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Regeneron Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial and Operating Results

-- First quarter 2016 EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection U.S. net sales increased 44% to $781 million versus first quarter 2015-- First quarter 2016 EYLEA global net sales(1) increased 44% to $1.20 billion versus first quarter 2015-- Raised estimated full year 2016 EYLEA U.S. net sales growth guidance to 20% - 25% over 2015, from the previous guidance of approximately 20%-- Positive dupilumab topline results reported from two Phase 3 trials in atopic dermatitis

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016 and provided a business update.

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"The year is off to a very productive start at Regeneron. This quarter, we saw continued strong sales growth with EYLEA, made additional launch progress with Praluent, prepared for the potential launch of sarilumab, and reported important new data across our pipeline," said Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Regeneron. "Our innovative new therapy dupilumab showed positive results across two Phase 3 trials in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a debilitating disease with very limited treatment options, and we look forward to submitting a Biologics License Application to the U.S. FDA in the third quarter."

Business Highlights

Marketed Product Update

EYLEA [®] (aflibercept) Injection for Intravitreal Injection

  • In the first quarter of 2016, net sales of EYLEA in the United States increased 44% to $781 million from $541 million in the first quarter of 2015. Overall distributor inventory levels remained within the Company's one- to two-week targeted range.
  • Bayer commercializes EYLEA outside the United States. In the first quarter of 2016, net sales of EYLEA outside of the United States [(1)] were $419 million, compared to $292 million in the first quarter of 2015. In the first quarter of 2016, Regeneron recognized $146 million from its share of net profit from EYLEA sales outside the United States, compared to $89 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • A Phase 3 study of EYLEA for the treatment of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy in patients without diabetic macular edema (DME) was initiated in the first quarter of 2016.

Praluent [®] (alirocumab) Injection for the Treatment of High Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol

  • In the first quarter of 2016, net sales of Praluent were $13 million. Product sales for Praluent are recorded by Sanofi, and the Company shares in any profits or losses from the commercialization of Praluent. Praluent was launched in the United States in the third quarter of 2015 and in certain countries in the European Union commencing in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • In March 2016, the Company and Sanofi reported data from the Phase 3 ODYSSEY ESCAPE study in patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) who were undergoing LDL apheresis therapy. The trial achieved its primary endpoint, demonstrating that patients who added Praluent to their existing treatment regimen significantly reduced the frequency of their apheresis therapy by 75%, compared to placebo.
  • In the first quarter of 2016, the Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) of the ODYSSEY OUTCOMES study for Praluent completed the first interim analysis. In accordance with the protocol, the DMC performed a futility assessment. The DMC recommended the study continue with no changes. Regeneron remains blinded to the actual results of this analysis. The ongoing ODYSSEY OUTCOMES trial is assessing the potential of Praluent to demonstrate cardiovascular benefit.

Pipeline Progress

Regeneron has thirteen product candidates in clinical development. These consist of EYLEA and twelve fully human monoclonal antibodies generated using the Company's VelocImmune® technology, including four in collaboration with Sanofi. In addition to EYLEA and Praluent, highlights from the antibody pipeline include:

Sarilumab, the Company's antibody targeting IL-6R for rheumatoid arthritis, is currently being studied in the global Phase 3 SARIL-RA program.

Dupilumab, the Company's antibody that blocks signaling of IL-4 and IL-13, is currently being studied in atopic dermatitis, asthma, nasal polyps, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Fasinumab, the Company's antibody targeting Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), is currently being studied in patients with pain due to osteoarthritis and lower back pain.

REGN2810, an antibody to programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), entered a potentially pivotal clinical study for the treatment of advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in the second quarter of 2016.

Nesvacumab/aflibercept, a combination product comprised of an antibody to angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) co-formulated with aflibercept for intravitreal injection for use in ophthalmology, entered Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) and DME in the first quarter of 2016.

Evinacumab, an antibody to Angptl-3, was granted orphan-drug designation by the FDA in the first quarter of 2016. Clinical studies are ongoing for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia and severe forms of hyperlipidemia.

Select Upcoming 2016 Milestones

Clinical Programs


REGN2176-3 (PDGFR-beta Antibody co-formulated with aflibercept)

Report results from Phase 2 study


DMC interim analysis of ODYSSEY OUTCOMES trial

Ongoing launch in additional countries

Sarilumab (IL-6R Antibody)

FDA target action date of October 30, 2016

File for regulatory approvals outside the United States

Dupilumab (IL-4R Antibody)

Report primary endpoint results from Phase 3 CHRONOS study in atopic dermatitis

Complete rolling BLA submission for atopic dermatitis in the United States

Initiate Phase 3 study in pediatric patients in atopic dermatitis

REGN2810 (PD-1 Antibody)

Report data from Phase 1 study in patients with cancer

Human Genetics Initiative

  • In the first quarter of 2016, the New England Journal of Medicine published a Regeneron Genetics Center paper showing that inactivating mutations of the angiopoeitin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) gene are associated with a significantly reduced risk of coronary artery disease in humans. ANGPTL4 and ANGPTL3 are thought to be related inhibitors of lipoprotein lipase (LPL).

Business Development Update

  • In March 2016, the Company and Bayer entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly develop a combination therapy of the Ang2 antibody nesvacumab and aflibercept for the treatment of serious eye diseases.
  • In April 2016, the Company and Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. entered into a license and collaboration agreement to advance CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology for in vivo therapeutic development. In addition to the discovery, development and commercialization of new therapies, the companies will focus on technology development of the CRISPR/Cas platform.

First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Product Revenues: Net product sales were $784 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $545 million in the first quarter of 2015. EYLEA net product sales in the United States were $781 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $541 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Total Revenues: Total revenues, which include product revenues described above, increased by 38% to $1.201 billion in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $870 million in the first quarter of 2015. Total revenues also include collaboration revenues of $399 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $297 million in the first quarter of 2015. Collaboration revenues in the first quarter of 2016 increased primarily due to higher reimbursement of the Company's research and development expenses under its antibody collaboration with Sanofi, an increase in the Company's net profit from commercialization of EYLEA outside the United States, and reimbursement of the Company's research and development expenses and amortization of up-front payments received in connection with the Company's July 2015...