"The positive top-line results from CONVERT we announced during the third quarter represent a significant step forward in fulling our mission of transforming the lives of patients with rare diseases. Our top priority is to complete the NDA for a U.S. regulatory filing with the FDA, under subpart H," said
- CONVERT study met its primary endpoint of culture conversion by Month 6 with statistical and clinical significance.
- Study demonstrated that the addition of ALIS to guideline-based therapy (GBT) eliminated evidence of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in sputum by Month 6 in 29% of patients, compared to 9% of patients on GBT alone (p < 0.0001).
Insmedplans to pursue accelerated approval for ALIS under subpart H based on the data from the CONVERT study, which will be reviewed by the Division of Anti-Infective Products. FDApreviously granted product Breakthrough Therapy designation and fast track status and designated ALIS as a qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act.
Safety and Tolerability
- Serious treatment emergent adverse events were similar between treatment arms.
- Overall dropout rate was 16.1%, with an 8.9% dropout rate in the GBT arm and a 19.6% rate in the ALIS plus GBT arm.
Third Quarter Financial Results
For the third quarter of 2017, Insmed reported a net loss of $45.2 million, or $0.69 per share, compared with a net loss of $37.8 million, or $0.61 per share, for the third quarter of 2016.
Research and development expenses were $26.7 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $23.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher expenses related to INS1007 as compared to the prior year period.
General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $17.4 million, compared with $13.7 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher expenses related to our pre-commercial planning activities for ALIS and higher compensation and related expenses due to an increase in headcount, as compared to the prior year period.
Balance Sheet and Other Financial Highlights
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) results, this earnings release includes cash-based operating expenses, a non-GAAP financial measure, which Insmed defines as total operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation expense and depreciation expense. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is presented in the table attached to this press release.
Management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to both management and investors in analyzing our ongoing business and operating performance. Management believes that providing non-GAAP information to investors, in addition to the GAAP presentation, allows investors to view our financial results in the way that management views financial results. Management does not intend the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this non-GAAP financial measure may differ from similarly named measures used by other companies.
About NTM Lung Disease
NTM lung disease is a rare and serious disorder associated with increased rates of morbidity and mortality. There is an increasing prevalence of lung disease caused by NTM, and we believe it is an emerging public health concern worldwide. Patients with NTM lung disease may experience a multitude of symptoms such as fever, weight loss, cough, lack of appetite, night sweats, blood in the sputum, and fatigue. Patients with NTM lung disease frequently require lengthy hospital stays to manage their condition. We are not aware of any approved inhaled therapies specifically indicated for refractory NTM lung disease caused by MAC in
The prevalence of human disease attributable to NTM has increased over the past two decades. In a decade long study (1997 to 2007), researchers found that the prevalence of NTM lung disease in the
ALIS is a novel, inhaled, once-daily formulation of amikacin that is in late-stage clinical development for adult patients with treatment-refractory NTM lung disease caused by MAC. Amikacin solution for parenteral administration is an established drug that has activity against a variety of NTM; however, its use is limited by the need to administer it intravenously and by toxicity to hearing, balance, and kidney function.
CONVERT is a randomized, open-label, global Phase 3 trial designed to confirm the culture conversion results seen in Insmed's Phase 2 clinical trial of ALIS in patients with refractory NTM lung disease caused by MAC. CONVERT is being conducted in 18 countries at more than 125 sites. The primary efficacy endpoint is the proportion of patients who achieve culture conversion at Month 6 in the ALIS plus GBT arm compared to the GBT-only arm. Patients who achieve culture conversion by Month 6 will continue in the CONVERT study for an additional 12 months of treatment following the first monthly negative sputum culture. Patients who do not culture convert have the option of enrolling in our INS-312 study. INS-312 is a single-arm open-label study where patients will receive ALIS plus GBT for 12 months.
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