AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVEO) reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
“In the last 18 months, we have made important progress in moving forward both elements of our strategy, including our oncology pipeline, for which we have retained significant North American rights, and our non-oncology pipeline, which is being advanced through partnerships with disease-area experts,” said Michael Bailey, president and chief executive officer. “We anticipate a milestone rich calendar in the months ahead, spanning both our proprietary and partnered programs, that we expect will help define AVEO’s long-term potential in multiple areas of unmet medical need.”
Mr. Bailey added: “For our lead oncology asset, tivozanib, we are well underway in three simultaneous paths. We expect an approval decision in first-line renal cell cancer (RCC) inEurope and initial results from the Opdivo® combination TiNivo study in the first half of 2017, followed by, in the first quarter of 2018, pivotal top-line data from our U.S.-registration-directed Phase 3 TIVO-3 study in RCC. During 2017, we also expect to see progress in our partnered pipeline, serving to highlight the value-potential of these programs which are being developed at little or no cost to AVEO.”
Potential Corporate Milestones through the First Half of 2017
- Regulatory decision for tivozanib in the European Union and associated milestone payment by EUSA Pharma;
- IND and proof-of-concept milestone payments for tivozanib in acute macular degeneration by Ophthotech;
- Partnership for AV-353, a first-in-class opportunity to address a major unmet need in pulmonary arterial hypertension;
- Initial safety results from the Phase 1 portion of the Phase 1/2 AVEO-sponsored TiNivo study of tivozanib in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo® (nivolumab);
- Development progress and milestone payments for AV-380 in Cachexia by Novartis;
- Manufacturing tech transfer milestone payment for AV-203 by CANbridge.
Third Quarter and Recent Highlights
- Initiation of Phase 1/2 TiNivo Trial Evaluating Tivozanib in Combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo® (nivolumab) in Advanced RCC. In August 2016, AVEOannounced the initiation of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AVEO’s oral, once-daily, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), tivozanib, in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s anti-PD-1 therapy, Opdivo® (nivolumab), in advanced RCC, named the TiNivo Trial. The trial is being led by the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris under the direction of Professor Bernard Escudier, MD, Chairman of the Genitourinary Oncology Committee. The Phase 1 trial is designed to evaluate whether tivozanib’s unique specificity and associated safety profile can overcome the tolerability issues that have challenged TKI-PD1 combinations to date. Initial safety results from the Phase 1 portion of the Phase 1/2 are expected to be available to the companies in the first half of 2017.
- Ongoing Review of the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) in Europe for Approval of Tivozanib as a First-Line RCC Treatment Option. EUSA Pharma, to which the Company licensed European and additional rights outside North America, is working to submit responses to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Day 120 List of Questions before year-end. The MAA, which is based on tivozanib’s existing dataset, including the Phase 3 TIVO-1 study of tivozanib in first-line RCC, seeks approval for tivozanib as a first-line treatment for advanced RCC under the EMA’s centralized review process. Following the response, EUSA Pharma expects to receive the EMA Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues, the last review stopping period prior to a recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and the final approval decision from EMA. If approved, tivozanib’s distinct safety profile has the potential to offer a new, well tolerated alternative to currently approved VEGF TKIs, which, in clinical studies, have been associated with challenging tolerability necessitating significant dose reductions and interruptions.
- Continued Execution of the Pivotal Phase 3 TIVO-3 Study of Tivozanib in RCC. InMay 2016, AVEO announced the commencement of enrollment and patient treatment for the Company’s pivotal TIVO-3 trial, a randomized, controlled, multi-center, open-label study to compare tivozanib to sorafenib in subjects with refractory advanced RCC. The study continues to be on track to reach a top line readout in the first quarter of 2018. The Phase 3 trial is expected to enroll approximately 322 patients with recurrent or metastatic RCC who have failed at least two prior regimens, including VEGF-TKI therapy (other than sorafenib). Eligible patients may also have received checkpoint inhibitor therapy in earlier lines of treatment. Patients will be randomized 1:1 to receive either tivozanib or sorafenib, with no crossover between arms.
The TIVO-3 trial, together with the TIVO-1 trial, is designed to support a first- and third-line indication for tivozanib in the U.S. TIVO-3 would also provide a unique data set, in that it is expected to include the first randomized Phase 3 results showing treatment with a VEGF TKI following prior PD1 therapy, and is designed to support approval of the first VEGF TKI specifically labeled for third-line treatment.
Third Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights
- AVEO ended Q3 2016 with $30.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as compared with $34.1 million at December 31, 2015.
- Total collaboration revenue in Q3 2016 was approximately $1.0 million compared with$15.2 million Q3 2015.
- Research and development expense was $4.4 million in Q3 2016 compared with $4.5 million for Q3 2015.
- General and administrative expense was $2.1 million in Q3 2016 compared with $2.2 million for Q3 2015.
- Net loss for Q3 2016 was $5.0 million, or a loss of $0.07 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income of $7.9 million, or income of $0.14 per basic and diluted share for Q3 2015.
We believe that our $30.8 million in cash resources could allow us to fund our planned operations into the fourth quarter of 2017. Furthermore, we expect that these cash resources, together with certain anticipated operational milestone payments from our collaboration partners, could allow us to fund our U.S. tivozanib development strategy through at least pivotal Phase 3 TIVO-3 top-line data as well as our tivozanib-PD-1 inhibitor combination trial.(Original Source)
Shares of AVEO Pharmaceuticals closed yesterday at $0.6245, up $0.01 or 0.89%. AVEO has a 1-year high of $1.47 and a 1-year low of $0.58. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.85 and its 200-day moving average is $0.94.
On the ratings front, FBR analyst Vernon Bernardino reiterated a Buy rating on AVEO, in a report issued on September 12. According to TipRanks.com, Bernardino has a yearly average loss of 27.2%, a 15% success rate, and is ranked #4017 out of 4164 analysts.
AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. operates as a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing a broad portfolio of targeted therapeutics for oncology and other areas of unmet medical need. Its proprietary human response platform provides the company unique insights into cancer and related disease biology and is being leveraged in the discovery and clinical development of its therapeutic candidates. The company’s product candidates include AV-203, ficlatuzumab, tivozanib and AV-380.