TCR² Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
- Continued progress on treatment of TC-210 patients with interim update from Phase 1 portion of Phase 1/2 clinical trial anticipated in mid-2020
- Continued progress of TC-110 with initiation of leading clinical sites participating in Phase 1/2 clinical trial that include
Sarah Cannon Research Instituteand Colorado Blood Cancer Institute
- TC-110 granted orphan drug designation for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Nomination of third mono TRuC program targeting CD70 with anticipated IND filing in 1H21
- Two new appointments to the Board of Directors: immuno-oncology pioneer Dr.
Axel Hoosand veteran finance executive Stephen Webster
- Cash position of
$141Mprovides sufficient runway into 2022
“Based on our clinical progress to date and a growing confidence in our TRuC platform, we are advancing a third mono TRuC-T cell candidate targeting CD70, a clinically validated target which will allow us to make further inroads into both solid tumors and hematological malignancies,” said
“Despite steps taken to protect our lead programs from the impact of COVID-19, we are updating our TC-210 guidance to expect an interim update from the Phase 1 portion in mid-2020, allowing for additional time to work with clinical investigators and patients on activities that require visits to clinical sites, including data monitoring. We look forward to presenting on the efficacy, safety and translational data in the very near future,” added
U.S. Food and Drug Administrationgranted orphan drug designation to TC-110 for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
- TCR2 nominated a CD70 targeted TRuC-T cell product candidate designed to treat patients with either hematological malignancies or solid tumors, including potential indications such as acute myeloid leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, renal cell carcinoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, glioblastoma, and malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma.
- TCR2 announced the appointment of
Axel Hoos, M.D., Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Axel Hoos is Senior Vice President, R&D Governance Chair, and Therapeutic Area Head for Oncology at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for technical and funding decisions and leads the Oncology business including discovery and development with the four focus areas of immuno-oncology, epigenetics, cell & gene therapy and synthetic lethality.
- TCR2 announced the appointment of
Stephen Websterto its Board of Directors. Mr. Stephen Websterserved as Chief Financial Officer of Spark Therapeutics until its acquisition by Roche and brings nearly 30 years of experience in raising capital, business development transactions and operations.
- As the Company balances the commitment to treat our cancer patients while mitigating the risk of viral spread to patients, employees and their families, TCR2 has instituted protective policies consistent with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at all TCR2 facilities.
- COVID-19 has significantly impacted the global healthcare system, including the conduct of clinical trials as medical institutions prioritize the treatment of those afflicted with COVID-19. TCR2 continues to closely monitor the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on operations and ongoing clinical and preclinical development.
- While the Company believes it has been able, to date, to mitigate some of the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on its ongoing clinical programs, the Company is committed to providing an interim update of the Phase 1 portion of the TC-210 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in mid-2020 and the Phase 1 portion of the TC-110 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in the second half of 2020.
- TCR2 anticipates an interim update from the Phase 1 portion of the TC-210 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for patients with mesothelin-expressing solid tumors in mid-2020.
- TCR2 anticipates an interim update from the Phase 1 portion of the TC-110 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for patients with CD19+ non-Hodgkin lymphoma or adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2H20.
- TCR2 anticipates clinical production of TRuC-T cells at its manufacturing facility in
Stevenage, UK, in 2H20.
- TCR2 anticipates a target IND filing for the third mono TRuC-T cell program targeting CD70 in 1H21.
- Cash Position: TCR2 ended the first quarter of 2020 with
$140.7 millionin cash, cash equivalents, and investments compared to $158.1 millionas of December 31, 2019. Net cash used in operations was $16.4 millionfor the first quarter of 2020 compared to $10.8 millionfor first quarter of 2019. TCR2 projects net cash use of $60-70 millionfor 2020.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were
$12.0 millionfor the first quarter of 2020 compared to $7.9 millionfor the first quarter of 2019. The increase in R&D expenses is primarily related to increase in headcount, activities related to the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of TC-210 and activities related to the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of TC-110.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were
$4.3 millionfor the first quarter of 2020 compared to $2.9 millionfor the first quarter of 2019. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and costs associated with operations as a public company.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$15.5 millionfor the first quarter of 2020 compared to $9.9 millionfor the first quarter of 2019, driven predominantly by increased R&D expenses.
TCR2 Therapeutics management is scheduled to participate at the following upcoming conference.
Jefferies Global Healthcare Conference: Garry Menzel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics, and Ian Somaiya, Chief Financial Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics, will participate in a fireside chat using a virtual platform on Tuesday, June 2, 2020at 9:00am ET
About TCR2 Therapeutics
TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing the next generation of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer. TCR2’s proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells) specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). In preclinical studies, TRuC-T cells have demonstrated superior anti-tumor activity compared to chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells), while exhibiting lower levels of cytokine release. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting solid tumors, TC-210, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting hematological malignancies, TC-110, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with CD19-positive adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (aALL) and with aggressive or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.
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TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
|March 31, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||31,093||$||65,296|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||6,841||5,061|
|Total current assets||132,957||163,185|
|Property and equipment, net||5,220||4,926|
|Deferred offering costs||170||-|
|Liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||2,950||5,050|
|Total current liabilities||6,129||7,533|
|Stockholders’ equity (deficit)|
|Additional paid-in capital||345,149||342,896|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||(462||)||142|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||146,592||160,449|
|Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity (deficit)||$||153,304||$||168,528|
TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
|For the Three Months|
|Ended March 31,|
|Research and development||$||11,955||$||7,889|
|General and administrative||4,271||2,886|
|Total operating expenses||16,226||10,775|
|Loss from operations||(16,226||)||(10,775||)|
|Interest income, net||747||872|
|Loss before income taxes||(15,479||)||(9,903||)|
|Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value||-||(49,900||)|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(15,506||)||$||(59,803||)|
|Per share information|
|Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted||$||(0.65||)||$||(4.85||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||24,011,843||12,328,805|
TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
|Three months Ended March 31,|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||306||135|
|Stock-based compensation expense||2,055||1,141|
|Accretion on investments||(164||)||(131||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(1,589||)||(1,364||)|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||(2,115||)||(310||)|
|Cash used in operating activities||(16,410||)||(10,833||)|
|Purchases of equipment||(504||)||(188||)|
|Purchase of investments||(47,956||)||(86,626||)|
|Proceeds from sale or maturity of investments||30,617||16,819|
|Cash used in investing activities||(17,843||)||(69,995||)|
|Proceeds from initial public offering, net of issuance costs||-||80,213|
|Proceeds from the exercise of stock options||185||-|
|Deferred offering costs||(135||)||(654||)|
|Cash provided by financing activities||50||79,559|
|Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||(34,203||)||(1,269||)|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year||65,713||47,964|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period||$||31,510||$||46,695|
Source: TCR2 Therapeutics