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Altimmune Announces Positive Lean Mass Preservation Data for Pemvidutide and Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results
[March 27, 2024]

Altimmune Announces Positive Lean Mass Preservation Data for Pemvidutide and Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results

Body composition study showed lean mass preservation, with only 25.5% of weight loss derived from lean mass

Enrollment ongoing in IMPACT Phase 2b trial of pemvidutide in Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Steatohepatitis (MASH), with topline 24-week data expected Q1 2025

Preclinical study results showed a direct anti-fibrotic effect of pemvidutide in a
non-steatotic model of liver fibrosis

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $198.0 million at December 31, 2023

Webcast to be held today, March 27, 2024, at 8:30 am ET

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 27, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altimmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023, and provided a business update.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of the body composition analysis from our recently completed MOMENTUM 48-week Phase 2 obesity trial of pemvidutide. Our data show that 74.5% of weight loss was derived from adipose tissue and only 25.5% from lean mass, comparable to the effects historically associated with weight loss from diet and exercise programs,” said Vipin K. Garg, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Altimmune. “Based on compelling weight loss, a clean safety profile, robust reductions in serum lipids and blood pressure, and now preservation of lean mass observed in our clinical trials, we believe that pemvidutide has the potential to distinguish itself broadly from other therapies for the treatment of obesity. We also remain excited about the outcome of our ongoing IMPACT Phase 2b MASH trial with topline 24-week data on the key endpoints of MASH resolution or fibrosis improvement anticipated in the first quarter of 2025. The results from a recently completed preclinical study demonstrating direct anti-fibrotic activity of pemvidutide only adds to our optimism about achieving a positive outcome in this trial.”

“Preservation of lean mass during weight loss is critical, since excessive loss of lean mass has been associated with negative outcomes, such as sarcopenia and bone fractures, especially in women and the elderly,” said Scott Harris, Chief Medical Officer, Altimmune. “There is a growing appreciation that the quality of weight loss is as important as the quantity of weight loss. Given these new body composition data, the robust reductions in serum lipids, and the class-leading reduction of hepatic fat content, we believe that pemvidutide, if approved, could stand out as an attractive option for weight loss and weight maintenance.”

Recent Highlights and Anticipated Milestones:


  • Positive lean mass preservation in body composition analysis from MOMENTUM trial

    • Body composition analysis from MOMENTUM showed only 25.5% of weight loss derived from lean mass, with 74.5% of weight loss from adipose tissue, comparable to the effects historically associated with diet and exercise.
    • Complete analysis of the data to be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting.
  • Positive top-line data readout from MOMENTUM 48-week Phase 2 obesity trial in November 2023

    • Achieved mean weight loss of 15.6% on 2.4 mg dose of pemvidutide at week 48, with weight loss continuing at the end of treatment.
    • Over 30% of subjects achieved 20% or more weight loss on the 2.4 mg dose.
    • Robust reductions of triglycerides (55.8%), total cholesterol (20.0%) and LDL cholesterol (17.4%) on 2.4 mg dose in patients with elevated baseline lipids.
    • Up to 78.6% of subjects with excess liver fat normalized their liver fat content.
    • Improvements in blood pressure without imbalances in cardiac events, arrhythmias or clinically meaningful increases in heart rate.
  • Enrollment ongoing in IMPACT biopsy-driven Phase 2b MASH trial

    • The FDA granted Fast Track designation to pemvidutide for the treatment of MASH.
    • Approximately 190 subjects with and without diabetes are being randomized 1:2:2 to 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg pemvidutide or placebo.
    • The key endpoints are MASH resolution or fibrosis improvement after 24 weeks of treatment, with subjects to be followed for an additional 24 weeks of dosing for assessment of safety and additional biomarker responses.
    • Top-line results after 24 weeks of treatment are expected in the first quarter of 2025.

  • Demonstration of the direct anti-fibrotic effects of pemvidutide in a preclinical model of hepatic fibrosis

    • Significant improvement observed in a model of chemically-induced hepatic fibrosis after 14 days of treatment with pemvidutide.
    • The model excluded the effects of liver fat reduction, providing evidence for a direct effect of pemvidutide in reducing liver fibrosis.

  • Demonstration of improved cholesterol elimination in a preclinical model of dyslipidemia

    • Pemvidutide stimulated reverse cholesterol transport and increased cholesterol elimination.
    • These data provide evidence for a potential additional mechanism of reducing cardiovascular risk beyond the effects of pemvidutide on serum lipids and liver fat content.


The Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of HepTcell in reducing virological markers in patients chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus has been completed. The overall response in the trial was deemed to be insufficient to warrant further advancement. As a result, any further development related to HepTcell has been stopped.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2023

  • Altimmune had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $198.0 million at December 31, 2023.
  • Research and development expenses were $16.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023, compared to $19.2 million in the same period in 2022. The expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 included $10.3 million in direct costs related to development activities for pemvidutide and $1.1 million in direct costs related to development activities for HepTcell.
  • General and administrative expenses were $4.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023, compared to $3.8 million in the same period in 2022. The increase was primarily due to $0.3 million increase in professional fees and $0.2 million increase in stock compensation.
  • Impairment loss on intangible asset of $12.4 million was recognized during the three months ended December 31, 2023 related to the acquired In-Process Research and Development asset associated with HepTcell. The overall response in the Phase 2 trial was deemed to be insufficient to warrant further advancement. As a result, any further development related to HepTcell has been stopped.
  • Interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2023 was $2.0 million as compared to $1.5 million in the same period in 2022, primarily due to an increase in interest income earned on cash equivalents and short-term investments.
  • Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2023 was $31.6 million, or $0.54 net loss per share, compared to a net loss of $21.7 million, or $0.43 net loss per share, in the same period in 2022. The net loss for 2023 included the $12.4 million noncash impairment charge described above.
Conference Call Information:
Date:Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Time:8:30 am Eastern Time
Webcast:To listen, the conference call will be webcast live on Altimmune’s Investor Relations website at
Dial-in:To participate or dial-in, register here to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call.

Following the conclusion of the call, the webcast will be available for replay on the Investor Relations (IR) page of the Company’s website at The Company has used, and intends to continue to use, the IR portion of its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

About Pemvidutide
Pemvidutide is a novel, investigational, peptide-based GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist in development for the treatment of obesity and MASH. Activation of the GLP-1 and glucagon receptors is believed to mimic the complementary effects of diet and exercise on weight loss, with GLP-1 suppressing appetite and glucagon increasing energy expenditure. Glucagon is also recognized as having direct effects on hepatic fat metabolism, leading to rapid reductions in levels of liver fat and serum lipids. In clinical trials, once-weekly pemvidutide has shown compelling weight loss, robust reductions in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, liver fat content and blood pressure with a clean safety profile to date. The U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track designation to pemvidutide for the treatment of MASH. Pemvidutide has recently completed the MOMENTUM Phase 2 obesity trial and is being studied in the IMPACT Phase 2b MASH trial.

About Altimmune
Altimmune is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative next-generation peptide-based therapeutics. The Company is developing pemvidutide, a GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist for the treatment of obesity and MASH. For more information, please visit

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Investor Contact:
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(In thousands, except share and per-share amounts)
     December 31, 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $135,117  $111,097 
Restricted cash  41   34 
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  135,158   111,131 
Short-term investments  62,698   73,783 
Accounts and other receivables  1,111   173 
Income tax and R&D incentive receivables  3,742   2,368 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  6,917   5,358 
Total current assets  209,626   192,813 
Property and equipment, net  651   1,081 
Indefinite-lived intangible asset     12,419 
Other assets  363   615 
Total assets $210,640  $206,928 
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $2,070  $4,804 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  10,073   12,250 
Total current liabilities  12,143   17,054 
Noncurrent liabilities  4,398   4,581 
Total liabilities  16,541   21,635 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 70,677,400 and 49,199,845 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively  7   5 
Additional paid-in capital  665,427   568,399 
Accumulated deficit  (466,331)  (377,884)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net  (5,004)  (5,227)
Total stockholders’ equity  194,099   185,293 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $210,640  $206,928 

(In thousands, except share and per-share amounts)
  Three Months Ended  Year Ended
  December 31,  December 31, 
    2023    2022
Revenues $37  $(110) $426  $(68)
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  16,909   19,179   65,799   70,538 
General and administrative  4,332   3,805   18,137   17,134 
Impairment loss on intangible asset  12,419      12,419    
Total operating expenses  33,660   22,984   96,355   87,672 
Loss from operations  (33,623)  (23,094)  (95,929)  (87,740)
Other income (expense):                
Interest expense  (2)  183   (35)  (8)
Interest income  1,964   1,468   7,351   2,870 
Other income (expense), net  20   (217)  166   (32)
Total other income (expense), net  1,982   1,434   7,482   2,830 
Net loss before income taxes  (31,641)  (21,660)  (88,447)  (84,910)
Income tax expense (benefit)           (197)
Net loss  (31,641)  (21,660)  (88,447)  (84,713)
Other comprehensive income — unrealized gain (loss) on short-term investments  120   76   223   (187)
Comprehensive loss $(31,521) $(21,584) $(88,224) $(84,900)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.54) $(0.43) $(1.66) $(1.81)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted  58,442,779   50,026,686   53,246,937   46,926,349 


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