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BioLineRx Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Recent Corporate and Portfolio Updates

- Received FDA Approval of APHEXDA® (motixafortide) in Combination with Filgrastim (G-CSF) to Mobilize Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Collection and Subsequent Autologous Transplantation in Patients with Multiple Myeloma -

- Closed Exclusive License Agreement for Motixafortide in Asia Region with Concurrent Strategic Equity Investment -

- Presented Encouraging Data at AACR from Pilot Phase of Randomized Phase 2 Combination Trial with Motixafortide in Patients with First Line PDAC -

- Began Enrollment of Phase 1 Trial Evaluating Motixafortide for CD34+ Hematopoietic Stem Cell Mobilization for Gene Therapies in Sickle Cell Disease -

- Management to host conference call today, November 20, at 10:00 a.m. EST -

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX) (TASE: BLRX), a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company pursuing life-changing therapies in oncology and rare diseases, today reported its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, and provided corporate and portfolio updates.

"FDA approval of APHEXDA® in September was a transformative event for the company, and our U.S. commercial team is now working with payers and providers to make this important innovation available to patients," said Philip Serlin, Chief Executive Officer of BioLineRx. "We were pleased that APHEXDA® was recently added to the NCCN guidelines, and we believe that as centers adjust their protocols to include and gain experience with APHEXDA®, transplant teams will gain a deep appreciation for the efficiencies that it can provide, and more importantly, the improved treatment journey patients experience as they navigate their essential transplant process.

"In addition, the company also closed its motixafortide licensing agreement covering the important Asia market. The agreement, which provided significant upfront funding, will first advance potential indications in the region for stem cell mobilization and pancreatic cancer, areas of high unmet need. We continue to evaluate additional commercial partnership opportunities in other markets.

"Lastly, exciting data were presented at AACR from the single-arm pilot phase of the randomized Phase 2 combination clinical trial with motixafortide in first-line pancreatic cancer by the study's lead investigator at Columbia University. The highly encouraging data triggered a change in the protocol, from a small, single-arm study to a much larger randomized study. This study, as well as the enrolling Phase 1 study evaluating motixafortide for stem cell mobilization in patients with sickle cell disease seeking gene therapy, highlight the potential versatility of motixafortide and the tremendous progress we are making to realize the full promise of this novel molecule for patients around the world," Mr. Serlin concluded.

Corporate Updates

  • Received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of APHEXDA® (motixafortide) in combination with filgrastim (G-CSF) to mobilize hematopoietic stem cells to the peripheral blood for collection and subsequent autologous transplantation in patients with multiple myeloma
  • Closed exclusive license agreement to develop and commercialize motixafortide in Asia, alongside strategic equity investment:
    • License agreement included $15 million upfront payment, up to $50 million in potential development and regulatory milestones, up to $200 million in potential commercial milestones, and tiered double-digit royalties on sales
    • Straight common equity investment of $14.6 million in BioLineRx American Depository Shares (ADSs)
    • Gloria Biosciences expected to begin pivotal bridging study to support potential approval and commercialization of motixafortide in stem cell mobilization in China
    • Gloria Biosciences planning randomized Phase 2/3 first-line pancreatic cancer clinical trial evaluating motixafortide in combination with PD-1 inhibitor zimberelimab and standard of care combination chemotherapy

Clinical Portfolio Updates

Motixafortide (selective inhibitor of CXCR4 chemokine receptor)

Multiple Myeloma

  • Received inclusion of APHEXDA® in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
  • Received acceptance of an abstract on combination premedication benefits in the Phase 3 GENESIS trial, further educating on the use of APHEXDA at transplant centers. The poster will be presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 65th Annual Meeting on December 10, 2023, in San Diego, California
  • Initiated pivotal bridging study preparation activities with Gloria Biosciences to support potential approval and commercialization of motixafortide in stem cell mobilization in China

Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

  • Presented data from the single-arm pilot phase of the investigator-initiated CheMo4METPANC Phase 2 combination clinical trial in first-line pancreatic cancer (PDAC) at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Special Conference on Pancreatic Cancer. Of 11 patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer enrolled, 7 patients (64%) experienced a partial response (PR), of which 5 (45%) were confirmed PRs with one patient experiencing resolution of the hepatic (liver) metastatic lesion. Three patients (27%) experienced stable disease, resulting in a disease control rate of 91%. Based on these encouraging results, the study was substantially revised to a multi-institution, randomized trial of 108 patients
  • Initiated preparation activities with Gloria Biosciences to support the development of a randomized Phase 2/3 clinical trial evaluating motixafortide in combination with the PD-1 inhibitor zimberelimab and standard of care combination chemotherapy in first-line pancreatic cancer

Sickle Cell Disease & Gene Therapy

  • Began enrollment in investigator-initiated Phase 1 pilot study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis evaluating motixafortide as monotherapy and in combination with natalizumab for CD34+ hematopoietic stem cell mobilization for gene therapies in sickle cell disease. Anticipate data in 2H of 2024

AGI-134 (synthetic alpha-Gal glycolipid)

Solid Tumor Immunotherapy

  • Evaluating next development pathways for AGI-134 program. The Phase 1/2a first-in-human, single-agent study, results of which were announced in Q4 2022, met the primary endpoint for safety and tolerability and demonstrated immune activity across multiple biomarkers

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023 were $2.7 million, a decrease of $1.6 million, or 37.6%, compared to $4.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease resulted primarily from lower expenses associated with NDA supporting activities related to motixafortide as well as lower expenses associated with the completed AGI-134 clinical trial
  • Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023 were $8.1 million, an increase of $6.8 million, or 517.4% compared to $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The increase resulted primarily from the ramp-up of pre-commercialization activities related to motixafortide
  • General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023 were $1.5 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 7.7% compared to $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The increase resulted from small increases in a number of individual G&A expenses
  • Non-operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023 were $3.1 million, an increase of $3.5 million, compared to non-operating income of $0.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The increase relates primarily to the revaluation of outstanding warrants resulting from an increase in the company's share price during the 2023 period
  • Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2023 was $16.0 million, compared to $6.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 amounted to $46.7 million, compared to $19.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increases in net loss for both the three- and nine-month periods in 2023 were primarily due to the significant non-operating expenses (which were also non-cash) related to revaluation of outstanding warrants, as well as the significant increases in sales and marketing expenses related to pre-commercialization and commercialization activities, which were partially offset by a decrease in research and development expenses
  • As of September 30, 2023, we held $26.0 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits. We anticipate that this amount, as well as the consideration from the exclusive license agreement and the securities purchase agreement of $29.6 million that was received in October 2023, will be sufficient to fund operations, as currently planned, into 2025

Conference Call and Webcast Information
To access the conference call, please dial +1-888-281-1167 from the U.S. or +972-3-918-0685 internationally. A live webcast and a replay of the call can be accessed through the event page on the Company's website. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download any necessary software to listen to the live broadcast. The call replay will be available approximately two hours after completion of the live conference call. A dial-in replay of the call will be available until November 22, 2023; please dial +1-888-295-2634 from the US or +972-3-925-5904 internationally.

About BioLineRx
BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX) (TASE: BLRX) is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company pursuing life-changing therapies in oncology and rare diseases. The company's first approved product is APHEXDA® (motixafortide) with an indication in the U.S. for stem cell mobilization for autologous transplantation in multiple myeloma. BioLineRx is advancing a pipeline of investigational medicines for patients with sickle cell disease, pancreatic cancer, and other solid tumors. Headquartered in Israel, and with operations in the U.S., the company is driving innovative therapeutics with end-to-end expertise in development and commercialization, ensuring life-changing discoveries move beyond the bench to the bedside.

Learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we do it at www.biolinerx.com, or on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statement
Various statements in this release concerning BioLineRx's future expectations constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include words such as "anticipates," "believes," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "projects," "should," "will," and "would," and describe opinions about future events. These include statements regarding management's expectations, beliefs and intentions regarding, among other things, the potential benefits of APHEXDA, the execution of the launch of APHEXDA and the plans and objectives of management for future operations and expectations and commercial potential of motixafortide, as well as its potential investigational uses. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BioLineRx to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause BioLineRx's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the initiation, timing, progress and results of BioLineRx's preclinical studies, clinical trials and other therapeutic candidate development efforts; BioLineRx's ability to advance its therapeutic candidates into clinical trials or to successfully complete its preclinical studies or clinical trials; whether the clinical trial results for APHEXDA will be predictive of real-world results; BioLineRx's receipt of regulatory approvals for its therapeutic candidates, and the timing of other regulatory filings and approvals; the clinical development, commercialization and market acceptance of BioLineRx's therapeutic candidates, including the degree and pace of market uptake of APHEXDA for the mobilization of hematopoietic stem cells for autologous transplantation in multiple myeloma patients; whether access to APHEXDA is achieved in a commercially viable manner and whether APHEXDA receives adequate reimbursement from third-party payors; BioLineRx's ability to establish, operationalize and maintain corporate collaborations; BioLineRx's ability to integrate new therapeutic candidates and new personnel; the interpretation of the properties and characteristics of BioLineRx's therapeutic candidates and of the results obtained with its therapeutic candidates in preclinical studies or clinical trials; the implementation of BioLineRx's business model and strategic plans for its business and therapeutic candidates; the scope of protection BioLineRx is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights covering its therapeutic candidates and its ability to operate its business without infringing the intellectual property rights of others; estimates of BioLineRx's expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and its needs for and ability to access sufficient additional financing, including any unexpected costs or delays in the commercial launch of APHEXDA; risks related to changes in healthcare laws, rules and regulations in the United States or elsewhere; competitive companies, technologies and BioLineRx's industry; statements as to the impact of the political and security situation in Israel on BioLineRx's business; and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the declared war by Israel against Hamas and the military campaigns against Hamas and other terrorist organizations, which may exacerbate the magnitude of the factors discussed above. These and other factors are more fully discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of BioLineRx's most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2023. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent BioLineRx's views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. BioLineRx does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements unless required by law.

Contacts:

United States
John Lacey
BioLineRx
IR@biolinerx.com

Israel
Moran Meir
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
moran@lifesciadvisors.com

 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 (UNAUDITED)



December 31,

September 30,


2022

2023


in USD thousands

Assets



CURRENT ASSETS



Cash and cash equivalents

10,587

7,727

Short-term bank deposits

40,495

18,241

Inventory

-

1,352

Prepaid expenses

198

1,170

Other receivables

721

315

          Total current assets

52,001

28,805




NON-CURRENT ASSETS



Property and equipment, net

726

561

Right-of-use assets, net

1,772

1,462

Intangible assets, net

21,885

22,027

          Total non-current assets

24,383

24,050

          Total assets

76,384

52,855




Liabilities and equity



CURRENT LIABILITIES



Current maturities of long-term loan

1,542

3,078

Accounts payable and accruals:



     Trade

6,966

8,438

     Other

1,744

2,683

Current maturities of lease liabilities

427

526

          Total current liabilities

10,679

14,725

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES



Warrants

4,509

15,287

Long-term loan, net of current maturities

8,626

8,458

Lease liabilities

1,729

1,251

          Total non-current liabilities

14,864

24,996




     Total liabilities

25,543

39,721




EQUITY



Ordinary shares

27,100

28,332

Share premium

338,976

345,462

Warrants

1,408

1,408

Capital reserve

14,765

16,070

Other comprehensive loss

(1,416)

(1,416)

Accumulated deficit

(329,992)

(376,722)

          Total equity

50,841

13,134

          Total liabilities and equity

76,384

52,855

 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(UNAUDITED)




Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,


2022

2023

2022

2023


in USD thousands

in USD thousands

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES

(4,369)

(2,727)

(14,199)

(9,417)

SALES AND MARKETING EXPENSES

(1,317)

(8,131)

(3,112)

(17,609)

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

(1,392)

(1,499)

(3,448)

(4,102)

OPERATING LOSS

(7,078)

(12,357)

(20,759)

(31,128)

NON-OPERATING INCOME (EXPENSES), NET

389

(3,141)

2,115

(13,790)

FINANCIAL INCOME

109

312

256

1,289

FINANCIAL EXPENSES

(267)

(837)

(832)

(3,101)

NET LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(6,847)

(16,023)

