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Marker Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2020 Operating and Financial Results

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HOUSTON, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Marker Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRKR), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of next-generation T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.  

"We continue to make progress toward advancing our planned Phase 2 trial with our novel MultiTAA-specific T cell therapy in patients with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML," said Peter L. Hoang, President & CEO of Marker Therapeutics. "While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted hospital systems globally, we have augmented our process development for our MT-401 product, continued the buildout of our manufacturing facility and added further clinical sites for our Phase 2 AML trial. With a novel cell therapy product candidate that has demonstrated the ability to induce broad and durable immune responses in earlier clinical studies, Marker remains well-positioned to provide a potential treatment option for patients suffering from this devastating disease."

PROGRAM UPDATES

Multi-Antigen Targeted (MultiTAA) T Cell Therapies

Phase 2 AML Trial Update
The Company continues to identify and add clinical trial sites in preparation for the Phase 2 AML trial initiation. The study is currently subject to a partial clinical hold on the use of a new reagent in the manufacturing process until the FDA reviews and accepts the final data and certificates of analysis for the new reagent. The alternate supplier has been delayed in providing the reagent but expects to ship the reagent to Marker in Q3. Once Marker receives the reagent and completes the required analyses for FDA, the Company will provide additional clarification around the timing of the AML trial enrollment.

USAN Council Approval of "Zelenoleucel" for MT-401
Marker recently announced that the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council approved "zelenoleucel" as the nonproprietary (generic) name for MT-401, a MultiTAA-specific T cell product candidate for the treatment of patients with AML following allogeneic stem cell transplant in both adjuvant and active disease settings.

Pancreatic Cancer Data Presented During ASCO
Updated clinical results from an ongoing investigator-sponsored Phase 1 trial led by the Baylor College of Medicine, evaluating the Company's MultiTAA-specific T cell therapy in patients with advanced or metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma, were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Annual Meeting. Data from a cohort of patients receiving MultiTAA-specific T cell therapy in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapy in the first-line setting (Arm A) were presented.

  • Out of the 13 evaluable patients (best overall response): four patients experienced objective responses, including one complete response; six patients experienced stable disease; one patient experienced a mixed response (some lesions increased in size and others decreased for a net zero change in size of tumor lesions).
  • Patients had durable cancer control with 9 of the 13 patients exceeding historical control of overall survival.
  • Evidence of epitope-spreading was observed in all responders, suggesting that the MultiTAA T cell therapy triggered the recruitment of a broader endogenous immune system response for improved anti-tumor activity.
  • No infusion-related reactions, cytokine release syndrome or neurotoxicity was observed.

BUSINESS UPDATES

On June 30, 2020, Marker announced that the Company executed a lease agreement to establish an in-house cGMP manufacturing facility in Houston, TX. The facility is expected to be completed by year-end and operational in 2021. Marker will continue to manufacture its MultiTAA-specific T cell therapy at the Baylor College of Medicine to support the Company-sponsored AML trial until the in-house cGMP manufacturing facility is operational.

SECOND QUARTER 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Cash Position and Guidance: At June 30, 2020, Marker had cash and cash equivalents of $32.1 million. The Company believes that its existing cash and cash equivalents will fund its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into Q2 2021.  

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $4.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to $3.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $2.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to $2.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Net Loss: Marker reported a net loss of $6.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.  

About Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Marker Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of next-generation T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications. Marker's cell therapy technology is based on the selective expansion of non-engineered, tumor-specific T cells that recognize tumor associated antigens (i.e. tumor targets) and kill tumor cells expressing those targets. This population of T cells is designed to attack multiple tumor targets following infusion into patients and to activate the patient's immune system to produce broad spectrum anti-tumor activity. Because Marker does not genetically engineer its T cell therapies, we believe that our product candidates will be easier and less expensive to manufacture, with reduced toxicities, compared to current engineered CAR-T and TCR-based approaches, and may provide patients with meaningful clinical benefit. As a result, Marker believes its portfolio of T cell therapies has a compelling product profile, as compared to current gene-modified CAR-T and TCR-based therapies.

