– IND submission for NL-201 anticipated by end of 2020 –
– Three abstracts to be presented at AACR-II –
SEATTLE, May 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc. (“Neoleukin”) (NASDAQ:NLTX), a biopharmaceutical company utilizing sophisticated computational methods to design de novo protein therapeutics, today announced financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020 and provided a business update.
“We look forward to presenting significant updates on our preclinical data for NL-201 as well as additional data related to our de novo protein technology next month at the virtual AACR-II meeting,” said Jonathan Drachman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Neoleukin. “Our committed team continues to advance NL-201 towards IND, which remains on target for submission by the end of 2020. In addition, our efforts to develop NL-201 and our pipeline are supported by financial runway through 2022.”
Summary of Financial Results
Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents totaled $139.4 million as of March 31, 2020 compared to $143.1 million as of December 31, 2019. Expenses were primarily the result of costs related to advancing our lead product candidate, NL-201, and other Neoleukin technologies. The expenses were partially offset by $3.4 million in proceeds from the exercise of options by employees.
Based upon our current operating plan, Neoleukin believes that its cash-on-hand will be sufficient to fund operations through 2022.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2020 increased to $5.5 million from $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2019. This increase was primarily due to IND-enabling activities related to our lead product candidate, NL-201, and advancement of other Neoleukin technologies compared to lower expenses during 2019 as a result of the suspension of all research and development activities with rosiptor in June 2018.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2020 increased to $3.6 million from $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2019. This increase was primarily due to growth in employee headcount in the second half of 2019.
Net Loss: Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $8.6 million compared to a net loss of $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to our focus on our lead candidate, NL-201, and other Neoleukin technologies in 2020.
About Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc.
Neoleukin is a biopharmaceutical company creating next generation immunotherapies for cancer, inflammation and autoimmunity using de novo protein design technology. Neoleukin uses sophisticated computational methods to design proteins that demonstrate specific pharmaceutical properties that provide potentially superior therapeutic benefit over native proteins. Neoleukin’s lead product candidate, NL-201, is a combined IL-2 and IL-15 agonist designed to eliminate alpha receptor binding. For more information, please visit the Neoleukin website: www.neoleukin.com.
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