Kronos Bio Reports Recent Business Progress and Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Nov 18, 2020 8:00 AM EST

Acquired from Gilead Sciences a portfolio of SYK inhibitors, including lead investigational therapy entospletinib being developed for frontline treatment of NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia

Expanded executive team and board of directors with hiring of COO and CFO and appointment of audit committee chair, respectively

Completed upsized initial public offering of common stock on October 14, 2020, raising $287.5 million in gross proceeds

SAN MATEO, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 18, 2020 (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 third quarter 2020 financial results.

“Kronos Bio experienced transformational growth in 2020. With the acquisition of the portfolio of SYK inhibitors from Gilead Sciences, we are positioned to initiate late-stage clinical testing next year of our lead investigational therapy entospletinib in patients with newly diagnosed NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia. Furthermore, in the first half of 2021, we plan to begin clinical testing of KB-0742, our CDK9 inhibitor, in patients with advanced solid tumors,” said Norbert Bischofberger, Ph.D., president and CEO. “We have expanded our leadership team and filled key roles across the organization. Additionally, with the completion of two financing rounds, including our upsized IPO, we are well-capitalized to execute on our mission to develop and deliver therapies that have the potential to change patients’ lives.”

Recent Highlights

  • In July 2020, acquired Gilead Sciences’ portfolio of spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitors, including entospletinib, which Kronos Bio is developing as a frontline treatment for patients with NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

  • Expanded the company’s leadership team with the hiring of Barbara Kosacz, chief operating officer and general counsel, and Dr. Yasir Al-Wakeel, chief financial officer and head of corporate development, and appointed Elena Ridloff to the company’s Board of Directors as chair of the audit committee.

  • In September 2020, closed a private financing round of approximately $155.2 million of convertible notes.

  • In October 2020, completed an upsized initial public offering (IPO) of 15,131,579 of common stock, including full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares, resulting in gross proceeds of $287.5 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses.

  • In October 2020, published in Cell Chemical Biology the results of a preclinical study of KB-0742, the company’s potent oral, highly selective cyclin dependent kinase 9 (CDK9) inhibitor being developed to treat MYC-amplified solid tumors. These results were previously presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Virtual Annual Meeting II in June 2020.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments: As of September 30, 2020, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $211.3 million, which excludes approximately $263.9 million in net proceeds from the company’s October 2020 upsized IPO.

  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $16.8 million for the third quarter of 2020, which includes $0.2 million in stock-based compensation expense.

  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $4.1 million for the third quarter of 2020, which includes $1.0 million in stock-based compensation expense.

  • Net Loss: Net loss was $39.7 million, or $6.48 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. This includes a non-recurring $15.2 million non-cash change in fair value of convertible notes.

About Kronos Bio, Inc.
Kronos Bio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing 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.

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

 Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Operating expenses:       
Research and development$16,755  $3,526  $30,125  $8,698 
General and administrative4,054  797  6,831  2,262 
Total operating expenses20,809  4,323  36,956  10,960 
Loss from operations(20,809) (4,323) (36,956) (10,960)
Other income (expense), net:       
Change in fair value of convertible notes payable(15,215)   (15,215)  
Interest expense(3,889) (1) (3,890) (3)
Interest and other income, net200  311  774  311 
Total other income (expense), net(18,904) 310  (18,331) 308 
Net loss(39,713) (4,013) (55,287) (10,652)
Other comprehensive income (loss):       
Net unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities(117)   65   
Net comprehensive loss$(39,830) $(4,013) $(55,222) $(10,652)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(6.48) $(0.74) $(9.39) $(2.05)
Weighted-average shares of common stock, basic and diluted6,127,146  5,409,433  5,886,191  5,196,681 

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

 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments$211,265  $92,184 
Total assets262,556  102,686 
Total liabilities215,929  2,982 
Convertible preferred stock122,907  122,907 
Total stockholders’ deficit(76,280) (23,203)

Stephanie Yao
Executive Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications