Moderna Reports 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results and Highlights Recent Pipeline Progress
Shows Continued Execution Across its Pipeline of Infectious Disease, Immuno-Oncology and Rare Disease Programs
Ends Year With
New updates announced today include:
Modernais preparing an IND for submission to the US Food and Drug Administration( FDA) for a follow-on Zika vaccine program (mRNA-1893); no further development planned for its first Zika vaccine candidate (mRNA-1325)
- Randomized Phase 2 protocol submitted to the
FDAfor personalized cancer vaccine (PCV) (mRNA-4157) study in patients with resected melanoma
- IND opened for Phase 1 study of mRNA encoding IL12 (MEDI1191) injected intratumorally in solid tumors
FDAgrants Fast Track designation for methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) program (mRNA-3704); IND opened for Phase 1/2 study of pediatric patients
“Execution by our team has enabled us to make important pipeline progress so far this year. We now have two additional programs ready for Phase 2 clinical development, newly opened INDs for our first rare disease program and a fifth immuno-oncology program, dosed the first cohort in a study of our systemically delivered mRNA that encodes for a secreted monoclonal antibody, and recently reported positive interim Phase 1 data for a novel combination vaccine designed to protect against viruses that can cause severe respiratory diseases in children,” said Stéphane Bancel, Moderna’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to generating new clinical data for programs across our portfolio over the next 12-24 months. Our strong cash position enables us to focus on advancing investigational medicines in our pipeline, pursue new candidates within our existing modalities and continue to invest in our mRNA platform to discover new modalities and treatments for patients across a broader range of disease areas.”
Summary of Recent Highlights by Modality
- hMPV+PIV3 (mRNA-1653): In February,
Modernaannounced positive data from a planned interim analysis of safety and immunogenicity from its Phase 1 study of mRNA-1653 in healthy adults. mRNA-1653 is designed to protect against human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) and Parainfluenza Virus Type 3 (PIV3), two viruses that cause respiratory illnesses.It is a combination vaccine that consists of two distinct mRNA sequences encoding the fusion (F) proteins of hMPV and PIV3 formulated in Moderna’s proprietary lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology. Modernaplans to advance mRNA-1653 into a Phase 1b study of pediatric subjects.
- Zika Vaccine (mRNA-1893): Moderna’s follow-on Zika vaccine candidate, mRNA-1893, continues to progress toward an IND filing. There will be no further development of Moderna’s first Zika candidate, mRNA-1325.
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority(BARDA) remains committed to its grant of up to approximately $125 millionfor development of a Zika vaccine.*
- Publication of Note: In February,
Modernaresearchers published new data in the scientific journal Molecular Therapy: Nucleic Acids that demonstrate how mRNA vaccines delivered with a proprietary Modernalipid nanoparticle (LNP) show enhanced tolerability and comparable immunogenicity relative to legacy LNPs.
Cancer Vaccines: These programs focus on stimulating a patient’s immune system with antigens derived from tumor-specific mutations to enable the immune system to elicit a more effective antitumor response.
- Personalized Cancer Vaccine (PCV) (mRNA-4157): In February,
Modernaand Merck submitted a new protocol to the FDAto commence a randomized Phase 2 study to assess whether post-operative adjuvant therapy with mRNA-4157, in combination with Merck’s PD-1 inhibitor KEYTRUDA®, improves recurrence-free survival compared to KEYTRUDA alone. The study has a primary endpoint of recurrence-free survival with a primary analysis at 12 months and will be conducted with patients that have had complete resection of cutaneous melanoma but remain at high risk of recurrence.
Moderna’s PCV is designed and manufactured individually based on the DNA sequence of a patient’s tumor, encoding for peptides containing mutations found in their cancer in order to deliver multiple unique and personalized neoantigens in a single vaccine. Moderna’s PCV now includes up to 34 neoantigens, up from 20.
Modernahas also fully operationalized its personalized vaccine unit at its manufacturing site in Norwood, Mass., which is expected to further enhance supply chain management and enable the Company to accelerate manufacturing of individualized cancer treatments for patients.
