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Cytokinetics, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Completed Enrollment in Phase 2 Study of Reldesemtiv in Patients with SMA;
Data Expected in Q2 2018

Preparing to Initiate Second Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Omecamtiv Mecarbil

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytokinetics, Incorporated (Nasdaq:CYTK) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018. Net loss for the first quarter was $30.3 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to a net loss for the first quarter of 2017 of $25.9 million, or $0.62 per share. Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $255.5 million at March 31, 2018.

“In the first quarter of 2018 we made progress advancing our muscle biology directed drug candidates in mid- and late-stage clinical trials across diseases and conditions of impaired muscle function,” said Robert I. Blum, Cytokinetics’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “We completed enrollment of our Phase 2 clinical study of reldesemtiv in patients with spinal muscular atrophy and look forward to data from that study in the second quarter which may inform future development of reldesemtiv under our collaboration with Astellas. In addition, we made further preparations to initiate the second Phase 3 clinical trial of omecamtiv mecarbil in patients with heart failure under our collaboration with Amgen. We also continued preclinical development activities with the objective of advancing two drug candidates into Phase 1 trials.”

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Milestones

Cardiac Muscle Program

omecamtiv mecarbil (cardiac myosin activator)

  • Continued patient enrollment in GALACTIC-HF (Global Approach to Lowering Adverse Cardiac Outcomes Through Improving Contractility in Heart Failure), the Phase 3 cardiovascular outcomes clinical trial of omecamtiv mecarbil. Enrollment is proceeding towards 50 percent completion with patients randomized to date having a risk profile consistent with the trial design. The Data Monitoring Committee for GALACTIC-HF has been meeting regularly and reviewing data arising from the trial; there have been no major changes to the trial following these reviews. We expect to complete enrolling patients with chronic heart failure in GALACTIC-HF in approximately one year.
  • Continued protocol development, feasibility assessments, regulatory interactions and other readiness activities for a second Phase 3 clinical trial of omecamtiv mecarbil. This trial is intended to evaluate the potential effect of omecamtiv mecarbil on exercise performance in patients with heart failure and is planned to be conducted by Cytokinetics in collaboration with Amgen. We are finalizing preparations to ensure readiness to begin this trial on a timeframe to be agreed soon.             

Skeletal Muscle Program

tirasemtiv (fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA))

  • Convened an advisory board of ethicists, patient advocates, trial investigators and experts in pre-approval access to assess whether and how best to continue providing tirasemtiv to those people living with ALS currently in VIGOR-ALS, the open-label extension clinical trial following VITALITY-ALS. Informed by our advisory board, we decided to close VIGOR-ALS and transition patients who wish to remain on tirasemtiv to a Managed Access Program (MAP). 
  • The manuscript, “Respiratory Measures in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” published online in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration.
  • The manuscript, “VITALITY-ALS, a Phase III Trial of Tirasemtiv, a Selective Fast Skeletal Muscle Troponin Activator, as a Potential Treatment for Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Study Design and Baseline Characteristics,” published online in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration.             

reldesemtiv (CK-2127107, next-generation FSTA)

  • Completed enrollment of 70 patients in our Phase 2 clinical trial of reldesemtiv which is designed to assess its effect on multiple measures of muscle function in both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients with SMA. This trial is being conducted by Cytokinetics in collaboration with Astellas. We expect results to be presented on June 16 at the 2018 Annual Cure SMA Conference.
  • Continued site activation and patient enrollment in FORTITUDE-ALS (Functional Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Investigational Treatment with CK-2127107 to Understand Decline in Endpoints – in ALS), the Phase 2 clinical trial of reldesemtiv which is designed to assess the change from baseline in percent predicted slow vital capacity and other measures of skeletal muscle function after 12 weeks of treatment with reldesemtiv in patients with ALS. This trial has enrolled over 150 patients toward the objective of 445 patients and is being conducted by Cytokinetics in collaboration with Astellas. We expect results from this clinical trial in Q4 2018.
  • Continued patient enrollment in the Phase 2 clinical trial of reldesemtiv in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is designed to assess its effect on physical function. This trial, designed to enroll 40 patients, is nearing completion and is being conducted by Astellas in collaboration with Cytokinetics. We expect results from this clinical trial in 2H 2018.
  • Continued site activation and patient enrollment in the Phase 1b clinical trial of reldesemtiv in elderly subjects with limited mobility which is designed to assess its effect on measures of physical function. This trial is being conducted by Astellas in collaboration with Cytokinetics. We expect Astellas will conduct an interim analysis of data arising from this trial in Q4 2018.             

Pre-Clinical Research and Development             

  • Continued collaboration activities under our joint research program with Astellas directed to the discovery of next-generation skeletal muscle activators.
  • Continued independent research activities directed to our other muscle biology programs.
  • Continued to advance development compounds under our collaborations with Amgen and Astellas.  We expect to advance one of these potential drug candidates to Phase 1 in 2018.
  • Continued IND-enabling studies for our unpartnered cardiac sarcomere directed compound. We expect to advance this potential drug candidate to Phase 1 in 2018.             


  • Announced progress against our Vision 2020 initiatives designed to advance and expand our pipeline of muscle biology directed drug candidates in late-stage development to address urgent needs of people living with conditions characterized by impaired muscle function and weakness.
  • Announced that Robert Califf, M.D., has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Califf is the Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science at Duke Health and Director of the Duke University Center for Health Data Science. He is also serving as an advisor to the senior management team at Verily Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. (parent company to Google) and was appointed an adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University.
  • Joined the global initiative to raise awareness of Rare Disease Day®, an international campaign led by the European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS) and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), dedicated to elevating the public understanding of rare diseases.

