CytomX Therapeutics Announces Full-Year 2017 Financial Results and Provides Operational Update
As of December 31, 2017, CytomX had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $374.1 million. Based upon its current operating plan, the Company expects its existing capital resources will be sufficient to fund operations into 2020.
“The CytomX team continued tremendous execution during 2017, driving our transition to a clinical-stage company with the initiation of Phase 1/2 studies for two wholly-owned and one partnered program,” said
“During 2018, we expect initial data readouts from our PD-L1-targeting Probody therapeutic, CX-072, and our CD166-targeting Probody drug conjugate, CX-2009. We also expect to initiate clinical studies for two additional programs this year, resulting in five clinical-stage Probody therapeutic programs by year end. Our deepening pipeline of innovative therapeutics has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with cancer,” continued Dr. McCarthy.
2017 Business Highlights and Recent Developments
PROCLAIM-CX-072 (PD-L1 Probody Therapeutic) Clinical Program
- CX-072 is a Probody therapeutic targeting PD-L1, a clinically- and commercially-validated anti-cancer target.
- Enrollment began in
January 2017in PROCLAIM-CX-072, a Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating CX-072 as monotherapy and in combination with Yervoy® (ipilimumab) or Zelboraf® (vemurafenib) in patients with cancer.
- Enrollment is complete in the monotherapy dose escalation arm evaluating CX-072 in patients with advanced unresectable solid tumors or lymphomas (Part A).
- Preliminary data from Part A is expected to be presented mid-2018.
- Patient enrollment was initiated at a single dose level in an expansion cohort in an undisclosed cancer with known sensitivity to PD-pathway inhibitors (Part D).
- Patient enrollment is ongoing in all other dose escalation arms of the study:
- Monotherapy expansion in patients with PD-L1-positive tumors at multiple dose levels (Part A2);
- Combination of CX-072 plus Yervoy® (ipilimumab) in patients with advanced unresectable solid tumors or lymphomas (Part B);
- Combination of CX-072 plus Zelboraf® (vemurafenib) in patients with V600E BRAF-positive melanoma (Part C).
PROCLAIM-CX-2009 (CD166 Probody Drug Conjugate) Clinical Program
- CX-2009 is a Probody drug conjugate (PDC) that targets CD166, an antigen that is broadly and highly expressed in many types of cancer.
- Patient enrollment continues in the PROCLAIM-CX-2009 study, a Phase 1/2 clinical trial initiated in
June 2017, evaluating CX-2009 as monotherapy in a subset of CD166-positive cancer types (Part A).
- Preliminary data from Part A is expected to be presented in the second half of 2018.
- Monotherapy expansion at select dose levels and in the same subset of cancers has been initiated in patients selected for the highest levels of CD166 expression (Part A2).
BMS-986249 (CTLA-4 Probody Therapeutic) Clinical Program
Bristol-Myers Squibb(BMS) presented preclinical safety and anti-tumor activity data for an anti-CTLA-4 Probody therapeutic designed to be a potentially safer ipilimumab.
- In fourth quarter of 2017, BMS initiated a Phase 1/2 study evaluating BMS-986249 alone and in combination with nivolumab in solid tumors that are advanced and have spread.
- BMS-986249 is the first Probody therapeutic to advance to the clinic under the companies’ strategic collaboration.
CX-2029 (CD71 Probody Drug Conjugate) Preclinical Program
- CytomX, in collaboration with AbbVie, is advancing CX-2029, a CD71-directed PDC, through Investigational New Drug (IND) application-enabling studies.
- CD71, also known as the transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1), is highly expressed in a number of solid and hematologic cancers and has particularly attractive molecular properties for efficient delivery of cytotoxic payloads to tumor cells.
- CytomX expects to file an IND application for CX-2029 in the first half of 2018.
CX-188 (PD-1 Probody Therapeutic) Preclinical Program
- CytomX is advancing CX-188, a PD-1-directed Probody therapeutic, through IND-enabling studies.
