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Agios Reports Business Highlights and Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Nov 03, 2021

– Received FDA Priority Review for Mitapivat for the Treatment of Adults with Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency; PDUFA Date Set for Feb. 17, 2022

– Initiated ENERGIZE and ENERGIZE-T Phase 3 Studies in Thalassemia –

– Agios to Host Investor Day on Nov. 17 to Share Pipeline Updates and Commercial Launch Strategy for Mitapivat in PK Deficiency –

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGIO), a leader in the field of cellular metabolism to treat genetically defined diseases, today reported business highlights and financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2021.

“In the third quarter, we have continued our strong clinical and operational execution. Following our NDA and MAA filings for mitapivat for adults with PK deficiency, the team is laser-focused on launch preparations in this indication, as well as on initiating three pivotal trials across thalassemia and sickle cell disease by year-end,” said Jackie Fouse, Ph.D., chief executive officer at Agios. “As we look ahead to the end of the year and to 2022, Agios is extremely well-positioned to enter our next phase of growth, with our first genetically defined disease commercial launch on the horizon, the expected initiation of three pivotal adult trials and two pediatric PK deficiency trials and a robust pipeline filled with optionality and possibility. We look forward to sharing more insights on our clinical and preclinical pipeline and our commercial launch efforts at our investor day in November.”


  • Received Priority Review designation for the new drug application of mitapivat in PK deficiency by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accelerating review time from 10 months to six months from the day of filing acceptance; Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date set for Feb. 17, 2022.
  • Initiated first global trial sites for Phase 3 ENERGIZE and ENERGIZE-T studies of mitapivat in not regularly transfused and regularly transfused adults with α- or β-thalassemia.
  • Continued start-up activities for the Phase 2/3 study of mitapivat in sickle cell disease. In collaboration with a global team of sickle cell disease patients and caregivers, developed study name – RISE UP – and unveiled it at the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America 49th Annual National Convention last month.
  • In Q3, repurchased approximately 5.3 million shares of Agios common stock at an average price of $47.94 per share. To date, the company has completed more than $800 million of the up to $1.2 billion of share repurchases authorized by the Board of Directors following the company’s sale of its oncology business to Servier, representing a reduction of just over 23% of our starting share count.


  • Host investor day on Nov. 17 to share updates on the company’s research and development pipeline, as well as provide additional insights into the commercial launch strategy and expectations for mitapivat in PK deficiency.
  • Initiate Phase 2/3 RISE UP study of mitapivat in sickle cell disease by year-end.

Data Presentations

  • Submitted the following select data for presentation at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, hosted Dec. 11-14:
    • Long-term efficacy data of mitapivat in adults with PK deficiency who participated in the Phase 3 ACTIVATE and ACTIVATE-T trials
    • Long-term efficacy and safety data of mitapivat in adults with thalassemia who do not receive regular transfusions
    • Efficacy, safety and translational data of mitapivat in sickle cell disease from ongoing collaborator-led studies
    • Phase 1 healthy volunteer study data of AG-946, the company's novel PK activator


The financial results discussion compares Agios’ continuing operations. All periods have been adjusted to exclude discontinued operations related to the divested oncology business.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for continuing operations were $64.0 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $51.9 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase in R&D was driven primarily by start-up costs associated with the Phase 3 studies of mitapivat in thalassemia and sickle cell disease, as well as disease education and engagement efforts for mitapivat in PK deficiency, thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) Expenses: SG&A expenses for continuing operations were $27.2 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $28.3 million for the third quarter of 2020.

Non-Operating Income: Non-operating income included approximately $2.0 million from TIBSOVO® (ivosidenib) royalties for the third quarter of 2021.

Net Loss: Net loss was $88.8 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to a net loss of $99.0 million for the third quarter of 2020.

Cash Position and Guidance: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of Sept. 30, 2021, were $1.4 billion compared to $722.4 million as of Sept. 30, 2020. The company expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will enable the company to execute its operating plan through major catalysts and to cash-flow positivity without the need to raise additional equity.

Agios will host a conference call and live webcast with slides today at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss third quarter 2021 financial results and recent business activities. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-877-377-7098 (domestic) or 1-631-291-4547 (international) and refer to conference ID 5748074. The live webcast can be accessed under “Events & Presentations” in the Investors section of the company's website at The archived webcast will be available on the company's website beginning approximately two hours after the event.

November 17 Investor Event Webcast Information
Agios will host an investor webcast on November 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss the company’s research and development pipeline, as well as provide additional insights into the commercial launch strategy and expectations for mitapivat in PK deficiency. The event will be webcast live and can be accessed under "Events & Presentations" in the Investors section of Agios’ website at The archived webcast will be available on Agios’ website beginning approximately two hours after the event.

