Celldex Provides Corporate Update and Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
“During the second quarter, we continued to focus on advancing CDX-1140, our promising antibody targeted to CD40, a key activator of immune response, and CDX-3379, which blocks the ErbB3 receptor, an important regulator of cancer cell growth and survival,” said
- Enrollment continues in the Phase 1 dose-escalation study of CDX-1140 in multiple types of solid tumors. CD40 has long been an important target for immunotherapy, as it plays a critical role in the activation of innate and adaptive immune responses; however, balancing systemic dosing and safety has proven elusive to date for CD40 targeted activating therapeutics. CDX-1140 is a unique, potent CD40 agonist that Celldex believes has the potential to successfully balance systemic doses for good tissue and tumor penetration with an acceptable safety profile. Three dosing cohorts have been completed, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.09 mg/kg, and data to date from these cohorts suggest that CDX-1140 has a desirable safety profile and, based on biomarker data, is demonstrating early signs of biological activity. The fourth cohort at 0.18 mg/kg is currently being enrolled. As planned, the study protocol was recently amended to explore CDX-1140 in combination with CDX-301, and enrollment to this cohort is expected to begin in September. CDX-301 is a dendritic cell growth factor that will be used as a priming agent to potentially increase the number of cells available to respond to CDX-1140. In addition, combination with varlilumab could have significant potential, especially in lymphomas which co-express CD40 and CD27 receptors.
- Enrollment continues in the Phase 2 study of CDX-3379 in advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) in combination with Erbitux in Erbitux-resistant patients who have been previously treated with checkpoint therapy or are not candidates for checkpoint therapy. Celldex intends to complete enrollment to the first stage of the Phase 2 study and will use these data to inform next decisions. In line with this, the Company continues to explore potential other opportunities in additional indications where ErbB3 is believed to play a role.
- Data from the Phase 1/2 study of varlilumab in combination with Opdivo® across multiple solid tumors were presented in an oral presentation at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting in June. In the ovarian cancer cohort, for patients with paired tumor samples from before and during treatment, increases in tumor expression of PD-L1 and CD8+ tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) levels were observed. These increases were associated with improved clinical outcomes, including improved progression-free survival (PFS) and response rate. Celldex recently reviewed preliminary data from the HNSCC and renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cohorts. Twenty-seven patients with HNSCC were treated in the study (3 in Phase 1; 24 in Phase 2). Patients had a median of two prior lines of therapy. 96% had Stage IV disease. 63% had PD-L1 negative tumors. 52% had HPV positive tumors. The overall response rate was 15% (n=4 confirmed) across 27 response-evaluable patients. In this small sample size, no correlation between PD-L1 status and clinical outcome was observed. Given the changing treatment paradigm in renal cell carcinoma, only 14 patients with RCC were treated in the study, all in Phase 2. All patients had prior anti-angiogenic therapy, with a range of 1 to 4 prior treatments. 100% had Stage IV disease, and 50% had PD-L1 negative tumors. 39% of patients experienced stable disease. Celldex plans to present data from the glioblastoma cohort at a medical meeting later this year.
Second Quarter and First Six Months 2018 Financial Highlights and 2018 Guidance
Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of
Revenues: Total revenue was
R&D Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were
G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were
Changes in Fair Value Remeasurement of Contingent Consideration: Gain on the fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration related to the Kolltan acquisition was
Net Loss: Net loss was
Financial Guidance: Celldex believes that the cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at
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|CELLDEX THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS||Quarter||Six Months|
|OF OPERATIONS DATA||Ended June 30,||Ended June 30,|
|Product Development and|
|Contracts and Grants||1,096||3,135||4,172||4,113|
|Research and Development||21,448||24,999||43,323||50,792|
|General and Administrative||5,621||6,534||11,215||13,763|
|Intangible Asset Impairment||-||-||18,677||-|
|(Gain)/Loss on Fair Value Remeasurement|
|of Contingent Consideration||(7,433||)||1,000||(21,033||)||4,400|
|Amortization of Acquired Intangible Assets||-||224||224||448|
|Total Operating Expense||19,636||32,757||143,382||69,403|
|Investment and Other Income, Net||466||362||1,245||1,213|
|Net Loss Before Income Tax Benefit||(16,407||)||(28,566||)||(135,303||)||(62,827||)|
|Income Tax Benefit||-||-||765||-|
|Basic and Diluted Net Loss per|
|Weighted Average Common|
|BALANCE SHEETS DATA||June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities||$||114,009||$||139,427|
|Other Current Assets||6,271||5,329|
|Property and Equipment, Net||7,478||10,372|
|Intangible and Other Assets, Net||50,619||160,496|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||178,377||$||315,624|
Source: Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.