NANOBIOTIX (Euronext: NANO – NASDAQ: NBTX – the ‘‘Company’’), a late-stage clinical biotechnology company pioneering physics-based approaches to expand treatment possibilities for patients with cancer, today provided a corporate update highlighting key priorities and anticipated development milestones for 2022.
“We believe 2021 provided strong validation of the broad potential therapeutic benefit of NBTXR3 and the capabilities of the Nanobiotix team,” said Laurent Levy, co-founder and chairman of the executive board of Nanobiotix. “Not only did our single-agent and combination development programs yield new data suggesting radiotherapy-activated NBTXR3 may improve clinical outcomes for patients with either local or systemic disease, but we were also able to launch NANORAY-312, our global phase III registration study in head and neck cancer. This momentum enabled us to move quickly to begin 2022, with the first European patient randomized in our phase III study and recruitment efforts well under way. In parallel, in 2021 we strengthened our leadership team with the appointment of both a new supervisory board Chairman and new Chief Financial Officer; and added a new strategic partner to advance and expand development of NBTXR3 in Asia. Moreover, we took measures to increase operational efficiencies and optimize capital allocation, effectively extending our operating runway while further strengthening our priority development pathways. Our priorities for the year remain focused on executing our ongoing studies, capturing the opportunity to drive value by defining our registration strategy in immunotherapy, and expanding the tumor-agnostic, combination-agnostic profile of NBTXR3 through our strategic collaborations.”
2022 Corporate Priorities
The Nanobiotix mission is to improve treatment outcomes for patients around the world by developing and commercializing disruptive, nanophysics-based therapeutic solutions across multiple major disease areas, beginning with cancer. In 2022, Nanobiotix plans to continue to grow and strengthen its organizational capabilities in order to deliver on the potential of its lead product candidate, NBTXR3.
Key corporate priorities for the year are as follows:
Focus Company-led development efforts on the execution of NANORAY-312, a global, pivotal study seeking regulatory market approval of NBTXR3 as a single-agent activated by radiation in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC; head and neck cancer) and the advancement of a follow-on checkpoint inhibitor combination strategy for patients naïve to anti-PD-1 treatment as well as patients with inadequate or no response to prior anti-PD-1 treatment
Advance the expansion of NBTXR3’s global pipeline through existing collaborations and/or the addition of new collaborations that can potentially contribute complementary development and/or commercial capabilities
Further align resources and capital allocation with strategic priorities and enhance operating efficiencies
Deepen operational expertise in key functional areas to support continued company growth
Continue to foster a company culture of innovation, integrity, accountability, transparency, and inclusion
2022 Development Pipeline Objectives
In 2022, the Nanobiotix development program will continue to focus on: (i) Execution of Company-led priority pathways in HNSCC and immunotherapy, and (ii) working with existing and future collaborators to expand the development footprint for NBTXR3.
Key development objectives and expected milestones as follows:
Advance toward NBTXR3 global commercial registration through NANORAY-312, evaluating the product candidate as a single-agent activated by radiotherapy for high-risk elderly patients with locally advanced HNSCC following preliminary survival data from phase I dose expansion study (Study 102 Expansion) showing a potential benefit for elderly patients with a worse prognosis. Expected 2022 milestones include:
Randomize First NANORAY-312 Patient in Europe – January 2022 (Achieved)
Activate First NANORAY-312 US Site
Activate First NANORAY-312 Asia Site (LianBio)
Establish a planned path to registration for NBTXR3 in combination with anti-PD-1 following initial data from the Company’s ongoing phase I study (Study 1100) suggesting NBTXR3 may prime immune response, enhance response rates in anti-PD-1 naïve patients, and help overcome resistance to prior anti-PD-1 therapy in non-responders. Expected 2022 milestones include:
Establish Recommended Phase II Dose (RP2D) in all cohorts
Present Updated Study 1100 Data
Announce Development Next Steps Following Regulatory Agency Feedback
Expand evaluation of NBTXR3 safety and feasibility to additional solid tumor indications and therapeutic combinations outside of Company-led pathways through collaborators. Expected 2022 milestones include:
Establish Recommended Phase II Dose (RP2D) in Pancreatic Cancer
Present Data from Phase I evaluation of NBTXR3 plus chemoradiation in HNSCC
Present Data from Phase I/II evaluation of NBTXR3 plus chemoradiation in Rectal Cancer
2021 Year-End Cash
As of December 31, 2021, Nanobiotix estimates that it had approximately €83.9 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, compared to €119.2 million as of December 31, 2020. Following comprehensive operational adjustments undertaken in the second half of 2021, Nanobiotix has been able to extend its operating runway and now expects that its cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of December 31, 2021, excluding any future potential milestones that may be received by the Company from collaborations, will enable the Company to fund its current operational plan into the second quarter of 2023. This estimate of cash, cash equivalents and investments is preliminary and is based on information currently available and may differ from the actual cash balance to be included in the Company’s audited financial statements.
