Apellis Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
WALTHAM, Mass., July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: APLS), a global biopharmaceutical company and leader in targeted C3 therapies, today announced its second quarter 2020 financial results and business highlights.
“This past quarter, Apellis continued to make remarkable progress advancing our targeted C3 therapy, pegcetacoplan, for patients living with serious, complement-driven diseases,” said Cedric Francois, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of Apellis. “In PNH, we presented detailed results from the Phase 3 PEGASUS study, which showed that pegcetacoplan demonstrated substantial improvements over C5 inhibition and strengthened our belief in the potential of targeting C3 to elevate the standard of care in PNH. Following positive meetings with regulatory agencies, we are on track to submit marketing applications to the FDA and EMA later this year, and we look forward to bringing pegcetacoplan to the PNH community.
“We also completed enrollment in three Phase 3 trials while ensuring patient safety during the pandemic. These included two pivotal trials in geographic atrophy, a leading cause of blindness that affects five million people worldwide and has no approved treatment. We look forward to top-line results from these studies, as well as from our Phase 3 PRINCE trial in treatment-naïve patients with PNH, in 2021. I am proud of all that the Apellis team continues to accomplish to bring life-changing therapies to people with debilitating diseases.”
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Corporate & Other Highlights:
Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results:
As of June 30, 2020, Apellis had $833 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term marketable securities, compared to $352 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2019.
Apellis reported a net loss of $118.6 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to a net loss of $71.1 million for the second quarter of 2019.
Research and development expenses were $87.1 million in the second quarter of 2020, compared to $50.7 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase of $8.8 million in contract manufacturing expenses in connection with the supply of pegcetacoplan for our Phase 3 clinical trials, an increase of $6.7 million in clinical trial costs associated with the continued enrollment of our Phase 3 clinical trials in PNH and GA, an increase of $11.0 million in personnel-related costs primarily due to the hiring of additional personnel, an increase of $4.6 million related to research and innovation activities, and an increase of $6.2 million in other development costs, and offset by a decrease of $0.9 million in pre-clinical study expenses and device development expenses. We would expect our research and development expenses to continue to increase with the number of aggregate patients enrolled in our trials and as we may add to the number of ongoing trials for subcutaneous pegcetacoplan.
General and administrative expenses were $28.4 million in the second quarter of 2020, compared to $12.8 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in employee-related costs of $9.9 million, an increase in professional and consulting fees and general commercial preparation activities of $5.7 million, an increase of $0.4 million in director stock compensation expense, and an increase in $0.3 million in insurance, offset by a decrease in general office costs and conference and travel-related expenses of $0.7 million. The increase in employee-related costs of $9.9 million consisted of a $6.1 million increase in salaries and benefits primarily due to the increase in the number of employees, $3.6 million related to stock expense associated with the grant of stock options and restricted stock units to employees, and $0.2 million in recruitment expense. The increase in other professional and consulting fees and general commercial preparation activities of $5.7 million primarily related to an increase in commercial-related activity of $4.8 million, an increase of $0.9 million in general consulting fees, a $0.3 million increase in accounting, an increase in communication and public relations fees of $0.1 million, and offset by a decrease of $0.4 million legal fees.
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