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Data from pilot trial of AT-007 in SORD deficiency expresses substantial and significant reduction in sorbitol
Data from the ACTION-Galactosemia Kids study demonstrates statistically significant reduction in plasma galactitol
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: APLT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates against validated molecular targets in indications of high unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
“This quarter we announced positive data in both the Galactosemia pediatric study as well as our pilot SORD Deficiency study, highlighting our execution across programs and expansion into additional indications with AT-007,” said Shoshana Shendelman, PhD, CEO, Founder and Chair of the Board of Applied Therapeutics. “We are excited to launch our registrational study in SORD later this year and remain focused on preparations for our anticipated commercial launch in Galactosemia in 2022.”
Reported biomarker data from pilot trial of AT-007 in SORD deficiency. In October 2021, the Company highlighted results from a pilot open-label study in 8 SORD Deficiency patients. In the study, AT-007 reduced blood sorbitol levels by approximately 66% from baseline through 30 days of treatment with a range of reduction from baseline of 54%-75%. AT-007 was safe and well tolerated in all patients. The Company plans to initiate a registrational study by the end of 2021.
Reported pediatric biomarker data from ACTION-Galactosemia Kids. In October 2021, the Company reported pediatric biomarker data from the ACTION-Galactosemia Kids study. The results demonstrated a substantial reduction in plasma galactitol of approximately 40%, which was statistically significant (p<0.001) vs. placebo. Additionally, analysis of the 47 children in the ACTION-Galactosemia Kids study demonstrated a clear correlation between baseline galactitol level and baseline clinical functional outcomes. Children with higher plasma galactitol levels displayed greater disease severity vs. children with lower plasma galactitol levels at baseline. This data is the first demonstration of correlation of a biochemical biomarker with severity of disease in Galactosemia patients. This data will be presented as a late-breaking abstract at the 14th International Congress on Inborn Errors of Metabolism (ICIEM) November 21-24, 2021.
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $108.8 million as of September 30, 2021, compared with $125.6 million at June 30, 2021.
Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2021 were $17.6 million, compared to $19.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The decrease of $2.3 million was related to a decrease in drug manufacturing and formulation costs of $5.2 million primarily related to the completion and release of AT-001 and AT-007 drug product batches in the three months ended March 31, 2021; an increase in clinical and pre-clinical expense of $2.1 million, primarily related to the progression of the AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia adult extension study and the AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia Kids pediatric registrational study; an increase in personnel expenses of $0.6 million due to the increase in headcount in support of our clinical program pipeline; and an increase in regulatory and other expenses of $0.2 million.
General and administrative expenses were $10.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $10.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase of $0.8 million was primarily related to an increase in commercial expenses of $0.8 million related to the expansion of the commercial department; an increase in other expenses of $0.3 million relating to increased costs of rent and other office expenses; an increase in stock-based compensation of $0.2 million; an increase in insurance expenses of $0.1 million related to increased insurance costs; and a decrease in legal and professional fees $0.6 million due to lower external legal fees.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was $28.4 million, or $1.09 per basic and diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $29.8 million, or $1.33 per basic and diluted common share, for the third quarter 2020.
About Applied Therapeutics
Applied Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates against validated molecular targets in indications of high unmet medical need. The Company’s lead drug candidate, AT-007, is a novel central nervous system penetrant Aldose Reductase Inhibitor (ARI) for the treatment of CNS rare metabolic diseases, including Galactosemia, SORD Deficiency and PMM2-CDG. The Company is also developing AT-001, a novel potent ARI, for the treatment of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, or DbCM, a fatal fibrosis of the heart. The preclinical pipeline also includes AT-003, an ARI designed to cross through the back of the eye when dosed orally, for the treatment of Diabetic retinopathy, as well as novel dual PI3k inhibitors in preclinical development for orphan oncology indications.
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