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CRISPR Therapeutics Provides Business Update and Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

CRISPR Therapeutics AG
CRISPR Therapeutics AG

-Exagamglogene autotemcel (exa-cel), formerly known as CTX001™ submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for rolling review expected to begin in November, with completion of the U.S. submission package expected in Q1 2023; EMA and MHRA submissions are on track for Q4 2022-

-Enrollment and dosing ongoing for CTX110®, targeting CD19+ B-cell malignancies; expecting to report additional data in 2022-

-Enrollment and dosing ongoing for CTX130™, targeting CD70 for the treatment of both solid tumors and certain hematologic malignancies-

-Investigational New Drug Application (IND) cleared by the FDA for CTX112™, its next generation chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) candidate targeting CD19+ B-cell malignancies-

-Clinical Trial Application (CTA) cleared by Health Canada for VCTX211™ for the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)-

ZUG, Switzerland and BOSTON, Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

“We are poised to end the year having made significant strides advancing our broad clinical pipeline of potentially curative gene edited therapies,” said Samarth Kulkarni, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of CRISPR Therapeutics. “CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex remain on course to submit exa-cel for rolling FDA review this month and for EMA and MHRA review by year end, working with urgency to advance a gene edited therapy with potential to transform the lives of patients with sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia. Concurrently, we continue to enroll and dose patients in our immuno-oncology trials, CTX110 and CTX130, and remain on track to bring our next generation CAR-T programs to the clinic early next year.  Finally, we’ve progressed our regenerative medicine portfolio for the treatment of type 1 diabetes with the clearance of our CTA for VCTX211 by Health Canada.”

Recent Highlights and Outlook

  • Hemoglobinopathies

    • In September, CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals concluded discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the FDA granted exagamglogene autotemcel (exa-cel) a rolling review for the potential treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) and transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia (TDT). The companies expect to submit the biologics licensing applications (BLA) for exa-cel for rolling review, beginning in November 2022 and expect to complete the submission by the end of Q1 2023. In the U.S., exa-cel has been granted Fast Track, Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT), Rare Pediatric Disease and Orphan Drug Designations.

    • CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex have completed discussions with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the submission package for exa-cel and are on track to submit for regulatory approvals of exa-cel for SCD and TDT in Europe and the U.K. by the end of 2022. Exa-cel has been granted Orphan Drug Designation from the European Commission and Priority Medicines (PRIME) designation from the EMA, for both SCD and TDT.

    • Two additional Phase 3 clinical trials, CLIMB-141 and CLIMB-151, for exa-cel in pediatric patients with TDT and SCD respectively, are ongoing.

    • CRISPR Therapeutics continues to advance its anti-CD117 (c-Kit) antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), its internal targeted conditioning program, towards clinical studies.

  • Immuno-Oncology

    • CRISPR Therapeutics continues to enroll and dose patients in the pivotal trial of CTX110, its wholly-owned allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) investigational therapy targeting CD19+ B-cell malignancies. The Company expects to report additional data in 2022.

    • In September, CRISPR Therapeutics announced that the FDA granted RMAT designation to CTX130™, the Company’s wholly-owned allogeneic CAR-T cell therapy targeting CD70, for the treatment of Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome (MF/SS), types of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).

    • In October, CRISPR Therapeutics announced the acceptance of an oral presentation for CTX130 for the treatment of relapsed or refractory renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and a poster presentation of pre-clinical anti-CD83 CAR-T data at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 37th Annual Meeting, taking place in Boston, MA or virtually from November 8 to 12, 2022.

    • CRISPR Therapeutics announced the clearance of its Investigational New Drug (IND) application by the FDA for CTX112™, its next generation chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) candidate targeting CD19+ B-cell malignancies. The Company expects to initiate clinical trials for CTX112 in the first half of 2023.

  • Regenerative Medicine

    • Enrollment and dosing are ongoing in the Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of VCTX210 for the treatment of type 1 diabetes (T1D). VCTX210 is an investigational, allogeneic, gene-edited, stem cell-derived product candidate, developed in collaboration with ViaCyte that applies CRISPR Therapeutics’ gene-editing technology to ViaCyte’s proprietary stem cell capabilities for the generation of pancreatic cells designed to evade recognition by the immune system.

