From the PR
The key for me is the end of year PAS Date: December 31, 2018 and getting set up for the launch in 2019.
So far, it looks like the target is still relevant (and of course I'm hoping for a positive outcome). Financials are OK in view of that launch.
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Total revenue for the third quarter of 2018 was $14.2 million, compared with $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2017. This includes $7.7 million in product revenue for our first full quarter of Andexxa sales and $7.0 million in collaboration and license revenues. Bevyxxa product orders remained relatively flat in the third quarter, during which we recognized a net product loss for Bevyxxa of $552 thousand. This adjustment was primarily related to potential returns of initial launch quantities provided to wholesalers.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $83.3 million, compared with $84.3 million for the same period in 2017. Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2018 included $11.4 million in stock-based compensation expense, compared with $10.1 million for the same period in 2017.
Research and development expenses were $40.2 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared with $55.3 million for the third quarter of 2017. The decrease is driven primarily by the timing of manufacturing costs for Andexxa Generation 2 campaigns. Approximately $12 million, or 30 percent, of R&D expense for the quarter and $75 million, or 45 percent, for nine months year-to-date of total R&D expense was related to Andexxa manufacturing.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $38.8 million, compared with $28.9 million for the same period in 2017, reflecting the investment in our field force and marketing for our product launches.
For the third quarter of 2018, Portola reported a net loss of $71.3 million, or $1.08 net loss per share, compared with a net loss of $82.9 million, or $1.41 net loss per share, for the same period in 2017.
Cash, cash equivalents and investments at September 30, 2018 totaled $380.9 million, compared with $534.2 million as of December 31, 2017.
2018 Annual Financial Guidance
For the fiscal year 2018, Portola is updating its guidance for GAAP operating expenses, which are now expected to be between $355 million and $365 million, a decrease from the prior guidance range of between $390 million and $430 million, both including stock-based compensation. The updated guidance reflects the Company’s narrowed focus on a group of key hospitals for the Bevyxxa launch, as well as additional cost savings for the year.
Recent Achievements and Events
Appointed industry veteran Scott Garland as president and chief executive officer.
Submitted Prior Approval Supplement (PAS) to U.S. FDA for large-scale Generation 2 Andexxa manufacturing process; assigned a PDUFA date of December 31, 2018.
Transitioned commercial focus to the ongoing Andexxa U.S. launch under the Early Supply Program.
Secured New Technology Add-on Payment (NTAP) for Andexxa, which became effective as of October 1, 2018.
Implemented new strategy for Bevyxxa U.S. launch focused on establishing 10 Centers of Excellence to provide a model for driving broader adoption.
Received Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. FDA for cerdulatinib for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma.
Eight abstracts presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) meeting.
Anticipated broad launch of Andexxa upon U.S. FDA approval of Generation 2 supply.
Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) opinion on andexanet alfa, with potential for European approval of andexanet alfa in the first half of 2019.
End-of-Phase 2 meeting and determination of regulatory path forward for cerdulatinib in Q1 2019.
New interim Phase 2a study results for cerdulatinib to be presented in an oral session at the 60th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. Also accepted for presentation: outcomes-based research on the burden of hospital readmissions for venous thromboembolism among patients with cancer (oral) and two poster presentations on andexanet alfa.