SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 30, 2019
GENOCEA BIOSCIENCES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
Cambridge Discovery Park
100 Acorn Park Drive, 5th Floor
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code): (617) 876-8191
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On April 30, 2019, Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (the "Company") announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. A full text of the press release issued in connection with the announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose, and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
GENOCEA BIOSCIENCES, INC.
/s/ DIANTHA DUVALL
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)
Date: April 30, 2019
Genocea Provides Corporate Update, Including First-Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Company anticipates presenting first GEN-009 immunogenicity data at ASCO 2019
Conference call today at 9:00 am ET
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 30, 2019 - Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCA), a biopharmaceutical company developing personalized cancer immunotherapies, today reported its operating and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
“As we say at Genocea, “targets matter,” and we are advancing two programs to demonstrate that target - or antigen - selection plays a large, and underappreciated, role in driving immunotherapy efficacy,” said Chip Clark, Genocea president & CEO. “We expect to present the first immunogenicity data from our ongoing GEN-009 neoantigen vaccine clinical trial at this year’s ASCO meeting in early June, and, assuming positive results, plan to explore the safety and efficacy of GEN-009 in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in patients with a variety of solid tumor cancers. Meanwhile, we are rapidly advancing our GEN-011 neoantigen adoptive T cell therapy, for which we intend to file an Investigational New Drug Application in the first half of 2020.”
Recent Operational Highlights
Announced a clinical milestone in early January, dosing the first patients and completing enrollment in Part A of the Phase 1/2a clinical trial for GEN-009. The first immunogenicity data from this study are expected to be presented at this year’s meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO 2019) in early June.
Completed a private placement financing in mid-February, the first closing of which resulted in gross proceeds of $15.0 million (before deal-related expenses).
Strengthened senior management team, appointing Diantha Duvall as Chief Financial Officer in early March.
Presented additional ATLAS data at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR 2019) in early April. The poster highlighted the potential use of ATLAS as a tool to predict the advanced melanoma patients for whom checkpoint therapy might prove successful.
First-Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Cash position: As of March 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $29.0 million versus $26.4 million as of December 31, 2018.
Research and Development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses were $6.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to $7.3 million for the same period in 2018.
General and Administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses were $3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2018.
Net loss: Net loss was $15.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to a net loss of $15.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
Genocea expects that its existing cash and cash equivalents are sufficient to support its operations into the first quarter of 2020.
Genocea will host a conference call and webcast today at 9:00 am ET. Interested participants may access the conference call by dialing (844) 826-0619 (domestic) or (315) 625-6883 (international) and referring to conference ID number 4864999. To join the live webcast, please visit the presentation page of the investor relations section of the Genocea website at https://ir.genocea.com/events-and-presentations. 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 is a biopharmaceutical company developing personalized cancer immunotherapies. Our unique ATLAS™ technology platform allows us to identify immunotherapy targets based on each person’s tumor antigen-specific T cell responses. Using ATLAS, we can both optimize neoantigens for inclusion in our immunotherapies and exclude so-called “inhibitory” antigens that appear to exert an immunosuppressive effect on the patient. We are advancing complementary programs built from ATLAS insights: GEN-009, our neoantigen vaccine candidate for which we are conducting a Phase 1/2a clinical trial across a variety of solid tumor types, and GEN-011, our neoantigen-specific adoptive T cell therapy, for which we intend to file an Investigational New Drug Application in the first half of 2020. To learn more, please visit www.genocea.com
This press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the near-term milestones for GEN-009 and GEN-011 and the period for which existing cash will be able to fund operations, 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, 2018 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.
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