BONE THERAPEUTICS (Euronext Brussels and Paris: BOTHE), the bone cell therapy company addressing high unmet medical needs in orthopaedics and bone diseases, today provides a business update and its financial results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2017, prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.
Thomas Lienard, CEO of Bone Therapeutics commented:
"During the first half of 2017, Bone Therapeutics has continued to advance its allogeneic and autologous bone cell therapy platforms through key clinical studies and notably, we successfully completed the patient recruitment for the interim analysis of the ALLOB® Phase I/IIA delayed-union trial. Results for this interim analysis, as well as in spinal fusion, expected in September, could provide potential value inflection points for the platform, bringing our innovative bone cell therapy platform a step closer to commercialisation. We have also made good progress on our PREOB® Phase III study in osteonecrosis of the hip, completing recruitment of 44 treated patients required for the planned interim analysis of the trial."
“We are also delighted to welcome Jean-Luc Vandebroek to our management team, replacing Wim Goemaere as Chief Financial Officer. His experience in strategy, financial planning and corporate finance will be critical to Bone Therapeutics as we move towards a more commercial phase of our business and we are pleased that Wim, who has decided to pursue an opportunity in the not-for-profit sector, will remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director and will lead a managed succession during the transition period.”
Outlook for the remainder of 2017
In September 2017, Bone Therapeutics expects to announce interim results for its two ongoing Phase IIA programs for delayed union and spinal fusion with its allogeneic product ALLOB®. A positive outcome for the 16 delayed-union patients treated and followed over a six-month period could allow the Company to complete this Phase IIA program early and allow the Company to take the necessary steps to initiate the next phase. The interim results for the first cohort of 16 patients recruited and followed over a one-year period in the spinal fusion trial are expected within the same time frame. Both trials continue to recruit in the meantime and recruitment of the total number of patients (32) required for the spinal fusion trial is expected around year-end.
Diligent cash management will remain a key priority, with a strong focus on net cash burn. Cash burn for the full year 2017 is expected to be in the range of EUR 14-15 million. Based on its current strategic priorities, the Company provides guidance that it has sufficient cash to carry out its strategic objectives into Q2 2018.
Bone Therapeutics is a leading cell therapy company addressing high unmet needs in orthopaedics and bone diseases. Based in Gosselies, Belgium, the Company has a broad, diversified portfolio of bone cell therapy products in clinical development across a number of disease areas targeting markets with large unmet medical needs and limited innovation.
Our technology is based on a unique, proprietary approach to bone regeneration which turns undifferentiated stem cells into “osteoblastic”, or bone-forming cells. These cells can be administered via a minimally invasive procedure, avoiding the need for invasive surgery.
Our primary clinical focus is ALLOB®, an allogeneic “off-the-shelf” cell therapy product derived from stem cells of healthy donors, which is in Phase II studies for the treatment of delayed-union fractures and spinal fusion. The Company also has an autologous bone cell therapy product, PREOB®, obtained from patient’s own bone marrow and currently in Phase III development for osteonecrosis and non-union fractures.
Bone Therapeutics’ cell therapy products are manufactured to the highest GMP standards and are protected by a rich IP estate covering nine patent families. Further information is available at: www.bonetherapeutics.com.