Feb. 23, 2017– La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: LJPC) (the Company or La Jolla), a leader in the development of innovative therapies intended to significantly improve outcomes in patients suffering from life-threatening diseases, today reported fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results and highlighted 2016 corporate progress.
2016 Corporate Progress
- In the fourth quarter of 2016, La Jolla’s ATHOS (Angiotensin II for the Treatment of High-Output Shock) 3 Phase 3 trial completed patient enrollment. ATHOS 3 is La Jolla’s 344-patient, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase 3 clinical trial of LJPC-501, the Company’s proprietary formulation of angiotensin II, in catecholamine-resistant hypotension (CRH). Top-line results are expected in the first quarter of 2017.
- In the fourth quarter of 2016, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) designated LJPC-401, the Company’s novel formulation of synthetic human hepcidin, as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD).
- In the third quarter of 2016, La Jolla reported positive results from a multicenter, open-label, dose-escalation Phase 1 trial of LJPC-401 in patients at risk for iron overload due to conditions such as hereditary hemochromatosis (HH), thalassemia, and SCD. LJPC-401 was well tolerated, and there were no dose-limiting toxicities observed. Furthermore, a dose-dependent, statistically significant reduction in serum iron was observed.
- In the third quarter of 2016, La Jolla reached agreement with the EMA on the design of a pivotal trial of LJPC-401. The pivotal trial will be a randomized, controlled, multicenter trial in beta thalassemia patients suffering from iron overload, a major unmet need in an orphan patient population. The primary endpoint will be a clinically relevant measurement directly related to iron overload. La Jolla plans to initiate this pivotal trial in mid-2017.
“2016 was a productive year for La Jolla, highlighted by the completion of enrollment of our ATHOS 3 Phase 3 trial of LJPC-501 and encouraging results from our Phase 1 trial of LJPC-401,” said George Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D., La Jolla’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to an exciting 2017, with the expected reporting of top-line results from our ATHOS 3 Phase 3 trial of LJPC-501 in the first quarter of 2017 and the initiation of our pivotal trial for LJPC-401 in mid-2017.”
Results of Operations
As of December 31, 2016, La Jolla had $65.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $126.5 million as of December 31, 2015. Based on current operating plans and projections, La Jolla believes that its current cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to fund operations into 2018.
La Jolla’s net cash used for operating activities for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $18.6 million and $58.7 million, respectively, compared to net cash used for operating activities of $8.5 million and $25.2 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2015. La Jolla’s net loss for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $24.9 million and $78.2 million, or $1.44 per share and $4.54 per share, respectively, compared to a net loss of $11.8 million and $41.9 million, or $0.69 per share and $2.68 per share, respectively, for the same periods in 2015. During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, La Jolla recognized contract revenue of approximately $0.1 million and $0.6 million, respectively, compared to contract revenue of $0.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2015. The net loss for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 includes non-cash, share-based compensation expense of $3.6 million and $14.5 million, respectively, compared to non-cash, share-based compensation expense of $2.7 million and $13.1 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2015. The increases in net cash used for operating activities and net loss in 2016 as compared to 2015 were primarily due to increased development costs associated with LJPC-501 and LJPC-401.
About La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies intended to significantly improve outcomes in patients suffering from life-threatening diseases. The Company has several product candidates in development. LJPC-501 is La Jolla’s proprietary formulation of angiotensin II for the potential treatment of catecholamine-resistant hypotension. LJPC-401 is La Jolla’s novel formulation of synthetic human hepcidin for the potential treatment of conditions characterized by iron overload, such as hereditary hemochromatosis, beta thalassemia, sickle cell disease and myelodysplastic syndrome. LJPC-30S is La Jolla’s next-generation gentamicin derivative program that is focused on therapeutics for the potential treatment of serious bacterial infections as well as rare genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For more information on La Jolla, please visit www.ljpc.com.
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This document contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future results of operations. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to be materially different from these forward-looking statements. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. Certain of these risks, uncertainties, and other factors are described in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), all of which are available free of charge on the SEC’s website www.sec.gov. These risks include, but are not limited to, risks relating to: the timing for commencement of clinical studies, the anticipated timing for completion of such studies, the anticipated timing for the Company’s filing of new drug applications or similar filings for regulatory approval, and the anticipated timing for regulatory actions; the success of current and future development activities; potential indications for which the Company’s product candidates may be developed; and the expected duration over which the Company’s cash balances will fund its operations. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or to persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements set forth in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC. The Company expressly disclaims any intent to update any forward-looking statements.
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La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
Sandra Vedrick, 858-256-7910
Associate Director, Investor Relations & Human Resources
Dennis M. Mulroy, 858-433-6839
Chief Financial Officer