TCR² Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
- New clinical data from gavo-cel Phase 1 trial to be presented at
European Society of Medical Oncology(ESMO)
- Remain on track to identify recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) for gavo-cel in 2021
- TCR2 to host virtual R&D Day on
October 20, 2021to highlight emerging pipeline
“As we enter the second half of the year, we are approaching the conclusion of the Phase 1 portion of our gavo-cel clinical trial and selection of an RP2D. We look forward to presenting safety, efficacy and translational data from at least 17 patients, up to dose level 5, in an oral presentation at the
- TCR2 announced today the Company plans to present new clinical data from the dose escalation portion of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of gavo-cel in patients with treatment refractory mesothelin-expressing solid tumors as part of an oral presentation on
September 17at 14:20 CEST( 8:20am EST) at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress2021 being held in-person from September 16-21, 2021. The presentation will include long-term follow-up from initial and new patients from the Phase 1 dose escalation, with data from additional non-mesothelioma patients, and will focus on safety, efficacy and translational data at dose levels 3 (1x108 cells/m2 with lymphodepletion), 4 (5x108 cells/m2 without lymphodepletion) and 5 (5x108 cells/m2 with lymphodepletion).
- TCR2 announced today that it will host a virtual R&D Day on
Wednesday, October 20, 2021to showcase the broad emerging pipeline focusing on its enhancements, allogeneic strategies and new targets.
- TCR2 announced the appointment of
Peter Olagunjuas its first Chief Technical Officer where he will oversee process development, manufacturing, quality control and technical operations for the Company’s TRuC-T cell programs and emerging pipeline. Previously, Mr. Olagunjuwas Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at FerGene, Inc.Before that, Mr. Olagunjuwas Vice President of Global Patient Operations at bluebird bio, Inc., where he held several roles of increasing responsibility and was the program lead and functional head of manufacturing supporting the European approval for ZYNTEGLO®, a transformational gene therapy for Transfusion dependent Thalassemia.
- TCR2 to highlight interim progress from the Phase 1 portion of the gavo-cel Phase 1/2 clinical trial for patients with mesothelin-expressing solid tumors in an abstract at the 2021
World Conference on Lung Cancer.
- TCR2 to highlight additional safety, efficacy and translational data from all patients receiving therapy up to dose level 5 (second and third gavo-cel doses) in the Phase 1 portion of the gavo-cel Phase 1/2 clinical trial focused on mesothelin-expressing solid tumors in an oral presentation at the
- TCR2 to present 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 the second half of 2021.
- TCR2 plans to file an IND for TC-510, the first enhanced TRuC-T cell (targeting mesothelin with a PD-1:CD28 switch), in the second half of 2021.
- TCR2 plans to select a development candidate for its allogeneic program in the second half of 2021.
- TCR2 to present preclinical data on its IL-15 enhancements program in the fourth quarter of 2021.
- TCR2 to host virtual R&D Day focused on the broad emerging pipeline on
October 20, 2021.
- TCR2 anticipates production of clinical trial material from
ElevateBio LLCand its manufacturing facility in Stevenage, UK, both in anticipation of demand from the Phase 2 expansion trial of gavo-cel, in 2022.
- Cash Position: TCR2 ended the second quarter of 2021 with
$317.3 millionin cash, cash equivalents, and investments compared to $228.0 millionas of December 31, 2020. Net cash used in operations was $15.0 millionfor the second quarter of 2021 compared to $16.0 millionfor the second quarter of 2020. TCR2 projects net cash use of $100-110 millionfor 2021, which includes tenant improvements to the Rockvillefacility. We expect cash on hand to support operations through 2023.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were
$18.6 millionfor the second quarter of 2021 compared to $12.9 millionfor the second quarter of 2020. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to an increase in headcount, additional lab facilities, and manufacturing facilities.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were
$5.7 millionfor the second quarter of 2021 compared to $3.8 millionfor the second quarter of 2020. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and external professional fees.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$24.3 millionfor the second quarter of 2021 compared to $16.2 millionfor the second quarter of 2020.
Adoption of New Lease Standard
During the second quarter of 2021, TCR2 adopted the new lease standard ASC 842 effective
TCR2 Therapeutics management is scheduled to participate at the following upcoming conferences.
Wedbush PacGrow Healthcare Conference: Robert Hofmeister, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics, will participate in a panel using a virtual platform on Tuesday, August 10, 2021at 9:45am ET
About TCR2 Therapeutics
TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage cell therapy company developing a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer. TCR2’s proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells) specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). In preclinical studies, TRuC-T cells have demonstrated superior anti-tumor activity compared to chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells), while secreting lower levels of cytokine release. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting solid tumors, gavo-cel, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting hematological malignancies, TC-110, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with CD19-positive adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (aALL) and with aggressive or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.
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TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||248,793||$||94,155|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||7,882||7,552|
|Total current assets||325,228||235,538|
|Property and equipment, net||10,722||10,013|
|Right-of-use assets, operating leases||30,559||-|
|Other assets, non-current||490||61|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||6,533||6,392|
|Operating lease liabilities||3,594||-|
|Total current liabilities||14,946||8,840|
|Operating lease liabilities, non-current||24,046||-|
|Additional paid-in capital||624,445||486,197|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||(19||)||63|
|Total stockholders’ equity||328,891||236,548|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||368,140||$||246,195|
TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended
||Six Months Ended
|Research and development||$||18,627||$||12,907||$||34,551||$||24,862|
|General and administrative||5,666||3,809||11,334||8,080|
|Total operating expenses||24,293||16,716||45,885||32,942|
|Loss from operations||(24,293||)||(16,716||)||(45,885||)||(32,942||)|
|Interest income, net||32||499||148||1,246|
|Loss before income tax expense||(24,261||)||(16,217||)||(45,737||)||(31,696||)|
|Income tax expense||51||28||87||55|
|Per share information|
|Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted||$||(0.64||)||$||(0.67||)||$||(1.22||)||$||(1.32||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||38,176,025||24,075,984||37,622,390||24,043,913|
TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
|Six Months Ended
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,203||673|
|Stock-based compensation expense||6,339||4,119|
|Accretion on investments||417||(392||)|
|Deferred tax liabilities||63||-|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(490||)||(3,512||)|
|Operating leases, net||(3,415||)||-|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||178||(1,587||)|
|Cash used in operating activities||(38,942||)||(32,421||)|
|Purchases of equipment||(2,184||)||(1,229||)|
|Software development costs||(128||)||-|
|Purchases of investments||(40,732||)||(63,005||)|
|Proceeds from sale or maturity of investments||105,518||80,975|
|Cash provided by investing activities||62,474||16,741|
|Proceeds from public offering of common stock, net of issuance costs||131,330||-|
|Proceeds from the exercise of stock options||580||310|
|Payment of deferred offering costs||(246||)||(231||)|
|Cash provided by financing activities||131,664||79|
|Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||155,196||(15,601||)|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year||94,738||65,713|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period||$||249,934||$||50,112|
|Supplemental disclosure of noncash activities|
|Property and equipment additions in accounts payable||$||395||$||745|
|Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities||21,241||-|
|Operating cash flows used in operating leases||6,379||-|
Source: TCR2 Therapeutics