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Vincerx Pharma Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

First cohort dosed in Phase 1 first-in-human dose-escalation study of VIP236, an αvβ3 small molecule drug conjugate (SMDC) in advanced solid tumors

IND filing for antibody drug conjugate (ADC) VIP943 remains on track for mid-2023; expected to be in clinic in the second half 2023

Anticipate dosing first patient in Phase 1b combination study of enitociclib and approved Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor in CLL in second quarter 2023

Expected cash runway into late 2024

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 28, 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 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022, and provided a corporate update.

“Vincerx made great progress in 2022, advancing multiple programs while moving closer towards achieving our mission of improving outcomes for patients with cancer,” said Ahmed Hamdy, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Vincerx. “We are particularly excited with the advancements we have made with our bioconjugation platform. This quarter, we started dosing the first cohort in our Phase 1 dose-escalation study in advanced solid tumors for VIP236, our first-in-class, front-runner αvβ3 SMDC with a tailored design to efficiently target aggressive and metastatic cancers. To date, we have generated robust preclinical results demonstrating how VIP236 can deliver up to 40 times more drug to the cancer, while sparing the surrounding tissues and normal organs. We look forward to sharing preclinical data at the upcoming AACR meeting, highlighting how VIP236 showed monotherapy efficacy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), gastric cancer, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), renal cell carcinoma (RCC), colorectal cancer (CRC), and metastatic TNBC in vivo cancer models. Additionally, we will share exciting preclinical data in gastric cancer, where VIP236 showed improved efficacy in vivo compared with ENHERTU®, an approved ADC.”

“There have been some exciting developments in the ADC space recently, and our team has done great work positioning Vincerx to be a key player through the development and advancement of our next-generation, modular bioconjugation platform. Our lead ADC is VIP943, a novel anti-CD123 antibody that combines a unique payload class of kinesin spindle protein inhibitors (KSPi), a proprietary legumain-cleavable linker, and our CellTrapper™ modification of the KSPi, which allows for intracellular accumulation. CD123 is a validated target in myeloid malignancies, including higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which are the first indications we are pursuing. MDS and AML are aggressive and heterogeneous in their genetic makeup, and current treatments are quite toxic with high rates of relapse. This past ASH, we presented exciting preclinical data where, for the first time, we showed that our KSPi payload, linker and CellTrapper technology had a significant improvement in safety over Mylotarg™, an approved ADC for the treatment of AML. We also showed that VIP943 did not cause cytokine release in human blood cells. This indicates a potential reduced risk in the clinic for cytokine release syndrome, which is a common side effect of other CD123 targeting dugs (eg, ADCs and bispecifics). We believe these preclinical results, especially the improved safety over Mylotarg, demonstrate the benefit of our technology, which was designed to address some of the well-known challenges of existing ADCs. We remain on track to file the IND for VIP943 by mid-2023 and expect to get VIP943 into the clinic in the second half of this year,” added Dr. Hamdy.

“We also remain excited about enitociclib, our CDK9 inhibitor, and anticipate dosing the first patient in our Phase 1b enitociclib combination study with an approved BTK inhibitor in CLL next quarter. While great progress has been made in the treatment of CLL, limiting patients’ exposures to toxicities, preventing resistance, and minimizing risk of relapse and death following prolonged BTK inhibition monotherapy remain unmet needs. Our objective in the Phase 1b study is to put patients on a time-limited treatment, thus reducing their exposure to toxicities and preventing resistance to the BTK inhibitor,” concluded Dr. Hamdy.


Bioconjugation Platform

  • VIP236, an αvβ3 integrin binder linked to an optCPT payload SMDC:
    • Company published preclinical data in the Journal Cancers:
      • Compelling proof-of-concept data demonstrated that VIP236 can direct a potent cancer chemotherapy drug to tumors while sparing healthy tissues.
      • Compared with commonly used chemotherapeutics, VIP236 showed effective tumor targeting, better tumor regression, and better tolerability in mouse models of TNBC, SCLC, and CRC.
    • In December, the Company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safe-to-proceed letter for Investigational New Drug (IND) application for VIP236 for the treatment of advanced solid tumors; initiated dosing the first cohort of the Phase 1 first-in-human dose-escalation study with VIP236 monotherapy in the first quarter 2023 ( NCT05712889).

  • VIP943, CD123-KSPi ADC:

    • Company presented preclinical data on VIP943 in AML models at the 2022 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting 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, and significant tumor regression in combination with venetoclax and azacytidine in a patient-derived AML model.
    • IND-enabling studies continue to advance, with IND filing expected mid-2023.

  • VIP924, CXCR5-KSPi ADC:

    • IND-enabling studies continue to advance, with IND filing on track for mid-2024.

