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Magenta Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results and Recent Business Highlights

March 19, 2019

-- Declared development candidate in first targeted conditioning program --

-- Phase 1 study for first-line stem cell mobilization program to begin 1H19 --

-- Presented updated clinical data for MGTA-456 cell therapy showing signs of early benefit in patients with inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs) --

-- Ended 2018 with $142.6M in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities --

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 19, 2019-- Magenta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MGTA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel medicines to bring the curative power of stem cell transplant to more patients, today reported financial results and business highlights for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

“2018 was a transformative year for Magenta, as we progressed our first-in-class programs and achieved multiple clinical and preclinical milestones,” said Jason Gardner, D.Phil., Chief Executive Officer and President, Magenta Therapeutics. “As we begin 2019, Magenta is the only company addressing the major barriers to stem cell transplant and gene therapy, with the goal of changing the lives of patients with autoimmune diseases, blood cancers and genetic diseases through curative therapies. We are looking forward to building on this progress as we advance our conditioning, mobilization and cell therapy programs.”

Upcoming Anticipated Milestones:
The Company plans to achieve the following key milestones in 2019:

  • Present preclinical data on C100 anti-CD45 targeted conditioning program in autoimmune diseases and declare development candidate
  • Present preclinical data on C200 anti-CD117 targeted conditioning in gene therapy, and advance development candidate
  • Begin Phase 1 study of MGTA-145 first-line mobilization agent in healthy volunteers in the first half of 2019, and present clinical data in the second half of 2019
  • Present additional clinical data from the Phase 2 study of MGTA-456 in IMDs

Recent Business Highlights:
Updated preclinical data for C100 conditioning program showed potent depletion of hematopoietic stem cells and immune cells: At the Transplant and Cellular Therapy (TCT) meeting in February 2019, Magenta presented data from its C100 targeted conditioning program, showing potent stem and immune cell depletion with an anti-CD45 amanitin antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) that was well tolerated at efficacious doses in non-human primates. The Company expects to declare a development candidate for this program in 2019 and intends to develop C100 in both autoimmune diseases and blood cancers.

Declared development candidate in C200 targeted conditioning program and presented preclinical data: At the end of 2018, Magenta declared a development candidate in its C200 targeted conditioning program, which is designed to deplete stem cells in the bone marrow. The Company presented data at the TCT meeting in February 2019 on the development candidate, an anti-CD117 amanitin ADC, showing that it potently and selectively depleted hematopoietic stem cells in non-human primates while preserving the immune system. The ADC was well tolerated at the efficacious doses. Magenta has begun investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies with this ADC and plans to develop it as a conditioning agent for stem cell gene therapy, in patients with genetic disorders such as sickle cell disease, where current conditioning regimens are toxic.

Updated preclinical data for MGTA-145 first-line mobilization therapy showed differentiated efficacy from standard of care: In data presented at the TCT meeting in February 2019, Magenta showed that a single dose of MGTA-145 plus plerixafor mobilized two to three times more stem cells in non-human primates than a multi-day regimen of current standard of care, G-CSF. The cells mobilized with MGTA-145 plus plerixafor rapidly engrafted in non-human primates following autologous transplant. A subset of the MGTA-145-mobilized cells from non-human primates was also shown to suppress graft-vs.-host-disease and extend survival in preclinical models. The company expects to initiate a Phase 1 study of MGTA-145 in the first half of 2019 and share clinical results in the second half of 2019.

Updated clinical data for MGTA-456 cell therapy showed early signs of clinical benefit in IMDs: Magenta presented updated data from the Phase 2 clinical study of MGTA-456 in patients with IMDs at the TCT meeting in February 2019. Patients with cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (cALD) treated with MGTA-456 in the study showed persistent resolution of brain inflammation and stable disease scores. Patients with Hurler syndrome treated with MGTA-456 showed correction of enzyme deficiency and decrease in toxic metabolites. These early clinical benefits are associated with improved long-term disease outcomes in patients undergoing stem cell transplant for IMDs. The Company will next present data from this study at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in May. A Phase 2 investigator-initiated study of MGTA-456 in blood cancers began in December 2018. After careful review of comprehensive transplant outcomes data in sickle cell disease, the Company will evaluate development of MGTA-456 in sickle cell disease as less toxic conditioning becomes available.

Fourth Quarter Financial Results:
Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2018, were $142.6 million compared to $51.4 million on December 31, 2017. The increase is primarily driven by net proceeds from the $52.2 million Series C preferred stock financing completed in April 2018, and net proceeds of $89.9 million from Magenta’s IPO completed in June 2018, offset by $57.6 million in net loss during 2018. Magenta anticipates that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund operations and capital expenditures through 2020 on the Company’s current business plan.

Research and Development Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were $12.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $5.6 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to increased costs related to drug discovery efforts in our conditioning programs, preclinical costs, toxicology studies and manufacturing to support our mobilization program, the advancement of the MGTA-456 Phase 2 clinical trial, continued progression of the Company’s pipeline and increased costs associated with the growth of the Company.

General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $5.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to increased G&A personnel and facility costs associated with the growth of the Company.

Net Loss: Net loss was $16.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to net loss of $8.0 million for the same period in 2017.

About Magenta Therapeutics
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Magenta Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel medicines for patients with autoimmune diseases, blood cancers and genetic diseases. By creating a platform focused on critical areas of unmet need, Magenta Therapeutics is pioneering an integrated approach to allow more patients to receive one-time, curative therapies by making the process more effective, safer and easier.

Forward-Looking Statement
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The express or implied forward-looking statements included in this press release are only predictions and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation: uncertainties inherent in clinical studies and in the availability and timing of data from ongoing clinical studies; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial; whether results from preclinical studies or earlier clinical studies will be predictive of the results of future trials; the expected timing of submissions for regulatory approval or review by governmental authorities, including review under accelerated approval processes; orphan drug designation eligibility; regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products; whether Magenta's cash resources will be sufficient to fund Magenta's foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements; and other risks set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Magenta’s Registration Statement on Form S-1, as updated by Magenta’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although Magenta believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur.

Moreover, except as required by law, neither Magenta nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements included in this press release. Any forward-looking statement included in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it was made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Magenta Therapeutics, Inc.
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenue $ $ $ $
Operating expenses:
Research and development 12,390 5,551 41,340 27,899
General and administrative   5,540   2,619   18,623   7,828
Total operating expenses   17,930   8,170   59,963   35,727
Loss from operations (17,930) (8,170) (59,963) (35,727)
Interest and other income, net   1,251   134   2,448   236
Net loss (16,679) (8,036) (57,515) (35,491)

Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value

(88) (213)

Cumulative dividends on redeemable convertible preferred stock


Reversal of cumulative dividends on redeemable convertible preferred stock

Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (16,679) $ (8,036) $ (57,603) $ (35,507)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$ (0.50) $ (3.59) $ (3.13) $ (19.12)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   33,204,929   2,240,421   18,389,576   1,856,907
December 31,
2018 2017
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 142,570 $ 51,402
Working capital 134,902 48,361
Total assets 157,313


Stockholders' equity (deficit) 145,648 (42,118)

Source: Magenta Therapeutics

Magenta Therapeutics:
Manisha Pai, Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations

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