FibroGen Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGEN), a science-based biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017 and provided an update on the company’s recent developments.

“This is an exciting time for FibroGen, as we prepare for an eventful second half of the year across our pipeline. In the third quarter of 2017, we anticipate reporting topline Phase 2 clinical trial results for pamrevlumab in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients, and we are preparing to complete submission of the roxadustat China NDA for the treatment of anemia in non-dialysis and dialysis CKD patients,” said Thomas B. Neff, FibroGen’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are gratified by the support we received from new and current investors in our recent equity offering, which raised $115.1 million in net proceeds. This financing will support our plans to increase the number of studies and accelerate development in other anemia categories in China, including for roxadustat in anemias in certain oncology settings.”

Recent Developments AND HIGHLIGHTS
U.S. Roxadustat for Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • The independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB) recommended in April that all trials continue with no modifications to current protocols.
  • On track to submit the NDA for roxadustat in the U.S. in 2018.

U.S. Roxadustat for Anemia in Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

  • Received approval from FDA to conduct Phase 3 study for the treatment of anemia in MDS. This study is planned to start in the third quarter of 2017.

China Roxadustat Anemia in CKD: Dialysis and Non-Dialysis

  • Positive Phase 3 results from two pivotal trials in China were announced on January 30, 2017.
  • On target for NDA submission in China in the third quarter of 2017.

China Roxadustat for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

  • Received approval from the CFDA to undertake a Phase 2/3 study for the treatment of anemia in MDS. We plan to start this study in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Pamrevlumab in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

  • On track to report topline Phase 2 study results from a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, and a double-blind, active-controlled sub-study for the treatment of IPF in the third quarter of 2017.

Pamrevlumab in Pancreatic Cancer

  • Positive findings from an ongoing open-label, randomized Phase 1/2 study in locally advanced pancreatic cancer were presented at the 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in January.
  • Positive results from a prior Phase 1/2 trial were published online in January 2017 in the Journal of Cancer Clinical Trials.

Corporate and Financial Highlights

  • Net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $0.52, as compared to $0.45 a year ago.
  • At March 31, 2017, FibroGen had $314.2 million of cash, restricted time deposits, cash equivalents, investments, and receivables.
  • In addition, we completed an equity financing on April 11, 2017 that generated $115.1 million in net proceeds.

Conference Call Details
FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, May 9, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time), to discuss financial results and provide a business update. Interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the conference call via the investor section of the FibroGen website, To access the conference call by telephone, please dial 1 (888) 771-4371 (U.S. and Canada) or 1 (847) 585-4405 (international), reference the FibroGen First Quarter 2017 conference call, and use the confirmation number 44595888. It is recommended that listeners register 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure a timely connection. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call for a period of two weeks. To access the replay, please dial (888) 843-7419 (domestic) or (630) 652-3042 (international), and use the confirmation number 4459 5888#.

About Roxadustat
Roxadustat (FG-4592) is a first-in-class, orally administered small molecule currently in global Phase 3 clinical development as a potential therapy for anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Roxadustat is a hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor (HIF-PHI) that promotes erythropoiesis through increasing endogenous erythropoietin, improving iron regulation, and reducing hepcidin. Administration of roxadustat has been shown to induce coordinated erythropoiesis – increasing red blood cell count while maintaining plasma erythropoietin levels within or near normal physiologic range in multiple subpopulations of CKD patients – including in the presence of inflammation and without a need for supplemental intravenous iron. 

Roxadustat is currently advancing through Phase 3 clinical trials worldwide, supported by extensive Phase 2 clinical data demonstrating correction and maintenance of hemoglobin levels in multiple subpopulations of CKD anemia patients. To date, roxadustat has been evaluated in Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies involving more than 1,400 subjects. Globally, a total of 17 studies are currently underway involving a total of more than 11,000 patients. Of these, 15 are Phase 3 pivotal studies comprising 10,400 patients, and are currently being conducted to support independent regulatory approvals of roxadustat in both non-dialysis and dialysis CKD patients in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. Later this year, roxadustat will also enter a Phase 3 clinical trial in the U.S., and a Phase 2/3 trial in China, for the treatment of anemia in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). For information about roxadustat studies currently recruiting patients, please visit