About Agios
Agios is focused on discovering and developing novel investigational medicines to treat genetically defined diseases through scientific leadership in the field of cellular metabolism. The company’s most advanced drug candidate is a first-in-class pyruvate kinase R (PKR) activator, mitapivat, that is currently being evaluated for the treatment of three distinct hemolytic anemias. In addition to its active late-stage clinical pipeline, Agios has multiple novel, investigational therapies in clinical and preclinical development. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include those regarding Agios’ plans, strategies and expectations for the preclinical, clinical and commercial advancement of its drug development programs, including mitapivat and AG-946; the potential benefits of Agios’ products and product candidates; Agios’ key milestones and guidance for 2021; its financial guidance regarding the period in which it will have capital available to fund its operations; expectations regarding the return of capital to shareholders following the sale of Agios’ oncology business; Agios’ expectations for the FDA’s review of its NDA for mitapivat; and the potential benefits of Agios’ strategic plans and focus. The words “anticipate,” “expect,” “goal,” “hope,” “milestone,” “plan,” “potential,” “possible,” “strategy,” “will,” “vision,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from Agios’ current expectations and beliefs. Management’s expectations and, therefore, any forward-looking statements in this press release could also be affected by risks and uncertainties relating to a number of other important factors, including, without limitation risks and uncertainties related to: the failure of Agios to receive milestone or royalty payments related to the sale of its oncology business, the uncertainty of the timing of any receipt of any such payments, and the uncertainty of the results and effectiveness of the use of proceeds from the transaction with Servier; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Agios’ business, operations, strategy, goals and anticipated milestones, including its ongoing and planned research activities, ability to conduct ongoing and planned clinical trials, clinical supply of current or future drug candidates, commercial supply of future approved products, and launching, marketing and selling future approved products; Agios’ results of clinical trials and preclinical studies, including subsequent analysis of existing data and new data received from ongoing and future studies; the content and timing of decisions made by the U.S. FDA, the EMA or other regulatory authorities, including with respect to the regulatory submissions for mitapivat, investigational review boards at clinical trial sites and publication review bodies; Agios’ ability to obtain and maintain requisite regulatory approvals and to enroll patients in its planned clinical trials; unplanned cash requirements and expenditures and competitive factors; Agios’ ability to obtain, maintain and enforce patent and other intellectual property protection for any product candidates it is developing; Agios’ ability to establish and maintain collaborations; and general economic and market conditions. These and other risks are described in greater detail under the caption “Risk Factors” included in Agios’ public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including the risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading Risk Factors in our filings with the SEC. While the list of factors presented here is considered representative, this list should not be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking statements contained in this communication are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof and disclaim any obligation to do so other than as may be required by law.

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
  September 30,
  December 31,
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities $ 1,396,196   $ 670,537
Assets held for discontinued operations   -     50,460
Total assets   1,541,498     852,952
Liabilities held for discontinued operations   -     299,728
Stockholders' equity   1,394,762     399,500

Consolidated Statements of Operations Data  
(in thousands, except share and per share data)  
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In thousands, except share and per share data) 2021   2020   2021   2020
Cost and expenses:              
Research and development $ 64,000       $ 51,943       $ 183,674       $ 161,388    
Selling, general and administrative 27,152       28,347       89,917       89,196    
Total cost and expenses 91,152       80,290       273,591       250,584    
Loss from operations (91,152 )     (80,290 )     (273,591 )     (250,584 )  
Gain on sale of oncology business 1,996             3,996          
Interest income, net 256       1,115       504       5,820    
Other income, net 4,641             11,165          
Net loss from continuing operations (84,259 )     (79,175 )     (257,926 )     (244,764 )  
Net (loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax (4,507 )     (19,804 )     1,957,268       15,051    
Net (loss) income $ (88,766 )     $ (98,979 )     $ 1,699,342       $ (229,713 )  
Net loss from continuing operations per share - basic and diluted $ (1.48 )     $ (1.15 )     $ (4.13 )     $ (3.55 )  
Net (loss) income from discontinued operations per share - basic and diluted $ (0.08 )     $ (0.29 )     $ 31.31       $ 0.22    
Net (loss) income per share - basic and diluted $ (1.56 )     $ (1.43 )     $ 27.19       $ (3.33 )  
Weighted-average number of common shares used in computing net loss per share from continuing operations, net (loss) income per share from discontinued operations and net (loss) income per share – basic and diluted 57,048,175       69,144,061       62,503,087       68,905,853    


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