Vincerx Pharma Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update
Received Orphan Drug Designation for enitociclib; continue to focus on priority indications
IND submission for first-in-class small molecule drug conjugate (SMDC) VIP236 expected by year-end
IND filings for antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), VIP943 and VIP924, remain on track for 2H2023 and 1H2024, respectively
Expected cash runway into late 2024
“We continue progressing our lead clinical candidate, enitociclib, in prioritized indications in double-hit diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DH-DLBCL), Richter syndrome and high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The recent Orphan Drug Designation for enitociclib further strengthens our program by offering important clinical development and commercialization benefits,” said
“We are on track to submit our IND for our first-in-class small molecule drug conjugate (SMDC) VIP236 this year and continue to advance our first-in-class and potential best-in-class antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) VIP943 through IND-enabling studies and toward a targeted IND submission in the second half of 2023. Despite the challenging market environment, we are committed to executing across multiple programs and are motivated to strategically move towards achieving our goals of improving outcomes for patients while thoughtfully managing our cash resources.”
RECENT CORPORATE HIGHLIGHTS
- Orphan Drug Designation granted by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for the Company’s lead candidate, enitociclib (aka VIP152), a positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb)/CDK9 inhibitor, for the treatment of high-grade B-cell lymphoma characterized by translocations of MYC and BCL2 (aka DH-DLBCL) Continued focus on prioritized enitociclib clinical studies:
- Monotherapy (NCT02635672) and combination (NCT05371054) in patients with DH-DLBCL
- Monotherapy (NCT04978779) in patients with high-risk CLL and Richter syndrome (RS)
- Based on discussions with the FDA, combination with Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor in patients with high-risk CLL (NCT04978779) will start after assessing the safety of enitociclib monotherapy in patients with CLL and RS. Anticipated start of the combination study is early 2023
- Targeting initiation of Phase 2 studies in prioritized enitociclib indications in 2023
- Enitociclib assigned by
United States Adopted Name Council
- Continue to implement cost reduction measures including focusing enitociclib studies on key
U.S.sites with active patients
- Advancement of first-in-class and potentially best-in-class bioconjugation assets continues to be prioritized:
- IND submission for SMDC VIP236 on track by year end
- IND filing for ADCs, VIP943 and VIP924, on track for 2H2023 and 1H2024, respectively
- Upcoming poster presentations at the 64th
American Society of Hematology(ASH) Annual Meeting in December 2022
- Poster titled “VIP943 Is a Novel CD123 Antibody Drug Conjugate with In Vitro and In Vivo Efficacy in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Models”
- Poster titled “Enitociclib (VIP152/formerly BAY1251152) Is a Selective and Active CDK9 Inhibitor: Preliminary Safety and Early Signs of Efficacy in Patients with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)”
- Poster titled “Preclinical Study of Enitociclib, a Selective CDK9 Inhibitor, in Combination with Bortezomib, Lenalidomide, Pomalidomide, or Venetoclax in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma”
- Received 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
THIRD QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Vincerx Pharmahad approximately $66.0 millionin cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2022, as compared to approximately $111.5 millionas of December 31, 2021. Based on its current business plans and assumptions, Vincerx believes its available cash will be sufficient to meet its operating requirements into late 2024.
- Research and development expenses for the quarter ended
September 30, 2022were approximately $11.1 million, as compared to approximately $12.2 millionfor the same period in 2021. This decrease is the result of a decline in stock-based compensation expense of approximately $3.1 million. Excluding stock-based compensation expense, research and development expenses increased by approximately $2.0 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2022compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2021, primarily due to an increase in manufacturing services associated with Vincerx’s ADC programs. Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2022were approximately $40.8 million, as compared to approximately $27.7 millionfor the same period in 2021. This increase for the nine months ended September 30, 2022compared to the same period in 2021 primarily relates to increases in manufacturing services of approximately $6.6 million, including the initiation of manufacturing associated with Vincerx’s ADC programs, third party research and preclinical work of approximately $5.4 million, new employee salaries of approximately $2.6 millionand clinical services of approximately $1.0 million, partially offset by a decline in stock-based compensation expense of approximately $4.5 million.
- General and administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended
September 30, 2022were approximately $4.5 millionand $14.9 million, respectively, as compared to approximately $5.7 millionand $17.2 millionfor the same periods in 2021, respectively. These decreases were primarily the result of declines in stock-based compensation expense of approximately $1.2 millionand $2.5 millionfor the three- and nine-month periods, respectively.
- For the quarter ended
September 30, 2022, Vincerx reported a net loss of approximately $16.9 million, or $0.80per share, as compared to a net loss of approximately $24.5 million, or $1.39per share, for the same period in 2021. The net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2021includes a loss from the change in fair value of our warrant liabilities of approximately $6.6 million, as compared to a loss of approximately $0.1 millionfor the same period in 2022. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, Vincerx reported a net loss of approximately $51.7 million, or $2.46per share, as compared to a net loss of approximately $32.8 million, or $2.06per share, for the same period in 2021. The net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2021includes a gain from the change in fair value of our warrant liabilities of approximately $12.1 million, as compared to a gain of approximately $6.3 millionfor the same period in 2022.
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Actual results, conditions and events may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results, conditions and events to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic, financial, legal, political and business conditions and changes in domestic and foreign markets; the potential effects of health epidemics and pandemics, including COVID-19; risks associated with preclinical or clinical development and trials, including conducted prior to Vincerx’s in-licensing; failure to realize the benefits of Vincerx’s license agreement with Bayer; risks related to the rollout of Vincerx’s business and the timing of expected business milestones; changes in the assumptions underlying Vincerx’s expectations regarding its future business or business model; Vincerx’s ability to develop and commercialize product candidates; Vincerx’s capital requirements and availability and uses of capital; the effects of competition on Vincerx’s future business; the impact of Vincerx’s workforce and cost reductions; and the risks and uncertainties set forth in Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K most recently filed with or furnished to the SEC by Vincerx. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Vincerx disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Vincerx Pharma, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||45,804||$||111,459|
|Short-term marketable securities||20,171||-|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,280||382|
|Total current assets||67,255||111,841|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||188||233|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Common stock warrant liabilities||113||6,447|
|Total current liabilities||9,950||13,919|
|Lease liability, net of current portion||2,669||3,436|
|Other noncurrent liabilities||50||-|
|Total stockholders' equity||59,707||100,321|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||72,376||$||117,676|
Vincerx Pharma, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
|For the three months ended||For the nine months ended|
|General and administrative||$||4,525||$||5,720||$||14,903||$||17,206|
|Research and development||11,066||12,211||40,779||27,743|
|Total operating expenses||16,901||17,931||58,151||44,949|
|Loss from operations||(16,901||)||(17,931||)||(58,151||)||(44,949||)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Change in fair value of warrant liabilities||(79||)||(6,606||)||6,334||12,102|
|Other income (expense)||(103||)||13||(111||)||13|
|Total other income (expense)||22||(6,593||)||6,427||12,115|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.80||)||$||(1.39||)||$||(2.46||)||$||(2.06||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||21,083||17,694||20,992||15,941|
Source: Vincerx Pharma, Inc.