Indaptus Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
May 12, 2022
Announces Submission of Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for Decoy20
On Track to Initiate Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Decoy20 for Treatment of Solid Tumors in Second Half of 2022
NEW YORK (May 12, 2022) – Indaptus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDP) (“Indaptus” or the “Company”), today announces financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and provides a corporate update.
“We are delighted to report the submission of our Investigational New Drug (IND) application for systemically administered Decoy20. The timing of this submission keeps us on track to initiate our first in human clinical trial this year and we look forward to working with the FDA as we move through the IND submission process,” said Jeffrey Meckler, Chief Executive Officer of Indaptus. “Decoy20, with its ability to activate both the innate and adaptive immune systems as a multiple Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonist, holds the promise to effectively combat solid tumor cancers, an area where even many of the new immuno-oncology approaches have failed.”
“This is a significant milestone for Indaptus as it advances our approach to induce multiple immune system components as a mechanism to combat solid tumors. We look forward to dosing our first patient later this year and to gathering data in support of Decoy20’s fight against cancer,” continued Mr. Meckler.
Recent Corporate Highlights
Submission of Investigational New Drug Application
Today, Indaptus announces the submission of its Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for Decoy20. The Company continues to expect to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial for Decoy20 targeting solid tumors in 2022. Importantly, the Company has successfully completed GMP manufacturing and IND-enabling multi-dose toxicology studies that have not produced sustained induction of factors associated with cytokine release syndromes.
Earlier pre-clinical data have demonstrated Decoy20’s ability to eradicate established tumors in a murine model of hepatocellular carcinoma in combination with either a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or an anti-PD-1 agent, and more efficiently with both. Tumor eradication has occurred with a wide therapeutic index and has led to induction of 100% immunological memory. Mechanism of actions studies have demonstrated activation of innate and adaptive immune pathways and immunologically cold to hot transition in subcutaneous tumors after only one intravenous (IV) administration of Decoy product in the tumor eradicating, combination setting.
In combination with low-dose chemotherapy, Decoy candidates have also produced highly efficient eradication of established tumors in a mouse model of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), also with induction of immunological memory. Combination-mediated tumor eradication has also been observed with a human tumor xenograft NHL model with inclusion of a targeted antibody. Mechanism of action studies have demonstrated involvement of activation of both innate and adaptive immune pathways in this anti-tumor activity. Decoy candidates have also produced significant single agent activity in murine models of both metastatic pancreatic carcinoma and orthotopic, colorectal carcinoma.
Financial Highlights for First Quarter Ended March 31, 2022
Research and development expenses, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022, were approximately $1.3 million, an increase of approximately $0.8 million compared with approximately $0.5 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2021. The increase was primarily as a result of payroll and related expenses, stock-based compensation and expenses for the phase 1 clinical trial preparation and the preparation of the IND that was recently filed.
General and administrative expenses, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022, were approximately $2.1 million, an increase of approximately $2.0 million compared with approximately $0.1 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2021. The increase was primarily as a result of payroll and related expenses, stock-based compensation, directors and officers’ insurance expenses and professional fees associated with being a public company.
Loss per share for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022, was approximately $0.41 compared with approximately $0.31 for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021.
As of March 31, 2022, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately $36.2 million. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $39.1 million.
Net cash used in operating activities was approximately $3.1 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022, compared with net cash used in operating activities of approximately $0.8 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021. 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 used in investing activities was approximately $2.8 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022 which was primarily due to the purchase of marketable securities during that period. There was no net cash provided by or used in investing activities in the three months ended March 31, 2021.
There was no net cash provided by financing activities in the three months ended March 31, 2022.
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 technology has also produced significant single agent activity against chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and chronic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections 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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