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Monte Rosa Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Business Updates

August 11, 2022 at 7:30 AM EDT

– Submitted Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for MRT-2359, a GSPT1-directed Molecular Glue Degrader for the Treatment of Myc-driven Solid Tumors –

– Cash Runway into Late 2024 with $299.5 Million in Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Marketable Securities as of June 30, 2022 –

BOSTON, Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monte Rosa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUE), a biotechnology company developing novel molecular glue degrader (MGD)-based medicines, today reported business highlights and financial results for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2022.

“Over the last few months, we have made important progress in advancing our pipeline of molecular glue degraders, culminating most recently in the submission of our investigational new drug (IND) application for MRT-2359,” said Markus Warmuth, M.D., CEO of Monte Rosa. “With a strong balance sheet and cash runway into late 2024, we are well positioned for our planned clinical trial in patients with Myc-driven tumors, including both small cell and non-small cell lung cancer. This brings us one step closer to delivering on the promise of our QuEEN™ platform to deliver MGDs that eliminate with high selectivity disease-relevant protein targets previously considered undruggable.”


  • Submitted IND application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August for MRT-2359, a potent and selective GSPT1-directed molecular glue degrader
  • Continued progress of CDK2 and NEK7 programs toward development candidate nominations


  • Initiation of a Phase 1/2 trial for MRT-2359 for the treatment of Myc-driven tumors, including lung cancer, in the fourth quarter of 2022, subject to FDA clearance of IND
  • Initiation of at least one additional lead optimization program in 2022
  • Upcoming scientific conferences and presentations:
    • Multiple members of the Monte Rosa team to present at the 5th Annual Targeted Protein Degradation Summit, Oct. 25-28 in Boston. Silvia Buonamici, Ph.D., SVP, Drug Discovery Biology, will present an overview of MRT-2359 preclinical studies to support development in Myc-driven lung cancer on Oct. 27
    • Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, to present an overview of the development of MRT-2359 as a GSPT1-directed molecular glue degrader to target Myc-driven malignancies at the 34th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Oct. 28


Monte Rosa will be participating in the following upcoming investor conferences:

  • Citi’s 17th Annual BioPharma Conference, Sept. 7-8, Boston
  • 2022 Wells Fargo Healthcare Conference, Sept. 7-9, Boston
  • Morgan Stanley 20th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, Sept. 12-14, New York
  • Guggenheim Therapeutics Conference, Sept. 27-29, Nantucket


Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2022 were $20.9 million, compared to $14.6 million for the second quarter of 2021. These increases were due to the expansion of R&D activities, including the advancement of MRT-2359 toward clinical development and the development of the company’s QuEEN™ platform and its preclinical programs, as well as increased headcount and laboratory-related expenses due to the company’s continued growth as an R&D organization. R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2022 included non-cash stock-based compensation of $1.4 million and non-cash lease expense of $1.3 million due to a rent holiday on the company’s Harrison Street facility lease. The same period in 2021 included non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $0.4 million.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2022 were $6.3 million compared to $3.5 million for the second quarter of 2021. The increase in G&A expenses was a result of additional expenses incurred in support of the company’s growth and operations as a public company. G&A expenses included non-cash stock-based compensation of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2022, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2021.

Net Loss: Net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was $26.5 million, compared to $18.4 million for the second quarter of 2021.

Cash Position and Financial Guidance: Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities as of June 30, 2022, were $299.5 million, compared to cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $322.5 million as of March 31, 2022. The decrease primarily related to cash used to fund operations of $20.5 million and cash used to purchase laboratory equipment of $1.3 million, partially off-set by proceeds from the exercise of stock options of $0.1 million. The company expects that its cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund planned operations and capital expenditures into late 2024.

About Monte Rosa
Monte Rosa Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing a portfolio of novel molecular glue degrader medicines. These medicines are designed to employ the body’s natural mechanisms to selectively eliminate therapeutically relevant proteins. The company has developed a proprietary protein degradation platform, called QuEEN™ (Quantitative and Engineered Elimination of Neosubstrates), that enables it to rapidly identify protein targets and molecular glue degrader, or MGD, product candidates that are designed to eliminate therapeutically relevant proteins in a highly selective manner. The company’s drug discovery platform combines diverse and proprietary chemical libraries of small molecule protein degraders with in-house proteomics, structural biology, AI/machine learning-based target selection and computational chemistry capabilities to predict and obtain protein degradation profiles. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  June 30,  December 31, 
  2022  2021 
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $103,664  $346,071 
Marketable securities  190,481    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,900   2,595 
Total current assets  297,045   348,666 
Property and equipment, net  15,205   12,325 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  47,102    
Restricted cash  5,320   5,338 
Other long-term assets  384    
Total assets $365,056  $366,329 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $4,294  $6,558 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  7,817   10,080 
Current portion of operating lease liability  2,662    
Total current liabilities  14,773   16,638 
Defined benefit plan liability  2,138   2,176 
Operating lease liability  46,095    
Total liabilities  63,006   18,814 
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized, 46,873,974 shares issued and 46,684,658 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2022; and 500,000,000 shares authorized, 46,794,295 shares issued and 46,535,966 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2021  5   5 
Additional paid-in capital  476,939   471,566 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,458)   (2,021) 
Accumulated deficit  (172,436)   (122,035) 
Total stockholders’ equity  302,050   347,515 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $365,056  $366,329 

Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  Three months ended
June 30,
  2022  2021 
Operating expenses:      
Research and development $20,936  $14,637 
General and administrative  6,295   3,486 
Total operating expenses  27,231   18,123 
Loss from operations  (27,231)   (18,123) 
Other income (expense):      
Interest income, net  628   14 
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss), net  134   (296) 
Gain on disposal of fixed assets      
Changes in fair value of preferred stock tranche obligations, net      
Total other income (expense)  762   (282) 
Net loss $(26,469)  $(18,405) 
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted $(0.57)  $(3.63) 
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding used in computing
net loss per common share—basic and diluted
  46,668,369   5,070,554 
Comprehensive loss:      
Net loss $(26,469)  $(18,405) 
Other comprehensive loss:      
Provision for pension benefit obligation  33   (495) 
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities  (358)    
Comprehensive loss $(26,794)  $(18,900) 


Michael Morabito, Solebury Trout

Dan Budwick, 1AB