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Similar PK/PD data between US and Japanese children treated with somavaratan support using the same dose in the ongoing US and Japan Phase 3 trials MENLO PARK, Calif., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), announced that a comparison of data from its U.S. and Japanese Phase 2 studies was accepted as a late-breaking poster presentation at the Endocrine Society's 99th Annual Meeting & Expo (ENDO 2017), to be held April 1-4, in Orlando, Florida. The abstract has been published online and is available on the ENDO 2017 website. This is the sixth Versartis abstract that has been accepted for presentation at the conference, including five that were announced previously. Comparison of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) properties between U.S. and Japanese pediatric subjects showed similar responses achieved at the same range of somavaratan doses in both populations. In addition, variability between the two patient sets was minor, with no effect on treatment outcomes. These similarities support the utilization of the same 3.5 mg/kg twice-monthly US Phase 3 dose in the ongoing Japanese Phase 3 trial, which has been reviewed with Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Below are details on each of the presentations. ORAL PRESENTATION (Oral Session: OR31-1) Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM 31135 - Safety and Efficacy of Somavaratan (VRS-317), a Long-Acting Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rhGH), in Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD): 3-Year Update of the VERTICAL & VISTA Trials (NCT01718041, NCT02068521) POSTER PRESENTATION (Poster Board: SAT 016) Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 – 3:00 PM 31202 - Achievement of a Suitable Basis of Comparison in Phase 2 and Phase 3 Pediatric Somavaratan Clinical Trials (VERTICAL, VISTA, and VELOCITY Studies) and for the Comparison of Somavaratan to Daily Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rhGH) POSTER PRESENTATION (Poster Board: SAT 015) Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 – 3:00 PM 29268 - IGF Family Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency (PGHD) in Somavaratan Clinical Trials About Somavaratan Somavaratan is Versartis' investigational, novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). This fusion protein consists of rhGH and specific sequences of hydrophilic amino acids based on a proprietary XTEN®1 technology. Somavaratan has been designed with the goal of improving therapeutic outcomes for children and adults with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), including enhanced adherence and convenience with a twice-monthly dosing schedule, fine gauge needle autoinjector device and room temperature storage. Somavaratan is currently being evaluated for the treatment of pediatric GHD in the pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in the U.S., Canada and Europe, for which data are anticipated in September 2017, and the J14VR5 Phase 2/3 trial in Japan. Confirmatory safety and efficacy data from 36 months of dosing in the Phase 2 trial and VISTA long-term safety study are scheduled to be presented during the Endocrine Society 2017 annual meeting. In adult GHD, results have been reported from the Phase 2 VITAL trial in the U.S., Europe and Australia and a Phase 3 trial is expected to begin by the end of 2017. 1XTEN is a registered trademark of Amunix Operating Inc. About Versartis, Inc. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults.  Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.  For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com. Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, plans and timing of our clinical trials and the potential for eventual regulatory approval of somavaratan. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our success being heavily dependent on somavaratan; somavaratan being a new molecular entity; the risk that somavaratan may not have favorable results in clinical trials or receive regulatory approval; potential delays in our clinical trials due to regulatory requirements or difficulty identifying qualified investigators or enrolling patients; the risk that somavaratan may cause serious side effects or have properties that delay or prevent regulatory approval or limit its commercial potential; the risk that we may encounter difficulties in manufacturing somavaratan; if somavaratan is approved, risks associated with its market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; potential difficulties enforcing our intellectual property rights; our reliance on our license of intellectual property from Amunix Operating, Inc. and our need for additional funds to support our operations. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.


