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FibroGen Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Roxadustat NDA Filing Accepted for CFDA Review; Positive Pamrevlumab Phase 2 IPF Results Reported
Conference Call and Webcast to be Held Today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/2:00 p.m. Pacific Time

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGEN), a science-based biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2017 and provided an update on the company’s recent developments.

“We have achieved significant clinical and regulatory progress in FibroGen’s product development programs. With the reporting of positive data from our placebo-controlled Phase 2 study of pamrevlumab for the treatment of moderate-to-severe idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, we are very excited about the potential for pamrevlumab to help IPF patients who currently have few options. These results position us well on the path towards Phase 3 clinical development in IPF, as we continue to advance pamrevlumab in additional indications, where there is critical need for new therapies,” said Thomas B. Neff, FibroGen’s Chief Executive Officer. “With respect to roxadustat, the filing of our new drug application with the China Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease marks several important firsts for FibroGen, the HIF-PHI class of drugs, and towards the registration of a new chemical entity in China.” 

Recent Developments and Highlights
Pamrevlumab for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) 

  • Announced positive results from a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind Phase 2 study of pamrevlumab, a first-in-class fully human antibody targeting connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) 
  • Presented Phase 2 findings in an oral presentation at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in September 2017
    • Results also presented at the ERS meeting from a preclinical mouse radiation-induced lung fibrosis model showed that pamrevlumab monotherapy reduced fibrosis to a greater extent than either pirfenidone or nintedanib monotherapy, and that the results of combination therapy with either standard-of-care were not statistically significantly better than those for pamrevlumab alone
  • Clinical and preclinical data has been accepted for presentation in November 2017 at Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Summit 2017 in Nashville, TN

Pamrevlumab for Pancreatic Cancer

  • We expect to define a registrational strategy in the first half of 2018

Roxadustat for Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • New drug application (NDA) filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration targeted for 2018
  • Positive topline results reported from the first completed Japan roxadustat Phase 3 CKD trial, for the treatment of anemia in peritoneal dialysis patients in October 2017
  • In November 2017, the independent data safety monitoring board, which reviews the U.S. and European Phase 3 programs quarterly, recommended that all trials continue without modification to current protocols

Roxadustat for Anemia in Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

  • Phase 3 U.S. clinical trial anticipated to start in the fourth quarter of 2017

Roxadustat for Anemia in CKD in China

  • NDA accepted for review by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) for anemia associated with CKD in dialysis-dependent and non-dialysis-dependent patients in October 2017
    • Twenty-six week data from the two Phase 3 trials showed correction of anemia and maintenance of hemoglobin levels, and comparable results with or without inflammation
    • Data from the fifty-two week safety extension study showed durability of effect  
    • No safety signals were identified

Roxadustat for Anemia in MDS in China

  • Initiation of Phase 2/3 clinical study is planned for the fourth quarter of 2017/first quarter of 2018

Corporate and Financial Highlights

  • Appointed Gerald Lema to the company’s Board of Directors, adding extensive experience to FibroGen’s leadership in commercialization, finance, and strategy in the Asia Pacific region, as well as in Europe/Middle East and Africa, U.S., and Latin America
  • Earned $15.0 million milestone from partner AstraZeneca for the submission of the NDA for roxadustat in CKD to the CFDA in October 2017, which will be received and recognized as license and milestone revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017
  • Closed an equity financing in August 2017 that generated $356.2 million in net proceeds
  • Net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $0.50, as compared to a net loss per based and diluted share of $0.38 a year ago
  • At September 30, 2017, FibroGen had $762.7 million of cash, restricted time deposits, cash equivalents, investments, and receivables

Conference Call Details
FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, November 8, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss financial results and provide a business update. A live audio webcast of the call may be accessed in the investor section of the company’s website, www.fibrogen.com. To participate in the conference call by telephone, please dial 1 (888) 771-4371 (U.S. and Canada) or 1 (847) 585-4405 (international), reference the FibroGen Third Quarter 2017 conference call, and use the confirmation number 45903141. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call for a period of two weeks. To access the replay, please dial (888) 843-7419 (domestic) or (630) 652-3042 (international), and use the passcode 45903141#.

About Pamrevlumab
Pamrevlumab is a proprietary therapeutic antibody developed by FibroGen to inhibit the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a common factor in chronic fibrotic and proliferative disorders characterized by persistent and excessive scarring that can lead to organ dysfunction and failure. FibroGen recently completed Phase 2 clinical studies of pamrevlumab in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and is conducting Phase 2 trials in pancreatic cancer and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In desmoplastic or fibrotic cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, CTGF promotes abnormal proliferation of stromal and tumor cells. For information about pamrevlumab studies currently recruiting patients, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.

