Codiak BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results and Recent Operational Progress

Donnerstag, 10. März 2022 22:01

– Reported positive initial data from exoSTING™ clinical trial; on track to provide data from all dose escalation cohorts in late 1H 2022 –

– Investigational New Drug (IND) application cleared for exoASO™-STAT6, with clinical trial initiation expected 1H 2022 –

                  – Initial safety, PK/PD and efficacy data for exoIL-12™ in CTCL patients anticipated late 1H 2022 –

– Progressed preclinical pan-beta coronavirus vaccine program –

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Codiak BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAK), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics as a new class of medicines, today reported fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results and recent operational progress.

“We are making a strong start in 2022 thanks to progress with our development programs in 2021 and into this year, and plan to report clinical data for two of our engineered exosome therapeutic candidates and initiate clinical development for a third candidate all in the first half of the year,” said Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., President and CEO of Codiak. “The platform we’ve developed at Codiak allows us to deliver multiple classes of therapeutics with a high degree of precision to specific cells and our clinical data from two programs has already shown promising safety and predictable PK/PD relationships. The emergence of programs in vaccines and gene delivery highlight the breadth of opportunity across multiple therapeutic areas with the engEx™ platform.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

  • Reported positive initial data from dose cohorts 1-3 in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of exoSTING (CDK-002) for the treatment of advanced/metastatic, recurrent and injectable solid tumors; progressed subject dosing to cohorts 4 and 5 and follow-up in all dose cohorts
  • Advanced cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) portion of Phase 1 trial of exoIL-12 (CDK-003)
  • Filed and received U.S. FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug (IND) application for exoASO-STAT6 (CDK-004) for the intravenous treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Presented three abstracts at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC 2021), including new preclinical data on exoASO-STAT6 in hepatocellular carcinoma, exoSTING in leptomeningeal disease and the combination of exoSTING and exoIL-12 in solid tumors
  • Announced new preclinical data from the exoVACC™ exosome-based vaccine platform at the World Vaccine & Immunotherapy Congress (WVIC) 2021
  • Published a manuscript describing the full exoASO-STAT6 preclinical program in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal, Science Advances

Anticipated Milestones and Events

  • Safety, PK, PD, and objective response rate (ORR) data from dose escalation cohorts 1-5 in the Phase 1/2 trial of exoSTING and recommended Phase 2 dose expected in late 1H 2022
  • First-in-human dosing for exoASO-STAT6 in a Phase 1 clinical trial in hepatocellular carcinomas anticipated in 1H 2022
  • Initial safety, PK/PD and efficacy data in CTCL patients in the Phase 1 clinical trial of exoIL-12 anticipated in late 1H 2022. While COVID-related restrictions in the UK that impacted clinical trial sites last year are abating, Codiak continues to work with those sites to explore options to facilitate enrollment.
  • Poster presentation of preclinical data for exoASO-C/EBPb, a proprietary engineered exosome loaded with antisense oligonucleotides targeting C/EBPβ, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, to be held April 8-13, 2022
  • Presentation of new preclinical data from the exoVACC pan-beta coronavirus vaccine program, as part of Codiak’s collaboration with the Ragon Institute, at the World Vaccine Congress, to be held April 18-21, 2022

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 were $7.7 million, compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2020. Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $22.9 million, compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2020. These increases were primarily driven by revenue recognized from the Jazz collaboration for $10.9 million as a result of the mutual decision to discontinue work on STAT3 in Q1 2021 and the early termination of the research agreement with Sarepta, for $7.0 million in Q4 2021.

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $16.7 million, compared to a net loss of $18.0 million for the same period in 2020. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2021, was $37.2 million, compared to a net loss of $91.7 million for the same period in 2020. The decrease in net loss for the fourth quarter and year was driven primarily by a gain on disposition of $33.3 million related to the agreement with Lonza, as well as collaboration revenue recognition in 2021.

Research and development expenses were $17.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $13.3 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in research and development expenses for the quarter was driven primarily by an increase in personnel-related costs and ongoing development of the engEx Platform.

