Epizyme Provides Business Highlights, Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financials and Clinical Trial Updates
-- Preliminary TAZVERIK® (tazemetostat) Net Product Revenue Expected to be Between
-- SYMPHONY-1 Phase 3 Global Startup Activities Ongoing --
-- Three New Clinical Studies Open for Enrollment and Actively Screening for Patients --
-- Total Non-GAAP Operating Expenses Forecasted to be Between
-- Company Provides Initial Guidance for Potential 2022 Clinical Milestones --
“For Epizyme, 2021 was defined by key organizational changes that reduced our overall operating expenses while we accelerated TAZVERIK commercial adoption. As most recently reported at the
“Looking ahead to 2022, we plan to continue our focus on accelerating commercial adoption of TAZVERIK and advancing key clinical trial programs. We look forward to initiating the global Phase 3 portion of our SYMPHONY-1 study, which compares tazemetostat plus R2 to R2 plus placebo in R/R FL patients, gaining a greater understanding and insight into the ability of TAZVERIK to combine safely with other active agents both in hematological and solid tumor indications and sharing the initial safety results for EZM0414 from the SET-101 study. I look forward to providing updates on these important areas as we seek to progress our vision for growth.”
Recent TAZVERIK® (tazemetostat) Commercial Progress
Epizymeexpects TAZVERIK net product revenue of between $11.2-11.7 millionfor the fourth quarter of 2021, including between $4.1-4.3 millionrelated to the sale of TAZVERIK commercial product for third-party pharmaceutical company use in clinical trials. TAZVERIK commercial net sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 are expected to be between $7.0-7.5 million, representing an increase of approximately 35% when compared to $5.2 millionin the third quarter of 2021.
For the full-year ended
December 31, 2021, Epizymeexpects TAZVERIK net product revenue of between $30.6-31.1 million, including between $7.3-7.5 millionrelated to sales of TAZVERIK commercial product for third-party pharmaceutical company use in clinical trials. TAZVERIK commercial net sales for the full-year 2021 are expected to be between $23.2-23.7 million.
- The amount of free goods supplied to patients through Epizyme’s patient assistance program is expected to represent approximately 30% of total end user demand for the fourth quarter of 2021 and 25% for the full-year 2021.
- Total end user demand in the fourth quarter of 2021 is expected to represent at least a 14% increase over third quarter 2021 levels. This increase was driven primarily by sales for follicular lymphoma (FL).
Recent Pipeline Highlights
SYMPHONY-1: During the
December 2021 American Society of Hematology(ASH) annual meeting, Epizymeshared encouraging updated safety and activity data from the Phase 1b portion of its Phase 1b/3 confirmatory study, SYMPHONY-1. The ongoing study is evaluating tazemetostat in combination with rituximab + lenalidomide (R2) in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) FL previously treated with at least one systemic therapy, including those who are rituximab-refractory and/or have progression of disease within two years (POD24). Based on the Phase 1b safety run-in results, in December 2021 Epizymesubmitted a protocol amendment to the FDA with 800mg twice-daily (BID) as the tazemetostat dose for the global Phase 3 portion of the trial.
EZH-1301 (Solid Tumor) and EZH-1501 (Hematological) Basket Studies: During the fourth quarter of 2021,
Epizymeinitiated two basket studies – EZH-1301 and EZH-1501, to evaluate tazemetostat combinations in patients with solid tumors and hematological malignancies, respectively.
Epizymeannounced the initiation of its first-in-human study of EZM0414, Epizyme’s novel, first-in-class, oral SETD2 inhibitor, which is being developed for the treatment of adult patients with R/R multiple myeloma (MM) or R/R diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in November 2021, and that the FDA granted Fast Track designation for EZM0414 in adult patients with DLBCL. Epizymealso shared preclinical data on EZM0414 along with the SET-101 Phase 1/1b clinical trial design at the 2021 ASH conference.
