|Galena Biopharma ( GALE )|
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|Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:52|
Galena Biopharma Reports Fourth Quarter and 2011 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
Galena Biopharma (Nasdaq:GALE ), a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative, targeted oncology treatments addressing major unmet medical needs to advance cancer care, today provided a business update and reported its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2011.
The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $11.5 million or $0.32 per share, compared with a net loss of $12.0 million, or $0.67 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2010. The decrease of $0.5 million, or 4%, was due primarily to a $4.7 million increase in non-cash income as a result of the change in fair value of warrant liabilities partially offset by a $4.2 million increase in net loss from operations.
Net income was $1.6 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase of $3.4 million, or 189%, was attributable to a $5.5 million increase in non-cash income as a result of the change in fair value of warrant liability partially offset by a $2.1 million increase in net loss from operations.
As of December 31, 2011, cash and cash equivalents totaled $11.4 million, compared with cash and cash equivalents of $6.9 million at December 31, 2010.
Recent Business Highlights
"2011 was a period of significant transformation and growth, and we made tremendous progress in developing our cancer immunotherapy pipeline," stated Mark J. Ahn, Ph.D., Galena's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are well-positioned to take advantage of our novel oncology assets and intellectual property with three clinical trials, two leading immunotherapy candiates, and one goal -- to build value for patients and the shareholders we serve."
About NeuVax(TM) (E75 + GM-CSF)
NeuVax consists of the E75 peptide derived from human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) combined with the immune adjuvant granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). Treatment with NeuVax stimulates cytotoxic (CD8+) T cells in a highly specific manner to target cells expressing any level of HER2. NeuVax is given as an intradermal injection once a month for six months, followed by a booster injection once every six months. Based on a successful Phase 2 trial that achieved its primary endpoint of disease-free survival, the Food and Drug Administration granted NeuVax a Special Protocol Assessment for its Phase 3 PRESENT (Prevention of Recurrence in Early-Stage, Node-Positive Breast Cancer with Low to Intermediate HER2 Expression with NeuVax Treatment) study. The Phase 3 trial is ongoing and additional information on the study can be found at www.neuvax.com.
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Of these women, about 75% of them have breast cancer tissue that tests positive for some level of HER2 staining (IHC 1+, 2+ or 3+). Only 25% of all breast cancer patients, those with HER2 3+ disease, are eligible for Herceptin(R) (trastuzumab; Roche-Genentech), which had revenues of over $5 billion in 2010. NeuVax targets the 50% of patients with tumors that stain low or intermediate for HER2 (HER2 1+ and 2+), who would not receive Herceptin after they successfully complete their surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. This provides this large group of early stage breast cancer patients an option for a HER2-targeted adjuvant treatment to maintain their disease-free status.
About Folate Binding Protein (E39), or FBP
Folate Binding Protein (FBP) is a targeted vaccine aimed at preventing the recurrence of ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancers. The FBP vaccine consists of the E39 peptide derived from the folate binding protein combined with the immune adjuvant granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF). FBP is over-expressed (20-80 fold) in more than 90% of ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as 20--50% of breast, lung, colorectal, and renal cell carcinomas. FBP has very limited tissue distribution and expression in non-malignant tissue, making it an ideal immunotherapy target.
Ovarian cancer occurs in over 22,000 patients per year in the U.S. and is the most lethal gynecologic cancer. Although the incidence of ovarian cancer is only approximately 20% of that of breast cancer, the number of patients that die from ovarian cancer is nearly 50% greater than the percentage of breast cancer patients who die from this disease. Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer and occurs in over 46,000 women, with over 8,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. While many patients respond to initial treatment and become clinically free of disease, the majority of these patients will relapse, and, once the disease recurs, the treatment options and successes drop dramatically.
About Galena Biopharma
Galena Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:GALE - News) is a Portland, Oregon-based biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative, targeted oncology treatments that address major unmet medical needs to advance cancer care. For more information please visit us at www.galenabiopharma.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the possible benefits of the transactions recently announced by Galena and the timing of the proposed conditional dividend and distribution of its RXi shares, as well as statements about expectations, plans and prospects of the development of Galena's product candidates. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including the risks that the anticipated benefits of the announced transactions are not achieved and that the dividend and distribution of RXi shares are delayed or never completed, as well as the risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the development of Galena's product candidates, including those identified under "Risk Factors" in Galena's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. Galena does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect a change in its views or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this presentation.