Q2 2019 and Recent Business Highlights
- Signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Cancer Institute to perform a Phase 2 clinical study of PDS0101 in combination with other immune-modulating agents in advanced HPV-related cancers;
- Announced peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Immunology supporting the novel mechanism of action of PDS’ proprietary Versamune® platform in cancer immunotherapy;
- Granted U.S. and European patents for Versamune - GM-CSF combination to overcome tumor immune suppression; and
- Appointed industry veteran Stephen Glover as Chairman of the Board.
“We have been working diligently over the past quarter to further validate our novel Versamune platform, which may have the ability to overcome critical mechanisms associated with ineffective immune responses leading to a superior anti-tumor effect. Our CRADA with the National Cancer Institute for a Phase 2 clinical study for PDS0101 and the peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Immunology describing Versamune’s novel mechanism of action are evidence of the considerable progress we continue to make. Furthermore, the newly granted patents in the U.S. and Europe provides us with further protections around the Versamune platform, including our lead candidate, PDS0101,” commented Dr. Frank Bedu-Addo, President and Chief Executive Officer of PDS Biotechnology. “Looking ahead, we anticipate initiating three clinical studies for PDS0101 in the fourth quarter of this year and will provide additional updates over the coming months. These studies include a planned phase 2 combination study to evaluate PDS0101 in combination with Keytruda® in the treatment of head and neck cancer, a phase 2 study to evaluate PDS0101 in advanced HPV associated cancers, and an anticipated registration trial to evaluate PDS0101 monotherapy in the treatment of high-grade cervical dysplasia.”
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Review
For the second quarter of 2019, net loss was approximately $(3.9) million, or $(0.75) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately $(0.6) million, or $(0.17) per basic and diluted share for the second quarter of 2018.
Research and development expenses totaled approximately $1.9 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to approximately $0.2 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 1017%. The increase of $1.7 million is primarily attributable to an increase in external expenses for clinical studies of $1.4 million and an increase of $0.3 million in personnel costs.
For the second quarter of 2019, general and administrative expenses were approximately $2.4 million compared with approximately $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 499%. The increase of $2.0 million is primarily attributable to increases of $0.5 million in personnel costs, $0.5 million in D&O insurance, $0.2 million for facilities expense, $0.2 million for professional fees, $0.3 million in legal fees and $0.3 million in other operating expenses.
Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2019 were approximately $4.3 million, compared to total operating expenses of approximately $0.6 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 653%.
As of June 30, 2019, the Company’s cash balance was approximately $21.7 million.
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotechnology is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company with a growing pipeline of clinical-stage immunotherapies to treat various early-stage and late-stage cancers, including head and neck cancer, cervical, anal, prostate, breast and other cancers.
PDS Biotechnology’s lead product candidate, PDS0101 (Versamune®-HPV) is a proprietary clinical stage immunotherapeutic administered by subcutaneous injection being developed to treat HPV-associated cancers such as head and neck cancers and anal cancers, both of which are widely reported to be increasing in frequency over the last decade, as well as cervical, penile, vaginal and vulvar cancers and their pre-cancerous conditions. In a human Phase 1/2a clinical study, PDS0101 monotherapy demonstrated potent in-vivo induction of the critical phenotype of tumor-attacking killer (CD8) T-cells, and induction of memory T-cells. No dose-limiting toxicities were observed in this study, suggesting potential for a rare combination of potency and safety among immune-oncology therapeutics.
For additional information about PDS, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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(Financial Statements to Follow)
PDS BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Condensed ConsolidatedBalance Sheets
|June 30, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||21,734,152||$||103,695|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,098,843||156,628|
|Total current assets||22,832,995||260,323|
|Property and equipment, net||368,987||29,508|
|Intangible assets, net||1,223,000||41,692|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Operating lease liability- short term||492,086||–|
|Total current liabilities||4,267,453||2,014,840|
|Deferred tax liability||157,000||–|
|Operating lease liability- long term||774,278||–|
|Convertible promissory notes payable||–||30,000|
|Preferred stock, 5,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, 0 outstanding||–||–|
|Common stock, $0.00033 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, 5,177,487 shares and 3,417,187 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively||1,709||1,128|
|Additional paid-in capital||38,686,233||19,311,529|
|Total stockholders' equity||20,605,615||(1,700,517||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||25,804,346||$||344,323|
PDS BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Research and development expenses||$||1,886,934||$||168,606||$||2,916,937||$||369,744|
|General and administrative expenses||2,383,972||398,425||6,289,848||934,226|
|Total operating expenses||4,270,906||567,031||9,206,785||1,303,970|
|Loss from operations||(4,270,906||)||(567,031||)||(9,206,785||)||(1,303,970||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Gain on bargain purchase||209,449||–||11,939,331||–|
|Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)||(3,885,852||)||(567,831||)||2,930,847||(1,305,723||)|
|Net income (loss) per share, basic||(0.75||)||(0.17||)||0.66||(0.41||)|
|Net income (loss) per share, diluted||$||(0.75||)||$||(0.17||)||$||0.52||$||(0.41||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic||5,175,837||3,338,214||4,466,025||3,170,804|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted||5,175,837||3,328,214||5,677,359||3,170,804|
Source: PDS Biotechnology Corporation