Aptose Biosciences (NASDAQ: APTO, TSX: APS), a clinical-stage precision oncology company developing highly differentiated oral kinase inhibitors to treat hematologic malignancies, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022, and provided a corporate update.
— The net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2022, was $10.0 million ($0.11 per share) compared with $24.3 million ($0.27 per share) for the quarter ended December 31, 2021. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022, was $41.8 million ($0.45 per share) compared with $65.4 million ($0.73 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2021. Total cash and cash equivalents and investments as of December 31, 2022, were $47.0 million. Based on current operations, Aptose expects that cash on hand and available capital provide the Company with sufficient resources to fund planned Company operations including research and development into the first quarter of 2024.
Note: The Q4 EPS of ($0.45) was $0.34 lower than a consensus of ($0.11).
The stock price of APTO is up over 10% as of last check.
“To expand on the clinically significant response data observed across a broad population of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients during the dose escalation and exploration phase of our trial, we rapidly transitioned to our APTIVATE Phase 1/2 expansion trial with tuspetinib. APTIVATE already is running smoothly with several AML patients being treated in the monotherapy arm, and patient enrollment now is underway in the doublet combination treatment arm with tuspetinib and venetoclax (TUS/VEN). And we are eager to bring additional data to you throughout the year. We anticipate enrolling up to 100 patients in the APTIVATE study, from which we expect to demonstrate single agent activity that can guide multiple paths for potential accelerated approval in patients with adverse mutations, and to demonstrate activity in doublet and then triplet combination therapies, which we believe represent the future directions of AML treatment. Tuspetinib’s single agent activity targets more AML populations than SYK inhibitors, IRAK4 inhibitors, or menin inhibitors, and, its distinctly favorable safety profile also lends itself to an ideal combination treatment to potentially treat larger AML patient populations in earlier lines of therapy.”
— William G. Rice, Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer