- Advancing toward top-line data for phase 3 CONVERT study in the second half of 2017. The CONVERT study, or INS-212, is evaluating ARIKAYCE® (liposomal amikacin for inhalation, or LAI) 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 LAI plus multi-drug regimen arm compared to the multi-drug regimen without LAI arm.
- Plan to initiate a phase 2 dose-ranging study of INS1007 in non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis in the second half of 2017. INS1007 is a small molecule, oral, reversible inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase I (DPP1), an enzyme responsible for activating neutrophil serine proteases in neutrophils when they are formed in the bone marrow.
Insmedis also evaluating the potential of INS1007 in other indications. Plans to initiate any phase 2 studies are pending dialogue with the FDA.
"We remain focused on the execution of the phase 3 CONVERT study of LAI in NTM lung disease and on nonclinical activities for INS1007 as a treatment for non-CF bronchiectasis in preparation for the planned initiation of a phase 2 dose-ranging study," said Will Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Insmed. "As we advance toward our top-line results for the CONVERT study in the second half of 2017, we are also making progress in our regulatory and pre-commercial plans to support LAI. We continue to be committed to a disciplined use of capital while carrying out these important clinical, pre-commercial and operational activities."
First Quarter Financial Results
For the first quarter of 2017, Insmed posted a net loss of $37.4 million, or $0.60 per share, compared with a net loss of $33.5 million, or $0.54 per share, for the first quarter of 2016.
Research and development expenses were $22.3 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $20.5 million for the first quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to compensation and related expenses in connection with an increase in headcount as compared to the prior year period.
General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were $13.7 million, compared with $12.5 million for the first quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher expenses related to our pre-commercial activities for LAI as compared to the prior year period.
Balance Sheet Highlights and Cash Guidance
As of March 31, 2017, Insmed had cash and cash equivalents of approximately
As a result of these activities, Insmed continues to expect 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® for adult patients with treatment refractory 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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