Vincerx Pharma Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update
- Company to present poster on VIP152 at upcoming European Hematology Association Annual Meeting
- Presented preliminary findings on VIP152 in gynecologic malignancies in poster at AACR Annual Meeting
- Continues to execute on Phase 1b VIP152 clinical studies; on track to initiate Phase 2 VIP152 studies in 2H2022
- On track for IND filing for VIP236 in 2H2022
- Expected cash runway through 2023
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vincerx Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: VINC), a biopharmaceutical company aspiring to address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer through paradigm-shifting therapeutics, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and provided a corporate update.
“In April, we presented positive preclinical and preliminary clinical data on PTEFb/CDK9 inhibitor VIP152 at AACR. These data, coupled with our findings presented at ASH last year, suggest that VIP152 has the potential to provide new treatment options for patients across various MYC and MCL-1-driven tumor types,” said Ahmed Hamdy M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Vincerx.
“We continue dosing patients in our VIP152 clinical program and are seeing improvements in trial enrollment following a challenging pandemic year,” added Dr. Hamdy. “This June, we are excited for our poster presentation at the annual European Hematology Association meeting, which will show data from patients with lymphoma treated with VIP152. We remain on track to initiate Phase 2 studies of VIP152 in the second half of this year.”
“Looking to the second half of this year and into 2023, we look forward to continuing to advance our preclinical bioconjugation platform – a diverse, modular platform of linkers and payloads that can be conjugated with antibodies and small molecules to create novel targeted therapeutics for a broad range of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. We remain on track to file an IND in the second half of this year for VIP236, a small molecule drug conjugate (SMDC) engineered to bind an αvß3 integrin adhesion molecule that is abundantly expressed in advanced metastatic solid tumors. αvß3 is a hallmark of aggressive cancers and poor prognosis. We also remain on-target to file INDs in the second half of 2023 for our two initial antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), VIP943, an anti-IL3RA-KSPi, and VIP924, an anti-CXCR5-KSPi, both with a CellTrapper™ moiety. From a financial perspective, our current cash resources position us to continue to pursue our upcoming regulatory and clinical milestones,” concluded Dr. Hamdy.
RECENT CORPORATE HIGHLIGHTS
- Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the upcoming European Hematology Association (EHA) Annual Meeting, titled “VIP152 is a novel CDK9 inhibitor with improved selectivity, target modulation, and cardiac safety in patients with lymphoma.”
- Presenting author: Melanie Frigault, PhD
- Abstract number: P1269
- Session date and time: Friday, June 10, 2022; 16:30-17:45 CEST
- Presented poster, “VIP152, a selective CDK9 inhibitor, demonstrates sensitivity in gynecologic cell lines that are cisplatin sensitive or resistant and delivers in vivo antitumor efficacy,” at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in April 2022.
- Invited talk on the Company’s modular assets that can build innovative and high-potency ADCs titled, “ADCs with KSP-Inhibitor Payloads and a Tailored Design of Linker and Metabolite Profile,” at the Festival of Biologics meeting March 2022.
- Continue to advance our next generation modular bioconjugation platform, comprised of a first-in-class SMDC for solid tumors (VIP236) and two best-in-class preclinical-stage assets for hematologic malignancies (VIP943 and VIP924).
- VIP236 consists of an avß3 integrin binder and a linker that is cleavable by neutrophil elastase. The payload is an optimized camptothecin derivative designed for high cellular permeability and low efflux. IND filing in solid tumors expected in 2H 2022.
- VIP943 (anti-IL3RA) and VIP924 (anti-CXCR5) are two antibodies linked to a KSP inhibitor – a novel payload class in ADCs. These ADCs also have a stable linker specifically cleaved by legumain, a tumor associated protease. The payload (i.e., KSP inhibitor) is modified to be trapped in the cell by the CellTrapper™ moiety. Manufacturing is underway and IND filings expected in 2H 2023.
FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS
- Vincerx Pharma had $96.5 million in cash as of March 31, 2022, as compared to $111.5 million as of December 31, 2021. Based on its current business plans and assumptions, Vincerx believes its available cash will be sufficient to meet its operating requirements through 2023.
- Research and development (R&D) expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were $16.0 million, as compared to $4.8 million for the same period in 2021. The increase was primarily related to increases in manufacturing services of approximately $4.0 million, including the initiation of manufacturing associated with our ADC program, new employee salaries of approximately $2.5 million, third party research and preclinical work of approximately $2.0 million, clinical services of approximately $1.4 million and stock-based compensation of approximately $0.8 million.
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were $5.6 million, as compared to $4.8 million for the same period in 2021. The increase was primarily related to new employee salaries and increases in legal (patent protection and filings), accounting and other professional services in support of our operations as a public company.
- For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, Vincerx reported a net loss of $16.4 million, or $0.79 per share. For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, Vincerx reported a net loss of $6.3 million, or $0.46 per share.
ABOUT VINCERX PHARMA, INC.
Vincerx Pharma, Inc. (Vincerx) is a clinical-stage life sciences company focused on leveraging its extensive development and oncology expertise to advance new therapies intended to address unmet medical needs for the treatment of cancer. Vincerx has assembled a management team of biopharmaceutical experts with extensive experience in building and operating organizations that develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients. Vincerx’s current pipeline is derived from an exclusive license agreement with Bayer and includes a clinical-stage and follow-on small molecule drug program and a preclinical stage modular bioconjugation platform, which includes next-generation antibody-drug conjugates and innovative small molecule drug conjugates. For more information, please visit www.vincerx.com.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,578||382|
|Total current assets||98,064||111,841|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||217||233|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Common stock warrant liabilities||1,236||6,447|
|Total current liabilities||11,525||13,919|
|Lease liability, net of current portion||3,186||3,436|
|Total stockholders' equity||89,170||100,321|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||103,881||$||117,676|
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
|For the three months ended|
|General and administrative||$||5,656||$||4,791|
|Research and development||15,971||4,834|
|Total operating expenses||21,627||9,625|
|Loss from operations||(21,627||)||(9,625||)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Change in fair value of warrant liabilities||5,211||3,349|
|Total other income||5,203||3,349|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted||$||(0.79||)||$||(0.46||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||20,896||13,735|