Albireo Reports Q2 2022 Financial Results and Business Update
- Bylvay®(odevixibat) Q2 2022 net product revenue
$5.9 million, June YTD 2022 $10.5 million
- Agreed Bylvay reimbursement contract in
Italyand Belgiumwith launches planned for the fall
- Global Phase 3 ASSERT study in Alagille syndrome on track for topline data readout this fall
- Global Phase 3 BOLD study in biliary atresia on track for full enrollment in 2022
- Company to host a conference call and webcast today at
4:30 p.m. ET
"We continue to make meaningful progress with the global Bylvay launch as we increase the number of patients on Bylvay, including reimbursed patients and those covered through our managed access programs. Compliance and persistency continue to be strong, providing these patients an effective and well tolerated drug that has potential to be their lifetime therapy, and we look forward to our planned expansion beyond PFIC with the imminent ASSERT Phase 3 trial in Alagille syndrome readout this fall," said
Q2 and Upcoming Highlights
- Bylvay net product revenue was
$5.9 million, with $3.5 millionfrom the United Statesand $2.4 millionfrom international markets. As of the end of Q2 2022, there are 245 total Bylvay patients—which include reimbursed, non-reimbursed and rollover patients—representing +18% growth compared to Q1. U.S.prescriber base grew quarter over quarter with unique prescribers increasing from 57 to 73.
- Bylvay reimbursement confirmed in the
U.S., Germany, United Kingdom, Italyand Belgium.
- Positively concluded the pricing & reimbursement negotiation in
Italyfor Bylvay, thus enabling access for Italian PFIC patients this fall. Bylvay was granted “Full Therapeutic Innovation” status by the AIFA ( Italian Medicines Agency) which is a special designation applied to select products where there is a high unmet need, added clinical benefit, and robustness of the scientific evidence. This status will provide access to dedicated national funding and direct inclusion into regional formularies within 60 days from the official publication of the Italian marketing authorization decree, expected next month.
- Successfully completed negotiations with RIZIV-INAMI in
Belgium, with reimbursement granted from October 1, 2022.
- Launched in
Scotlandfollowing Scottish Medicines Consortium(SMC) publication of the assessment report for Bylvay in July. Bylvay is available for PFIC through the ultra-orphan pathway assessment for medicines that treat very rare, chronic and disabling conditions.
- In the
U.S., nearly all patients, across public and private insurers, have a path to coverage for Bylvay.
- Positively concluded the pricing & reimbursement negotiation in
- Presented and published data from the global Phase 3 PEDFIC 1 & PEDFIC 2 studies, which were the first and largest successful global gold standard pediatric Phase 3 studies ever conducted in cholestatic liver disease. The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology published the results of the pivotal PEDFIC 1 trial of Bylvay in PFIC. Eleven abstracts were also accepted and presented at the
International Liver CongressTM (EASL) and European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN).
- On track to report topline data from the Phase 3 ASSERT study in Alagille syndrome (ALGS) this fall. ASSERT is a gold standard, prospective intervention trial with 35 sites across North America,
Europe, Middle Eastand Asia Pacific. Albireo currently has an Expanded Access Program (EAP) for patients with ALGS, which is available in the U.S.and Europe, to provide access to Bylvay for patients suffering from ALGS prior to the product’s planned approval and reimbursement.
- The BOLD study is the first and only Phase 3 study of an ileal bile acid transporter (IBAT) inhibitor in biliary atresia with clinical trial sites spanning the
U.S., Europe, Latin Americaand China. The study remains on track for full enrollment in 2022 and topline data in 2024.
- Plan to initiate a Phase 1 first-in-human study for A2342 by the end of 2022. This will follow recently completed IND-enabling toxicology studies. A2342 is the first oral sodium-taurocholate co-transporting peptide (NTCP) inhibitor in development for hepatitis B and D.
- Completed an agreement with Medison Canada, a subsidiary of Medison. Similar to the existing agreement with Medison in
Israel, this one is for the commercial distributorship of Bylvay in Canada. Medison is recognized as a leader in rare diseases with partnerships with top-tier biotech companies in international markets.
