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Phase 1b/2a proof-of-concept clinical trial of ATYR1923 in pulmonary sarcoidosis patients ongoing
Advanced lead position in Neuropilin-2 (NRP-2) biology with inaugural NRP-2 summit
Company to host conference call and webcast today at 5:00pm EDT / 2:00 PDT
SAN DIEGO, May 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- aTyr Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE), a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel immunological pathways, today announced first quarter 2019 results and provided a corporate update.
“During the first quarter, we continued to execute on our Phase 1b/2a study of our lead therapeutic candidate, ATYR1923, a selective NRP-2 inhibitor, in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis, and we look forward to reporting interim results in the fourth quarter of this year,” said Dr. Sanjay Shukla, President and Chief Executive Officer of aTyr. “At the same time, we continued to advance our understanding of the emerging role of NRP-2 in the modulation of immune responses. We recently held an inaugural summit meeting of leading experts in the field of NRP-2 biology to discuss the down-regulation of the innate and adaptive immune systems and potential clinical utility across a broad range of inflammatory disease states.”
First Quarter 2019 and Subsequent Period Highlights
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Cash Position
Research and development expenses were $3.3 million and $6.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. General and administrative expenses were $2.5 million and $4.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The decreases for both research and development expenses and general and administrative expenses were primarily related to the Company’s corporate restructuring announced in May 2018, where aTyr announced its focused development efforts on the clinical advancement of ATYR1923 along with related reductions in headcount and personnel-related costs and other cost saving measures.
As of March 31, 2019, aTyr had $43.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company raised $5.0 million in gross proceeds through a registered direct investment led by Federated Kaufmann Small Cap Fund.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
aTyr Pharma will host a conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its financial results and provide a corporate update. Interested parties may access the call by dialing toll-free (844) 358-9116 from the US, or (209) 905-5951 internationally, and using conference ID 4868007. Links to a live audio webcast and replay may be accessed on the aTyr website events page at: http://investors.atyrpharma.com/events-and-webcasts. An audio replay will be available for at least 90 days following the event.
aTyr is developing ATYR1923 as a potential therapeutic for patients with interstitial lung diseases. ATYR1923, a fusion protein comprised of the immuno-modulatory domain of histidyl tRNA synthetase (HARS) fused to the FC region of a human antibody, is a selective modulator of Neuropilin-2 that downregulates the innate and adaptive immune response in inflammatory disease states. aTyr initiated a proof-of-concept Phase 1b/2a trial evaluating ATYR1923 in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis in the fourth quarter of 2018. This Phase 1b/2a study is a multi-ascending dose, placebo-controlled, first-in-patient study of ATYR1923 that has been designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, steroid sparing effect, immunogenicity and pharmacokinetics (PK) profile of multiple doses of ATYR1923. For the Phase 1b/2a trial, aTyr is collaborating with the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoidosis and improving care for sarcoidosis patients. Under the terms of the collaboration, FSR will assist with clinical trial site initiation and patient enrollment.
aTyr is a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel immunological pathways. aTyr’s research and development efforts are concentrated on a newly discovered area of biology, the extracellular functionality of tRNA synthetases. aTyr has built a global intellectual property estate directed to a potential pipeline of protein compositions derived from 20 tRNA synthetase genes. aTyr is focused on the therapeutic translation of the Resokine pathway, comprised of extracellular proteins derived from the histidyl tRNA synthetase gene family. ATYR1923 is a clinical-stage product candidate which binds to the neuropilin-2 receptor and is designed to down-regulate immune engagement in interstitial lung diseases and other immune-mediated diseases. For more information, please visit http://www.atyrpharma.com.
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|ATYR PHARMA INC.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Research and development||$||3,345||$||6,150|
|General and administrative||2,532||4,070|
|Total operating expenses||5,877||10,220|
|Loss from operations||(5,877||)||(10,220||)|
|Total other expense, net||(260||)||(447||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stock holders, basic and diluted||$||(0.18||)||$||(0.36||)|
|Weighted average common stock shares outstanding, basic and diluted||33,823,909||29,795,466|
|ATYR PHARMA INC.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale investments||$||43,019||$||49,545|
|Property and equipment, net||1,692||1,853|
|Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities||$||2,703||$||3,066|
|Current portion of operating lease liability||681||—|
|Current portion of long-term debt, net of issuance costs and discount||7,791||7,767|
|Long-term operating lease liability, net of current portion||2,815||—|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion and issuance costs and discount||6,440||8,263|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||49,915||$||52,746|
Managing Director, LifeSci Advisors, LLC