Cytokinetics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Submission of NDA for Omecamtiv Mecarbil on Track to Occur in Q4 2021
Start-Up Activities Underway for SEQUOIA-HCM
Enrollment Complete in Cohort 3 of REDWOOD-HCM; Results Expected in Q1 2022
“During the third quarter we were pleased to deliver against several key milestones across our late-stage pipeline, including our sharing positive results from REDWOOD-HCM and conducting start-up activities for SEQUOIA-HCM, our Phase 3 trial of aficamten. In parallel, we were pleased to start COURAGE-ALS, our Phase 3 trial of reldesemtiv while also advancing towards our goal of submitting the NDA for omecamtiv mecarbil,” said
Q3 and Recent Highlights
Cardiac Muscle Programs
omecamtiv mecarbil (cardiac myosin activator)
- Continued activities supportive of our plans to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) for omecamtiv mecarbil, which remains on track to occur in Q4 2021.
- Results from additional analyses from GALACTIC-HF (Global Approach to Lowering Adverse Cardiac Outcomes Through Improving Contractility in Heart Failure) were presented at the
Heart Failure Society of America(HFSA) Annual Scientific Meetingin Denver, CO, showing that the effect of treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil in Black patients was consistent with the overall population and with white patients.
- Continued conduct of METEORIC-HF (Multicenter Exercise Tolerance Evaluation of Omecamtiv Mecarbil Related to Increased Contractility in Heart Failure), the second Phase 3 trial of omecamtiv mecarbil. We expect to complete METEORIC-HF by year end and report results in early 2022.
- Advanced our go-to-market-strategy and commercial readiness activities. We completed the hiring of our commercial senior leadership and payer account management teams and grew our
U.S.marketing organization. In addition, we advanced key activities in preparation for potential commercial launch including refinement of product positioning, development of a product educational campaign, updating the sizing and deployment strategy for our U.S.sales team, U.S.pricing, and our product value proposition.
- Expanded our Medical Affairs organization with the hiring of therapeutic area lead Medical Directors and deployment of additional field-based Medical Scientists. We initiated vendor selection for the development of a Medical Contact Center and continued organizing the framework for the Investigator Sponsored Study Program.
- The manuscript entitled “Assessment of Omecamtiv Mecarbil for the Treatment of Patients with Severe Heart Failure” was published in JAMA Cardiology.
- The manuscript entitled “Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction After a Recent Worsening Heart Failure Event” was published in the
Journal of the American Heart Association.
aficamten (cardiac myosin inhibitor)
- Announced positive results from Cohorts 1 and 2 of REDWOOD-HCM (Randomized Evaluation of Dosing With CK-274 in Obstructive Outflow Disease in HCM) demonstrating that treatment with aficamten for 10 weeks resulted in statistically significant reductions from baseline compared to placebo in the average resting left ventricular outflow tract pressure gradient (LVOT-G) and the average post-Valsalva LVOT-G. A large majority of patients treated with aficamten achieved the target goal of treatment, defined as resting gradient <30 mmHg and post-Valsalva gradient <50 mmHg at Week 10, compared to placebo. Patients treated with aficamten also saw improvements in heart failure symptoms and reductions in NT-proBNP, a biomarker of cardiac wall stress. Treatment with aficamten in REDWOOD-HCM was generally well tolerated. The incidence of adverse events on aficamten was similar to that of placebo. No serious adverse events were attributed to aficamten, and no treatment interruptions occurred on aficamten.
- Completed enrollment in Cohort 3 of REDWOOD-HCM for patients whose background therapy includes disopyramide. Continued enrolling patients in REDWOOD-HCM OLE, the open label extension clinical study designed to assess the long-term safety and tolerability of aficamten in patients with symptomatic obstructive HCM who have participated previously in REDWOOD-HCM. Results from Cohort 3 are expected in Q1 2022 and an update from REDWOOD-HCM OLE is expected in 2022.
- Conducted start-up activities, including regulatory filings and IRB submissions, for SEQUOIA-HCM (Safety, Efficacy, and Quantitative Understanding of Obstruction Impact of Aficamten in HCM), the Phase 3 clinical trial of aficamten in patients with obstructive HCM, with the first site initiations already completed. Drug product availability in early 2022 will enable the commencement of screening and enrollment of the first patients in this trial.
Ji Xing Pharmaceuticalscompleted a Phase 1 study of aficamten in healthy subjects in Chinathat showed favorable tolerability comparable to placebo and dose-proportional pharmacokinetics, similar to the results observed in the Phase 1 study of aficamten in healthy Caucasian subjects in the U.S.
- Published a manuscript entitled “Discovery of Aficamten (CK-274), a Next-Generation Cardiac Myosin Inhibitor for the Treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy” in the
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
- The manuscript entitled “Clinical Diagnosis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Over Time in
the United States(A Population-Based Claims Analysis)” was published in The American Journal of Cardiology.
