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NuCana Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Multiple Data Readouts on Track for the Remainder of 2022 and the First Half of 2023

Well Capitalized with Anticipated Cash Runway into 2025

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided an update on its broad clinical program with its transformative ProTide therapeutics.

As of September 30, 2022, NuCana had cash and cash equivalents of £50.8 million compared to £46.5 million as of June 30, 2022 and £60.3 million at December 31, 2021. NuCana continues to advance its various clinical programs and reported a net loss of £4.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, as compared to a net loss of £8.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. Basic and diluted loss per share was £0.09 for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, as compared to £0.15 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“This year we have focused on advancing our transformative ProTides through the clinic and evaluating additional indications and combinations to expand our development program,” said Hugh S. Griffith, NuCana’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Based on NUC-3373’s promising efficacy and favorable safety profile, we initiated two clinical studies: NuTide:323, a randomized Phase 2 trial of NUC-3373 in combination with irinotecan (NUFIRI) and bevacizumab for the second-line treatment of patients with colorectal cancer; and NuTide:303 a Phase 1b/2 study of NUC-3373 in combination with either pembrolizumab in patients with solid tumors or in combination with docetaxel in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Furthermore, we entered the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study which is investigating NUC-7738 as a monotherapy and in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with solid tumors.”

Mr. Griffith continued: “We recently presented data at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting that showed the promising anti-tumor activity and favorable safety profiles of both NUC-3373 and NUC-7738. We presented encouraging data for NUC-3373 in combination with irinotecan (NUFIRI) or oxaliplatin (NUFOX) from the NuTide:302 Phase 1b/2 study in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. We also presented positive data on NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors, including melanoma, from the Phase 1 part of the Phase 1/2 NuTide:701 study. At the 34th EORTC-NCI-AACR Annual Meeting in October, we presented data demonstrating that NUC-3373 is a more potent inhibitor of thymidylate synthase than pemetrexed in both adenocarcinoma and squamous subtypes of NSCLC. In addition, we presented data that demonstrate NUC-3373’s ability to increase the immunogenic cell death of lung cancer cells in combination with pembrolizumab.”

Mr. Griffith concluded: “We are pleased with the progress we have made this year with NUC-3373 and NUC-7738. Based on these positive data updates, we have expanded our development programs and are rapidly advancing them as we progress towards our goal of providing more effective and safer treatment options for patients with cancer. With a cash runway that is expected to fund operations into 2025, we look forward to achieving numerous value-driving catalysts in the near future.”

Anticipated Milestones: Q4 2022 and H1 2023

•  NUC-3373 (a ProTide transformation of 5-FU)

In Q4 2022, NuCana expects to:

  • Commence enrollment in the randomized, controlled Phase 2 (NuTide:323) study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents for the second-line treatment of patients with colorectal cancer;

  • Commence enrollment in the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:303) modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with either pembrolizumab in patients with various solid tumors or in combination with docetaxel in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to identify additional indications for development; and

  • Expand the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:302) study of NUC-3373 in colorectal cancer patients, and evaluate NUC-3373-based regimens in combination with bevacizumab in second-line patients with colorectal cancer.

In the first half of 2023, NuCana expects to:

  • Announce data from the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:302) study of NUC-3373 combined with leucovorin, bevacizumab and either irinotecan or oxaliplatin in second-line patients with colorectal cancer; and

  • Announce data from the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:303) modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with either pembrolizumab in patients with various solid tumors or docetaxel in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to identify additional indications for development.

•  NUC-7738 (a ProTide transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine)

In Q4 2022, NuCana expects to:

  • Commence enrollment in the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in combination with the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, in patients with solid tumors; and

  • Announce data from the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study in patients with solid tumors treated with NUC-7738 monotherapy.

In the first half of 2023, NuCana expects to:

  • Announce data from the Phase 1 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors; and

  • Announce data from the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study in patients with solid tumors treated with NUC-7738 monotherapy and NUC-7738 in combination with pembrolizumab.

About NuCana
NuCana is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on significantly improving treatment outcomes for patients with cancer by applying our ProTide technology to transform some of the most widely prescribed chemotherapy agents, nucleoside analogs, into more effective and safer medicines. While these conventional agents remain part of the standard of care for the treatment of many solid and hematological tumors, they have significant shortcomings that limit their efficacy and they are often poorly tolerated. Utilizing our proprietary technology, we are developing new medicines, ProTides, designed to overcome the key limitations of nucleoside analogs and generate much higher concentrations of anti-cancer metabolites in cancer cells. NuCana’s pipeline includes NUC-3373 and NUC-7738. NUC-3373 is a new chemical entity derived from the nucleoside analog 5-fluorouracil, a widely used chemotherapy agent. NUC-3373, in combination with other agents, is in a Phase 1b/2 study in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. NuCana has also initiated a randomized Phase 2 study of NUC-3373, in combination with other agents, for the second-line treatment of patients with advanced colorectal cancer. In addition, NuCana has initiated a Phase 1b/2 modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents, including the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, in patients with advanced solid tumors to identify additional indications for development. NUC-7738 is a transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine, a novel anti-cancer nucleoside analog. NUC-7738 is in the Phase 2 part of a Phase 1/2 study in patients with advanced solid tumors which is evaluating NUC-7738 as a monotherapy and in combination with pembrolizumab.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on the beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management of NuCana plc (the “Company”). All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements concerning the Company’s planned and ongoing clinical studies for the Company’s product candidates and the potential advantages of those product candidates, including NUC-3373 and NUC-7738; the initiation, enrollment, timing, progress, release of data from and results of those planned and ongoing clinical studies; the Company’s goals with respect to the development, regulatory pathway and potential use, if approved, of each of its product candidates; the utility of prior non-clinical and clinical data in determining future clinical results; and the sufficiency of the Company’s current cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities to fund its planned operations into 2025. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on April 27, 2022, and subsequent reports that the Company files with the SEC. Forward-looking statements represent the Company’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release to conform any of the forward-looking statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations.

