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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On January 9, 2023, bluebird bio, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that as of December 31, 2022, the Company’s cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were approximately $182 million, excluding restricted cash of approximately $45 million, which was not released in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities information above is based on preliminary unaudited information and management estimates for the year ended December 31, 2022, is not a comprehensive statement of the Company’s financial results as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, and is subject to completion of the Company’s financial closing procedures. The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm has not conducted an audit or review of, and does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance with respect to, this preliminary estimate.
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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
The Company plans to present a corporate update on January 12, 2023 at the 2023 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. A copy of the presentation that will be used is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1, which is incorporated herein by reference.
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Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Corporate Presentation by bluebird bio, Inc.|
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This Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Current Report”) contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this Current Report that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements regarding the Company’s preliminary unaudited cash position as of December 31, 2022. Statements using words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “may”, “will” and similar terms are also forward-looking statements. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2022 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligations to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this Current Report or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Current Report, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
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|bluebird bio, Inc.|
|Date: January 9, 2023||By:|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
bluebird bio J.P. Morgan Presentation January 2023 NASDAQ: BLUE 1
forward-looking statements These slides and the accompanying oral presentation contain forward-looking statements and information. The use of words such as may, might, will, should, expect, plan, anticipate, believe, estimate, project, intend, future, potential, or continue, and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, all statements we make regarding our expectations regarding our programs and therapies, including but not limited to the timing or likelihood of regulatory filings and approvals, our manufacturing and commercialization plans, and addressable market for approved products or product candidates, the timing of our first revenue, our preliminary unaudited cash position as of December 31, 2022, and our cash runway are forward looking. All forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by our management that, although we believe to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected. These statements are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties that are described in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it was made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. 2
TO GIVE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES MORE BLUEBIRD DAYS 3
Demonstrating gene therapy expertise across clinical, regulatory and commercial Clinical Leadership Regulatory Success Commercial Impact 180+ patients Industry approved leader with gene 2 FDA 2 ongoing US launches, treated with bluebird therapies and seeking revenue expected in Q1 2023, therapies across 8 all with wholly-owned global clinical trials 3rd in 2023 rights Over 10+ years Established track record for ~22,000 patients LVV technology, with 5 potentially addressable with of gene therapy research regulatory submissions our 3 programs in the U.S.1 1 Hassell KL. Population estimates of sickle cell disease in the U.S. Am J Prev Med. 2010;38(4 Suppl):S512 521; Jul 21 bbb analysis of Komodo patient-level claims data (Apr 20 Mar 21), IQVIA patient-level claims data (Aug 18 Jul 19); Hulihan, Mary M., et al. State-based surveillance for selected hemoglobinopathies. Genetics in Medicine 17.2 (2015): 125-130.; Bezman L, et al. Adrenoleukodystrophy: Incidence, new mutation rate, and results of extended family screening. Ann Neurol. 2001;49:512517; Moser HW, Mahmood A, Raymond GV. X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. Nature Clin Pract Neurol. 2007;3(3):140-51 4
Momentum building with near-term commercial launches; opportunity to deliver significant value for patients and shareholders Patients living with Severe Sickle Cell Disease Patients potentially Y eligible for ZYNTEGLO® IT for beta-thalassemia N ~20,000 U RT O P P O L 1,300-1,500 Patients potentially eligible FUTURE for SKYSONA® for Cerebral MMERCIA adrenoleukodystrophy GROWTH CO 40 N U MB E R O F PAT IE N TS 5
Inherited hemoglobin disorders 6
Launching now 7
ZYNTEGLO commercial launch off to a strong start Launch built on three key pillars Patient Interest QTC Network Reimbursement ZYNTEGLO ® 8
Path to treatment is multi-faceted Indications of Pivotal Steps to Initiating Therapy Patient Interest Treatment mybluebirdsupport Enrollment in Reimbursement Confirmed (cell Apheresis collection) Verification Benefits Scheduling Referrals QTC + Consultation 9
