SEATTLE, June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CTI BioPharma Corp. (Nasdaq: CTIC) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) acceptance of our New Drug Application (NDA) for pacritinib with priority review and a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date of November 30, 2021 brings us one step closer to providing pacritinib to myelofibrosis patients with severe thrombocytopenia who are underserved by existing therapies," said Adam R. Craig, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of CTI Biopharma. "We continue to work diligently on our commercial preparedness and expect to be ready to launch pacritinib in the United States this year, pending approval by the FDA. To that end, over the last quarter, we progressed key pre-commercial activities to prepare for a successful and rapid launch upon approval, including market access, distribution and supply chain, disease education and field force planning and deployment. We look forward to continuing these efforts, and to work closely with the FDA during its review of our application."
PDUFA action date – November 30, 2021
Expected U.S. commercial launch of pacritinib – by the end of 2021
Reporting of interim analysis from the Phase 3 PRE-VENT trial in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 – Q3 2021
First Quarter Financial Results Operating loss was $17.1 million and $11.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The increase in operating loss resulted primarily from increases in research and development and general and administrative activities associated with continued development and preparation for the commercialization of pacritinib.
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $17.3 million, or $0.23 for basic and diluted loss per share, as compared to a net loss of $12.2 million, or $0.20 for basic and diluted loss per share, for the same period in 2020.
As of March 31, 2021, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $37.2 million, as compared to $52.5 million as of December 31, 2020. On April 6, 2021 we completed an equity financing with net proceeds of $53.8 million, which enables us to fund our operations into the fourth quarter of 2021.
Conference Call and Webcast CTI will host a conference call and webcast to review its first quarter 2021 financial results and provide an update on business activities today, June 1 at 4:30 PM ET. To access the live call by phone please dial (877) 735-2860 (domestic) or (602) 563-8791 (international); the conference ID is 9343326. A live audio webcast of the event may also be accessed through the "Investors" section of CTI's website at www.ctibiopharma.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days following the event.
About Myelofibrosis and Severe Thrombocytopenia Myelofibrosis is a type of bone marrow cancer that results in formation of fibrous scar tissue and can lead to severe thrombocytopenia and anemia, weakness, fatigue and enlarged spleen and liver. Patients with severe thrombocytopenia are estimated to make up one-third of patients treated for myelofibrosis, or approximately 17,000 people in the United States and Europe. Severe thrombocytopenia, defined as blood platelet counts of less than 50 x 109/L, has been shown to result in overall survival rates of just 15 months. Thrombocytopenia in patients with myelofibrosis is associated with the underlying disease but has also been shown to result from treatment with ruxolitinib, which can lead to dose reductions, and as a result, may potentially reduce clinical benefit. Survival in patients who have discontinued ruxolitinib therapy is further compromised, with an average overall survival of seven to 14 months. Myelofibrosis patients with severe thrombocytopenia have limited treatment options, and represent an area of significant area of unmet medical need.
About CTI BioPharma Corp. We are a biopharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of novel targeted therapies for blood-related cancers that offer a unique benefit to patients and their healthcare providers. We concentrate our efforts on treatments that target blood-related cancers where there is an unmet medical need. In particular, we are focused on evaluating pacritinib, our product candidate currently in active late-stage development, for the treatment of adult patients with myelofibrosis, and in response to the COVID pandemic, severe COVID-19 disease. We are headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Forward-Looking Statements Statements included in this press release that are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, events or developments to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our ability to successfully demonstrate the safety and efficacy of, and receive regulatory approval for, pacritinib; the risk that the FDA may determine that the benefit/risk profile of pacritinib at the dose selected for the PACIFICA Phase 3 trial does not support approval; our expectations regarding the completion and outcome of our PRE-VENT Phase 3 trial; the risk that pacritinib may be delayed to a point where it is not commercially viable; the accuracy of our assumptions regarding our planned expenditures and sufficiency of our cash to fund operations; risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our operations and ongoing clinical trials; and those risks more fully discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. "CTI BioPharma" and the CTI BioPharma logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of CTI BioPharma Corp. in various jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owner.