Initiated randomization phase of Phase 3 SPLASH study of PNT2002 in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)
Expanded FAP alpha inhibitor platform and on track to file an IND/CTA for PNT2004's lead, PNT6555, in the first half of 2022
Completed construction and commissioning of Indianapolis manufacturing facility with first clinical product shipment expected by the end of fiscal 2021
November 12, 2021 – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – POINT Biopharma Global Inc. (NASDAQ: PNT) (the “Company” or “POINT”), a company accelerating the discovery, development, and global access to life changing radiopharmaceuticals, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021 and provided a business update.
“In the last quarter, we made significant progress in the development of our next-generation radiopharmaceutical platform,” said Dr. Joe McCann, Chief Executive Officer of POINT. “On the clinical front, our Phase 3 SPLASH study evaluating PNT2002 in mCRPC is now randomizing patients in Canada, with additional sites to open globally in the fourth quarter. In addition, our pan-tumor FAP-alpha targeted program, PNT2004, has demonstrated preclinically that it has the potential to transform precision oncology in patients with rare & refractory solid tumors with limited therapeutic options. Our Indianapolis manufacturing facility is now fully operational, and key radioisotope supply chain pieces are in place, setting us up to be at the forefront of supplying our “just-in-time” radioligand therapies.”
Recent Developments and Upcoming Milestones
PNT2002: Investigational 177Lu-PSMA targeted radioligand therapy
In September 2021, the Company announced that the 25 patient dosimetry and safety run-in for the SPLASH study evaluating PNT2002 for metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) met all pre-specified safety and efficacy criteria, allowing the initiation of the randomization phase without changes to study design. Enrollment for this phase of the SPLASH study has commenced in Canada and will continue to expand globally in the fourth quarter of 2021.
PNT2004: Family of FAP-alpha targeted radioligands
In September 2021, the Company reported preclinical data from its fibroblast activation protein-alpha (FAP-alpha) program, PNT2004. In animal models PNT6555, the lead clinical candidate, was able to deliver large doses of radiation to tumors while limiting dose to non-target tissues. PNT6555 also demonstrated a high level of selectivity for FAP, resulting in complete tumor regression and prolonged survival in animal models, including rapid clearance from normal tissues. POINT is progressing through IND enabling studies and clinical development plans with expectations to submit an IND/CTA for PNT2004 in the first half of 2022.
PNT2003: Somatostatin-targeted radioligand therapy
The Company, through its licensing partner CanProbe, is currently evaluating the safety and efficacy of PNT2003 in an open-label, single-arm Phase 3 study in patients with somatostatin receptor-positive neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).
PNT2001: Family of next-generation PSMA radioligands
PNT2001 compounds leverage linker technology that promotes increased tumor accumulation, potentially enabling lower doses of radioisotope, which may induce a similar level of tumor killing while reducing the risk of off target toxicity. The Company plans to advance a single compound from the family for the treatment of prostate cancer and expects to initiate IND-enabling studies for the program in 2022.
CanSEEK™ Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Targeting Technology
POINT’s FAP-alpha activated prodrug technology is being developed to limit a ligand’s ability to bind with receptors on healthy cells, with the goal of preventing off-target delivery and improving therapeutic index. This program is currently in preclinical development.
POINT Biopharma’s Indianapolis manufacturing facility opened on October 14, 2021. The 80,000 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility is fully operational and expected to ship its first dose by the end of fiscal 2021.
In September 2021, The Company exercised its option on the PNT2004 technology and amended the exclusive global licensing agreement with Bach Biosciences providing the Company with the opportunity to further expand uses with the highly FAP specific D-Ala-boroPro inhibitor as a targeting warhead.
The Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Joe McCann will participate in the following upcoming investor conferences.
Jefferies London Healthcare Conference
Date: November 16-19, 2021
Fireside Chat: A pre-recorded presentation will be made available on November 18, 2021.
Piper Sandler 33rd Annual Healthcare Conference
Date: November 29 - December 2, 2021
Fireside Chat: A pre-recorded presentation will be made available on November 22, 2021.
The First Principles of Radiopharmaceuticals Webinar
Date: December 6, 2021
Registration Link: https://hub.pointbiopharma.com/dec2021
Webinar: The company is hosting an educational event highlighting radiopharmaceuticals, their therapeutic benefit, and commercial considerations.
To access the webcasts and subsequent archived recordings of each presentation, please visit the Company’s website, www.pointbiopharma.com, under "Events" in the investors section. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for approximately 30 days.
Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Net Loss: Net loss was $17.1 million, or $0.19 net loss per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.06 net loss per share, for the same period in 2020.
Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $13.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $2.5 million for the same period in 2020.
General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $4.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $596.2 thousand for the same period in 2020.
Cash and Cash Equivalents: As of September 30, 2021, POINT had approximately $252.8 million in cash and cash equivalents, which is anticipated to fund operations into the first quarter of 2024.
About POINT Biopharma
POINT Biopharma Global Inc. is a globally focused radiopharmaceutical company building a platform for the clinical development and commercialization of radioligands that fight cancer. POINT is transforming precision medicine by combining a portfolio of best-in-class radiopharmaceutical assets, a seasoned management team, an industry-leading pipeline, in-house manufacturing capabilities, and secured supply for rare medical isotopes like Actinium-225 and Lutetium-177.
About the SPLASH Study
The Phase 3 SPLASH study (NCT04647526) is a multi-center, randomized, open label assessment of PNT2002 in patients with PSMA-expressing mCRPC who have progressed on Androgen receptor-axis-targeted therapies (ARAT) therapy and refuse or are not eligible for chemotherapy. The randomization phase of the study is expected to enroll approximately 400 patients across North America, Europe and the UK. Patients will be randomized 2:1 with patients in arm A receiving PNT2002 and patients in arm B receiving either Abiraterone or Enzalutamide. Patients in arm B who experience centrally assessed radiographic progression and meet protocol eligibility will have the option to crossover and receive PNT2002. Patients will be subject to follow-up for up to 5 years from first PNT2002 dose. The primary endpoint of the study is radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS). Key secondary endpoints include overall response rate (ORR), overall survival (OS), and pharmacokinetics (PK). POINT anticipates meeting with regulatory agencies in North America, United Kingdom and Europe to gain alignment on requirements for planned submissions after data readout from the SPLASH trial.
Additional information on the Phase 3 SPLASH study can be found at https://www.splashtrial.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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