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Vera Therapeutics Provides Business Update and Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Presented positive 36-week results from the Phase 2b ORIGIN clinical trial of atacicept in IgAN as a late breaking clinical trial at the 60th ERA Congress
  • Initiated Phase 3 ORIGIN 3 clinical trial of atacicept in June for the treatment of IgAN
  • Strong balance sheet expected to fund operations to early 2026

BRISBANE, Calif., Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vera Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERA), a late clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing transformative treatments for patients with serious immunological diseases, today reported its business updates and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

“During the second quarter, we announced positive 36-week data from the Phase 2b ORIGIN trial, which support its potential as a disease-modifying treatment for patients with IgAN,” said Marshall Fordyce, M.D., Founder and CEO of Vera Therapeutics. “We have rapidly advanced atacicept into a pivotal Phase 3 ORIGIN 3 trial in June.”

Second Quarter and Recent Business Highlights

  • Released positive 36-week results from the Phase 2b ORIGIN clinical trial of atacicept in IgAN, which showed both statistically significant and clinically meaningful reduction in proteinuria and stabilization of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) through 36 weeks. These data were presented as a Late Breaking Clinical Trial at the 60th European Renal Association (ERA) Congress 2023
  • Initiated the pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial (ORIGIN 3) of atacicept for the treatment of IgA nephropathy (IgAN)
  • Strong balance sheet with cash and marketable securities on hand and available credit expected to fund operations to early 2026

Upcoming Milestones

  • Additional data from the ongoing Phase 2b ORIGIN clinical trial to be presented in the second half of 2023 and 2024
  • Expect to announce preliminary data from the pivotal ORIGIN 3 trial in the first half of 2025

Financial Results for the Period Ended June 30, 2023
For the quarter ended June 30, 2023, the company reported a net loss of $20.2 million, or $0.46 per share, compared to a net loss of $14.9 million, or $0.55 per share, for the same period last year.

During the six months ended June 30, 2023, net cash used in operating activities was $44.1 million, compared to $28.0 million for the same period last year.

Vera reported $181.0 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of June 30, 2023.

About Vera
Vera Therapeutics is a late clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for serious immunological diseases. Vera’s mission is to advance treatments that target the source of immunologic diseases in order to change the standard of care for patients. Vera’s lead product candidate is atacicept, a fusion protein self-administered as a subcutaneous injection once weekly that blocks both B lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS) and a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL), which stimulate B cells and plasma cells to produce autoantibodies contributing to certain autoimmune diseases, including IgAN, also known as Berger’s disease, and lupus nephritis. In addition, Vera is evaluating additional diseases where the reduction of autoantibodies by atacicept may prove medically useful. Vera is also developing MAU868, a monoclonal antibody designed to neutralize infection with BK virus (BKV), a polyomavirus that can have devastating consequences in certain settings such as kidney transplant. Vera retains all global developmental and commercial rights to atacicept and MAU868. For more information, please visit

About Atacicept
Atacicept is an investigational recombinant fusion protein that contains the soluble transmembrane activator and calcium-modulating cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI) receptor that binds to the cytokines BLyS and APRIL. These cytokines are members of the tumor necrosis factor family that promote B-cell survival and autoantibody production associated with certain autoimmune diseases, including IgAN and lupus nephritis. The Phase 2b ORIGIN clinical trial of atacicept in IgAN met its primary endpoint and showed a statistically significant placebo-controlled reduction in mean proteinuria versus baseline at 24 and 36 weeks. Vera believes atacicept is positioned for best-in-class potential, targeting B cells and plasma cells to reduce autoantibodies and having been administered to more than 1,500 patients in clinical studies across different indications.

About MAU868
MAU868, a potential first-in-class monoclonal antibody, has the potential to neutralize infection by blocking BKV virions from binding to host cells. BKV is a polyoma virus that can be reactivated in settings of immunosuppression, such as in kidney transplant. It is a leading cause of kidney transplant loss and transplant-associated morbidity; there are currently no approved treatments for BKV. Vera holds an exclusive worldwide license from Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., for the development and commercialization of MAU868 in all indications.

Forward-looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters, events or results that may occur in the future are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, atacicept’s potential to be a transformational treatment for patients with IgAN and a best-in-class therapy, the therapeutic potential of atacicept’s dual inhibitor approach to treating the cause of IgAN, the strength and adequacy of Vera’s balance sheet and its ability to fund operations into early 2026, Vera’s plans to enroll and complete the pivotal Phase 3 ORIGIN 3 trial, the design and management of such trial, Vera’s expectation to report preliminary data from such trial in the first half of 2025, expectations regarding reporting additional data from Vera’s Phase 2b ORIGIN clinical trial in the second half of 2023 and 2024, and Vera’s product candidates, strategy, and regulatory matters. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “advance,” “look,” “will,” “potential,” “expect,” “plan,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Vera’s current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks related to the regulatory approval process, results of earlier clinical trials may not be obtained in later clinical trials, preliminary results may not be predictive of topline results, risks and uncertainties associated with Vera’s business in general, the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical events, and the other risks described in Vera’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made and are based on management’s assumptions and estimates as of such date. Vera undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

For more information, please contact:

Investor Contact:
Joyce Allaire
LifeSci Advisors

Media Contact:
Minyan Weiss
Uncapped Communications, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 June 30, June 30,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
 (unaudited) (unaudited)
Operating expenses:       
Research and development$16,231  $10,112  $41,340  $22,661 
General and administrative 5,739   4,945   11,887   9,417 
Total operating expenses 21,970   15,057   53,227   32,078 
Loss from operations (21,970)  (15,057)  (53,227)  (32,078)
Total other income, net 1,808   204   2,996   140 
Net loss$(20,162) $(14,853) $(50,231) $(31,938)
Other comprehensive gain (loss)$(138) $(140) $82  $(152)
Comprehensive loss$(20,300) $(14,993) $(50,149) $(32,090)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted$(0.46) $(0.55) $(1.23) $(1.24)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted 44,269,772   27,078,450   40,986,907   25,660,742 

Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
 June 30, December 31,
  2023   2022 
Current assets:   
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$181,021  $114,653 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,593   11,045 
Total current assets 190,614   125,698 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 4,030   5,173 
Other noncurrent assets 534   564 
Total assets$195,178  $131,435 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$13,280  $11,991 
Operating lease liabilities 2,560   2,645 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 10,995   10,964 
Total current liabilities 26,835   25,600 
Long-term debt 24,962   24,810 
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent 2,571   3,831 
Accrued and other noncurrent liabilities 287   286 
Total liabilities 54,655   54,527 
Stockholders' equity   
Common stock 44   28 
Additional paid-in-capital 403,964   290,216 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (142)  (224)
Accumulated deficit (263,343)  (213,112)
Total stockholders' equity 140,523   76,908 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$195,178  $131,435 

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