Cue Biopharma Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Cue Biopharma Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Cue Biopharma Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

BOSTON, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cue Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: CUE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of injectable biologics to selectively engage and modulate targeted T cells directly within the patient’s body, today reported first quarter 2022 financial results. The Company will not host a business update call in conjunction with its financial results press release.

Recent Business Updates

  • Extended cash runway with an aggregate of $23.6 million from the sale of 3,593,407 shares of our common stock pursuant to our at-the-market (ATM) equity offering sales agreement with Jefferies LLC. As of March 31, 2022, the Company sold 2,396,013 shares of common stock under the October 2021 ATM Agreement for proceeds of approximately $17.6 million net of commissions paid, excluding transaction expenses, and in April 2022 sold an additional 1,197,394 shares of common stock for proceeds of approximately $6.0 million, net of commissions paid, excluding transaction expenses.
  • Completed enrollment of 20 patients at the recommended Phase 2 dose of 4mg/kg of the Phase 1b monotherapy trial of CUE-101 for the treatment of HPV16-driven recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (R/M HNSCC) in second line and beyond treatment-refractory patients. To date, CUE-101 has demonstrated a favorable tolerability profile as well as encouraging anti-tumor clinical activity and what appears to be an emerging trend of enhanced overall survival (OS).
  • Completed dose escalation phase of CUE-101 in combination with Merck’s KEYTRUDA®, an anti-PD-1 biologic agent, as first-line therapy in patients with advanced HPV16+ HNSCC. Patient enrollment has begun in the expansion phase at the recommended Phase 2 dose of 4mg/kg of CUE-101.

“Through a focused and strategic deployment of resources during the first quarter of 2022, we have made significant progress advancing the IL-2-based CUE-100 series for oncology, as well as strengthening our financial position,” said Daniel Passeri, chief executive officer of Cue Biopharma. “As reported, we recently completed the patient expansion phase of the monotherapy Phase 1b clinical trial of CUE-101 and the dose escalation phase of the CUE-101 Phase 1 combination trial with KEYTRUDA®. We are very pleased with our clinical trial progress to date and have enhanced confidence in the emerging data supporting the potential of our CUE-100 series pipeline in immuno-oncology through targeted and selective stimulation of the patient’s immune system against cancer.”

Kerri-Ann Millar, chief financial officer of Cue Biopharma, added, “We continue to be in a solid financial position as we remain disciplined in our resource deployment and adroit in our response to the challenges of the current biotech capital markets. Accessing our ATM common stock facility during the first four months of 2022 allowed us to extend the anticipated operational runway further into the third quarter of 2023 which we anticipate will enable us to assess the data readouts from both our Phase 1 monotherapy and combination clinical trials of CUE-101.”

First-Quarter 2022 Financial Results
The Company reported collaboration revenue of approximately $1.0 million and $1.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

Research and development expenses were $10.1 million and $9.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The increase in research and development expenses of $0.3 million was primarily due to an increase in laboratory and drug substance manufacturing costs, employee and scientific and clinical advisory board compensation, other professional fees, licensing fees, and rent.

General and administrative expenses were $5.2 million and $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The increase in general and administrative expense of $0.9 million was primarily due to an increase in stock-based compensation expense, professional and consulting fees, and employee and board compensation incurred in the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the same period in 2021.

Cue Biopharma, Inc.
Selected Consolidated Statement of Operations Data
(In thousands, except share data)
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2022    2021   
Collaboration revenue $ 1,000   $ 1,553    
Operating expenses:          
General and administrative   5,156     4,255    
Research and development   10,082     9,816    
Total operating expenses   15,238     14,071    
Loss from operations   (14,238 )   (12,518 )  
Other income:          
Interest (expense) income, net   (17 )   13    
Net Loss $ (14,255 ) $ (12,512 )  
Net loss per common share – basic and diluted $ (0.44 ) $ (0.41 )  
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   32,436,316     30,434,525    

Cue Biopharma, Inc.
Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(In thousands)
    March 31,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents   67,927     64,371  
Total current assets   75,947     68,469  
Working Capital   64,536     55,680  
Total assets   90,704     83,402  
Total Stockholders’ equity   64,673     65,492  

About Cue Biopharma

Cue Biopharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, is developing a novel class of injectable biologics to selectively engage and modulate targeted T cells directly within the patient’s body to transform the treatment of cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. The company’s proprietary Immuno-STAT™ (Selective Targeting and Alteration of T cells) platform, is designed to harness the body’s intrinsic immune system without the need for ex vivo manipulation.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company is led by an experienced management team and independent Board of Directors with deep expertise in immunology and immuno-oncology as well as the design and clinical development of protein biologics.

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Forward-Looking Statements
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Cue Biopharma, Inc.

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