Clear signs of early patient uptake approximately four months into launch Indications of Pivotal Steps to Initiating Therapy Patient Interest Treatment 2 Average time to prior ~40 WEEKS authorization approval** ST Apheresis Patients initiated 1 Completed benefits verification* Q1 Multiple cell 2023 collections scheduled *Estimate based on mybluebirdsupport data and metrics provided by QTCs 10 **Estimate based on QTC reports
Fit-for-purpose Qualified Treatment Center (QTC) network being activated in waves Activated QTC Number of TDT Patients Targeted QTC selection (based on claims data) Focused on high prevalence states Centers actively treating beta-thalassemia today Deep experience with commercial cell and gene therapies QTC growth aligned with demand 10 QTCs activated >15 QTCs in on-boarding or MSA negotiation stage Anticipated expansion to ~40-50 QTCs by YE 2023 to maximize opportunity for ZYNTEGLO and in anticipation of lovo-cel launch 11 *Graphic is illustrative and subject to change as final QTC network is determined; Activated QTC defined as Qualified Treatment Center with a signed MSA QTC: Qualified Treatment Center
Confident in timely, quality access and reimbursement with upfront payment at $2.8M price PRICE TIED TO SIMPLE AND INNOVATIVE ENCOURAGING PAYER RECOGNIZED VALUE PAYMENT STRATEGY INTERACTIONS Beta-thalassemia requiring bluebird is offering payers: All target payers have responded regular RBC transfusions One-time upfront payment favorably to approach: is associated with: Estimated 70-75% of patients with Outcomes-based beta-thalassemia have commercial $6.4 million average lifetime agreement with up to 80% medical care cost per patient1 rebate if patient does not insurance 23X higher average total reach transfusion Engaging with state Medicaid health care cost per patient independence within 2 years agencies representing ~80% per year vs. general Clinically-relevant of publicly-insured beta-population2 outcome, easily tracked thalassemia patients Blood transfusions every in claims data 2-5 weeks for life3 12 1 Date on file 2 Weiss et al. 2019 3 TIF Guidelines
Early indications show value of ZYNTEGLO is recognized; patients are achieving access ~4 months since FDA approval: ~190M THREE ZERO lives covered by a favorable of the largest PBMs have ultimate denials coverage policy signed outcomes-based agreements 13
ZYNTEGLO® manufacturing allows for flexible scheduling and is designed to deliver high quality drug product Occurs at QTC Occurs at CMO 70-90 Days Apheresis and Drug Product Manufacturing Drug Product Infusion and Cell Collection Ready to Ship Recovery and Testing Bulk of time spent on release testing to deliver high quality drug product CONFIDENTIAL 14 QTC: Qualified Treatment Center; CMO: Contract Manufacturing Organization
ZYNTEGLO expected to enable seamless transition to commercializing lovo-cel for sickle cell disease LOVO-CEL Established Same treating Same QTC confidence with physicians network payers Patient Interest QTC Network Reimbursement ZYNTEGLO ® 15
Opportunity to address a critical unmet need for >20,000 individuals living with severe sickle cell disease in the US LA RG E PAT IE NT P O P U LAT IO N S IG N IF ICA N T U N ME T N E E D MEA N IN G F U L O P P O RT U N IT Y 1 in 365 Black or African VOEs are the hallmark of SCD, but Patients average $4.0 million in direct American babies is born with the disease is more than just pain medical costs, despite a median age sickle cell disease1 of death of only 455 1 in 4 patients have a stroke by >20,000 SCD patients in the age 453 Approximately 65% report giving up a US may be addressed by gene Widespread risk of organ damage job due to SCD4 therapy2 or organ failure3 Estimates of foregone income over a 75% report difficulty completing lifetime up to $1.3 million6 daily tasks4 Nearly 1/3 report experiencing discrimination in a healthcare setting7 1 CDC 2 Data on file3 Mortality Rates and Age at Death from Sickle Cell Disease: U.S., 19792005 3 Kato GJ, Piel FB, Reid CD, et al. Sickle cell disease. 16 Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2018;4:18010. 4 Holdford et al 2021 5 Gallagher ME et al, J Med Econ. 2022 Jan-Dec 6 Graf 20227 Harvard Chan, RWJF Poll 2017
lovo-cel BLA submission on track for Q1 2023; comparability studies complete Plan to submit BLA for patients 12 and older Submission based on study HGB-206 Group C, which will form the primary basis for efficacy On track for BLA submission ï¼ï€ Q1 2023 ï¼ï€ Ve nd drug pr analytical comparability studies ï¼ï€ Co ed complete manufacturing of commercial drug nufacturing product validation lotsï¼ï€ commercial vector validation alytical lots completed says developed CONFIDENTIAL 17
Planned 2023 network expansion ensures QTCs are in place and ready to treat appropriate SCD patients upon FDA approval of lovo-cel Activated QTC for ZYNTEGLO Number of TDT Patients (based on claims data) Number of SCD patients (based on claims Significant synergies in QTC network at launch: Expansion to ~40-50 QTCs by YE 2023 maximizes opportunity to rapidly reach patients Established contract allows for simplified activation process Estimated 65% of SCD patients within 50 miles of a planned QTC; (95% within 200 miles); anticipate continued expansion in 2024 18 *Graphic is illustrative and subject to change as final QTC network is determined; Activated QTC defined as Qualified Treatment Center with a signed MSA
