SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 2, 2021
Morphic Holding, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
35 Gatehouse Drive, A2
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (781) 996-0955
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class|
|Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share|| ||MORF|| ||Nasdaq Global Market|
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On November 4, 2021, the Company issued a press release (the “Press Release”) announcing its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. The Press Release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The preliminary financial results are estimates and subject to completion of the applicable quarter-end closing procedures. The Company’s actual results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 may vary from these estimates. In addition, estimated financial information is necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions underlying the estimated financial results described in the Press Release will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on these estimates.
The information in Exhibit 99.1 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information in Exhibit 99.1 shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election Of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On November 2, 2021, Peter G. Linde M.D. notified the Company of his resignation effective 12/31/2021. Dr. Linde will remain with the Company through the end of the year to assist with an orderly transition of responsibilities. The Company is commencing a search for a new Chief Medical Officer with an executive search firm.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
| ||MORPHIC HOLDING, INC.|
|Date: November 4, 2021||By:||/s/ Marc Schegerin|
| ||Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer|
Morphic Announces Corporate Highlights and Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
MORF-057 phase 1 safety, receptor occupancy, PK and mechanistic measures exceeded objectives; phase 2 program in ulcerative colitis expected to begin 1Q22
Announced Appointment of Nisha Nanda, Ph.D., to Morphic Board of Directors
WALTHAM, Mass. – Nov. 4, 2021 – Morphic Therapeutic (Nasdaq: MORF), a biotechnology company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, today reported corporate highlights and financial results for the third quarter of 2021.
Recent Highlights and Outlook
•Presented positive phase 1 data at the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) Virtual Congress 2021, fully supporting MORF-057's target product profile as an oral inhibitor of the α4β7 integrin
◦MORF-057 was well tolerated in all dose cohorts with no safety signals identified
◦Pharmacodynamic data, including α4β7 receptor saturation at 100 mg BID administered orally, strongly supported MORF-057’s ability to replicate the mechanism of approved therapeutic vedolizumab, administered via IV infusion
◦MORF-057’s dose-dependent and consistent pharmacokinetic data support twice daily dosing profile and enable plans to evaluate once-daily dosing in phase 2b
◦Lymphocyte subset changes strongly demonstrate early in-human evidence for MORF-057’s small molecule α4β7 inhibition to replicate the published data on mechanism of action from approved biologic therapeutics in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
•Planned initiation of MORF-057 phase 2a remains on track for first quarter 2022
◦All phase 2 readiness work, including chronic toxicology studies, on track and scheduled for completion in fourth quarter 2021
◦Study to include 30-35 patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis treated with 100 mg BID (twice daily) with 12-week induction phase and rollover to 40 additional weeks maintenance phase in patients
◦The primary endpoint is change in Robarts Histopathologic Index (RHI) at 12 weeks
◦Global phase 2b randomized controlled trial of MORF-057 to commence after phase 2a initiation and then run in parallel
•Welcomed Nisha Nanda, Ph.D., to the Morphic Board of Directors, an experienced leader in preclinical and clinical-stage development strategy across multiple therapeutic areas
•Received acceptance to present preclinical data from our αvβ8 inhibitor program at the upcoming Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer 36th Annual Meeting
•Announced the planned resignation of Peter G. Linde, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, effective December 31, 2021. Dr. Linde has notified the Company that he is departing for personal reasons but will remain with the Company through year end to assist with an orderly transition of responsibilities
“MORF-057’s performance in phase 1 studies exceeded our internal modelling across all key criteria and we are now finalizing preparations for the initiation of the MORF-057 phase 2 program in patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis,” said Praveen Tipirneni, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Morphic Therapeutic. “Developing MORF-057 with our MInT platform has generated an array of learnings that feed into our earlier proprietary pipeline, driving advances in Morphic’s programs in immuno-oncology and other indications. In particular, we are looking forward to the presentation of new preclinical data from our αvβ8 program demonstrating the strong anti-tumor activity of a Morphic αvβ8 small molecule inhibitor dosed in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor and radioimmunotherapy in a tumor that is unresponsive to respective monotherapies or conventional radioimmunotherapy.”
