vTv Therapeutics Reports 2018 First Quarter Financial and Operational Results and Recent Highlights
HIGH POINT, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2018--vTv Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:VTVT) today reported financial and operational results for the first quarter that ended March 31, 2018.
“We continue to make progress on all of our major programs,” said Steve Holcombe, chief executive officer, vTv Therapeutics. “While our initial readout of the results of our STEADFAST Part A Study was not what we had hoped for, we are pleased with the results of our subgroup analysis and are continuing our work in preparation for the Part B readout with a new prospectively-defined target population. We also are continuing to move our diabetes compounds into Phase 2 studies. Our GKA activator is now enrolling patients in a Phase 2 trial for type 1 diabetes and we expect interim results by year-end. We also continue to work with Huadong Medicine in China on the commencement of a Phase 2b study for our GLP-1r compound to test lower dosing levels. We remain enthusiastic for the success of these programs.”
Pre-specifying New Subgroup with the FDA for Part B Readout Expected in June
Last week, the company announced that, based on post hoc analyses of the data from Part A of the company’s Phase 3 STEADFAST study of the investigational medication azeliragon in people with mild Alzheimer’s disease, despite not meeting co-primary endpoints, it had identified a subpopulation that showed statistically significant benefit (unadjusted for multiple post hoc comparisons) from azeliragon relative to placebo on ADAS-cog. The identified subpopulation consisted of participants with peak azeliragon blood plasma concentration of less than 7.5 ng/mL.
Based on the subpopulation data analyses from the Part A Study and the prior azeliragon trials, the company will submit a revised Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP) to the Food and Drug Administration for the Part B Study that pre-specifies a target population for the primary study analysis and expects to report Part B topline efficacy results based on 12 month data in June 2018.
The patients in the identified subgroup (n=~48) had a -1.9 point improvement in ADAS-cog relative to the placebo group (n=200) which was statistically significant (unadjusted for multiple post hoc comparisons) (p = 0.02), and a 0.5 point improvement on CDR-sb relative to placebo (p = .06) despite the smaller sample size.
First Quarter 2018 Financial ResultsCash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2018, were $6.5 million compared to $11.8 million as of December 31, 2017. R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $10.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease in research and development expenses were primarily driven by decreased costs related to certain azeliragon preclinical studies which were completed in the fourth quarter of 2017. Additionally, research and development expenses related to compound manufacturing costs for azeliragon as well as the STEADFAST and OLE studies were lower during the first quarter of 2018. G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $2.3 million and $2.9 million, for the first quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2017, respectively. The decrease in general and administrative cost was primarily due to lower incentive compensation costs in the first quarter of 2018 as well as lower expenses related to professional services. The cost of professional services were higher in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to the license transactions that were entered into in December 2017. Net Loss Before Non-Controlling Interest: Net loss before non-controlling interest was $10.0 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to net loss before non-controlling interest of $14.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Net Loss per Share: GAAP net loss per share was $0.30 and $0.44 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively, based on weighted-average shares of 9.7 million in each period. Non-GAAP net loss per fully exchanged share was $0.30 and $0.44 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively, based on non-GAAP fully exchanged weighted-average shares of 32.8 million in each period.
About vTv Therapeutics
vTv Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of orally administered small molecule drug candidates to fill significant unmet medical needs. vTv has a pipeline of clinical drug candidates led by programs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes as well as treatment of inflammatory disorders.
The STEADFAST study, two independent and identical randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 trials (Part A and Part B), was designed to investigate the safety and efficacy of azeliragon as a potential treatment for patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The 18-month study targeted enrollment of 800 patients (400 in each trial). The first trial enrolled patients in the United States and Canada who had a clinical diagnosis of mild Alzheimer’s disease and an MRI consistent with this diagnosis. Enrollment of the second trial included study sites in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Clinical trials involving azeliragon, including the Part B Study and the open-label extension study have been terminated based on the topline results from the Part A Study showing the trial failed to meet either of the co-primary endpoints. Topline efficacy results from the Part B Study are expected to be announced in June of 2018.
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