Press Release:Solid Biosciences Provides Third Quarter 2022 Business Update and Financial Results
- Recently presented preclinical data support potential benefits of next-generation Duchenne gene therapy candidate SGT-003; program on track for mid-2023 Investigational New Drug (IND) submission -
- Company ends Q3 with approximately $142.2 million in cash and investments; anticipated cash runway into Q2 2024 -
- Company expects to close acquisition of AavantiBio and $75 million Private Placement by year-end, resulting in broader pipeline of neuromuscular and cardiac genetic medicines and anticipated cash of $215 million to support company to important milestones and into 2025 -
CHARLESTOWN, Mass., Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Solid Biosciences Inc. (Nasdaq: SLDB), a life sciences company focused on advancing meaningful therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided a business update.
“Solid made significant strategic advancements in the third quarter, including the prioritization of our next generation Duchenne gene transfer program, SGT-003, and the execution of definitive documents for the acquisition of AavantiBio and a $75 million private placement, both expected to close by year end,” said Ilan Ganot, Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-Founder of Solid Biosciences. “We remain enthusiastic about the potential benefits that SGT-003 may bring to patients, supported by new clinical data from the IGNITE DMD trial of SGT-001 that demonstrated the benefit of the nNOS microdystrophin encoded in both SGT-001 and SGT-003. The new data from the IGNITE DMD trial showed an improvement in stride velocity 95th centile at one year compared to declines for the control patient and natural history. Additionally, our next generation AAV-SLB101 capsid showed increased microdystrophin expression compared to AAV9 in preclinical studies. We believe that by bringing together these potentially best-in-class microdystrophin construct and capsid, we may be able to deliver next generation treatment to patients with Duchenne at lower doses.”
In September 2022, Solid announced that it had prioritized the development of SGT-003 and would be pausing activities for its first-generation gene therapy candidate, SGT-001. Development activities continued in the quarter for SGT-003, which combines Solid’s differentiated neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) microdystrophin transgene with the novel capsid AAV-SLB101, a rationally designed muscle-tropic AAV capsid designed to improve transduction to muscle tissue.
In October 2022, Solid presented new SGT-003 preclinical data which demonstrated increased microdystrophin expression using AAV-SLB101 compared to AAV9. Across multiple in vivo mdx mouse studies, muscle tissues collected 28 days post-dosing from animals treated with SGT-003 manufactured using a transient-transfection based process showed approximately 2- to 3-fold higher levels of microdystrophin protein, as measured by western blot, compared to mice treated at equivalent doses with SGT-001 manufactured using an HSV based process. These data support previously disclosed data, including a non-human primate study using a reporter transgene in AAV-SLB101 which demonstrated increased muscle tropism, decreased liver biodistribution and improved efficiency compared to AAV9.
The company is on track for an anticipated mid-2023 Investigational New Drug (IND) submission for SGT-003 and, pending IND acceptance, first patient dosing in late-2023.
Recent Company Announcements
- Solid reported additional positive one-year data from the IGNITE DMD Phase I/II clinical trial of its microdystrophin gene therapy, SGT-001, for the functional endpoint of stride velocity 95th centile (SV95C). SV95C is an objective assessment of peak ambulatory performance accepted as a qualified secondary endpoint for Duchenne patients five years of age and older by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This assessment represents the fastest spontaneous strides in a patient’s daily life, captured in a real-world setting using the ActiMyo wearable device developed by SYSNAV. In the IGNITE DMD clinical trial, patients receiving SGT-001 in the 2E14 vg/kg cohort improved from baseline in SV95C at one year, whereas a control patient included in the study and natural history data both demonstrated declines over the same period.
- On September 30, Solid announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AavantiBio. The consummation of this transaction will create a genetic medicine company focused on neuromuscular and cardiac diseases. Upon closing of the acquisition, Bo Cumbo will become President & Chief Executive Officer of Solid and there will a leadership team comprised of executives from both companies. Strong synergies are expected by combining key assets, including product candidates for Duchenne (SGT-003), Friedreich’s ataxia, BAG3 mediated dilated cardiomyopathy and other undisclosed cardiac diseases; novel capsid libraries; and personnel. Supported by a securities purchase agreement with a select group of institutional investors and accredited investors for a $75 million private placement of Solid’s common stock, the combined company expects to have approximately $215 million in cash and investments immediately following closing of the acquisition and private placement, which Solid believes will be sufficient to fund the combined company’s planned operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into 2025, which includes important milestones for the Company’s pipeline. Solid filed its definitive proxy statement supporting the AavantiBio acquisition on November 7 and expects to close in the fourth quarter of 2022, soon after the special meeting of Solid stockholders to be held on December 1.
- On October 27, Solid announced a reverse stock split of its common stock (Reverse Stock Split) where every fifteen (15) shares of the company’s issued and outstanding common stock were automatically converted to one (1) issued and outstanding share of the common stock, effective on October 27. The Reverse Stock Split, which was approved by shareholders at the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on June 7, 2022, was primarily intended to bring the company into compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for maintaining its listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
There were no collaboration revenues for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $3.5 million for the third quarter of 2021. Collaboration revenue in the prior period was related to research services and cost reimbursement from our Collaboration Agreement with Ultragenyx, which the Company entered into in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were $14.0 million, compared to $14.4 million for the third quarter of 2021.
General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were $7.1 million, compared to $7.1 million for the third quarter of 2021.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2022 was $20.4 million, compared to $18.0 million for the third quarter of 2021.
Solid had $142.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities as of September 30, 2022, compared to $207.8 million as of December 31, 2021. The company expects that its cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities will enable it to fund its operations and capital expenditures into the second quarter of 2024, without giving effect to the acquisition of AavantiBio and $75 million private placement.
SGT-003 is Solid's next-generation AAV gene transfer therapy candidate that utilizes a rationally designed, novel muscle-tropic AAV capsid, called AAV-SLB101, to deliver Solid’s proprietary and differentiated nNOS microdystrophin for the treatment of Duchenne. AAV-SLB101 has demonstrated enhanced muscle biodistribution and transgene expression, as well as reduced liver tropism, compared with AAV9 in in vivo mouse models and, utilizing a reporter transgene, non-human primate in vivo models. SGT-003 has correspondingly demonstrated higher levels of microdystrophin expression in vivo in the mdx mouse model of Duchenne and in vitro in human Duchenne cell lines. Solid is targeting an Investigational New Drug submission for SGT-003 in mid-2023.
About Solid Biosciences
Solid Biosciences is a life sciences company focused on advancing transformative treatments to improve the lives of patients living with Duchenne. Disease-focused and founded by a family directly impacted by Duchenne, our mandate is simple yet comprehensive – work to address the disease at its core by correcting the underlying mutation that causes Duchenne with our gene therapy candidate SGT-003. For more information, please visit www.solidbio.com.
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