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KBIO > SEC Filings for KBIO > Form 10-K on 13-Mar-2014All Recent SEC Filings




Annual Report


You should read the following discussion and analysis together with our financial statements and the notes to those statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. We use words such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "predict," "potential," "believe," "should" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to the scope, progress, expansion, and costs of developing and commercializing our product candidates, our anticipated financial results and condition, our expected future contract revenue from Sanofi and our anticipated expenses related to development activities, our clinical trials and the development and potential commercialization of our product candidates. These statements appearing throughout this Annual Report on Form 10-K are statements regarding our intent, belief, or current expectations, primarily regarding our operations. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. As a result of many factors, such as those set forth under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.


We are a biopharmaceutical company focused on monoclonal antibody therapeutics for diseases that are a significant burden to society and patients and their families. We have a portfolio of patient-targeted, first-in-class antibodies using our Humaneered® antibody technology to treat serious medical conditions with a primary clinical focus on respiratory diseases and cancer. Our principal pharmaceutical product candidates that we have advanced to the clinical development stage are:

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º KB001-A, a Humaneered®, PEGylated, anti-PcrV modified antibody fragment (Fab') antibody that is being developed for the prevention and treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) infections in mechanically ventilated patients and cystic fibrosis(CF) patients with chronic Pa lung infections;

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º KB004, a Humaneered® anti-EphA3 monoclonal antibody that has the potential to offer a novel approach to treating both hematologic malignancies and solid tumors; and

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º KB003, a Humaneered® anti-granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (anti-GM-CSF) monoclonal antibody that was being developed for the treatment of severe asthma inadequately controlled by corticosteroids. We have discontinued the development of this antibody in severe asthma.

In January 2010, we entered into an agreement with Sanofi pursuant to which we granted Sanofi an exclusive worldwide license to develop, manufacture, and commercialize antibodies directed against the PcrV protein of Pa (including KB001-A) for all indications, and Sanofi is solely responsible for research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization. As part of this agreement, we retained the right to develop and promote KB001-A for Pa in CF or bronchiectasis patients. Sanofi is focusing its clinical development on prevention of Pa VAP. Pursuant to the agreement, we received an initial upfront payment of $35 million and an additional $5 million payment in August 2011 that were recognized as revenue through June 30, 2012. We have the potential to receive additional contingent payments aggregating up to $250 million upon achievement by Sanofi of certain clinical, regulatory and commercial events, together with tiered royalties based upon global net sales of licensed products. However, there can be no assurances that Sanofi will continue to further develop KB001-A or achieve the events that will trigger the contingent payments. As a result, we may not recognize any additional revenue from this arrangement. We are conducting a Phase 2 clinical trial in CF patients with chronic

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Pa infections. As part of Sanofi's clinical development plan for Pa ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), Sanofi is conducting a Phase 1 clinical safety study in healthy volunteers to evaluate higher doses than those that we previously tested. We understand that, if deemed successful, the Phase 1 study will be followed, after completion of manufacturing process development and scale-up, by a Phase 2b intravenous study to begin mid-year 2015 to determine the safety and efficacy of KB001-A in preventing Pa VAP. Based on the results of this clinical trial, Sanofi plans to conduct a subsequent Phase 3 study. We also understand that the Phase 2b and Phase 3 trials are being designed as pivotal studies and are intended to serve as a basis for registration of KB001-A for the prevention of Pa VAP.

As part of our agreement with Sanofi, we have retained responsibility for developing and promoting the product for the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of Pa in patients with CF or bronchiectasis. Subject to the terms of the agreement, Sanofi has an option to assume primary responsibility for developing and promoting KB001-A for Pa infection in CF or bronchiectasis patients upon the completion of our Phase 2 clinical trial. If Sanofi exercises its option to acquire ex-US or global rights to our CF program, we currently estimate that the payments to us would be in the range of $40 million to $70 million based on estimated development costs during the term of the agreement.

We have an ongoing 180-patient, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled monthly-dosed, intravenous Phase 2 clinical trial of KB001-A in CF patients with chronic Pa infections. We also have an ongoing Phase 1 dose escalation study of KB004 in subjects with hematologic cancer and entered the Phase 2 expansion portion of the clinical testing of KB004 in AML and MDS patients in February 2014. Finally, we completed our 160-patient, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, monthly-dose, intravenous Phase 2 clinical trial of KB003 in patients with severe asthma inadequately controlled by corticosteroids in February 2014, and while we have discontinued development of KB003 in severe asthma, we are evaluating other potential indications for this antibody. We believe our available capital, including the net proceeds from our stock offerings, and our borrowing capacity pursuant to the loan and security agreement we entered into with MidCap Financial, SBIC, LP (MidCap Financial) in September 2012 and amended in June 2013, will be sufficient to sustain operations for at least the next 12 months. If the KB001-A Phase 2 clinical trial is successful, or if we see levels of clinical response that warrant significant increases in cohorts or patients in the Phase 2 portion of our KB004 clinical trial, we will need to raise additional capital in order to further advance our product candidates towards regulatory approval.

