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TCR² Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Thu 14th May, 2020 11:45am
TCR² Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
  • Continued progress on treatment of TC-210 patients with interim update from Phase 1 portion of Phase 1/2 clinical trial anticipated in mid-2020
  • Continued progress of TC-110 with initiation of leading clinical sites participating in Phase 1/2 clinical trial that include Sarah Cannon Research Institute and Colorado Blood Cancer Institute
  • TC-110 granted orphan drug designation for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Nomination of third mono TRuC program targeting CD70 with anticipated IND filing in 1H21
  • Two new appointments to the Board of Directors: immuno-oncology pioneer Dr. Axel Hoos and veteran finance executive Stephen Webster
  • Cash position of $141M provides sufficient runway into 2022

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: TCRR), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing the next generation of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and provided a corporate update.

“Based on our clinical progress to date and a growing confidence in our TRuC platform, we are advancing a third mono TRuC-T cell candidate targeting CD70, a clinically validated target which will allow us to make further inroads into both solid tumors and hematological malignancies,” said Garry Menzel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics. “In addition, the expression of CD70 in tumors where CD19 and mesothelin are overexpressed represents a good opportunity for our dual TRuCs. With this new program and the strengthening of our Board with the appointments of Axel Hoos and Stephen Webster, we are well-positioned to deliver on the near- and long-term value opportunities of our platform as we approach data for our lead assets in 2020.”

“Despite steps taken to protect our lead programs from the impact of COVID-19, we are updating our TC-210 guidance to expect an interim update from the Phase 1 portion in mid-2020, allowing for additional time to work with clinical investigators and patients on activities that require visits to clinical sites, including data monitoring. We look forward to presenting on the efficacy, safety and translational data in the very near future,” added Dr. Menzel.

Recent Developments

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted orphan drug designation to TC-110 for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • TCR2 nominated a CD70 targeted TRuC-T cell product candidate designed to treat patients with either hematological malignancies or solid tumors, including potential indications such as acute myeloid leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, renal cell carcinoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, glioblastoma, and malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma.
  • TCR2 announced the appointment of Axel Hoos, M.D., Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Axel Hoos is Senior Vice President, R&D Governance Chair, and Therapeutic Area Head for Oncology at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for technical and funding decisions and leads the Oncology business including discovery and development with the four focus areas of immuno-oncology, epigenetics, cell & gene therapy and synthetic lethality.
  • TCR2 announced the appointment of Stephen Webster to its Board of Directors. Mr. Stephen Webster served as Chief Financial Officer of Spark Therapeutics until its acquisition by Roche and brings nearly 30 years of experience in raising capital, business development transactions and operations.

COVID-19 Update

  • As the Company balances the commitment to treat our cancer patients while mitigating the risk of viral spread to patients, employees and their families, TCR2 has instituted protective policies consistent with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at all TCR2 facilities. 
  • COVID-19 has significantly impacted the global healthcare system, including the conduct of clinical trials as medical institutions prioritize the treatment of those afflicted with COVID-19. TCR2 continues to closely monitor the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on operations and ongoing clinical and preclinical development.   
  • While the Company believes it has been able, to date, to mitigate some of the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on its ongoing clinical programs, the Company is committed to providing an interim update of the Phase 1 portion of the TC-210 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in mid-2020 and the Phase 1 portion of the TC-110 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in the second half of 2020.

Anticipated Milestones

  • TCR2 anticipates an interim update from the Phase 1 portion of the TC-210 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for patients with mesothelin-expressing solid tumors in mid-2020.
  • TCR2 anticipates an interim update from the Phase 1 portion of the TC-110 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for patients with CD19+ non-Hodgkin lymphoma or adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2H20.
  • TCR2 anticipates clinical production of TRuC-T cells at its manufacturing facility in Stevenage, UK, in 2H20.
  • TCR2 anticipates a target IND filing for the third mono TRuC-T cell program targeting CD70 in 1H21.

Financial Highlights

  • Cash Position: TCR2 ended the first quarter of 2020 with $140.7 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments compared to $158.1 million as of December 31, 2019. Net cash used in operations was $16.4 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $10.8 million for first quarter of 2019. TCR2 projects net cash use of $60-70 million for 2020.
     
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $12.0 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $7.9 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase in R&D expenses is primarily related to increase in headcount, activities related to the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of TC-210 and activities related to the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of TC-110.
     
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $4.3 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $2.9 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and costs associated with operations as a public company.
     
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $15.5 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $9.9 million for the first quarter of 2019, driven predominantly by increased R&D expenses.

Upcoming Events

TCR2 Therapeutics management is scheduled to participate at the following upcoming conference.