2022 Projected Milestones
Epizymecontinues to follow the 40 patients treated in the Phase 1b safety run-in portion of the study. Follow-up data from the safety run-in are anticipated to be presented at a medical conference later this year. Global startup activities for the Phase 3 randomized portion of the study are currently underway.
CELLO-1: CELLO-1, an open-label, randomized Phase 1b/2 study, is evaluating tazemetostat plus enzalutamide compared to enzalutamide monotherapy in metastatic castration-resistant Prostate Cancer patients (mCRPC). The Phase 2 efficacy portion of the study is more than one-half enrolled towards a target of 80 patients.
Epizymeexpects to complete enrollment in 2022. Patients from the Phase 1b portion of the study continue to be followed and Epizymeexpects to present updated data from these patients in 2022.
LYSA Study: Patient enrollment is expected to complete in the ongoing
Lymphoma Study Association(LYSA) Phase 2 clinical trial investigating tazemetostat plus R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone) in front-line high-risk FL and DLBCL in the first quarter of 2022. Epizymeexpects that interim results from the trial in DLBCL and FL patients will be presented at a medical conference in 2022.
EZH-1301 (Solid Tumor) and EZH-1501 (Hematological) Basket Studies: The Company recently opened sites for these two basket studies, which sites are actively screening patients for enrollment in each of the studies.
Epizymeplans to provide updates as the studies reach key enrollment milestones, as well as preliminary data in 2022.
Additional Tazemetostat Studies:
Epizymecontinues to advance additional clinical studies evaluating tazemetostat, including FDA post-marketing commitments.
Epizymerecently opened sites for the dose escalation portion of the SET-101 trial, which are actively screening patients for enrollment in this first-in-human study and which Epizymeexpects will enroll between 30-36 patients. Epizymeplans to provide updates as the study reaches key enrollment milestones along with preliminary safety data in 2022.
Epizymecontinues to expect its current cash runway to extend into the fourth quarter of 2022.
2022 Operating Expense Guidance: The Company expects 2022 non-GAAP adjusted operating expenses of between
The Company’s estimates of net product revenue and commercial net sales of TAZVERIK and its ability to fund operations are preliminary and unaudited, represent management estimates as of the date of this release and are subject to completion of the Company’s financial closing procedures. As a result, the Company’s actual financial results may differ materially from the preliminary estimated financial information set forth above. The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm has not conducted an audit or review of, and does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance with respect to, the estimates of net product revenue of TAZVERIK, commercial net sales, end user demand or estimates as to cash runway and operating expenses.
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About TAZVERIK® (tazemetostat)
TAZVERIK is a methyltransferase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of:
- Adults and pediatric patients aged 16 years and older with metastatic or locally advanced epithelioid sarcoma not eligible for complete resection.
- Adult patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma whose tumors are positive for an EZH2 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test and who have received at least two prior systemic therapies.
- Adult patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma who have no satisfactory alternative treatment options.
These indications are approved under accelerated approval based on overall response rate and duration of response. Continued approval for these indications is contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
The most common (≥20%) adverse reactions in patients with epithelioid sarcoma are pain, fatigue, nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting and constipation. The most common (≥20%) adverse reactions in patients with follicular lymphoma are fatigue, upper respiratory tract infection, musculoskeletal pain, nausea and abdominal pain.
EZM0414 is a potent, selective, oral, small molecule, investigational drug agent that inhibits the histone methyltransferase, SETD2, which plays a role in oncogenesis. SETD2 methylates histone as well as non-histone proteins, and this activity is involved in several key biological processes including transcriptional regulation, RNA splicing, and DNA damage repair. Based on the preclinical data on SETD2 inhibition by EZM0414 in multiple settings, including high risk t(4;14) multiple myeloma (MM) and in other B-cell malignancies such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the Company is conducting SET-101, a Phase 1/1b study of EZM0414, for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory MM and DLBCL.
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