We licensed our proprietary Humaneered® antibody technology to Novartis in 2007 on a non-exclusive basis and received a license fee of $30 million at that time. We are not currently actively pursuing the license of our Humaneered® technology to third parties and we are not expecting to receive future revenue from additional licenses to this technology.

From the date we commenced our operations through 2006, our efforts focused primarily on research, development, and the advancement of our Humaneered® antibody technology. In 2006, we commenced our first clinical trial. We have incurred significant losses to date and, as of December 31, 2013, we had an accumulated deficit of $140.2 million. We have funded our operations primarily through private and public placements of our equity securities, contract revenue in connection with our collaborations, and grants and borrowings under equipment financing arrangements and our loan and security agreement. On February 5, 2013, we closed our initial public offering (IPO) of 8,750,000 shares of common stock at an offering price of $8.00 per share, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $61.5 million, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses. On October 1, 2013 we closed a public offering of 8,625,000 shares of common stock at an offering price of $4.00 per share, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $32.0 million, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses. As of December 31, 2013, we had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $76.7 million. We expect to continue to incur net losses as we develop our drug candidates, expand clinical trials for our drug candidates currently in clinical development, expand our research and development activities, expand our systems and facilities, seek regulatory approvals,

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and engage in commercialization preparation activities in anticipation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of our drug candidates. Specifically, we have incurred substantial expenses in connection with our Phase 2 clinical trial for KB003 in severe asthma patients inadequately controlled by corticosteroids. In addition, we have incurred and we expect to continue to incur substantial expenses for our Phase 2 clinical trial of KB001-A in CF patients with chronic Pa infections and our Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials for our KB004 oncology program. In addition, if a product is approved for commercialization, we will need to expand our organization. Significant capital is required to continue to develop and to launch a product and many expenses are incurred before revenue is received. We are unable to predict the extent of any future losses or when we will become profitable, if at all.

Critical Accounting Policies and Use of Estimates

Our management's discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations is based on our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The preparation of our financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires our management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts and disclosures reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates. Our management believes judgment is involved in determining revenue recognition, the fair value-based measurement of stock-based compensation, accruals and warrant valuations. Our management evaluates estimates and assumptions as facts and circumstances dictate. As future events and their effects cannot be determined with precision, actual results could differ from these estimates and assumptions, and those differences could be material to the consolidated financial statements. If our assumptions change, we may need to revise our estimates, or take other corrective actions, either of which may also have a material adverse effect on our statements of operations, liquidity and financial condition.

We are an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act. Emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards until such time as those standards apply to private companies. We have elected to avail ourselves of this exemption from new or revised accounting standards and, therefore, we may not be subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

While our significant accounting policies are described in more detail in Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we believe the following accounting policies to be critical to the judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our financial statements.

Accrued Research and Development Expenses

As part of the process of preparing our consolidated financial statements, we are required to estimate our accrued research and development expenses. This process involves reviewing contracts and purchase orders, reviewing the terms of our license agreements, communicating with our applicable personnel to identify services that have been performed on our behalf, and estimating the level of service performed and the associated cost incurred for the service when we have not yet been invoiced or otherwise notified of actual cost. The majority of our service providers invoice us monthly in arrears for services performed. We make estimates of our accrued expenses as of each balance sheet date based on facts and circumstances known to us at that time. We periodically confirm the accuracy of our estimates with the service providers and make adjustments if necessary. Examples of estimated accrued research and development expenses include fees to:

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º contract research organizations and other service providers in connection with clinical studies;

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º contract manufacturers in connection with the production of clinical trial materials; and

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º vendors in connection with preclinical development activities.

We base our expenses related to clinical studies on our estimates of the services received and efforts expended pursuant to contracts with multiple research institutions and contract research organizations that conduct and manage clinical studies on our behalf. The financial terms of these agreements are subject to negotiation, vary from contract to contract, and may result in uneven payment flows and expense recognition. Payments under some of these contracts depend on factors such as the successful enrollment of patients and the completion of clinical trial milestones. In accruing these costs, we estimate the time period over which services will be performed for which we have not been invoiced and the level of effort to be expended in each period. If the actual timing of the performance of services or the level of effort varies from our estimate, we adjust the accrual accordingly. Our understanding of the status and timing of services performed relative to the actual status and timing of services performed may vary and may result in our reporting changes in estimates in any particular period.