SKYSONA®: FDA Approved First apheresis scheduled for January 2023 Two activated QTCs; three additional planned Zero ultimate denials; payers recognize value and urgency to treat Anticipate 5-10 patient starts in 2023 Early, active cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy refers to asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic (neurologic function score, NFS ≤ 1)boys who have gadolinium enhancement on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Loes scores of 0.5-9. SKYSONA was granted accelerated approval based on 24-month Major Functional Disability (MFD)-free survival observed in clinical studies. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s).*Real patients pictured, but they have not used our therapies. QTC: Qualified Treatment Center 20
Strong financial position cash burn and runway horizon Continuing to strengthen balance sheet beyond Q1 2024 TS Cash runway into Q1 2024 Product revenue N LE with sale of 2nd PRV + restricted cash (anticipated Q1 2023) IVA Evaluating additional Cash balance as of EQU December 31, 20221 opportunities to extend H $95 million cash runway S CA non-dilutive financing & $182 million H cash, cash S CA equivalents & marketable Delivering significant value for patients securities Proving our commercial model and shareholders 1. Excludes $45m in restricted cash. The cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities information above is based on preliminary unaudited information and management estimates for the year ended December 31, 2022, is not a comprehensive statement of the Companys financial results as of and for the 22 fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and is subject to completion of the Companys financial closing procedures. The Companys independent registered public accounting firm has not conducted an audit or review of and does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance with respect to, this preliminary estimate.; 2. Cash Runway is calculated using the current cash balance / net burn rate (cash from revenue less cash paid for expenses)
Upcoming milestones First to market gene therapy for inherited hemoglobin disorders in the U.S. SKYSONA® for cerebral ZYNTEGLO® for lovo-cel for adrenoleukodystrophy beta-thalassemia sickle cell disease o First cell collection o First commercial o BLA submission planned scheduled for January revenue expected in for Q1 2023 2023 Q1 2023 o Potential FDA approval o Continued launch o Continued launch expected by end of 2023 expansion throughout expansion throughout o Commercial launch 2023 2023 expected early 2024 o 40-50 QTCs by end of 2023 Proving our commercial model Significant value driver 23
bluebird bio: Setting the standard and proving the gene therapy commercial model Demonstrating gene therapy expertise across clinical, regulatory and commercial Momentum building with near-term commercial launches Opportunity to deliver significant value for patients and shareholders 24
ZYNTEGLO® approval is underscored by impressive clinical study data ZYNTEGLO® treatment Transfusion status of patients in Phase 3 studies In Phase 3 studies presented at ASH 2022: 90% of patients achieved transfusion independence (TI) and normal or near-normal hemoglobin levels (years) All patients who achieved TI remained transfusion free Transfusion as of last follow-up Consent Independent at N=37 Durable results with longest Age follow-up out to 5 years Results were consistent across ages and genotypes Majority of AEs and SAEs were consistent with myeloablative conditioning **After a planned orthopedic surgery, the patient had blood loss, which required 1 packed red blood cell transfusion 12 Months Before 27 Months After DP Infusion DP Infusion Data as of July 2022
lovo-cel: most advanced sickle cell disease gene therapy development program in the industry Update on Pivotal Cohort (HGB 206 Group C) Presented at ASH 2022 96%experienced complete resolution of severe VOEs through 24 months of follow-up (ASH 2022) As of August 2022, 50 patients had been treated with lovo-cel, with up to 7 yearsof follow-up (median: 37.7 months) Safety data remained consistentwith the known side effects of autologous hematopoietic stem cell collection, myeloablative single-agent busulfan conditioning and underlying SCD As previously reported, patient with significant baseline SCD-related cardiopulmonary disease died >18 months post-infusion (considered unlikely to be related to lovo-cel). Updated data cut, including long-term follow-up, being prepared for BLA submission anticipated in Q1 2023 Data as of Aug 11, 2022 28
The approval of SKYSONA® was based on data from bluebird bios Phase 2/3 study ALD-102 and Phase 3 ALD-104 study October 4, 2017 N Engl J Med 2017; 377:1630-1638 EFFICACY S Accelerated approval was based on a post hoc analysis of 24-month The label includes a Boxed Warning on SKYSONA for hematologic improvement in major functional disability (MFD) free survival malignancy; as previously reported, 3 boys treated in our clinical trials developed MDS which is believed to be caused by insertion of the Lenti-D vector SKYSONA treated patients (n = 11) had an estimated 72% likelihood of MFD-free survival at 24 months compared to untreated patients Other risks include serious infections, prolonged cytopenias, in a natural history study (n = 7) who had only an estimated 43% delayed platelet engraftment, risk of neutrophil engraftment failure, likelihood of MFD-free survival and hypersensitivity reactions. A total of 67 patients were treated in clinical trials Under accelerated approval, bluebird has agreed to provide confirmatory data to the FDA 29 Early, active cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy refers to asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic (neurologic function score, NFS 1)boys who have gadolinium enhancement on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Loes scores of 0.5-9. SKYSONA was granted accelerated 29 approval based on 24-month Major Functional Disability (MFD)- free survival observed in clinical studies. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial(s). MDS: myelodysplastic syndrome