Reported Positive Phase 2 Interim Data in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients
MORRISVILLE, NC / ACCESSWIRE / November 15, 2019 / Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBX), a biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer, today reported financial and clinical updates for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Jeff Wolf, Heat's CEO, commented, 'We remain encouraged by the positive top line data from our Phase 2 trial for HS-110 in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, Opdivo® (nivolumab) and with Merck's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda® (pembrolizumab), which completed enrollment in July 2019. We recently presented a subset of this data in a poster presentation at The Society of Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) 34th Annual Meeting, in which we reported that 61% of patients in our Phase 2 Cohort B achieved disease stabilization per iRECIST, a patient population whose disease had progressed following prior checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Based on this data, we look forward to advancing our clinical trials and intend to aggressively explore all options for the future development of HS-110, including possible collaboration and licensing opportunities.'
'We ended the quarter with approximately $15.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. We believe we are well funded to advance our clinical activities though additional major milestones and continue to manage expenses accordingly.'
Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Research and development expenses decreased to $3.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to $4.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The decrease of approximately $1.3 million is due to the lower PTX-35 expense for 2019, primarily reflecting decreased manufacturing costs, offset by increased Phase 2 trial expenses, including outsourced clinical trial support services and payments to investigator sites.
General and administrative expense increased to $2.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to $1.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The $0.4 million increase is primarily attributable to increased personnel costs, including stock-based compensation expense.
Net loss attributable to Heat Biologics was approximately $6.2 million, or ($0.18) per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 compared to a net loss of approximately $3.7 million, or ($0.16) per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
As of September 30, 2019, the Company had approximately $15.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments with an additional $6.9 million in grant funds from Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) that it expects to receive after filing an IND for PTX-35.
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer using CD8+ 'Killer' T-cells. HS-110 is the Company's first biologic product candidate in a series of proprietary immunotherapies designed to stimulate a patient's own T-cells to attack cancer. Heat has completed enrollment in its Phase 2 clinical trial for advanced non-small cell lung cancer, in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's nivolumab (Opdivo®) or with Merck's pembrolizumab (Keytruda®). Pelican Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Heat, is focused on the development of co-stimulatory monoclonal antibody and fusion protein-based therapies designed to activate the immune system. Heat also has numerous pre-clinical programs at various stages of development. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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