Omeros Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2019 Financial Results
– Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. ET –
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Omeros Corporation (Nasdaq: OMER), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, complement-mediated diseases, disorders of the central nervous system and immune-related diseases, including cancers, today announced recent highlights and developments as well as financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, which include:
- 4Q 2019 OMIDRIA® revenues were $33.4 million, Omeros’ highest revenue quarter to date and representing another quarter of double-digit growth of 12 percent compared to 3Q 2019.
- Full year 2019 OMIDRIA revenues were $111.8 million, a 274 percent increase from the prior year.
- Net loss in 4Q 2019 was $29.2 million, or $0.58 per share. Net loss for the full year 2019 was $84.5 million, or $1.71 per share. Non-cash expenses for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2019 were $6.3 million, or $0.12 per share, and $24.8 million, or $0.50 per share, respectively. Included in both 4Q and full year net loss is $12.6 million, or $0.25 per share, in connection with Omeros’ election to accelerate the manufacturing schedule for a one-time set of five narsoplimab process validation and commercial lots. These lots were successfully manufactured, provide data to satisfy the BLA process validation requirements, and can be used for commercial sales following approval.
- At December 31, 2019, the company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments available for operations of $60.8 million.
- Data from the narsoplimab pivotal registration trial met the FDA-agreed primary efficacy endpoint, with complete response rates of 54 percent (p<0.0001) in all patients receiving at least one dose of narsoplimab and 65 percent (p<0.0001) in all patients receiving at least the protocol-specified four weeks of dosing, well surpassing the FDA-agreed threshold for efficacy of 15 percent.
On the secondary endpoint of 100-day survival, 68 percent of all patients receiving at least one dose of narsoplimab achieved 100-day survival, with 83 percent of patients receiving at least the protocol-specified four weeks of dosing and 93 percent of responders achieving the endpoint. Experts familiar with the pivotal trial data would expect a 100-day survival rate of less than 20 percent in this population.
“2019 was a year of tremendous accomplishment for Omeros,” stated Gregory A. Demopulos, M.D., Omeros’ chairman and chief executive officer. “Our pivotal trial in HSCT-TMA generated data that substantially surpass FDA’s agreed threshold for efficacy and enabled submission of the first sections of our rolling BLA, OMIDRIA delivered record annual sales of $112 million, and we discovered a cancer immunity axis controlled by GPR174, a target that we control and expect could change the immuno-oncology landscape. And 2020 is shaping up to be an even better year. We are on track to complete submission of the narsoplimab BLA for HSCT-TMA and look forward to FDA’s review and approval as we move the drug toward two additional indications in IgA nephropathy and aHUS. We expect that 2020 will also bring continued growth in OMIDRIA sales, further clinical development of our OMS527 addiction program, a Phase 1 trial for our MASP-3 inhibitor OMS906, and ongoing progress with our MASP-2 small-molecule inhibitor and next-generation antibody as well as our GPR174 antagonists, driving them toward the clinic. We’ve built a top-tier group of first-in-kind assets, are delivering on their promise, and expect that they will significantly improve the lives of patients and their families.”
Fourth Quarter and Recent Developments
- Recent developments regarding narsoplimab, Omeros’ lead human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2) in Phase 3 clinical programs for the treatment of hematopoietic stem-cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (HSCT-TMA), Immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy, and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), include the following:
- Omeros recently announced positive data across primary and secondary endpoints in its pivotal trial of narsoplimab in HSCT-TMA patients.
- The primary endpoint is a set of rigorous response criteria requiring improvements in HSCT-TMA laboratory markers and improvement in clinical status. The FDA-agreed threshold for the efficacy primary endpoint in the very sick patient population treated in this trial is a response rate of 15 percent. Across all patients receiving at least one dose of narsoplimab, 54 percent (p<0.0001) were complete responders; in patients receiving at least the protocol-specified four weeks of narsoplimab treatment, the complete response rate was 65 percent (p<0.0001).
- The secondary endpoints include survival rates and change from baseline in laboratory markers. The 100-day survival rate was 68 percent in all patients who received at least one dose of narsoplimab, 83 percent in patients who received at least the protocol-specified 4 weeks of narsoplimab treatment, and 93 percent in responders. Experts familiar with the pivotal trial data would expect a 100-day survival rate of less than 20 percent in this population. Across all patients, statistically significant improvement was seen in platelet count and LDH and haptoglobin levels (p<0.01 for each marker).
- The most commonly reported adverse events in the trial were diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hypokalemia, neutropenia and fever – all common in stem-cell transplant patients. Six deaths also occurred during the trial and were due to sepsis, progression of the underlying disease and graft-versus-host disease. All of these are common causes of death in this patient population.
- In February 2020, Omeros met with FDA to discuss the chemistry, manufacturing and controls aspects of the Biologics License Application (BLA) for narsoplimab in HSCT-TMA. At the meeting, FDA requested near-term manufacturing dates for narsoplimab so that FDA’s pre-approval inspections could be scheduled. FDA and Omeros also reached agreement on requirements for stability data and release assays for the BLA
- Data from the narsoplimab pivotal trial in HSCT-TMA were presented and discussed by a panel of international experts in hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation at a recent continuing medical education symposium held at the Transplant and Cellular Therapy Conference in Orlando.
- Omeros initiated a collaboration with myTomorrows, a global health technology company, to broaden its expanded access program to support international availability of narsoplimab to eligible patients who have no other treatment options.
- The ARTEMIS-IGAN Phase 3 clinical trial for narsoplimab in IgA nephropathy is ongoing at 91 sites in the U.S. and internationally, with additional sites coming on line. Data readout is expected next year.