  • Jefferies Global Healthcare Conference: Garry Menzel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics, and Ian Somaiya, Chief Financial Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics, will participate in a fireside chat using a virtual platform on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9:00am ET

About TCR2 Therapeutics

TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing the next generation of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer. TCR2’s proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells) specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). In preclinical studies, TRuC-T cells have demonstrated superior anti-tumor activity compared to chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells), while exhibiting lower levels of cytokine release. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting solid tumors, TC-210, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting hematological malignancies, TC-110, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with CD19-positive adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (aALL) and with aggressive or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. The use of words such as "may," "will," "could", "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "seeks," "endeavor," "potential," "continue" or the negative of such words or other similar expressions can be used to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, express or implied statements regarding anticipated timing of updates from TCR2’s ongoing Phase 1 portion of the TC-210 clinical trial in mid-2020 and the ongoing Phase 1 portion of the TC-110 clinical trial in 2H20, anticipated clinical production of TRuC-T cells at TCR2’s manufacturing facility in Stevenage, UK, in 2H20, anticipated patient populations for TC-110, anticipated updates on new product candidates, targets, platform enhancements and IND filings, and TCR2’s expectations with respect to its financial resources and the impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic will have on the Company’s clinical trials and operations.

The expressed or implied forward-looking statements included in this press release are only predictions and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation: uncertainties inherent in clinical studies and in the availability and timing of data from ongoing clinical studies; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial; whether results from preclinical studies or earlier clinical studies will be predictive of the results of future trials; the expected timing of submissions for regulatory approval or review by governmental authorities, including review under accelerated approval processes; orphan drug designation eligibility; regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products; TCR2’s ability to maintain sufficient manufacturing capabilities to support its research, development and commercialization efforts, whether TCR2's cash resources will be sufficient to fund TCR2's foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements; the risk that the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact the Company’s clinical trials and other operations; and other risks set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in TCR2’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although TCR2 believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur.

Moreover, except as required by law, neither TCR2 nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements included in this press release. Any forward-looking statement included in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it was made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Investor and Media Contact:

Carl Mauch
Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(617) 949-5667
carl.mauch@tcr2.com


TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)


  March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 
Assets       
Current assets       
Cash and cash equivalents $31,093 $65,296 
Investments  95,023  92,828 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  6,841  5,061 
Total current assets  132,957  163,185 
        
Property and equipment, net  5,220  4,926 
Investments, non-current  14,540  - 
Restricted cash  417  417 
Deferred offering costs  170  - 
Total assets $153,304 $168,528 
        
Liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders equity (deficit)       
Accounts payable $3,179 $2,483 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  2,950  5,050 
Total current liabilities  6,129  7,533 
        
Other liabilities  583  546 
Total liabilities  6,712  8,079 
        
Stockholders’ equity (deficit)       
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 authorized; 24,075,906 and 24,050,936 shares issued; 24,056,469 and 23,981,109 shares outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.  2  2 
Additional paid-in capital  345,149  342,896 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (462) 142 
Accumulated deficit  (198,097) (182,591)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)  146,592  160,449 
Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $153,304 $168,528 
        


TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

  For the Three Months 
Ended March 31,
  2020  2019 
Operating expenses        
Research and development $11,955  $7,889 
General and administrative  4,271   2,886 
Total operating expenses  16,226   10,775 
Loss from operations  (16,226)  (10,775)
         
Interest income, net  747   872 
Loss before income taxes  (15,479)  (9,903)
         
Income taxes  27   - 
Net loss  (15,506)  (9,903)
         
Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value  -   (49,900)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(15,506) $(59,803)
         
Per share information        
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted $(0.65) $(4.85)
         
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted  24,011,843   12,328,805 
         


 TCR2 THERAPEUTICS INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)

 Three months Ended March 31, 
 2020  2019 
Operating activities       
Net loss$(15,506) $(9,903)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:       
Depreciation and amortization 306   135 
Stock-based compensation expense 2,055   1,141 
Accretion on investments (164)  (131)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,589)  (1,364)
Accounts payable 603   (401)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (2,115)  (310)
Cash used in operating activities (16,410)  (10,833)
        
Investing activities       
Purchases of equipment (504)  (188)
Purchase of investments (47,956)  (86,626)
Proceeds from sale or maturity of investments 30,617   16,819 
Cash used in investing activities (17,843)  (69,995)
        
Financing activities       
Proceeds from initial public offering, net of issuance costs -   80,213 
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options 185   - 
Deferred offering costs (135)  (654)
Cash provided by financing activities 50   79,559 
        
Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (34,203)  (1,269)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of year 65,713   47,964 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period$31,510  $46,695 

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