Stock-Based Compensation

Our stock-based compensation expense for stock options is estimated at the grant date based on the award's fair value as calculated by the Black-Scholes option pricing model and is recognized as expense over the requisite service period. The Black-Scholes option pricing model requires various highly judgmental assumptions including expected volatility and expected term. The expected volatility is based on the historical stock volatilities of several of our publicly listed peers over a period equal to the expected terms of the options as we do not have a sufficient trading history to use the volatility of our own common stock. To estimate the expected term, we have opted to use the simplified method which is the use of the midpoint of the vesting term and the contractual term. If any of the assumptions used in the Black-Scholes option pricing model changes significantly, stock-based compensation expense may differ materially in the future from that recorded in the current period. In addition, we are required to estimate the expected forfeiture rate and only recognize expense for those shares expected to vest. We estimate the forfeiture rate based on historical experience and our expectations regarding future pre-vesting termination behavior of employees. To the extent our actual forfeiture rate is different from our estimate, stock-based compensation expense is adjusted accordingly.

Prior to our IPO, our board of directors, with the assistance of management and independent consultants, performed fair value analyses to determine the valuation of our common stock. For grants made on dates for which there was no contemporaneous valuation to utilize in setting the exercise price of our common stock, and given the absence of an active market for our common stock prior to our IPO in January 2013, our board of directors determined the fair value of our common stock on the date of grant based on several factors, including:

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º important developments in our operations, most significantly related to the clinical development of our lead drug candidates, KB001-A, KB003, and KB004;

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º equity market conditions affecting comparable public companies;

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º the likelihood of achieving a liquidity event for the shares of common stock, such as an initial public offering or an acquisition of us, given prevailing market conditions; and

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º that the grants involved illiquid securities in a private company.

Revenue Recognition

Our contract revenue is generated primarily through research and development collaboration agreements, which may include nonrefundable, non-creditable upfront fees, funding for research and development efforts, and milestone or other contingent payments for achievements with regards to our licensed products. We have not materially modified any previous material collaboration agreements or

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entered into any new agreements in 2013 or 2012, nor have we received any milestone payments in 2013 or 2012. Therefore, all collaboration agreements have been accounted for in accordance with the accounting guidance applicable to such arrangements prior to our adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2009-13, Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements, and ASU 2010-17, Revenue Recognition-Milestone Method.

We recognize revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; transfer of technology has been completed, services have been performed or products have been delivered; the fee is fixed and determinable; and collection is reasonably assured.

For multiple element arrangements, we evaluate whether the components of each arrangement are to be accounted for as separate units of accounting based on certain criteria. Upfront payments for licensing our intellectual property to date have not been separable from the activity of providing research and development services because the license has not been assessed to have stand-alone value separate from the research and development services provided. Such upfront payments are recorded as deferred revenue in the balance sheet and are recognized as contract revenue over the contractual or estimated substantive performance period, which is consistent with the term of the research and development obligations contained in the research and development collaboration agreement.

Payments resulting from our research and development efforts under license agreements are recognized as the activities are performed and are presented on a gross basis. Revenue is recorded gross because we act as a principal, with discretion to choose suppliers, bear credit risk, and perform part of the services.

Substantive, at-risk milestone payments are recognized as revenue when the milestone is achieved and collectability is reasonably assured. When contingent payments are not for substantive and at-risk milestones, revenue is recognized over the estimated remaining term of the related service period or, if there are no continuing performance obligations under the arrangement, upon receipt provided that collection is reasonably assured and other revenue recognition criteria have been satisfied.

Results of Operations


We have not generated net income from operations, except for the year ended December 31, 2007 during which we recognized a one-time license payment from Novartis. At December 31, 2013, we had an accumulated deficit of $140.2 million primarily as a result of research and development and general and administrative expenses. While we may in the future generate revenue from a variety of sources, including license fees, milestone payments, and research and development payments in connection with strategic partnerships, our product candidates are at an early stage of development and may never be successfully developed or commercialized. Accordingly, we expect to continue to incur substantial losses from operations for the foreseeable future, and there can be no assurance that we will ever generate significant revenue or profits.

Contract Revenue

Our recent revenue is comprised primarily of collaboration agreement-related revenue. Collaboration agreement-related revenue includes license fees, payments for research and development services, and milestone and other contingent payments.

