ArQule Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

ArQule, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQL) today announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2016.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $5,817,000 or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $2,354,000 or $0.04 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $15,898,000 or $0.23 per share, compared to a net loss of $10,922,000 or $0.17 per share for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2015.

At September 30, 2016, the Company had a total of $37,659,000 in cash, equivalents and marketable securities.

Key Highlights
  • ARQ 087, our proprietary FGFR inhibitor, is approaching completion of enrollment in the phase 2 portion of the phase 1/2 trial in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA). Discussions with regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Europe are nearing completion for the design of a potential pivotal trial in iCCA. We plan to finalize the trial design by year end pending final trial results.
  • ARQ 531, our proprietary reversible BTK inhibitor, continues to demonstrate best-in-class potential with preclinical data to be presented at the 2016 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. The data, to be presented by The Ohio State University, demonstrate that ARQ 531 effectively inhibits C481S mutant BTK in patient derived cells and in a TCL1 mouse model shows efficacy superior to that of ibrutinib in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The company plans to complete preclinical studies and file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application in early 2017 to begin clinical trials with an initial focus on the fast-to-market, ibrutinib resistant C481S mutant BTK CLL population.
  • ARQ 092, our lead proprietary AKT inhibitor, continues to demonstrate the potential utility of targeting AKT in rare non-oncological indications and will be the focus of an oral presentation at the ASH Annual Meeting. The data, to be presented by The University of Illinois College of Medicine, demonstrate that in neutrophils and platelets from Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) patients in vitro and cell-cell interactions in a mouse model of SCD, ARQ 092 attenuates neutrophil-platelet interactions. The study provides evidence that ARQ 092 could be a novel therapy in treating and preventing acute vaso-occlusive complications in SCD. The data warrants further studies of ARQ 092 in SCD.
  • ARQ 092 phase 1 trial for Proteus syndrome continues to enroll and our collaborator, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is in the final stages of implementing an updated enrollment protocol that will facilitate logistics for patients and their families. To date, the drug has been well tolerated, and we are looking forward to assessing full data from the initial two cohorts in the early part of next year.
  • ARQ 092 clinical research to be expanded into PROS (PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum) family of rare diseases. The company received approval of its IND application from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the PROS family of rare diseases, including Proteus syndrome, for a potential clinical trial.
  • Tivantinib METIV-HCC phase 3 trial for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is scheduled to conclude in early 2017. Top-line data is expected in the first quarter of 2017.

"It is exciting to see our proprietary pipeline being pursued independently and through collaborations with the top researchers in the fields of oncology, hematology and selected rare diseases," said Paolo Pucci, Chief Executive Officer of ArQule. "We are encouraged that several projects have attracted the interest of leading scientific institutions including ARQ 531, our BTK inhibitor, which is in preclinical testing with our collaborators at The Ohio State University. ARQ 092 continues to progress in Proteus syndrome through a program that includes a phase 1 trial conducted by the NIH. In addition, we now have preclinical data for ARQ 092 in Sickle Cell Disease through the work of The University of Illinois College of Medicine. Lastly, we are pleased to have moved closer to a potential pivotal trial in an attractive fast to market opportunity for ARQ 087 in iCCA."

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