HilleVax Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Highlights Recent Company Progress

Topline data from NEST-IN1 Phase 2B clinical study of HIL-214 in infants expected in mid-2024

$272.7 million of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of March 31, 2024

BOSTON, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HilleVax, Inc. (Nasdaq: HLVX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel vaccines, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, highlighted recent progress and outlined key upcoming milestones for HIL-214, the company’s investigational virus-like particle (VLP) based vaccine for the prevention of moderate-to-severe norovirus-related acute gastroenteritis.

“We are excited to remain on track to report top-line data from our ongoing NEST-IN1 clinical trial in infants by mid-2024," said Rob Hershberg, MD, PhD, Chairman and CEO of HilleVax. "With positive results from NEST-IN1, we expect HIL-214 to rapidly progress into Phase 3 clinical trials in both infants and older adults, and we will provide clarity around those plans when we announce the NEST-IN1 data. HIL-214 remains the most advanced norovirus vaccine in clinical development and has the potential to address an enormous unmet medical need in both children and adults."

Recent Business Highlights

  • In Q1 2024, HilleVax announced the appointment of Sean McLoughlin as Chief Operating Officer.

Upcoming Expected Milestones

  • Topline safety and clinical efficacy data from NEST-IN1 in mid-2024.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

As of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, the company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaling $272.7 million and $303.5 million, respectively.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter 2024 were $26.0 million, compared to $23.2 for the first quarter 2023. The increase was primarily due to the growth in the number of R&D employees.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter 2024 were $8.5 million, compared to $5.8 million for the first quarter 2023. The increase was primarily due to the growth in the number of G&A employees.

Other income for the first quarter 2024 was $3.0 million, compared to $2.1 million for the first quarter 2023. The increase in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the first quarter of 2023 was primarily driven by accretion of marketable securities.

Net loss for the first quarter 2024 was $46.8 million, compared to $26.9 million for the first quarter 2023.

About HilleVax

HilleVax is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel vaccines. Its most advanced program, HIL-214, is a virus-like particle (VLP) based vaccine candidate in development for the prevention of moderate-to-severe acute gastroenteritis (AGE) caused by norovirus infection. Globally, norovirus is estimated to result in over approximately 700 million cases of AGE and 200,000 deaths per year, resulting in direct and indirect healthcare system and societal costs of $10 billion in the United States and $60 billion globally. The burden of norovirus falls disproportionately on young children and older adults. For more information about HilleVax, visit the company’s website at http://www.HilleVax.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

HilleVax cautions you that statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations and include, but are not limited to, the potential opportunity for and benefits of HIL-214 and the expected timing of a data readout from the NEST-IN1 clinical trial, the advancement of HIL-214 to registration as the first norovirus vaccine, and longer-term market leadership plans. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, including, without limitation: we currently depend entirely on the success of HIL-214, and we have not yet completed any clinical trials of HIL-214; potential delays in the commencement, enrollment, data readouts and completion of clinical trials and preclinical studies; our dependence on third parties in connection with manufacturing, research and clinical and preclinical testing; unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate immunogenicity or efficacy of HIL-214 or any future vaccine candidates that may limit their development, regulatory approval, and/or commercialization; unfavorable results from clinical trials; results from prior clinical trials and studies not necessarily being predictive of future results; and unstable market and economic conditions may adversely affect our business and financial condition and the broader economy and biotechnology industry; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; any future impacts to our business resulting from military conflicts or other geopolitical developments outside our control; our reliance on intellectual property rights under our license agreements with Takeda Vaccines, Inc. and Kanghua Biological Products Co., Ltd.; our ability to obtain, maintain and enforce intellectual property protection for our vaccine candidates; we may use our capital resources sooner than we expect; and other risks described in our prior press releases and our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including under the heading “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, which is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.


Shane Maltbie

HilleVax, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations Data
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 
 2024  2023 
Operating expenses:     
Research and development$25,978  $23,164 
In-process research and development 15,325    
General and administrative 8,494   5,795 
Total operating expenses 49,797   28,959 
Loss from operations (49,797)  (28,959)
Total other income 2,968   2,070 
Net loss$(46,829) $(26,889)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.97) $(0.71)
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic and diluted 48,460,185   37,753,522 

HilleVax, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
 March 31,
  December 31,
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$272,743  $303,483
Total assets 314,175   344,434
Total liabilities 75,266   78,909
Total stockholders’ equity 238,909   265,525
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity 314,175   344,434