-First patient dosed with EGFR-TRACTr (JANX008) in first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with solid tumors-
-Interim clinical update from Phase 1 trial of JANX007 expected in 2H 2023-
-$316.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments at end of first quarter 2023-
SAN DIEGO, May 09, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Janux Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: JANX) (Janux), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a broad pipeline of novel immunotherapies by applying its proprietary technology to its Tumor Activated T Cell Engager (TRACTr) and Tumor Activated Immunomodulator (TRACIr) platforms, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided a business update.
"Janux hit a major milestone in the first quarter as we brought our second TRACTr program into a first-in-human clinical trial. We are excited for the potential for this EGFR-TRACTr to demonstrate the power of our technology and thereby address critical and urgent unmet needs for patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors," said David Campbell, Ph.D., President and CEO of Janux.
RECENT BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS AND FUTURE MILESTONES:
Janux has prioritized its programs to enable sufficient funding to provide key clinical data assessments for its lead PSMA-TRACTr and EGFR-TRACTr programs.
PSMA-TRACTr (JANX007) continues to enroll in first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial in mCRPC.
First patient dosed with EGFR-TRACTr program (JANX008) in first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with solid tumors.
PD-L1xCD28 TRACIr (JANX009) on-track for an IND submission in 2023.
TROP2-TRACTr evaluations to support development candidate selection are ongoing.
Janux anticipates providing an interim clinical update from the PSMA-TRACTr (JANX007) trial in the second half of 2023. In addition, Janux expects to select a development candidate for its TROP2-TRACTr in 2023.
FIRST QUARTER 2023 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments: As of March 31, 2023, Janux reported cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $316.9 million compared to $327.0 million at December 31, 2022.
Research and development expenses: Research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 were $15.9 million compared to $10.2 million for the comparable period in 2022.
General and administrative expenses: General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 were $6.5 million compared to $4.9 million for the comparable period in 2022.
Net loss: For the quarter ended March 31, 2023, Janux reported a net loss of $17.5 million compared to a net loss of $13.4 million for the comparable period in 2022.
Janux’s TRACTr and TRACIr Pipeline
JANX008 is a TRACTr that targets epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and is being studied in a Phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of multiple solid cancers including colorectal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, non-small cell lung cancer, and renal cell carcinoma. Janux’s first clinical candidate, JANX007, is a TRACTr that targets prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) and is being investigated in a Phase 1 clinical trial in adult subjects with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Janux’s TRACIr drug candidate, JANX009, is designed for targeting both the programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) receptor as well as the costimulatory CD28 receptor on T cells and is being investigated in preclinical studies for the treatment of solid tumors. Janux is also applying its proprietary technology to develop a TRACTr designed to target trophoblast cell surface antigen 2 (TROP2), a clinically validated anti-tumor target that is overexpressed in various cancer types, such as breast, lung, urothelial, endometrial, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, gastric, colon, head and neck, and glioma. In addition to named programs, Janux is generating a number of unnamed TRACTr and TRACIr programs for potential future development.
About Janux Therapeutics
Janux is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation bispecific immunotherapies with the goal of fighting cancers by killing tumor cells while allowing healthy tissues to remain unharmed. Janux’s proprietary platforms develop unique Tumor Activated T Cell Engagers (TRACTr) and Tumor Activated Immunomodulators (TRACIr) and support the building of a broad pipeline of drugs designed to direct and guide the patient’s immune system to eradicate tumors while minimizing safety concerns. The company's innovative technology currently focuses on the engineering of bispecific antibodies functional only in the tumor, designed to provide safety advantages compared to earlier generations of bispecific immunotherapies. Currently, Janux’s two lead TRACTr compounds for PSMA and EGFR are in the clinic. For more information, please visit www.januxrx.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
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