REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CHRS), today reported financial results and reviewed corporate events for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Corporate Highlights for the Third Quarter 2017 Include: Immunology (anti-TNF) therapeutic franchise:
  • CHS-0214 (etanercept (Enbrel ®) biosimilar candidate)   -  Filed petitions for Inter Partes Review ("IPR") in the United States Patent and Trademark Office seeking invalidation of U.S. Patents 8,163,522 (" '522 patent") and  8,063,182,   -  (" '182 patent"). Both are generally directed to the etanercept protein, the pharmaceutically active component of Enbrel   -  We expect the PTAB to enter decisions on whether to institute these two IPRs by March 13, 2018 (for the '522 patent) and by March 26, 2018 (for the '182 patent).
  • CHS-1420 (adalimumab (Humira ®) biosimilar candidate)   -  Reported topline results from a pharmacokinetic bioequivalence ("PK BE") study comparing CHS-1420 to European marketed Humira. The study met the criteria for clinical PK BE on all prospectively defined endpoints and there were no clinically meaningful differences in the safety profile between the two products.

Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter and year-to-date 2017
  • Cash used in operations was $41.5 million in the third quarter, down 25% from the $55.6 million used in the second quarter of 2017 and down 43% from the $73.3 million used in the first quarter of 2017.  In August 2017, we announced that Temasek, an investment company headquartered in Singapore, plans to invest up to $150 million over two tranches. We received the first tranche of $75 million in aggregate proceeds on August 24, 2017 and issued 6,556,116 shares of common stock at an offer price of $11.4397 per share.  The second tranche is projected to be funded following receipt of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's marketing approval for the CHS-1701 pegfilgrastim biosimilar product candidate, subject to market pricing and certain closing conditions at that time, including each party's final approval.
  • Research and development (R&D) expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $42.6 million, as compared to $64.6 million for the same period in 2016.  R&D expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $130.9 million, as compared to $195.4 million for the same period in 2016.  Decreases in R&D expenses were mainly attributable to the decline and end of clinical activities for CHS-0214, CHS-1420 and CHS-131 during the preceding twelve months.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $14.0 million, as compared to $13.6 million for the same period in 2016. G&A expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $56.3 million, as compared to $36.3 million for the same period in 2016.  Changes in G&A expenses were mainly attributable to legal and other professional fees to support intellectual property litigation and IPRs, as well as personnel related costs to support CHS-1701 pre-commercial activities in the first six months of 2017.
  • Net loss attributable to Coherus for the third quarter of 2017 was ($59.0) million, or ($1.09) per share, as compared to net income attributable to Coherus of $83.9 million, or $1.67 per share, for the same period in 2016.
  • Cash , cash equivalents and investments in marketable securities - short term totaled $150.1 million as of September 30, 2017, as compared to $118.3 million as of June 30, 2017.             

Guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017 and first half of 2018:

CHS-1701 (pegfilgrastim (Neulasta ®) biosimilar)
  • Anticipate resubmitting the BLA in the U.S. mid-first quarter of 2018 subject to meeting with FDA.
  • Anticipate European opinion in the first half of 2018, such timing being dependent upon data requests.
  • Commercial partnering discussions continue to be underway for certain ex-U.S. territories.

CHS-3351 (ranibizumab (Lucentis ®) biosimilar)
  • Prioritizing the development of CHS-3351.

CHS-1420 (adalimumab biosimilar)
  • Continue to optimize manufacturing.

CHS-0214 (etanercept biosimilar)
  • Focus on regulatory issues through the first half of 2018.
  • Provide revised guidance on filing of the marketing authorization application in Europe after CHS-1701 U.S. BLA resubmission.
  • Continue to optimize manufacturing.
  • Targeting immunology (anti-TNF) partnering therapeutic franchise agreement.

CHS-131 central nervous system anti-inflammatory asset
  • Completing additional animal studies on CHS-131 to further validate its mechanism of action and address drug-derived metabolites.  Licensing agreement to follow subject to results.

Cash flow
  • Anticipate cash use in operations of approximately $35 - $40 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, down approximately $5 million from previous guidance, and $30 - $35 million per quarter in the first half of 2018.

