Corvus Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
“We continue to be a leader in programs addressing the adenosine pathway, with three clinical trials currently enrolling and more than 235 patients treated to-date with our lead product candidate, an A2A receptor antagonist, CPI-444,” said
CPI-444: A2A Receptor Antagonist of Adenosine
- Enrolling patients in a Phase 1/1b clinical trial evaluating CPI-444, the Company’s lead product candidate, administered alone and in combination with Genentech’s Tecentriq® (atezolizumab), an anti-PD-L1 antibody, under an amended protocol to enroll up to 50 patients with renal cell cancer (RCC) who have failed no more than two prior treatment regimens, which must have included an anti-PD-(L)1 and a tyrosine kinase inhibitor.
○ Biomarker studies conducted by the company have shown that prior therapy with anti-PD-(L)1 may increase expression of the adenosine pathway.
○ Previous studies evaluated patients who have failed up to five (median three) prior treatment regimens.
- Continued enrolling patients in the Phase 1b/2 trial, being conducted by Genentech as part of their MORPHEUS platform, which is evaluating CPI-444 and Tecentriq in up to 60 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have failed no more than two prior regimens.
CPI-006: Anti-CD73 Antibody
- Began enrolling patients with advanced cancer in a Phase 1/1b clinical trial evaluating CPI-006, the Company’s anti-CD73 antibody, as a single agent and in combination with CPI-444, and in combination with an anti-PD-1. The trial is anticipated to enroll up to 350 patients and is designed to select the dose and evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, immune biomarkers and efficacy in patients with NSCLC, RCC, and other cancers who have failed standard therapies.
CPI-818: A small molecule ITK inhibitor
- Continued pre-clinical development of the Company’s interleukin-2-inducible kinase (ITK) inhibitor and plan to submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) filing in early 2019. Tumor responses have been observed in a preclinical study in spontaneous canine T-cell lymphoma conducted at Colorado State University,
College of Veterinary Medicine Flint Animal Cancer Center.
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Tecentriq® is a registered trademark of Genentech.
CPI-444 is a small molecule, oral, checkpoint inhibitor designed to disable a tumor’s ability to subvert attack by the immune system by blocking the binding of adenosine in the tumor microenvironment to the A2A receptor. Adenosine, a metabolite of ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate), is produced within the tumor microenvironment where it may bind to the adenosine A2A receptor present on immune cells and block their activity. CD39 and CD73 are enzymes on the surface of tumor cells and immune cells. These enzymes work in concert to convert ATP to adenosine. In vitro and preclinical studies have shown that dual blockade of CD73 and the A2A receptor may be synergistic.
About CD73 and Adenosine
CD73 is a cell surface enzyme whose function is to convert adenosine monophosphate (AMP) to adenosine by removing phosphate from AMP. CD73 is expressed on cells of the immune system, including T-cells and B-cells. CD73 is also present on many tumors, including lung, renal, melanoma, colon, prostate, breast and others. In the tumor microenvironment, CD73 produces adenosine, which binds to the adenosine A2A receptor on immune cells and inhibits various immune responses including those directed against the tumor. Tumors utilize this immunosuppressive mechanism to escape attack by the immune system.
CPI-006 is a potent humanized monoclonal antibody that reacts with the active site of CD73, blocking the conversion of AMP to adenosine. In vitro studies of CPI-006 have shown it is capable of substantially inhibiting the production of adenosine by blocking the CD73 enzyme.
CPI-818 is an oral small molecule that selectively inhibits ITK. ITK is involved in T cell receptor signaling and plays a role in T cell lymphomas and leukemias, and normal immune function. Interference with ITK signaling can modulate immune responses to various antigens.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to the potential safety and efficacy of CPI-144 and CPI-006, the Company’s ability to develop and advance product candidates into and successfully complete preclinical studies and clinical trials, including the Company’s Phase 1/1b clinical trial of CPI-444, the Company’s Phase 1/1b clinical trial of CPI-006 and the Company’s IND-enabling studies of CPI-818, the basis for and the timing of any future clinical trials of the Company’s ITK inhibitor and the utility of biomarker data collected and the suitability of dosing regimen selected for clinical trials. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “seek,” “will,” “may” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
Chief Financial Officer
|CORVUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended
|Six Months Ended
|Research and development||$||9,715||$||12,386||$||21,818||$||25,884|
|General and administrative||2,543||2,788||5,084||5,507|
|Total operating expenses||12,258||15,174||26,902||31,391|
|Loss from operations||(12,258||)||(15,174||)||(26,902||)||(31,391||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.40||)||$||(0.73||)||$||(1.01||)||$||(1.52||)|
|Shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted||28,979,514||20,426,849||25,785,543||20,388,820|
|CORVUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||133,225||$||90,055|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities and other liabilities||$||10,520||$||9,940|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||137,919||$||94,775|