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November 07, 2011

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Provides Third Quarter 2011 Investor Update

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IRWD) today provided an update on its third quarter 2011 and recent business activities.

Third Quarter 2011 and Recent Highlights


  • At the end of September, Ironwood's European partner, Almirall, S.A., submitted a Market Authorization Application (MAA) for linaclotide to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). The submission includes efficacy and safety data from a Phase 3 program that comprised two double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials measured against the endpoints required by the EMA and two open-label long-term safety studies. A total of more than 1,600 patients with IBS-C received a once-daily dose of either linaclotide or placebo across the two Phase 3 clinical trials. Additionally, over 3,200 patients have enrolled in the ongoing open-label long term safety studies, and more than 2,000 of those patients have received linaclotide for at least 12 months.
  • In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for review the New Drug Application (NDA) submitted by Ironwood and its U.S. partner, Forest Laboratories, Inc., for linaclotide for the treatment of IBS-C and chronic constipation (CC). With a standard 10-month review timeline, the FDA Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date is expected to occur in June 2012.


  • Ironwood continues to advance its pipeline, which includes product candidates and research efforts focused on gastrointestinal disease, pain and inflammation, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease.


  • Ironwood ended the third quarter of 2011 with approximately $175 million of cash, cash equivalents, and available-for-sale securities. Ironwood used approximately $68 million of cash for operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Based on its current operating plan, Ironwood continues to target ending fiscal year 2011 with greater than $150 million of cash, cash equivalents, and available-for-sale securities.

Conference Call Information

Ironwood will host a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, November 7, to discuss its business activities, including its commercial strategy for linaclotide. Individuals interested in participating in the call should dial (888) 663-2242 (U.S. and Canada) or (913) 312-1516 (international) using conference ID number 3637845. To access the webcast, please visit the Investors section of Ironwood's website at at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure adequate time for any software downloads that may be required. The call will be available for replay via telephone starting today at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, running through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 21, 2011. To listen to the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 (U.S. and Canada) or (719) 457-0820 (international) using conference ID number 3637845. The archived webcast will be available on Ironwood's website for 14 days beginning approximately one hour after the call.

About Linaclotide

Linaclotide, an investigational drug, is an agonist of the guanylate cyclase type-C (GC-C) receptor located on the luminal surface of the intestine. In preclinical models, linaclotide reduced visceral hypersensitivity, increased fluid secretion, and accelerated intestinal transit. The effects on secretion and transit are mediated through cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), which is also believed to modulate the activity of local nerves to reduce pain. Linaclotide is an orally delivered peptide that acts locally in the gut with no measurable systemic exposure at therapeutic doses and is intended for once-daily administration. An issued composition of matter patent for linaclotide provides protection to 2025 in the United States. Ironwood and Forest plan to co-promote linaclotide in the United States. Ironwood has out-licensed linaclotide to Almirall for European development and commercialization, and to Astellas Pharma Inc. for development and commercialization in Japan, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand.

About Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C)

IBS-C is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort, and bloating associated with altered bowel habits, and as many as 11 million people in the U.S. suffer from it. IBS-C can have a negative impact on daily living. There are currently few available therapies to treat this disorder.

About Chronic Constipation (CC)

As many as 34 million Americans suffer from symptoms associated with CC and 8.5 million patients have sought treatment. Patients with CC often experience hard and lumpy stools, straining during defecation, a sensation of incomplete evacuation, and fewer than three bowel movements per week, as well as abdominal discomfort and bloating. There is a high rate of dissatisfaction with currently available treatments for CC.

About Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IRWD) is an entrepreneurial pharmaceutical company dedicated to the art and science of great drugmaking. Linaclotide, Ironwood's GC-C agonist, is an investigational drug for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and chronic constipation (CC). The efficacy portion of linaclotide's development program has been completed and supports the recently submitted NDA submission for both indications, as well as the MAA submission in Europe for the IBS-C indication. Ironwood also has a growing pipeline of additional drug candidates in earlier stages of development. Ironwood is located in Cambridge, Mass. To learn more, visit

This press release contains forward looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the FDA PDUFA target action date, linaclotide's potential as a treatment for IBS-C or chronic constipation, and our targeted cash-on-hand for the end of 2011. Each forward-looking statement is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statement. Applicable risks and uncertainties include the risks that serious adverse events arise in patients that are deemed to be definitely or probably related to linaclotide treatment, the incidence or severity of diarrhea in patients treated with linaclotide is higher than expected, the FDA convenes an advisory committee that does not recommend approval of linaclotide or that recommends modifications to the proposed label for linaclotide, the FDA issues a complete response letter for linaclotide, and advancements in our development pipeline do not proceed as expected, as well as risks related to the difficulty of predicting regulatory approvals and the acceptance of and demand for new pharmaceutical products. Applicable risks also include those that are listed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, in addition to the risk factors that are listed from time to time in Ironwood Pharmaceuticals' Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and any subsequent SEC filings. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


(in thousands)



September 30,

December 31,


Cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities

$ 175,129 $ 248,027
Accounts receivable, net 741 2,895
Prepaid expenses and other assets   2,896   8,153
Total current assets 178,766 259,075
Property and equipment, net 32,875 34,369
Other assets   7,839   7,921
Total assets $ 219,480 $ 301,365
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 19,266 $ 21,380
Current portion of capital lease obligations 228 197
Current portion of deferred rent 3,707 2,799
Current portion of deferred revenue   47,647   40,050
Total current liabilities 70,848 64,426
Capital lease obligations 481 393
Deferred rent 13,308 14,612
Deferred revenue 21,913 62,383
Total stockholders' equity   112,930   159,551
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 219,480 $ 301,365

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations


(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

  2011     2010     2011     2010  
Revenue $ 12,218 $ 9,059 $ 33,717 $ 27,085
Operating expenses:
Research and development 22,905 18,742 61,869 56,188
General and administrative   10,929     6,482     30,958     18,868  
Total operating expenses   33,834     25,224     92,827     75,056  
Loss from operations (21,616 ) (16,165 ) (59,110 ) (47,971 )
Other income (expense), net   986     107     1,235     267  

Net loss from continuing operations before income tax expense (benefit)

(20,630 ) (16,058 ) (57,875 ) (47,704 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   3     (2,944 )   3     (2,944 )
Net loss from continuing operations (20,633 ) (13,114 ) (57,878 ) (44,760 )
Net income from discontinued operations       6,367         4,551  
Net loss (20,633 ) (6,747 ) (57,878 ) (40,209 )

Net income from discontinued operations attributable to noncontrolling interest

      (1,523 )       (1,121 )

Net loss attributable to Ironwood

Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

$ (20,633 ) $ (8,270 ) $ (57,878 ) $ (41,330 )

Net income (loss) per share attributable to Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.—basic and diluted:

Continuing operations $ (0.21 ) $ (0.13 ) $ (0.58 ) $ (0.52 )
Discontinued operations       0.05         0.04  
Net loss per share $ (0.21 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.58 ) $ (0.48 )
Weighted average number of common shares used in net income (loss) per share attributable to Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.—basic and diluted 100,174,100 97,925,657 99,699,545 86,633,080

Corporate Inquiries:
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
Susan Brady, 617-621-8304

Source: Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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