DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heat Biologics, Inc. ("Heat") (Nasdaq:HTBX), an immuno-oncology company developing novel therapies to activate a patient's immune system against cancer, released its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.
"During the third quarter, we continued to advance our programs while demonstrating our ability to quickly shift to accommodate the rapidly evolving immunotherapy space," said Jeff Wolf, Founder and CEO of Heat Biologics. "We treated the first patient in a new trial in non-small cell lung cancer combining our HS-110 with Opdivo®, a Bristol Myers-Squibb PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor.i This trial represents the first checkpoint inhibitor/vaccine combination in non-small cell lung cancer, as well as an important paradigm for future checkpoint combinations, since published data indicates our vaccines may be synergistic with checkpoint inhibitors. Additionally, we recently completed enrollment in the randomized portion of our Phase 2 trial with our HS-410 therapy in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and we expect to announce Phase 1 results this quarter."
Third Quarter 2015 Corporate Highlights & Recent Developments
- In October, Heat completed enrollment of the 75 patients in the company's blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled arms of its Phase 2 clinical trial of HS-410 (vesigenurtacel-L) for the treatment of high-risk, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). In these three arms, Heat is evaluating the ability of HS-410 in combination with standard of care, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), to prevent cancer recurrence. Heat continues to enroll an additional 25 patients to evaluate HS-410 as a monotherapy in an unblinded, open-label arm. The company expects to report topline efficacy, immune-response and safety data in the fourth quarter of 2016.
- In September, Heat reported further findings from its preclinical research conducted with ComPACT in a poster at the CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR Inaugural International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference. Heat's next generation combination immunotherapy platform, ComPACT, combines a pan-antigen T cell priming vaccine and T cell co-stimulator in a single product, producing the first potential dual-acting immunotherapy. Heat expects to announce its selection of the first product candidate based on the ComPACT platform in the first quarter of 2016.
- In September, Heat announced the dosing of its first patient in a Phase 1b clinical trial investigating the combination of HS-110 (viagenpumatucel-L) and a PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Primary and second endpoints include safety and tolerability, immune response, overall response rate and progression-free survival. Topline data is expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights
- Research and development expenses totaled $0.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of $0.3 million. The decrease is attributable to a reduction in pre-manufacturing costs associated with preparing to produce HS-410 and HS-110 for use in our clinical trials, offset by increases in compensation costs, lab supplies and other fees.
- Clinical and regulatory expenses totaled $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of $2.4 million. The increase is attributable to increases in clinical trial execution costs, investigator payments and expenses related to the production of HS-410 and HS-110 for our clinical trials.
- General and administrative expenses totaled $0.9 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $0.8 million for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of $0.1 million. The increase is attributable to increased employee and professional service fees.
- Net loss was $5.4 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $3.1 million for the third quarter of 2014.
- Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled approximately $15.0 million at September 30, 2015, compared to $14.4 million at December 31, 2014.
Year to Date 2015 Financial Highlights
- Research and development expenses totaled $1.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $2.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, a decrease of $0.6 million. The decrease is attributable to a reduction in pre-manufacturing costs associated with preparing to produce HS-410 and HS-110 for use in our clinical trials, offset by increases in compensation costs, lab supplies and other fees.
- Clinical and regulatory expenses totaled $9.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $3.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of $6.1 million. The increase is attributable to increases in clinical trial execution costs, investigator payments and expenses related to the production of HS-410 and HS-110 for our clinical trials.
- General and administrative expenses totaled $3.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $2.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of $0.4 million. The increase is attributable to increased employee and professional service fees.
- Net loss was $14.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to $8.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBX) is an immuno-oncology company developing novel therapies that activate a patient's immune system against cancer. Heat's highly specific T cell-stimulating platform technologies, ImPACT™ and ComPACT, form the basis of its product candidates.ii These platforms, in combination with other therapies, such as checkpoint inhibitors, are designed to address three distinct but synergistic mechanisms of action: robust activation of CD8+ "killer" T cells (one of the human immune system's most potent weapons against cancer); reversal of tumor-induced immune suppression; and T cell co-stimulation to further enhance patients' immune response. Currently, Heat is conducting a Phase 2 trial with its HS-410 (vesigenurtacel-L) in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and a Phase 1b trial with its HS-110 (viagenpumatucel-L) in combination with a PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
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Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. In some cases forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "should," "potential," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions. These statements are based upon current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and include statements regarding the expected timing of the release of data, the expected announcing of its first product candidate based on ComPACT, the timing of the reporting of topline efficacy, immune-response and safety results from Heat's Phase 2 clinical trial of HS-410, the expected timing of the results from the Phase 1 trial evaluating HS-410, the expected timing of topline data from the Phase 1b clinical trial of HS-110 and the potential of Heat's ImPACT and ComPACT therapy. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict, including the ability of Heat's ImPACT and ComPACT therapies to perform as designed, the ability to enroll patients and complete the clinical trials on time, the other factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Heat's other filings with the SEC. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release based on new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.
|HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 8,210,938||$ 3,714,304|
|Investments, held to maturity (net)||6,742,987||10,698,982|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||986,264||863,227|
|Total Current Assets||15,940,189||15,276,513|
|Property and Equipment, net||467,999||445,534|
|Related party receivable||58,017||48,642|
|Deferred financing costs, net||25,379||24,554|
|Total Other Assets||254,340||194,123|
|Total Assets||$ 16,662,528||$ 15,916,170|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Accounts payable||$ 936,361||$ 1,367,426|
|Accrued expenses and other payables||2,074,174||805,968|
|Current portion of long term debt||2,053,859||397,465|
|Total Current Liabilities||5,064,394||2,570,859|
|Long Term Liabilities|
|Long term debt, net of discount and current portion||2,831,787||2,314,124|
|Other long term liabilities||12,228||—|
|Commitments and Contingencies|
|Common stock, $.0002 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized, 8,415,434 and 6,492,622 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 (unaudited) and December 31, 2014, respectively||1,365||982|
|Additional paid in capital||48,038,935||35,894,823|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(64,238)||—|
|Total Stockholders' Equity– Less Non-Controlling Interest||10,032,480||11,760,358|
|Total Stockholders' Equity||8,754,119||11,031,187|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$ 16,662,528||$ 15,916,170|
|HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss|
|Three Months Ended,||Nine Months Ended,|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Research and development||$ 677,151||$ 1,025,442||$ 1,767,942||$ 2,425,404|
|Clinical and regulatory||3,718,902||1,258,566||9,261,529||3,218,137|
|General and administrative||947,392||832,101||3,150,394||2,844,883|
|Total operating expenses||5,343,445||3,116,109||14,179,865||8,488,424|
|Loss from operations||(5,343,445)||(3,116,109)||(14,179,865)||(8,488,424)|
|Non-operating (expenses) income|
|Other income (expense)||4,449||(12,762)||29,909||(39,291)|
|Total non-operating (expenses) income||(84,264)||(11,160)||(177,460)||(20,168)|
|Net loss – non-controlling interest||(242,244)||(126,865)||(549,190)||(330,675)|
|Net loss attributable to Heat Biologics, Inc.||$ (5,185,465)||$ (3,000,404)||$ (13,808,135)||$ (8,177,917)|
|Net loss per share attributable to Heat Biologics, Inc.—basic and diluted||$ (0.62)||$ (0.46)||$ (1.75)||$ (1.27)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares used in net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||8,408,376||6,469,272||7,880,637||6,445,129|
|Other comprehensive loss:|
|Unrealized loss on foreign currency translation||(27,244)||—||(64,238)||—|
|Total other comprehensive loss||(5,454,953)||(3,127,269)||(14,421,563)||(8,508,592)|
|Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest||(242,244)||(126,865)||(549,190)||(330,675)|
|Comprehensive loss||$ (5,212,709)||$ (3,000,404)||$ (13,872,373)||$ (8,177,917)|
|HEAT BIOLOGICS, INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|Nine Months Ended|
|Cash Flows from Operating Activities|
|Net loss||$ (14,357,325)||$ (8,508,592)|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Amortization of debt issuance costs||75,818||13,848|
|Amortization of bond premium||102,618||137,897|
|Re-measurement of fair value of stock warrants liability||—||7,263|
|Increase (decrease) in cash arising from changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Related party receivable||(9,375)||(18,446)|
|Prepaid expenses, and other current assets, and restricted cash||(157,440)||318,275|
|Accrued expenses and other payables||1,260,355||(56,888)|
|Other long term liabilities||12,228||—|
|Net Cash Used in Operating Activities||(12,377,823)||(7,349,716)|
|Cash Flows from Investing Activities|
|Proceeds from maturities of short term investments||14,943,468||13,827,773|
|Purchases of short term investments||(11,090,091)||(8,783,623)|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(106,838)||(452,444)|
|Net Cash Provided by Investing Activities||3,746,539||4,591,706|
|Cash Flows from Financing Activities|
|Proceeds from March 2015 public offering, net of underwriting discounts||11,400,870||—|
|Proceeds from the exercise of stock options||—||37,719|
|Proceeds from issuance of long term debt||2,242,575||1,435,283|
|Payments on long term debt||(145,161)||—|
|Stock issuance costs||(302,461)||—|
|Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities||13,195,823||1,473,002|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||(67,905)||—|
|Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents||4,496,634||(1,285,008)|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents – Beginning of Period||3,714,304||4,566,992|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents – End of Period||$ 8,210,938||$ 3,281,984|
|Supplemental Disclosure for Cash Flow Information|
|Interest paid||$ 257,339||$ 8,138|
|Cashless exercise of stock warrants||$ —||$ 452,874|
i OPDIVO is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
ii ImPACT is a registered trademark of Heat Biologics, Inc.
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