    • In addition, CRISPR Therapeutics and ViaCyte, Inc. announced the clearance of its Clinical Trial Application (CTA) by Health Canada for VCTX211, its next generation, allogeneic, gene-edited, stem cell-derived product candidate for T1D, which includes novel edits to promote cell survival. This immune-evasive cell replacement therapy is designed to enable patients to produce their own insulin. The companies continue to progress their third program, VCTX212™, in pre-clinical development for the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In the third quarter of 2022, Vertex announced it had acquired ViaCyte.

  • In Vivo

    • Based upon ongoing progress with its in vivo approaches for liver gene editing utilizing both non-viral and viral delivery vehicles, CRISPR Therapeutics expects to move multiple programs utilizing in vivo approaches into the clinic in the next 12 to 15 months, including programs in cardiovascular disease. The Company’s lead program, CTX310™, targeting angiopoietin-related protein 3 (ANGPTL3) is currently in IND-enabling studies.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results 

  • Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $1,973.1 million as of September 30, 2022, compared to $2,379.1 million as of December 31, 2021. The decrease in cash of $406.0 million was primarily driven by cash used in operating activities to support ongoing research and development of the Company’s clinical and pre-clinical programs.

  • Revenue: Total collaboration revenue was $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2021.

  • R&D Expenses: R&D expenses were $116.6 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $83.5 million for the third quarter of 2021. The increase in expense was driven by development activities supporting the advancement of our pipeline programs, as well as increased headcount costs to support these programs.

  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses of $27.0 million for the third quarter of 2022 were consistent with general and administration expenses of $23.7 million for the third quarter of 2021.

  • Collaboration Expense: Collaboration expense, net, was $38.9 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $22.5 million for the third quarter of 2021. The increase in collaboration expense, net, was primarily driven by increased pre-commercial and manufacturing scale-up costs associated with our hemoglobinopathies programs under our collaboration with Vertex.

  • Net Loss: Net loss was $174.5 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to net loss of $127.2 million for the third quarter of 2021.

About exagamglogene autotemcel (exa-cel)
Exa-cel, formerly known as CTX001™, is an investigational, autologous, ex vivo CRISPR/Cas9 gene-edited therapy that is being evaluated for patients with TDT or SCD characterized by recurrent VOCs, in which a patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells are edited to produce high levels of fetal hemoglobin (HbF; hemoglobin F) in red blood cells. HbF is the form of the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin that is naturally present during fetal development, which then switches to the adult form of hemoglobin after birth. The elevation of HbF by exa-cel has the potential to alleviate transfusion requirements for patients with TDT and reduce painful and debilitating sickle crises for patients with SCD. Earlier results from these ongoing trials were published in The New England Journal of Medicine in January of 2021.

Based on progress in this program to date, exa-cel has been granted Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT), Fast Track, Orphan Drug, and Rare Pediatric Disease designations from the FDA for both TDT and SCD. Exa-cel has also been granted Orphan Drug Designation from the European Commission, as well as Priority Medicines (PRIME) designation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), for both TDT and SCD.

Among gene-editing approaches being evaluated for TDT and SCD, exa-cel is the furthest advanced in clinical development.

About CLIMB-111 and CLIMB-121
The ongoing Phase 1/2/3 open-label trials, CLIMB-111 and CLIMB-121, are designed to assess the safety and efficacy of a single dose of exa-cel in patients ages 12 to 35 years with TDT or with SCD, characterized by recurrent VOCs, respectively. The trials are now closed for enrollment. Patients will be followed for approximately two years after exa-cel infusion. Each patient will be asked to participate in CLIMB-131, a long-term follow-up trial.

About CLIMB-131
This is a long-term, open-label trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of exa-cel in patients who received exa-cel in CLIMB-111, CLIMB-121, CLIMB-141 or CLIMB-151. The trial is designed to follow participants for up to 15 years after exa-cel infusion.

About CLIMB-141 and CLIMB-151
The ongoing Phase 3 open-label trials, CLIMB-141 and CLIMB-151, are designed to assess the safety and efficacy of a single dose of exa-cel in patients ages 2 to 11 years with TDT or with SCD, characterized by recurrent VOCs, respectively. The trials are now open for enrollment and currently enrolling patients ages 5 to 11 years of age and will plan to extend to patients 2 to less than 5 years of age at a later date. Each trial will enroll approximately 12 patients. Patients will be followed for approximately two years after infusion. Each patient will be asked to participate in CLIMB-131, a long-term follow-up- trial.

