LOS ANGELES -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ:CYTR), a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today reported financial results for the 12 months ended December 31, 2012, and provided 2013 milestones for its clinical development programs.
“This is an inflection year for CytRx as data are expected from four clinical trials with our highly promising oncology drug compounds that address significant markets,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Steven A. Kriegsman. “We also are actively making preparations for a randomized, comparative, international Phase 3 clinical trial with aldoxorubicin as a second-line treatment in patients with soft tissue sarcomas. Subject to agreement from the FDA, we expect to initiate the trial in the second half of this year. The FDA is currently reviewing our request to conduct this trial under a special protocol assessment (SPA), which we filed in January.”
By reaching agreement with the FDA on a trial protocol under an SPA, the FDA deems that a Phase 3 clinical trial is acceptable for support of regulatory approval, subject to trial results. Favorable results from a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial with aldoxorubicin showed clinical benefit (partial response or stable disease at four months following treatment) in 77% of evaluable patients with advanced soft tissue sarcomas who had failed other therapies. CytRx holds exclusive worldwide rights to aldoxorubicin, the tumor-targeting conjugate of the commonly used chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin.
CytRx expects in 2013 to report results from clinical trials with aldoxorubicin as follows:
“Additionally, we expect to report topline data in the second half of 2013 from our international Phase 2b clinical trial with tamibarotene in 140 evaluable patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC),” added Mr. Kriegsman. “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths around the world and is more deadly than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. We believe that tamibarotene could be a breakthrough treatment for NSCLC. This is a major opportunity for CytRx with the NSCLC therapy market projected to reach $13.3 billion by 2015.
“We have a strong balance sheet to support the advancement of our robust development pipeline with 2012 year end cash and equivalents of more than $38 million and no debt.”
Full Year 2012 Financial Results
Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $18.0 million, or $0.78 per share, compared with a net loss of $14.4 million, or $0.80 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2011. In 2012 and 2011, the Company recognized non-cash gains of $2.8 million and $7.9 million, respectively, on the valuation of warrant derivative liabilities related to warrants issued in August 2011 and July 2009. The Company reported licensing revenue of $100,000 for 2012, compared with $250,000 for 2011.
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $12.7 million for 2012, and included development expenses of $6.6 million for aldoxorubicin and $3.1 million for tamibarotene. R&D expenses were $15.5 million for 2011.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $8.4 million for 2012, compared with $7.3 million for 2011. G&A expenses included non-cash stock-compensation expense of $2.0 million and $1.0 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively.
CytRx reported cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $38.3 million as of December 31, 2012, which included $21.5 million of net proceeds from an underwritten public offering completed on October 23, 2012.
About CytRx Corporation
CytRx Corporation is a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology. The CytRx oncology pipeline includes two programs in clinical development for cancer indications: aldoxorubicin (formerly known as INNO-206) and tamibarotene. With its tumor-targeted doxorubicin conjugate aldoxorubicin, CytRx has initiated an international Phase 2b clinical trial as a treatment for soft tissue sarcomas, has completed its Phase 1b/2 clinical trial primarily in the same indication, and has initiated a Phase 1b pharmacokinetics clinical trial in patients with metastatic solid tumors and a Phase 1b study of aldoxorubicin in combination with doxorubicin in patients with advanced solid tumors. The Company has held a positive meeting with the FDA to discuss a potential Phase 3 pivotal trial with aldoxorubicin as a therapy for patients with soft tissue sarcomas whose tumors have progressed following treatment with chemotherapy, and has submitted a special protocol assessment related to this trial. Tamibarotene is being tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, international Phase 2b clinical trial in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. The Company reached its enrollment target for that trial in February 2013. The Company completed its evaluation of a third drug candidate, bafetinib, in the ENABLE Phase 2 clinical trial in high-risk B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), and plans to seek a partner for further development of bafetinib. For more information about CytRx Corporation, visit www.cytrx.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including risks or uncertainties related to the outcome, timing and results of CytRx's clinical trials with aldoxorubicin and tamibarotene, the risk that any future human testing of aldoxorubicin or tamibarotene might not produce results similar to those seen in the Company's prior animal or human trials, uncertainties regarding regulatory approvals for current and future clinical testing, including CytRx's planned Phase 3 clinical trial for aldoxorubicin, and the scope of the clinical testing that may eventually be required by regulatory authorities, the risk that aldoxorubicin might not show greater efficacy than doxorubicin notwithstanding the administration of higher doses than the standard of care, the risk that additional longer-term dosing of aldoxorubicin might cause adverse events not seen to date in CytRx's Phase 1b/2 trial, uncertainties regarding whether aldoxorubicin effectively targets doxorubicin to tumors, the significant time and expense that will be incurred in developing any of the potential commercial applications for aldoxorubicin or tamibarotene, risks related to CytRx's ability to manufacture its drug candidates in a timely fashion, cost-effectively or in commercial quantities in compliance with stringent regulatory requirements, risks related to CytRx's need for additional capital or strategic partnerships to fund its ongoing working capital needs and development efforts, and the risks and uncertainties described in the most recent annual and quarterly reports filed by CytRx with the Securities and Exchange Commission and current reports filed since the date of CytRx's most recent annual report. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to CytRx on the date the statements are first published. CytRx undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||14,344,088||$||17,988,590|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,212,041||1,017,799|
|Total current assets||39,692,448||37,281,040|
|Equipment and furnishings, net||253,277||266,335|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||3,033,189||4,786,956|
|Total current liabilities||10,065,935||13,600,353|
|Commitment and contingencies|
Preferred Stock, $.01 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized,
Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized;
|Additional paid-in capital||261,318,638||237,452,299|
|Treasury stock, at cost (90,546 shares)||(2,279,238||)||(2,279,238||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||30,165,841||24,254,070|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||40,231,776||$||37,854,423|
|CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
Years Ended December 31,
|Research and development||12,684,793||15,491,301||8,506,937|
|General and administrative||8,353,330||7,317,169||8,235,993|
|Depreciation and amortization||113,936||95,517||107,666|
|Loss before other income||(21,052,059||)||(22,653,987||)||(16,750,596||)|
|Other income, net||191,416||205,194||95,827|
|Gain on warrant liability||2,766,704||7,915,027||933,420|
|Gain on sale of affiliate’s shares - RXi Pharmaceutical||—||—||15,826,217|
|Net (loss) income before provision for income taxes||(17,962,273||)||(14,326,549||)||408,460|
|Income tax expense||(1,600||)||(97,996||)||—|
|Net (loss) income||$||(17,963,873||)||$||(14,424,545||)||$||408,460|
Basic and diluted (loss) income per share
|Basic weighted average shares outstanding||22,973,905||17,935,895||15,640,642|
|Diluted weighted average shares outstanding||22,973,905||17,935,895||15,920,326|