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Genocea Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

Neoantigen vaccine program GEN-009 Phase 1/2a clinical trial enrolling patients
Presenting novel findings at upcoming SITC conference

Conference call today at 9:00 am ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCA), a biopharmaceutical company developing neoantigen cancer immunotherapies, today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

“In the year since our strategic pivot, we have made significant progress by advancing our lead cancer vaccine candidate, GEN-009, into the clinic and using our ATLAS™ platform to identify and characterize the T cell responses cancer patients make to both tumor-associated antigens and neoantigens,” said Chip Clark, president & CEO of Genocea. “We continue to believe that ATLAS, which lets patients’ own T cells identify the optimal antigens for their cancer immunotherapies, stands apart from peer approaches that instead rely on software to predict antigens. We believe that the next evidence for this will emerge from our upcoming presentations at SITC and then from the first patient cohort in our Phase 1/2a clinical trial for GEN-009, from which we expect to report immunogenicity data in the first half of 2019.”

  • Recent Milestones & Events
    October 2018: Announced multiple presentations at the upcoming meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC 2018) taking place November 7-11, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. These posters further highlight the advantages of Genocea’s ATLAS platform over in silico methods in identifying both neoantigens for vaccine inclusion and “inhibitory” neoantigens for exclusion. Genocea believes that the "inhibitory" antigen findings may point to novel biological insights only available through ATLAS. The following posters will be presented simultaneously on Saturday, November 10 from 12:20 - 1:50 p.m. and 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET in Poster Hall E:
    -  Poster Number: P154
    Title: Empiric profiling of neoantigen-specific T cell responses in NSCLC patients with ATLAS™ reveals unexpected neoantigen and inhibitory antigen profiles
    -  Poster Number: P166
    Title: Ex vivo ATLAS-identified inhibitory neoantigens promote mouse melanoma tumor progression
    -  Poster Number: P174
    Title: A phase 1/2a study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, immunogenicity, and anti-tumor activity of GEN-009 adjuvanted neoantigen vaccine in adult patients with selected solid tumors
  • October 2018: Strengthened its leadership team with the addition of Thomas Davis, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer and Derek Meisner, J.D., as General Counsel. Dr. Davis joins Genocea with 20+ years of academic and industry experience in immuno-oncology and cancer drug development. Mr. Meisner brings broad legal expertise to Genocea as the company’s first General Counsel.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

  • Cash Position: As of September 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $34.5 million compared to $12.3 million, as of December 31, 2017.
  • Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses were $6.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to $10.2 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease was due largely to reduced headcount-related costs, external development, clinical, and consulting costs.
  • General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses were $4.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to $3.8 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to increases in professional services expenses, partially offset by decreases in consulting costs.
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $7.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to a net loss of $16.9 million for quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Financial Guidance
Genocea expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to support its operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the fourth quarter of 2019.

Genocea continues to explore strategic alternatives for GEN-003, its Phase 3-ready investigational immunotherapy for the treatment of genital herpes.

Conference Call
Genocea will host a conference call and webcast today at 9:00 a.m. ET. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (844) 826-0619 (domestic) or (315) 625-6883 (international) and referring to conference ID number 9864055. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations section of the Company's website at A webcast replay of the conference call will be available on the Genocea website beginning approximately two hours after the event and will be archived for 90 days.

About Genocea Biosciences, Inc.
Genocea's mission is to help conquer cancer by designing and delivering targeted vaccines and immunotherapies. While traditional immunotherapy discovery methods have largely used predictive methods to propose T cell targets, or antigens, Genocea has developed ATLAS™, its proprietary technology platform, to identify clinically relevant antigens of T cells based on actual human immune responses. Genocea is using ATLAS to develop cancer vaccines and immunotherapies. Genocea is currently studying the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of its lead neoantigen cancer vaccine, GEN-009, in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected clinical development of GEN-009, the rate of cash utilized by Genocea in its business, and the period for which existing cash will be able to fund such operation, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Genocea cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that change over time. Applicable risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading "Risk Factors" included in Genocea's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and any subsequent SEC filings. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Genocea assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

(In thousands)
  September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 34,494     $ 12,273  
Other assets 5,207     5,215  
Total assets $ 39,701     $ 17,488  
Debt, current and long-term $ 14,638     $ 14,311  
Accounts payable 1,276     3,516  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 4,268     5,711  
Warrant liability 13,021      
Total liabilities 33,203     23,538  
Stockholders' equity (deficit) 6,498     (6,050 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $ 39,701     $ 17,488  

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Operating expenses:              
Research and development $ 6,359     $ 10,155     $ 18,950     $ 31,324  
General and administrative 4,101     3,750     11,682     10,955  
Restructuring costs     2,591         2,591  
Total operating expenses 10,460     16,496     30,632     44,870  
Loss from operations (10,460 )   (16,496 )   (30,632 )   (44,870 )
Other income (expense):              
Change in fair value of warrants 2,894         3,093      
Interest expense, net (266 )   (366 )   (708 )   (1,094 )
Other income (expense) (1 )   (6 )   86     (14 )
Total other income (expense) 2,627     (372 )   2,471     (1,108 )
Net loss $ (7,833 )   $ (16,868 )   $ (28,161 )   $ (45,978 )
Other comprehensive loss:              
Comprehensive loss $ (7,833 )   $ (16,868 )   $ (28,161 )   $ (45,978 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted $ (0.09 )   $ (0.59 )   $ (0.35 )   $ (1.61 )
Weighted-average number of common shares used in computing net loss per share 86,626     28,666     81,191     28,568  

Jennifer LaVin

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Source: Genocea Biosciences, Inc.