Exhibit 99.1

TRACON Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2017 Financial Results and

Provides Corporate Update

 

San Diego, CA – February 28, 2018

– TRACON Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TCON), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel targeted therapeutics for cancer and wet age‐related macular degeneration, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

 

Fourth Quarter 2017 and Recent Corporate Highlights

 

In February, TRACON’s partner, Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Santen), reported Phase I/II data for DE‑122 (carotuximab) in patients with refractory wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at the 15th Annual Angiogenesis, Exudation, and Degeneration meeting organized by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The study assessed the safety, tolerability and bioactivity of a single intravitreal injection of DE-122 at four dose levels in 12 subjects with wet AMD refractory to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors. Improvement was observed in mean change in central retinal subfield thickness (CST) based on the spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) suggesting bioactivity of DE-122 in these refractory wet AMD patients. No serious adverse events were reported. Based on these results, Santen previously advanced DE-122 into a Phase 2a randomized controlled trial assessing the efficacy and safety of intravitreal injections in combination with Lucentis® (ranibizumab) compared to Lucentis monotherapy in patients with wet AMD that continues to enroll subjects, and which resulted in TRACON receiving a $7.0 million milestone payment.

 

In January, initial data from the ongoing open-label, non-randomized Phase 1b/2 study of TRC105 and Nexavar® (sorafenib) in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were presented by Dr. Kanwal Raghav from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at the 2018 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Partial responses by RECIST 1.1 occurred in 25% (2 of 8) of evaluable patients and a reduction of 50% or greater in alpha fetoprotein (AFP) concentration occurred in 38% (3 of 8) of evaluable patients, including both partial responses. Reduction in AFP, a tumor marker expressed in patients with HCC, in early treatment may help identify a favorable response to treatment. Adverse events typical of each drug were observed but did not increase in frequency or severity when the drugs were administered concurrently. The 25% response rate seen in this trial is consistent with the 25% (5 of 20) response rate reported in a Phase 1/2 trial of TRC105 and Nexavar conducted by the National Cancer Institute and published in Clinical Cancer Research in 2017. The response rates observed in both trials compare favorably with the 2% and 3% response rates in HCC patients reported for single agent Nexavar in its pivotal studies. The trial is currently ongoing, and we expect to complete the enrollment of approximately 33 patients by the end of 2018.

 

In December, TRACON licensed development and commercialization rights outside of ophthalmology indications to TRC105 in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan to Ambrx. Deal terms included a $3.0 million upfront payment to TRACON, up to $140.5 million in development and commercial milestones and potential high single digit to low teen royalties from net sales of TRC105 in the Ambrx territories.  Ambrx is expected to file an IND later this year and to subsequently begin clinical development of TRC105 in China.

 

In December, Brian Daniels, M.D., was appointed to TRACON’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Daniels was Senior Vice President at Bristol-Myers Squibb until 2014, where he chaired the development investment

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The following information was filed by Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (TCON) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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