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Vincerx Pharma Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Enrollment continues in Phase 1 dose escalation study for VIP236, a first-in-class αvβ3 small molecule drug conjugate (SMDC) for the treatment of solid tumors

IND filing for VIP943, a next-generation antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), for treatment of CD123+ hematologic malignancies on track for mid-2023

Cash balance expected to support planned operations into late 2024

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vincerx Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: VINC), a biopharmaceutical company aspiring to address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer through paradigm-shifting therapeutics, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided a corporate update.

“The ADC space is going through an exciting period of innovation,” said Ahmed Hamdy, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Vincerx. “The therapeutic potential of new conjugates is being widely recognized, as reflected in the recent industry announcements of collaborations, acquisitions, and positive clinical results. So, for Vincerx, this is an exciting time to be a bioconjugation company with a next-generation platform and multiple programs in, or soon to be in, the clinic.”

Dr. Hamdy continued, “2023 has already been a productive year for us, with the initiation of our Phase 1 dose escalation study for VIP236, our first-in-class αvβ3 SMDC. Most recently, preclinical data presented at the 2023 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting highlighted compelling monotherapy efficacy data for VIP236 in patient-derived xenograft models (PDX) across a number of aggressive indications. The data also showed significant tumor growth inhibition for VIP236 when compared with ENHERTU®, an approved ADC, independent of HER2 status. We are encouraged to see our SMDC show improved in vivo efficacy across a range of HER2 expression levels, including HER2 low and HER2 negative gastric models, suggesting a potential new treatment option for patients across various aggressive solid tumors.

“On the ADC front, we expect to file the first IND from our ADC program, VIP943, for CD123+ hematologic malignancies in mid-2023. In preclinical data presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in 2022, our next-generation kinesin spindle protein inhibitor (KSPi) payload, unique linker, and CellTrapper™ technology showed significant improvement in safety over Mylotarg™, an approved ADC for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The data also showed improved efficacy and survival for VIP943 in combination with venetoclax and azacitidine. This triple combination resulted in significant tumor regression, as demonstrated by an increased number of complete responses and overall survival, compared with venetoclax and azacitidine. These data support the opportunity to move to earlier lines of therapy once the dose and safety profile for VIP943 have been established.

“We believe our next-generation ADC technology represents a significant step forward in the treatment of cancer by solving problems associated with current ADCs. We look forward to sharing advances for our programs as we continue to position Vincerx as a leader in the ADC space,” concluded Dr. Hamdy.

First Quarter 2023 Corporate Highlights

Bioconjugation Platform
VIP236, an αvβ3 integrin binder linked to an optCPT payload SMDC:

  • At AACR 2023, Vincerx presented compelling preclinical data demonstrating that VIP236 had potent and durable antitumor activity in multiple mouse models implanted with tumor cells from cancer patients:
    • VIP236 treatment is efficacious in a PDX non-small cell lung cancer model, including durable complete responses (CRs).
    • Significant tumor growth inhibition in a PDX colorectal carcinoma (CRC) liver metastasis model and significantly reduced lung and brain metastasis in a PDX orthotopic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) model.
    • Significant tumor growth inhibition, independent of HER2 status, in gastric PDX and cell line-derived cancer models when compared with ENHERTU.
  • Dosed the first cohort of the ongoing Phase 1 first-in-human dose-escalation study with VIP236 monotherapy in the first quarter 2023 ( NCT05712889).

VIP943, CD123-KSPi ADC:

  • At ASH 2022, Vincerx presented preclinical data on VIP943 in AML models demonstrating:
    • Superiority with significantly improved safety in monkeys when compared with Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin).
    • AML ex vivo and in vivo monotherapy activity.
    • No signs of cytokine release in human blood cells.
    • Significant tumor regression in combination with venetoclax and azacitidine in a PDX AML model.
  • IND-enabling studies continue to advance with an IND filing on track for mid-2023.


  • IND-enabling studies continue to advance, with an IND filing planned for mid-2024.

Additional Platform Updates

  • At AACR 2023, Vincerx presented preclinical data on the synthesis and characterization of novel SMDCs with different payloads. Data showed high elastase-dependent potency and cytotoxicity across several cancer cell lines:
    • The large scope of potential payloads and conjugation chemistries support the strategy for selective delivery of payloads to the tumor microenvironment, without requiring the tumor target to internalize.
    • Evaluation of linker variations with in vivo studies across different payload classes is ongoing.

Enitociclib, Positive Transcription Elongation Factor b (P-TEFb)/CDK9 inhibitor

  • First patient dosed in National Institutes of Health collaborative Phase 1 combination study with venetoclax and prednisone (VVIP) in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma ( NTC05371054).
  • Anticipate dosing first patient in Phase 1b study of enitociclib in combination with an approved BTK inhibitor in patients with a high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in second quarter 2023.

