Applied Molecular Transport Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

May 9, 2022 at 4:01 PM EDT

Announced positive top-line data for AMT-101 FILLMORE Phase 2 trial in chronic pouchitis

  • Independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) recommends advancing to Phase 3

Three Phase 2 top-line readouts for oral AMT-101 in ulcerative colitis (UC) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) anticipated in 2022, consistent with previous guidance

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Molecular Transport Inc. (Nasdaq: AMTI) (AMT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

“We were pleased to recently announce positive top-line data from our FILLMORE trial in chronic pouchitis patients, the first of four important AMT-101 Phase 2 readouts,” said Tahir Mahmood, Ph.D., chief executive officer and co-founder of AMT. “These results further substantiate the broad therapeutic potential of AMT-101 and may have positive implications for UC and Crohn’s disease, given the meaningful responses achieved in stool frequency and histologic healing.”

Recent Business Highlights and Anticipated Milestones

  • Announced positive Phase 2 top-line data in the FILLMORE monotherapy trial for patients with chronic pouchitis
    • AMT-101 demonstrated favorable clinical activity and appeared safe and well-tolerated through the 12-week treatment period, in the most difficult-to-treat IBD patients where rapid, symptomatic improvement is critical
    • Met pre-specified efficacy endpoints, and achieved meaningful responses in stool frequency and histologic healing in both the 3mg and 10mg dosage groups
    • Independent DMC recommends advancing to Phase 3 with the 3 mg dose in chronic pouchitis
  • Three ongoing Phase 2 trials for AMT-101, a GI-selective, oral fusion of IL-10 and AMT’s proprietary carrier molecule:
    • MARKET combination trial of oral AMT-101 with anti-TNFα in biologic-naïve patients with moderate-to-severe UC; Top-line data readout in Q2 2022
    • LOMBARD monotherapy trial for biologic-naïve and experienced patients with moderate-to-severe UC; Top-line data readout in H2 2022
    • CASTRO combination trial of oral AMT-101 with anti-TNFα for patients with RA who are partial or non-responders to anti-TNFα therapy; Top-line data readout in H2 2022
  • Ongoing Phase 1 trial with AMT-126, a GI-selective, oral fusion of IL-22 and AMT’s proprietary carrier molecule
  • Investments in and activation of oral biologics GMP manufacturing as part of integrated new single site that also includes corporate headquarters and research labs in South San Francisco, CA; GMP warehouse upgrades completed to further support ongoing oral biologics manufacturing activities
  • Announced appointments of Graham Cooper to Executive Chair, John Smither and Charlene Banard to Board of Directors
  • Announced appointment of industry veteran Carolyn Finkle as senior vice president, head of regulatory affairs
  • Announced publication in Tissue Barriers providing additional insight into the Company’s proprietary technology platform

Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2022

Research and development (R&D) expenses. Total R&D expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $31.2 million, compared to $14.9 million for the same period in 2021. The overall increase was primarily related to higher expenses associated with clinical trials, increased headcount, facilities-related expenses and materials.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses. Total G&A expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $11.3 million, compared to $5.6 million for the same period in 2021. The overall increase was primarily due to increased headcount, professional fees and facilities-related expenses.

Net loss. Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $42.6 million, compared to $20.5 million for the same period in 2021. Stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization for the first quarter of 2022 was $7.7 million, compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2021.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments. As of March 31, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $126.5 million. The Company believes its cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to allow the Company to fund its current operating plan for at least twelve months.

About AMT-101
AMT-101 is a novel GI-selective, oral fusion of IL-10 and AMT’s proprietary carrier molecule, currently in development in Phase 2 clinical trials for chronic pouchitis, UC and RA. AMT-101 is designed to cross the intestinal epithelial (IE) barrier with limited entry into the bloodstream, thereby focusing IL-10 at the primary site of inflammation in IBD, along the intestinal tissue lamina propria, potentially avoiding the side effects observed with systemic administration.

