Compass Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
- Continuing to enroll patients in a U.S. Phase 2 study of CTX-009 (DLL4 /VEGF-A bispecific antibody) in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (CRC); initial data from this study is expected in the second half of 2023
- Opened 20 clinical sites and continues to enroll patients in a U.S. Phase 2 study of CTX-009 in patients with advanced biliary tract cancers (BTC); top line data from this study is now expected in the second half of 2024
- Completed enrollment of the dose-escalation portion of the Phase 1 combination arm of CTX-471 (CD137 agonistic antibody) and KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab)
- Added to the Russell 2000® and Russell 3000® Indexes as part of the Russell indexes annual reconstitution
- Ended the second quarter with $169 million in cash and marketable securities, providing cash runway for the company into 2026
BOSTON, Aug. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compass Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMPX), a clinical-stage, oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary antibody-based therapeutics to treat multiple human diseases, today reported second quarter, and year-to-date, 2023 financial results.
“Enrollment of our Phase 2 study of CTX-009 in patients with advanced CRC is on track and we expect to report initial data from this study in the second half of this year. Enrollment in our Phase 2 study in patients with BTC has been slower than anticipated, but we have taken steps to address this, including opening of a number of key clinical sites, strengthening our clinical operations team, and increasing our collaboration with patient advocacy groups,” said Thomas J. Schuetz, MD, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
“While we continue to advance CTX-009 and CTX-471 in the clinic, we are also gearing toward the filing of our third U.S. IND application, which will be for our next generation bispecific checkpoint axis blocker, CTX-8371. We believe that CTX-8371’s unique mechanism-of-action is the reason for its differentiated activity in pre-clinical studies, and we look forward to advancing it to a first-in-human clinical study,” said Vered Bisker-Leib, PhD, President and Chief Operating Officer.
Development Pipeline Update and Highlights:
CTX-009 (DLL4 and VEGF-A bispecific antibody)
- Enrolling patients in the U.S. Phase 2 study of CTX-009 as a monotherapy in patients with advanced, metastatic colorectal cancer
- The study design is an Adaptive Simon Two-Stage, with Stage 1 of the study enrolling 37 patients; if 3 or more responses are confirmed in Stage 1, the study will advance to Stage 2, and an additional 47 patients will be enrolled
- The study is enrolling patients with CRC who have received two or three prior systemic therapies irrespective of their KRAS mutation status
- Patients are being evaluated for safety and tolerability, as well as clinical response
- Initial results from Stage 1 of this study are expected in the second half of 2023
- Enrolling patients in the U.S. Phase 2/3 study of CTX-009 in combination with Paclitaxel in BTC
- This randomized Phase 2/3 study is designed to enroll 150 patients with BTC who have received one prior systemic therapy
- The primary endpoint of the study is overall response rate (ORR), and secondary endpoints include progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), clinical benefit rate (CBR) and duration of response (DOR)
- Enrollment for this study has been slower than anticipated; based on our current enrollment estimate, we expect top line data from this study in the second half of 2024
CTX-471 (CD137 + PD-1)
- Advancing enrollment of the Phase 1 combination arm of CTX-471 (CD137 agonistic antibody) and Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with select solid tumors
- The dose-escalation portion of the study (n=9) has been fully enrolled
Initial results from the combination arm are expected in the second half of 2023
CTX-8371 (PD-1 x PD-L1)
- CTX-8371 is a next generation bispecific checkpoint inhibitor that simultaneously targets PD-1 and PD-L1 and exhibits a unique mechanism-of-action that involves cleavage of cell surface PD-1
- Targeting IND submission in the third quarter of 2023 and initiating a Phase 1 clinical trial in the fourth quarter of 2023
Net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 was $11.3 million or $0.09 per common share, compared to $8.5 million or $0.08 per common share for the same period in 2022. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2022 was $19.1 million or $0.15 per common share, compared to $15.7 million or $0.16 per common share for the same period in 2022.
As of June 30, 2023, cash and marketable securities were $169 million as compared to $187 million as of December 31, 2022, providing the Company with an anticipated cash runway into 2026. During the first half of 2023, the Company used $22 million of cash to fund operations.
