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

November 10, 2022 at 7:30 AM EST

– Initiated Patient Dosing in Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial Evaluating MRT-2359, a GSPT1-directed Molecular Glue Degrader, for Treatment of MYC-driven Tumors –

– Progressed VAV1 Molecular Glue Degrader Program into Lead Optimization –

BOSTON, Nov. 10, 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 third quarter, ended September 30, 2022.

“Throughout 2022, we have made important strides in advancing our QuEEN™ platform and our portfolio of MGDs derived from it, including our GSPT1 degrader MRT-2359. The FDA’s clearance of our first investigational new drug application, along with the recent initiation of patient dosing of MRT-2359 in our clinical trial in MYC-driven tumors, serve as strong validation of our platform, the quality of our team and the level of innovation we are bringing to the field,” said Markus Warmuth, M.D., CEO of Monte Rosa. “We are continually progressing toward our goal of discovering and developing MGDs into a new generation of precision medicines for patients who currently have no real alternatives. With a strong cash position and investor support, we are well positioned to continue to execute on our first clinical program, as well as advance additional discovery programs through lead optimization.”


  • Received a Study May Proceed Letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for MRT-2359, a potent, selective and orally bioavailable GSPT1-directed MGD
  • Recently initiated patient dosing with MRT-2359, evaluating the treatment of MYC-driven solid tumors, including lung cancer
  • Advanced VAV1 degrader program into lead optimization; VAV1 plays a key role in T-cell and B-cell development and activation and is a highly validated target for multiple autoimmune diseases, as well as several types of lymphoma
  • Continued progress of CDK2 and NEK7 programs toward development candidate nominations
  • Entered into collaboration with Professor Sereina Riniker, Ph.D., (ETH Zürich) to integrate molecular dynamics into Monte Rosa’s AI/ML engine for target identification and virtual screening
  • Gave multiple presentations at the 5th Annual Targeted Protein Degradation Summit in October in Boston, which included new and updated preclinical data supporting development of MRT-2359 in MYC-driven lung cancer, and novel AI applications for the discovery of MGDs
  • Presented overview of development of MRT-2359 as a GSPT1-directed MGD to target MYC-driven malignancies at the 34th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Oct. 28 in Barcelona, Spain


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

  • Jefferies 13th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, Nov. 15-17, London
  • Piper Sandler 34th Annual Healthcare Conference, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, New York
  • 41st Annual J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference, Jan. 9-12, 2023, San Francisco


Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were $21.3 million, compared to $15.1 million for the third 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 third quarter of 2022 included non-cash stock-based compensation of $1.7 million and non-cash lease expense of $1.5 million due to a rent holiday on the company’s Harrison Avenue facility lease. The same period in 2021 included non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $1.1 million.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were $7.0 million, compared to $4.8 million for the third 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 $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2021.

Net Loss: Net loss for the third quarter of 2022 was $27.3 million, compared to $19.8 million for the third quarter of 2021.

Cash Position and Financial Guidance: Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities as of September 30, 2022, were $277.4 million, compared to cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $299.5 million as of June 30, 2022. The decrease is primarily related to cash used to fund operations of $20.6 million and cash used for fixed assets of $1.4 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 (MGD) 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 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)

  September 30,  December 31, 
  2022  2021 
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $112,394  $346,071 
Marketable securities  159,755    
Proceeds receivable from common stock sale  13,507    
Other receivables  4,050    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  4,569   2,595 
Current restricted cash  960    
Total current assets  295,235   348,666 
Property and equipment, net  19,384   12,325 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  38,534    
Restricted cash, net of current  4,302   5,338 
Other long-term assets  148    
Total assets $357,603  $366,329 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $9,753  $6,558 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  8,972   10,080 
Current portion of operating lease liability  3,065    
Total current liabilities  21,790   16,638 
Defined benefit plan liability  2,128   2,176 
Operating lease liability  42,593    
Total liabilities  66,511   18,814 
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized, 48,528,247 shares issued
   and 48,372,781 shares outstanding as of September 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  493,443   471,566 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,602)  (2,021)
Accumulated deficit  (199,754)  (122,035)
Total stockholders’ equity  291,092   347,515 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $357,603  $366,329 

Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  Three months ended
September 30,
   2022   2021  
Operating expenses:     
Research and development $21,342  $15,115  
General and administrative  7,020   4,753  
Total operating expenses  28,362   19,868  
Loss from operations  (28,362)  (19,868) 
Other income:     
Interest income, net  997   13  
Foreign currency exchange gain, net  63   18  
Loss on disposal of fixed assets  (16)    
Total other income  1,044   31  
Net loss $(27,318) $(19,837) 
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted $(0.58) $(0.43) 
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding used in computing
   net loss per common share—basic and diluted
  46,732,353   45,987,866  


Shai Biran, Monte Rosa Therapeutics

Dan Budwick, 1AB