CEL-SCI Corporation Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

Aug. 14, 2018 20:33 UTC

VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE American: CVM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The Company also reported key clinical and corporate developments achieved during the quarter.

Clinical and Corporate Developments included:

  • CEL-SCI’s Phase 3 head and neck cancer study continued to follow all 928 patients. Enrollment was completed in September of 2016. Based on published survival data, we believe top line results may be available as soon as early 2019. All that remains to be done in this pivotal Phase 3 study, the largest in the world in head and neck cancer, is to continue to track patient survival until it can be determined if the primary endpoint has been met. The primary endpoint of the study, a 10% improvement in overall survival of the Multikine treatment regimen plus Standard of Care (SOC) vs. SOC alone, will be determined after a total of 298 deaths have occurred in the two main comparator arms of the study and have been recorded in the study database.
  • The US Patent and Trademark Office allowed two new patents to CEL-SCI for the Company's LEAPS platform technology. Titled "Method for Inducing an Immune Response and Formulations Thereof" and " Method for Inducing an Immune Response against avian, swine, Spanish, H1N1, H5N9 influenza viruses and formulations", these patents relate to methods for diagnosing, preventing, and treating disease by generating or modulating the immune response through the use of specific peptides.
  • CEL-SCI won the arbitration against the clinical research organization (CRO) that ran the Phase 3 head and neck cancer study from 2011-2013. The arbitrator ruled that the CRO materially breached its contract with CEL-SCI. The arbitrator’s decision has vindicated CEL-SCI. Many investment funds and analysts did not like the legal risk of this arbitration and now that the arbitration has been resolved in CEL-SCI’s favor, this should no longer be an impediment to investors and should result in renewed investment interest in CEL-SCI. With the arbitration completed, CEL-SCI moves forward with a clean slate.

“We are proud of having run the largest head and neck cancer Phase 3 study in the world, in an indication that has not seen a new drug approved by the FDA in over 60 years. This has not been easy for many reasons, including the fact that our approach to immunotherapy involves treating the patient when they first get diagnosed instead of using immunotherapy as a last ditch option for survival. Our approach meant a longer clinical trial period, with nearly one thousand patients enrolled. Despite the many challenges of this study, we believe the potential to bring a new immunotherapy to help save the lives of newly diagnosed cancer patients has been worth it,” said CEL-SCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Geert Kersten. “As we look forward to a readout of the endpoint data which may happen in early 2019, we also continue to develop our LEAPS technology platform with the support of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Should our Phase 3 results lead to marketing approval in head and neck cancer, we will also have the opportunity to purse clinical development and marketing approval of our immunotherapy in other cancer indications.”

During the nine months ended June 30, 2018, the Company’s cash remained constant. Cash used in operations of approximately $9.1 million was offset by approximately $9.1 million in cash provided by financing activities. Sources of financing during the nine months included approximately $7.0 million in proceeds from the issuance of common stock and warrants and $2.1 million in proceeds from the exercise of warrants.

CEL-SCI reported an operating loss of ($4,070,363) for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 versus an operating loss of ($4,758,719) for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The operating loss was ($13,187,538) for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 versus an operating loss of ($17,603,283) for the nine months ended June 30, 2017.

About CEL-SCI Corporation

CEL-SCI believes that boosting a patient’s immune system while it is still intact should provide the greatest possible impact on survival. Therefore, in the Phase 3 study CEL-SCI treats patients who are newly diagnosed with advanced primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck with Multikine first, BEFORE they receive surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. This approach is unique. Most other cancer immunotherapies are administered only after conventional therapies have been tried and/or failed. Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection), has received Orphan Drug designation from the FDA for the neoadjuvant therapy in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) of the head and neck.

CEL-SCI’s Phase 3 study is the largest Phase 3 study in the world for the treatment of head and neck cancer. Per the study’s protocol, newly diagnosed patients with advanced primary squamous cell carcinoma are treated with the Multikine treatment regimen for 3 weeks prior to the Standard of Care (SOC) which involves surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Multikine is designed to help the immune system “see” the tumor at a time when the immune system is still relatively intact and thereby better able to mount an attack on the tumor. The aim of treatment with Multikine is to boost the body’s immune system prior to SOC.

The Company’s LEAPS technology is currently being developed as a therapeutic vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and in/near Baltimore, Maryland.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. When used in this press release, the words "intends," "believes," "anticipated," "plans" and "expects," and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include an inability to duplicate the clinical results demonstrated in clinical studies, timely development of any potential products that can be shown to be safe and effective, receiving necessary regulatory approvals, difficulties in manufacturing any of the Company's potential products, inability to raise the necessary capital and the risk factors set forth from time to time in CEL-SCI’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to its report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2017. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

* Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection) is the trademark that CEL-SCI has registered for this investigational therapy, and this proprietary name is subject to FDA review in connection with the Company's future anticipated regulatory submission for approval. Multikine has not been licensed or approved for sale, barter or exchange by the FDA or any other regulatory agency. Similarly, its safety or efficacy has not been established for any use. Moreover, no definitive conclusions can be drawn from the early-phase, clinical-trials data involving the investigational therapy Multikine. Further research is required, and early-phase clinical trial results must be confirmed in the Phase 3 clinical trial of this investigational therapy that is in progress.






    2018   2017
Grant and other income   $ 104,170     $ 17,389  
Operating Expenses:        
Research and development     2,425,562       3,180,401  
General & administrative     1,748,971       1,595,707  
Total operating expenses     4,174,533       4,776,108  
Operating loss     (4,070,363 )     (4,758,719 )
(Loss) gain on derivative instruments     (8,618 )     790,365  
Interest expense, net     (1,935,587 )     (495,709 )
Net loss available to common shareholders   $ (6,014,568 )   $ (4,464,063 )
Net loss per common share        
Basic and diluted   $ (0.36 )   $ (0.53 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic and diluted     16,651,297       8,405,790  





    2018   2017
Grant and other income   $ 350,029     $ 51,822  
Operating Expenses:        
Research and development     7,713,873       13,307,275  
General & administrative     5,823,694       4,347,830  
Total operating expenses     13,537,567       17,655,105  
Operating loss     (13,187,538 )     (17,603,283 )
Gain on derivative instruments     187,967       9,669,977  
Interest expense, net     (3,910,962 )     (1,436,095 )
Net loss available to common shareholders   $ (16,910,533 )   $ (9,369,401 )
Net loss per common share        
Basic   $ (1.17 )   $ (1.29 )
Diluted   $ (1.17 )   $ (1.34 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic     14,486,351       7,235,140  
Diluted     14,486,351       7,292,715  



CEL-SCI Corporation
Gavin de Windt, 703-506-9460



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