Research and development expenses were $64.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $74.0 million for the same period in 2020. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by a licensing payment to Kayla Therapeutics in September 2020, offset by increases in clinical development costs for exoIL-12, exoSTING, and exoASO-STAT6 in 2021.

General and administrative expenses were $6.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2020. General and administrative expenses were $27.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $19.9 million for the same period in 2020. These increases were driven primarily by an increase in personnel costs and costs associated with transitioning to a public company.

As of December 31, 2021, Codiak had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $76.9 million.

About Codiak BioSciences
Codiak is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics, a new class of medicines with the potential to transform the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases with high unmet medical need. By leveraging the biology of exosomes as natural intercellular transfer mechanisms, Codiak has developed its proprietary engEx Platform to expand upon the innate properties of exosomes to design, engineer and manufacture novel exosome therapeutic candidates. Codiak has utilized its engEx Platform to generate a deep pipeline of engineered exosomes aimed at treating a broad range of disease areas, spanning oncology, neuro-oncology, neurology, and infectious disease.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among other things, statements concerning the development and therapeutic potential of exoSTING and exoIL-12, including timing of release of data from clinical trials and the results of those trials, statements concerning the development of exoASO-STAT6, including the timing of IND filing and initiation of clinical trials, and statements regarding the capabilities and potential of Codiak’s engEx Platform and engineered exosomes generally. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Codiak’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in Codiak’s subsequent filings with the SEC. All information in this press release is current as of the date of this report, and Codiak undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

- financial tables follow –

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  2021  2020 
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $76,938  $88,915 
Prepaid manufacturing services  7,315   101 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  5,918   4,742 
Total current assets  90,171   93,758 
Property and equipment, net  23,479   31,410 
Restricted cash  4,170   4,170 
Operating right-of-use assets  21,957   22,003 
Prepaid manufacturing services, net of current portion  31,893   - 
Total assets $171,670  $151,341 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $1,838  $2,018 
Accrued expenses  9,703   8,870 
Deferred revenue  12,963   5,281 
Operating lease liabilities  2,661   1,482 
Total current liabilities  27,165   17,651 
Long-term liabilities:      
Deferred revenue, net of current portion  30,686   57,416 
Note payable, net of discount  25,430   24,960 
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion  34,884   36,540 
Other long-term liabilities  -  207 
Total liabilities  118,165   136,774 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 22,383,830 and 18,787,579 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively  2   2 
Additional paid-in capital  378,750   302,655 
Accumulated deficit  (325,247)  (288,090)
Total stockholders’ equity  53,505   14,567 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $171,670  $151,341 

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Collaboration revenue $7,697  $1,639  $22,935  $2,915 
Total revenue  7,697   1,639   22,935   2,915 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  17,419   13,328   64,855   73,981 
General and administrative  6,919   5,919   27,629   19,852 
Total operating expenses  24,338   19,247   92,484   93,833 
Loss from operations  (16,641)  (17,608)  (69,549)  (90,918)
Other income (expense):        
Gain on disposition  33,286   -   33,286   - 
Other income  618   353   1,780   906 
Interest income  4   7   22   253 
Interest expense  (605)  (710)  (2,696)  (1,906)
Total other income (expense), net  33,303   (350)  32,392   (747)
Net income (loss) $16,662  $(17,958) $(37,157) $(91,665)
Cumulative dividends on redeemable convertible preferred stock     (534)     (10,831)
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $16,662  $(18,492) $(37,157) $(102,496)
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $0.74  $(1.14) $(1.70) $(16.18)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted  22,373,607   16,233,377   21,794,546   6,332,841 
Comprehensive income (loss):        
Net income (loss) $16,662  $(17,958) $(37,157) $(91,665)
Other comprehensive loss:        
Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax of $0           (43)
Total other comprehensive loss           (43)
Comprehensive income (loss) $16,662  $(17,958) $(37,157) $(91,708)

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