Similar PK/PD data between US and Japanese children treated with somavaratan support using the same dose in the ongoing US and Japan Phase 3 trials MENLO PARK, Calif., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), announced that a comparison of data from its U.S. and Japanese Phase 2 studies was accepted as a late-breaking poster presentation at the Endocrine Society's 99th Annual Meeting & Expo (ENDO 2017), to be held April 1-4, in Orlando, Florida. The abstract has been published online and is available on the ENDO 2017 website. This is the sixth Versartis abstract that has been accepted for presentation at the conference, including five that were announced previously. Comparison of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) properties between U.S. and Japanese pediatric subjects showed similar responses achieved at the same range of somavaratan doses in both populations. In addition, variability between the two patient sets was minor, with no effect on treatment outcomes. These similarities support the utilization of the same 3.5 mg/kg twice-monthly US Phase 3 dose in the ongoing Japanese Phase 3 trial, which has been reviewed with Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Below are details on each of the presentations. ORAL PRESENTATION (Oral Session: OR31-1) Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM 31135 - Safety and Efficacy of Somavaratan (VRS-317), a Long-Acting Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rhGH), in Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD): 3-Year Update of the VERTICAL & VISTA Trials (NCT01718041, NCT02068521) POSTER PRESENTATION (Poster Board: SAT 016) Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 – 3:00 PM 31202 - Achievement of a Suitable Basis of Comparison in Phase 2 and Phase 3 Pediatric Somavaratan Clinical Trials (VERTICAL, VISTA, and VELOCITY Studies) and for the Comparison of Somavaratan to Daily Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rhGH) POSTER PRESENTATION (Poster Board: SAT 015) Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 – 3:00 PM 29268 - IGF Family Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency (PGHD) in Somavaratan Clinical Trials About Somavaratan Somavaratan is Versartis' investigational, novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). This fusion protein consists of rhGH and specific sequences of hydrophilic amino acids based on a proprietary XTEN®1 technology. Somavaratan has been designed with the goal of improving therapeutic outcomes for children and adults with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), including enhanced adherence and convenience with a twice-monthly dosing schedule, fine gauge needle autoinjector device and room temperature storage. Somavaratan is currently being evaluated for the treatment of pediatric GHD in the pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in the U.S., Canada and Europe, for which data are anticipated in September 2017, and the J14VR5 Phase 2/3 trial in Japan. Confirmatory safety and efficacy data from 36 months of dosing in the Phase 2 trial and VISTA long-term safety study are scheduled to be presented during the Endocrine Society 2017 annual meeting. In adult GHD, results have been reported from the Phase 2 VITAL trial in the U.S., Europe and Australia and a Phase 3 trial is expected to begin by the end of 2017. 1XTEN is a registered trademark of Amunix Operating Inc. About Versartis, Inc. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults.  Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.  For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com. Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, plans and timing of our clinical trials and the potential for eventual regulatory approval of somavaratan. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our success being heavily dependent on somavaratan; somavaratan being a new molecular entity; the risk that somavaratan may not have favorable results in clinical trials or receive regulatory approval; potential delays in our clinical trials due to regulatory requirements or difficulty identifying qualified investigators or enrolling patients; the risk that somavaratan may cause serious side effects or have properties that delay or prevent regulatory approval or limit its commercial potential; the risk that we may encounter difficulties in manufacturing somavaratan; if somavaratan is approved, risks associated with its market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; potential difficulties enforcing our intellectual property rights; our reliance on our license of intellectual property from Amunix Operating, Inc. and our need for additional funds to support our operations. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.


Similar PK/PD data between US and Japanese children treated with somavaratan support using the same dose in the ongoing US and Japan Phase 3 trials MENLO PARK, Calif., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), announced that a comparison of data from its U.S. and Japanese Phase 2 studies was accepted as a late-breaking poster presentation at the Endocrine Society's 99th Annual Meeting & Expo (ENDO 2017), to be held April 1-4, in Orlando, Florida. The abstract has been published online and is available on the ENDO 2017 website. This is the sixth Versartis abstract that has been accepted for presentation at the conference, including five that were announced previously. Comparison of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) properties between U.S. and Japanese pediatric subjects showed similar responses achieved at the same range of somavaratan doses in both populations. In addition, variability between the two patient sets was minor, with no effect on treatment outcomes. These similarities support the utilization of the same 3.5 mg/kg twice-monthly US Phase 3 dose in the ongoing Japanese Phase 3 trial, which has been reviewed with Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Below are details on each of the presentations. ORAL PRESENTATION (Oral Session: OR31-1) Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM 31135 - Safety and Efficacy of Somavaratan (VRS-317), a Long-Acting Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rhGH), in Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD): 3-Year Update of the VERTICAL & VISTA Trials (NCT01718041, NCT02068521) POSTER PRESENTATION (Poster Board: SAT 016) Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 – 3:00 PM 31202 - Achievement of a Suitable Basis of Comparison in Phase 2 and Phase 3 Pediatric Somavaratan Clinical Trials (VERTICAL, VISTA, and VELOCITY Studies) and for the Comparison of Somavaratan to Daily Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rhGH) POSTER PRESENTATION (Poster Board: SAT 015) Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 – 3:00 PM 29268 - IGF Family Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Growth Hormone Deficiency (PGHD) in Somavaratan Clinical Trials About Somavaratan Somavaratan is Versartis' investigational, novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). This fusion protein consists of rhGH and specific sequences of hydrophilic amino acids based on a proprietary XTEN®1 technology. Somavaratan has been designed with the goal of improving therapeutic outcomes for children and adults with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), including enhanced adherence and convenience with a twice-monthly dosing schedule, fine gauge needle autoinjector device and room temperature storage. Somavaratan is currently being evaluated for the treatment of pediatric GHD in the pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in the U.S., Canada and Europe, for which data are anticipated in September 2017, and the J14VR5 Phase 2/3 trial in Japan. Confirmatory safety and efficacy data from 36 months of dosing in the Phase 2 trial and VISTA long-term safety study are scheduled to be presented during the Endocrine Society 2017 annual meeting. In adult GHD, results have been reported from the Phase 2 VITAL trial in the U.S., Europe and Australia and a Phase 3 trial is expected to begin by the end of 2017. 1XTEN is a registered trademark of Amunix Operating Inc. About Versartis, Inc. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults.  Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.  For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com. Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, plans and timing of our clinical trials and the potential for eventual regulatory approval of somavaratan. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our success being heavily dependent on somavaratan; somavaratan being a new molecular entity; the risk that somavaratan may not have favorable results in clinical trials or receive regulatory approval; potential delays in our clinical trials due to regulatory requirements or difficulty identifying qualified investigators or enrolling patients; the risk that somavaratan may cause serious side effects or have properties that delay or prevent regulatory approval or limit its commercial potential; the risk that we may encounter difficulties in manufacturing somavaratan; if somavaratan is approved, risks associated with its market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; potential difficulties enforcing our intellectual property rights; our reliance on our license of intellectual property from Amunix Operating, Inc. and our need for additional funds to support our operations. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.


MENLO PARK, Calif., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced that the Company is scheduled to present at two upcoming investor conferences. Details are as follows: Audio webcasts of the Company’s presentations will be available on the investor relations section of the Versartis’ website at www.versartis.com.  A replay of the presentation will be available for 90 days. About Versartis, Inc. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults.  Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.  For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com.


MENLO PARK, Calif., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced that the Company is scheduled to present at two upcoming investor conferences. Details are as follows: Audio webcasts of the Company’s presentations will be available on the investor relations section of the Versartis’ website at www.versartis.com.  A replay of the presentation will be available for 90 days. About Versartis, Inc. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults.  Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.  For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com.


MENLO PARK, Calif., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan (VRS-317), a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced that the Company is scheduled to present at two upcoming investor conferences. Details are as follows: Audio webcasts of the Company’s presentations will be available on the investor relations section of the Versartis’ website at www.versartis.com.  A replay of the presentation will be available for 90 days. About Versartis, Inc. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults.  Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving adherence and, therefore, treatment outcomes.  For more information on Versartis, visit www.versartis.com.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016 and provided an update on its clinical development programs. “As we enter a pivotal year for the Company, our achievements in 2016 have positioned us very well,” said Jay Shepard, Versartis’ Chief Executive Officer. “We now have compelling safety and efficacy data from up to three years of somavaratan dosing in pediatric patients, have established a strong alliance with Teijin for commercialization in Japan — one of the largest global markets for GHD — and reinforced our strong financial position which supports somavaratan development beyond near-term data and a planned BLA filing next year.” “We are approaching a number of important milestones in 2017, the most significant of which is the top-line data from our pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in children with GHD, expected in September. Also during the year, we plan to evaluate pediatric patients switching from daily rhGH to somavaratan, complete enrollment in our Phase 3 pediatric trial in Japan, and initiate a Phase 3 trial in adults with GHD. We are excited about the potential catalysts taking place during the year and look forward to our five presentations scheduled for ENDO 2017 in just a few weeks.” For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, Versartis reported a net loss of approximately $22.1 million, or $0.64 per share, basic and diluted, compared to a net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $20.1 million, or $0.69 per share, basic and diluted. Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $22.5 million compared to $20.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Research and development (R&D) expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $16.7 million, compared to 15.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to manufacturing costs to support our ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials for somavaratan, including the Phase 3 VELOCITY pediatric trial and the Phase 3 portion of the Phase 2/3 pediatric GHD trial in Japan. General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $5.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, compared to $4.