About Pamrevlumab
Pamrevlumab (FG-3019) is an investigational therapeutic antibody developed by FibroGen to inhibit the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a common factor in chronic fibrotic and proliferative disorders characterized by persistent and excessive scarring that can lead to organ dysfunction and failure. FibroGen is currently conducting clinical studies of pamrevlumab in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, pancreatic cancer, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In desmoplastic or fibrotic cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, CTGF in the extensive fibrous stroma associated with the tumor promotes abnormal proliferation of stromal cells and tumor cells. Studies in a transgenic mouse model of pancreatic cancer indicate that treatment with pamrevlumab in combination with chemotherapy may enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy and improve survival. For information about pamrevlumab studies currently recruiting patients, please visit

About FibroGen, Inc.
FibroGen, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco with subsidiary offices in Beijing and Shanghai, PRC, is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing a pipeline of first-in-class therapeutics. The company applies its pioneering expertise in fibrosis and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) biology and clinical development to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of anemia, fibrotic disease, and cancer. Roxadustat, the company’s most advanced product candidate, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase activity in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is entering Phase 3 development for anemia in lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Pamrevlumab, a fully-human monoclonal antibody that inhibits the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), is in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pancreatic cancer, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). FibroGen is also developing a biosynthetic cornea in China. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding our strategy, future plans and prospects, including statements regarding the development of the Company’s product candidates, roxadustat and pamrevlumab, the potential safety and efficacy profile of our product candidates, the timelines for reporting of our clinical data reporting, potential milestones, and regulatory submissions, our clinical plans and our financial projections. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the continued progress and timing of our various non-clinical and clinical programs, including enrollment of our Phase 3 trials and other clinical trials, and our collaboration partners’ clinical trials for roxadustat in anemia associated with CKD, the continued progress of our plans and programs in China, clinical development of and regulatory filing outcomes for anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndrome, the enrollment and results from ongoing clinical trials for pamrevlumab in IPF, and pancreatic cancer, and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
  March 31, 2017     December 31, 2016  
  (Unaudited)     (1)
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 170,598     $ 173,782    
Short-term investments   72,824       79,397    
Accounts receivable   7,248       10,448    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   5,911       2,889    
Total current assets   256,581       266,516    
Restricted time deposits   6,217       6,217    
Long-term investments   53,155       71,010    
Property and equipment, net   122,818       123,657    
Other assets   2,985       2,152    
Total assets $ 441,756     $ 469,552    
Liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 2,950     $ 6,223    
Accrued liabilities   49,179       50,914    
Deferred revenue   7,984       7,988    
Total current liabilities   60,113       65,125    
Long-term portion of lease financing obligations   97,536       97,352    
Product development obligations   15,152       14,854    
Deferred rent   4,075       4,212    
Deferred revenue, net of current   108,068       106,709    
Other long-term liabilities   5,840       6,191    
Total liabilities   290,784       294,443    
Total stockholders’ equity   131,701       155,838    
Non-controlling interests   19,271       19,271    
Total equity   150,972       175,109    
Total liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests $ 441,756     $ 469,552    
(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2016 are derived from audited financial statements.                

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,  
  2017     2016  
License and milestone revenue $   19,581     $   19,738  
Collaboration services and other revenue     7,310         8,544  
Total revenue     26,891         28,282  
Operating expenses:                  
Research and development     46,732         43,650  
General and administrative     11,530         11,417  
Total operating expenses     58,262         55,067  
Loss from operations     (31,371 )       (26,785 )
Interest and other, net:                  
Interest expense     (2,375 )       (2,777 )
Interest income and other, net     645         1,416  
Total interest and other, net     (1,730 )       (1,361 )
Loss before income taxes     (33,101 )       (28,146 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     60         (305 )
Net loss $   (33,161 )   $   (27,841 )
Net loss per share – basic and diluted   $ (0.52 )     $ (0.45 )
Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net loss per share – basic and diluted     64,037         62,184  

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FibroGen, Inc. 
Karen L. Bergman
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