Habib J. Dable, Former President and CEO of Acceleron Pharma, and Susan Alesina, Vice President, National Business Development and Alliances at Boston Children’s Hospital, as members of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
- Product revenue, net was
$5.9 millionfor the second quarter of 2022 due to Bylvay global sales. Bylvay was approved during the third quarter of 2021, therefore there was no product revenue for the second quarter of 2021.
- Royalty revenue was
$2.3 millionfor the second quarter of 2022, compared with $2.4 millionfor the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of $0.1 million. The decrease relates to estimated royalty revenue which is passed on to HealthCare Royalty Partners.
- Cost of product revenue was
$0.8 millionfor the second quarter of 2022. Following approval of Bylvay, certain manufacturing and quality headcount costs are now included in cost of product revenue. There were no material costs, as materials related to current product sold were expensed prior to approval. Bylvay was approved during the third quarter of 2021, therefore there was no cost of product revenue for the second quarter of 2021.
- R&D expenses were
$22.9 millionfor the second quarter of 2022 compared with $20.9 millionfor the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $2.0 million. The increase in R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2022 was principally due to expenses related to clinical program activities, personnel expenses and other costs as we continue to increase our headcount and program activities. The increase in program activities related to ongoing phase 3 clinical trials for biliary atresia and Alagille syndrome, as well as Bylvay PFIC expenses and were partially offset by a decrease in preclinical expenses and A3907 due to completion of the Phase 1 study.
- Selling, general and administrative expenses were
$21.6 millionfor the second quarter of 2022 compared with $16.9 millionfor the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $4.7 million. The increase is attributable to personnel and related expenses as we continue to increase our headcount, and commercialization activities related to Bylvay including our sales force and support for global expansion efforts.
- Net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was
$39.9 million, or $(2.04)per share, compared to $36.4 million, or $(1.90)per share for the second quarter of 2021.
- The Company had cash and cash equivalents of
$181.0 millionas of June 30, 2022, versus $216.7 millionas of March 31, 2022. The Company expects to have sufficient cash into 2024 based on current revenue and expense projections. Bylvay 2022 sales are now expected to be $24 million.
To access the live conference call by phone, dial 1-855-327-6837 (domestic) or 1-631-891-4304 (international), and provide the access code 10019926. A live audio webcast will be accessible from the Investors page at ir.albireopharma.com/. To ensure a timely connection to the webcast, it is recommended that participants register at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. An archived version of the webcast will be available for replay on the Events & Presentations section of the Investors page of Albireo’s website for 3 months following the event.
About Bylvay (odevixibat)
Bylvay is the first drug approved in the
Important Safety Information
- The most common adverse reactions for Bylvay are diarrhea, liver test abnormalities, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fat-soluble vitamin deficiency.
- Liver Test Abnormalities: Patients should obtain baseline liver tests and monitor during treatment. Dose reduction or treatment interruption may be required if abnormalities occur. For persistent or recurrent liver test abnormalities, consider treatment discontinuation.
- Diarrhea: Treat dehydration. Treatment interruption or discontinuation may be required for persistent diarrhea.
