PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDS Biotechnology Corporation (“PDS Biotechnology”) (Nasdaq: PDSB), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing multiple therapies based on T-cell activating technology called Versamune® today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Third Quarter 2019 and Recent Business Highlights
- Reported promising Phase 1 clinical outcome data of PDS0101 in patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) infected with multiple high-risk, cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The study demonstrated robust treatment-induced HPV16-specific killer T-cell (CD8+) responses as well as clearance of the disease and regression of lesions in 60% of evaluable patients;
- Announced clinical collaboration with Merck to evaluate PDS0101 in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in first line treatment of metastatic head and neck cancer;
- Completed manufacturing of clinical batches of PDS0101 for upcoming Phase 2 combination trials with Merck and National Cancer Institute; and
- Entered into a common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC, to purchase up to an aggregate of $20.0 million of the Company’s common stock.
“We are honored to partner with proven leaders in the field of immuno-oncology as we prepare to advance our lead candidate PDS0101 into multiple Phase 2 combination studies for various HPV-associated cancers,” commented Dr. Frank Bedu-Addo, President and Chief Executive Officer of PDS Biotechnology. “We believe that our combination approach is supported by our recently announced Phase 1 clinical outcome data demonstrating not only lesion regression in 60% of evaluable patients, but also PDS0101’s unique ability to promote the in-vivo induction of high levels of CD8+ T-cells. By promoting the induction of these tumor-specific CD8+ killer T-cells, our Versamune® platform could be critical to expanding clinical efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors and potentially address unmet patient needs for improved treatment options across a range of advanced cancers.”
“In the first quarter of 2020, we anticipate initiating three studies including; a Phase 2combination study to evaluate PDS0101 in combination with KEYTRUDA® in the treatment of head and neck cancer, a Phase 2 study to evaluate PDS0101 in combination with two immunotherapies in advanced HPV associated cancers with the National Cancer Institute and a Phase 2a study to evaluate the combination of PDS0101 and chemoradiation in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer. We are working diligently to activate all three clinical programs and recently completed the manufacturing of clinical batches of PDS0101. The stock purchase agreement with Aspire also provides the Company with financial flexibility to support these trials,” concluded Dr. Bedu-Addo.
Third Quarter 2019 Financial Review
For the third quarter of 2019, net loss was approximately $(5.8) million, or $(1.10) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately $(0.7) million, or $(0.21) per basic and diluted share for the third quarter of 2018.
Research and development expenses totaled approximately $1.8 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to approximately $0.2 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 845%. The increase of $1.6 million in 2019 was primarily attributable to an increase in external expenses for clinical studies of $1.1 million and an increase of $0.5 million in personnel costs.
For the third quarter of 2019, general and administrative expenses were approximately $3.1 million compared with approximately $0.5 million for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 494%. The increase of $2.6 million is primarily attributable to increases in personnel costs of $0.5 million, D&O insurance of $0.5 million, stock-based consulting fees of $0.6 million, professional fees of $0.2 million, legal fees of $0.4 million and other operating expenses of $0.4 million.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were approximately $5.8 million, compared to total operating expenses of approximately $0.7 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 723%.
As of September 30, 2019, the Company’s cash balance was approximately $17.4 million.
About PDS Biotechnology
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotechnology is a clinical-stage immune-oncology company developing multiple therapies based on T-cell activating technology. The company’s proprietary Versamune® platform effectively delivers tumor-specific antigens for in-vivo uptake and processing, resulting in the production of antigen-specific T-cells. Using Versamune®, PDS Biotechnology is engineering therapies designed to better recognize cancer cells and break down their defense systems to effectively attack and destroy tumors. PDS Biotechnology’s pipeline combines Versamune® technology with tumor-specific antigens across several cancer types. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com.
PDS Biotechnology’s lead candidate, PDS0101, combines the utility of the Versamune® platform with a targeted antigen in HPV-expressing cancers. In partnership with Merck and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), PDS Biotechnology is advancing PD0101 to Phase 2 studies in head and neck cancer and in HPV-related advanced cancer.
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PDS BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|September 30, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||17,406,608||$||103,695|
|Prepaid expenses and other||726,959||156,628|
|Total current assets||18,133,567||260,323|
|Property and equipment, net||26,929||29,508|
|Intangible assets, net||1,223,000||41,692|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)|
|Total current liabilities||3,643,899||2,014,840|
|Deferred tax liability||157,000||–|
|Convertible promissory notes payable||–||30,000|
|STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)|
|Preferred stock, 5,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, 0 outstanding||–||–|
|Common stock, $0.00033 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, 5,278,850 shares and 3,417,187 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively||1,742||1,128|
|Additional paid-in capital||39,414,792||19,311,529|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||15,582,597||(1,700,517||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)||$||19,383,496||$||344,323|
PDS BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Research and development expenses||$||1,834,371||$||194,068||$||4,751,308||$||563,812|
|General and administrative expenses||3,068,581||516,202||9,358,429||1,450,429|
|Lease termination costs||944,445||–||944,445||–|
|Total operating expenses||5,847,397||710,270||15,054,182||2,014,241|
|Loss from operations||(5,847,397||)||(710,270||)||(15,054,182||)||(2,014,241||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Gain on bargain purchase upon merger||–||–||11,939,331||–|
|Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)||(5,751,610||)||(711,208||)||(2,820,763||)||(2,016,932||)|
|Net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted||$||(1.10||)||$||(0.21||)||$||(0.60||)||$||(0.62||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||5,246,829||3,346,237||4,729,153||3,253,085|