- Multiple manuscripts directed to narsoplimab in IgA nephropathy have been accepted for publication or are under review by peer-reviewed journals. Most recently, a review article entitled “MASP-2 Inhibition as Potential Strategy for IgA Nephropathy Management” authored by Drs. Jonathan Barratt of University of Leicester and Richard Lafayette of Stanford University was accepted for publication in the journal Drugs of the Future.
- Recent developments regarding OMIDRIA include the following:
- The Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act was introduced in the both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate during the fourth quarter. The proposed legislation has strong bipartisan backing in both chambers of Congress and is supported by a diverse group of grassroots organizations. If passed, the legislation would mandate separate payment by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a period of five years for non-opioid pain treatments used during surgery, like OMIDRIA.
- The new product-specific permanent J-code for OMIDRIA became effective on October 1, 2019. J-codes standardize the submission and payment of insurance claims across Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and commercial insurance plans.
- Updates regarding Omeros’ other development programs and platforms include the following:
- Omeros’ MASP-3 inhibitor OMS906 is on track for clinical entry in June of this year. Initially targeting paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), OMS906 is expected to allow monthly subcutaneous dosing.
- Following positive results from the Phase 1 study, Omeros is planning for a Phase 2 trial of its phosphodiesterase 7 inhibitor OMS527 in nicotine addiction.
- In the fourth quarter of 2019, Omeros presented new data on its GPR174 immuno-oncology program at international medical congresses. Data from human ex vivo studies demonstrate that GPR174 inhibition results in downregulation of checkpoint and tumor-promoting factors. In addition, data from animal models reveal enhanced anti-tumor immune responses in GPR174-deficient mice and synergism between adenosine receptor antagonists and GPR174 antagonists in promoting interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-? (IFN-?) production from human T cells. Omeros discovered a cancer-immunity axis controlled by GPR174 and is building an exclusive intellectual property position directed to modulation of GPR174 for the treatment of cancer.
- In December 2019, Omeros raised $54.2 million in net proceeds in an underwritten offering of common stock.
Fourth Quarter 2019
For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, revenues were $33.4 million, all relating to sales of OMIDRIA. This compares to OMIDRIA revenue of $22.0 million for the same period in 2018. On a sequential quarter-over-quarter basis, OMIDRIA revenue increased by $3.6 million or 12 percent. The increases from the prior year and from the prior quarter are primarily due to a growing number of purchasing accounts as well as deeper penetration within accounts across hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and government payers.
Total operating costs and expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 were $57.1 million compared to $40.5 million for the comparable period in 2018 and $41.0 million in the preceding quarter. The increase in both cases primarily reflects $12.6 million of expenses incurred ahead of schedule due to Omeros’ election to accelerate the manufacturing schedule for a one-time set of five narsoplimab process validation and commercial lots. These lots were successfully manufactured, provide data to satisfy the BLA process validation requirements, and can be used for commercial sales following approval.
For the three months ended December 31, 2019, Omeros reported a net loss of $29.2 million or $0.58 per share, which included non-cash expenses of $6.3 million ($0.12 per share) and the aforementioned manufacturing expenses of $12.6 million ($0.25 per share). This compares to the prior year’s fourth quarter when Omeros reported a net loss of $23.5 million, or $0.48 per share, which included non-cash expenses of $4.9 million ($0.10 per share).
Full Year 2019
Revenues for the full year 2019 were $111.8 million compared to $29.9 million for full year 2018. The significant increase year-over-year is primarily due to the status of pass-through reimbursement. During the period January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018, OMIDRIA was not reimbursed separately under Medicare Part B. This had a significant negative impact on revenues during 2018. Following reinstatement of pass-through reimbursement on October 1, 2018, OMIDRIA revenues quickly returned to and exceeded previous levels.
For the year ending December 31, 2019, total costs and expenses were $175.2 million compared to $142.1 million in the prior year. The increase for the current year compared to the prior year is due primarily to the additional narsoplimab manufacturing, an increase in spending on preclinical research and development in our OMS906 program and the resumption of OMIDRIA marketing activities following reinstatement of pass-through reimbursement on October 1, 2018.
At December 31, 2019, the company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments available for operations of $60.8 million and an accounts receivable balance of $35.2 million. The company also has an accounts receivable-based line of credit which permits borrowing up to the lesser of $50.0 million and 85 percent of eligible accounts receivable, subject to applicable reserves. We have not borrowed under this facility.
Conference Call Details
Omeros’ management will host a conference call to discuss the financial results and to provide an update on business activities. The call will be held today at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time; 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the live conference call via phone, please dial (844) 831-4029 from the United States and Canada or (920) 663-6278 internationally. The participant passcode is 4870947. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephone replay will be available for one week following the call and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 from the United States and Canada or (404) 537-3406 internationally. The replay passcode is 4870947.
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About Omeros Corporation
Omeros is an innovative biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market as well as orphan indications targeting complement-mediated diseases, disorders of the central nervous system and immune-related diseases, including cancers. In addition to its commercial drug OMIDRIA® (phenylephrine and ketorolac intraocular solution) 1%/0.3%, Omeros has multiple Phase 3 and Phase 2 clinical-stage development programs focused on complement-mediated disorders and substance abuse, as well as a diverse group of preclinical programs including GPR174, a novel target in immuno-oncology that modulates a new cancer immunity axis recently discovered by Omeros. Small-molecule inhibitors of GPR174 are part of Omeros’ proprietary G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) platform through which it controls 54 new GPCR drug targets and their corresponding compounds. The company also exclusively possesses a novel antibody-generating platform.
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