CEL-SCI Reports Fiscal 2018 Financial Results and Clinical & Corporate Developments
VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 20, 2018--CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE American: CVM) reported financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018. The Company also reported key clinical and corporate developments achieved during fiscal 2018.
Clinical and Corporate Developments included:CEL-SCI’s Phase 3 head and neck cancer study continued to follow all 928 patients. The Company is now awaiting final study results. All that remains to be done in this pivotal Phase 3 study, the largest in the world in head and neck cancer, is to continue to track patient survival until it can be determined if the primary endpoint has been met. The primary endpoint of the study, a 10% improvement in overall survival of the Multikine* treatment regimen plus Standard of Care (SOC) vs. SOC alone, will be determined after a total of 298 events have occurred in the two main comparator arms of the study and have been recorded in the study database. These final results could come soon since the last patients were treated in September 2016. The Phase 3 head and neck cancer study’s Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) completed two reviews of the data from all 928 patients enrolled in the study in December 2017 and August 2018. The IDMC recommended continuing the study as constituted. CEL-SCI won its arbitration against the clinical research organization (CRO) inVentiv that ran the Phase 3 head and neck cancer study from 2011-2013. The arbitrator ruled that inVentiv materially breached its contract with CEL-SCI. The arbitrator’s decision vindicated CEL-SCI. This successful conclusion ended a difficult period of time for CEL-SCI, and enabled the Company to move forward with a clean slate. CEL-SCI started work designed to support the use of its first LEAPS vaccine product candidate, CEL-4000, in human studies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, which will be conducted subject to an Investigational New Drug (IND) application. This work is supported by a $1.5 million grant received from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. CEL-SCI fortified its patent portfolio with three new patents for LEAPS and Multikine. The European Patent Office issued a new Multikine patent titled “A Method for Modulating HLA Class II Tumor Cell Surface Expression With A Cytokine Mixture”. This patent addresses Multikine’s mechanism of action to make tumors more visible to the immune system. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allowed two new patents for the LEAPS platform technology titled “Method for Inducing an Immune Response and Formulations Thereof” and “Method for Inducing an Immune Response against avian, swine, Spanish, H1N1, H5N9 influenza viruses and formulations”. These patents relate to methods for diagnosing, preventing, and treating disease by generating or modulating the immune response through the use of specific peptides. CEL-SCI raised approximately $21.4 million in gross proceeds during fiscal 2018 through the sale of stock and the exercise of warrants. This left CEL-SCI with about $10.3 million in cash on September 30, 2018.
“We are awaiting a readout of topline results from our Phase 3 head and neck cancer study, the largest of its kind in the world. Results are expected to be available soon. We cannot give a definite time table since we have to wait for 298 events to occur. If Multikine meets it primary endpoint, we believe it may change the way head and neck cancer is treated. We are hopeful that in addition to prolonging life for newly diagnosed patients, Multikine may significantly improve their quality of life by reaping the benefits of immunotherapy before surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy degrade their immune systems,” stated CEL-SCI CEO, Geert Kersten.
CEL-SCI reported a net loss of $31.84 million in fiscal year 2018 versus a net loss of $14.36 million in fiscal 2017. The increased net loss in 2018 was mainly due to the non-cash derivative loss of approximately $8.6 million recorded during the year ended September 30, 2018 and the approximate $4.8 million non-cash portion of the interest expense. The derivative loss was the result of the change in fair value of the derivative liabilities due to an increase in CEL-SCI’s share price.
The Company’s audited financial statements contained an audit opinion from its independent registered public accounting firm that included an explanatory paragraph related to the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
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 treats patients who are newly diagnosed with advanced primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck with Multikine first, BEFORE they receive surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. 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’s 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 are treated with the Multikine treatment regimen for 3 weeks prior to the Standard of Care (SOC) which involves surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Multikine is designed to help the immune system “see” the tumor at a time when the immune system is still relatively intact and thereby better 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.
The Company’s LEAPS technology is currently being developed as a therapeutic vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and in/near 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, 2018. 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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