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Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 Study Topline Data expected in September 2023

Enrollment Completed in Phase 3 PATHFNDR-2 Study with Topline Data Expected in 1Q 2024

CRN04777 Development Suspended

Company Hosting KOL Webinar on Acromegaly Treatment Landscape Today at 12:00 pm ET

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRNX) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

“The PATHFNDR program for acromegaly continues to progress as expected. Topline results from our Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 study are expected in September and should provide insight into paltusotine’s potential as an alternative to standard-of-care somatostatin receptor ligand depot injections. Enrollment in our Phase 3 PATHFNDR-2 study is also now complete and we anticipate topline results in the first quarter of 2024,” said Scott Struthers, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of Crinetics. “Unfortunately, we also suffered a setback with our CRN04777 program and made the difficult decision to wind down its development. We know that infants and children living with congenital hyperinsulinism are in desperate need of better treatment options and our hearts go out to them and their families. However, our recently evolved understanding of the nonclinical profile of CRN04777 suggests that it no longer meets the high standards to which we hold all drug candidates in our pipeline.”

Second Quarter 2023 and Recent Highlights:

  • Topline data from paltusotine’s Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 study expected in September 2023. PATHFNDR-1 is a placebo-controlled Phase 3 clinical study of oral paltusotine in participants with acromegaly switching from standard-of-care peptide depots. The study enrolled 58 participants with acromegaly whose average IGF-1 levels during screening were within the normal range (IGF-1 ≤ 1.0x upper limit of normal) on octreotide or lanreotide depot monotherapy. The primary endpoint of the study is the proportion of participants whose average IGF-1 levels at weeks 34 and 36 are within the normal range after switching to paltusotine compared to placebo.   
  • Completed enrollment in paltusotine’s Phase 3 PATHFNDR-2 study. PATHFNDR-2 is a placebo-controlled Phase 3 clinical study of oral paltusotine in participants with acromegaly who are treatment-naïve or not currently receiving medical therapy. The study completed enrollment of 112 participants with acromegaly who were either treatment-naïve or untreated for at least four months (Stratum 1: n=82), or who washed out of prior octreotide or lanreotide monotherapy (Stratum 2: n=30). Topline data from the study is expected in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Paltusotine NDA submission anticipated in 2024. Pending successful data from the PATHFNDR program, Crinetics plans to submit a new drug application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking regulatory approval for the use of paltusotine in acromegaly with both treatment and maintenance of treatment indications.
  • Clinical and preclinical data presented at the ENDO 2023 Annual Conference. A podium presentation featured results from the ACROBAT Advance open-label extension study of paltusotine in acromegaly. In addition, pre-clinical studies of the company’s thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor antagonist for the treatment of thyroid eye disease (orbitopathy) associated with Graves’ disease and of the parathyroid hormone receptor type 1 (PTH1R) antagonist being developed for the treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) were presented as poster presentations. In addition, Scott Struthers, Ph.D., Crinetics’ founder and CEO was awarded the John D. Baxter Prize to recognize extraordinary achievement in endocrinology entrepreneurship at ENDO 2023 and gave an award lecture on the history of discovering nonpeptide oral drugs acting at peptide hormone receptors.
  • Phase 2 open-label study of paltusotine in carcinoid syndrome ongoing. The Phase 2 open-label study of paltusotine in carcinoid syndrome associated with neuroendocrine tumors is continuing to enroll participants, and preliminary data is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2023.
  • CRN04894 studies in Cushing’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia are ongoing. Based on successful Phase 1 studies demonstrating pharmacologic proof-of-concept, Crinetics is conducting clinical studies of CRN04894 in Cushing’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Data from both studies are expected in 2024.
  • CRN04777 update. While developing our response to the clinical hold issued by the FDA, results from additional nonclinical studies became available. These studies uncovered findings at exposure levels that eroded anticipated therapeutic margins for CRN04777. These other findings are not related to those originally cited by the FDA for the clinical hold and, importantly, are not present in nonclinical studies that have been conducted with other Crinetics product candidates under development. We believe them to be specific to CRN04777 and not associated with its somatostatin receptor type 5 (SST5) mechanism of action. In light of these findings, the company has decided to suspend further significant investment into the molecule at this time.

Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Research and development expenses were $40.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to $33.0 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in personnel costs of $6.9 million, increased consulting and outside services of $1.6 million, increased other expenditures of $0.7 million, partially offset by decreased net spending on manufacturing and development activities of $1.6 million associated with our clinical and nonclinical programs.
  • General and administrative expenses were $13.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to $10.5 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in personnel costs of $2.7 million.
  • Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2023, was $51.0 million, compared to a net loss of $42.4 million for the same period in 2022.
  • Revenues were $1.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to $0.4 million for the same period in 2022. Revenues in both periods were primarily derived from the paltusotine licensing arrangement with Sanwa Kagaku Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and investments totaled $264.5 million as of June 30, 2023, compared to $334.4 million as of December 31, 2022.
  • The company had 54,686,550 common shares outstanding as of August 4, 2023.

Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Webinar on Acromegaly Current Treatment Landscape and Unmet Need
Crinetics is hosting a KOL webinar today, August 8, 2023 at 12:00 pm ET. The webinar will feature key opinion leaders Beverly MK Biller, M.D. and Karen JP Liebert, R.N., B.S.N, both of Massachusetts General Hospital, who will discuss the current landscape and unmet medical need in acromegaly, as well as the treatment burden associated with standard-of-care injectable somatostatin receptor ligands (SRLs). In addition, the Crinetics management team will discuss its pipeline of internally discovered oral small molecule drug candidates, with a focus on the Phase 3 PATHFNDR-1 study of paltusotine.

A live question and answer session will follow the formal presentations. To register for the event, please click here. If you would like to ask a question during the live Q&A, please submit your request to A replay of the event will be available by clicking here.

About Crinetics Pharmaceuticals
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapeutics for rare endocrine diseases and endocrine-related tumors. Paltusotine, an investigational, oral somatostatin receptor type 2 (SST2) agonist, is in Phase 3 clinical development for acromegaly and Phase 2 clinical development for carcinoid syndrome associated with neuroendocrine tumors. Crinetics has demonstrated pharmacologic proof-of-concept in a Phase 1 clinical study for CRN04894, an investigational, oral ACTH antagonist in development for the treatment of Cushing’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. All of the company’s drug candidates are orally delivered, small molecule new chemical entities resulting from in-house drug discovery efforts.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the plans and timelines for the clinical development of paltusotine and CRN04894, including the therapeutic potential and clinical benefits or safety profile thereof; the expected timing of topline data from the ongoing Phase 3 clinical studies of paltusotine in acromegaly and Phase 2 study of paltusotine in carcinoid syndrome; plans to submit data from the ongoing Phase 3 clinical studies of paltusotine in acromegaly to regulators in support of applications seeking approval for the use of paltusotine in acromegaly patients and the expected timing of an NDA submission for paltusotine for the treatment or maintenance of treatment of acromegaly in the United States; the expected timing of data from studies of CRN04894 in Cushing’s disease and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “intend,” “target,” “project,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation, topline data that we report may change following a more comprehensive review of the data related to the clinical studies and such data may not accurately reflect the complete results of a clinical study, and the FDA and other regulatory authorities may not agree with our interpretation of such results; we may not be able to obtain, maintain and enforce our patents and other intellectual property rights, and it may be prohibitively difficult or costly to protect such rights; the COVID-19 pandemic and other geopolitical events may disrupt Crinetics’ business and that of the third parties on which it depends, including delaying or otherwise disrupting its clinical studies and preclinical studies, manufacturing and supply chain, or impairing employee productivity; unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate efficacy of the company’s product candidates that may limit their development, regulatory approval and/or commercialization; the company’s dependence on third parties in connection with product manufacturing, research and preclinical and clinical testing; the success of Crinetics’ clinical studies and nonclinical studies; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; clinical studies and preclinical studies may not proceed at the time or in the manner expected, or at all; the timing and outcome of research, development and regulatory review is uncertain, and Crinetics’ drug candidates may not advance in development or be approved for marketing; Crinetics may use its capital resources sooner than expected; any future impacts to our business resulting from geopolitical developments outside our control; and the other risks and uncertainties described in the company’s periodic filings with the SEC. The events and circumstances reflected in the company’s forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur and actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Additional information on risks facing Crinetics can be found under the heading “Risk Factors” in Crinetics’ periodic reports, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Except as required by applicable law, Crinetics does not plan to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise.

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three months ended June 30,  Six months ended June 30, 
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA: 2023  2022  2023  2022 
Revenues $988  $439  $3,667  $3,570 
Operating expenses:            
Research and development  40,640   32,995   79,108   61,247 
General and administrative  13,343   10,489   25,532   19,195 
Total operating expenses  53,983   43,484   104,640   80,442 
Loss from operations  (52,995)  (43,045)  (100,973)  (76,872)
Total other income, net  2,016   670   3,999   880 
Loss before equity method investment  (50,979)  (42,375)  (96,974)  (75,992)
Loss on equity method investment           (1,010)
Net loss $(50,979) $(42,375) $(96,974) $(77,002)
Net loss per share - basic and diluted $(0.94) $(0.81) $(1.79) $(1.54)
Weighted-average shares - basic and diluted  54,275   52,522   54,092   50,130 

  December 31,
Cash, cash equivalents and investments $264,529  $334,425 
Working capital $252,200  $317,461 
Total assets $293,254  $352,176 
Total liabilities $39,138  $35,848 
Accumulated deficit $(536,147) $(439,173)
Total stockholders’ equity $254,116  $316,328 

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