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WAVE Life Sciences Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 10, 2017 WAVE Life Sciences Ltd. (NASDAQ: WVE), a genetic medicines company focused on developing targeted therapies for patients impacted by rare diseases, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
The beginning of 2017 was marked by continued advancement of our lead programs in HD and DMD and substantial progress in our collaboration with Pfizer. Our two HD programs and our DMD program remain on track to enter the clinic in 2017, and we will announce our next three pipeline candidates later this year, said Paul Bolno, M.D., MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of WAVE Life Sciences. We have also made significant advancements within our discovery platform, deepening our knowledge and capabilities in both existing (antisense and exon skipping) and new (ssRNAi and splicing) modalities, and we are exploring new approaches to identify and target specific cell populations as we look ahead to our next set of pipeline candidates.
First Quarter Business Update
|||Lead programs and pipeline expansion on track in 2017|
WAVEs two lead programs in Huntingtons disease (HD) and one lead program in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are on track to advance into clinical trials in 2017. In HD, WVE-120101 and WVE-120102 are expected to enter the clinic in mid-2017. In DMD, WVE-210201 is expected to enter the clinic in the second half of 2017. In addition, WAVE intends to select an additional three program candidates in 2017 and is on track to deliver six development programs by the end of 2018.
|||Manufacturing facility development underway|
In 2016, WAVE entered into a lease agreement for a manufacturing facility of approximately 90,000 square feet in Lexington, MA. WAVE continued its substantial progress with the build-out during the first quarter, and the company plans to occupy the facility by the end of the second quarter. The facility will provide WAVE with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) capabilities and increase the companys control and visibility of its drug product supply chain.
Investment in broad manufacturing capabilities is intended to grant WAVE and its current and future partners greater independence and flexibility in bringing multiple products to market. The company expects its internal expertise in cGMP manufacturing will support growth of clinical drug product for its current and future development activities and could support commercial-scale manufacturing.
|||Accessing new tissue areas and cells with expanding discovery platform|
Intrathecal administration of WAVEs compounds in non-human primates demonstrated broad distribution in the central nervous system (CNS). As WAVEs portfolio of programs expands into additional neurological disorders, WAVE is exploring the ability to target specific cell-types and regions (i.e. astrocytes, microglia, spinal motor neurons) of the CNS using chemical modifications, while also characterizing cellular uptake and intracellular trafficking relevant to antisense, RNAi and splicing modalities. For example, in Q4 2016, WAVE entered into a collaboration with nLife Therapeutics, to access their conjugate chemistry platform and support some of WAVEs enhanced discovery efforts. Additionally, WAVE continues to explore therapeutic areas outside of neurology, including liver, eye and skin, with external collaborators. In these areas, WAVE has demonstrated productive distribution in-vivo to key cell types in the liver (hepatocytes via GalNAc conjugation), in the eye (RPE and the trabecular meshwork via intravitreal and intracamaral injections), and in the skin (suprabasal layer keratinocytes (topical)).
|||$100mm financing completed in April to support manufacturing and platform development|
In April 2017, WAVE raised $100.0 million in gross proceeds in its first follow-on public offering. With these additional proceeds, WAVE is well positioned to support its continued investment in manufacturing independence with the potential for full-scale commercial readiness, and to pursue its previously stated goal of delivering six development programs by the end of 2018. In furtherance of these objectives, WAVE is focused on advancing the additional three programs to be named later this year, and continuing to invest in its platform to drive the discovery and advancement of future therapeutic candidates.
The following information was filed by Wave Life Sciences Ltd. (WVE) on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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