BERKELEY, Calif., May 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aduro Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADRO) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. Net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $21.5 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to net loss of $21.8 million, or $0.32 per share, for the same period in 2017.
- Reported preclinical data on ADU-S100, BION-1301 and ADU-1604 at the American Association for Cancer Research
- Reported initial observations from the first patient treated with our personalized neoantigen-based immunotherapy
- Received a milestone payment from Merck for initiation of a Phase 1 trial of our anti-CD27 antibody for patients with advanced solid tumors
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $327.8 million at March 31, 2018, compared to $349.7 million at December 31, 2017.
Revenue was $6.6 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $3.8 million for the same period in 2017. The increase of $2.8 million was primarily due to a $3.0 million milestone payment received from Merck for initiation of a Phase 1 trial for our anti-CD27 antibody.
Research and development expenses were $20.1 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $20.6 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease of $0.5 million was due to lower contract manufacturing expense of $3.1 million primarily related to BION-1301, partially offset by increases in clinical development and contract research expenses for our ongoing programs including ADU-S100, BION-1301, ADU-1604 and our personalized neoantigen-based immunotherapy, as well as increases in stock-based compensation and personnel related expenses.
General and administrative expenses were $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $8.3 million for the same period in 2017. The increase of $0.7 million was driven primarily by legal fees associated with our patent portfolio and higher stock-based compensation expense, partially offset by decreased compensation expense.
Income tax benefit was approximately $21 thousand for the first quarter of 2018 compared to an income tax benefit of $2.8 million for the same period in 2017. The income tax benefit for 2017 related to federal income tax benefit associated with the carryback of the 2017 losses.
Aduro Biotech, Inc. is an immunotherapy company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies that are intended to transform the treatment of challenging diseases. Aduro's technology platforms, which are designed to harness the body's natural immune system, are being investigated in cancer indications and have the potential to expand into autoimmune and infectious diseases. Aduro's STING Pathway Activator platform is designed to activate the STING receptor in immune cells, resulting in a potent tumor-specific immune response. ADU-S100 is the first STING Pathway Activator compound to enter the clinic and is currently being evaluated in both a Phase 1 monotherapy study as well as a Phase 1b combination study with an anti-PD1 immune checkpoint inhibitor. Aduro’s B-select monoclonal antibody platform, including BION-1301, an anti-APRIL antibody, is comprised of a number of immune modulating assets in research and development. Aduro's pLADD program is based on proprietary attenuated strains of Listeria that have been engineered to express tumor neoantigens that are specific to an individual patient’s tumor. Other Listeria strains for lung and prostate cancers are being advanced by a partner. Aduro is collaborating with leading global pharmaceutical companies to expand its products and technology platforms. For more information, please visit www.aduro.com.
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ADURO BIOTECH, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Collaboration and license revenue||$||6,627||$||3,772|
|Research and development||20,128||20,572|
|General and administrative||9,045||8,278|
|Amortization of intangible assets||152||132|
|Total operating expenses||29,325||28,982|
|Loss from operations||(22,698||)||(25,210||)|
|Other loss, net||(16||)||(4||)|
|Loss before income tax||(21,515||)||(24,564||)|
|Income tax benefit||21||2,752|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.28||)||$||(0.32||)|
|Shares used in computing net loss per common share, basic and diluted||77,906,645||68,242,360|
ADURO BIOTECH, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share amounts)
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||100,279||$||157,614|
|Short-term marketable securities||207,029||168,489|
|Income tax receivable||17,495||17,495|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||5,309||5,544|
|Total current assets||330,814||350,131|
|Long-term marketable securities||20,541||23,614|
|Property and equipment, net||30,168||31,085|
|Intangible assets, net||31,843||31,107|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accrued clinical trial and manufacturing expenses||3,876||5,898|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||8,569||12,601|
|Total current liabilities||36,346||41,401|
|Deferred tax liabilities||6,704||6,538|
|Other long-term liabilities||832||818|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid-in capital||524,997||519,435|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||2,621||1,893|
|Total stockholders’ equity||196,959||237,473|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||422,806||$||445,128|
|Jennifer Lew||Aljanae Reynolds|
|Chief Financial Officer||510-809-2452|