- Fat-Soluble Vitamin (FSV) Deficiency: Patient should obtain baseline vitamin levels and monitor during treatment. Supplement if deficiency is observed. If FSV deficiency persists or worsens despite FSV supplementation, discontinue treatment.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements, other than statements of historical fact, regarding, among other things: Albireo’s commercialization plans; the plans for, or progress, scope, cost, initiation, duration, enrollment, results or timing for availability of results of, development of Bylvay, A3907, A2342 or any other Albireo product candidate or program; the PEDFIC 2 open-label trial in patients with PFIC; the pivotal trial for Bylvay in biliary atresia (BOLD); the pivotal trial for Bylvay in Alagille syndrome (ASSERT); the Phase 2 study for A3907 the IND-enabling or clinical studies for A2342; the target indication(s) for development or approval; the timing for initiation or completion of or availability or reporting of results from any clinical trial, including the long-term open-label extension study for Bylvay in PFIC, the BOLD and ASSERT trials, the Phase 2 study for A3907, and the IND-enabling and clinical studies for A2342; the impact of the Expanded Access Program; expectations that biliary atresia is the most common pediatric cholestatic liver disease with no approved drug treatment; potential regulatory approval and plans for potential commercialization of Bylvay in additional countries; the potential benefits or competitive position of Bylvay or any other Albireo product candidate or program or the commercial opportunity in any target indication; future price listings and reimbursement approvals of Bylvay; the length of time for which Albireo’s cash resources are expected to be sufficient; or Albireo’s plans, expectations or future operations, financial position, revenues, costs or expenses. Albireo often uses words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “plans,” “expects,” “projects,” “future,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “planned,” “continue,” “guidance,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results, performance or experience may differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statement as a result of various risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, but not limited to: there are no guarantees that Bylvay will be commercially successful; we may encounter issues, delays or other challenges in commercializing Bylvay; whether Bylvay receives adequate reimbursement from third-party payors; the degree to which Bylvay receives acceptance from patients and physicians for its approved indication; challenges associated with execution of our sales activities, which in each case could limit the potential of our product; challenges associated with supply and distribution activities, which in each case could limit our sales and the availability of our product; results achieved in Bylvay in the treatment of patients with PFIC may be different than observed in clinical trials, and may vary among patients; potential negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on manufacturing, supply, conduct or initiation of clinical trials, or other aspects of our business; whether favorable findings from clinical trials of Bylvay to date, including findings in indications other than PFIC, will be predictive of results from other clinical trials of Bylvay; there is no guarantee that Bylvay will be approved in jurisdictions or for indications beyond the jurisdictions in which or indications for which Bylvay is currently approved; there is no guarantee that our other products candidates will be approved; estimates of the addressable patient population for target indications may prove to be incorrect; the outcome and interpretation by regulatory authorities of the ongoing third-party study pooling and analyzing of long-term PFIC patient data; the timing for initiation or completion of, or for availability of data from, clinical trials of Bylvay, including BOLD and ASSERT and the Phase 2 clinical trial of A3907, and the outcomes of such trials; Albireo’s ability to obtain coverage, pricing or reimbursement for approved products in
Hans Vitzthum, LifeSci Advisors, LLC., 617-430-7578
|Albireo Pharma, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in thousands, except share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||180,971||$||248,107|
|Accounts receivable, net||1,849||3,272|
|Other current assets||2,666||12,096|
|Total current assets||195,752||268,930|
|Property and equipment, net||1,388||668|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Current portion of note payable, net of discount||10,158||—|
|Other current liabilities||5,005||2,880|
|Total current liabilities||43,591||45,347|
|Liability related to sale of future royalties||61,493||60,132|
|Note payable, net of discount||—||10,004|
|Other long-term liabilities||10,253||10,960|
|Additional paid-in capital||488,692||475,390|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||8,252||1,105|
|Total stockholders’ equity||113,677||175,608|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||229,014||$||302,051|
|Albireo Pharma, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended
||Six Months Ended
|Product revenue, net||$||5,891||$||—||$||10,547||$||—|
|Cost and operating expenses:|
|Cost of product revenue||776||—||1,010||—|
|Research and development||22,888||20,894||44,791||40,837|
|Selling, general and administrative||21,600||16,940||38,455||32,213|
|Other operating expense (income), net||145||(2,374||)||7,543||4,154|
|Total cost and operating expenses||45,409||35,460||91,799||77,204|
|Interest expense, net||(2,746||)||(3,389||)||(5,622||)||(7,344||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to holders of common stock:|
|Net loss per common share - basic and diluted||$||(2.04||)||$||(1.90||)||$||(4.23||)||$||(4.18||)|
|Weighted-average common shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per common share||19,585,164||19,200,747||19,482,943||19,196,798|
Source: Albireo Pharma, Inc.