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AC Immune Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

AC Immune Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

  • ACI-24.060 anti-Abeta vaccine showed positive initial safety and immunogenicity in first Alzheimer’s disease (AD) cohort in ABATE Phase 1b/2 trial;
  • Further ABATE immunogenicity and safety data in higher dose AD cohorts expected in H2 2023 with amyloid-beta-PET imaging data in H1 2024
  • PI-2620 Tau PET tracer pivotal Phase 3 ADvance trial in AD initiated by partner Life Molecular Imaging
  • AD/PD™ 2023 conference featured ten presentations from AC Immune
  • Strong CHF 105.4 million cash position provides cash for operations into Q3 2024

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 28, 2023 – AC Immune SA (NASDAQ: ACIU), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, and provided a corporate update.

Dr. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune SA, commented: “Recent accomplishments reaffirm our industry-leading position in developing vaccines and diagnostics for neurodegenerative diseases supporting the transition to targeted treatment and disease prevention. Our maturing pipeline’s substantial breadth offers multiple milestones in the near- and mid-term and we have the strong cash position needed to deliver them.”

“We are delighted to see our Tau positron emission tomography (PET) tracer PI-2620 progress into the pivotal Phase 3 ADvance trial, with our partner, LMI. Similarly, we are excited by the initial positive data from the Phase 1b/2 ABATE trial of ACI-24.060 and the expansion as planned, to include individuals with Down syndrome. The trial is now advancing towards additional interim safety and immunogenicity data in both indications this year, as well as PET imaging analyses in H1 2024 that will evaluate ACI-24.060’s impact on amyloid plaques. With amyloid PET increasingly recognized as a surrogate marker of efficacy in AD, these analyses represent a significant potential de-risking event that could rapidly propel our wholly-owned vaccine towards a pivotal program.”

Q1 2023 and Subsequent Highlights

  • ACI-24.060 positive initial interim safety and immunogenicity data were reported from the first, low dose Alzheimer’s disease (AD) cohort of the Phase 1b/2 ABATE trial of AC Immune’s wholly-owned anti-Abeta SupraAntigen® vaccine candidate.
  • Initial interim ABATE data triggered the planned trial expansion to include individuals with Down syndrome (DS) and the initiation of evaluation of higher doses of ACI-24.060 in AD.
  • Interim safety and immunogenicity data from ABATE’s AD and DS cohorts are expected in the second half of 2023.
  • The first participant was imaged in the pivotal Phase 3 ADvance trial evaluating the Morphomer® derived Tau-PET tracer, PI-2620, in AD. PI-2620 is being developed as part of a research collaboration between AC Immune and Life Molecular Imaging.
  • AC Immune’s therapeutic and diagnostic programs were featured in 10 presentations at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Diseases (AD/PD™ 2023), highlighting the breadth of the company’s pipeline as well as its differentiated Precision Medicine approach to addressing neurodegenerative disease.
  • New grants that collectively provide more than USD 500,000 in additional non-dilutive capital to support the advancement of diagnostic programs targeting TDP-43 (TAR DNA-binding protein 43) were awarded to AC Immune by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and the Target ALS Foundation.
  • Our webinar “Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease" featured presentations by invited Key Opinion Leaders, Kaj Blennow, MD, PhD, of University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and Giovanni Frisoni, MD, of University of Geneva and the Memory Clinic at Geneva University Hospital. To view a replay of the webinar, click here.

Anticipated 2023 Milestones

anti-Abeta vaccine
  • Submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to enable expansion of ABATE study to the U.S. expected in H1 2023
  • Additional interim safety and immunogenicity data from AD cohorts of ABATE study expected in H2 2023
  • Interim safety and immunogenicity data from DS cohort of ABATE study expected in H2 2023
anti-a-syn vaccine
  • Update from Phase 2 VACSYN study in Parkinson’s disease expected in H2 2023
anti-pTau vaccine
  • Initiation of next trial in AD expected in H2 2023 (to be followed by milestone payment)
anti-Tau antibody
  • Results from the open-label extension of the Phase 2 Lauriet trial in mild-to-moderate AD expected in H2 2023
Anti-TDP-43 antibody
  • Advancement of candidate into preclinical development (tox) expected in H2 2023
a-syn-PET tracer
  • Declaration of next clinical candidate for development in Parkinson’s disease expected in H2 2023
TDP-43-PET tracer
  • Clinical candidate declaration expected in H1 2023

Analysis of financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2023

  • Cash position: The Company had a total cash balance of CHF 105.4 million (CHF 122.6 million as of December 31, 2022), composed of CHF 57.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and CHF 48.0 million in short-term financial assets. The Company’s cash balance provides sufficient capital resources to progress into at least Q3 2024 without considering receiving potential future milestone payments.
  • R&D expenditures: R&D expenses in the period were CHF 13.9 million, compared with CHF 15.1 million for the comparable period in 2022, mainly driven by lower discovery and preclinical expenses.
  • Other operating income: The Company recognized CHF 0.4 million in grant income from Michael J. Fox Foundation and Target ALS.
  • IFRS loss for the period: The Company reported a net loss after taxes of CHF 17.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared with a net loss of CHF 18.8 million for the comparable period in 2022.

