Janux Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Business Highlights

Janux Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Business Highlights




Janux Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Business Highlights

-IND application recently submitted for PSMA-TRACTr (JANX007)-

-Company remains on-track to submit IND application for EGFR-TRACTr (JANX008) in 2H 2022-

-Merck nominates second target as part of strategic collaboration and license agreement-

-Presented preclinical data for JANX007 and JANX008 at the 18th Annual Protein & Antibody Engineering Summit (PEGS) Boston Conference & Expo-

-$361.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments at end of first quarter 2022-

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Janux Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: JANX) (Janux), a 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, 2022 and provided a business update.

“Janux continues to make meaningful progress towards our goal of developing next-generation immunotherapies that are uniquely designed to overcome the clinical limitations of existing TCE approaches,” said David Campbell, Ph.D., President and CEO of Janux. “Recently, we were pleased to have presented compelling preclinical data supporting the planned clinical development of both our lead TRACTr programs at PEGS Boston, and we are excited about our progress in advancing IND application submissions for JANX007 and JANX008 in 2022. In tandem, we continue to advance our TROP2-TRACTr and our PD-L1xCD28 costimulatory TRACIr programs, with the goal of submitting an IND for both in 2023. We look forward to driving our pipeline of next-generation immunotherapies into the clinic and executing on our near-term milestones.”

RECENT BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS AND FUTURE MILESTONES:

  • TRACTr candidates advancing as planned.

    • Janux recently submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its PSMA-TRACTr (JANX007). cGMP manufacturing of drug substance and drug product has been completed to support the IND and supply first-in-human (FIH) clinical studies.
    • Janux expects to submit an IND application to the FDA for its EGFR-TRACTr (JANX008) in the second half of 2022. cGMP manufacturing of drug substance has been completed to support the IND and supply FIH clinical studies.
    • Janux expects to submit an IND application to the FDA for its TROP2-TRACTr in 2023.
  • Merck nominates second target as part of strategic collaboration and license agreement. In May 2022, Merck nominated a second target under the 2020 Research Collaboration and Exclusive License Agreement between Merck and Janux.
  • Presented preclinical data for JANX007 and JANX008 from the Company’s TRACTr platform at the 18th Annual Protein & Antibody Engineering Summit (PEGS) Boston. In May 2022, Janux presented preclinical data for the Company’s two lead TRACTr programs at PEGS Boston. JANX007 is a novel TRACTr therapeutic targeting prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, and JANX008 is a novel TRACTr therapeutic targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) for the treatment of multiple solid cancers including colorectal cancer, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer.

    • Data presented showed that JANX007 and JANX008 exhibited enhanced safety and pharmacokinetic properties relative to unmasked T cell engagers (TCE). Both candidates were well tolerated in non-human primate safety studies with limited healthy tissue toxicities and cytokine release syndrome. These data demonstrate key characteristics of JANX007 and JANX008 which support their planned clinical development.
  • IND-enabling studies ongoing for first TRACIr development candidate, a PD-L1xCD28 costimulatory bispecific for the treatment of solid tumors.

    • Janux expects to submit an IND application to the FDA for its PD-L1xCD28 TRACIr in 2023. Janux has initiated cGMP manufacturing activities to support production and release of drug substance and drug product.

FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments: As of March 31, 2022, Janux reported cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $361.2 million, compared to $375.0 million at December 31, 2021.
  • Research and development expenses: Research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were $10.2 million, compared to $1.9 million for the comparable period in 2021.
  • General and administrative expenses: General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were $4.9 million, compared to $0.7 million for the comparable period in 2021.
  • Net loss: For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, Janux reported a net loss of $13.4 million, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million for the comparable period in 2021.

About Janux Therapeutics

Janux Therapeutics is an innovative biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation therapeutics based on applying its proprietary technology to its Tumor Activated T Cell Engager (TRACTr) and Tumor Activated Immunomodulator (TRACIr) platforms to better treat patients suffering from cancer. Janux’s initial focus is on developing a novel class of T cell engagers (TCEs), and its lead product candidates are designed to target clinically validated drug targets. While TCE therapeutics have displayed potent anti-tumor activity in hematological cancers, developing TCEs to treat solid tumors have faced challenges due to the limitations of prior TCE technologies, namely (i) overactivation of the immune system leading to cytokine release syndrome, (ii) on-target, healthy tissue toxicities, and (iii) poor pharmacokinetics leading to short half-life. Janux is using its TRACTr platform technology to engineer product candidates designed to overcome these limitations by offering accuracy, stability, activity, modularity, and manufacturability. Janux is developing a broad pipeline with lead TRACTr programs targeting prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and trophoblast cell surface antigen 2 (TROP2), and its lead TRACIr program targeting PD-L1xCD28, with all of its programs currently in the IND-enabling or discovery stage. For more information, please visit www.januxrx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, Janux’s ability to bring new treatments to cancer patients in need, the progress and expected timing of Janux’s drug development programs, and the strength of Janux’s balance sheet and the adequacy of cash on hand. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include the risk that compounds that appear promising in early research do not demonstrate safety and/or efficacy in later preclinical studies or clinical trials, the risk that Janux may not obtain approval to market its product candidates, uncertainties associated with performing clinical trials, regulatory filings and applications, risks associated with reliance on third parties to successfully conduct clinical trials, the risks associated with reliance on outside financing to meet capital requirements, and other risks associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing drugs that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such drugs. You are urged to consider statements that include the words “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “estimates,” “projects,” “promise,” “potential,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “continues,” “designed,” “goal,” or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. For a further list and description of the risks and uncertainties Janux faces, please refer to Janux’s periodic and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov. Such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date they are made, and Janux assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Janux Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

 

 

March 31,

2022

 

 

December 31,

2021

 

Assets

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

55,129

 

 

$

35,582

 

Short-term investments

 

 

306,071

 

 

 

339,383

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

3,454

 

 

 

2,054

 

Total current assets

 

 

364,654

 

 

 

377,019

 

Restricted cash

 

 

816

 

 

 

816

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

2,660

 

 

 

1,412

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

130

 

 

 

185

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

337

 

 

 

392

 

Total assets

 

$

368,597

 

 

$

379,824

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

1,939

 

 

$

2,458

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

5,074

 

 

 

3,779

 

Current portion of deferred revenue

 

 

4,649

 

 

 

5,163

 

Unvested stock liabilities

 

 

700

 

 

 

1,203

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

 

153

 

 

 

194

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

12,515

 

 

 

12,797

 

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

 

 

 

 

 

700

 

Total liabilities

 

 

12,515

 

 

 

13,497

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

356,082

 

 

 

366,327

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

368,597

 

 

$

379,824

 

Janux Therapeutics, Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Collaboration revenue

 

$

1,589

 

 

$

380

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

 

10,184

 

 

 

1,925

 

General and administrative

 

 

4,947

 

 

 

739

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

15,131

 

 

 

2,664

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(13,542

)

 

 

(2,284

)

Total other income

 

 

132

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(13,410

)

 

$

(2,284

)

Other comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities, net

 

 

(1,567

)

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss

 

$

(14,977

)

 

$

(2,284

)

Net loss per common share, basic and diluted

 

$

(0.32

)

 

$

(2.06

)

Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic and diluted

 

 

41,315,482

 

 

 

1,111,178

 

 

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