Viridian Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Updates

Company Release - 08/11/2021
  • Completed a successful pre-IND meeting with the FDA for VRDN-001, a differentiated monoclonal antibody targeting IGF-1R for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease
  • On track to submit an IND filing with the FDA for VRDN-001 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and for key proof of concept clinical data in Thyroid Eye Disease patients in the second quarter of 2022
  • First VRDN-001 clinical trial data has potential to show rapid and substantial reduction in proptosis, the defining symptom of Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Multiple abstracts accepted for upcoming presentation at the American Thyroid Association (ATA) Annual Meeting, highlighting preclinical data for Viridian’s differentiated IGF-1R antibodies
  • Strengthened management team with appointments of Kristian Humer as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer and Deepa Rajagopalan, M.D. as SVP of New Product and Portfolio Development
  • Reported $109 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of June 30, 2021, providing cash runway into 2024

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viridian Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRDN) (the “Company” or “Viridian”), a biopharmaceutical company advancing new treatments for patients suffering from serious diseases and underserved by current therapies, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, and provided corporate updates.

“We continue to make rapid progress with our lead TED program, VRDN-001,” said Jonathan Violin, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridian. “Following a highly collaborative pre-IND dialogue with the FDA for VRDN-001, we remain on track to submit IND filings for both VRDN-001 and VRDN-002 to the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2021. This would put us on track to report key Phase 1/ 2 proof of concept clinical data in TED patients in the second quarter of 2022 for VRDN-001, quickly followed by Phase 1 first-in-human data in mid-year 2022 for VRDN-002. We are also progressing our discovery programs as we expand our pipeline beyond IGF-1R and TED, advancing our strategy to discover and develop novel and differentiated monoclonal antibodies.”

Second Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

VRDN-001 : Viridian’s most advanced product candidate is VRDN-001, a differentiated monoclonal antibody targeting insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R), a clinically and commercially validated target for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). This antibody has previously been studied in over 100 oncology patients as AVE1642, informing plans for rapid development in TED. The Company recently completed a successful pre-Investigational New Drug (IND) meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and gained alignment on initial development plans and the proposed design for a randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 1/ 2 clinical proof of concept trial. This trial will evaluate safety, tolerability, and efficacy with the potential for clinically meaningful improvement in proptosis, the defining characteristic of TED, previously shown to be improved by IGF-1R blockade. The protocol allows for flexibility to subsequently assess multiple doses and treatment regimens to inform product profiles that may be superior to currently available therapies. The Company remains on track to file an IND in the fourth quarter of 2021, with initial proof of concept clinical data in TED patients expected in the second quarter of 2022.

VRDN-002 : Viridian’s second product candidate, VRDN-002, is a distinct anti-IGF-1R antibody that incorporates half-life extension technology, and is designed to support administration as a convenient, low-volume, subcutaneous injection. IND-enabling activities remain on track with plans to file an IND by the end of 2021. The Company expects to initiate clinical development with a Phase 1 single ascending dose trial to explore safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and target engagement of intravenous VRDN-002 in healthy volunteers. Data from this trial are expected by mid-year 2022, and could demonstrate feasibility of a low-volume and/or low-frequency dosing paradigm. In parallel, formulation development is on track to support initiation of a clinical trial evaluating low-volume subcutaneous injection of VRDN-002 in 2022. The Company believes a low-volume subcutaneous injection could improve convenience for patients and physicians, mitigate treatment burdens, and expand the settings of care for TED therapies.

Discovery Pipeline : Viridian’s corporate development strategy includes expanding its discovery pipeline beyond IGF-1R and TED, with a focus on opportunities that will leverage validated mechanisms, technologies, and modalities to bring new therapeutic options to patients underserved by today’s available medicines. The most advanced of these programs is VRDN-004, a therapeutic monoclonal antibody program currently in discovery stage. The Company continues to evaluate additional opportunities to expand its product pipeline for rare disease indications and remains focused on opportunities to leverage validated mechanisms and technologies to bring new therapeutic options to patients underserved by current therapies.

