NextCure Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
“We continue to enroll in our ongoing NC318 and NC410 clinical trials. In addition, we are making progress analyzing biomarker data, including Siglec-15 expression in biopsies from the NC318 Phase 2 trial,” said
Business Highlights and upcoming milestones
- Continue enrolling new patients in the head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and triple-negative breast cancer cohorts of the NC318 Phase 2 monotherapy trial.
- Plan to report updated clinical and initial biomarker data from the Phase 1 and 2 portions of the NC318 Phase 1/2 monotherapy clinical trial by the end of 2020.
- Continue enrolling patients in the Phase 1 portion of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for NC410 and remain on track to report initial clinical data in the second half of 2021 as planned.
- Two abstracts regarding pre-clinical research for the NC410 program accepted for poster presentation at the upcoming virtual 35th Annual Meeting of the
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer(SITC) in November.
- Announced the appointment of
John G. Houston, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Arvinas, Inc., to NextCure’s Board of Directors.
Financial Results for Quarter Ended
- Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of
September 30, 2020were $291.2 million, as compared to $334.6 millionas of December 31, 2019. The decrease of $43.4 millionas of September 30, 2020as compared to as of December 31, 2019primarily reflects cash used to fund operations of $38.6 millionand cash used to purchase fixed assets of $6.2 millionoffset by a reduction in restricted cash of $1.1 million.
- Research and development expenses were
$12.7 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as compared to $8.7 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increase was primarily related to an increase in headcount. Other significant components of the increase included clinical research costs related to advancing NC318 and NC410.
- General and administrative expenses were
$4.7 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as compared to $2.6 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increase was primarily related to increases in personnel-related costs due to an increase in headcount, as well as increases in professional fees and insurance costs in connection with operating as a publicly traded company.
- There was no revenue recognized in the quarter ended
September 30, 2020, as compared to $1.6 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Revenue generated in the prior year quarter was from our former research and development agreement with Eli Lilly.
- Net loss was
$16.4 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as compared to $8.4 millionfor the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increase in net loss for the quarter was primarily due to increased research and development expenses and increased general and administrative expenses from an increase in headcount.
NC318 is a first-in-class immunomedicine against S15, a novel immunomodulatory target found on highly immunosuppressive cells called M2 macrophages in the tumor microenvironment and on certain tumor types including lung, ovarian and head and neck cancers. In preclinical research, it was observed that S15 promoted the survival and differentiation of suppressive myeloid cells and negatively regulated T cell function, allowing cancer to avoid immune destruction. In preclinical studies, NC318 blocked the negative effects of S15.
NC410 is a first-in-class immunomedicine designed to block immune suppression mediated by LAIR-1, an immunomodulatory receptor expressed on T cells and dendritic cells, a type of antigen presenting cell. In preclinical research, it was observed that LAIR-1 inhibited T cell function and dendritic cell activity allowing tumor cells to grow. In preclinical studies, NC410 blocked the negative effects of LAIR-1 and promoted T cell function and dendritic cell activity.
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CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Revenue from research and development arrangement||$||—||$||1,583||$||22,378||$||4,342|
|Research and development||12,740||8,663||34,448||22,819|
|General and administrative||4,659||2,622||12,918||6,995|
|Total operating expenses||17,399||11,285||47,366||29,814|
|Loss from operations||(17,399||)||(9,702||)||(24,988||)||(25,472||)|
|Other income, net||1,032||1,268||3,846||2,662|
|Loss per share:|
|Net loss per common share—basic and diluted||$||(0.59||)||$||(0.37||)||$||(0.77||)||$||(1.81||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares —basic and diluted||27,547,737||22,715,567||27,524,350||12,609,219|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities||(637||)||(58||)||1,298||(58||)|
|Total comprehensive loss||$||(17,004||)||$||(8,492||)||$||(19,844||)||$||(22,868||)|
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||22,534||$||34,091|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||4,069||3,684|
|Total current assets||296,981||339,995|
|Property and equipment, net||15,819||12,090|
|Liabilities, Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Deferred rent, current portion||134||215|
|Term loan, current portion||1,667||1,667|
|Deferred revenue, current portion||—||6,428|
|Total current liabilities||5,741||15,042|
|Deferred rent, net of current portion||776||359|
|Term loan, net of current portion||2,222||3,333|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||—||15,950|
|Preferred stock, par value of
|Common stock, par value of
|Additional paid-in capital||408,189||402,529|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||1,298||(38||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||307,339||321,484|
|Total liabilities, preferred stock and stockholders’ equity||$||316,078||$||356,168|
Timothy Mayer, Ph.D. NextCure, Inc.Chief Operating Officer (240) 762-6486 [email protected] Media Inquiries Emily WongMacDougall (781) 235-3060 [email protected]