Skeletal Muscle Program
reldesemtiv (fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA))
- Started COURAGE-ALS (Clinical Outcomes Using Reldesemtiv on ALSFRS-R in a Global Evaluation in ALS), the Phase 3 clinical trial of reldesemtiv in patients with ALS.
- Published a manuscript entitled “Prescription and Acceptance of Durable Medical Equipment in FORTITUDE-ALS, a Study of Reldesemtiv in ALS: Post Hoc Analyses of a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial” in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration.
- Published a manuscript entitled “Discovery of Reldesemtiv, a Fast Skeletal Muscle Troponin Activator for the Treatment of Impaired Muscle Function” in
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
- Continued to advance new muscle directed compounds and conduct IND-enabling studies with the expectation of our potentially advancing 1-2 potential drug candidates into clinical development over the next year.
- Continued research activities directed to our other muscle biology research programs.
- Raised approximately
$296.9 millionin net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions, and expenses from an underwritten public offering of 11,500,000 shares of common stock including the underwriters’ exercise of their overallotment option.
- Donated data from our completed clinical trials in ALS, including BENEFIT-ALS, VITALITY-ALS and FORTITUDE-ALS, to the Pooled Resource Open-Access ALS Clinical Trials (PRO-ACT) database, a resource for the research community that consists of thousands of anonymized clinical patient records from previously completed ALS clinical trials. PRO-ACT is sponsored by
The ALS Associationand managed by the Neurological Clinical Research Institute(NCRI) at Mass General Brigham.
- Renewed our partnership with Cure SMA to increase education, awareness, public policy and fundraising for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
- Announced a call for proposals for the third annual Cytokinetics Communications Fellowship Grant program. The program awards five grants worth
$20,000each to patient advocacy organizations serving the ALS, heart failure, HCM, or SMA communities, and is intended to support increased capacity in communications and outreach.
Revenues for the three and nine months ended
Research and development expenses for the three and nine months ended
General and administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Members of Cytokinetics’ senior management team will review the company’s third quarter results on a conference call today at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The call will be simultaneously webcast and can be accessed from the homepage and in the Investors & Media section of Cytokinetics’ website at www.cytokinetics.com. The live audio of the conference call can also be accessed by telephone by dialing either (866) 999-CYTK (2985) (
An archived replay of the webcast will be available via Cytokinetics’ website until
Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and next-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact muscle function and contractility. Cytokinetics is preparing a U.S. NDA submission of omecamtiv mecarbil, its novel cardiac muscle activator, following positive results from GALACTIC-HF, a large, international Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with heart failure. Cytokinetics is conducting METEORIC-HF, a second Phase 3 clinical trial of omecamtiv mecarbil. Cytokinetics is also developing aficamten, a next-generation cardiac myosin inhibitor, for the potential treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathies (HCM). The company has announced positive results from Cohorts 1 and 2 in REDWOOD-HCM, a Phase 2 clinical trial of aficamten in patients with obstructive HCM. Cytokinetics expects to start SEQUOIA-HCM, the Phase 3 clinical trial of aficamten in patients with obstructive HCM in Q4 2021. Cytokinetics is also developing reldesemtiv, a fast skeletal muscle troponin activator, currently the subject of COURAGE-ALS, a Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with ALS. Cytokinetics continues its over 20-year history of pioneering innovation in muscle biology and related pharmacology focused to diseases of muscle dysfunction and conditions of muscle weakness.
This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”).
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Cash and short term investments||$||477,636||$||464,060|
|Other current assets||17,305||10,161|
|Total current assets||494,941||474,221|
|Property and equipment, net||53,896||13,346|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||80,725||2,924|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||47,994||$||27,365|
|Current portion of long-term debt||16,875||—|
|Short-term lease liabilities||13,586||2,785|
|Other current liabilities||2,413||1,049|
|Total current liabilities||80,868||31,199|
|Term loan, net||30,203||46,209|
|Convertible notes, net||93,885||89,504|
|Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net||174,775||166,068|
|Long-term deferred revenue||87,000||87,000|
|Long-term lease and other non-current liabilities||111,788||440|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Stockholders’ equity (deficit):|
|Additional paid-in capital||1,426,051||1,105,470|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||(65||)||149|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||249,020||113,383|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)||$||827,539||$||533,803|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
|(in thousands except per share data)
|Three Months Ended
||Nine Months Ended
|Research and development revenues||$||437||$||5,187||$||9,828||$||12,605|
|Research and development||48,436||24,202||116,440||67,730|
|General and administrative||26,202||12,302||62,997||38,912|
|Total operating expenses||74,638||36,504||179,437||106,642|
|Operating (loss) income||(69,201||)||5,184||(164,609||)||(57,536||)|
|Non-cash interest expense on liability related to the sale of future royalties||(2,955||)||(5,461||)||(8,621||)||(17,062||)|
|Interest and other income||231||1,078||708||3,183|
|Net loss per share — basic and diluted||$||(0.95||)||$||(0.05||)||$||(2.48||)||$||(1.34||)|
|Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net loss per share — basic and diluted||80,329||68,279||74,460||62,406|
Source: Cytokinetics, Incorporated