Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ:ADAP), a leader in T-cell therapy to treat cancer, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
“Adaptimmune has delivered strong momentum since our last update,” said James Noble, Adaptimmune’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have initiated the first site for a triple tumor study with our wholly-owned MAGE-A10 SPEAR T-cells under our new partnership with MD Anderson, and initiated Cohort 4 in our NY-ESO synovial sarcoma study, as well as commenced recruitment of new patients in our NY-ESO ovarian cancer study under an amended protocol. In addition, we have executed a number of strategic agreements to accelerate our ability to develop, evaluate, and manufacture our affinity enhanced T-cell therapies for patients suffering from a wide array of solid tumor cancers. We are well placed for continued execution and to generate data from studies in multiple cancers with our SPEAR T-cell therapies in 2017.”
Mr. Noble continued, “As we recently announced, the FDA has lifted the partial clinical hold on the planned NY-ESO MRCLS study, and we expect to start screening patients shortly. Our goal remains to be the first company to file for approval with a TCR therapy.”
Recent Corporate and R&D Highlights:
- Partial clinical hold lifted by FDA of NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy study in MRCLS;
- Initiation of screening in up to 15 MRCLS patients expected in 4Q 2016 with results from this revised study informing a potential future registration trial;
- Established collaboration and supply agreement for combination study of Merck’s PD-1 inhibitor and the Company’s NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy in multiple myeloma; initiation expected in 1H 2017;
- Secured strategic agreement with PCT for dedicated manufacturing capacity;
- Entered strategic alliance with MD Anderson to expedite T-cell therapy development;
- Initiated MD Anderson as the first site for MAGE-A10 SPEAR T-cell therapy triple tumor study in urothelial cancer, melanoma, or squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck;
- Presented data demonstrating response to NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy in synovial sarcoma patients with low NY-ESO expression (Cohort 2) (ESMO 2016);
- Presented data indicating that fludarabine is required in preconditioning (Cohort 3) (ESMO 2016);
- Commenced enrollment in NY-ESO synovial sarcoma Cohort 4 with a modified preconditioning regimen including fludarabine;
- Started recruitment of additional ovarian cancer patients under an amended protocol using NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy with a modified preconditioning regimen including fludarabine;
- Completed preclinical evaluation of MAGE-A4 SPEAR T-cells, with data demonstrating that MAGE-A4 is an attractive target with widespread expression in multiple tumor types; IND planned to be filed in 2017 (data to be presented at SITC 2016); and
- Completed initial evaluation of a second generation NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell expressing a dominant negative TGF-Beta receptor, with data indicating that these SPEAR T-cells may overcome TGF-Beta tumor-mediated immunosuppression (to be presented at SITC 2016).
Financial Results for the Three-Month Period ended September 30, 2016
- Cash / liquidity position: As of September 30, 2016, Adaptimmune had $140.4 million of cash and cash equivalents and $47.1 million of short-term deposits representing a total liquidity position(1) of $187.5 million. For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the decrease in cash and cash equivalents was $10.5 million and the decrease in short-term deposits was $7.9 million, representing a decrease in total liquidity position of $18.4 million.
- Revenue: For the three months ended September 30, 2016, revenue was $2.4 million compared to $4.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. This decrease was primarily due to the impact of development milestones achieved in the three months ended in September 30, 2015 under the GSK Collaboration and License Agreement.
- Research and development (“R&D”) expenses: R&D expenses increased to $15.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 from $8.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015, primarily due to increased period-over-period costs associated with ongoing clinical trials of the Company’s NY-ESO and MAGE-A10 SPEAR T-cell therapies; preparation for a study with the Company’s SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting AFP; and increased personnel expenses.
- General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses: G&A expenses were $5.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $4.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The increase was primarily due to increased personnel costs.
- Net loss: Net loss attributable to holders of the Company’s ordinary shares was $18.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. This equates to $(0.04) per ordinary share or $(0.26) per American Depositary Share.
Adaptimmune is reiterating its guidance. For the full year 2016, the Company expects its decrease in total liquidity position to be between $80 and $100 million and expects its total liquidity position at December 31, 2016, including cash, cash equivalents and short term deposits, to be at least $150 million. This guidance excludes the effect of any potential new business development activities.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a live teleconference and webcast to provide an overview of its financial results and a business update at 8:00 a.m. EST (1:00 p.m. GMT) today, November 10, 2016. The live webcast of the conference call will be available via the events page of Adaptimmune’s corporate website at www.adaptimmune.com. An archive will be available after the call at the same address. To participate in the live conference call, if preferred, please dial (877) 280-2296 (U.S.) or +44(0)20 3427 1906 or 0800 279 4977 (United Kingdom). After placing the call, please ask to be joined into the Adaptimmune conference call and provide the confirmation code (3960227).
Adaptimmune is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on novel cancer immunotherapy products based on its SPEAR (Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor) T-cell platform. Established in 2008, the Company aims to utilize the body’s own machinery – the T-cell – to target and destroy cancer cells by using engineered, increased affinity TCRs as a means of strengthening natural patient T-cell responses. Adaptimmune’s lead program is a SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting the NY-ESO cancer antigen. Its NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy has demonstrated signs of efficacy and tolerability in Phase 1/2 trials in solid tumors and in hematologic cancer types, including synovial sarcoma and multiple myeloma. Adaptimmune has a strategic collaboration and licensing agreement with GlaxoSmithKline for the development and commercialization of the NY-ESO TCR program. In addition, Adaptimmune has a number of proprietary programs. These include SPEAR T-cell therapies targeting the MAGE-A10 and AFP cancer antigens, which both have open INDs, and a further SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting the MAGE-A4 cancer antigen that is in preclinical phase with IND acceptance targeted for 2017. The Company has identified over 30 intracellular target peptides preferentially expressed in cancer cells and is currently progressing 12 through unpartnered research programs. Adaptimmune has over 250 employees and is located in Oxfordshire, U.K. and Philadelphia, USA. For more information: http://www.adaptimmune.com