About the CRISPR-Vertex Collaboration
CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals entered into a strategic research collaboration in 2015 focused on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to discover and develop potential new treatments aimed at the underlying genetic causes of human disease. Exa-cel represents the first potential treatment to emerge from the joint research program. Under a recently amended collaboration agreement, Vertex will lead global development, manufacturing and commercialization of exa-cel and split program costs and profits worldwide 60/40 with CRISPR Therapeutics.

About CTX110 and CARBON Trial
CTX110, a wholly owned program of CRISPR Therapeutics, is a healthy donor-derived gene-edited allogeneic CAR-T investigational therapy targeting cluster of differentiation 19, or CD19. CTX110 is being investigated in the ongoing CARBON trial, a Phase 1 single-arm, multi-center, open label clinical trial, CARBON, is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of several dose levels of CTX110 for the treatment of relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies. CTX110 has been granted RMAT designation by the FDA.

About CTX130 and COBALT Trials
CTX130, a wholly-owned program of CRISPR Therapeutics, is a healthy donor-derived gene-edited allogeneic CAR-T investigational therapy targeting cluster of differentiation 70, or CD70, an antigen expressed on various solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. CTX130 is being developed for the treatment of both solid tumors, such as renal cell carcinoma (COBALT™-RCC), and T-cell and B-cell hematologic malignancies (COBALT-LYM). CTX130 is being investigated in two ongoing independent Phase 1, single-arm, multi-center, open-label clinical trials that are designed to assess the safety and efficacy of several dose levels of CTX130 for the treatment of relapsed or refractory renal cell carcinoma and various subtypes of lymphoma, respectively. CTX130 has been granted Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of T-cell lymphoma by the FDA and RMAT designation for the treatment of relapsed or refractory Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome (MF/SS), types of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).

About VCTX210
VCTX210 is an investigational, allogeneic, gene-edited, immune-evasive, stem cell-derived therapy for the treatment of T1D. VCTX210 is being developed under a co-development and co-commercialization agreement between CRISPR Therapeutics and ViaCyte, Inc.

About CRISPR Therapeutics
CRISPR Therapeutics is a leading gene editing company focused on developing transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its proprietary CRISPR/Cas9 platform. CRISPR/Cas9 is a revolutionary gene editing technology that allows for precise, directed changes to genomic DNA. CRISPR Therapeutics has established a portfolio of therapeutic programs across a broad range of disease areas including hemoglobinopathies, oncology, regenerative medicine and rare diseases. To accelerate and expand its efforts, CRISPR Therapeutics has established strategic partnerships with leading companies including Bayer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and ViaCyte, Inc. CRISPR Therapeutics AG is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, CRISPR Therapeutics, Inc., and R&D operations based in Boston, Massachusetts, and business offices in San Francisco, California and London, United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.crisprtx.com.