Intratumoral Immuno-oncology: These programs aim to drive anti-cancer T cell responses by injecting mRNA therapies directly into tumors.
- OX40L + IL23 + IL36γ (Triplet) (mRNA-2752): mRNA-2752 has cleared dosing of the first cohort of patients in the Phase 1 study and the dosing of a second cohort has commenced. mRNA-2752, also known as the Triplet, is an intratumoral injection comprising three mRNAs encoding for OX40L + IL23 + IL36γ for the treatment of advanced or metastatic solid tumor malignancies or lymphoma. The open-label, multi-center study is evaluating the safety and tolerability of mRNA-2752 as a single agent and in combination either with AstraZeneca’s durvalumab or tremelimumab, and will assess anti-tumor activity, protein expression in tumors and pharmacokinetics.
- IL12 (MEDI1191): An IND has been opened for a Phase 1 study of mRNA encoding IL12 injected intratumorally inadvanced or metastatic solid tumors.
Moderna'sstrategic collaborator AstraZenecawill lead this open-label, multi-center study of intratumoral injections of MEDI1191 alone and in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor. Modernaprovided the preclinical data package to support the IND submission and will provide clinical supply for this trial. MEDI1191 is an mRNA encoding for IL12, a potent immunomodulatory cytokine, which aims to enhance immune response in immunologically “cold” tumors.
- Publication of Note: In January,
Modernaannounced the publication of pre-clinical data in the scientific journal Science Translational Medicine that showed local delivery of the Triplet (mRNA-2752) induced a broad immune response and caused tumor regression in both injected lesions and distant un-injected tumors in mice. When combined with checkpoint inhibitors, mRNA-2752 was able to induce responses in tumor models that are otherwise unresponsive to checkpoint inhibitors.
Localized Regenerative Therapeutics: These programs focus on the potential for the localized production of proteins to be used as a regenerative medicine for damaged tissues.
- Publication of Note: In February,
Modernaannounced the publication of data from a Phase 1a/b study in Nature Communicationsshowing the potential of mRNA encoding for vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) as a regenerative therapeutic. When injected directly into the skin of patients with diabetes mellitus, the mRNA encoding VEGF-A was well tolerated, showed protein expression as demonstrated by dose-dependent protein translation and demonstrated protein pharmacology with evidence of increased blood flow. The data supported advancement of AZD8601, which now is in an ongoing Phase 2a study led by AstraZeneca.
Systemic Secreted Therapeutics: In this modality, mRNA is delivered systemically to create proteins that are secreted outside the cell with the aim of producing pharmaceutically active proteins with therapeutic effects across the human body.
- Antibody Against the Chikungunya Virus (mRNA-1944): Dosing of the first cohort has been completed in Moderna’s Phase 1 study evaluating the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of mRNA-1944 via intravenous infusion in healthy adults. This is the first monoclonal antibody encoded by mRNA to be dosed in a human and the first development candidate from the Company’s systemic therapeutics modalities to start clinical testing.
Modernaannounced the dosing of the first patient in the study in February. mRNA-1944 encodes a fully human IgG antibody originally isolated from B cells of a patient with a prior history of potent immunity against chikungunya infection and is composed of two mRNAs that encode the heavy and light chains of this anti-chikungunya antibody within Moderna’s proprietary lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology. This formulation was developed by Modernaand is utilized for IV delivery of each of its systemic therapeutics, including its rare disease programs.
Systemic Intracellular Therapeutics: These programs aim to deliver mRNA into cells within target organs as a therapeutic approach for diseases caused by a missing or defective protein.
- Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA) (mRNA-3704): The
FDAhas granted Fast Track designation for mRNA-3704, the first for a Modernainvestigational medicine. Modernanow has an open IND and is preparing to begin a Phase 1/2 open-label, multi-center, multiple ascending dose study of mRNA-3704 in pediatric patients with isolated MMA due to MUT enzyme deficiency. The objectives of the study are to evaluate safety and tolerability, assess the pharmacodynamic response and characterize the pharmacokinetic profile of mRNA-3704. The program previously received Rare Pediatric Disease Designation by the FDA and Orphan Drug Designation by both the FDA and the European Medicines Agency(EMA). This is Moderna’s first rare disease program to advance into clinical trials.
