TCR² Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
“Over the last few months, we continue to treat cancer patients in our ongoing gavo-cel Phase 1 clinical trial and have observed meaningful clinical benefit in three different treatment-refractory solid tumor indications,” said
- TCR2 announced positive interim data from the first 17 patients treated in the Phase 1 portion of the gavo-cel Phase 1/2 clinical trial for mesothelin-expressing solid tumors. 15 of the 16 patients evaluable for efficacy experienced regression of their target lesions including 6 patients that achieved a partial response (PR) by target lesion assessment, 4 of whom met criteria for a PR according to RECIST 1.1 criteria. The maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was declared 5x108/m2after lymphodepletion.
- Following identification of the MTD, TCR2 announced the completion of the 3-patient cohort at the new dose level 3.5A (3x108/m2 following lymphodepletion) using a split dosing approach. Two patients were evaluable for safety. In both cases, gavo-cel was well-tolerated with no patients experiencing Grade ≥3 cytokine release syndrome (CRS).
- TCR2 announced a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) to evaluate gavo-cel in combination with Opdivo® (nivolumab) and Yervoy® (ipilimumab) in its planned Phase 2 clinical trial in treatment refractory mesothelin-expressing solid tumors.
- TCR2 announced at its virtual R&D Day on
October 20, 2021, its pipeline prioritization of solid tumors and highlighted programs from its emerging TRuC pipeline including TC-510, its first TRuC-T cell enhanced with a PD1xCD28 switch receptor; TC-520, its lead candidate targeting CD70 expressing an IL-15 enhancement; allogeneic TRuC-T cells; and TRuC Tregs, the first utilization of the TRuC platform in the autoimmune setting.
- TCR2 announced the expansion of its manufacturing capacity by exercising an option on a second clean room at ElevateBio BaseCamp which adds to the buildout of clinical and commercial supply currently underway at its
Rockville, MDfacility. In connection with this expansion, TCR2 proposes to cease manufacturing activities at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult) in Stevenage, UK.
- TCR2 anticipates the identification of the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) in 4Q21.
- TCR2 plans to file an IND for TC-510, the first enhanced TRuC-T cell (targeting mesothelin with a PD1xCD28 switch), in the first quarter of 2022.
- TCR2 anticipates initiation of IND-enabling studies for TC-520, an enhanced CD70 targeting TRuC-T cell program in 2022.
- TCR2 plans to select a lead candidate for its allogeneic program in 2022.
- TCR2 anticipates production of clinical trial material from ElevateBio BaseCamp in anticipation of demand from the Phase 2 expansion trial of gavo-cel in 2022.
- Cash Position: TCR2 ended the third quarter of 2021 with
$295.7 millionin cash, cash equivalents, and investments compared to $228.0 millionas of December 31, 2020. Net cash used in operations was $19.4 millionfor the third quarter of 2021 compared to $10.8 millionfor the third quarter of 2020. TCR2 projects net cash use of $100-105 millionfor 2021, the lower end of the range previously provided. We expect cash on hand to support operations through 2023.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were
$20.3 millionfor the third quarter of 2021 compared to $12.8 millionfor the third 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
$6.0 millionfor the third quarter of 2021 compared to $4.4 millionfor the third quarter of 2020. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs.
- Net Loss: Net loss was
$26.2 millionfor the third quarter of 2021 compared to $16.9 millionfor the third quarter of 2020.
TCR2 Therapeutics management is scheduled to participate at the following upcoming conferences.
Jefferies London Healthcare Conference: Garry Menzel, President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics, will present an update on Company progress on Tuesday, November 16, 2021at 12:20pm GMT( 7:20am ET)
- Piper Sandler 33rd Annual
Virtual Healthcare Conference: management will participate in a fireside chat using a virtual platform on Monday, November 22, 2021at 10:00am ET
About TCR2 Therapeutics
TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage cell therapy company developing a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors. The company is focused on the discovery and development of product candidates against novel and complex targets utilizing its proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells). The TRuC platform is designed to specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. The use of words such as "may," "will," "could", "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "seeks," "endeavor," "potential," "continue" or the negative of such words or other similar expressions can be used to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, express or implied statements regarding the therapeutic potential of gavo-cel and the Company’s other product candidates, timing of updates for the gavo-cel and TC-110 clinical trials, expectations with respect to timing of our IND submission for TC-510, expectations regarding preclinical data for our emerging pipeline and enhancements, timing for the certification of operation of our manufacturing facilities in
The expressed or implied forward-looking statements included in this press release are only predictions and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation: uncertainties inherent in clinical studies and in the availability and timing of data from ongoing clinical studies; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial; whether results from preclinical studies or earlier clinical studies will be predictive of the results of future trials; the expected timing of submissions for regulatory approval or review by governmental authorities, including review under accelerated approval processes; orphan drug designation eligibility; regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products; TCR2’s ability to maintain sufficient manufacturing capabilities to support its research, development and commercialization efforts, including TCR2’s ability to secure additional manufacturing facilities; whether TCR2's cash resources will be sufficient to fund TCR2's foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on TCR2’s ongoing operations; and other risks set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in TCR2’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although TCR2 believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur.
Moreover, except as required by law, neither TCR2 nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements included in this press release. Any forward-looking statement included in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it was made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||262,497||$||94,155|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||7,478||7,552|
|Total current assets||303,219||235,538|
|Property and equipment, net||12,252||10,013|
|Right-of-use assets, operating leases||29,432||-|
|Other assets, non-current||666||61|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||8,654||6,392|
|Operating lease liabilities||3,482||-|
|Total current liabilities||16,520||8,840|
|Operating lease liabilities, non-current||23,635||-|
|Additional paid-in capital||628,064||486,197|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||(15)||63|
|Total stockholders’ equity||306,270||236,548|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||346,724||$||246,195|
TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended
||Nine Months Ended
|Research and development||$||20,277||$||12,820||$||54,828||$||37,682|
|General and administrative||5,963||4,371||17,297||12,451|
|Total operating expenses||26,240||17,191||72,125||50,133|
|Loss from operations||(26,240)||(17,191)||(72,125)||(50,133)|
|Interest income, net||38||300||186||1,546|
|Loss before income tax expense||(26,202)||(16,891)||(71,939)||(48,587)|
|Income tax expense||42||31||129||86|
|Per share information|
|Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted||$||(0.69)||$||(0.56)||$||(1.91)||$||(1.86)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||38,197,929||30,340,355||37,816,345||26,158,040|
TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
|Nine Months Ended
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,976||1,114|
|Stock-based compensation expense||9,525||6,186|
|Amortization (accretion) on investments||626||(574)|
|Deferred tax liabilities||105||86|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(41)||(1,875)|
|Operating leases, net||(2,811)||-|
|Accrued expenses and other liabilities||2,299||(114)|
|Cash used in operating activities||(58,323)||(43,240)|
|Purchases of equipment||(4,352)||(2,523)|
|Software development costs||(308)||-|
|Purchases of investments||(40,732)||(162,147)|
|Proceeds from sale or maturity of investments||140,622||109,916|
|Cash provided by (used in) investing activities||95,230||(54,754)|
|Proceeds from public offering of common stock, net of issuance costs||131,330||133,570|
|Proceeds from the exercise of stock options||1,013||742|
|Payment of deferred offering costs||(336)||-|
|Cash provided by financing activities||132,007||134,312|
|Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash||168,914||36,318|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year||94,738||65,713|
|Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period||$||263,652||$||102,031|
Source: TCR2 Therapeutics