NL-201 IND Submission Expected by End of 2020
Company to host Conference Call Today, March 12, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. Eastern
SEATTLE, March 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc. “Neoleukin” (NASDAQ:NLTX), a biopharmaceutical company utilizing sophisticated computational methods to design de novo protein therapeutics, today announced a corporate update and financial results for the year ending December 31, 2019.
“2019 was a momentous year for Neoleukin Therapeutics, as we transitioned to become a public company and gained resources to build our team and advance our de novo technology platform,” said Jonathan Drachman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Neoleukin. “In 2020, we look forward to presenting new data on our lead program and technology platform, and we anticipate submitting an investigational new drug application for NL-201, which we believe will be the first de novo protein therapeutic to enter clinical evaluation.”
NL-201 and Research Advancements
Neoleukin has focused on IND-enabling studies for its lead product compound, NL-201, a combined IL-2 and IL-15 agonist designed to eliminate alpha receptor binding. This includes development of a CMC process and completion of multi-dose, non-GLP and GLP tox studies in animal models. Neoleukin remains on track to submit an Investigational New Drug application for NL-201 by end of this year.
Scientific Advisory Board
In December, Neoleukin Therapeutics announced the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board including prominent leaders in the fields of de novo protein design, structural biology and immunology (see Neoleukin.com). These distinguished scientists and investigators will meet periodically and advise the Company on an ongoing basis.
Neoleukin announced the appointment of Robert K. Ho as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 16, 2020. Kamran Alam, interim CFO, will continue as a senior strategic advisor to assist in transition activities.
In December, Neoleukin announced the closing of a public offering of approximately 10.3 million shares of common stock, with aggregate gross proceeds to Neoleukin of approximately $86.2 million.
Summary of Financial Results
Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents totaled $143.1 million as of December 31, 2019, compared to $76.9 million as of December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily driven by the completion of a public offering in December 2019 for net proceeds of $80.7 million. Based upon current internal infrastructure and pipeline initiatives, Neoleukin believes that its cash-on-hand will be sufficient to fund operations through 2022.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $4.4 million compared to $41.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily driven by lower research and development expenses following the suspension of the rosiptor programs in 2018, partially offset by research and development expenses related to NL-201 that were incurred subsequent to the merger.
Acquired In-Process Research and Development Expense: The acquired in-process research and development that arose from the merger was expensed immediately in accordance with current accounting standards.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $18.8 million compared to $15.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily driven by merger related expenses.
Net Loss: Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $69.4 million compared to a net loss of $31.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to the acquired in-process research and development expense resulting from the merger.
Conference Call Information
Neoleukin will host a conference call today to discuss 2019 financial results and provide a corporate update. Details as follows:
Date: March 12, 2020
Time: 1:30 p.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Toll-free: (866) 357-7878
International: (315) 625-3088
Conference ID: 5039718
Webcast URL: http://investor.neoleukin.com/events
The archived audio webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Neoleukin website approximately two hours after the event and will be available for replay for at least 30 days after the event.
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.
Safe Harbor / Forward-Looking Statements
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