Nov 9, 2020
CBMG Reports Q3 2020 Financial Results and Business Highlights
GAITHERSBURG, MD and SHANGHAI, China, November 9, 2020 – Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CBMG) (“CBMG” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical firm engaged in the drug development of immunotherapies for cancer and stem cell therapies for degenerative diseases, today reported its financial results and business highlights for the third quarter of 2020.
Tony (Bizuo) Liu, Chief Executive Officer, commented on Q3’s progress:
“I’m excited to share our progress in our China Phase I Investigator Initiated Trial (IIT) assessing the safety and efficacy of an anti-CD20/19 bispecific CAR-T, C-CAR039, a 2nd generation novel bi-specific CAR-T therapy targeting both CD19 and CD20 antigens in the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (r/r NHL). C-CAR039’s objective is to improve both the response rate and duration of response while limiting antigen escape of CD19 following anti-CD19 CAR-T therapy. C-CAR039 is manufactured in a proprietary process with serum free, semi-automated, and functionally closed platform with reduced vein-to-vein time. Thus far we have seen a complete manufacturing success rate. As of October 30, 2020, 18 of the 21 enrolled patients received single dose C-CAR039 intravenous infusion with a dose range of 1.0 x 106 to 5.0 x 106 CAR-T cells/kg of body weight. 17 patients, including 15 patients with DLBCL, 1 with follicular lymphoma (FL) and 1 with transformed follicular lymphoma (tFL) are evaluable for safety (evaluated by CTCAE V5.0) and 16 patients have one month or longer efficacy data utilizing the 2014 Lugano Classification for the assessment of lymphoma. The median age of evaluable, infused patients was 60 years (range: 28–71 years). The median number of lines of prior therapies was 3 (range: 1-5). 11 of the 17 patients were stage III or IV patients (64.7%).
C-CAR039 treatment was well tolerated with no grade 3 or higher cytokine release syndrome (CRS), and with one grade 1 neurotoxicity event. Reversible grade 1 or 2 CRS was observed in 15/17 (88.2%) of patients. At the one-month efficacy evaluation, 15/16 patients showed clinical improvement with an objective response rate (ORR) of 94%. The best overall response (BOR) includes 14 CR (87.5%, 12 DLBCL, 1 FL and 1 tFL) and 1 partial response (PR). Cytopenia was mostly related to Cy/Flu lymphodepletion. 12 patients have at least 3-months follow-up data. The overall survival (OS) at 3 months is 100%. The median follow-up was 156 days (39-345 days), and the median duration of response (DOR) has not yet been reached. Furthermore, positive correlation between the expansion of C-CAR039 CAR-T cells detected in the peripheral blood of treated patients and tumor regression was observed. We remain optimistic that C-CAR039 shows a potentially competitive safety and a promising efficacy profile. We are planning further development in a multicenter Phase Ib trial in China and in the U.S.
Regarding our C-CAR088 anti-BCMA drug development for multiple myeloma (MM), to date we have infused 26 of the 28 patients enrolled in the IIT study in China. Our abstract for this study has been accepted for an oral presentation on Saturday, December 5, 2020, 1:15pm at the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
We have been utilizing lung cancer tumor specimens for pre-clinical development and manufacturing in China and in the U.S. Upon completion of the Rockville, Maryland site in late Q4, we plan to conduct knowledge transfer from China to the U.S. and utilize our Rockville facility to support early stage U.S. clinical development for C-TIL051 tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and C-CAR039 for NHL.
We are also enrolling patients in China for our off-the-shelf AlloJoin® Phase II trial in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (KOA). To date we have seen fewer than expected adverse events (AE) and AEs are limited to grades 1 and 2 in the trial participants. We also initiated development in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) using allogeneic human adipose mesenchymal stem cell exosomes (haMSC-Exos) and extracellular vesicles, respectively, in Shanghai, China.
We are happy to report that we secured $25 million and $20 million in financing in August and October, respectively, to support our near-term clinical development and ongoing operations.”
Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2020
- Net loss allocable to common stockholders for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $17.0 million and $42.1 million respectively, compared to $15.9 million and $37.3 million for the same periods in 2019.
- General and administrative expenses for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020 were $5.1 million and $11.8 million, respectively, compared to $3.3 million and $10.0 million for the same periods in 2019.
- Research and development expenses for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020 were $12.6 million and $30.5 million respectively, compared $13.1 million and $28.2 million for the same periods in 2019.
- Net cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $33.2 million, compared to $28.4 million for the same period in 2019.
- Cash and cash equivalents were $26 million as of September 30, 2020, compared to $13.6 million as of June 30, 2020.
· Short-term debt was $47.9 million as of September 30, 2020, compared to $19.5 million as of June 30, 2020.
About Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc.
Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBMG) develops proprietary cell therapies for the treatment of cancer and degenerative diseases. The company conducts immuno-oncology and stem cell clinical trials in China using products from its integrated GMP laboratory. The Company’s GMP facilities in China, consisting of twelve independent cell production lines, are designed and managed according to both China and U.S. GMP standards. Its Shanghai facility includes a “Joint Laboratory of Cell Therapy” with GE Healthcare and a “Joint Cell Therapy Technology Innovation and Application Center” with Thermo Fisher Scientific. These partnerships focus on improving manufacturing processes for cell therapies. CBMG currently has ongoing CAR-T Phase I clinical trials in China. The China NMPA (formerly CFDA) approved the Company’s IND application for a Phase II trial for AlloJoin®, CBMG’s “Off-the-Shelf” allogenic haMPC therapy for the treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA), and has accepted the Company’s IND application for a Phase II trial for ReJoin® autologous haMPC therapy for the treatment of KOA. The NMPA has also accepted CBMG’s dossier for an IND application for clinical trials of anti-BCMA CAR-T. CBMG is included in the broad-market Russell 3000® Index the small-cap Russell 2000® Index and the Loncar China BioPharma index. To learn more about CBMG, please visit www.cellbiomedgroup.com.
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Director of Corporate Communications, CBMG
Phone: (301) 825-5320