Indaptus Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
November 15, 2021
NEW YORK (November 15, 2021) – Indaptus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDP) (“Indaptus” or the “Company”), today announces financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021 and provides a corporate update.
“The third quarter was transformative for Indaptus as we successfully closed the merger with Decoy Biosystems, Inc. (“Decoy”) and completed a $30 million private placement to support our exciting new clinical programs,” said Jeffrey Meckler, Chief Executive Officer of Indaptus. “We are executing to our strategy of advancing Decoy20 as a potential new treatment modality for a variety of cancer indications with unmet medical need. Our goal to enter the clinic with Decoy20 in 2022 remains on track, however, we now plan to file the IND next year as we are in the process of recruiting a Chief Medical Officer to lead our clinical trials. We believe we have a unique opportunity to shape the course of cancer treatment by activating both the innate and adaptive immune systems with our therapeutics and look forward to making our vision a reality.”
Recent Corporate Highlights
Received Notice of Allowance for Strategic Patent in Virology
In September, Indaptus announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of allowance for claims related to the Company’s platform technology in the field of virology. The patent, titled, “Methods of Treatment of Infections Using Bacteria,” (Application No.16/584,644) provides broad protection for the application of the Company’s platform technology alone and in combination with standards of care for the treatment and inhibition of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections.
Closed Merger with Decoy Biosystems and Completed $30 Million Private Placement
In August, Indaptus closed its previously announced merger with Decoy and the completion of a $30 million private placement. In addition, the Company announced a corporate name change to Indaptus Therapeutics, as it better reflects the Company’s therapeutic focus.
Financial Highlights for Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2021
Research and development expenses, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, were approximately $0.7 million, a decrease of approximately $0.7 million, or approximately 48%, compared with approximately $1.4 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2020. Research and development expenses for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, were approximately $1.6 million, a decrease of approximately $0.7 million, or approximately 31%, compared with approximately $2.3 million in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020. The decrease for the three and nine-month periods was primarily due to the manufacturing and characterization of Decoy20 during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020. General and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, were approximately $2.7 million, an increase of approximately $2.5 million, or approximately 1,260%, compared with approximately $0.2 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2020.
General and administrative expenses for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, amounted to approximately $2.9 million, an increase of approximately $2.4 million, or approximately 456%, compared to approximately $0.5 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020. The increase for the three and nine-month periods was primarily related to the 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 merger.
Loss per share for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, was approximately $0.81 compared with approximately $0.79 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2020. Loss per share for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, was approximately $1.67 compared with approximately $1.45 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020.
As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $41.9 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 $7.8 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, compared with net cash used in operating activities of approximately $2.4 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020. This increase resulted primarily from an increase in general and administrative expenses and effects of the merger and changes in operating assets and liabilities.
Net cash provided by financing activities for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, was approximately $48.0 million, which was 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 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 nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, was approximately $1.2 million, which was provided by the sale of SAFEs.
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 demonstrated activation of both innate and adaptive immunological memory and, importantly, does not require provision of or targeting a tumor antigen in pre-clinical models. Indaptus has carried out successful GMP manufacturing of its lead clinical oncology candidate, Decoy20, and is currently completing other IND enabling studies.
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