Vigil Neuroscience Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
– Interim data from 20 mg/kg cohort in IGNITE Phase 2 clinical trial of VGL101 in ALSP on track for this quarter –
– First participant dosed in Phase 1 study of VG-3927, the first and only small molecule TREM2 agonist in clinical development for potential treatment of Alzheimer’s disease –
– Announced VGL101 complete Phase 1 data analysis and Phase 2 IGNITE trial design at 2023 ANA Annual Meeting –
WATERTOWN, Mass., Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vigil Neuroscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIGL), a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to harnessing the power of microglia for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, and provided an update on recent progress.
“We continue to make significant progress in advancing our novel TREM2 agonist candidates - VGL101 in ALSP and VG-3927 in Alzheimer’s disease, and believe we are well-positioned to become a leader in neurodegenerative drug development,” said Ivana Magovčević-Liebisch, Ph.D., J.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Vigil. “Importantly, we are diligently advancing our Phase 2 IGNITE trial, the first interventional study in ALSP, and expect to report our interim results from the first six patients treated for six months with VGL101 this quarter. In September, we also proudly introduced our oral small molecule TREM2 agonist candidate, VG-3927, with the opening of our IND. We dosed our first participant in our Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers last month and expect to share interim results in mid-2024.”
“As the only company known to have two TREM2 modalities, we have achieved critical milestones to support our mission to bring transformative therapies to patients with both rare and common neurodegenerative diseases,” added Dr. Magovčević-Liebisch. “With our unique precision medicine approach and dedicated team of industry leaders, we look forward to the continued development of our clinical programs to serve patient populations with high unmet need.”
Recent Highlights and Anticipated Milestones
VGL101, A Fully Human Monoclonal Antibody TREM2 Agonist
- First interim data readout from 20 mg/kg cohort in ongoing IGNITE Phase 2 clinical trial on track for this quarter: The Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating VGL101 in adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP) is ongoing and the Company remains on track to report interim data this quarter from the first 6 patients at 6 months who have received 20 mg/kg of VGL101.
- Presented complete data analysis from Phase 1 single and multiple ascending dose (SAD and MAD) healthy volunteer trial and Phase 2 study design via two posters at ANA 2023: In September 2023, the Company presented the complete data analysis from its Phase 1 healthy volunteer trial, showing that VGL101 demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile in SAD and MAD cohorts at doses up to 60 mg/kg. VGL101 showed linear and predictable pharmacokinetic (PK) characteristics and an observed half-life that supports monthly dosing. Target engagement and downstream pharmacodynamic responses of VGL101 at 20 mg/kg and 40 mg/kg support evaluating these doses in the ongoing IGNITE Phase 2 trial in ALSP. The Company also presented the trial design for its ongoing Phase 2 IGNITE study, a global, open-label clinical trial evaluating VGL101 in approximately 15 patients with symptomatic ALSP who have a confirmed CSF1R gene mutation. These presentations can be accessed on the publications page of the Company’s website.
- Granted Orphan Drug Designation for VGL101 from the European Medicines Agency (EMA): In October 2023, the European Commission granted orphan drug designation for VGL101 for the treatment of CSF1R-related leukoencephalopathy, which includes ALSP. In July 2022, VGL101 was granted orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ALSP.
- Continued patient-focused initiatives for ALSP community: In October, the Company added a new section for healthcare providers (HCPs) on ALSPinfo.com, a disease education website for ALSP. Prior to the update, ALSPinfo.com included information and resources for those living with ALSP and their caregivers. By expanding the website to include an HCP section, the Company hopes to continue to raise awareness for ALSP, lower the frequency of misdiagnosis, and encourage the utilization of genetic testing for diagnostic purposes.
VG-3927, An Oral Small Molecule TREM2 Agonist
- First participant dosed in ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers: In October 2023, the first participant was dosed in the Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers evaluating VG-3927. VG-3927 is the first and only oral small molecule TREM2 agonist in clinical development for the potential treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The Company expects to report interim Phase 1 topline data for VG-3927 in healthy volunteers in mid-2024.
- Update on small molecule program and hosted R&D Event: In September 2023, the Company was informed by the FDA that the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for VG-3927 was open and the Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers was allowed to proceed with a partial clinical hold related to maximum exposure limit. The FDA subsequently indicated that additional non-clinical data is needed in order to exceed the maximum exposure limit set by the FDA in the Phase 1 clinical trial. The Company is in the process of obtaining additional PK data and will work with the FDA to address the partial clinical hold. Based on preclinical studies, the Company believes that the maximum exposure limit exceeds the predicted efficacious dose of VG-3927. At this time, the Company does not anticipate delays in the current clinical development plans for VG-3927.
In September 2023, the Company hosted an R&D Event to share details on VG-3927 with KOL guest participation from Marco Colonna, M.D. and Samuel Gandy, M.D. The event highlighted new preclinical data for VG-3927, discussed current treatment approaches for AD, and Vigil’s TREM2-focused clinical approach for treating AD guided by its precision medicine strategy. A recording of the event can be accessed on the Events & Presentations page of the Investors Section of the Company’s website.
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
- Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $133.6 million as of September 30, 2023, compared to $150.2 million as of June 30, 2023. The Company expects its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities to fund its operational plans into the first quarter of 2025.
- Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, were $15.4 million, compared to $12.8 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was primarily driven by increased manufacturing-related expenses associated with the VGL101 program, increased clinical activity associated with advancing the VG-3927 program into a Phase 1 clinical trial, and increased headcount to support the Company’s continued growth.
- General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, were $6.9 million, compared to $4.8 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to increases in headcount-related costs and professional service fees to support the Company’s growth.
- Net Loss: Loss from operations for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, were $20.5 million, compared to $17.5 million for the same period in 2022.
About Vigil Neuroscience
Vigil Neuroscience is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for both rare and common neurodegenerative diseases by restoring the vigilance of microglia, the sentinel immune cells of the brain. We are utilizing the tools of modern neuroscience drug development across multiple therapeutic modalities in our efforts to develop precision-based therapies to improve the lives of patients and their families. VGL101, our lead clinical candidate, is a fully human monoclonal antibody agonist targeting human triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) in people with adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP), a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease. We are also developing VG-3927, a novel small molecule TREM2 agonist, to treat common neurodegenerative diseases associated with microglial dysfunction, with an initial focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in genetically defined subpopulations.
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|VIGIL NEUROSCIENCE, INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30, 2023||September 30, 2022||September 30, 2023||September 30, 2022|
|Research and development||$||15,415||$||12,791||$||44,152||$||35,253|
|General and administrative||6,906||4,846||20,857||14,758|
|Total operating expenses||22,321||17,637||65,009||50,011|
|Loss from operations||(22,321||)||(17,637||)||(65,009||)||(50,011||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest income, net||1,829||163||4,560||197|
|Other income (expense), net||(3||)||(26||)||(15||)||(35||)|
|Total other income (expense), net||1,826||137||4,545||162|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.53||)||$||(0.53||)||$||(1.56||)||$||(1.70||)|
|Weighted—average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||38,809,109||33,303,345||38,671,739||29,395,548|
|VIGIL NEUROSCIENCE, INC.|
|Selected Balance Sheet Data|
|September 30, 2023||December 31, 2022|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities||$||133,643||$||186,605|
|Total stockholders' equity||135,836||189,081|
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Vigil Neuroscience, Inc.