Research and development (R&D) Expenses
R&D expenses were $10.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, as compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2022, an increase of approximately $4.4 million or 74%. The change for the quarter was primarily attributable to a net increase of $4.6 million in program costs, resulting primarily from $5.9 million additional spending related to CTX-009 clinical and manufacturing costs offset by a $1.3 million decrease in spending on other programs.
R&D expenses were $16.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, as compared to $10.3 million for the same period in 2022, an increase of $6.6 million or 64%. The change for the year was primarily attributable to a net increase of $7.1 million in program costs, resulting primarily from $9.3 million additional spending related to CTX-009 clinical and manufacturing costs offset by a $2.2 million decrease in spending on other programs.
General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses
G&A expenses were $3.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 and 2022. G&A expenses were $6.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, as compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2022, an increase of $0.3 million or 5%.
Upcoming Investor Conferences
Compass management will participate in four upcoming investor conferences:
- Wedbush Securities Healthcare Conference
Date: August 8-9, 2023
Location: New York, NY
- Citi BioPharma Conference
Date: September 6-7, 2023
Location: Boston, MA
- HC Wainwright Global Investment Conference
Date: September 11-13, 2023
Location: New York, NY
- Cantor Healthcare Conference
Date: September 26-28, 2023
Location: New York, NY
Live webcasts presentations, when available, will be under “News & Events” in the Investors section of the Company’s website located at www.compasstherapeutics.com.
KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA.
About Compass Therapeutics
Compass Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary antibody-based therapeutics to treat multiple human diseases. Compass’s scientific focus is on the relationship between angiogenesis, the immune system, and tumor growth. The company pipeline of novel product candidates is designed to target multiple critical biological pathways required for an effective anti-tumor response. These include modulation of the microvasculature via angiogenesis-targeted agents, induction of a potent immune response via activators on effector cells in the tumor microenvironment, and alleviation of immunosuppressive mechanisms used by tumors to evade immune surveillance. Compass plans to advance its product candidates through clinical development as both standalone therapies and in combination with proprietary pipeline antibodies based on supportive clinical and nonclinical data. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit the Compass Therapeutics website at https://www.compasstherapeutics.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, references to Compass’s financial position to continue advancing its product candidates, expectations about cash runway, business and development plans, and statements regarding Compass’s product candidates, their development, regulatory plans with respect thereto and therapeutic potential thereof. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, Compass’s ability to raise the additional funding it will need to continue to pursue its business and product development plans, the inherent uncertainties associated with developing product candidates and operating as a development stage company, Compass’s ability to identify additional product candidates for development, Compass’s ability to develop, complete clinical trials for, obtain approvals for and commercialize any of its product candidates, competition in the industry in which Compass operates and market conditions. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and Compass assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factor disclosure set forth in the reports and other documents Compass files with the SEC available at www.sec.gov, including without limitation Compass’s latest Form 10-Q and subsequent filings with the SEC.
Anna Gifford, Communications Manager
|Compass Therapeutics, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(In thousands, except par value)|
|June 30, 2023||December 31, 2022|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||19,278||$||34,946|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||6,520||8,182|
|Total current assets||175,272||194,791|
|Property and equipment, net||1,204||1,567|
|Operating lease, right-of-use ("ROU") asset||2,385||2,967|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Operating lease obligations, current portion||1,147||1,097|
|Total current liabilities||9,698||16,169|
|Operating lease obligations, long-term portion||1,197||1,838|
|Total stockholders' equity||168,286||181,638|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||179,181||$||199,645|
|Compass Therapeutics, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (unaudited)|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Research and development||$||10,223||$||5,862||$||16,862||$||10,278|
|General and administrative||3,114||3,125||6,183||5,891|
|Total operating expenses||13,337||8,987||23,045||16,169|
|Loss from operations||(13,337||)||(8,987||)||(23,045||)||(16,169||)|
|Net loss per share - basic and diluted||$||(0.09||)||$||(0.08||)||$||(0.15||)||$||(0.16||)|