Financial Results for the Third Quarter 2021
•Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was $25.0 million or $0.69 per share, basic and diluted compared to net income of $5.4 million or $0.17 per share, diluted for the same quarter last year
•Revenue was $3.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 compared to $25.8 million for the same quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to the receipt of a $20 million payment triggered by AbbVie exercising their option to Morphic’s αvβ6 program during the quarter ended September 30, 2020
•Research and development expenses were $21.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 as compared to $16.0 million for the same quarter last year. The increase was primarily due to clinical trials costs associated with MORF-057, along with manufacturing costs associated with the upcoming phase 2 clinical trial
•General and administrative expenses were $7.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $4.8 million for the same quarter last year. The increase was due to an increase in headcount and higher professional and consulting costs associated with Morphic operating as a public company
As of September 30, 2021, Morphic had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $427.6 million, compared to $228.3 million as of December 31, 2020. Morphic believes its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2021, will be sufficient to fund operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements until the end of 2024.
About Morphic Therapeutic
Morphic Therapeutic is a biopharmaceutical company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, including autoimmune, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases, fibrosis and cancer. In collaboration with AbbVie, Janssen, and Schrödinger, Morphic is advancing its pipeline and discovery activities using its proprietary MInT technology platform which leverages the Company’s unique understanding of integrin structure and biology. For more information, visit www.morphictx.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to: the MInT Platform’s ability to discover drug candidates, Morphic’s plans to develop and commercialize oral small-molecule integrin therapeutics, the initiation, execution and completion of the future MORF-057 phase 2 clinical trial, any expectations about safety, efficacy, timing and ability to commence or complete clinical studies and/or trials and to obtain regulatory approvals for MORF-057 and other candidates in development, the timing of further data presentation and the ability of MORF-057 to treat inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis, or related indications. Statements including words such as “believe,” “plan,” “continue,” “expect,” “will be,” “develop,” “signal,” “potential,” “anticipate” or “ongoing” and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause Morphic’s actual activities or results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement, including risks and uncertainties in this press release and other risks set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Morphic’s or a partner’s ability to complete a current or future clinical trial of any of our current or future product candidates, develop or obtain regulatory approval for or commercialize any product candidate, Morphic’s ability to protect intellectual property, the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the sufficiency of our cash, cash equivalents and investments to fund our operations. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Morphic specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements or reasons why actual results might differ, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Morphic Holding Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Collaboration revenue||$||3,124 ||$||25,757 ||$||10,238 ||$||39,044 |
|Research and development||20,966 ||15,998 ||64,131 ||54,877 |
|General and administrative||7,276 ||4,751 ||20,367 ||13,368 |
|Total operating expenses||28,242 ||20,749 ||84,498 ||68,245 |
|(Loss) Income from operations||(25,118)||5,008 ||(74,260)||(29,201)|
|Interest income, net||77 ||237 ||140 ||1,536 |
|Other expense||— ||(6)||(20)||(12)|
|Total other income, net||77 ||231 ||120 ||1,524 |
|(Loss) Income before benefit from income taxes||(25,041)||5,239 ||(74,140)||(27,677)|
|Benefit from income taxes||— ||115 ||— ||427 |
|Net (loss) income||$||(25,041)||$||5,354 ||$||(74,140)||$||(27,250)|
|Net (loss) income per share, basic ||$||(0.69)||$||0.18 ||$||(2.09)||$||(0.90)|
|Net (loss) income per share, diluted||$||(0.69)||$||0.17 ||$||(2.09)||$||(0.90)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic||36,547,222 ||30,533,847 ||35,392,153 ||30,368,437 |
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted||36,547,222 ||32,366,141 ||35,392,153 ||30,368,437 |
Morphic Holding Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|September 30, 2021||December 31, 2020|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||427,576 ||$||228,264 |
|Other current assets||7,828 ||11,171 |
|Total current assets||435,404 ||239,435 |
|Other assets||3,159 ||2,947 |
|Total assets||$||438,563 ||$||242,382 |
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Current liabilities||$||41,764 ||$||39,438 |
|Long-term liabilities||46,634 ||57,747 |
|Total liabilities||88,398 ||97,185 |
|Total stockholders' equity||350,165 ||145,197 |
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||438,563 ||$||242,382 |