Risks related to our financial position and need for additional capital
We are a clinical-stage biotechnology company with a first commercial launch underway and have not yet generated significant income. Our operations to date have been limited to developing our technology and undertaking preclinical studies and clinical trials of our product candidates.
Since our inception, and with the exception of the year 2019, we have incurred significant operating losses. We expect to continue incurring significant research, development and other expenses related to our ongoing operations, and to continue incurring operating losses for the foreseeable future. We cannot be sure to generate future revenues from the sales of filgotinib, our first product approved for commercialization in Europe and Japan in the third quarter of 2020. Because of the numerous risks and uncertainties associated with pharmaceutical product development, we are unable to predict the timing or amount of expenses and when we will be able to achieve or maintain profitability, if ever.
We may require substantial additional future capital which may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all, in order to complete clinical development and, if we are successful, to commercialize any of our current product candidates. In addition, raising additional capital may cause dilution to our existing shareholders, restrict our operations or require us to relinquish rights to our product candidates or technologies. The incurrence of additional indebtedness could result in increased fixed payment obligations and could also result in certain additional restrictive covenants that could adversely impact our ability to conduct our business.
For further reference on financial risks in particular, see note 32 of the notes to the consolidated financial statements.