Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX) reported business and financial highlights for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.
“Celldex continues to advance one of the most robust, well-staged pipelines in immuno-oncology,” said Anthony Marucci, President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex Therapeutics. “As we move closer to final data from the ACT IV study in newly diagnosed glioblastoma, we continue to build on the potential promise of RINTEGA in the recurrent setting and look forward to presenting long-term survival data from the ReACT study at the SNO meeting later this month. In the third quarter we continued to execute on all fronts, including enrolling patients to seven ongoing Celldex-sponsored clinical trials. In addition, there are now numerous investigator initiated studies ongoing with additional concepts under discussion. We look forward to data in 2016 from several of these studies that we believe will further support the critical role of immunotherapy in oncology.”
RINTEGA® (“rindopepimut”; “rindo”; CDX-110), an EGFRvIII(v3)-specific therapeutic vaccine for glioblastoma (GBM)
- The ACT IV study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study of RINTEGA plus GM-CSF added to standard of care temozolomide in patients with newly diagnosed, surgically resected, EGFRvIII-positive glioblastoma. 745 patients were enrolled into ACT IV to reach the required 374 patients with minimal residual disease (assessed by central review) needed for analysis of the primary overall survival endpoint. All patients, including those with disease that exceed this threshold, will be included in a secondary analysis of overall survival as well as analyses of progression-free survival, safety and tolerability, and quality of life. The study design includes interim analyses conducted by an independent Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) at 50 and 75% of events (deaths). The first interim analysis occurred in June 2015, and the DSMB recommended continuation of the study as planned. The Company anticipates that the study will reach the required number of events to perform the second interim analysis in late 2015 and that the analysis will occur in early 2016.
- As previously reported, data from the Phase 2 ReACT study in patients with recurrent glioblastoma were presented in an oral session at the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting by David A. Reardon, M.D., Clinical Director, Center for Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Instituteand Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the lead investigator of the ReACT study. Patients on the RINTEGA arm experienced a statistically significant overall survival (OS) benefit, and an impressive, emerging long-term survival benefit was observed. The primary endpoint of the study, progression-free survival at six months (PFS6), was met, and a clear advantage was demonstrated across multiple, clinically important endpoints including long-term progression-free survival, objective response rate (ORR) and need for steroids. The Company will present an update on overall survival and long-term survival in a podium presentation at the 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) on Friday, November 20th at 1:30 PM CT/2:30 PM ET.
Glembatumumab vedotin (“glemba”; CDX-011), an antibody-drug conjugate targeting gpNMB in multiple cancers
- Enrollment continues in the Company’s Phase 2b randomized study (METRIC) of glembatumumab vedotin in patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancers that overexpress gpNMB, a molecule associated with poor outcomes for triple negative breast cancer patients and the target of glembatumumab vedotin. Enrollment is open across the United States, Canada and Australia. Trial expansion into theEuropean Union (EU) is underway, and the Company plans to open enrollment in up to 50 sites in the EU in early 2016. Based on current projections, enrollment will be completed in the second half of 2016.
- Patient enrollment continues in the Phase 2 study of glembatumumab vedotin in metastatic melanoma.
- Celldex continues to advance plans to expand the study of glembatumumab vedotin in other cancers in which gpNMB is expressed.
- A Phase 2 study in squamous cell lung cancer is expected to commence in Q1 2016.
- Celldex and the National Cancer Institute have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) under which the NCI will sponsor two studies of glembatumumab vedotin—one in uveal melanoma and one in pediatric osteosarcoma.
Varlilumab (“varli”; CDX-1127), a fully human monoclonal agonist antibody that binds and activates CD27, a critical co-stimulatory molecule in the immune activation cascade
- The Phase 1/2 study of varlilumab and nivolumab (Opdivo®) in adult patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, metastatic melanoma, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is actively enrolling patients. This study is being conducted by Celldex under a clinical trial collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb. The companies are sharing development costs.
- In April 2015, Celldex announced that it had entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Roche to evaluate the combination of varlilumab and atezolizumab (anti-PDL1) in a Phase 1/2 study in renal cell carcinoma. Under the terms of this agreement, Roche will provide study drug, and Celldex will be responsible for conducting and funding the study, which is expected to open to enrollment in Q4 2015.
- Additional combination studies of varlilumab continue to enroll patients including:
- A Phase 1/2 safety and tolerability study examining the combination of varlilumab and sunitinib (Sutent®) in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CC-RCC); and,
- A Phase 1/2 safety and tolerability study examining the combination of varlilumab and ipilimumab (Yervoy®) in patients with Stage III or IV metastatic melanoma. In the Phase 2 portion of the study, patients with tumors that express NY-ESO-1 will also receive Celldex’s CDX-1401.