Annual Stockholders' Meeting

Cytokinetics’ Annual Stockholders’ Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time at the Embassy Suites Hotel in South San Francisco, CA and simultaneously webcast.


Revenues for the first quarter of 2018 consisted of revenues from our collaboration with Astellas, including research and development revenues of $3.6 million and license revenues of $1.7 million.

Research and development expenses fell to $22.1 million for the first quarter of 2018 from $26.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. General and administrative expenses fell to $9.3 million for the first quarter of 2018 from $10.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Members of Cytokinetics’ senior management team will review the company’s first quarter results via a webcast and conference call today at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The webcast can be accessed through the Investors & Media section of the Cytokinetics website at The live audio of the conference call can also be accessed by telephone by dialing either (866) 999-CYTK (2985) (United States and Canada) or (706) 679-3078 (international) and typing in the passcode 3488889.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available via Cytokinetics’ website until May 3, 2018. The replay will also be available via telephone by dialing (855) 859-2056 (United States and Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and typing in the passcode 3488889 from April 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time until May 3, 2018.

About Cytokinetics

Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to increase muscle function and contractility. Cytokinetics is collaborating with Amgen Inc. (“Amgen”) to develop omecamtiv mecarbil, a novel cardiac muscle activator. Omecamtiv mecarbil is the subject of GALACTIC-HF, an international Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with heart failure. Amgen holds an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil with a sublicense held by Servier for commercialization in Europe and certain other countries. Cytokinetics is collaborating with Astellas Pharma Inc. (“Astellas”) to develop reldesemtiv (CK-2127107), a next-generation FSTA. Reldesemtiv has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA for the potential treatment of SMA. Reldesemtiv is the subject of three ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials enrolling patients with spinal muscular atrophy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ALS. Astellas is also conducting a Phase 1b clinical trial of reldesemtiv in elderly adults with limited mobility. Astellas holds an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize reldesemtiv. Licenses held by Amgen and Astellas are subject to Cytokinetics' specified co-development and co-commercialization rights. Cytokinetics continues its 20-year history of innovation with three new muscle biology directed compounds advancing from research to development in 2018.  For additional information about Cytokinetics, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Cytokinetics claims the protection of the Act’s Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Cytokinetics’ and its partners’ research and development activities, including the initiation, conduct, design, enrollment, progress, continuation, completion, timing and results of clinical trials; the significance and utility of pre-clinical study and clinical trial results; and the properties and potential benefits of Cytokinetics’ drug candidates. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, potential difficulties or delays in the development, testing, regulatory approvals for trial commencement, progression or product sale or manufacturing, or production of Cytokinetics’ drug candidates that could slow or prevent clinical development or product approval; patient enrollment for or conduct of clinical trials may be difficult or delayed; the FDA or foreign regulatory agencies may delay or limit Cytokinetics’ or its partners’ ability to conduct clinical trials; Amgen’s and Astellas’ decisions with respect to the design, initiation, conduct, timing and continuation of development activities for omecamtiv mecarbil and reldesemtiv, respectively; Cytokinetics may incur unanticipated research and development and other costs; standards of care may change, rendering Cytokinetics’ drug candidates obsolete; and competitive products or alternative therapies may be developed by others for the treatment of indications Cytokinetics’ drug candidates and potential drug candidates may target. For further information regarding these and other risks related to Cytokinetics’ business, investors should consult Cytokinetics’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and Cytokinetics' actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which it operates, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that Cytokinetics makes in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Cytokinetics assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

Diane Weiser
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations
(650) 624-3000

Cytokinetics, Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31, 2018     March 31, 2017  
Research and development, grant and other revenues, net   $ 3,585     $ 2,707  
License revenues     1,683       1,446  
Total revenues     5,268       4,153  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     22,135       19,289  
General and administrative     9,264       8,115  
Total operating expenses     31,399       27,404  
Operating loss     (26,131 )     (23,251 )
Interest expense     (863 )     (745 )
Non-cash interest expense on liability related to sale of future royalties     (4,129 )     (2,307 )
Interest and other income, net     842       436  
Net loss   $ (30,281 )   $ (25,867 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted   $ (0.56 )   $ (0.62 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share — basic and diluted     54,062       41,578  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

    March 31, 2018     December 31, 2017(1)  
 Current assets:                
 Cash and short term investments   $ 251,454     $ 268,891  
 Other current assets     20,885       5,404  
  Total current assets     272,339       274,295  
 Long-term investments     4,015       16,518  
 Property and equipment, net     3,156       3,568  
 Other assets     416       429  
  Total assets   $ 279,926     $ 294,810  
 Current liabilities:                
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 30,469     $ 22,645  
 Deferred revenue, current     7,842       9,572  
 Other current liabilities     235       227  
  Total current liabilities     38,546       32,444  
 Long-term debt, net     31,954       31,777  
 Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net     108,792       104,650  
 Deferred revenue, non-current           15,000  
 Other long-term liabilities     1,035       1,097  
  Total liabilities     180,327       184,968  
 Stockholders’ equity:                
 Common stock     54       54  
 Additional paid-in capital     757,405       755,526  
 Accumulated other comprehensive income     489       343  
 Accumulated deficit     (658,349 )     (646,081 )
  Total stockholders’ equity     99,599       109,842  
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 279,926     $ 294,810  

(1) Derived from the audited financial statements, included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

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