Vical Incorporated ( VICL)

Credit Suisse Group Healthcare Conference Call Transcript

November 9, 2011 9:30 AM ET

Executives

Adam Cutler – Senior Biotechnology Analyst, Credit Suisse

Vijay Samant – President & Chief Executive Officer

Presentation

Adam Cutler

Good morning everybody. I am Adam Cutler, one of Credit Suisse’s Senior Biotechnology Analyst. It’s my pleasure to introduce our first presenting company of the morning, Vical. Our speaker is Vijay Samant, CEO. Vical is a company we recently launched coverage on, with an exciting pipeline of products, the main one that investors are seem to be focusing on these days is Allovectin, the company’s Phase 3 product for the treatment of metastatic melanoma with data coming next year which should be a very exciting time at Vical. So, I will let Vijay tell you more about it. Vijay?

Vijay Samant

Thank you, Adam, and thank you to Credit Suisse for inviting us here for this exciting conference in a wonderful location. I thought the temperatures were going to be slightly warmer than other parts of the country, but it’s chilly this morning here.

Before I begin, I want to remind you of the Safe Harbor statement. We will be making some forward-looking statements. So, please refer to our filed SEC documents to fully understand the risk associated in investing in Vical.

The majority of my presentation is going to be focused on Allovectin-7 because this is a major event driver for us in the next six to 12 months. But briefly Vical at a glance, we are a biotechnology company with a broad pipeline. Our lead program is immunotherapy for treatment of melanoma. We expect some pivotal data in the second quarter of 2012. The Allovectin program is something that we have been working for a very long time, and it has potential applications to other solid tumor cancer such as head and neck.

We own the CMV vaccine franchise. CMV is a herpes family, which is a problem in both transplant patients and females of child-bearing age. We just did a deal with Astellas, which is a major Japanese company, which is a key player in the transplant market. I will tell you more about that.

The second target in the herpes family is Herpes Simplex 2. This is a major problem. It’s a sexually transmitted disease that leads to general lesions. The only antivirals available, we had some very exciting preclinical data in the therapeutic vaccine setting. But these are pipeline programs. We have key validating partnerships with some big pharmaceutical companies. We are one of the few companies by the way which has a GMP manufacturing facility where we have capacity to launch both our CMV and Allovectin programs worldwide. And finally, we have a strong balance sheet. In our recent guidance, we will end the year with about mid-50s million dollars in cash.

So, again a quick summary of our product pipeline. Allovectin-7 lead program in melanoma, market commercial opportunity is greater than $0.5 billion. The Phase 3 is fully enrolled, the top line data will be in the middle of the year. TransVax, again our product in lead transplant setting, our Phase 2 is completed. We expect to start a Phase 3 and a cease of Phase 2 trials in the solid organ transplant setting in the first half of next year.

Collategene is our program for treatment of peripheral arterial disease of the legs to a Japanese company, AnGes, which is for treatment of blockage of arteries where you inject an angiogenic growth factor. We expect that Phase 3 to be started sometime in 2012, early 2012. Now, CyMVectin is a big opportunity. This is for treatment of prevention of CMV infection of females of child-bearing age. The market is the size of Gardasil. And we have an IND allowed there. So, that’s a very exciting program for us for future product opportunity. I had mentioned the HSV-2 program and product extension applications for Allovectin-7.

With that, I will move on to Allovectin-7. It’s first-in-class systemic immunotherapeutics. Immunotherapy is now something that everybody gets excited, but we have been working on this for a long time. I think people are starting to believe that immunotherapy has really a place in the treatment of cancer. We have dosed several hundred patients, I think 900 patients up to date, from doses ranging from 300 micrograms to 2 milligrams. Allovectin’s advantage is it’s given locally but invokes a systemic response, and I will demonstrate that to you in the next few slides.

The other important attribute is it’s very well tolerated. You can see the side-effects of the newly approved therapies and you really understand the contract that Allovectin-7 brings to the table. It has a unique mechanism of action that drives a systemic effect. We have a Fast Track status, we have an Orphan Drug status and we expect the Phase 3 results to be available in the middle of 2012.

What’s the commercial opportunity for Allovectin-7? People say, Vijay, well, you have two new products approved. First of all, those two new products are not cure for melanoma. One is the Bristol-Myers drug Yervoy, and the other is Zelboraf from Roche. They have significant toxicities, they have short-lived responses in some cases. There is plenty of room for additional treatments in the field of melanoma, and I think particularly drugs which have good and safety profile and efficacious. And Allovectin falls into that sweet spot. Quality of life is very important. Allovectin has given an outpatient treating with minimal side effects. The mechanism of action by the way is synergistic with other treatments. We believe them and we actually demonstrated in one of those (inaudible), I will show you some of the preclinical data.

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