- PD-1 is the receptor for the PD-L1 ligand responsible for inhibiting T-cell activation in a variety of cancers and is a clinically- and commercially-validated anti-cancer target.
- CytomX expects to file an IND application for CX-188 in the second half of 2018.
- During the third quarter of 2017, CytomX received a $15 million milestone payment (
$14 millionnet of associated license fees) from AbbVie in conjunction with meeting certain criteria allowing the initiation of GLP toxicology studies by CytomX for CX-2029, a CD71-directed PDC.
- During the third quarter of 2017, Amgen and CytomX entered into a strategic collaboration in immuno-oncology in the field of Probody T-cell engaging bispecific antibodies (Pro-TCBs), including the co-development of a CytomX Pro-TCB against the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR), a highly validated oncology target expressed on multiple human cancer types.
- Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen and CytomX will co-develop a Pro-TCB against EGFR-CD3 with CytomX leading early development.
- Amgen will lead later development and commercialization with global late-stage development costs shared between the two companies.
- Amgen made an upfront payment of $40 million and purchased $20 million of CytomX common stock.
- CytomX is eligible to receive up to $455 million in development, regulatory and commercial milestones payments for the EGFR program and low-double digit to mid-teen percentage royalty payments on resulting EGFR products, and has the ability to opt into a profit share in the U.S.
Amgenis also able to select three additional targets for Pro-TCB discovery and development. Should Amgenultimately pursue all of these targets, CytomX will be eligible to receive up to $950 millionin additional upfront and milestone payments and high-single digit to low-teen percentage royalty payments on any resulting products.
- CytomX also received the rights from
Amgento an undisclosed preclinical T-cell engaging bispecific program; Amgenis eligible to receive milestones and mid-single digit to low-double digit percentage royalty payments on any resulting products from this CytomX program.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Collaboration Expansion
- During the second quarter of 2017, CytomX and BMS expanded its foundational alliance to discover, develop and commercialize novel therapies using the Probody platform, resulting in a $200 million upfront payment to CytomX.
- The expanded collaboration now provides BMS with the selection of up to ten oncology targets and two non-oncology targets.
- In the fourth quarter of 2017, CytomX earned a
$10 millionmilestone payment from BMS upon IND clearance of BMS-986249.
March 6, 2018, CytomX received notification of Pfizer’s intent to terminate the companies’ research collaboration, option and license agreement.
- The Pfizer collaboration, entered into in 2013, included the selection of up to four PDC targets for the treatment of cancer.
- The initial PDC target was EGFR, which Pfizer previously discontinued, with certain rights reverting to CytomX.
- Collaboration programs against the second and third targets were terminated during the first quarter of 2018.
- Pfizer had previously declined its option to select a fourth target in the collaboration.
- None of the programs in the Pfizer collaboration had advanced to clinical candidate stage.