(19,220)

(46,730)







in USD

in USD

LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED

(0.01)

(0.02)

(0.03)

(0.05)






WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES USED IN
     CALCULATION OF LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE

740,767,492

929,058,619

723,805,390

925,014,511






 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(UNAUDITED)




Ordinary

Share


Capital

Other

comprehensive

Accumulated



shares

premium

Warrants

reserve

loss

deficit

Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2022

21,066

339,346

975

13,157

(1,416)

(305,041)

68,087

CHANGES FOR NINE MONTHS ENDED
     SEPTEMBER 30, 2022:








Issuance of share capital and warrants, net

6,030

(1,008)

433

-

-

-

5,455

Employee stock options exercised

2

12

-

(12)

-

-

2

Employee stock options expired

-

491

-

(491)

-

-

-

Share-based compensation     

-

-

-

1,200

-

-

1,200

Comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(19,220)

(19,220)

BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

27,098

338,841

1,408

13,854

(1,416)

(324,261)

55,524










Ordinary

Share


Capital

Other

comprehensive

Accumulated



shares

premium

Warrants

reserve

loss

deficit

Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2023

27,100

338,976

1,408

14,765

(1,416)

(329,992)

50,841

CHANGES FOR NINE MONTHS ENDED
     SEPTEMBER 30, 2023:








Issuance of share capital, net

361

1,535

-

-

-

-

1,896

Warrants exercised

865

4,855

-

-

-

-

5,720

Employee stock options exercised

6

18

-

(9)

-

-

15

Employee stock options expired

-

78

-

(78)

-

-

-

Share-based compensation     

-

-

-

1,392

-

-

1,392

Comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(46,730)

(46,730)

BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2023

28,332

345,462

1,408

16,070

(1,416)

(376,722)

13,134

 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)




Nine months ended September 30,


2022

2023


in USD thousands




CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES



Net loss for the period

(19,220)

(46,730)

Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities
     (see appendix below) 

(1,337)

19,131

          Net cash used in operating activities

(20,557)

(27,599)




CASH FLOWS – INVESTING ACTIVITIES



Investments in short-term deposits

(36,000)

(13,882)

Maturities of short-term deposits

36,232

36,000

Purchase of property and equipment

(74)

(100)

Purchase of intangible assets

(14)

(179)

Net cash provided by investing activities

144

21,839




CASH FLOWS – FINANCING ACTIVITIES



Issuance of share capital and warrants, net of issuance costs

14,359

1,896

Exercise of warrants

-

2,530

Employee stock options exercised

2

15

Proceeds of long-term loan, net of issuance costs

9,682

-

Repayments of loan

(2,832)

(802)

Repayments of lease liabilities

(126)

(323)

Net cash provided by financing activities

21,085

3,316




INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH
     EQUIVALENTS

672

(2,444)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING

     OF PERIOD

12,990

10,587

EXCHANGE DIFFERENCES ON CASH AND CASH
     EQUIVALENTS

(557)

(416)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD

13,105

7,727




 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

APPENDIX TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)




Nine months ended
September 30,


2022

2023


in USD thousands







Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities:



Income and expenses not involving cash flows:



Depreciation and amortization

467

678

Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents

557

416

Fair value adjustments of warrants

(2,778)

13,968

Share-based compensation

1,200

1,392

Warrant issuance costs

171

-

Interest and exchange differences on short-term deposits

(244)

136

Interest on loan

104

2,170

Exchange differences on lease liability 

(233)

(122)

Long-term loan issuance cost 

(566)

-


(1,312)

18,638




Changes in operating asset and liability items:



    Increase in inventory

-

(1,352)

          Increase in prepaid expenses and other receivables

(411)

(566)

Increase in accounts payable and accruals

386

2,411


(25)

493


(1,337)

19,131







Supplemental information on interest received in cash

244

1,268




Supplemental information on interest paid in cash

307

833




Supplemental information on warrant issuance costs paid in cash

591

-




Supplemental information on non-cash transactions:



Changes in right-of-use asset

123

66

Warrant issuance costs

262

-

Exercise of warrants (portion related to accumulated
      fair value adjustments)

-

3,190







 
 

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