Information about each program in Moderna’s pipeline, including those discussed in this press release, can be found on the investor relations page of its website https://investors.modernatx.com/.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results
- Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and investments as of
December 31, 2018and December 31, 2017were $1.7 billionand $0.9 billion, respectively.
- Net Cash Used in Operating Activities: Net cash used in operating activities was
$330.9 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018compared to $331.5 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017.
- Cash Used for Purchases of Property and Equipment: Cash used for purchases of property and equipment was
$105.8 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018compared to $58.4 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017. Of these amounts, cash disbursements specifically related to the Norwoodmanufacturing facility were $94.5 millionand $41.2 millionfor the years ended December 31, 2018and 2017, respectively. The Norwoodplant opened in July 2018.
- Revenue: Total revenue was
$35.4 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $91.9 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2017. Total revenue was $135.1 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018compared to $205.8 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017. The decreases in both periods were mainly attributable to the termination of the Alexion strategic alliance arrangement in October 2017, and a decrease in grant revenue from the BARDA contract, primarily due to revisions to the Zika program and a focus on preclinical studies of mRNA-1893, the follow on to mRNA-1325. The decreases were partially offset by increases in collaboration revenue from AstraZenecaand Merck.
- Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were
$150.4 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $117.8 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2017. Research and development expenses were $454.1 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018compared to $410.5 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017. The increases in both periods were primarily due to an increase in personnel related cost, including stock-based compensation, mainly driven by an increase in the number of employees supporting research and development programs, an increase in consulting and outside services, and an increase in facility and equipment related costs.
- General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were
$38.0 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $15.9 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2017. General and administrative expenses were $94.3 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018compared to $64.7 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017. The increases in both periods were mainly attributable to increases in personnel related costs, including stock-based compensation, primarily driven by an increase in the number of employees, and consulting and outside services costs, both of which were in support of public company readiness.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$141.4 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $37.9 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2017. Net loss was $384.7 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2018compared to $255.9 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2017.
2019 Expected Cash Position
Cash, cash equivalents and investments at
Other Corporate Updates
- Moderna Added to Russell Indexes:In
February 2019, Modernawas selected for addition to the Russell 1000® and Russell 3000® indexes as part of the Russell Investments’ quarterly reconstitution, effective March 18, 2019. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell U.S. Indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes. Approximately $9 trillionin assets are benchmarked against Russell U.S. Indexes.
- Company Management:
Modernatoday announced the appointment of Lavina Talukdar, who will join the Company in April as head of investor relations. Ms. Talukdar joins Modernafrom the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority(ADIA) where she serves as senior portfolio manager. She was previously a partner and research analyst at Lord Abbettand a senior research analyst at MFS Investment Management.
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Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended including, but not limited to, statements concerning: the planned next steps in the Company’s pipeline programs and specifically including, but not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s plans regarding a Phase 1/2 study of mRNA-3704 for methylmalonic acidemia (MMA); plans to initiate a Phase 1 study of mRNA-1893, a Zika vaccine; plans by
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
|Research and development||150,429||117,827||454,082||410,459|
|General and administrative||38,023||15,905||94,252||64,722|
|Total operating expenses||188,452||133,732||548,334||475,181|
|Loss from operations||(153,031||)||(41,828||)||(413,266||)||(269,356||)|
|Other income (expense), net||2,879||(70||)||1,835||(1,875||)|
|Loss before provision for (benefit from) income taxes||(141,258||)||(38,115||)||(384,408||)||(255,996||)|
|Provision for (benefit from) income taxes||168||(171||)||326||(80||)|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AND STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS DATA
(Unaudited, in thousands)
|Cash, cash equivalents and investments||$||1,694,417||$||901,880|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||1,530,241||(551,365||)|
|Years Ended December 31,|
|Net cash used in operating activities||$||(330,865||)||$||(331,484||)|
|Cash used for purchases of property and equipment (1)||(105,766||)||(58,401||)|
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