AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kiadis Pharma N.V. (“Kiadis Pharma” or “Company”) (Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels: KDS), a recently-listed clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative T-cell immunotherapy treatments for blood cancers and inherited blood disorders, today announces its maiden unaudited financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2015, which have been prepared in accordance with the IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting” as adopted by the European Union.
Continued good progress made in developing lead product ATIR101™ for
- Full enrolment of the ongoing Phase II clinical study has been accomplished;
- Readout of the primary endpoint results of this study is still expected in Q1 2016;
- Establishing a closed manufacturing process that allows for automation is advancing according to plan.
- Preparations underway to run another study, testing repeat dose administration of ATIR101™ in parallel with the ongoing Phase II trial.
- ATIR101™ granted an Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product (ATMP) certificate for manufacturing quality and non-clinical data by the European Medicinal Agency (EMA).
- The Company further strengthened its Supervisory Board with the appointment of Dr. Vincent Brichard as an independent member.
- Kiadis Pharma N.V. listed its shares with an initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels on 2 July 2015. IPO proceeds (€34.7 million gross) did not contribute to the equity and cash position for the first six months ended 30 June 2015 and hence are not included in these financial results.
|Total revenue and other income||-||-||-|
|Research and development||(4.7)||(2.2)||(2.5)|
|General and administrative||(7.0)||(0.7)||(6.3)|
|Net financial result||2.2||(0.6)||2.8|
|Net operational cash flow||(3.6)||(2.7)||(0.9)|
|Cash at end of period||2.5||3.6||(1.1)|
A full financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2015 is available on Kiadis Pharma’s website.
Commenting on the maiden financial results, Manfred Rüdiger, CEO of Kiadis Pharma, said: “We are pleased to be making continued good progress with our Phase II clinical trial using ATIR101™ and that we remain on track. Having completed our recent IPO we are now completely driven to create life-saving treatments for patients with blood cancers and inherited blood disorders and to create value for our shareholders.”
During an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) treatment, the bone marrow, harbouring the diseased cells, is completely destroyed and subsequently replaced by stem cells from a healthy donor. After an HSCT treatment it usually takes at least six to twelve months to recover to near-normal blood cell levels and immune cell functions in a patient that has received a transplant. During this period, the patient is highly susceptible and vulnerable to infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Immune cells in ATIR™ (Allodepleted T-cell ImmunotheRapeutics) will help fight these opportunistic infections and bridge the time until the immune system has fully re-grown from stem cells in the transplanted graft.
In ATIR™, T-cells that cause Graft-versus-Host-Disease (GVHD) are eliminated from the donor lymphocytes, which minimises the risk of GVHD and any related morbidity and mortality. At the same time, ATIR™ contains potential cancer killing T-cells from the donor that could eliminate residual cancer cells and avoid the return of the disease. ATIR™ allows the use of haploidentical grafts that are almost entirely depleted of T-cells, which eliminates the need for immunosuppressive drugs. ATIR™ subsequently provides the patient with immune cells that do not cause GVHD. As a result, ATIR™ solves the problem of not finding a matched donor in time and has the potential to make curative HSCT a viable option to many more patients.
The Company estimates that approximately 35% of patients who are eligible for, and who are in urgent need of, HSCT will not find a matching donor in time. A partially matched (haploidentical) family donor, however, will be available to over 95% of patients. The use of haploidentical donor grafts without ATIR™ is only feasible in conjunction with severe immunosuppression which renders the patient highly vulnerable to infections with severe clinical complications, resulting potentially in death.
About Kiadis Pharma
Kiadis Pharma is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on research, development and future commercialisation of cell-based immunotherapy products for the treatment of blood cancers and inherited blood disorders. The Company believes that its innovative products have the potential to address the current risks and limitations connected with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Although currently not a viable option for many patients, HSCT is generally regarded as the most effective curative approach to blood cancers and certain inherited blood disorders. The Company expects that HSCT could become a first-choice treatment for blood cancers and inherited blood disorders once current risks and limitations are addressed, thereby meeting a significant unmet medical need with its products.
Currently, ATIR™101 is being tested in an open-label Phase II trial in patients with blood cancer who have not found a matching donor and where a partially matched (haploidentical) family member is used as donor for HSCT.
Kiadis Pharma is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and its shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels. Further information can be found at: www.kiadis.com
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