Adverum Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

8/5/2021, 10:05 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADVM), a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ocular and rare diseases, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“Adverum has an experienced team and is well capitalized to execute our current plans to prioritize the development of ADVM-022 in wet age-related macular degeneration,” said Laurent Fischer, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Adverum Biotechnologies. “Based on our current focus and timelines, we are able to extend our cash runway into 2024. The long-term data from OPTIC in patients with wet AMD show the potential for the low dose of ADVM-022 to offer durable, disease-modifying treatment following a single, in-office intravitreal injection. The current standard of care for wet AMD requires frequent anti-VEGF injections in the eye, which are a burden for patients, caregivers, and healthcare systems and make access challenging for many patients. Our team is committed to patient safety and moving forward with the best possible path to deliver ADVM-022 to patients with wet AMD, and potentially delivering a durable new treatment alternative to frequent injections for these patients in the future.”

Recent Developments

  • At the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in May, long-term OPTIC clinical data (n=30, March 10, 2021 data cut) were presented demonstrating the potential of ADVM-022 to greatly reduce the anti-VEGF intravitreal (IVT) injection burden for patients with wet AMD. Data demonstrated long-term durability and maintained efficacy with a majority of patients free of supplemental injection following a single, in-office IVT injection of ADVM-022 in difficult-to-treat patients with wet AMD.
  • Adverum is no longer planning to develop ADVM-022 for diabetic macular edema (DME) or at the high dose (6 x 10^11 vg/eye). No similar clinically-relevant events like the dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) at the high dose in DME patients have been observed to date in patients with wet AMD, and patients in OPTIC have reached a follow-up period of between 1 and 2.5 years post treatment.
  • Adverum is in active discussions to sublease the company’s 174,000-square-foot Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) commercial manufacturing facility in Research Triangle Park, NC. Adverum will leverage its contract manufacturing organization (CMO) partners for ongoing supply of ADVM-022.

Anticipated Milestones for ADVM-022:

  • Plan to present long-term OPTIC data in wet AMD in 2H21, including 52-week data from Cohort 4 (high dose of 6 x 10^11 vg/eye with steroid eye drop prophylaxis, n=9), at a medical conference
  • Plan to present INFINITY data in DME in 2H21 at a medical conference
  • Plan to complete data analysis by YE21 to develop a protocol and seek investigator and regulatory feedback on a Phase 2 clinical trial in wet AMD to evaluate low doses (2 x 10^11 vg/eye and lower) of ADVM-022 and alternative prophylactic regimens

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2021

  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $363.8 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $404.0 million as of March 31, 2021. Adverum expects this quarter-end cash position to fund operations into 2024, 18 months beyond prior guidance of mid-2022. Adverum’s cash runway extension is based on current development and manufacturing plans for ADVM-022, including conducting a Phase 2 trial instead of two Phase 3 trials in wet AMD, not pursuing future development in DME, and continuing to utilize contract CMO partners in lieu of establishing a GMP commercial manufacturing facility.
  • Research and development expenses were $22.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $19.2 million for the same period in 2020. Research and development expenses increased primarily due to higher personnel-associated costs, rent expense, clinical trial expenses, consultant and contractor fees, and laboratory costs, partially offset by decreased material production costs. Stock-based compensation expense included in research and development expenses was $2.6 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2020.
  • General and administrative expenses were $21.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $10.6 million for the same period in 2020. General and administrative expenses increased primarily due to higher professional services costs, including proxy related fees, personnel-associated costs, and rent for new leases commenced in the second quarter of 2021. Stock-based compensation expense included in general and administrative expenses was $5.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Net loss was $44.3 million, or $0.45 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $29.2 million, or $0.36 per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2020.

About Adverum Biotechnologies
Adverum Biotechnologies (Nasdaq: ADVM) is a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in serious ocular and rare diseases. Adverum is evaluating its novel gene therapy candidate, ADVM-022, as a one-time, intravitreal injection for the treatment of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration. For more information, please visit

Forward-looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release regarding the events or results that may occur in the future are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the expected current cash runway into 2024, and the statements under the caption “Anticipated Milestones for ADVM-022.” Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include risks inherent to, without limitation: Adverum’s novel technology, which makes it difficult to predict the time and cost of product candidate development and obtaining regulatory approval; the results of early clinical trials not always being predictive of future results; and the potential for Adverum’s recent announcement of a dose-limiting toxicity at the high dose in DME patients in our INFINITY trial, and any future complications or side effects in connection with use of ADVM-022, to delay or prevent regulatory advancement or approval for ADVM-022. Risks and uncertainties facing Adverum are described more fully in Adverum’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, Adverum’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and any subsequent filings with the SEC, especially under the heading “Risk Factors.” All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Adverum undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
  June 30 December 31
   2021   2020 
  (Unaudited)  (1)
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $47,299  $62,424 
Short-term investments  316,544   367,305 
Lease incentive receivables  16,196   - 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,233   4,709 
Total current assets  386,272   434,438 
Property and equipment, net  31,589   27,725 
Operating lease right-of-use asset  101,876   19,376 
Restricted cash  6,282   999 
Deposit and other long-term assets  128   29 
Total assets $526,147  $482,567 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  2,259   2,810 
Lease liability, current portion  4,185   4,473 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  14,086   13,588 
Total current liabilities  20,530   20,871 
Lease liability, net of current portion  125,361   26,235 
Other noncurrent liabilities  1,114   1,114 
Total liabilities  147,005   48,220 
Stockholders' equity:    
Common stock  10   10 
Additional paid-in capital  954,854   937,134 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (417)  (261)
Accumulated deficit  (575,305)  (502,536)
Total stockholders' equity  379,142   434,347 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$526,147  $482,567 

(1) Derived from Adverum’s annual audited consolidated financial statements

Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands except per share data)
  Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
   2021   2020   2021   2020 
License revenue $-  $-  $7,500  $- 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  22,608   19,177   42,588   33,928 
General and administrative  21,930   10,598   38,093   19,638 
Total operating expenses  44,538   29,775   80,681   53,566 
Operating loss  (44,538)  (29,775)  (73,181)  (53,566)
Other income, net  205   575   412   1,460 
Net loss  (44,333)  (29,200)  (72,769)  (52,106)
Net loss per share — basic and diluted $(0.45) $(0.36) $(0.74) $(0.68)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted  98,018   80,229   97,885   77,010 

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