Research and Development Expenses

Conducting research and development is central to our business model. We expense both internal and external research and development costs as incurred. We currently track external research and development costs incurred by project for each of our clinical programs (KB001-A, KB003, and

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KB004). We have not tracked our external costs by project since inception. We began tracking our external costs by project beginning January 1, 2008, and we have continued to refine our systems and our methodology in tracking external research and development costs. Our external research and development expenses consist primarily of:

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º expenses incurred under agreements with contract research organizations, investigative sites, and consultants that conduct our clinical trials and a substantial portion of our preclinical activities;

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º the cost of acquiring and manufacturing clinical trial and other materials; and

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º other costs associated with development activities, including additional studies.

Other research and development costs consist primarily of internal research and development costs such as salaries and related fringe benefit costs for our employees (such as workers compensation and health insurance premiums), stock-based compensation charges, travel costs, lab supplies, overhead expenses such as rent and utilities, and external costs not allocated to one of our clinical programs. Internal research and development costs generally benefit multiple projects and are not separately tracked per project. The following table shows our total research and development expenses for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012, 2011, and for the period from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013:

                                                                         For the Period
                                        Year Ended December 31,               from
                                                                       January 1, 2008 to
(In thousands)                         2013       2012       2011      December 31, 2013
External costs:
KB001-A                              $  6,703   $  4,996   $  2,209     $           25,480
KB003                                  11,975      7,682      1,433                 35,814
KB004                                   5,702      4,102      5,502                 25,902
Other research and development
costs                                   8,260      7,739      9,368                 54,690

Total research and development       $ 32,640   $ 24,519   $ 18,512     $          141,886

We expect to continue to incur substantial expenses related to our development activities for the foreseeable future as we continue product development including continuing our Phase 2 clinical trial for our KB001-A CF program, and our Phase 1/ Phase 2 clinical trial for our KB004 oncology program, as well as concluding our Phase 2 clinical trial for our KB003 severe asthma program completed in February 2014. As product candidates in later stages of clinical development generally have higher development costs than those in earlier stages of clinical development, primarily due to the increased size and duration of later stage clinical trials, we expect that our research and development expenses will increase in the future. In addition, if our product development efforts are successful, we expect to incur substantial costs to prepare for potential clinical trials and activities beyond the Phase 2 trial for KB001-A, and the ongoing Phase 1/Phase 2 trial for KB004.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses consist principally of personnel-related costs, professional fees for legal, consulting, audit and tax services, rent and other general operating expenses not otherwise included in research and development. For the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012, and 2011, general and administrative expenses were $8.3 million, $5.1 million and $4.0 million, respectively.

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     Comparison of Years Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

                                       Year Ended
                                      December 31,
    (In thousands)                  2013        2012      Variance     Percent Change
    Contract revenue              $      44   $   6,098    $  6,054                (99 )%
    Operating expenses:
    Research and development         32,640      24,519      (8,121 )               33 %
    General and administrative        8,313       5,061      (3,252 )               64 %

    Loss from operations            (40,909 )   (23,482 )    17,427                 74 %
    Interest income (expense)          (999 )      (140 )       859                614 %
    Other income (expense), net         (40 )       113         153               (135 )%

    Net loss                      $ (41,948 ) $ (23,509 )  $ 18,439                 78 %

Contract revenue in each period was related solely to our arrangement with Sanofi in which we licensed the KB001-A program to Sanofi in 2010. Contract revenue decreased $6.1 million in 2013 compared to 2012, and was mainly attributable to the completion of our substantive performance obligations in mid 2012 under our agreement with Sanofi. As we have completed all of our substantive performance obligations under our agreement with Sanofi, we expect future contract revenue from Sanofi to be minimal in future periods unless we receive contingent payments or royalties under our agreement.

Research and development expenses increased $8.1 million in 2013 compared to 2012. The increase was primarily attributed to a $4.3 million increase in external spending for clinical trial expenses for our KB003 severe asthma program, a $1.7 million increase in external spend on our KB001-A CF program, and a $1.6 million increase in external spend for our KB004 program for hematological malignancies, as well as out of period adjustments of $0.5 million of 2012 related expenses recorded in 2013. We began enrollment of patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial in CF patients of KB001-A with chronic Pa infections in the quarter ended March 31, 2013, and continued enrollment of patients in the Phase 1 clinical trial in hematologic malignancies of KB004 throughout 2013. While external expenses on KB003 are likely to decrease significantly in 2014 as a result of the trial being completed in the first quarter of 2014 and our discontinuing development of KB003 in severe asthma, we expect external costs on our other programs will continue to increase, which is expected to result in an . . .

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