Indaptus Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
March 21, 2022
NEW YORK (March 21, 2022) – Indaptus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDP) (“Indaptus” or the “Company”), today announces financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021 and provides a corporate update.
“We enter 2022 excited about the future for Indaptus as we continue to advance our clinical readiness with site selection, toxicology studies and other tasks necessary for the successful clearance of our Investigational New Drug application,” said Jeffrey Meckler, Chief Executive Officer of Indaptus. “With Dr. Litchev at the clinical helm, we look forward to his final evaluation of the study design and clinical strategy. We remain on track to initiate this important Phase 1 study of Decoy20 this year and look forward to bringing this novel, multi-targeted therapy to the fight against cancer.”
Recent Corporate Highlights
Appointed Boyan Litchev, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer
In January, Indaptus announced the appointment of Boyan Litchev, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Litchev will oversee clinical strategy, clinical development and the conduct of all clinical programs. Dr. Litchev brings significant experience across a multitude of medical leadership roles that are specifically relevant for Indaptus.
Appointed Mark Gilbert, M.D., to Board of Directors
In December, Indaptus announced the appointment of Mark Gilbert, M.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Gilbert served as Chief Medical Officer of Juno Therapeutics prior to its acquisition by Celgene Corporation and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Acepodia.
Financial Highlights for Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2021
Research and development expenses, for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021, were approximately $1 million, an increase of approximately $0.6 million, or approximately 150%, compared with approximately $0.4 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2020. Research and development expenses for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, were approximately $2.5 million, a decrease of approximately $0.1 million, or approximately 4%, compared with approximately $2.6 million in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020. The increase for the three-month period was primarily due to salaries and share-based compensation. The change in the twelve-month period was a result of the manufacturing and characterization costs of Decoy20 in 2020 that was offset by the increase of salaries and share-based compensation in 2021.
General and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021, were approximately $2.3 million, an increase of approximately $1.9 million, or approximately 475%, compared with approximately $0.4 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2020. General and administrative expenses for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, amounted to approximately $5.2 million, an increase of approximately $4.2 million, or approximately 420%, compared to approximately $1.0 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020. The increase for the three and twelve-month periods was primarily as a result of increased payroll and related expenses, stock-based compensation expense for stock options issued in August 2021 and professional fees associated with being a public company following the Decoy merger.
Loss per share for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, was approximately $1.89 compared with approximately $1.84 for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020.
As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $39.1 million. As of December 31, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1.6 million.
Net cash used in operating activities was approximately $11.3 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, compared with net cash used in operating activities of approximately $3.3 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020. This increase resulted primarily from an increase in general and administrative expenses and effects of the Decoy merger and changes in operating assets and liabilities.
Net cash provided by financing activities for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, was approximately $48.3 million, which was primarily provided by the proceeds from the Company’s private placement offering in August 2021 that resulted in net proceeds of approximately $27.3 million, net proceeds from the Decoy merger in the amount of approximately $15.7 million and the sale of additional Simple Agreements for Future Equity (SAFEs) in the amount of approximately $5.0 million. Net cash provided by financing activities for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020, was approximately $1.2 million, which was provided by the sale of SAFEs.
More detailed information can be found in the Company’s Annual Report, a copy of which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on the Company’s website at www.indaptusrx.com. You may request a copy of the Company’s Form 10-K, at no cost to you, by writing to the Chief Financial Officer of the Company at 3 Columbus Circle, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019 or by calling the Company at (347) 480 9760.
About Indaptus Therapeutics
Indaptus Therapeutics has evolved from more than a century of immunotherapy advances. The Company’s approach is based on the hypothesis that efficient activation of both innate and adaptive immune cells and associated anti-tumor and anti-viral immune responses will require a multi-targeted package of immune system activating signals that can be administered safely intravenously. Indaptus’ patented technology is composed of single strains of attenuated and killed, non-pathogenic, Gram-negative bacteria, with reduced i.v. toxicity, but largely uncompromised ability to prime or activate many of the cellular components of innate and adaptive immunity. This approach has led to broad anti-tumor and anti-viral activity, including safe, durable anti-tumor response synergy with each of five different classes of existing agents, including checkpoint therapy, targeted antibody therapy and low-dose chemotherapy in preclinical models. Tumor eradication by Indaptus technology has been demonstrated to produce both innate and adaptive immunological memory and, importantly, does not require provision of or targeting a specific tumor antigen in pre-clinical models. Indaptus has carried out successful GMP manufacturing of its lead clinical oncology candidate, Decoy20, and has completed other IND enabling studies.
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