Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jan 6, 2017

Momenta Provides Year-End 2016 Corporate Update

-- New collaboration and license agreement with CSL to develop Fc multimer programs, including M230, with a $50M upfront license fee --

-- Agreement with Shire to receive full rights to M923 and a $51M one-time return payment --

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:MNTA), a biotechnology company specializing in the characterization and engineering of complex drugs, today provided a corporate update and reviewed key anticipated highlights for 2017.

"This week we announced a significant research collaboration and license agreement with CSL for M230 and potential future Fc multimer programs. We also announced an agreement with Shire for the early return of full rights to the M923 program," said Craig A. Wheeler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Momenta Pharmaceuticals. "We start 2017 with a strong balance sheet, a validation of our approach to Fc biology, a fully-owned biosimilar HUMIRA candidate that remains on track for regulatory submission in mid-2017, and the potential for the approval and launch by Sandoz of Glatopa® 40 mg product in the first quarter of 2017." 

Recent and Year-End 2016 Updates and 2017 Anticipated Milestones


M923: a fully-owned proposed biosimilar of HUMIRA® (adalimumab)

M834: a proposed biosimilar of ORENCIA® (abatacept) being developed in collaboration with Mylan

M710: an early-stage biosimilar candidate being developed in collaboration with Mylan


Glatopa: First FDA-approved, substitutable generic daily COPAXONE® 20 mg for multiple sclerosis


M230 (SIF3): a Selective Immunomodulator of Fc receptors

M281: Fully human monoclonal antibody (mAb) targeting the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), currently in an ongoing Phase 1 study

Financial Guidance

Momenta provides non-GAAP operating expense guidance, which it believes can enhance an overall understanding of its financial performance when considered together with GAAP figures. Refer to the section of this press release below entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Information and Other Disclosures" for further discussion of this subject.

Non-GAAP Financial Information and Other Disclosures

Momenta uses a non-GAAP financial measure, non-GAAP operating expense, to provide operating expense guidance. Momenta believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it provides greater transparency regarding Momenta's operating performance and excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and is net of collaborative reimbursement revenues from Sandoz and Baxalta. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered an alternative to GAAP total operating expense and should not be considered a measure of Momenta's liquidity. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as substitutes for measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and should only be used to supplement an understanding of Momenta's operating results as reported under GAAP. Momenta has not provided a GAAP reconciliation for its forward-looking non-GAAP fourth quarter 2016 operating expense because Momenta cannot reliably predict without unreasonable efforts the timing or amount of the factors that substantially contribute to the projection of stock compensation expense, which is excluded from the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure. The Company has provided the anticipated reconciling information that is available without unreasonable effort in the section of this press release above entitled "Financial Guidance."

About Momenta

Momenta Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company specializing in the detailed structural analysis of complex drugs and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Momenta is applying its technology to the development of generic versions of complex drugs, biosimilar and potentially interchangeable biologics, and to the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for autoimmune indications.

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