ThromboGenics Announces Business Update and 2012 Full-Year Results
LEUVEN, Belgium, March 14, 2013
LEUVEN, Belgium, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Transformational 2012 Delivers Euro 30 Million in Net Profit
ThromboGenics NV (Euronext Brussels: THR), an integrated biopharmaceutical
company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic
medicines, today issued a business update and its financial results for the
full year ending December 31, 2012.
The past 12 months have been a defining period for ThromboGenics, resulting in
the approval and launch of its lead drug JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin) in the US. US
patients and physicians now have access to the first pharmacological treatment
for the sight-threatening condition symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA).
The launch of JETREA ^® has completed ThromboGenics' transformation into an
integrated company with operations in R&D through to full-scale
ThromboGenics expects 2013 to be another crucial year as JETREA ^® gains more
traction in the US and Europe, if approved.
2012 Highlights (including post-period events):
JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin)
Commercializing JETREA ^® in the US
*JETREA ^® was launched in the US on 14 January 2013 after the US Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) approved it as the first pharmacological
treatment of symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA)
*Highly focused commercial team, including specialist salesforce, is now
working to drive the US sales of JETREA ^®
*Structure in place to help US physicians process reimbursement claims for
Major strategic partnership alliance with Alcon in Europe and ROW
*ThromboGenics entered into a €375 million strategic commercialization
agreement with Alcon (Novartis) for the commercialization of ocriplasmin
outside the US.
*ThromboGenics received €75 million in an upfront payment
*It is eligible for a further €90 million in potential near-term milestone
payments, potential further milestones of €210 million, plus additional
significant royalties on Alcon's sales of JETREA ^® outside the US.
*ThromboGenics and Alcon are to share the costs equally of the further
development of JETREA ^® , including new formulations and new indications
*In January 2013, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP)
of the European Medicines Agency granted a positive opinion for JETREA ^®
for the treatment of vitreomacular traction (VMT), including when
associated with macular hole of diameter less than or equal to 400
microns, paving the way for the product's potential EU approval
*ThromboGenics raises €77.9 million through a private placement via the
issue of 3,244,675 new shares in April 2012
*Positive Belgian tax authority ruling in June 2012 has enabled
ThromboGenics to benefit from a "patent income deduction regime" and,
therefore, from a reduced tax rate for all patent-related JETREA ^® income
*€148.2 million in cash and cash investments as of 31 December 2012,
compared with €80.4 million at the end of December 2011
*€75.1 million in total revenue in 2012, compared with €2.5 million in 2011
*Net profit of €30.4 million in 2012, equivalent to diluted earnings per
share of €0.84. In 2011, the Company reported a net loss of €21.6 million,
equivalent to a diluted loss per share of €0.67
Dr Patrik De Haes, CEO of ThromboGenics, said: " The past 12 months have
been the most important period in ThromboGenics ' history. The recent launch
of JETREA ^® has completed our transformation into a profitable fully
integrated company focused on developing and commercializing innovative
ophthalmic medicines. We are delighted that US patients and physicians now
have access to JETREA ^® which is the first pharmacological treatment for
symptomatic VMA, an important sight-threatening condition. Initial reactions
from retinal physicians and patients to this novel treatment option have been
positive and our commercial organization is now focused on building sales of
JETREA ^® . "
"Our partnership agreement with Alcon is progressing well and we anticipate
gaining EU approval for JETREA ^® shortly. We are working with Alcon to
finalize our reimbursement strategies in the five largest markets in Europe so
we are well positioned for the JETREA ^® launch, which is expected in the
first half of 2013. Over the next 12 months we expect to generate further
shareholder value as the US sales of JETREA ^® continue to build and we
receive further milestones and the first royalties from Alcon as this novel
pharmacological treatment option for symptomatic VMA is commercialized in
The full report can be accessed at:
About JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin)
JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin) is a truncated form of human plasmin. In the US,
JETREA ^® is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. In Europe, the
CHMP granted a positive opinion for JETREA ^® for the treatment of
vitreomacular traction (VMT), including when associated with macular hole of
diameter ≤ 400 microns.
JETREA ^® is a selective proteolytic enzyme that cleaves fibronectin, laminin
and collagen, three major components of the vitreoretinal interface that play
an important role in vitreomacular adhesion.
JETREA ^® has been evaluated in two multi-center, randomized, double-masked
phase III trials conducted in the US and Europe involving 652 patients with
vitreomacular adhesion. Both studies met the primary endpoint of resolution of
VMA at day 28.
JETREA ^® 's phase III program found that 26.5% of patients treated with
ocriplasmin saw resolution of VMA, compared with 10.1% of patients receiving
The phase III program also showed that JETREA ^® was generally well tolerated.
Any adverse reactions were ocular. The most commonly reported were vitreous
floaters, eye pain and photopsia, as well as conjunctival haemorrhage
resulting from the injection procedure. Most of the adverse reactions occurred
within the first week after the injection. The majority of these reactions
were non-serious, mild in intensity and resolved within 2to 3weeks. ^
ThromboGenics is an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing
and commercializing innovative ophthalmic medicines. The Company's lead
product, JETREA ^® (ocriplasmin), has been approved by the US FDA for the
treatment of symptomatic VMA and was launched in January 2013.
In March 2012, ThromboGenics signed a strategic partnership with Alcon
(Novartis) for the commercialization of JETREA ^® outside the United States.
Under this agreement, ThromboGenics could receive up to a total of €375
million in upfront and milestone payments. It will receive significant
royalties from Alcon's net sales of JETREA ^® . ThromboGenics and Alcon intend
to share the costs equally of developing JETREA ^® for a number of new
The JETREA ^® European Marketing Authorisation Application is currently under
review by the European Medicines Agency. Following the positive CHMP
recommendation, a final decision by the European Commission on European
approval is expected in the first half of 2013.
ThromboGenics is also further exploring anti-PIGF (Placental Growth Factor),
also referred to as TB-403, for the treatment of ophthalmic and oncology
ThromboGenics is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Iselin,
NJ (US) and Dublin, Ireland. The Company is listed on the NYSE Euronext
Brussels exchange under the symbol THR. More information is available at
Important information about forward-looking statements
Certain statements in this press release may be considered "forward-looking".
Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, and,
accordingly, entail and are influenced by various risks and uncertainties. The
Company therefore cannot provide any assurance that such forward-looking
statements will materialize and does not assume an obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information,
future events or any other reason. Additional information concerning risks and
uncertainties affecting the business and other factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement is contained
in the Company's Annual Report.
1. Stalmans P, Benz MS, Gandorfer A et al. Enzymatic vitreolysis with
ocriplasmin for vitreomacular traction and macular holes. N Engl J Med
This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation for the sale or
purchase of securities or assets of ThromboGenics in any jurisdiction. No
securities of ThromboGenics may be offered or sold within the United States
without registration under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or in
compliance with an exemption therefrom, and in accordance with any applicable
US state securities laws.
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