FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Aug. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing novel cancer therapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the Company’s proprietary Versamune® T-cell activating technology, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 and provided a business update.
Second Quarter 2020 and Recent Business Highlights
- Announced publication of PDS0101 triple combination preclinical study by the National Cancer Institute;
- Initiated Phase 2 clinical trial of PDS0101 triple combination, led by the National Cancer Institute, for the treatment of advanced human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers;
- Announced Phase 2 trial to evaluate PDS0101 in combination with standard of care for treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center;
- Launched novel PDS Biotech-owned vaccine development programs for COVID-19, PDS0203, and universal influenza, PDS0202;
- Broadened existing co-development agreement with Farmacore Biotechnology to include development of a second COVID-19 vaccine candidate, PDS0204;
- Expanded existing Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the National Cancer Institute to include preclinical and clinical development of PDS0103 in MUC-1 expressing- cancers including breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancers;
- PDS Biotech collaborator at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine granted NIAID award to accelerate Versamune®-based PDS0202 universal influenza vaccine;
- Published abstract on preclinical studies of PDS0102, a product for the treatment of breast and prostate cancers, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology; and
- Appointed Dr. Ilian Iliev to Board of Directors.
“PDS Biotech has made significant progress across both our immuno-oncology and infectious disease programs despite the challenging environment due to the global pandemic,” commented Dr. Frank Bedu-Addo, President and Chief Executive Officer of PDS Biotech. “We are pleased despite the pandemic to have recently initiated our first of three Phase 2 clinical studies of PDS0101. This study is being run by the National Cancer Institute for the treatment of advanced HPV-associated cancers. We anticipate initiation in the near term a second Phase 2 study for PDS0101 with standard of care chemoradiotherapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center for the treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer. We believe these trials, partnered with leading organizations hold significant potential to demonstrate that our Versamune® platform, in combination with other anti-cancer agents, will provide improved clinical outcomes for patients with advanced HPV-associated cancers. We are evaluating the potential to initiate the VERSATILE-002 trial that was put on hold due to the COVID-19 epidemic by the end of the year if possible.”
“We have also been conducting preclinical studies of PDS0203, our COVID-19 vaccine program and recently announced an expanded development collaboration with Farmacore to advance PDS0204, a second COVID-19 vaccine candidate into Phase 1 clinical testing in Brazil, with initial financial support for preclinical work provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). Furthermore, the grant by the NIAID to our long-term collaborator at The University of Kentucky School of Medicine to accelerate the Versamune®-based universal influenza vaccine program, PDS0202, further validates the potential value of Versamune® in infectious diseases. With these significant developments in both our cancer and infectious disease programs, we believe that PDS Biotech is well positioned to progress our programs through initial human clinical data generation over the next 12-18 months, barring any unforeseen events,” concluded Dr. Bedu-Addo.
Second Quarter 2020 Financial Review
For the second quarter of 2020, net loss was approximately $2.9 million, or $.19 per basic share and diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately $3.9 million, or $0.75 per basic share and diluted share for the second quarter of 2019.
Research and development expenses totaled approximately $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to approximately $1.9 million for the same period in 2019, a decrease of 26%.
For the second quarter of 2020, general and administrative expenses were approximately $1.5 million compared with approximately $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 38%.
Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were approximately $2.9 million, compared to total operating expenses of approximately $4.3 million for the same period in 2019, a decrease of 33%.
As of June 30, 2020, the Company’s cash balance was approximately $16.9 million.
Conference Call and Webcast
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am ET on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Participants should dial 877-407-3088 (United States) or 201-389-0927 (International) and mention PDS Biotechnology. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Company's corporate website at www.pdsbiotech.com.
After the live webcast, the event will be archived on PDS Biotech’s website for 6 months. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available for 6 months. The replay can be accessed by dialing 877-660-6853 (United States) or 201-612-7415 (International) with confirmation code 13707451.
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotech is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company with a growing pipeline of cancer immunotherapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the Company’s proprietary Versamune® T-cell activating technology platform. Versamune® effectively delivers disease-specific antigens for in vivo uptake and processing, while also activating the critical type 1 interferon immunological pathway, resulting in production of potent disease-specific killer T-cells as well as neutralizing antibodies. PDS Biotech has engineered multiple therapies, based on combinations of Versamune® and disease-specific antigens, designed to train the immune system to better recognize disease cells and effectively attack and destroy them. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com or follow us on Twitter at @PDSBiotech.
Forward Looking Statements
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(Financial Statements to Follow)
PDS BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|June 30, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||16,934,495||$||12,161,739|
|Prepaid expenses and other||2,506,646||2,308,462|
|Total current assets||19,441,141||14,470,201|
|Property and equipment, net||13,247||21,051|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Operating lease liability - short term||112,657||–|
|Total current liabilities||2,526,404||2,793,545|
|Operating lease liability - long term||552,326||–|
|Common stock, $0.00033 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, 15,361,619 shares and 5,281,237 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively||5,064||1,742|
|Additional paid-in capital||52,861,882||40,633,670|
|Total stockholders' equity||17,014,489||11,697,707|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||20,093,219||$||14,491,252|
PDS BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Research and development expenses||$||1,414,225||$||1,886,934||$||3,385,904||$||2,916,937|
|General and administrative expenses||1,521,736||2,383,972||3,581,884||6,289,848|
|Total operating expenses||2,935,961||4,270,906||6,967,788||9,206,785|
|Loss from operations||(2,935,961||)||(4,270,906||)||(6,967,788||)||(9,206,785||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Gain on bargain purchase upon merger||–||209,449||–||11,939,331|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||(2,929,344||)||(3,885,852||)||(6,914,752||)||2,930,847|
Per share information:
|Net loss per share, basic||$||(0.19||)||$||(0.75||)||$||(0.54||)||$||0.66|
|Net loss per share, diluted||$||(0.19||)||$||(0.75||)||$||(0.54||)||$||0.52|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic||$||15,357,199||$||5,175,837||$||12,835,980||$||4,466,025|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted||$||15,357,199||$||5,175,837||$||12,835,980||$||5,677,360|