Conference Call Information

When: November 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Dial-in: (844) 452-6826 (toll free) or (765) 507-2587 (International) 

Conference ID: 99333721


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About Coherus BioSciences, Inc.Coherus is a leading pure-play, global biosimilar company that develops and commercializes high-quality therapeutics for major regulated markets. Biosimilars are intended for use in place of existing, branded biologics to treat a range of chronic and often life-threatening diseases, with the potential to reduce costs and expand patient access. Composed of a team of proven industry veterans with world-class expertise in process science, analytical characterization, protein production, sales & marketing and clinical-regulatory development, Coherus is positioned as a leader in the global biosimilar marketplace. Coherus is advancing three late-stage clinical products towards commercialization, CHS-1701 (pegfilgrastim biosimilar), CHS-1420 (adalimumab biosimilar), CHS-0214 (etanercept biosimilar), and CHS-3351 (ranibizumab biosimilar) as well as developing a robust pipeline of future products in four therapeutic areas, oncology, immunology (anti-TNF), ophthalmology and multiple sclerosis. For additional information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements regarding Coherus' plans, potential opportunities, expectations, projections, goals, objectives, milestones, strategies, product pipeline, preclinical and clinical studies, product development, release of data and the potential benefits of its products under development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including Coherus' ability to resubmit a BLA in the US and receive marketing approval in Europe for CHS-1710; make advances in the development of CHS-3351; continue to advance its intellectual property strategy and complete partnering agreements for CHS-1420 and CHS-0214; file an MAA for CHS-0214; and complete additional studies and a licensing agreement for CHS-131. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause our clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process, including the regulatory approval process, the timing of our regulatory filings and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of our biosimilar drug candidates, as well as possible patent litigation. Coherus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Coherus' business in general, see Coherus' Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 6, 2017 and its future periodic reports to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Enbrel ® and Neulasta ® are registered trademarks of Amgen Inc.Humira ® is a registered trademark of AbbVie Inc.Lucentis ® is a registered trademark of Genentech, Inc.
Coherus BioSciences, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(in thousands, except share and per share data)  
  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended    
  September 30,   September 30,  
  2017     2016     2017     2016    
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)  
  Collaboration and license revenue  $   -     $   162,835     $   1,556     $   189,262    
Operating expenses:                
  Research and development     42,626         64,573         130,901         195,430    
  General and administrative      13,989         13,645         56,325         36,303    
     Total operating expenses      56,615         78,218         187,226         231,733    
Income (loss) from operations      (56,615 )       84,617         (185,670 )       (42,471 )  
Interest expense     (2,392 )       (2,420 )       (7,152 )       (5,611 )  
Other income (expense), net      14         1,647         3,605         (3,762 )  
Net income (loss)     (58,993 )       83,844         (189,217 )       (51,844 )  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest     4         95         114         428    
Net income (loss) attributable to Coherus $   (58,989 )   $   83,939     $   (189,103 )   $   (51,416 )  
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Coherus                
Basic $   (1.09 )   $   1.93     $   (3.68 )   $   (1.25 )  
Diluted $   (1.09 )   $   1.67     $   (3.68 )   $   (1.25 )  
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net   income (loss) per share attributable to Coherus                
Basic    54,070,872         43,469,986        51,377,836         41,096,783    
Diluted    54,070,872         51,581,298        51,377,836         41,096,783    

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(in thousands)  
  September 30,   December 31,  
  2017   2016  
Cash and cash equivalents $   135,557   $   124,947  
Investments in marketable securities - short-term     14,493      -   
Other assets     39,708       53,538  
Total assets $   189,758   $   178,485  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
Deferred revenue $   -    $   1,561  
Convertible notes     75,944       75,192  
Convertible notes-related parties     25,314       25,064  
Other liabilities      33,593       57,314  
Total stockholders' equity     54,907       19,354  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   189,758   $   178,485  

CONTACT:Patrick O'BrienSenior Vice President, Investor RelationsCoherus BioSciences, Inc. +1 (650) 649-3527