Plus Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Business Highlights
First patient dosed in ReSPECT-LM Phase 1/2a dose escalation trial of 186 RNL for leptomeningeal metastases
Closed in-licensing transaction for novel targeted radioembolic technology for the treatment of solid organ tumors
Expanded ReSPECT-GBM clinical trial partnership with Medidata to design innovative registrational trial of 186 RNL for recurrent glioblastoma
Management to host conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET
AUSTIN, Texas, April 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSTV) (the “Company”), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing innovative, targeted radiotherapeutics for rare and difficult-to-treat cancers, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, and provided an overview of recent business highlights.
“In the first quarter of 2022, we announced a major corporate milestone, specifically the successful enrollment of the first patient in our ReSPECT-LM Phase 1/2a dose escalation trial of 186RNL in patients with leptomeningeal metastases,” said Marc H. Hedrick M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Plus Therapeutics. “This adds a very important new clinical program to our growing drug development pipeline targeting significant unmet medical conditions.”
Rhenium-186 NanoLiposome ( 186 RNL), a novel radiotherapy in development for several rare cancer targets
- Treated first patient in the ReSPECT-LM Phase 1/2a dose escalation trial of 186RNL in patients with leptomeningeal metastases (LM).
- Finalized key 186RNL drug product development and characterization activities for GMP manufacturing to support planned Phase 2 registrational clinical trial and commercialization of 186RNL in recurrent glioblastoma (GBM).
- Expanded partnership with Medidata Solutions, Inc., a Dassault Systèmes company, utilizing Medidata’s Synthetic Control Arm® (SCA) platform intended to speed enrollment, improve patient access and reduce clinical trial costs in Plus Therapeutics’ planned Phase 2 registrational trial of 186RNL in GBM.
- Presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2022 Annual Meeting describing a biology-based, mathematical model to predict response of recurrent GBM to 186RNL treatment (Poster).
Rhenium-188 NanoLiposome Biodegradable Alginate Microsphere ( 188 RNL-BAM), a novel
radiotherapy in development for solid organ cancers
- Announced the in-licensing of a novel targeted radioembolic technology for the treatment of solid organ tumors and biodegradable alginate microspheres (BAM) technology for both diagnostic and/or therapeutic payloads.
- The Company began developing 188RNL-BAM as a next-generation radioembolization therapy for rare solid organ cancers including liver cancer.
FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL RESULTS
- The Company’s cash balance was $21.2 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $18.4 million at December 31, 2021.
- Total operating expenses for the first quarter 2022 were $3.9 million, compared to total operating expenses of $2.5 million for first quarter 2021. Approximately $0.7 million of this increase is due to research and development expenses and $0.7 million to legal, intellectual property and professional fees.
- Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $4.1 million, or $(0.19) per share, compared to a net loss of $2.7 million, or $(0.33) per share, for the first quarter of 2021.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MILESTONES
During the remainder of 2022, the Company expects to accomplish the following key business objectives:
- Upon U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, initiate a Phase 2/registrational trial in patients with recurrent GBM.
- Complete FDA CMC and clinical meetings for 186RNL.
- Manufacture GMP 186RNL for Phase 2 registrational trials.
- Obtain FDA approval for ReSPECT-GBM multiple dosing clinical trial arm.
- Complete initial safety cohort in ReSPECT-LM Phase 1/2a dose escalation trial.
- Obtain FDA approval for study of 186RNL in patients with pediatric brain cancer (ReSPECT-PBC).
- Complete technology transfer and key CMC, FDA IND-enabling studies for 188RNL-BAM.
First Quarter 2022 Results Conference Call
The Company will hold a conference call and live audio webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss its financial results and provide a general business update.
|Event:||Plus Therapeutics First Quarter 2022 Results Conference Call|
|Date:||April 21, 2022|
|Time:||5:00 p.m. Eastern Time|
|Live Call:||866-342-8591 (toll free); 203-518-9713 (Intl.); Conference ID: PSTVQ122|
The webcast can be accessed live via the Investor Relations section of the Plus Therapeutics website at ir.plustherapeutics.com/events and will be available for replay beginning two hours after the conclusion of the conference call.
About Plus Therapeutics, Inc.
Plus Therapeutics is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative, targeted radiotherapeutics for adults and children worldwide with rare and difficult-to-treat cancers. Our proprietary radiotherapeutic platform uniquely uses nanoliposomes to encapsulate and deliver the radioisotope, Rhenium, into or near a tumor via a single, direct infusion. The lead radiotherapeutic in our pipeline, Rhenium-186 NanoLiposome (186RNL), is being evaluated in U.S. multi-center clinical trials for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma and leptomeningeal metastases. More information may be found at PlusTherapeutics.com and ReSPECT-Trials.com.
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The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the Company’s actual results may differ, including materially, from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the early stage of the Company’s product candidates and therapies, the results of the Company’s research and development activities, including uncertainties relating to the clinical trials of its product candidates and therapies; the Company’s liquidity and capital resources and its ability to raise additional cash, the outcome of the Company’s partnering/licensing efforts, risks associated with laws or regulatory requirements applicable to it, market conditions, product performance, litigation or potential litigation, and competition within the regenerative medicine field, among others; and additional risks described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including in the Company’s annual and quarterly reports. There may be events in the future that the Company is unable to predict, or over which it has no control, and its business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may change in the future. The Company assumes no responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events, trends or circumstances after the date they are made unless the Company has an obligation under U.S. federal securities laws to do so.
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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and par value data)
|March 31, 2022||December 31,
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||21,239||$||18,400|
|Other current assets||865||1,324|
|Total current assets||22,104||19,724|
|Property and equipment, net||1,558||1,477|
|Operating lease right-use-of assets||316||341|
|Intangible assets, net||150||51|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||3,203||$||4,151|
|Operating lease liability||110||111|
|Term loan obligation, current||1,608||1,608|
|Total current liabilities||4,921||5,870|
|Noncurrent operating lease liability||235||269|
|Term loan obligation||4,718||5,005|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 1,952|
|shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 22,197,635|
| and 15,510,025 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December
31, 2021, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||465,646||457,730|
|Total stockholders’ equity||14,642||10,836|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||24,516||$||21,981|
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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|For the Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Research and development||$||1,785||$||1,127|
|General and administrative||2,141||1,352|
|Total operating expenses||3,926||2,479|
|Other income (expense):|
|Change in fair value of liability instruments||1||2|
|Total other expense||(190||)||(241||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.19||)||$||(0.33||)|
|Basic and diluted weighted average shares used in calculating net loss per
share attributable to common stockholders
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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|For the Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Cash flows used in operating activities:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||147||88|
|Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount||115||151|
|Change in fair value of liability instruments||(1||)||(2||)|
|Share-based compensation expense||180||107|
|Non-cash lease expense||(10||)||1|
|Increases (decreases) in cash caused by changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||459||(170||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||(650||)||(461||)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(3,876||)||(3,006||)|
|Cash flows used in investing activities:|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(210||)||(84||)|
|Purchase of intangible assets||(117||)||—|
|In process research and development acquired||(250||)||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(577||)||(84||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Principal payments of long-term obligations||(402||)||—|
|Payment of financing lease liability||—||(6||)|
|Proceeds from exercise of warrants||—||2,017|
|Proceeds from sale of common stock||7,694||7,180|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||7,292||9,191|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||2,839||6,101|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||18,400||8,346|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||21,239||$||14,447|
|Supplemental disclosure of cash flows information:|
|Cash paid during period for:|
|Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing and financing activities:|
|Unpaid offering cost||$||171||$||102|