NEEDHAM, Mass., Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Candel Therapeutics, Inc. (Candel or the Company) (Nasdaq: CADL), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing viral immunotherapies to help patients fight cancer, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, and provided a corporate update.
“We continue to be encouraged by the therapeutic potential of our pipeline of oncology drug candidates that have shown clinical activity across multiple hard-to-treat solid tumor cancers,” said Paul Peter Tak, MD, PhD, FMedSci, President and Chief Executive Officer of Candel. “With multiple clinical trials underway, we are well-positioned for a number of upcoming data catalysts. We expect to announce additional clinical and immunological biomarker data from our phase 2 clinical trial in late stage PD-(L)1 inhibitor therapy-resistant non-small cell lung cancer in the third quarter of this year and topline overall survival data in the second quarter of 2024. In addition, we plan to announce initial overall survival and immunological biomarker data from the phase 2 clinical trial of CAN-2409 in patients with borderline resectable pancreatic adenocarcimoma in the fourth quarter of 2023.”
Dr. Tak further commented, “For our CAN-3110 drug candidate, recent data presented from our phase 1 clinical trial in 50 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma demonstrated that a single injection of CAN-3110 was associated with encouraging median overall survival without dose-limiting toxicities. We have also begun evaluating whether multiple injections of CAN-3110 in this patient population could further boost the anti-tumor immune response with added drug exposure. This clinical trial program may also enable future expansion into other indications that are characterized by Nestin expression. We remain determined in our efforts to bring the next generation of viral immunotherapies to patients with cancer.”
Second Quarter 2023 & Recent Highlights
- Program Updates:
- CAN-2409 – Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
- Fast Track Designation granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for CAN-2409 plus valacyclovir in combination with continued pembrolizumab in order to improve survival or delay progression in patients with stage III/IV NSCLC who are resistant to first line PD-(L)1 inhibitor therapy and who do not have activating molecular driver mutations or have progressed on directed molecular therapy.
- Presented an overview of the phase 2 NSCLC clinical trial design, study protocol, and dosing regimen in a trials-in-progress poster session at the 2023 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.
- Based on the estimated completion of patient enrollment in Cohort 2, expect to report topline overall survival data from the phase 2 NSCLC clinical trial in Q2 2024.
- CAN-3110 – Recurrent High-Grade Glioma (HGG)
- Presented new data at the 2023 American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Annual Meeting. The data from the phase 1 investigator-sponsored clinical trial demonstrated that a single injection of CAN-3110 resulted in a median overall survival (mOS) of 11.8 months in patients with recurrent HGG who had failed standard of care (SoC) treatment. Further results demonstrated CAN-3110 to be well tolerated with no dose-limiting toxicities.
- Advanced patient enrollment in Arm C, supported by the Break Through Cancer Foundation, to evaluate the repeat dosing regimen of CAN-3110 (up to six injections over four months) and whether additional doses can increase mOS.
- CAN-2409 – Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
- Corporate Updates:
- Appointed experienced manufacturing leader Nicoletta Loggia, PhD, RPh, to the Candel Board of Directors.
Anticipated 2023 Milestones
- Expect to announce additional clinical and immunological biomarker activity data from newly enrolled patients and additional follow-up on the 26 patients who received two injections of CAN-2409 in Cohort 2 of the phase 2 clinical trial of CAN-2409 plus valacyclovir combined with continued PD-(L)1 targeting agents in patients with late-stage NSCLC in Q3.
- Expect to announce initial overall survival and immunological biomarker data from the open-label, randomized phase 2 clinical trial of CAN-2409 plus valacyclovir combined with SoC for patients with borderline resectable pancreatic adenocarcimoma in Q4.
Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2023
Research and Development Service Revenue, related party: Research and development service revenue, related party, was $0 for the second quarter of 2023 compared to $31,000 for the second quarter of 2022, as the amortizable $1.0 million up-front license fee that Candel received in 2014 and 2015 from Ventagen LLC was fully recognized as of December 2022.
Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses were $5.9 million for the second quarter of 2023 compared to $5.0 million for the second quarter of 2022. The increase was primarily due to personnel-related costs for additional headcount and manufacturing activities in support of the Company’s CAN-2409 programs. Research and development expenses included non-cash stock compensation expense of $0.3 million for the second quarter of 2023 compared to $57,000 for the second quarter of 2022.
General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $3.6 million for the second quarter of 2023 compared to $3.8 million for the second quarter of 2022. The decrease was primarily due to lower recruiting and insurance costs, partially offset by an increase in professional service and consulting expenses as well as personnel-related costs for additional headcount. General and administrative expenses included non-cash stock compensation expense of $0.4 million for both the second quarter of 2023 and the second quarter of 2022.
Net Loss: Net loss for the second quarter of 2023 was $9.6 million compared to a net loss of $4.1 million for the second quarter of 2022, and included net other expense of $35,000 and net other income of $4.6 million, respectively, primarily related to the change in the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability.
Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023 were $51.9 million. The Company expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund its current operating plan into the second quarter of 2024.
|Candel Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|THREE MONTHS ENDED||SIX MONTHS ENDED|
|JUNE 30,||JUNE 30,|
|Research and development service revenue, related party||$||—||$||31||$||—||$||63|
|Research and development||5,934||5,022||11,403||10,438|
|General and administrative||3,645||3,762||7,809||7,364|
|Total operating expenses||9,579||8,784||19,212||17,802|
|Loss from operations||(9,579||)||(8,753||)||(19,212||)||(17,739||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability||144||4,969||868||13,256|
|Total other income (expense), net||(35||)||4,604||803||12,716|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.33||)||$||(0.14||)||$||(0.64||)||$||(0.17||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||28,919,810||28,810,224||28,919,810||28,750,431|
|Candel Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet Data|
|JUNE 30,||DECEMBER 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||51,894||$||70,058|
|Working capital (1)||45,199||66,330|
|Total other liabilities||26,923||28,095|
|Total stockholders equity||$||30,771||$||47,714|
|(1) Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities|
About Candel Therapeutics
Candel is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing off-the-shelf viral immunotherapies that elicit an individualized, systemic anti-tumor immune response to help patients fight cancer. Candel’s engineered viruses are designed to induce immunogenic cell death through direct viral-mediated cytotoxicity in cancer cells, thus releasing tumor neo-antigens while creating a pro-inflammatory microenvironment at the site of injection. This leads to in-situ vaccination against the injected tumor and uninjected distant metastases.
The Company has established two clinical stage viral immunotherapy platforms based on novel, genetically modified adenovirus and herpes simplex virus (HSV) gene constructs, respectively. CAN-2409 is the lead product candidate from the adenovirus platform and is currently in ongoing clinical trials in non-small cell lung cancer (phase 2), pancreatic cancer (phase 2), and localized, non-metastatic prostate cancer (phase 2 and phase 3). CAN-3110 is the lead product candidate from the HSV platform and is currently in an ongoing phase 1 clinical trial in recurrent glioblastoma. In addition, Candel’s enLIGHTEN™ Discovery Platform is a systematic, iterative HSV-based discovery platform leveraging human biology and advanced analytics to create new viral immunotherapies for solid tumors.
For more information about Candel, visit: www.candeltx.com.
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