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CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE American: CVM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, as well as key clinical and corporate developments.
Clinical and Corporate Developments include:
In December 2020, CEL-SCI updated the status of its pivotal Phase 3 head and neck cancer study of Multikine* (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection). Data lock has been completed, and the study entered its final stage of statistical analysis. CEL-SCI remains blinded to the study data and is not involved in this process which is conducted by independent contractors. The statistical analysis plan follows the protocol stated objectives and is designed to meet FDA requirements to define the clinical benefits that Multikine might provide for patients newly diagnosed with advanced primary (not yet treated) squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The analysis looks at multiple parameters to gain the most information on the possible benefits of using Multikine immunotherapy as a first line treatment before standard of care for these patients.
CEL-SCI continued expanding and upgrading its dedicated cGMP facility in which it manufactures Multikine. The construction, which began in 2020, is expected to be completed in the coming months and will double the facility’s capacity to accommodate two shifts for increased production of Multikine.
In December 2020, CEL-SCI announced that its LEAPS COV-19 peptides, delivered as a therapeutic treatment following SARS-CoV-2 virus challenge, achieved a 40% survival rate in human ACE2 transgenic mouse model as compared to 0% survival in the two control groups. These studies were conducted at the University of Georgia Center for Vaccines and Immunology. As COVID-19 mutations increase, LEAPS COV-19’s mechanism of action which targets the non-mutating part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is becoming more important.
In December 2020, CEL-SCI sold 1,000,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $14.65 per share and received aggregate proceeds of approximately $13.6 million. On December 31, 2020, CEL-SCI’s cash position was approximately $21.9 million. After December 31, 2020, CEL-SCI has received approximately $3.9 million through the exercise of warrants and stock options.
"As the data analysis for our Phase 3 trial is being conducted, we are focused on expanding manufacturing of Multikine so that we will be ready to produce significant commercial quantities for this unmet medical need. We believe that Multikine may add substantial clinical benefit and help these patients." stated CEL-SCI CEO, Geert Kersten.
CEL-SCI reported a net loss of approximately $7.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 versus net loss of approximately $5.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
During the three months ended December 31, 2020, CEL-SCI incurred approximately $3.6 million in costs to upgrade its manufacturing facility to prepare for the potential commercial production of Multikine. Total estimated costs of this upgrade are approximately $10.5 million, of which approximately $6.7 million has been incurred through December 31, 2020.
About CEL-SCI Corporation
CEL-SCI believes that boosting a patient’s immune system while it is still intact should provide the greatest possible impact on survival. Therefore, in the Phase 3 study CEL-SCI treated patients who are newly diagnosed with advanced primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, are treated with the investigational product Multikine first, BEFORE they received surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy (the current standard of care for these patients). This approach is unique. Most other cancer immunotherapies are administered only after conventional therapies have been tried and/or failed. Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection), has received Orphan Drug designation from the FDA for the neoadjuvant therapy in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) of the head and neck.
CEL-SCI believes that this Phase 3 study is the largest Phase 3 study in the world for the treatment of head and neck cancer. Per the study’s protocol, newly diagnosed patients with advanced primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck were treated with the Multikine treatment regimen right after diagnosis and prior to receiving the Standard of Care (SOC), which involves surgery, radiation or concurrent radiochemotherapy. Multikine is designed to help the immune system "see" the tumor at a time when the immune system is still relatively intact and thereby thought to better be able to mount an attack on the tumor. The aim of treatment with Multikine is to boost the body’s immune system prior to SOC to attack the cancer. The Phase 3 study is fully enrolled with 928 patients and the last patient was treated in September 2016. To prove an overall survival benefit, the study requires CEL-SCI to wait until 298 (death) events have occurred among the two main comparator groups. This study milestone occurred in late April 2020. The study is currently in the statistical analysis phase.
The Company’s LEAPS technology is being developed for rheumatoid arthritis and as a potential treatment for COVID-19 infection. The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and near/in Baltimore, Maryland.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. When used in this press release, the words "intends," "believes," "anticipated," "plans" and "expects," and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the terms, expected proceeds, use of proceeds and closing of the offering. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, an inability to duplicate the clinical results demonstrated in clinical studies, timely development of any potential products that can be shown to be safe and effective, receiving necessary regulatory approvals, difficulties in manufacturing any of the Company's potential products, inability to raise the necessary capital and the risk factors set forth from time to time in CEL-SCI's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to its report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2020. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
* Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection) is the trademark that CEL-SCI has registered for this investigational therapy, and this proprietary name is subject to FDA review in connection with the Company's future anticipated regulatory submission for approval. Multikine has not been licensed or approved for sale, barter or exchange by the FDA or any other regulatory agency. Similarly, its safety or efficacy has not been established for any use. Moreover, no definitive conclusions can be drawn from the early-phase, clinical-trials data involving the investigational therapy Multikine. Further research is required, and early-phase clinical trial results must be confirmed in the Phase 3 clinical trial of this investigational therapy that is in progress.
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