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

  • Orphan Drug Designation was granted by the FDA for the treatment of high-grade B-cell lymphoma characterized by translocations of MYC and BCL2/BCL6 (double-hit lymphoma).
  • Phase 1b study of enitociclib in combination with an approved BTK inhibitor in patients with high-risk CLL expected to start after assessing the safety of enitociclib monotherapy in patients with high-risk CLL (NCT04978779) at the once-weekly 30mg dose. Anticipate dosing first patient in Phase 1b study in second quarter 2023.
  • Company presented preclinical and preliminary clinical data on enitociclib in gynecologic malignancies at the 2022 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. In a preliminary monotherapy clinical study in patients refractory to multiple lines of prior therapy, treatment with enitociclib showed an early signal with stable disease in 3 out of 3 patients with gynecologic cancer as well as 1 out of 4 patients with ovarian cancer unselected for MYC.
  • Company presented preclinical and clinical data on enitociclib in multiple tumor types at the 2022 ASH Annual Meeting. In a multiple myeloma (MM) preclinical study, potent monotherapy and combination antitumor efficacy was observed with enitociclib.
  • National Institutes of Health collaboration Phase 1 combination study with venetoclax and prednisone (VVIP) in peripheral T-cell lymphoma (NTC05371054) ongoing.
  • A recent publication from Dr. Steven Johnsen’s lab at the Robert Bosch Center of Tumor Diseases, Germany, identified that epigenetic reprogramming and transcriptional changes in metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are factors in therapy resistance and can be targeted by enitociclib.
    • These data along with our phase 1 clinical data, where we observed 2 patients with pancreatic cancer treated for 3 and 14 cycles achieve stable disease, support a potential clinical trial in metastatic PDAC in combination with chemotherapy.

Additional Corporate Highlights:

  • Company announced receipt of a one-year extension of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) status by the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise, enabling Vincerx to become eligible for EMA fee reductions and waiver and other financial incentives.
  • In June, Company announced key strategic update with realignment of resources to support key indications and programs, advancement of the bioconjugation platform, and extension of cash runway.
  • Company invited to talk on “ADCs with KSP-Inhibitor Payloads and a Tailored Design of Linker and Metabolite Profile,” at the Festival of Biologics meeting.
  • In the first quarter 2023, Company announced upcoming poster presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in April 2023.
    • VIP236: A small molecule drug conjugate with an optimized camptothecin payload has significant activity in patient-derived and metastatic cancer models.
    • Targeting CDK9 via the small-molecule inhibitor enitociclib as a therapeutic strategy to treat MYCN-amplified rhabdomyosarcoma and neuroblastoma in children.
    • Synthesis and characterization of novel small molecule drug conjugates with different payloads designed to be released in tumor microenvironment by neutrophil elastase.
    • CXCR5 is a very promising drug target for the development of antibody-drug conjugates to treat patients with lymphoma.
  • Expected cash runway into late 2024.


  • Vincerx had $52.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2022, as compared to $111.5 million as of December 31, 2021. 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 fourth quarter and full year 2022 were $11.4 million and $52.2 million, respectively, as compared to $12.3 million and $40.1 million, respectively, for each of the same periods in 2021. The annual increase was primarily driven by increases in manufacturing services, including the ongoing services associated with our ADC program, third party research and preclinical work, new employee salaries, and clinical services in connection with our preclinical studies and clinical trials, partially offset by a decline in stock-based compensation expense.

  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the fourth quarter and full year 2022 were $4.1 million and $19.0 million, respectively, as compared to $5.4 million and $22.6 million for the same periods in 2021. The quarterly and annual decreases were primarily driven by decreases in stock-based compensation expense.

  • For the fourth quarter and full year 2022, Vincerx reported a net loss of $13.6 million, or $0.65 per share, and a net loss of $65.4 million, or $3.11 per share, respectively. For the fourth quarter and full year 2021, Vincerx reported a net loss of $6.5 million, or $0.31 per share, and a net loss of $39.3 million, or $2.29 per share, respectively.

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, Calif., and has a research facility in Monheim, Germany. For more information, please visit

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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, availability and 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 SEC by Vincerx. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Vincerx disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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Bruce Mackle
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

Vincerx Pharma, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
    December 31,
  December 31,
  Current assets:        
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,663   $ 111,459  
  Short-term marketable securities   40,796     -  
  Prepaid expenses   134     182  
  Other current assets   3,371     200  
  Total current assets   55,964     111,841  
  Right-of-use assets   3,064     3,949  
  Property, plant and equipment, net   177     233  
  Other assets   81     1,653  
  Total assets $ 59,286   $ 117,676  
  Current liabilities        
  Accounts payable $ 3,065   $ 2,019  
  Accrued expenses   4,923     4,715  
  Lease liability   1,024     738  
  Common stock warrant liabilities   144     6,447  
  Total current liabilities   9,156     13,919  
  Lease liability, net of current portion   2,412     3,436  
  Other noncurrent liabilities   50     -  
  Total liabilities   11,618     17,355  
  Total stockholders' equity   47,668     100,321  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 59,286   $ 117,676  

Vincerx Pharma, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
    For the three months ended   For the years ended  
    December 31,   December 31,  
      2022       2021       2022       2021    
  Operating expenses:                
  General and administrative $ 4,050     $ 5,369     $ 18,953     $ 22,575    
  Research and development   11,373       12,338       52,152       40,081    
  Restructuring   -       -       2,469       -    
  Total operating expenses   15,423       17,707       73,574       62,656    
  Loss from operations   (15,423 )     (17,707 )     (73,574 )     (62,656 )  
  Other income (expense)                
  Change in fair value of warrant liabilities   (31 )     11,256       6,303       23,358    
  Interest income   460       -       664       -    
  Other income (expense)   1,351       (21 )     1,240       (8 )  
  Total other income (expense)   1,780       11,235       8,207       23,350    
  Net loss $ (13,643 )   $ (6,472 )   $ (65,367 )   $ (39,306 )  
  Net loss per common share, basic and diluted $ (0.65 )   $ (0.31 )   $ (3.11 )   $ (2.29 )  
  Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   21,138       20,841       21,029       17,176    


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