Upcoming Investor Conferences in January 2022
H.C. Wainwright Bioconnect Conference
Date: January 10-13, 2022
Format: Corporate presentation
Time: Presentation available for registered attendees starting January 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM (EST) / 1:00 PM (CET)
Biotech Showcase™ 2022
Date: January 17-19, 2022
Format: Corporate presentation and virtual one-on-one meetings with investors
Time: Presentation available for registered attendees starting January 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM (EST) / 1:00 PM (CET)About NBTXR3
NBTXR3 is a novel, potentially first-in-class oncology product composed of functionalized hafnium oxide nanoparticles that is administered via one-time intratumoral injection and activated by radiotherapy. The product candidate’s physical mechanism of action (MoA) is designed to induce significant tumor cell death in the injected tumor when activated by radiotherapy, subsequently triggering adaptive immune response and long-term anti-cancer memory. Given the physical MoA, Nanobiotix believes that NBTXR3 could be scalable across any solid tumor that can be treated with radiotherapy and across any therapeutic combination, particularly immune checkpoint inhibitors.
NBTXR3 is being evaluated in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) as the primary development pathway. The company-sponsored phase I dose escalation and dose expansion study has produced favorable safety data and early signs of efficacy. In February 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted regulatory Fast Track designation for the investigation of NBTXR3 activated by radiation therapy, with or without cetuximab, for the treatment of patients with locally advanced HNSCC who are not eligible for platinum-based chemotherapy.
Nanobiotix has also prioritized an Immuno-Oncology development program—beginning with a Company sponsored phase I clinical study evaluating NBTXR3 activated by radiotherapy in combination with anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors for patients with locoregional recurrent or recurrent/metastatic HNSCC and lung or liver metastases from any primary cancer eligible for anti-PD-1 therapy either naïve or resistant to prior PD-1 (either primary or secondary as per SITC criteria).
Given the Company’s focus areas, and balanced against the scalable potential of NBTXR3, Nanobiotix has engaged in strategic collaborations to expand development of the product candidate in parallel with its priority development pathways. Pursuant to this strategy, in 2019 Nanobiotix entered into a broad, comprehensive clinical research collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to sponsor several phase I and phase II studies to evaluate NBTXR3 across tumor types and therapeutic combinations. In 2021, the Company entered into an additional strategic collaboration agreement with LianBio to support its global phase III study in Asia along with four future registrational studies.
Nanobiotix is a late-stage clinical biotechnology company pioneering disruptive, physics-based therapeutic approaches to revolutionize treatment outcomes for millions of patients; supported by people committed to making a difference for humanity. The company’s philosophy is rooted in the concept of pushing past the boundaries of what is known to expand possibilities for human life.
Incorporated in 2003, Nanobiotix is headquartered in Paris, France. The company also has subsidiaries in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States), France, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.
Nanobiotix has been listed on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris since 2012 and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in New York City since December 2020.
Nanobiotix is the owner of more than 30 umbrella patents associated with three (3) nanotechnology platforms with applications in 1) oncology; 2) bioavailability and biodistribution; and 3) disorders of the central nervous system. The company’s resources are primarily devoted to the development of its lead product candidate– NBTXR3 —which is the product of its proprietary oncology platform and has already achieved market authorization in Europe for the treatment of patients with soft tissue sarcoma under the brand name Hensify®.Disclaimer
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