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BridgeBio Pharma Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Highlights Portfolio Progress

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  • Multiple clinical and pre-clinical milestones achieved across the BridgeBio portfolio
  • Delivered pipeline growth with the addition of BBP-418 for limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2i
  • Ended quarter with $446.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, excluding Eidos

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBIO) today reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, 2019, and provided recent highlights across the company’s research and development portfolio.

“We continue to make progress towards achieving our goals, which ultimately is the delivery of meaningful medicines to patients with genetic diseases,” said Neil Kumar, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of BridgeBio. “We will present new data from our TTR stabilizer program this month at the American Heart Association (AHA). We are also on track to begin filing this year our rolling new drug application for BBP-870, a treatment for the often-fatal genetic disease molybdenum cofactor deficiency type A. We are growing our pipeline as well, adding BBP-418, a novel treatment for the neuromuscular disorder limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2i. We remain on track to put five or more programs into the clinic next year on a risk-adjusted basis.”

Recent Highlights:

  • BBP-831 – FGFR1-3 inhibitor for achondroplasia: Initiated PROPEL, a prospective observational study in children with achondroplasia, the most common genetic form of short stature (NCT04035811). The study will establish annualized growth velocity (AGV) for each child over a minimum period of six months. PROPEL is designed to provide baseline measurements for children who enroll in PROPEL2, a Phase 2 study of low-dose infigratinib in achondroplasia which is on track to start in 2020. Additionally, in October 2019, new preclinical data supporting tolerability and efficacy of infigratinib in the mouse model of achondroplasia were reported at the American Society of Human Genetics conference (link to poster).

  • BBP-870 – cPMP replacement therapy for MoCD type A: Presented natural history study data at the Society of Inborn Errors of Metabolism Conference (link to poster) in September. These data suggest an urgent need for new therapies in molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCD) type A, an often-fatal rare genetic disease, and will be a critical component of the planned new drug application.

  • BBP-812 – Gene therapy candidate for Canavan disease: Opened a natural history study in Canavan disease (treatcanavan.com). Presented preclinical data (link to poster) demonstrating intravenous (IV) dosing of BridgeBio’s experimental therapy for Canavan disease (BBP-812) achieved broad central nervous system delivery; the IV approach is much less invasive compared to intrathecal or intracerebroventricular alternatives.

  • BBP-631 Gene therapy candidate for CAH: Presented preclinical update (link to poster) for gene therapy candidate BBP-631 in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency wherein IV dosing of non-human primates with BBP-631 resulted in durable delivery and expression of the gene product to the adrenal tissue.

  • BBP-398 – SHP2 inhibitor for treatment-resistant cancer: Presented data (link to poster) highlighting the discovery and preclinical efficacy of BBP-398, a potent and selective SHP2 inhibitor, which is currently being prepared for the submission of an IND in 2020 for evaluation in RTK-driven cancer. 

  • BBP-265 (AG10) – TTR stabilizer for ATTR: Granted Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. an exclusive license to develop and commercialize AG10 in Japan for an upfront payment of $25 million and an equity investment of $25 million.

  • Pipeline growth: Announced addition of a new asset, BBP-418, to the pipeline. BBP-418 is a substrate supplementation therapy for the treatment of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2i and is in IND-enabling studies. This condition affects an estimated 7,000 patients in the United States and European Union with no currently approved therapies.

  • Organizational growth: Added two new members to the senior leadership team. Brian Stolz joined as Chief Operating Officer of BridgeBio. Mr. Stolz most recently held the position of Chief People Officer at Activision Blizzard. Yi Ching Yau joined as Chief Accounting Officer of BridgeBio. Prior to joining BridgeBio, Ms. Yau served as the VP of Finance at Nektar Therapeutics.

Upcoming Milestones:

  • BBP-265 (AG10) – TTR stabilizer for ATTR: Plan to present interim analysis of the ongoing Phase 2 open label extension study (NCT03536767) of AG10 in patients with TTR amyloid cardiomyopathy, an inherited form of heart failure, at the American Heart Association 2019 Scientific Sessions in a Late-Breaking Featured Science Oral Presentation. A Phase 3 study of AG10 in ATTR-PN (ATTRibute-PN) is on track to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

  • BBP-870 – cPMP replacement therapy for MoCD type A: On track to initiate a rolling new drug application submission for our first-in-class therapy for molybdenum cofactor deficiency (MoCD) type A, BBP-870, by the end of 2019.

  • BBP-589 – COL7A protein replacement therapy for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa: Plan to share topline data from the ongoing Phase 1/2 study (NCT03752905) during 2020.

