Xenon Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Provides Corporate UpdateWednesday, November 15, 2017
Burnaby, BC, November 15, 2017--(T-Net)--Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:XENE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and provided a corporate update.
Dr. Simon Pimstone, Xenon's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We continue to leverage our ion channel and neurological expertise to focus on developing novel anti-epileptic drugs to treat both adult and pediatric forms of epilepsy. This past quarter, we made significant progress within our proprietary epilepsy programs. We initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of XEN1101, a Kv7 potassium channel opener being developed for the potential treatment of adult focal seizures and rare, pediatric forms of epilepsy.
This trial will also incorporate a TMS (or transcranial magnetic stimulation) model to provide a pharmacodynamic read-out as part of the Phase 1 results. Following just behind within our proprietary pipeline, we also anticipate filing an IND equivalent for XEN901, a selective Nav1.6 inhibitor for the treatment of epilepsy, in the fourth quarter of 2017. While we are disappointed that our partnered program with Genentech, GDC-0310, will not enter a Phase 2 trial in the first quarter of next year, we are excited and encouraged by the advancements within our proprietary pipeline and expect both of our epilepsy programs to be in Phase 2 development within the second half of next year.”
Third Quarter 2017 Highlights and Anticipated Milestones
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2017 were $43.8 million, compared to $64.1 millionas of December 31, 2016. There were 17,998,420 common shares outstanding as of September 30, 2017.
Based on current assumptions, which include fully supporting the planned clinical development of XEN1101 and XEN901, Xenon anticipates having sufficient cash to fund operations into the first quarter of 2019, excluding any revenue generated from existing partnerships or potential new partnering arrangements.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2017, Xenon reported total revenue of $0.3 million, compared to $0.4 million for the same period in 2016. The decrease was primarily attributable to revenue recognized related to the upfront payment from the March 2014 genetics collaborative agreement with Genentech, which was fully recognized by March 2016, partially offset by a $0.25 million milestone payment recognized in July 2017 under the same collaborative agreement. The remaining decrease was due to less full-time equivalent funding from collaborative partners as resources were shifted from supporting collaborations to Xenon's proprietary programs.
Research and development expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were $7.2 million, compared to $6.0 million for the same period in 2016. The increase of $1.2 million was primarily attributable to increased spending on pre-clinical, discovery and other internal programs, as well as XEN1101, which was acquired in April 2017, partially offset by a decrease in XEN801 expenses, a product candidate that is no longer being developed, and a decrease in collaboration expenses.
General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were $1.7 million, compared to $1.8 million for the same period in 2016. The decrease of $0.1 million was primarily attributable to the fair value adjustment on liability classified stock options.
Other income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $0.9 million, compared to other expense of $0.4 million for the same period in 2016. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in unrealized foreign exchange gains arising from the translation of Canadian denominated balances to U.S. dollars.
Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $7.7 million, unchanged from the same period in 2016, due to lower revenue and higher research and development expenses, offset by unrealized foreign exchange gains recorded in the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
About Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Xenon is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with neurological disorders. Building upon our extensive knowledge of human genetics and diseases caused by mutations in ion channels, known as channelopathies, we are advancing - both independently and with our pharmaceutical collaborators - a novel product pipeline of ion channel modulators to address therapeutic areas of high unmet medical need, such as pain and epilepsy. For more information, please visit www.xenon-pharma.com.
XENON PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||43,772||$||64,146|
|Other current assets||1,215||1,529|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||3,058||3,586|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||46,359||$||67,487|
XENON PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended September30,||Nine Months Ended September30,|
|Research and development||7,164||5,965||19,176||15,432|
|General and administrative||1,744||1,779||5,643||5,350|
|Total operating expenses||8,908||7,744||24,819||20,782|
|Loss from operations||(8,644||)||(7,331||)||(24,524||)||(19,355||)|
|Net loss per common share:|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding:|
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Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws.
These forward-looking statements are not based on historical fact, and include statements regarding our ability to achieve milestones in both our proprietary and partnered development programs, our expectations regarding the sufficiency of our cash to fund operations into the first quarter of 2019, the anticipated timing of IND or IND equivalent submissions with regulatory agencies, the initiation of future clinical trials, the timing of and results from our and our collaborators' ongoing clinical trials and pre-clinical development activities, the plans of our collaboration partners and their interactions with regulatory agencies, the potential efficacy, future development plans and commercial potential of our and our collaborators' product candidates and the progress and potential of ongoing development programs. These forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, events or developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
These risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, include, but are not limited to: clinical trials may not demonstrate safety and efficacy of any of our or our collaborators' product candidates; our assumptions regarding our planned expenditures and sufficiency of our cash to fund operations may be incorrect; our discovery platform or ongoing collaborations may not yield additional product candidates; any of our or our collaborators' product candidates may fail in development, may not receive required regulatory approvals, or may be delayed to a point where they are not commercially viable; we may not achieve additional milestones pursuant to our collaboration agreements; the impact of competition; the impact of expanded product development and clinical activities on operating expenses; adverse conditions in the general domestic and global economic markets; as well as the other risks identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the securities commissions in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
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