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements at least through the end of 2022.
About Morphic Therapeutic
Morphic Therapeutic is a biopharmaceutical company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, including autoimmune, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, fibrosis and cancer. In collaboration with AbbVie, Janssen and Schrödinger, Morphic is advancing its pipeline and discovery activities using its proprietary MInT technology platform which leverages the Company’s unique understanding of integrin structure and biology. For more information, visit www.morphictx.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to: Morphic’s plan to develop and commercialize oral small-molecule integrin therapeutics and Morphic’s expectations about timing and ability to obtain regulatory approvals for MORF-720 and α4β7-specific integrin inhibitors. Statements including words such as “looks forward to,” “believe,” “plan,” “continue,” “expect,” or “ongoing” and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause Morphic’s actual activities or results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement, including risks and uncertainties related to Morphic’s ability to develop, obtain regulatory approval for and commercialize MORF-720 and α4β7-specific integrin inhibitors and other product candidates, the timing and results of preclinical studies and clinical trials, Morphic’s ability to protect intellectual property; and other risks set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Morphic specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements or reasons why actual results might differ, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
-Financial Tables to Follow-
|Morphic Holding Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except unit, share, per unit and per share data)|
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|Research and development||12,635||5,767||36,912||15,344|
|General and administrative||2,898||1,405||6,807||3,311|
|Total operating expenses||15,533||7,172||43,719||18,655|
|Loss from operations||(9,858)||(7,172)||(26,408)||(18,655)|
|Interest income, net||1,392||111||3,574||214|
|Total other income||1,298||95||3,480||168|
|Loss before provision for income taxes||(8,560)||(7,077)||(22,928)||(18,487)|
|Provision for income taxes||(304)||—||(569)||—|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.30)||$||(2.06)|
|Net loss per unit, basic and diluted||$||(7.00)||$||(18.28)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted||29,999,170||11,393,192|
|Weighted-average common units outstanding - basic and diluted||1,011,227||1,011,227|
|Morphic Holding Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||251,746||$||185,901|
|Other current assets||5,290||1,222|
|Total current assets||257,036||187,123|
|Liabilities, Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)|
|Convertible preferred stock||—||139,809|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||159,348||(52,552)|
|Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity (deficit)||$||260,079||$||189,305|
Tom Donovan, Ten Bridge Communications