About Roxadustat  
Roxadustat is a first-in-class, orally administered small molecule in global Phase 3 clinical development as a treatment for anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with the potential to offer a safer, and more effective, convenient, and accessible treatment than the current therapies. A hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor (HIF-PHI), roxadustat promotes erythropoiesis, or the production of red bloods, by increasing endogenous erythropoietin, improving iron regulation, and reducing hepcidin, including in the presence of inflammation without need for supplemental intravenous iron.

The roxadustat Phase 3 program is the largest Phase 3 clinical program in anemia to date, and is supported by extensive Phase 2 results demonstrating correction and maintenance of hemoglobin levels in multiple subpopulations of CKD anemia patients. A total of 15 roxadustat studies are underway supporting four independent regulatory approval pathways for both non-dialysis and dialysis CKD patients in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. With a New Drug Application (NDA) currently under review in China by the CFDA, FibroGen anticipates filing a U.S. NDA for roxadustat in 2018. In the next stage of its development program, roxadustat will be starting a Phase 2/3 clinical trial in China and a Phase 3 clinical trial in the U.S. for the treatment of anemia in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). For information about roxadustat studies currently recruiting patients, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.

About FibroGen, Inc. 
FibroGen, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, CA with subsidiary offices in Beijing and Shanghai, PRC, is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing a pipeline of first-in-class therapeutics. The company applies its pioneering expertise in hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) biology and clinical development to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of anemia, and fibrotic disease and cancer. Roxadustat, the company’s most advanced product candidate, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase activity in worldwide Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) with the exception of China, where a new drug application is currently under review by the CFDA for regulatory approval. Roxadustat is also entering Phase 3 development for anemia in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Pamrevlumab, a fully-human monoclonal anti-CTGF antibody, is in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pancreatic cancer, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). FibroGen is also developing a biosynthetic cornea in China. For more information, please visit www.fibrogen.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding our strategy, future plans and prospects, including statements regarding the development of the Company's product candidates pamrevlumab and roxadustat, the potential safety and efficacy profile of our product candidates, and our clinical, regulatory and commercial plans. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the continued progress and timing of our various programs, including the enrollment and results from ongoing and potential future clinical trials, and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)

  September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016  
  (Unaudited)     (1)
 
Assets              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 651,373     $ 173,782    
Short-term investments   78,599       79,397    
Accounts receivable   8,628       10,448    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,856       2,889    
Total current assets   741,456       266,516    
               
Restricted time deposits   6,217       6,217    
Long-term investments   16,767       71,010    
Property and equipment, net   126,643       123,657    
Other assets   3,809       2,152    
Total assets $ 894,892     $ 469,552    
               
Liabilities, stockholders' equity and non-controlling interests              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 6,407     $ 6,223    
Accrued liabilities   54,117       50,914    
Deferred revenue   7,974       7,988    
Total current liabilities   68,498       65,125    
               
Long-term portion of lease financing obligations   97,370       97,352    
Product development obligations   16,922       14,854    
Deferred rent   3,799       4,212    
Deferred revenue, net of current   110,844       106,709    
Other long-term liabilities   6,690       6,191    
Total liabilities   304,123       294,443    
               
Total stockholders’ equity   571,498       155,838    
Non-controlling interests   19,271       19,271    
Total equity   590,769       175,109    
Total liabilities, stockholders' equity and non-controlling interests $ 894,892     $ 469,552    
                 


(1)     The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2016 are derived from audited financial statements.
     

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2017     2016     2017     2016  
  (Unaudited)  
Revenue:                                      
License and milestone revenue $   19,997     $   20,867     $   60,930     $   113,802  
Collaboration services and other revenue     7,275         9,235         22,230         33,863  
Total revenue     27,272         30,102         83,160         147,665  
Operating expenses:                                      
Research and development     50,336         40,558         144,049         136,599  
General and administrative     12,953         11,646         37,908         33,440  
Total operating expenses     63,289         52,204         181,957         170,039  
Loss from operations     (36,017 )       (22,102 )       (98,797 )       (22,374 )
Interest and other, net:                                      
Interest expense     (2,769 )       (2,760 )       (7,901 )       (7,975 )
Interest income and other, net     1,106         866         2,783         2,411  
Total interest and other, net     (1,663 )       (1,894 )       (5,118 )       (5,564 )
Loss before income taxes     (37,680 )       (23,996 )       (103,915 )       (27,938 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     57         158         166         (260 )
Net loss $   (37,737 )   $   (24,154 )   $   (104,081 )   $   (27,678 )
                                       
Net loss per share - basic and diluted   $ (0.50 )     $ (0.38 )     $ (1.49 )     $ (0.44 )
Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net loss per share - basic and diluted     75,891         62,858         69,899         62,543  
                                       

Contact
FibroGen, Inc.
Karen L. Bergman
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
1 (415) 978-1433
kbergman@fibrogen.com

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