  • BBP-831 (infigratinib) – FGFR1-3 inhibitor for FGFR2+ cholangiocarcinoma: Plan to complete enrollment of the ongoing pivotal Phase 2 study (NCT02150967) in second line cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) and present updated results at a major oncology meeting in 2020. Remain on track to submit new drug application for FDA approval in 2020.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results:

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable securities

  BBIO excluding Eidos Eidos BBIO Consolidated
(Unaudited, in thousands) Q3'19 Q2'19 Q3'19 Q2'19 Q3'19 Q2'19
Cash and cash equivalents $ 248,151 $ 162,403 $ 165,822 $ 131,400 $ 413,973 $ 293,803
Marketable securities   197,966   -   -   -   197,966   -
Total $ 446,117 $ 162,403 $ 165,822 $ 131,400 $ 611,939 $ 293,803

Consolidated cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, excluding restricted cash, totaled $611.9 million as of September 30, 2019.  Excluding Eidos, BridgeBio’s cash balance as of September 30, 2019 was $446.1 million compared to $162.4 million as of June 30, 2019.  The net change in cash balance of $283.7 million reflects net proceeds received from BridgeBio’s initial public offering of $368.7 million, offset by the repurchase of a non-controlling interest for $26.4 million and approximately $58.6 million primarily for operating expenses.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses for the three months that ended September 30, 2019 were $81.3 million, as compared to $41.5 million for the same period in the prior year. The increase in operating expenses of approximately $39.8 million was mainly attributable to increased research and development expenses related to the progression of our programs.


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 (in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2019     2018     2019     2018  
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
License revenue   $ 26,741     $     $ 26,741     $  
Operating expenses:                                
Cost of license revenue     2,500             2,500        
Research and development     55,278       31,148       152,462       88,871  
General and administrative     23,495       10,308       59,381       29,206  
Total operating expenses     81,273       41,456       214,343       118,077  
Loss from operations     (54,532 )     (41,456 )     (187,602 )     (118,077 )
Other income (expense), net:                                
Interest income     2,736       528       6,505       531  
Interest expense     (2,113 )     (1,156 )     (5,725 )     (1,368 )
Loss from ML Bio asset acquisition     (416 )           (416 )      
Loss from PellePharm     (6,589 )           (16,144 )      
LEO call option income (expense)     276             (1,012 )      
Other income (expense)     (26 )     6       (40 )     (1,296 )
Total other income (expense), net     (6,132 )     (622 )     (16,832 )     (2,133 )
Net loss     (60,664 )     (42,078 )     (204,434 )     (120,210 )
Net loss attributable to redeemable convertible noncontrolling interests and noncontrolling interests     684       10,677       17,305       28,102  
Net loss attributable to common stockholders of BridgeBio   $ (59,980 )   $ (31,401 )   $ (187,129 )   $ (92,108 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.51 )   $ (0.52 )   $ (1.86 )   $ (1.60 )
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted     117,071,188       60,950,572       100,855,481       57,437,408  


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 (in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)

    September 30,
    December 31,
Assets     (Unaudited)     (1)    
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 413,973     $ 436,086    
Short-term marketable securities     122,080          
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     22,102       9,137    
Total current assets     558,155       445,223    
Property and equipment, net     2,984       1,575    
Long-term marketable securities     75,886          
PellePharm investment     907       17,050    
Other assets     2,598       1,093    
Total assets   $ 640,530     $ 464,941    
Liabilities, Redeemable Convertible Noncontrolling Interests and  Stockholders’ Equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 10,270     $ 13,509    
Accrued compensation and benefits     7,580       4,047    
Accrued research and development liabilities     13,198       8,915    
Accrued distributions to stockholders           997    
LEO call option liability     4,021       3,009    
Other accrued liabilities     4,789       2,100    
Total current liabilities     39,858       32,577    
Term loans, noncurrent     75,017       54,507    
Other liabilities     1,388       495    
Total liabilities     116,263       87,579    
Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)                
Redeemable convertible noncontrolling interests     2,570       122    
Stockholders’ equity:                
Undesignated preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 25,000,000 and no shares authorized as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; no shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018              
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 500,000,000 and 97,412,870 shares authorized as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 117,359,502 and 92,057,704 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018     117       92    
Additional paid-in capital     826,062       494,231    
Accumulated other comprehensive income     152          
Accumulated deficit     (366,573 )     (179,444  
Total BridgeBio stockholders' equity     459,758       314,879    
Noncontrolling interests     61,939       62,361    
Total stockholders' equity     521,697       377,240    
Total liabilities, redeemable convertible noncontrolling interests and stockholders’ equity   $ 640,530     $ 464,941    

(1) The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2018 is derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in the Form S-1 filed on June 26, 2019 (File Nos. 333-231759 and 333-232376).

About BridgeBio Pharma
BridgeBio is a team of experienced drug discoverers, developers and innovators working to create life-altering medicines that target well-characterized genetic diseases at their source. BridgeBio was founded in 2015 to identify and advance transformative medicines to treat patients who suffer from Mendelian diseases, which are diseases that arise from defects in a single gene, and cancers with clear genetic drivers. BridgeBio's pipeline of over 15 development programs includes product candidates ranging from early discovery to late-stage development. For more information, please visit www.bridgebio.com.

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Alberto Gestri


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