- Celldex will present a preclinical poster on the contribution of varlilumab’s immune stimulating properties versus regulatory T cell (Treg) depletion in multiple tumor models on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:15 PM ET at the 2015 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting.
- Oncothyreon recently completed evaluation of two dosing cohorts in the Oncothyreon-led Phase 1b trial of ONT-10, a therapeutic vaccine targeting the tumor-associated antigen MUC1, in combination with varlilumab in patients with advanced breast and ovarian cancers. Preliminary data from these two cohorts did not demonstrate sufficient activity to move forward with the program, and Oncothyreon does not plan to enroll additional patients in the Phase 1b trial. Varlilumab biomarker analyses from peripheral blood samples from this study are consistent with prior experience including an increase in activated T cells and natural killer cells and a decrease in regulatory T cells.
- Patient treatment in the Phase 1 dose-escalation study of varlilumab is complete. Any incremental data updates will be included in a future scientific presentation/publication.
- Efforts are underway for additional Phase 2 studies of varlilumab, and the Company will provide updates on these studies as they are initiated.
CDX-1401, an antibody-based NY-ESO-1-specific therapeutic vaccine for multiple solid tumors
- A Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of varlilumab and ipilimumab (Yervoy®) continues to enroll patients with Stage III or IV metastatic melanoma. In the Phase 2 portion of the study, patients with tumors that express NY-ESO-1 will also receive CDX-1401, an off-the-shelf antibody-based dendritic cell targeted vaccine.
- Celldex continues to support several external collaborations, including a National Cancer Institute sponsored Phase 2 study of CDX-1401 and CDX-301 for patients with metastatic melanoma, which recently completed enrollment.
CDX-301 (recombinant human Flt3L), a potent hematopoietic cytokine that uniquely expands dendritic cells and hematopoietic stem cells
- CDX-301 is being developed as a combination product with other immuno-oncology agents in investigator-sponsored studies.
- A pilot study of CDX-301 alone and in combination with Mozobil® in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was initiated in September 2014 and is currently enrolling patients and sibling-matched donors. The Company anticipates presenting early data from this study in Q1 2016.
Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2015 Financial Highlights and 2015 Guidance
Cash position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2015 were $304.6 million compared to $334.0 million as of June 30, 2015. The decrease of $29.4 million was primarily driven by our third quarter net cash used in operating activities of $27.8 million. As of September 30, 2015 Celldex had 98.6 million shares outstanding.
Revenues: Total revenue was $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $3.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to$1.1 million and $2.1 million for the comparable periods in 2014. The increase in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was primarily due to our clinical trial collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb and our research and development agreement with Rockefeller University.
R&D Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were $24.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $76.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to $26.2 million and $77.4 million for the comparable periods in 2014.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $8.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $22.8 million for the nine months endedSeptember 30, 2015, compared to $5.0 million and $14.4 million for the comparable periods in 2014. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily attributable to higher personnel-related expenses as we prepare for potential product launches and a $3.3 million increase year to date in RINTEGA and glembatumumab vedotin commercial planning costs over the $2.6 million spent in the comparable period in 2014.
Net loss: Net loss was $32.0 million, or ($0.32) per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and $94.5 million, or ($0.98) per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to a net loss of $28.1 million, or ($0.31) per share and $86.3 million, or ($0.97) per share for the comparable periods in 2014.
Financial guidance: Celldex expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements through 2017; however, this could be impacted by our clinical data results from the RINTEGA program and their potential impact on our pace of commercial manufacturing and the rate of expansion of our commercial operations.
RINTEGA® is a registered trademark of Celldex Therapeutics. Opdivo® and Yervoy® are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Sutent® is a registered trademark of Pfizer. Mozobil® is a registered trademark of sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC. (Original Source)
Shares of Celldex Therapeutics closed today at $12.51, down $0.56 or 4.28%. CLDX has a 1-year high of $32.82 and a 1-year low of $10.11. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $12.89 and its 200-day moving average is $20.46.
On the ratings front, Celldex has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on September 15, Cowen analyst Boris Peaker maintained a Buy rating on CLDX, with a price target of $28, which implies an upside of 123.8% from current levels. Separately, on August 11, Brean Murray Carret’s Jonathan Aschoff reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $31.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Boris Peaker and Jonathan Aschoff have a total average return of 22.5% and -1.9% respectively. Peaker has a success rate of 47.6% and is ranked #109 out of 3824 analysts, while Aschoff has a success rate of 41.6% and is ranked #3377.
The street is mostly Bullish on CLDX stock. Out of 4 analysts who cover the stock, 4 suggest a Buy rating . The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $28.00, which represents a potential upside of 123.8% from where the stock is currently trading.
Celldex Therapeutics Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of immunotherapy technologies for the treatment of cancer and other difficult-to-treat diseases.