Candel Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights
NEEDHAM, Mass., Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Candel Therapeutics, Inc. (Candel or the Company) (Nasdaq: CADL), a late clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on helping patients fight cancer with oncolytic viral immunotherapies, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022 and provided a corporate update.
“Candel remains on track to achieve several milestones in the second half of 2022,” said Paul Peter Tak, MD, PhD, FMedSci, President and Chief Executive Officer of Candel. “We are encouraged by the initial phase 2 clinical trial data for CAN-2409 in non-small cell lung cancer presented in June at ASCO. The data presented at ASCO showed an 87.5 percent disease control rate in heavily pretreated patients whose cancer was progressing on PD-1 agents at clinical trial entry. In the second half of this year, we are planning for multiple inflection points, including updated clinical data from the phase 2 lung cancer clinical trial, initiation of a phase 3 clinical trial in high-grade glioma, and we will present initial data from our enLIGHTEN™ Discovery Platform. I am thrilled to see the rapid progress the Candel team continues to make on the discovery and development of our oncolytic viral immunotherapies for patients with cancer.”
Second Quarter 2022 & Recent Highlights
- Presented initial data on its open-label phase 2 clinical trial of CAN-2409 in combination with anti-PD-1 or PD-L1 targeting agents in patients with stage III/IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in June 2022.
- The data showed cytotoxic T cell response and a disease control rate of 87.5 percent achieved in patients whose cancer was progressing on anti-PD-1 therapy at clinical trial entry.
- These findings were presented by co-principal investigator Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPH, at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.
- In addition to the ASCO poster session, the Company hosted a discussion with key experts Roy Herbst, MD, PhD, and Daniel Sterman, MD, to review these initial data.
- The Company appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: Gary Nabel, MD, PhD, renowned virologist and immunologist; Joseph Papa, prominent business leader; and Renee Gaeta, strategic financial expert. Effective August 8, 2022, these new members will replace current Board members: Alan E. Smith, PhD, Shaan Ghandi, MD, D.Phil, and Udi Meirav, PhD, maintaining Candel’s nine-seat Board.
Key Upcoming Milestones
- In the fourth quarter of 2022, the Company expects to present new data from three clinical trials:
- A phase 1b clinical trial of CAN-2409 in combination with nivolumab (Opdivo®) combined with standard of care in first line treatment in patients with high-grade glioma.
- A phase 1 clinical trial of CAN-3110 in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma.
- A phase 2 clinical trial of CAN-2409 in combination with anti-PD-1 or PD-L1 agents in patients with stage III/IV NSCLC.
- The Company anticipates initiating a phase 3 clinical trial evaluating CAN-2409 in patients with high-grade glioma in the third quarter of 2022.
- The Company also plans to debut initial data from its new discovery platform, enLIGHTEN™, in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2022
Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2022 were $86.8 million compared to $82.6 million as of December 31, 2021. The net increase was due to receipt of $20.0 million from a term loan with Silicon Valley Bank in February 2022, offset by costs to fund operating activities and the purchase of fixed assets. Based on current plans and assumptions, the Company expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund its operations into the first quarter of 2024.
Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $5.0 million and $10.4 million for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 compared to $3.3 million and $6.0 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The increase was primarily due to personnel-related costs for additional headcount, as well as operating expenses related to the conduct of five ongoing clinical studies, the expected initiation of a phase 3 clinical study, and the expansion of manufacturing capabilities. Excluding stock-based compensation expense of $57,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and $199,000 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, research and development expenses for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 were $5.0 million and $10.2 million.
General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $3.8 million and $7.4 million for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 compared to $2.0 million and $4.0 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher insurance costs, personnel-related costs and professional consulting fees associated with operating as a public company. Excluding stock-based compensation expense of $381,000 for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, and $730,000 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, general and administrative expenses for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 were $3.4 million and $6.6 million.
Total Operating Expenses: Total operating expenses were $8.8 million and $17.8 million for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 compared to $5.3 million and $10.0 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The increase was primarily due to increased personnel-related costs and research and development activities and resulting expenses as well as increased operating expenses associated with being a public company. Excluding stock-based compensation expense of $438,000 for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, and $929,000 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, total operating expenses for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 were $8.3 million and $16.9 million.
Net Loss: Net loss was $4.1 million and $5.0 million for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022, as compared to $17.1 million and $21.6 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The net loss for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 includes a non-cash credit of $5.0 million and $13.3 million, and the net loss for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2021 includes a non-cash charge of $12.4 million for the change in the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability, and includes stock-based compensation expense of $438,000 and $929,000 for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022, and $1.1 million and $1.5 million for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2021. Excluding non-cash credits for the changes in the warrant liability and charges for stock-based compensation, the net loss for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 was $8.7 million and $17.4 million, as compared to $3.6 million and $7.7 million for the comparable periods in 2021.
Candel Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(amounts are unaudited)
|THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30,||SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30,|
|Research and development service revenue, related party||$||31||$||31||$||63||$||63|
|Research and development||5,022||3,292||10,438||6,048|
|General and administrative||3,762||2,040||7,364||3,972|
|Total operating expenses||8,784||5,332||17,802||10,020|
|Loss from operations||(8,753||)||(5,301||)||(17,739||)||(9,957||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest, dividend and investment income (expense), net||(365||)||(15||)||(540||)||(28||)|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability||4,969||(12,369||)||13,256||(12,369||)|
|Total other income (expense), net||4,604||(11,779||)||12,716||(11,601||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(0.14||)||$||(1.46||)||$||(0.17||)||$||(1.85||)|
|Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||28,810,224||11,720,530||28,750,431||11,684,374|
Candel Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(amounts are unaudited)
|JUNE 30, 2022||DECEMBER 31, 2021|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||86,782||$||82,642|
|Total other liabilities||28,233||6,816|
|Total stockholders equity||$||60,072||$||64,137|
(1) Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities
About Candel Therapeutics
Candel is a late clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on helping patients fight cancer with oncolytic viral immunotherapies. Candel’s engineered viruses are designed to induce immunogenic cell death through direct viral-mediated cytotoxicity in cancer cells, thus releasing tumor neo-antigens and creating a pro-inflammatory microenvironment at the site of injection. Candel has established two oncolytic viral immunotherapy platforms based on novel, genetically modified adenovirus and herpes simplex virus (HSV) constructs, respectively. CAN-2409 is the lead product candidate from the adenovirus platform and CAN-3110 is the lead product candidate from the HSV platform. New discovery programs are based on the enLIGHTEN™ HSV platform.
For more information about Candel, visit www.candeltx.com.
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Heidi Chokeir, PhD
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors