Form 8-K
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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 6, 2020


Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

181 Oyster Point Blvd.

South San Francisco, California 94080

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(650) 741-7700

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

171 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 300
South San Francisco, CA 94080

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per shareGBTThe NASDAQ Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company,indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On May 6, 2020, Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. reported recent business progress and its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. The full text of the press release issued in connection with the announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

The information in Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No. Description
99.1  Press Release, dated May 6, 2020, furnished herewith
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.
Date: May 6, 2020By: /s/ Jeffrey Farrow        
  Jeffrey Farrow
  Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)




GBT Reports Recent Business Progress and First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Achieved Oxbryta® (voxelotor) net revenues of $14.1 million in first full quarter of launch

Approximately 1,650 new patient prescriptions for Oxbryta during the first quarter

Adapted to virtual operations and engagement intended to ensure ongoing access to Oxbryta during the COVID-19 pandemic

Contributed more than $350,000 to support the immediate needs of sickle cell disease community during COVID-19

Conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (NASDAQ: GBT) today reported recent business progress and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

“Our first quarter performance exceeded our expectations and demonstrates the quality of execution across our entire organization as well as our employees’ commitment to deliver Oxbryta, a first-in-class therapy that directly inhibits the sickling and destruction of red blood cells. We have received positive feedback from patients and physicians, with increased awareness of Oxbryta and many patients responding well,” said Ted W. Love, M.D., president and chief executive officer of GBT. “We are pleased that a growing number of sickle cell disease patients have started Oxbryta therapy and are enrolling in GBT Source, our patient support program. Our payer education activities are also going well, and we believe we are on track to meet our goal of obtaining broad payer coverage by the end of the year.

“With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we quickly adapted our business activities and launch tactics. We focused on ensuring our field teams were fully equipped to support our key stakeholders in an environment with restrictions on in-person meetings. We are encouraged that many healthcare professionals are embracing telemedicine to provide ongoing care for their patients. Additionally, in this challenging environment, I am proud that we expanded our support for the sickle cell disease community with direct donations to organizations providing immediate relief to patients and families across the country.”

Recent Business Progress




Financial Results for the First Quarter 2020

Total product sales, net for the first quarter of 2020 was $14.1 million, resulting from sales of Oxbryta. The company did not generate product sales in the first quarter of 2019.

Cost of sales for the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $135,000. Manufacturing costs incurred prior to FDA approval of Oxbryta in November 2019 were previously recorded as research and development expense in the company’s consolidated statement of operations. GBT expects that the cost of Oxbryta sales as a percentage of revenue will increase in future periods as product manufactured prior to FDA approval, and therefore fully expensed, is utilized. GBT did not incur cost of sales for Oxbryta in the first quarter of 2019 as no product sales were generated.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020, were $39.8 million compared with $34.5 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in R&D expenses for this comparative period was primarily attributable to increased costs related to preclinical research and manufacturing activities for inclacumab, increased employee-related costs, including non-cash stock compensation expense, and increased costs for other preclinical research activities related to the collaboration that GBT established with Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in December 2019. The increase was partially offset by a decrease in manufacturing costs for Oxbryta. Following the approval of Oxbryta by the FDA in November 2019, GBT now capitalizes manufacturing of the product to inventory. Total R&D non-cash stock compensation expense incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $5.4 million compared with $4.0 million for the same period in 2019.

Sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020, were $47.7 million compared with $18.1 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in SG&A expenses for this comparative period was primarily attributable to increased employee-related costs, including non-cash stock compensation expense, and increased professional and consulting services associated with the build-out of the company’s commercial operations and launch of Oxbryta. Total SG&A non-cash stock compensation expense incurred in the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $11.0 million compared with $5.4 million for the same period in 2019.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $73.0 million compared with $48.9 million for the same period in 2019. Basic and diluted net loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $1.20 compared with $0.87 for the same period in 2019. The company expects its operating costs to increase in subsequent quarters due to costs associated with commercialization activities as well as costs associated with the advancement of its clinical pipeline.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $615.2 million at March 31, 2020, compared with $695.0 million at December 31, 2019. The decrease of $79.8 million from December 31, 2019 includes the one-time upfront payment of $20 million paid in January 2020 related to the company’s collaboration with Syros.

