NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Landos Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: LABP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral medicines for patients with autoimmune diseases, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, and provided a business update.
“Landos has made significant progress advancing our clinical-stage programs – omilancor, NX-13 and LABP-104,” said Gregory Oakes, President and CEO of Landos. “In August, we announced positive top-line results from our NX-13 Phase 1b trial, which showed a favorable safety and tolerability profile in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients across a range of doses, as well as promising early efficacy signals. We continue to believe in NX-13’s potential to be an important new oral, once-daily treatment for UC.”
“We are in the final stages of our comprehensive review of the Company’s clinical development plans, and we are working through a few remaining items. This thorough strategic review process has only reinforced our confidence in the significant potential of our promising pipeline and strong foundation of clinical data. We are excited about our future and look forward to providing an update on our plans to advance our clinical-stage assets and position Landos for continued clinical success. We are finalizing our review and expect to provide an update in the coming weeks,” continued Mr. Oakes.
Clinical Development Updates
Omilancor is a novel, oral, gut-restricted LANCL2 agonist in development for the treatment of UC as a once-daily oral treatment.
- Landos continues to optimize drug product formulation, including a dose selection assessment. The Company expects to announce both the timing and next steps in the development of omilancor later this year.
NX-13 is a novel, oral, gut-restricted NLXR1 agonist in development for the treatment of UC as a once-daily oral treatment.
- In August 2022, the Company announced top-line results from its Phase 1b trial in UC patients. The data showed favorable safety and tolerability across a range of doses, as well as signals of clinical improvement as soon as two weeks in patients’ symptoms and four weeks by endoscopy in exploratory endpoints.
- The Company provided additional information regarding results of the NX-13 Phase 1b trial in a supplemental presentation posted on the Company’s investor relations website.
- Landos plans to initiate a Phase 2 proof of concept clinical trial of NX-13 in UC patients to evaluate safety, efficacy, and optimal dosing. The Company expects to announce the details and timing of this trial later this year.
LABP-104 is a novel, oral, systemically distributed LANCL2 agonist in development for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and/or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a once-daily oral treatment.
- Landos conducted a Phase 1a clinical trial of LABP-104 in healthy volunteers and expects top-line results to be reported later this year.
- The Company expects to announce both the timing and next steps in the development of LABP-104 later this year.
Summary of Third Quarter 2022 Results
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities:
As of September 30, 2022, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $48.0 million, which it believes will be sufficient to fund its planned operations for at least the next 12 months. The Company plans to provide further details regarding its operating plans and capital resources upon completion of the portfolio review later this year.
Research and Development Expenses:
Research and development expenses were $4.9 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $9.3 million in the third quarter of 2021. The decrease of $4.4 million was primarily attributed to a decrease in clinical research organization and clinical data management costs, as well as a decrease in compensation costs upon terminating further enrollment in two omilancor clinical trials for the treatment of Crohn's Disease.
General and Administrative Expenses:
General and administrative expenses were $3.0 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2021. The decrease of $0.1 million was primarily attributable to a decrease in consulting costs, partially offset by increases in employee-related expenses, including stock-based compensation, as well as an increase in legal fees.
About Landos Biopharma
Landos Biopharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oral therapeutics for patients with autoimmune diseases. We believe we were the first to identify and target LANCL2, NLRX1 and PLXDC2, which are immunometabolic pathways or targets. We have identified seven novel immunometabolic pathways or targets based on predictions of immunometabolic function using a proprietary advanced artificial intelligence-based integrated computational and experimental precision medicine platform. Our near-term focus is on our clinical-stage programs including omilancor for the treatment of UC, NX-13 for the treatment of UC, and LABP-104 for the potential treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
For more information, please visit www.landosbiopharma.com.
Cautionary note on Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Landos Biopharma, Inc. (the “Company”), including statements about the Company’s strategy, clinical development and regulatory plans for its product candidates, including omilancor, NX-13 and LABP-104, and other statements containing the words “anticipate”, “plan”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “could”, “believe”, “look forward”, “potential”, the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions, or any discussions of strategy constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the uncertainties inherent in the initiation and enrollment of future clinical trials, expectations of expanding ongoing clinical trials, availability and timing of data from ongoing clinical trials, expectations for regulatory approvals, other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of the Company’s product candidates and other similar risks. Risks regarding the Company’s business are described in detail in its Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings, including in its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will be made available in other filings that the Company makes from time to time with the SEC. Such risks may be amplified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views only as of the date hereof. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as may be required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.
Patrick Truesdell, Principal Accounting Officer
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Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Landos Biopharma, Inc. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended |
|Nine Months Ended |
|Revenue - license fee:||$||-||$||-||$||-||$||18,000|
|Research and development||4,862||9,344||22,266||28,120|
|General and administrative||2,967||3,059||11,782||8,300|
|Total operating expenses||7,829||12,403||34,048||36,420|
|Loss from operations||(7,829||)||(12,403||)||(34,048||)||(18,420||)|
|Other income (loss), net||(67||)||(201||)||4||95|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.20||)||$||(0.32||)||$||(0.85||)||$||(0.50||)|
|Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted||40,254,890||39,962,069||40,254,890||36,662,627|
Landos Biopharma, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands)
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||28,880||$||8,305|
|Marketable securities, available-for-sale||19,111||82,575|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,497||1,266|
|Total current assets||49,488||92,146|
|Property and equipment, net||—||707|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Total current liabilities||5,475||16,611|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid-in capital||172,016||170,241|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(211||)||(225||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||44,013||76,268|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||49,488||$||92,879|