SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATRA), a biopharmaceutical company developing meaningful therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening diseases that have been underserved by scientific innovation, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 and recent operational highlights.
"We are pleased to report that for our lead product candidate, EBV-CTL, we have received feedback from FDA on our approach to comparing material manufactured by our CMO with material previously produced at MSK and have commenced manufacturing to support our Phase 3 trials," said Isaac Ciechanover, Chief Executive Officer and President of Atara Bio. "We have also submitted our Phase 3 trial protocols to FDA, and we look forward to the initiation of these trials by year end."
Recent Highlights and Anticipated Upcoming Milestones
CTL Platform Expansion
Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results
About Atara Biotherapeutics' Allogeneic Cellular Therapy Platform
Atara Bio's cellular therapy platform provides healthy immune capability to a patient and arms the immune system to precisely target and combat disease. Cells derived from healthy donors are manufactured in advance and stored as inventory so that a customized unit of cells can be chosen for each patient. The cells are ready to infuse in patients in approximately 3 to 5 days. Once administered, the cells home to their target, expand in-vivo to eliminate diseased cells, and eventually recede. This versatile platform can be directed towards a broad array of disease causing targets and has demonstrated clinical proof of concept across both viral and non-viral targets in conditions ranging from liquid and solid tumors to infectious and autoimmune diseases. The Company's lead product candidate derived from this platform is expected to enter Phase 3 trials in 2016. The Company has pursued prospective feedback from health authorities on both manufacturing and clinical trial design. Its lead product candidate has the potential to be the first commercial allogeneic T-cell therapy for a viral target implicated in cancer.
About Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing meaningful therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening diseases that have been underserved by scientific innovation, with an initial focus on immunotherapy and oncology. Atara Bio's programs include T-cell product candidates and molecularly targeted product candidates. The T-cell product candidates include EBV-CTL, CMV-CTL, and Wilms Tumor 1 targeted Cytotoxic T-cells (WT1-CTL) and harness the power of the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells and cells infected with certain viruses. The molecularly targeted product candidates include STM 434. These product candidates target activin and myostatin, members of the TGF-beta family of proteins, and have demonstrated the potential to have therapeutic benefit in a number of clinical indications.
This press release contains or may imply "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. For example, forward-looking statements include statements regarding the initiation of the Phase 3 trials for EBV-CTLs for EBV-PTLD by year end, the Scientific Advice meeting with EMA and health technology assessment groups scheduled in the 4th quarter of 2016, expectation to broaden our EAP trial to include enrollment of patients with other EBV-associated hematologic malignancies and solid tumors, expectation to initiate a pivotal trial with CMV-CTL in 2017, and the belief that cash and investments, as of September 30, 2016, will be sufficient to fund the Company's planned operations through 2018. Because such statements deal with future events and are based on Atara Bio's current expectations, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results, performance or achievements of Atara Bio could differ materially from those described in or implied by the statements in this press release. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Atara Bio's quarterly report in Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 8, 2016, including the documents incorporated by reference therein, and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Except as otherwise required by law, Atara Bio disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.
|ATARA BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||46,013||$||23,746|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,889||3,921|
|Total current assets||282,230||324,597|
|Property and equipment, net||2,085||270|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accrued research and development expenses||5,109||5,112|
|Other accrued liabilities||960||528|
|Total current liabilities||13,688||9,709|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid-in capital||429,088||413,725|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||35||(518||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||270,202||315,100|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||284,417||$||324,975|
|ATARA BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.|
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended|
|Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Research and development||$||18,802||$||8,113||$||43,040||$||25,387|
|General and administrative||7,140||4,146||19,448||11,291|
|Total operating expenses||25,942||12,259||62,488||36,678|
|Loss from operations||(25,942||)||(12,259||)||(62,488||)||(36,678||)|
|Interest and other income, net||576||380||1,684||696|
|Loss before provision (benefit) for income taxes||(25,366||)||(11,879||)||(60,804||)||(35,982||)|
|Provision (benefit) for income taxes||7||(11||)||10||(9||)|
|Other comprehensive gain (loss):|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities||(158||)||117||553||151|
|Net loss per common share:|
|Basic and diluted net loss per common share||$||(0.88||)||$||(0.43||)||$||(2.12||)||$||(1.46||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding used|
to calculate basic and diluted net loss per common
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