Candel Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

Nov 10, 2022
  • Discovery collaboration underway with Center for Cellular Immunotherapies Lab at University of Pennsylvania to Study Combinations of Novel Viral Immunotherapy and CAR-T Cell Therapy Candidates in Solid Tumor Models
  • Upcoming clinical data presentations at SITC and SNO Annual Meetings
  • Virtual R&D Day on December 6, 2022, with Candel leadership and renowned oncology experts

NEEDHAM, Mass., Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Candel Therapeutics, Inc. (Candel or the Company) (Nasdaq: CADL), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on helping patients fight cancer with viral immunotherapies, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided a corporate update.

“Candel made important progress across multiple facets of the organization this quarter,” said Paul Peter Tak, MD, PhD, FMedSci, President and Chief Executive Officer of Candel. “We have bolstered the Company’s capabilities and future potential with the appointment of three new board members and two new leadership executives, an orphan drug designation from the European Commission for CAN-2409 in glioma, and most recently a discovery partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, led by Dr. Carl June, the Richard W. Vague Professor for Immunotherapy, to study the combination of our enLIGHTEN™ Discovery Platform and their CAR-T cells in solid tumors. We will close the year with new clinical results coming from our pipeline being presented at R&D Day and we look ahead with confidence to deliver our world-class viral immunotherapy candidates to patients battling cancer.”

Jason A. Amello, Chief Financial Officer, added, “The third quarter of 2022 was marked by significant momentum as the Company broadened its viral immunotherapy footprint and continued to execute across all of its programs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Third Quarter 2022 and Recent Highlights

  • In August, the Company enhanced its Board of Directors with the appointments of three new Board members. (View Release)

    • Joseph Papa, Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Corporation
    • Gary Nabel, MD, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer of OPKO and Chief Executive Officer, ModeX Therapeutics, Inc., an OPKO Health company
    • Renee Gaeta, Chief Financial Officer of Eko Devices
  • In September, the Company strengthened its executive leadership team with appointments of Jason A. Amello as Chief Financial Officer and Garrett Nichols, MD, MS, as Chief Medical Officer. (View Release)
  • Separately in September, the Company submitted the protocol for a phase 3 clinical trial evaluating CAN-2409 in patients living with high-grade glioma (HGG) to a central institutional review board.
  • Also in September, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion for orphan drug designation for CAN-2409 in glioma. (View Release)
  • In October, the European Commission adopted the EMA’s decision to grant CAN-2409 orphan drug designation for the treatment of glioma.
  • Also in October, the Company formed a partnership with Neil Sheppard, DPhil, Director of the T Cell Engineering Lab at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, led by Carl. H June, MD, the Richard W. Vague Professor of Immunotherapy, to study combinations of novel viral immunotherapy and CAR-T cell therapy candidates in solid tumors. (View Release)
  • In early November, Dr. Tak participated in separate fireside chats with Credit Suisse and BMO Capital Markets. (View Webcasts)

Key Upcoming Milestones and Events

  • 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) (View Release)
    • On November 11, Anne R. Diers, PhD, Director of Early Research at Candel, will lead an in-person poster session on pre-clinical CAN-2409 data.
    • Also on November 11, Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Principal Investigator from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will present new data in an in-person oral session on CAN-2409 in combination with nivolumab and standard of care from the Company’s phase 1b clinical trial in newly diagnosed HGG.
  • On November 16, Dr. Tak will take part in an in-person fireside chat at Jefferies London Healthcare Conference. (Register Here)

  • 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) (View Release)

    • On November 18, new clinical data from the Company’s phase 1 trial of CAN-3110 in recurrent HGG will be presented in an in-person oral session by Alexander Ling, PhD, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • On December 6, the Company will hold its virtual R&D Day with leadership and renowned oncology experts to present an in-depth overview of the Company’s viral immunotherapy platforms and clinical pipeline including additional data from its phase 2 clinical trial of CAN-2409 in combination with anti-PD-1 or PD-L1 agents in patients with stage III/IV non-small cell lung cancer.  

Financial Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2022

Research and Development Service Revenue, related party: Research and Development Service Revenue, related party, for the third quarters ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 was $31,000.

Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $5.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 compared to $5.3 million for the comparable period 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. Research and development expenses includes non-cash stock compensation expense of $343,000 and $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2022 and 2021, respectively.

General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $3.5 million for the third quarter of 2022 compared to $2.8 million for the third quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher recruiting costs, personnel-related costs, and professional and consulting fees associated with operating as a public company. General and administrative expenses includes non-cash stock compensation expense of $400,000 and $390,000 for the third quarter of 2022 and 2021, respectively.

Net Loss: Net loss for the third quarter of 2022 was $8.7 million compared to $16.2 million for the comparable period of 2021. The net loss for the third quarter of 2022 includes non-operating interest, dividend and investment expense of $176,000 and a non-cash credit of $369,000 for the change in the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability. The net loss for the third quarter of 2021 includes net non-operating income of $117,000 and a non-cash charge of $8.3 million for the change in the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability.

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2022 were $77.2 million compared to $82.6 million as of December 31, 2021, and reflects the receipt of $20.0 million from the term loan with Silicon Valley Bank in February 2022. Based on current plans and assumptions, the Company expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund its current operating plan into the first quarter of 2024.



Candel Therapeutics, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(amounts are unaudited)



  THREE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,
 NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,
   2022   2021   2022   2021 
Research and development service revenue, related party $31  $31  $94  $94 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  5,376   5,265   15,815   11,324 
General and administrative  3,536   2,795   10,900   6,756 
Total operating expenses  8,912   8,060   26,715   18,080 
Loss from operations  (8,881)  (8,029)  (26,621)  (17,986)
Other income (expense):        
Grant income     131      927 
Interest, dividend and investment income (expense), net  (176)  (14)  (716)  (42)
Change in fair value of warrant liability  369   (8,250)  13,626   (20,619)
Total other income (expense), net  193   (8,133)  12,910   (19,734)
Net loss $(8,688) $(16,162) $(13,711) $(37,720)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.30) $(0.69) $(0.48) $(2.42)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted  28,891,909   23,325,716   28,798,284   15,579,267 
         


 

Candel Therapeutics, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)
(amounts are unaudited)

  SEPTEMBER 30,
2022
 DECEMBER 31,
2021
Cash and cash equivalents $77,183  $82,642 
Working capital (1)  73,172   79,583 
Total assets  85,007   89,205 
Warrant liability  4,626   18,252 
Total other liabilities  28,254   6,816 
Accumulated deficit  (94,006)  (80,295)
Total stockholders equity $52,127  $64,137 
     
(1) Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities
     

About Candel Therapeutics

Candel is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on helping patients fight cancer with viral immunotherapies that elicit a systemic anti-tumor immune response. Candel’s engineered viruses are designed to induce immunogenic cell death through direct viral-mediated cytotoxicity in cancer cells, thus releasing tumor neo-antigens while creating a pro-inflammatory microenvironment at the site of injection. Candel has established two clinical stage viral immunotherapy platforms based on novel, genetically modified adenovirus and herpes simplex virus (HSV) gene 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. The enLIGHTEN™ Discovery Platform is the first systematic, iterative HSV-based discovery platform leveraging human biology and advanced analytics to create new viral immunotherapies for solid tumors. 

For more information about Candel, visit www.candeltx.com.

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