About AMT-126
AMT-126 is a novel GI-selective, oral fusion of IL-22 and AMT’s proprietary carrier molecule currently in development for diseases related to IE barrier defects. IL-22 is a cytokine that repairs structural and functional defects of the IE barrier and induces microbial defense. AMT-126 is designed to act locally on the epithelial cells of the intestinal tissue, thereby repairing the IE barrier and supporting mucosal healing, potentially translating into clinically meaningful improvements in a broad range of GI-focused, peripheral inflammatory and other diseases.

About Applied Molecular Transport Inc.
AMT is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel oral biologic product candidates, by leveraging its technology platform to design and advance a multi-product pipeline to treat autoimmune, inflammatory, metabolic and other diseases. AMT is developing its oral biologic product candidates in patient-friendly oral dosage forms that are designed to either target local intestinal tissue or enter systemic circulation to precisely address the relevant pathophysiology of disease. AMT’s proprietary technology platform allows it to exploit existing natural cellular trafficking pathways to facilitate the active transport of diverse therapeutic modalities across the IE barrier. Active transport is an efficient mechanism that uses the cell’s own machinery to transport materials across the IE barrier.

AMT’s headquarters, internal GMP manufacturing and lab facilities are located in South San Francisco, CA. For additional information on AMT, please visit 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements including statements relating to AMT’s plans, expectations, forecasts and future events. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the potential of, and expectations regarding AMT’s technology platform and the extent to which it may enable the development of new products and AMT’s internal manufacturing capabilities, statements regarding scaling our organization, growth of clinical activities, or pipeline expansion, statements regarding the optimization or expansion of our product development plans or the design of future clinical trials, statements regarding the potential of AMT-101, AMT-126, AMT’s respiratory carrier technology or regarding AMT-101 and AMT-126 clinical trials, including the timing of data readouts from such trials, advancing product candidates to future phases of development, and program updates, milestones for such trials, and our ability to replicate past clinical development strategies, statements regarding the potential for AMT’s product candidates to treat or provide clinically meaningful outcomes for certain medical conditions or diseases, and assumptions regarding the biological mode of action of our product candidates and the potential to avoid side effects with our product candidates. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potentially,” “will,” “expect,” “enable,” “likely” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Actual events, trends or results could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in these forward-looking statements based on various factors. Information regarding the foregoing and additional risks may be found in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in AMT’s Annual and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and AMT’s future reports to be filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and AMT assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Applied Molecular Transport Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  March 31,  December 31, 
  2022  2021 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $126,480  $159,821 
Prepaid expenses  5,379   6,685 
Other current assets  1,323   594 
Total current assets  133,182   167,100 
Property and equipment, net  9,195   6,998 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net  37,214   38,142 
Finance lease right-of-use assets, net  750   652 
Restricted cash  1,025   1,025 
Other assets  323   121 
Total assets $181,689  $214,038 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $4,304  $2,211 
Accrued expenses  9,789   8,226 
Operating lease liabilities, current  4,139   3,584 
Finance lease liabilities, current  267   237 
Total current liabilities  18,499   14,258 
Operating lease liabilities  34,911   35,785 
Finance lease liabilities  190   167 
Other liabilities  244   241 
Total liabilities  53,844   50,451 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock  4   4 
Additional paid-in capital  410,061   403,228 
Accumulated other comprehensive income      
Accumulated deficit  (282,220)  (239,645)
Total stockholders’ equity  127,845   163,587 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $181,689  $214,038 

Applied Molecular Transport Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended 
  March 31, 
  2022  2021 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development $31,239  $14,881 
General and administrative  11,337   5,599 
Total operating expenses  42,576   20,480 
Loss from operations  (42,576)  (20,480)
Interest income (expense), net  (3)  40 
Other income (expense), net  4   (22)
Net loss $(42,575) $(20,462)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(1.10) $(0.58)
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic and diluted  38,641,365   35,217,773 
Comprehensive loss:        
Net loss $(42,575) $(20,462)
Other comprehensive loss:        
Unrealized loss on investments     (2)
Total comprehensive loss $(42,575) $(20,464)

Refer to the Company’s applicable SEC filings for previously reported periods.

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