First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Vincerx had approximately $39.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of March 31, 2023, as compared to approximately $52.5 million as of December 31, 2022. Based on its current business plans and assumptions, Vincerx believes its available capital will be sufficient to meet its operating requirements into late 2024.

    Research and development (R&D) expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 were approximately $10.6 million, as compared to approximately $16.0 million for the same period in 2022. This decrease is primarily the result of declines in stock-based compensation expense of approximately $3.1 million, payroll related costs of approximately $1.4 million as a result of our headcount reduction in June 2022, manufacturing services associated with our ADC program of approximately $1.2 million, and clinical services of approximately $0.6 million, partially offset by an increase in third party research and preclinical work of approximately $1.3 million.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 were approximately $4.5 million, as compared to approximately $5.7 million for the same period in 2022. This decrease is primarily driven by a decrease in stock-based compensation expense of approximately $1.1 million.

  • For the first quarter ended March 31, 2023, Vincerx reported a net loss of approximately $14.3 million, or $0.68 per share. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, Vincerx reported a net loss of approximately $16.4 million, or $0.79 per share.

About Vincerx Pharma, Inc.
Vincerx Pharma, Inc. (Vincerx) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing differentiated and novel therapies to address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer. Vincerx has assembled a seasoned management team with a proven track record of successful oncology drug development, approvals, and value creation. The company’s diverse pipeline consists of enitociclib, currently in Phase 1, and a proprietary modular bioconjugation platform, which includes a small molecule drug-conjugate, VIP236, in Phase 1, and preclinical next-generation antibody drug conjugates, VIP943 and VIP924.

Vincerx is based in Palo Alto, California, and has a research facility in Monheim, Germany. For more information, please visit

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the “safe harbor” created by those sections. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies, expectations and events, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “suggest,” “seek,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “potential,” “on-target,” “on track,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” or other comparable terms. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: Vincerx’s business model, expected cash runway, pipeline, strategy, timeline, product candidates and attributes, and preclinical and clinical development, timing, and results. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance or events. Instead, they are based only on current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding future business developments, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control.

Actual results, conditions and events may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results, conditions, and events to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic, financial, legal, political, and business conditions; the potential effects of health epidemics and pandemics, including COVID-19; risks associated with preclinical or clinical development and trials, including those conducted prior to Vincerx’s in-licensing; failure to realize the benefits of Vincerx’s license agreement with Bayer; risks related to the rollout of Vincerx’s business and the timing of expected business and product development milestones; changes in the assumptions underlying Vincerx’s expectations regarding its future business or business model; Vincerx’s ability to successfully develop and commercialize product candidates; Vincerx’s capital requirements and availability, uses of capital, and cash runway; and the risks and uncertainties set forth in Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K most recently filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission by Vincerx. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Vincerx disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Vincerx and the Vincerx logo are our trademarks. This press release also contains trademarks and trade names that are the property of their respective owners.

Gabriela Jairala
Vincerx Pharma, Inc.

Bruce Mackle
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

  Vincerx Pharma, Inc.  
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
  (in thousands)  
    March 31,
  December 31,
  Current assets:        
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,489   $ 11,663  
  Short-term marketable securities   35,279     40,796  
  Prepaid expenses   807     134  
  Other current assets   3,432     3,371  
  Total current assets   44,007     55,964  
  Right-of-use assets   2,923     3,064  
  Property, plant and equipment, net   164     177  
  Other assets   354     81  
  Total assets $ 47,448   $ 59,286  
  Current liabilities        
  Accounts payable $ 6,173   $ 4,065  
  Accrued expenses   3,355     3,923  
  Lease liability   1,058     1,024  
  Common stock warrant liabilities   126     144  
  Total current liabilities   10,712     9,156  
  Lease liability, net of current portion   2,220     2,412  
  Other noncurrent liabilities   50     50  
  Total liabilities   12,982     11,618  
  Total stockholders' equity   34,466     47,668  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 47,448   $ 59,286  

  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    For the three months ended
    March 31,
      2023       2022  
  Operating expenses:      
  General and administrative $ 4,512     $ 5,656  
  Research and development   10,587       15,971  
  Total operating expenses   15,099       21,627  
  Loss from operations   (15,099 )     (21,627 )
  Other income (expense)      
  Change in fair value of warrant liabilities   18       5,211  
  Interest income   466       -  
  Other income (expense)   274       (8 )
  Total other income (expense)   758       5,203  
  Net loss $ (14,341 )   $ (16,424 )
  Net loss per common share, basic and diluted $ (0.68 )   $ (0.79 )
  Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   21,188       20,896  

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