Xenon Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
Dr. Simon Pimstone, Xenon's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Since the beginning of the year, we have made solid progress within both our partnered and proprietary programs. We have also added to our senior leadership team with key hires that augment our drug development expertise as we continue to pursue multiple therapeutic opportunities that fit well with our strategic goals and capabilities.”
Dr. Pimstone added, “In February, we initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial of XEN801 that is expected to enroll approximately 150 patients with moderate to severe acne, and we anticipate topline results in the fourth quarter of 2016. Our key partnerships continue to advance – such as our ongoing collaborations with Genentech and Teva to develop novel pain products – providing us with the potential to address large market opportunities. At the same time, we remain focused on developing a proprietary pipeline of novel therapies that address rare or orphan indications, such as severe childhood epilepsy disorders.”
Achievements and Anticipated Milestones
- XEN801 is a topical stearoyl Co-A desaturase-1, or SCD1 inhibitor, being developed for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. A Phase 2 clinical trial of XEN801 was initiated in
February 2016. The Phase 2 clinical trial is a randomized, double-blind, multi-center, vehicle-controlled, parallel-group study designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, tolerability and systemic exposure of XEN801 for the treatment of moderate to severe facial acne. Xenon expects to enroll approximately 150 patients with moderate to severe acne, with topline results expected in the fourth quarter of 2016. By targeting a reduction in the size and number of sebaceous glands, thereby reducing sebum production, Xenon believes XEN801 is a promising, novel treatment for acne, which could be better tolerated and without the serious side effects that often limit the use of currently approved retinoid treatments.
- Xenon's development of a Nav1.6 sodium channel inhibitor for the treatment of rare infantile epileptic encephalopathies – such as Dravet Syndrome and SCN8A Epilepsy – continues to progress, and results from early in vivo target engagement studies have been encouraging. Xenon expects to identify a development candidate in 2016 and file an investigational new drug (IND) application in the first half of 2017.
- Xenon continues to leverage its drug discovery platform to identify validated drug targets and develop new product candidates, and expects to provide updates as new drug discovery programs advance in 2016.
- Xenon's partner
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.is currently conducting a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2b clinical trial for TV-45070 in patients with post-herpetic neuralgia, with results expected in the first half of 2017.
- Xenon's partner Genentech, a member of the
Roche Group, is currently conducting two Phase 1 clinical trials for GDC-0276 and GDC-0310, which are both oral, selective Nav1.7 small-molecule inhibitors being developed for the potential treatment of pain. Both Phase 1 clinical trials are ongoing, and pending a full assessment of the results, Genentech intends to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial in 2016. The research term for Xenon’s second collaboration with Genentech, which is centered on pain genetics, was recently extended for another year until March 2017.
- Xenon is eligible to receive a royalty on commercial sales of Glybera, which is licensed to uniQure
Biopharma B.V.for the treatment of the orphan disorder lipoprotein lipase deficiency. The first patient treated with Glybera as a commercially-available gene therapy was announced by uniQure in November 2015and enabled by its commercialization partner in the EU, Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.
First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
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Conference Call Information
Xenon will host a conference call and live audio webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (
Xenon is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing a pipeline of differentiated therapeutics for orphan indications that it intends to commercialize on its own and for larger market indications that the company intends to partner with global pharmaceutical companies. Xenon has built a core enabling discovery platform, referred to as Extreme Genetics, for the discovery of validated drug targets by studying rare human diseases with extreme traits, including diseases caused by mutations in ion channels, known as channelopathies. Xenon's Extreme Genetics platform has yielded the first approved gene therapy product in the
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