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Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc. (ARQT)

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We are a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing treatments for dermatological diseases with high unmet medical needs. Our current portfolio is comprised of topical treatments with significant potential to address immune-mediated dermatological diseases and conditions, or immuno-dermatology. Our strategy is to identify and develop treatments against validated biological targets in dermatology that deliver a differentiated clinical profile that addresses major shortcomings of existing therapies in our targeted indications. We believe this strategy uniquely positions us to rapidly progress towards our goal of bridging the treatment innovation gap in dermatology, while maximizing our probability of technical success and financial resources.

Our lead product candidate, ARQ-151, is in Phase 3 clinical trials in plaque psoriasis. ARQ-151 is a topical cream formulation of roflumilast, a highly potent and selective phosphodiesterase type 4, or PDE4, inhibitor, which we are developing for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, including psoriasis in intertriginous regions such as the groin, axillae, and inframammary areas, as well as atopic dermatitis. PDE4 is an established biological target in dermatology, with multiple PDE4 inhibitors approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. We have successfully completed a Phase 2b study of ARQ-151 in plaque psoriasis, and have treated more than 425 plaque psoriasis patients, demonstrating potential symptomatic improvement and favorable tolerability of ARQ-151 in this population. We have also completed enrollment in a long-term safety study of ARQ-151 in plaque psoriasis patients, and expect to report topline data in the first half of 2021.

We held a positive End-of-Phase 2 Meeting with the FDA in October 2019 and have initiated two Phase 3 studies in plaque psoriasis, with topline data expected in the first half of 2021. We also completed a Phase 2 proof of concept study of ARQ-151 in atopic dermatitis and plan to initiate a Phase 2b study in the second half of 2020, with topline results expected in the second half of 2021. In addition, we are developing ARQ-154, a topical foam formulation of ARQ-151, and have initiated a Phase 2 proof of concept study in seborrheic dermatitis and a Phase 2b study in scalp psoriasis. We expect to report topline data in the second half of 2020 with respect to seborrheic dermatitis and in Q4 2020/Q1 2021 with respect to scalp psoriasis. Beyond this, in 2020 we also plan to initiate clinical studies of ARQ-252, a potent and highly selective topical janus kinase type 1, or JAK1, inhibitor for the treatment of hand eczema and vitiligo. Additionally, we have formulation and preclinical efforts underway for ARQ-255, an alternative topical formulation of ARQ-252 designed to reach deeper into the skin in order to potentially treat alopecia areata.

Dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, hand eczema, alopecia areata, and vitiligo affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide each year, impacting their quality of life, and physical, functional and emotional well-being. There are many approved treatments for these conditions, but a large opportunity remains due to issues with existing treatments. Topical treatments are used for nearly all patients, but are limited by one or more of the following: modest response rates, side effects, patient adherence, application site restrictions, and limits on duration of therapy.

Topical corticosteroids, or TCS, are commonly used as the first-line therapy for the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. While many patients see improvements, long term TCS treatment carries the risk of a variety of significant side effects. As a result, TCS are typically used intermittently, which can lead to disease flares. In psoriasis, vitamin D analogues have demonstrated lower response rates than TCS and are frequently irritating. In atopic dermatitis, topical calcineurin inhibitors, or TCIs, and Eucrisa have lower response rates than TCS and are associated with application site burning. TCIs also have a boxed warning for cancer risk. 

Investors Pre-IPO Holdings (%)
Google Ventures 30
Intel Ventures 20
Patricoff Ventures 5
Kleiner Perkins 18

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Filing Date   30 Jan, 2020
Price Date   31 Jan, 2020
Offer Price $17.00
Offer Size 9M
Look Up Expiry Date   31 Jul, 2020
Earnings Release Date   Nov 1, 2018