Genocea Provides First Quarter 2021 Corporate Update

GEN-011 and GEN-009 immuno-oncology programs continue to advance

Research on Inhibigens and SARS-CoV-2 continues to progress

Conference call today at 8:30 a.m. E.T.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genocea Biosciences (NASDAQ: GNCA), a biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation neoantigen immunotherapies, today provided a business update for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“Genocea continues to accumulate evidence that our ATLAS™ platform may enable immunotherapies that preferentially attack the surface-presented antigens driving anti-tumor responses or as we say, ‘Targets Matter’,” said Chip Clark, Genocea’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Whether through our ongoing clinical trials with GEN-011, our neoantigen-targeted peripheral T cell (“NPT”) therapy and GEN-009, our neoantigen vaccine, or through our research efforts with Inhibigens™ and SARS-CoV-2 antigen discovery, we look forward to providing updates consistent with this thesis throughout the year.”

Clinical updates
GEN-011 Phase 1/2a clinical trial (the “TITAN study”)

  • GEN-011 is in development to treat checkpoint inhibitor-refractory patients. Genocea believes using patient T cells taken from easily accessible peripheral blood and expanding the T cells only on tumor neoantigens prioritized by our ATLAS platform may give GEN-011 efficacy, accessibility and cost advantages over other T cell therapies. The TITAN study is designed to explore safety, biomarkers of activity and anti-tumor efficacy. During the first quarter, Genocea continued to add clinical sites and accrue patients. The company expects to have initial efficacy data from a patient subset late in the fourth quarter of 2021 or the first quarter of 2022.

GEN-009 Phase 1/2a clinical trial

  • The Company will provide long-term follow-up clinical and immunogenicity data from the ongoing Phase 1/2a clinical study at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (“ASCO”) 2021 Annual Meeting from June 4 - June 8.

Research updates

  • At the American Association for Cancer Research (“AACR”) Annual Meeting 2021 in April, the Company presented novel preclinical Inhibigen data highlighting that the presence of a single Inhibigen in an otherwise protective immunotherapy can completely reverse the therapy’s intended anti-tumor responses and the Inhibigen effect can be seen as early as 4 days post-dosing.


  • The Company continues its SARS-CoV-2 research efforts to identify conserved antigens of protective T cell responses that may enable a next-generation vaccine protecting against a wide range of strains.

Other business updates
Strengthened executive leadership team

  • Genocea appointed Jacquelyn Sumer as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer. Jackie brings over fifteen years of legal experience, including roles at several biopharmaceutical companies with a focus in oncology and cell therapy experience development and commercialization.

Financial and other updates
First quarter 2021 financial results

  • Cash position: As of March 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $66.0 million compared to $79.8 million as of December 31, 2020.
  • Research and Development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $8.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $10.0 million for the same period in 2020.
  • General and Administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $3.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $3.4 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Net loss: Net loss was $12.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $12.9 million for the same period in 2020.

Debt Refinancing

  • In February 2021, the Company entered into an agreement with Silicon Valley Bank for a $10 million term loan. The proceeds from the loan were used to repay the Company’s outstanding loan from Hercules Capital, Inc., and for general corporate purposes.


  • Genocea’s operating plan extends its cash runway to the end of 2022.

Conference Call
Genocea will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:30 a.m. E.T. Interested participants may access the conference call by dialing (844) 826-0619 (domestic) or (315) 625-6883 (international) and referring to conference ID number 2191366. To join the live webcast, please visit the presentation page of the investor relations section of the Genocea website at A webcast replay of the conference call will be available on the Genocea website beginning approximately two hours after the event and will be archived for 90 days.

About Genocea Biosciences, Inc.
Genocea’s mission is to identify the right tumor targets to develop life-changing immunotherapies for people suffering from cancer. Our proprietary ATLAS™ platform comprehensively profiles each patient’s T cell responses to potential targets, or antigens, on that patient’s tumor. ATLAS zeroes in on both antigens that activate anti-tumor T cell responses and inhibitory antigens, InhibigensTM, that drive pro-tumor immune responses. We are advancing two ATLAS-enabled programs: GEN-009, our neoantigen vaccine for which we are conducting a Phase 1/2a clinical trial and GEN-011, our adoptive T cell therapy comprising neoantigen-targeted peripheral cells for which we are conducting a Phase 1/2a clinical trial. In addition to our two clinical programs, we are conducting research in several areas where we believe ATLAS could be a key tool in optimizing antigen selection for therapies across a number of diseases. To learn more, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements related to GEN-009, GEN-011 and research updates within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Genocea cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that change over time. Applicable risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading "Risk Factors" included in Genocea's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and any subsequent SEC filings. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Genocea assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

(In thousands)

    March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 66,035     $ 79,769  
Property and equipment, net   4,853     5,123  
Right of use assets   8,831     9,308  
Other assets   4,219     4,293  
Total assets   $ 83,938     $ 98,493  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 5,627     $ 7,878  
Deferred revenue   1,641     1,641  
Debt, current and long-term   9,649     13,862  
Warrant liabilities   55,264     56,118  
Lease liabilities   9,995     10,012  
Total liabilities   82,176     89,511  
Stockholders' equity   1,762     8,982  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 83,938     $ 98,493  

(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
Operating expenses:      
Research and development $ 8,751     $ 9,987  
General and administrative 3,671     3,388  
Total operating expenses 12,422     13,375  
Loss from operations (12,422 )   (13,375 )
Other income 439     522  
Net loss $ (11,983 )   $ (12,853 )
Net loss per share:      
Basic $ (0.18 )   $ (0.46 )
Diluted $ (0.17 )   $ (0.46 )
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net loss per share:      
Basic 66,158     28,141  
Diluted 74,220     28,141  


Investor Contact:
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