- Achieved enrollment objective in global phase 3 study of ARIKAYCE™. In
November 2016, the company announced that it has achieved its patient enrollment objective in the phase 3 study of ARIKAYCE (liposomal amikacin for inhalation). The study, which is known as CONVERT or INS-212, is evaluating ARIKAYCE in treatment refractory nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). The primary efficacy endpoint is the proportion of subjects who achieve culture conversion at Month 6 in the ARIKAYCE plus multi-drug regimen arm compared to the multi-drug regimen without ARIKAYCE arm. The Company expects to report the top-line data in the second half of 2017.
U.S.Patent for ARIKAYCE, extending patent protection by more than five years into 2034. U.S.Patent 9,566,234 was issued to Insmedon February 14, 2017. The claims of the patent relate in part to systems and methods for treating pulmonary infections, including NTM infections, comprised of an aqueous dispersion of liposomal complexed aminoglycoside, which can be amikacin sulfate, with a nebulizer.
- Advancing INS1007 toward Phase 2 trial. In October, the company exclusively licensed global rights to INS1007 (previously AZD7986) from AstraZeneca. INS1007 is a small molecule, oral reversible inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase I (DPP1), an enzyme responsible for activating neutrophil serine proteases (NSPs) in neutrophils when they are formed in the bone marrow. In chronic inflammatory lung diseases, neutrophils accumulate in the airways and result in excessive active NSPs that cause lung destruction and inflammation. The company expects to begin a phase 2 dose-ranging study of INS1007 in non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis in 2017. Non-CF bronchiectasis is a rare, progressive, neutrophil-driven pulmonary disorder with no approved therapies.
Insmedis also evaluating the potential of INS1007 in other indications and expects to announce plans for phase 2 studies in additional disease states by the end of 2017.
"2017 represents a pivotal year for
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
For the fourth quarter of 2016, Insmed posted a net loss of $68.4 million, or $1.10 per share, compared with a net loss of $31.2 million, or $0.51 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The fourth quarter 2016 results include
Research and development expenses were $54.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with $19.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily due to the
General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $12.2 million, compared with $12.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were relatively flat compared to the prior year and included
Balance Sheet Highlights and Cash Guidance
As of December 31, 2016, Insmed had cash and cash equivalents of approximately
The company is investing in the following activities in 2017: (i) clinical development of ARIKAYCE, (ii) regulatory and pre-commercial initiatives for ARIKAYCE, and (iii) preclinical and clinical activities for its earlier-stage development candidate INS1007. As a result of these activities, Insmed expects its cash-based operating expenses to be in the range of
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Insmed Incorporated is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the unmet needs of patients with rare diseases. The company is advancing a global phase 3 clinical study of ARIKAYCE (liposomal amikacin for inhalation) for adult patients with treatment refractory nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease caused by MAC, a rare and often chronic infection that is capable of causing irreversible lung damage and can be fatal. There are currently no approved inhaled products specifically indicated for the treatment of refractory NTM lung infections caused by MAC in the United States or European Union (EU).
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