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Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer
This release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this news release concerning the Company's expectations, plans, business outlook or future performance, and any other statements concerning assumptions made or expectations as to any future events, conditions, performance or other matters, are "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: our research, development and regulatory activities and expectations relating to our non-engineered multi-tumor antigen specific T cell therapies; the effectiveness of these programs or the possible range of application and potential curative effects and safety in the treatment of diseases; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and the timing and success of our clinical trials, as well as clinical trials conducted by our collaborators. Forward-looking statements are by their nature subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to the risks set forth in the Company's most recent Form 10-K, 10-Q and other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Such risks and uncertainties may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business and the global economy. The Company assumes no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






June 30,


December 31,


2020


2019

(Unaudited)


(Audited)

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$           32,124,187


$        43,903,949

Prepaid expenses and deposits

2,632,514


1,526,442

Interest receivable

3,440


56,189

Total current assets

34,760,141


45,486,580

Non-current assets:




Property, plant and equipment, net

1,592,094


417,528

Construction in progress

2,629,141


-

Right-of-use assets, net

9,542,228


455,174

Total non-current assets

13,763,463


872,702





Total assets

$           48,523,604


$        46,359,282









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$             4,528,021


$          1,757,680

Lease liability

456,065


204,132

Warrant liability

-


31,000

Total current liabilities

4,984,086


1,992,812

Non-current liabilities:




Lease liability, net of current portion

9,025,273


280,247

Total non-current liabilities

9,025,273


280,247





Total liabilities

14,009,359


2,273,059





Commitments and contingencies

-


-





Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock - $0.001 par value, 5 million shares authorized and 0 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

-


-

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 150 million shares authorized, 46.6 million and 45.7 million shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

46,617


45,728

Additional paid-in capital

374,828,385


371,573,909

Accumulated deficit 

(340,360,757)


(327,533,414)

Total stockholders' equity

34,514,245


44,086,223





Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$           48,523,604


$        46,359,282

 

Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)



For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2020


2019


2020


2019

Revenues:








Grant income

$            466,785


$                       -


$                  466,785


$                            -

Total revenues

466,785


-


466,785


-

Operating expenses:








Research and development

4,277,052


3,152,445


8,093,670


5,985,140

General and administrative

2,547,289


2,721,120


5,374,284


5,526,895

Total operating expenses

6,824,341


5,873,565


13,467,954


11,512,035

Loss from operations

(6,357,556)


(5,873,565)


(13,001,169)


(11,512,035)

Other income (expense):








Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

-


(7,000)


31,000


(16,000)

Interest income

15,857


310,174


142,826


638,719

Net loss

$        (6,341,699)


$        (5,570,391)


$           (12,827,343)


$           (10,889,316)









Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$                 (0.14)


$                 (0.12)


$                      (0.28)


$                      (0.24)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

46,572,739


45,501,078


46,328,561


45,483,513









 

Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)



For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


2020


2019

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net loss

$           (12,827,343)


$        (10,889,316)

Reconciliation of net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

124,627


39,811

Changes in fair value of warrant liabilities

(31,000)


16,000

Stock-based compensation

2,705,365


2,889,243

Amortization on right-of-use assets

96,973


89,178

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Prepaid expenses and deposits

(1,106,072)


(349,750)

Interest receivable

52,749


10,023

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

2,770,341


225,135

Lease liability

(187,068)


(89,907)

Net cash used in operating activities

(8,401,428)


(8,059,583)

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




Purchase of property and equipment

(1,299,193)


(305,382)

Purchase of construction in progress

(2,629,141)


-

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,928,334)


(305,382)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:




Proceeds from exercise of stock options

-


57,744

Proceeds from exercise of warrants

550,000


5,379

Net cash provided by financing activities

550,000


63,123

Net decrease in cash

(11,779,762)


(8,301,842)





Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

43,903,949


61,746,748

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

$             32,124,187


$          53,444,906









 

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SOURCE Marker Therapeutics, Inc.

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