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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allakos Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ALLK), a biotechnology company developing lirentelimab (AK002) for the treatment of eosinophil and mast cell-related diseases, today provided a business update and reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Presented data at American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting from prospective study showing high prevalence rates of eosinophilic gastritis and/or eosinophilic duodenitis (EG/EoD) with systemic evaluation. Forty-five percent (45%, 181/405) of patients with moderate-to-severe unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms who underwent upper endoscopy with biopsy met the diagnostic criteria for EG/EoD. This data suggests that these conditions are significantly underdiagnosed and may be a common cause of moderate-to-severe gastrointestinal symptoms.
Upcoming 2021 Milestones
Topline data from a Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of lirentelimab in patients with EG/EoD expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 or early in the first quarter of 2022.
Topline data from a Phase 2/3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of lirentelimab in patients with EoE expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 or early in the first quarter of 2022.
Initiation of a Phase 2/3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of subcutaneous lirentelimab in patients with EG and/or EoD expected in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Initiation of a Phase 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in a non-eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Research and development expenses were $43.6 million in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to $30.4 million in the same period in 2020, an increase of $13.2 million.
General and administrative expenses were $19.1 million in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to $12.1 million in the same period in 2020, an increase of $7.0 million.
Allakos reported a net loss of $62.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to $42.1 million in the same period in 2020, an increase of $20.6 million. Net loss per basic and diluted share was $1.16 for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $0.86 in the same period in 2020.
Allakos ended the third quarter of 2021 with $505.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.
Allakos is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing antibodies that target immunomodulatory receptors present on immune effector cells involved in allergic, inflammatory, and proliferative diseases. The Company’s lead antibody, lirentelimab (AK002), is being evaluated in a Phase 3 study in eosinophilic gastritis (EG) and/or eosinophilic duodenitis (EoD) and a Phase 2/3 study in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Lirentelimab targets Siglec-8, an inhibitory receptor selectively expressed on human mast cells and eosinophils. Inappropriately activated eosinophils and mast cells have been identified as key drivers in a number of severe diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, skin, lungs and other organs. Lirentelimab has been tested in multiple clinical studies. In these studies, lirentelimab eliminated blood and tissue eosinophils, inhibited mast cells and improved disease symptoms in patients with EG and/or EoD, EoE, mast cell gastrointestinal disease, severe allergic conjunctivitis, chronic urticaria and indolent systemic mastocytosis. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.allakos.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Allakos’ progress and business plans, the expected timing of anticipated study results and plans relating to its future clinical trials. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from current expectations and beliefs, including but not limited to: Allakos’ stages of clinical drug development; Allakos’ ability to timely complete clinical trials for, and if approved, commercialize lirentelimab (AK002), its lead compound; Allakos’ ability to obtain required regulatory approvals for its product candidates; uncertainties related to the enrollment of patients in its clinical trials; Allakos’ ability to demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy of its product candidates in its clinical trials; uncertainties related to the success of later-stage clinical trials, regardless of the outcomes of preclinical testing and early-stage trials; market acceptance of Allakos’ product candidates; uncertainties related to the projections of the size of patient populations suffering from the diseases Allakos is targeting; Allakos’ ability to advance additional product candidates beyond lirentelimab; Allakos’ ability to obtain additional capital to finance its operations; and other important risk factors set forth in Allakos’ most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2021, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 8, 2021, and future reports to be filed with the SEC. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Allakos to differ materially from those contained in Allakos’ forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Allakos specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Allakos’ views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
Source: Allakos Inc.
Adam Tomasi, President and COO
Alex Schwartz, VP Strategic Finance and Investor Relations
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