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

For the Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

£

 

 

£

 

 

£

 

 

£

 

Research and development expenses

 

(7,386

)

 

(8,971

)

 

(23,238

)

 

(26,200

)

Administrative expenses

 

(1,715

)

 

(2,277

)

 

(5,756

)

 

(6,456

)

Net foreign exchange gains

 

2,912

 

 

1,274

 

 

7,120

 

 

488

 

Operating loss

 

(6,189

)

 

(9,974

)

 

(21,874

)

 

(32,168

)

Finance income

 

216

 

 

22

 

 

380

 

 

81

 

Loss before tax

 

(5,973

)

 

(9,952

)

 

(21,494

)

 

(32,087

)

Income tax credit

 

1,445

 

 

1,911

 

 

4,672

 

 

5,198

 

Loss for the period

 

(4,528

)

 

(8,041

)

 

(16,822

)

 

(26,889

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted loss per share

 

(0.09

)

 

(0.15

)

 

(0.32

)

 

(0.52

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,
2022

 

December 31,
2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

£

 

 

£

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

2,512

 

 

2,410

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

969

 

 

851

 

Deferred tax asset

 

95

 

 

60

 

Other non-current assets

 

2,655

 

 

2,540

 

 

 

6,231

 

 

5,861

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepayments, accrued income and other receivables

 

7,052

 

 

4,161

 

Current income tax receivable

 

4,622

 

 

7,188

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

50,752

 

 

60,264

 

 

 

62,426

 

 

71,613

 

Total assets

 

68,657

 

 

77,474

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital and share premium

 

143,138

 

 

143,137

 

Other reserves

 

75,068

 

 

72,137

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(165,513

)

 

(149,726

)

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

52,693

 

 

65,548

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provisions

 

46

 

 

46

 

Lease liabilities

 

459

 

 

164

 

 

 

505

 

 

210

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

 

5,614

 

 

1,829

 

Payroll taxes and social security

 

166

 

 

170

 

Accrued expenditure

 

9,456

 

 

9,510

 

Lease liabilities

 

223

 

 

207

 

 

 

15,459

 

 

11,716

 

Total liabilities

 

15,964

 

 

11,926

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

68,657

 

 

77,474

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

(in thousands)

 

£

 

 

£

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

(16,822

)

 

(26,889

)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax credit

(4,672

)

 

(5,198

)

Amortization, depreciation and loss on disposal

676

 

 

673

 

Finance income

(380

)

 

(81

)

Interest expense on lease liabilities

11

 

 

15

 

Share-based payments

3,900

 

 

4,919

 

Net foreign exchange gains

(7,233

)

 

(533

)

 

(24,520

)

 

(27,094

)

Movements in working capital:

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in prepayments, accrued income and other receivables

(2,758

)

 

(497

)

Increase in trade payables

3,785

 

 

1,634

 

(Decrease) increase in payroll taxes, social security and accrued expenditure

(101

)

 

2,333

 

Movements in working capital

926

 

 

3,470

 

Cash used in operations

(23,594

)

 

(23,624

)

Net income tax received

7,220

 

 

9,888

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(16,374

)

 

(13,736

)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

368

 

 

79

 

Payments for property, plant and equipment

(12

)

 

(43

)

Payments for intangible assets

(396

)

 

(537

)

Payments for other non-current assets

-

 

 

(2,597

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(40

)

 

(3,098

)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for lease liabilities

(189

)

 

(222

)

Proceeds from issue of share capital

1

 

 

198

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(188

)

 

(24

)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(16,602

)

 

(16,858

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

60,264

 

 

87,356

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

7,090

 

 

529

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

50,752

 

 

71,027

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:

NuCana plc
Hugh S. Griffith
Chief Executive Officer
+44 131 357 1111
info@nucana.com

Westwicke, an ICR Company
Chris Brinzey
+1 339-970-2843
chris.brinzey@westwicke.com

RooneyPartners
Marion Janic
+1 212-223-4017
mjanic@rooneyco.com