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10-Q
AVEXIS, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 08/10/2017
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our ability to identify and develop new product candidates, including our planned new programs in Rett syndrome and ALS;

 

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our ability to identify, recruit and retain key personnel;

 

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our and our licensors’ ability to protect and enforce our intellectual property protection for AVXS-101, and the scope of such protection;

 

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our financial performance;

 

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the development of and projections relating to our competitors or our industry;

 

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our expectations about the outcome of litigation and controversies with third parties, including the lawsuit filed by Sophia’s Cure Foundation; and

 

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the impact of laws and regulations.

 

You should refer to “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report, and the discussion in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, for a discussion of important factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. As a result of these factors, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements in this Quarterly Report will prove to be accurate. Furthermore, if our forward-looking statements prove to be inaccurate, the inaccuracy may be material. In light of the significant uncertainties in these forward-looking statements, you should not regard these statements as a representation or warranty by us or any other person that we will achieve our objectives and plans in any specified time frame, or at all. The forward-looking statements in this Quarterly Report represent our views as of the date of this Quarterly Report. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this Quarterly Report.

 

You should read this Quarterly Report and the documents that we reference in this Quarterly Report and have filed as exhibits to this Quarterly Report completely and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

 

We are a clinical-stage gene therapy company dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate. We recently completed our Phase 1 clinical trial for AVXS-101 for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy Type 1, or SMA Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality. SMA Type 1 is a lethal genetic disorder characterized by motor neuron loss and associated muscle deterioration, resulting in mortality or the need for permanent ventilation support before the age of two for greater than 90% of patients. The survival motor neuron protein, or SMN, is a critical protein for normal motor neuron signaling and function. Patients with SMA Type 1 either have experienced a deletion of their SMN1 genes, which prevents them from producing adequate levels of functional SMN protein, or carry a mutation in their SMN1 gene. AVXS-101 is designed to deliver a fully functional human SMN gene into the nuclei of motor neurons that then generates an increase in SMN protein levels and we believe this will result in improved motor neuron function and patient outcomes.

 

In our fully enrolled Phase 1 clinical trial, we treated 15 SMA Type 1 patients, divided into two dosing cohorts, and observed a favorable safety profile and that AVXS-101 is generally well-tolerated. As of January 20, 2017, the trial evaluation date for which we reported top-line results, all patients in the study have survived, in contrast to the independent, peer-reviewed natural history study for patients with SMA Type 1. Additionally, we have observed improved motor function, including in some patients, the attainment of motor milestones such as the ability to sit unassisted, crawl, stand and walk — motor milestone achievements that are essentially never seen among untreated patients suffering from SMA Type 1. The open-label, dose-escalating study was designed to evaluate the safety and

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