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bluebird bio Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2014-- bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLUE), a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases, today reported financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

"The third quarter of 2014 was another productive quarter for bluebird bio," said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. "We continue to make steady progress across all our programs and we were excited to announce the treatment of our first subject with sickle cell disease using LentiGlobin BB305. Later this quarter we plan to present additional data from our ongoing beta-thalassemia clinical trials at the ASH meeting, which continue to demonstrate the potential of our lentiviral gene therapy platform. Our balance sheet remains strong, allowing us to continue to execute on our goals heading into 2015.”

Third Quarter 2014 and Recent Business Highlights:
-- Transplanted our first subject with sickle cell disease using our LentiGlobin BB305 product candidate in the HGB-205 study

-- James M. DeTore joined bluebird bio as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

-- Two presentations accepted at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), a Northstar study oral presentation (#549) and an HGB-205 study poster (#4797)

- Two subjects with beta-thalassemia major and enrolled in the HGB-205 study remain transfusion independent at days 180 and 90 post-transplant

- One subject in the Northstar Study observed monthly increases in beta-T87Q-globin levels following infusion out to month three

- We plan to provide clinical data on at least three subjects enrolled in the Northstar Study

-- United States patent entitled “Gene Therapy Vectors for ALD and AMN” issued (US Pat. No. 8,858,928) covering bluebird bio’s Lenti-D product candidate

Anticipated 2014 Milestones:
-- Present further clinical results in beta-thalassemia major from our HGB-205 and Northstar Studies at ASH

Financial Results:
bluebird bio held $263.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2014.

Total revenue was $6.4 million during the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $6.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013. Total revenue is primarily comprised of collaborative revenue from bluebird bio’s collaboration with Celgene Corporation.

Total operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2014 were $23.4 million as compared to $12.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

bluebird bio reported a net loss of $17.0 million, or $0.61 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to net loss of $6.1 million, or $0.26 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

About bluebird bio, Inc.
bluebird bio is a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. bluebird bio has two clinical-stage programs in development. The most advanced product candidate, Lenti-D, is in a recently-initiated phase 2/3 study, the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD), a rare, hereditary neurological disorder affecting young boys. The next most advanced product candidate, LentiGlobin, is currently in two phase 1/2 studies, one in the US (the Northstar Study) and one in France (HGB-205), for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major. The phase 1/2 HGB-205 study also allows for and has treated a patient(s) with sickle cell disease, and bluebird bio has initiated a separate U.S. sickle cell disease trial (HGB-206).

bluebird bio also has an early-stage chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell (CAR-T) program for oncology in collaboration with Celgene Corporation.

bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington, and Paris, France. For more information, please visit .

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations and the advancement of, and anticipated milestones related to the Company’s product candidates and clinical studies, and anticipated milestones for 2014. Any forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of cessation or delay of any of the ongoing or planned clinical studies and/or our development of our product candidates, the risk of a delay in the enrollment of patients in the Company’s clinical studies, the risk that the results of previously conducted studies involving similar product candidates will not be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving current product candidates, the risk that our collaboration with Celgene will not continue or will not be successful, and the risk that any one or more of our product candidates will not be successfully developed and commercialized. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and bluebird bio undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

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bluebird bio, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss Data
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

  2014     2013     2014     2013  
Collaboration revenue $ 6,250 $ 6,251 $ 18,750 $ 13,542
Research and license fees   115     134     285     304  
Total revenue   6,365     6,385     19,035     13,846  
Operating expenses:
Research and development 16,649 8,706 42,043 21,237
General and administrative 6,648 3,836 17,924 9,441
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   78         78      
Total operating expenses   23,375     12,542     60,045     30,678  
Loss from operations (17,010 ) (6,157 ) (41,010 ) (16,832 )
Other income (expense), net   (20 )   44     48     (408 )
Loss before income taxes   (17,030 )   (6,113 )   (40,962 )   (17,240 )
Benefit from income taxes           11,797      
Net loss $ (17,030 ) $ (6,113 ) $ (29,165 ) $ (17,240 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted: $ (0.61 ) $ (0.26 ) $ (1.14 ) $ (1.96 )
Weighted-average number of common shares used

in computing net loss per share - basic and diluted:

  28,115     23,623     25,593     8,786  
bluebird bio, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data
(in thousands, except par value amounts)

September 30,



December 31,


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 89,603 $ 206,279
Marketable securities 125,771
Deferred tax assets 3,106 693
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   4,840     5,015  
Total current assets 223,320 211,987
Marketable securities 48,446
Property and equipment, net 14,978 10,920
Intangible assets, net 29,159
Goodwill 13,128
Restricted cash and other non-current assets   1,162     1,483  
Total assets $ 330,193   $ 224,390  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 3,641 $ 4,359
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 9,677 5,175
Deferred revenue, current portion   25,206     25,340  
Total current liabilities 38,524 34,874
Deferred rent, net of current portion 8,724 6,740
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 11,458 30,208
Contingent consideration, net of current portion 6,166
Deferred tax liabilities 3,106 693
Other non-current liabilities   323     208  
Total liabilities 68,301 72,723
Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 125,000 shares authorized; 28,702 and 23,940 shares
issued and outstanding at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively

287 239
Additional paid-in capital 389,519 250,103
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (74 )
Accumulated deficit   (127,840 )   (98,675 )
Total stockholders' equity   261,892     151,667  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 330,193   $ 224,390  

Source: bluebird bio, Inc.

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