Conference Call Details

GBT will host a conference call today, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. ET to provide a general business update and discuss the financial results for the first quarter 2020. To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-407-3982 (domestic) or 201-493-6780 (international). A live audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed on GBT’s website at under the Investors section. An archived audio webcast will be available for one month following the event.

About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects an estimated 100,000 people in the United States and millions of people throughout the world, particularly among those whose ancestors are from sub-Saharan Africa. It also affects people of Hispanic, South Asian, Southern European and Middle Eastern ancestry.1 SCD is a lifelong inherited blood disorder that impacts hemoglobin, a protein carried by red blood cells that delivers oxygen to tissues and organs throughout the body.2 Due to a genetic mutation, people with SCD form abnormal hemoglobin known as sickle hemoglobin. Through a process called hemoglobin polymerization, red blood cells become sickled – deoxygenated, crescent-shaped and rigid.3-5 The sickling process causes hemolytic anemia (low hemoglobin due to red blood cell destruction) and blockages in capillaries and small blood vessels, which impede the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. The diminished oxygen delivery to tissues and organs can lead to life-threatening complications, including stroke and irreversible organ damage.5-7

About Oxbryta® (Voxelotor) Tablets

Oxbryta (voxelotor) is an oral, once-daily therapy for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Oxbryta works by increasing hemoglobin’s affinity for oxygen. Since oxygenated sickle hemoglobin does not polymerize, GBT believes Oxbryta blocks polymerization and the resultant sickling and destruction of red blood cells. With the potential to improve hemolytic anemia and oxygen delivery, GBT believes that Oxbryta has the potential to modify the course of SCD. On November 25, 2019, Oxbryta received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval for the treatment of SCD in adults and children 12 years of age and older.7 As a condition of accelerated approval, GBT will continue to study voxelotor in the HOPE-KIDS 2 Study, a post-approval confirmatory study using transcranial Doppler (TCD) flow velocity to assess the ability of Oxbryta to decrease stroke risk in children 2 to 15 years of age.

In recognition of the critical need for new SCD treatments, the FDA granted Oxbryta Breakthrough Therapy, Fast Track, Orphan Drug and Rare Pediatric Disease designations for the treatment of patients with SCD. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has included voxelotor in its Priority Medicines (PRIME) program, and the European Commission (EC) has designated voxelotor as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of patients with SCD.

Important Safety Information

Oxbryta should not be taken if the patient has had an allergic reaction to voxelotor or any of the ingredients in Oxbryta. See the end of the patient leaflet for a list of the ingredients in Oxbryta.

Oxbryta can cause serious side effects, including serious allergic reactions. Patients should tell their healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if they get rash, hives, shortness of breath or swelling of the face.

Patients receiving exchange transfusions should talk to their healthcare provider about possible difficulties with the interpretation of certain blood tests when taking Oxbryta.

The most common side effects of Oxbryta include headache, diarrhea, stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, tiredness, rash and fever. These are not all the possible side effects of Oxbryta. Before taking Oxbryta, patients should tell their healthcare provider about all medical conditions, including if they have liver problems; if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as it is not known if Oxbryta can harm an unborn baby; or if they are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed as it is not known if Oxbryta can pass into breastmilk or if it can harm a baby. Patients should not breastfeed during treatment with Oxbryta and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose.

Patients should tell their healthcare provider about all the medicines they take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Oxbryta works. Oxbryta may also affect how other medicines work.

Patients are advised to call their doctor for medical advice about side effects. Side effects can be reported to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. Side effects can also be reported to Global Blood Therapeutics at 1-833-428-4968 (1-833-GBT-4YOU).

