Kronos Bio Reports Recent Business Progress and First Quarter Financial Results and Announces Virtual R&D Day

May 11, 2021 4:05 PM EDT

Virtual R&D Day on May 25 to unveil SYK portfolio development strategy and highlight momentum of CDK9 inhibitor program and differentiated drug discovery platform

Preclinical data for KB-0742 presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting demonstrated sustained inhibition of tumor growth in multiple cancers

$440.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments as of March 31, 2021

SAN MATEO, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kronos Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: KRON), a company dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by cancer, today reported recent business progress and first quarter financial results.

“With continued progress in our preclinical and clinical programs and significant milestones expected this year, we look forward to hosting a research and development day to present our pipeline and unveil our development strategy for both of our clinical-stage SYK inhibitors entospletinib and lanraplenib,” said Norbert Bischofberger, Ph.D., president and CEO. “We recently showcased progress with our CDK9 program at the AACR annual meeting in April, where we presented preclinical data indicating that KB-0742 could have utility in the treatment of MYC-amplified cancers. We look forward to sharing more about our development plans for this compound at our research and development day.”

Dr. Bischofberger added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to reflect on the recent passing of our Board Member, Dr. John C. Martin, a dear friend and mentor, and to convey our deepest sympathies to John’s family and everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him.”

Recent Highlights

  • Presented preclinical data for KB-0742, the company’s potent oral, highly selective cyclin dependent kinase 9 (CDK9) inhibitor, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. The data showed that CDK9 inhibition on an intermittent dosing schedule with KB-0742 resulted in sustained inhibition of tumor growth in multiple types of solid tumors, and suggested that genomic amplification of MYC, a well-characterized transcription factor and a long-recognized driver of cancer, is a key feature in defining sensitivity to CDK9 inhibition.

  • Announced the appointment of Taiyin Yang, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Dr. Yang currently serves as the executive vice president of Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing at Gilead Sciences, Inc., and has more than four decades of experience developing and manufacturing medicines in a variety of therapeutic categories.

  • Announced a positive End-of-Phase 2 meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor entospletinib. Kronos Bio will proceed with its plan to assess measurable residual disease (MRD) negative complete response (CR) as the primary endpoint in a registrational Phase 3 trial to support potential accelerated approval of entospletinib in patients newly diagnosed with NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The company plans to initiate the Phase 3 trial in mid-2021, with MRD negative CR data expected in the second half of 2023.

  • Announced the first patient was dosed in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of KB-0742, which is being developed to treat MYC-amplified solid tumors.

Pipeline updates planned at upcoming Virtual R&D Day on May 25, 2021

  • Unveil the development strategy for the company’s SYK inhibitors entospletinib and lanraplenib in AML. Kronos Bio executives will be joined by Eytan M. Stein, M.D., assistant attending physician and director, Program for Drug Development in Leukemia, Leukemia Service, Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who will provide an overview of AML and the current treatment landscape.

  • Highlight the opportunity to target MYC through CDK9 inhibition with KB-0742, including a review of preclinical data, expectations for initial safety, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2021 and potential populations for the expansion cohorts in the second stage of the company’s Phase 1/2 clinical trial.

  • Provide an overview of the company’s differentiated drug discovery platform and potential future pipeline programs.

The live webinar will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, and will conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET. Registration is accessible on the Investors & Media section of the company’s website at A replay of the webcast will be archived and available following the event.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments: As of March 31, 2021, cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $440.6 million.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $17.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, which includes $2.5 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense. R&D expenses for the quarter were primarily driven by costs associated with initiating and conducting the company’s clinical trials.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2021, which includes $2.7 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

Net Loss: Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was $26.1 million, or $0.48 per share, including non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $5.2 million.

About Kronos Bio, Inc.
Kronos Bio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing therapies that seek to transform the lives of those affected by cancer. The company focuses on targeting dysregulated transcription factors and the regulatory networks within cells that drive cancerous growth. Kronos Bio’s lead investigational therapy is entospletinib, a selective inhibitor targeting spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) in development for the frontline treatment of NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The company is also developing KB-0742, an oral inhibitor of cyclin dependent kinase 9 (CDK9), for the treatment of MYC-amplified solid tumors.

Kronos Bio is based in San Mateo, Calif., and has a research facility in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Kronos Bio, Inc.
Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three months ended March 31,
   2021   2020 
Operating expenses:    
Research and development $17,594  $6,195 
General and administrative  8,584   1,154 
Total operating expenses  26,178   7,349 
Loss from operations  (26,178)  (7,349)
Other income (expense), net:    
Interest expense     (1)
Interest and other income, net  92   355 
Total other income (expense), net  92   354 
Net loss  (26,086)  (6,995)
Other comprehensive income (loss):    
Net unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities  (4)  158 
Net comprehensive loss $(26,090) $(6,837)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.48) $(1.23)
Weighted-average shares of common stock, basic and diluted  54,152,656   5,694,832 

Kronos Bio, Inc.
Selected Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Cash, cash equivalents and investments $440,608  $462,062 
Total assets 487,961  511,964 
Total liabilities 42,704  46,445 
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit) 445,257  465,519 

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Executive Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

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