2023 Financial guidance
Total cash burn guidance for the full year 2023 remains unchanged ranging from CHF 65 to CHF 75 million. The Company defines cash burn as operating expenditures adjusted to include capital expenditures and offset by significant non-cash items (including share-based compensation and depreciation expense).

About AC Immune SA
AC Immune SA is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and NeuroOrphan indications driven by misfolded proteins. The Company’s two clinically validated technology platforms, SupraAntigen® and Morphomer®, fuel its broad and diversified pipeline of first- and best-in-class assets, which currently features ten therapeutic and three diagnostic candidates, five of which are currently in Phase 2 clinical trials and one of which is in Phase 3. AC Immune has a strong track record of securing strategic partnerships with leading global pharmaceutical companies including Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Eli Lilly and Company, and others, resulting in substantial non-dilutive funding to advance its proprietary programs and >$3 billion in potential milestone payments.

SupraAntigen® is a registered trademark of AC Immune SA in the following territories: AU, EU, CH, GB, JP, RU, SG and US. Morphomer® is a registered trademark of AC Immune SA in CN, CH, GB, JP, KR, NO and RU.

The information on our website and any other websites referenced herein is expressly not incorporated by reference into, and does not constitute a part of, this press release.

For further information, please contact:

Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Gary Waanders, Ph.D., MBA
AC Immune
Phone: +41 21 345 91 91

U.S. Investors
Corey Davis, Ph.D.
LifeSci Advisors
Phone: +1 212 915 2577

International Media
Chris Maggos
Cohesion Bureau
Phone: +41 79 367 6254


Forward looking statements
This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact and may include statements that address future operating, financial or business performance or AC Immune’s strategies or expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “potential,” “outlook” or “continue,” and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include those described under the captions “Item 3. Key Information – Risk Factors” and “Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects” in AC Immune’s Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and AC Immune does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(In CHF thousands)

  As of 
     March 31,  December 31, 
  2023 2022 
Non-current assets       
Property, plant and equipment 4,011 4,259 
Right-of-use assets 2,674 2,808 
Intangible asset 50,416 50,416 
Long-term financial assets 361 361 
Total non-current assets 57,462 57,844 
Current assets     
Prepaid expenses 5,438 4,708 
Accrued income 218 408 
Other current receivables 598 392 
Short-term financial assets 48,000 91,000 
Cash and cash equivalents 57,434 31,586 
Total current assets 111,688 128,094 
Total assets  169,150 185,938 
Shareholders' equity and liabilities     
Shareholders’ equity     
Share capital 1,797 1,797 
Share premium 431,365 431,323 
Treasury shares (124) (124) 
Currency translation differences 2 10 
Accumulated losses (280,105) (264,015) 
Total shareholders’ equity 152,935 168,991 
Non-current liabilities     
Long-term lease liabilities 2,115 2,253 
Net employee defined benefit liabilities 3,345 3,213 
Total non-current liabilities 5,460 5,466 
Current liabilities     
Trade and other payables 1,136 929 
Accrued expenses 8,653 9,417 
Deferred income 415 587 
Short-term lease liabilities 551 548 
Total current liabilities 10,755 11,481 
Total liabilities 16,215 16,947 
Total shareholders’ equity and liabilities 169,150 185,938 


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income/(Loss) (Unaudited)
(In CHF thousands, except for per-share data)

  For the Three Months
  Ended March 31, 
     2023    2022
Contract revenue  
Total revenue  
Operating expenses    
Research & development expenses (13,873) (15,123)
General & administrative expenses (4,106) (4,166)
Other operating income/(expense), net 408 459
Total operating expenses (17,571) (18,830)
Operating loss (17,571) (18,830)
Financial income 209 
Financial expense (97) (154)
Exchange differences (51) 140
Finance result, net 61 (14)
Loss before tax (17,510) (18,844)
Income tax expense (3) (4)
Loss for the period (17,513) (18,848)
Loss per share: (0.21) (0.23)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss) (Unaudited)
(In CHF thousands)

  For the Three Months 
  Ended March 31,  
     2023    2022 
Loss for the period (17,513) (18,848) 
Items that will be reclassified to income or loss in subsequent periods (net of tax):      
Currency translation differences: (8) 10 
Items that will not to be reclassified to income or loss in subsequent periods (net of tax):     
Remeasurement gains on defined-benefit plans (net of tax)   
Total comprehensive loss, net of tax (17,521) (18,838) 


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