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to additional fees related to consulting and professional services to support our continued growth. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $96.3 million compared to $82.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $72.0 million, compared to $60.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to manufacturing and clinical costs related to the Company's Phase 2 and ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials, including the VITAL Phase 2 trial for adults, the VELOCITY global Phase 3 trial and the Phase 2/3 trial of somavaratan in pediatric patients in Japan. G&A expenses were $24.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $22.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to additional fees related to consulting and professional services to support our continued growth, including the work associated with our strategic alliance with Teijin, partially offset by a one-time non-recurring expense of $2.4 million associated with our CEO transition in May 2015. Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 include non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $2.9 million compared to $2.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 include non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $10.9 million, compared to $10.7 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2015, which includes a one-time non-recurring charge of $2.0 million associated with our CEO transition. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $201.2 million as of December 31, 2016. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults. Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving compliance and, therefore, treatment outcomes. For more information on Versartis and Versartis sponsored clinical trials, visit www.versartis.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, plans and timing of our clinical trials and the potential for eventual regulatory approval of somavaratan. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our success being heavily dependent on somavaratan; somavaratan being a new molecular entity; the risk that somavaratan may not have favorable results in clinical trials or receive regulatory approval; potential delays in our clinical trials due to regulatory requirements or difficulty identifying qualified investigators or enrolling patients; the risk that somavaratan may cause serious side effects or have properties that delay or prevent regulatory approval or limit its commercial potential; the risk that we may encounter difficulties in manufacturing somavaratan; if somavaratan is approved, risks associated with its market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; potential difficulties enforcing our intellectual property rights; our reliance on our license of intellectual property from Amunix Operating, Inc. and our need for additional funds to support our operations. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016 and provided an update on its clinical development programs. “As we enter a pivotal year for the Company, our achievements in 2016 have positioned us very well,” said Jay Shepard, Versartis’ Chief Executive Officer. “We now have compelling safety and efficacy data from up to three years of somavaratan dosing in pediatric patients, have established a strong alliance with Teijin for commercialization in Japan — one of the largest global markets for GHD — and reinforced our strong financial position which supports somavaratan development beyond near-term data and a planned BLA filing next year.” “We are approaching a number of important milestones in 2017, the most significant of which is the top-line data from our pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in children with GHD, expected in September. Also during the year, we plan to evaluate pediatric patients switching from daily rhGH to somavaratan, complete enrollment in our Phase 3 pediatric trial in Japan, and initiate a Phase 3 trial in adults with GHD. We are excited about the potential catalysts taking place during the year and look forward to our five presentations scheduled for ENDO 2017 in just a few weeks.” For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, Versartis reported a net loss of approximately $22.1 million, or $0.64 per share, basic and diluted, compared to a net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $20.1 million, or $0.69 per share, basic and diluted. Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $22.5 million compared to $20.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Research and development (R&D) expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $16.7 million, compared to 15.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to manufacturing costs to support our ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials for somavaratan, including the Phase 3 VELOCITY pediatric trial and the Phase 3 portion of the Phase 2/3 pediatric GHD trial in Japan. General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $5.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, compared to $4.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to additional fees related to consulting and professional services to support our continued growth. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $96.3 million compared to $82.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $72.0 million, compared to $60.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to manufacturing and clinical costs related to the Company's Phase 2 and ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials, including the VITAL Phase 2 trial for adults, the VELOCITY global Phase 3 trial and the Phase 2/3 trial of somavaratan in pediatric patients in Japan. G&A expenses were $24.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $22.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to additional fees related to consulting and professional services to support our continued growth, including the work associated with our strategic alliance with Teijin, partially offset by a one-time non-recurring expense of $2.4 million associated with our CEO transition in May 2015. Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 include non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $2.9 million compared to $2.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 include non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $10.9 million, compared to $10.7 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2015, which includes a one-time non-recurring charge of $2.0 million associated with our CEO transition. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $201.2 million as of December 31, 2016. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults. Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving compliance and, therefore, treatment outcomes. For more information on Versartis and Versartis sponsored clinical trials, visit www.versartis.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, plans and timing of our clinical trials and the potential for eventual regulatory approval of somavaratan. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our success being heavily dependent on somavaratan; somavaratan being a new molecular entity; the risk that somavaratan may not have favorable results in clinical trials or receive regulatory approval; potential delays in our clinical trials due to regulatory requirements or difficulty identifying qualified investigators or enrolling patients; the risk that somavaratan may cause serious side effects or have properties that delay or prevent regulatory approval or limit its commercial potential; the risk that we may encounter difficulties in manufacturing somavaratan; if somavaratan is approved, risks associated with its market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; potential difficulties enforcing our intellectual property rights; our reliance on our license of intellectual property from Amunix Operating, Inc. and our need for additional funds to support our operations. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR), an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company that is developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016 and provided an update on its clinical development programs. “As we enter a pivotal year for the Company, our achievements in 2016 have positioned us very well,” said Jay Shepard, Versartis’ Chief Executive Officer. “We now have compelling safety and efficacy data from up to three years of somavaratan dosing in pediatric patients, have established a strong alliance with Teijin for commercialization in Japan — one of the largest global markets for GHD — and reinforced our strong financial position which supports somavaratan development beyond near-term data and a planned BLA filing next year.” “We are approaching a number of important milestones in 2017, the most significant of which is the top-line data from our pivotal Phase 3 VELOCITY trial in children with GHD, expected in September. Also during the year, we plan to evaluate pediatric patients switching from daily rhGH to somavaratan, complete enrollment in our Phase 3 pediatric trial in Japan, and initiate a Phase 3 trial in adults with GHD. We are excited about the potential catalysts taking place during the year and look forward to our five presentations scheduled for ENDO 2017 in just a few weeks.” For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, Versartis reported a net loss of approximately $22.1 million, or $0.64 per share, basic and diluted, compared to a net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $20.1 million, or $0.69 per share, basic and diluted. Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $22.5 million compared to $20.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Research and development (R&D) expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $16.7 million, compared to 15.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to manufacturing costs to support our ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials for somavaratan, including the Phase 3 VELOCITY pediatric trial and the Phase 3 portion of the Phase 2/3 pediatric GHD trial in Japan. General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $5.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, compared to $4.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to additional fees related to consulting and professional services to support our continued growth. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $96.3 million compared to $82.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $72.0 million, compared to $60.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to manufacturing and clinical costs related to the Company's Phase 2 and ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials, including the VITAL Phase 2 trial for adults, the VELOCITY global Phase 3 trial and the Phase 2/3 trial of somavaratan in pediatric patients in Japan. G&A expenses were $24.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $22.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to additional fees related to consulting and professional services to support our continued growth, including the work associated with our strategic alliance with Teijin, partially offset by a one-time non-recurring expense of $2.4 million associated with our CEO transition in May 2015. Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 include non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $2.9 million compared to $2.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 include non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $10.9 million, compared to $10.7 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense for the year ended December 31, 2015, which includes a one-time non-recurring charge of $2.0 million associated with our CEO transition. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $201.2 million as of December 31, 2016. Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company initially developing somavaratan, a novel, long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of GHD in children and adults. Somavaratan is intended to reduce the burden of daily injection therapy by requiring significantly fewer injections, potentially improving compliance and, therefore, treatment outcomes. For more information on Versartis and Versartis sponsored clinical trials, visit www.versartis.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, plans and timing of our clinical trials and the potential for eventual regulatory approval of somavaratan. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: our success being heavily dependent on somavaratan; somavaratan being a new molecular entity; the risk that somavaratan may not have favorable results in clinical trials or receive regulatory approval; potential delays in our clinical trials due to regulatory requirements or difficulty identifying qualified investigators or enrolling patients; the risk that somavaratan may cause serious side effects or have properties that delay or prevent regulatory approval or limit its commercial potential; the risk that we may encounter difficulties in manufacturing somavaratan; if somavaratan is approved, risks associated with its market acceptance, including pricing and reimbursement; potential difficulties enforcing our intellectual property rights; our reliance on our license of intellectual property from Amunix Operating, Inc. and our need for additional funds to support our operations. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

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