Scientific Presentations: The Company announced that it will present preclinical data on VRDN-001 and VRDN-002 at the American Thyroid Association (ATA) Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually from September 30 to October 3, 2021. Details of the Company’s presentations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Appointments:

  • Kristian Humer appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer in July 2021. He brings more than 20 years of life science investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and partnering experience to Viridian. Most recently, Mr. Humer served as Managing Director of Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory for the Global Healthcare team at Citigroup, Inc.
  • Deepa Rajagopalan, M.D., appointed Senior Vice President of New Product and Portfolio Development, in July 2021. Most recently, Dr. Rajagopalan served as Vice President of New Products at Intercept Pharmaceuticals, and previously held roles at Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Bain & Company.
  • Jennifer Moses, CPA, appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors and as Chair of the Company’s Audit Committee in July 2021. Ms. Moses is the Chief Financial Officer of G1 Therapeutics. Prior to G1 Therapeutics, she was a partner at Rankin McKenzie, LLC, and previously held roles of increasing responsibility at Deloitte.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $109.3 million as of June 30, 2021, compared to $127.6 million as of December 31, 2020. The Company believes that its current cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments will be sufficient to fund its operations into 2024.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses increased by $8.8 million to $12.6 million during the second quarter of 2021, compared to $3.8 million during the second quarter of 2020. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily driven by the advancement of the Company’s lead programs, including expenses related to manufacturing and IND enabling studies. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in clinical trial expenses in the second quarter of 2021.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses increased by $3.8 million to $6.5 million during the second quarter of 2021, compared to $2.7 million during the second quarter of 2020. The increase in general and administrative expenses was driven by increases in personnel related costs, including severance, share-based compensation charges, and consulting expenses.

Net Loss: The Company’s net loss was $18.0 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $6.4 million for the second quarter of 2020.

Shares Outstanding: As of August 10, 2021, Viridian had approximately 31,294,508 shares of common stock outstanding on an as-converted basis, which included 9,542,087 shares of common stock and approximately 21,752,421 shares of common stock issuable upon the conversion of 326,270 shares of preferred stock.

About Viridian Therapeutics, Inc.

Viridian Therapeutics is a biotechnology company advancing new treatments for patients suffering from serious diseases and underserved by today’s therapies. Viridian’s most advanced program, VRDN-001, is a differentiated monoclonal antibody targeting insulin-like growth factor- 1 receptor (IGF-1R), a clinically and commercially validated target for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), a debilitating auto-immune disease that causes inflammation and fibrosis within the orbit of the eye which can cause double vision, pain, and potential blindness. Patients with severe disease often require multiple remedial surgeries to the orbit, eye muscles, and eyelids. Viridian is based in Waltham, Massachusetts. Learn more about Viridian and its programs at www.viridiantherapeutics.com.

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Viridian Contacts:
Investors:
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LifeSci Advisors
617-430-7576
IR@viridiantherapeutics.com

Media:
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Verge Scientific Communications
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VIRIDIAN THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Revenue:              
Collaboration revenue - related party $ 1,090     $     $ 2,541     $  
Collaboration revenue             681  
Grant revenue     168         315  
Total revenue 1,090     168     2,541     996  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development 12,565     3,836     26,371     9,939  
General and administrative 6,523     2,706     12,683     5,429  
Total operating expenses 19,088     6,542     39,054     15,368  
Loss from operations (17,998 )   (6,374 )   (36,513 )   (14,372 )
Other income (expense):              
Interest and other income 34     33     89     128  
Interest and other expense     (94 )       (235 )
Net loss (17,964 )   (6,435 )   (36,424 )   (14,479 )
Change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments 9         (4 )    
Comprehensive loss $ (17,955 )   $ (6,435 )   $ (36,428 )   $ (14,479 )
               
Net loss $ (17,964 )   $ (6,435 )   $ (36,424 )   $ (14,479 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (2.21 )   $ (1.82 )   $ (5.04 )   $ (4.41 )
Weighted-average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share 8,106,765     3,538,490     7,226,447     3,285,123  


VIRIDIAN THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

  June 30,
2021
  December 31,
2020
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 27,704     $ 45,897  
Short-term investments 81,597     81,742  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,110     1,972  
Unbilled revenue - related party 2,051      
Total current assets 115,462     129,611  
Property and equipment, net 298     309  
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net 1,567     478  
Other assets - related party 778     856  
Other assets 97     1  
     Total assets $ 118,202     $ 131,255  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 2,392     $ 670  
Accrued liabilities 14,150     9,703  
Current portion of deferred revenue - related party 288     301  
Total current liabilities 16,830     10,674  
Other liabilities - related party 1,293     501  
Other liabilities 1,167     43  
     Total liabilities 19,290     11,218  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, series A non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 435,000
shares authorized; 340,219 and 398,487 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and
December 31, 2020, respectively
154,363     180,801  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding
as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
         
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 8,608,886 and 4,231,135
shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
86     42  
Additional paid-in capital 259,786     218,089  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (12 )   (8 )
Accumulated deficit (315,311 )   (278,887 )
Total stockholders’ equity 98,912     120,037  
     Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 118,202     $ 131,255  


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