CRISPR Therapeutics Forward-Looking Statement
This press release may contain a number of “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements made by Dr. Kulkarni in this press release, as well as statements regarding CRISPR Therapeutics’ expectations about any or all of the following: (i) its plans for and its preclinical studies, clinical trials and pipeline products and programs; (ii) the safety, efficacy and progress of its various clinical and preclinical programs, including the actual or potential benefits of regulatory designations; (iii) the status of preclinical studies and clinical trials (including, without limitation, the expected timing of data releases, announcement of additional programs, and discussions with regulatory authorities, including the timing of regulatory submissions and the anticipated regulatory filings for exa-cel), as well as expectations regarding the data that is being presented; (iv) its intellectual property coverage and positions of its, its licensors and third parties, as well as the status and potential outcome of proceedings involving any such intellectual property; (v) the sufficiency of its cash resources; (vi) the expected benefits of its collaborations; and (vii) the therapeutic value, development, and commercial potential of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technologies and therapies. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Although CRISPR Therapeutics believes that such statements are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees and they are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk. Actual performance and results may differ materially from those projected or suggested in the forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: the potential for initial and preliminary data from any clinical trial and initial data from a limited number of patients not to be indicative of final trial results; the potential that clinical trial results may not be favorable; that one or more of its internal or external product candidate programs will not proceed as planned for technical, scientific or commercial reasons; that future competitive or other market factors may adversely affect the commercial potential for its product candidates; uncertainties inherent in the initiation and completion of preclinical studies for its product candidates and whether results from such studies will be predictive of future results of future studies or clinical trials; uncertainties about regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products; it may not realize the potential benefits of its collaborations; potential impacts due to the coronavirus pandemic such as manufacturing and supply chain interruptions and the timing and progress of clinical trials; uncertainties regarding the intellectual property protection for its technology and intellectual property belonging to third parties, and the outcome of proceedings (such as an interference, an opposition or a similar proceeding) involving all or any portion of such intellectual property; and those risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in CRISPR Therapeutics’ most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly report on Form 10-Q and in any other subsequent filings made by CRISPR Therapeutics with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. CRISPR Therapeutics disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, other than to the extent required by law. CRISPR THERAPEUTICS® standard character mark and design logo, COBALT™, CTX001™, CTX110®, CTX112™, CTX130™, CTX131™, CTX310™, VCTX210™, VCTX211™, and VCTX212™ are trademarks and registered trademarks of CRISPR Therapeutics AG. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Investor Contact:
Susan Kim
+1-617-307-7503
susan.kim@crisprtx.com

Media Contact:
Rachel Eides
+1-617-315-4493
rachel.eides@crisprtx.com


CRISPR Therapeutics AG
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited, In thousands except share data and per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration revenue

 

$

94

 

 

$

329

 

 

$

430

 

 

$

900,733

 

Grant revenue

 

 

 

 

 

495

 

 

 

762

 

 

 

1,331

 

Total revenue

 

$

94

 

 

$

824

 

 

$

1,192

 

 

$

902,064

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

 

116,622

 

 

 

83,500

 

 

 

358,090

 

 

 

237,472

 

General and administrative

 

 

27,001

 

 

 

23,709

 

 

 

81,295

 

 

 

76,012

 

Collaboration expense, net

 

 

38,859

 

 

 

22,464

 

 

 

103,427

 

 

 

69,354

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

182,482

 

 

 

129,673

 

 

 

542,812

 

 

 

382,838

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

(182,388

)

 

 

(128,849

)

 

 

(541,620

)

 

 

519,226

 

Total other income, net

 

 

7,264

 

 

 

1,101

 

 

 

11,171

 

 

 

3,806

 

Net (loss) income before income taxes

 

 

(175,124

)

 

 

(127,748

)

 

 

(530,449

)

 

 

523,032

 

Benefit (provision) for income taxes

 

 

575

 

 

 

595

 

 

 

(9,151

)

 

 

(4,123

)

Net (loss) income

 

 

(174,549

)

 

 

(127,153

)

 

 

(539,600

)

 

 

518,909

 

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

 

(100

)

 

 

(24

)

 

 

(195

)

 

 

(14

)

Unrealized loss on marketable securities

 

 

(1,820

)

 

 

(117

)

 

 

(17,001

)

 

 

(673

)

Comprehensive (loss) income

 

$

(176,469

)

 

$

(127,294

)

 

$

(556,796

)

 

$

518,222

 

Net (loss) income per common share — basic

 

$

(2.24

)

 

$

(1.67

)

 

$

(6.96

)

 

$

6.85

 

Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding

 

 

78,021,520

 

 

 

76,288,534

 

 

 

77,547,771

 

 

 

75,712,437

 

Net (loss) income per common share — diluted

 

$

(2.24

)

 

$

(1.67

)

 

$

(6.96

)

 

$

6.44

 

Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding

 

 

78,021,520

 

 

 

76,288,534

 

 

 

77,547,771

 

 

 

80,554,682

 


CRISPR Therapeutics AG
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data
(Unaudited, in thousands)

 

 

As of

 

 

 

September 30, 2022

 

 

December 31, 2021

 

Cash

 

$

494,151

 

 

$

923,031

 

Marketable securities

 

 

1,401,824

 

 

 

1,456,098

 

Marketable securities, non-current

 

 

77,147

 

 

 

 

Working capital

 

 

1,781,833

 

 

 

2,297,630

 

Total assets

 

 

2,353,356

 

 

 

2,751,877

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

1,953,954

 

 

 

2,399,460