Full-Year Financial Results
Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled
Research and development expenses were
General and administrative expenses were
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About CytomX Therapeutics
CytomX Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a deep and differentiated oncology pipeline of investigational Probody™ therapeutics. Probody therapeutics are designed to exploit unique conditions of the tumor microenvironment to more effectively localize antibody binding and activity while limiting activity in healthy tissues. The Company’s pipeline includes cancer immunotherapies against clinically-validated targets, such as CX-072, a PD-L1-targeting Probody therapeutic wholly owned by CytomX, and BMS-986249, a CTLA-4-targeting Probody therapeutic partnered with
CytomX Therapeutics Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that are difficult to predict, may be beyond our control, and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such statements. Accordingly, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements, including those relating to the potential benefits and efficacy of CytomX’s or any of its collaborative partners’ product candidates, administered separately or in combination, CytomX’s ability and the ability of its collaborative partners to develop and advance product candidates into and successfully complete clinical trials, including CytomX’s Phase 1/2 clinical trials of CX-072 and CX-2009, the timing of any future clinical trials to be initiated by CytomX or any of its collaborative partners, CytomX’s expectations regarding the availability of clinical data, CytomX’s expectations with respect to its collaborations, and CytomX’s expectations regarding the timing of potential regulatory filings. Risks and uncertainties that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: two of CytomX’s product candidates under its Probody platform are in the initial stages of clinical development and its other product candidates are currently in preclinical development, and the process by which preclinical and clinical development could potentially lead to an approved product is long and subject to significant risks and uncertainties; the possibility that the results of early clinical trials may not be predictive of future results; the possibility that CytomX’s clinical trials will not be successful; CytomX’s dependence on the success of CX-072; CytomX’s reliance on third parties for the manufacture of the company’s product candidates; and possible regulatory developments in
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STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Revenues from related parties||—||2,198||1,771|
|Research and development||92,277||54,755||28,357|
|General and administrative||25,605||19,874||12,558|
|Total operating expenses||117,882||74,629||40,915|
|Loss from operations||(46,259||)||(59,586||)||(33,203||)|
|Other income (expense), net||(27||)||(69||)||(1,744||)|
|Loss before provision for (benefit from) income taxes||(43,612||)||(58,919||)||(35,364||)|
|Provision for (benefit from) income taxes||(513||)||(19||)||10|
|Accretion to redemption value and cumulative dividends on preferred stock||—||—||(6,705||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(43,099||)||$||(58,900||)||$||(42,079||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted||$||(1.16||)||$||(1.63||)||$||(4.90||)|
|Shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common
stockholders, basic and diluted
|Other comprehensive loss:|
|Changes in unrealized gain (losses) on investments||(67||)||49||(76||)|
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(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||177,548||$||104,645|
|Related party accounts receivable||—||154|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||4,352||3,896|
|Total current assets||388,601||188,147|
|Property and equipment, net||4,218||4,392|
|Intangible assets, net||1,604||1,750|
|Liabilities, Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders' Equity|
|Deferred revenues, current portion||40,559||20,347|
|Total current liabilities||61,147||35,767|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||264,704||83,803|
|Deferred tax liability||—||513|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,897||566|
|Convertible preferred stock, $0.00001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized at
December 31, 2017 and 2016; no shares issued and outstanding at
December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively
|Common stock, $0.00001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized at
December 31, 2017 and 2016; 38,478,560 and 36,490,169 shares issued
and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||289,454||254,871|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(94||)||(27||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||69,896||78,479|
|Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity||$||397,644||$||199,128|
CytomX to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences
Sean McCarthy, D. Phil., president and chief executive officer, will present at the Cowen and Company38th Annual Healthcare Conference on March 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Debanjan Ray, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development, will present at the Barclay’s Global Health Conferenceon March 15, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. ET.
A live audio webcast for each event will be available through the Investors and News section of CytomX's website. An archived replay will be available for 90 days following the event.
CytomX Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a deep and differentiated oncology pipeline of investigational Probody™ therapeutics. Probody therapeutics are designed to exploit unique conditions of the tumor microenvironment to more effectively localize antibody binding and activity while limiting activity in healthy tissues. The Company’s pipeline includes cancer immunotherapies against clinically-validated targets, such as CX-072, a PD-L1-targeting Probody therapeutic and BMS-986249, a CTLA-4-targeting Probody therapeutic, and first-in-class Probody drug conjugates against highly attractive targets, such as CX-2009, a CD166-targeting Probody drug conjugate and CX-2029, a CD71-targeting Probody drug conjugate, which are considered to be inaccessible to conventional antibody drug conjugates due to their presence on healthy tissue. In addition to its wholly owned programs, CytomX has strategic collaborations with AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pfizer and ImmunoGen, Inc. For more information, visit www.cytomx.com or follow us on Twitter.
At CytomX Therapeutics, we recognize that the success of our business depends on the excellence of our people. With this in mind, we are highly vested in the recruitment, training and development of our employees.