Full Prescribing Information for Oxbryta is available at

About Global Blood Therapeutics

Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and delivery of life-changing treatments that provide hope to underserved patient communities. Founded in 2011, GBT is delivering on its goal to transform the treatment and care of sickle cell disease (SCD), a lifelong, devastating inherited blood disorder. The company has introduced Oxbryta® (voxelotor), the first FDA-approved treatment that directly inhibits sickle hemoglobin polymerization, an underlying cause of SCD. GBT is also advancing its pipeline program in SCD with inclacumab, a p-selectin inhibitor in development to address pain crises associated with the disease. In addition, GBT’s drug discovery teams are working on new targets to develop the next generation of treatments for SCD. To learn more, please visit and follow the company on Twitter @GBT_news.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements containing the words “will,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “forecast,” “estimates,” “expects” and “intends,” or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on GBT’s current expectations and actual results could differ materially. Statements in this press release may include statements that are not historical facts and are considered forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. GBT intends these forward-looking statements, including statements regarding GBT’s priorities, commitment, focus, goals and vision; the safety, efficacy and mechanism of action of Oxbryta and other product characteristics; the delivery, availability, use, and commercial and medical potential of Oxbryta; the commercialization of Oxbryta, including the activities and resources of the commercial field team and healthcare professionals; patient use of Oxbryta and GBT Source, including the recent decline in new patient prescriptions and related expectations; access and support for patients prescribed Oxbryta; payer education, meetings and coverage for Oxbryta; ongoing and planned studies of Oxbryta and related protocols, activities and expectations, including with respect to restarting enrollment and the impact on related timelines; GBT’s financial position, outlook, guidance and expectations; transforming the treatment and care of SCD; and advancing GBT’s pipeline, working on new targets and discovering, developing and delivering treatments, to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act, and GBT makes this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements reflect GBT’s current views about its plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to the company and on assumptions the company has made. GBT can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved, and, furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond GBT’s control including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extent and duration of the impact on GBT’s business, including commercialization activities, regulatory efforts, research and development, corporate development activities, and operating results, which will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be accurately predicted, such as the ultimate duration of the pandemic, travel restrictions, quarantines, social distancing and business closure requirements in the U.S. and in other countries, and the effectiveness of actions taken globally to contain and treat the disease; the risks that GBT has only recently established its commercialization capabilities and may not be able to successfully commercialize Oxbryta; risks associated with GBT’s dependence on third parties for development, manufacture and commercialization activities related to Oxbryta; government and third-party payor actions, including those relating to reimbursement and pricing; risks and uncertainties relating to competitive products and other changes that may limit demand for Oxbryta; the risks regulatory authorities may require additional studies or data to support continued commercialization of Oxbryta; the risks that drug-related adverse events may be observed during commercialization or clinical development; data and results may not meet regulatory requirements or otherwise be sufficient for further development, regulatory review or approval; compliance with the funding and other obligations under the Pharmakon loan; and the timing and progress of GBT’s and Syros’ research and development activities under their collaboration; along with those risks set forth in GBT’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in GBT’s subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, GBT assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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  2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Sickle Cell Disease. Accessed August 5, 2019.
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

 (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2020 2019
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Product sales, net $14,118  $ 
Costs and operating expenses:      
Cost of sales  135    
Research and development  39,773   34,468 
Selling, general and administrative 47,662  18,055 
Total costs and operating expenses 87,570  52,523 
Loss from operations (73,452) (52,523)
Other income (expense):      
Interest income 2,856  3,831 
Interest expenses (2,314) (181)
Other expenses, net (116) (50)
Total other income, net 426  3,600 
Net loss $(73,026) $(48,923)
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $(1.20) $(0.87)
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share 60,787,710  56,231,587 


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

  March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
Assets (Unaudited)  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $315,525  $302,237 
Short-term marketable securities  215,295   307,732 
Other current assets  33,649   18,028 
Total current assets  564,469   627,997 
Property and equipment, net  37,329   27,113 
Long-term marketable securities  84,378   85,030 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  52,082   52,775 
Other assets  2,888   3,184 
Total assets $741,146
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity    
Current liabilities $62,248  $71,453 
Long-term debt  73,688   73,559 
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent  81,638   72,359 
Other noncurrent liabilities     34 
Total liabilities  217,574   217,405 
Total stockholders’ equity  523,572   578,694 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $741,146  $796,099 

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