Kiromic BioPharma Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

Kiromic BioPharma Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights




Kiromic BioPharma Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

Highlights Include Company’s Progress in the Following Areas:

  • Advances in the Research, Development, and Manufacturing Processes of the ALEXIS Gamma Delta T cell Platform
  • Key Hires in Research & Development, Clinical Translational Medicine and Clinical Trial Preparation
  • Completion of Approximately 90% of In-house cGMP Facility Expansion and Redesign
  • Launch of DIAMOND® Artificial Intelligence (AI) 2.0 Platform for Identification and Selection of Immunotherapy Targets, which Now Includes Nearly Two Billion Data Points

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRBP) (“Kiromic” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage fully integrated biotherapeutics company using its proprietary DIAMOND® artificial intelligence (AI) and big data mining platform to discover and develop cell and gene therapies with a therapeutic focus on immuno-oncology, today announces financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

“We are extremely encouraged by the progress the Company demonstrated in the fourth quarter. Our team’s unified efforts are strictly focused on achieving our goal of beginning the activation of the clinical trial for our first oncology cell therapy candidate by the end of the fourth quarter of 2022,” stated Pietro Bersani, Kiromic BioPharma’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. “We have been intensely preparing for this milestone, ensuring we have the right team, the right capabilities, and the right processes in place to achieve this objective. Our team has been executing critical advancements – occurring simultaneously – across our research and development, clinical trial preparation, facility expansion, and manufacturing operations, among other functions. We look forward to more opportunities to communicate with our shareholders as we demonstrate the Company’s overall progress.”

Fiscal Year Ended 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $25,353,900 as of December 31, 2021, compared to $10,150,500 as of December 31, 2020. The difference is attributable to cash outflows of $20,321,500, and $1,810,800 for operating activities, and investing activities, respectively. There were cash inflows of $37,335,700 from financing activities.
  • R&D Expenses: Our research and development expenses increased by $6,314,900, or 124.98%, to $11,367,800 for the year ended December 31, 2021 from $5,052,900 for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase was attributable to increased headcount, manufacturing, and experimentation costs for the development of our ALEXIS clinical platform.
  • G&A Expenses: Our general and administrative expenses decreased by $206,100, or 1.46%, to $13,937,900 for the year ended December 31, 2021 from $14,144,000 for the year ended December 31, 2020. This decrease was primarily due to reduced stock compensation expenses, offset by increases in professional services fees, personnel, and recruiting costs.
  • Net Loss: Our net loss increased to $25,588,700 during the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $19,200,200 during the year ended December 31, 2020.

Recent Business Highlights:

ALEXIS (Gamma Delta CAR-T cell Platform) Research & Development:

  • Developed an innovative and highly efficient process that improves the manufacturing of our cell therapy candidates, making it more space-efficient and cost-effective. We believe that this will significantly reduce the costs of CAR-T cell manufacturing, providing a competitive market advantage.
  • Successfully tested a prototype variant of the ALEXIS manufacturing process that leverages the potential of pooled donors’ cells. This is a necessary step to building a proprietary bank of precursor cells for the manufacturing of our ALEXIS product line. A donor cell bank is expected to ensure a high degree of homogeneity and consistency of our drug products, and at the same time to improve the resilience of our supply chain.
  • Continued progress towards a scalable and retrovirus-free process for the delivery of recombinant genes into T cells. This is an important step towards the deployment of our proprietary non-viral cell engineering system.

Key Hires in Research & Development, Clinical Translational Medicine and Clinical Trial Preparation:

  • The Company added new hires across the organization, specifically augmenting research & development, clinical translational medicine and clinical trial preparation capabilities. This represents a headcount total of nearly 60 employees, which is an increase from 19 as of December 31, 2020.

cGMP Manufacturing:

  • We have completed approximately 90% of our in-house current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility expansion and redesign.

DIAMOND®AI 2.0 Platform for Drug Discovery and Development is Completed:

  • The Company developed and made operational a completely revised version of its proprietary platform for identification and vetting of immunotherapy targets. Diamond AI 2.0 was developed by Kiromic’s in-house bioinformatics team and includes:

    • Enhanced and updated existing models to provide more accurate predictions of therapy target efficacy;
    • A modular, containerized architecture to support rapid addition of new algorithms, scientific methods, and therapy designs;
    • Integrated data mining components to provide a seamless workflow from identification of cancer-specific surface protein regions through to vetted immunotherapy targets;
    • Proteomic validation of transcript targets;
    • An additional 300+ million data points were added to the DIAMOND database in Q4 2021, which included proteomic data covering and extending the range of cancer types; and
    • Approximately 600 million data points were added in 2021, representing a 50% data point increase from 2020.

About Kiromic BioPharma

Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage, fully integrated biotherapeutics company using its proprietary DIAMOND® artificial intelligence (AI) platform to discover and develop cell and gene therapies with a therapeutic focus on immuno-oncology and other diseases. Kiromic is in the process of developing ALEXIS, a multi-indication allogeneic CAR-T cell therapy platform that exploits the natural potency of gamma delta T-cells to target solid cancers. From its heritage as a cancer vaccine development company, Kiromic is focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel immuno-oncology applications through its robust product pipeline. The pipeline development is leveraged through the Company’s proprietary target discovery engine called “DIAMOND.” Kiromic’s DIAMOND is where big data science meets target identification to dramatically compress the man-years and billions of drug development dollars required to develop a live drug. The Company maintains offices in Houston, Texas. To learn more, visit www.kiromic.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. We make such forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and other federal securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about:

  • our goals and strategies;
  • our future business development, financial condition and results of operations;
  • expected changes in our revenue, costs or expenditures;
  • our expected timing of human clinical trials and other related milestones;
  • difficulties or delays in the product development process, including the results of preclinical studies or clinical trials;
  • difficulties or delays in the regulatory approval process;
  • manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution of any of our products that may be successfully developed and approved for commercialization;
  • growth of and competition trends in our industry;
  • our expectations regarding demand for, and market acceptance of, our products;
  • protection for our patents and other intellectual property or trade secrets;
  • our expectations regarding our relationships with investors, institutional funding partners, strategic partners and other parties we collaborate with;
  • adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of our products that could slow or prevent product development or commercialization;
  • dependence on third party suppliers;
  • fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in the markets in which we operate; including those fluctuations caused by COVID-19;
  • our ability to raise capital when needed;
  • relevant government policies and regulations relating to our industry; and
  • the outcome of any pending or threatened litigation.

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KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

25,353,900

 

 

$

10,150,500

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

16,200

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

1,699,400

 

 

 

588,800

 

Total current assets

 

 

27,069,500

 

 

 

10,739,300

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

3,629,000

 

 

 

2,066,000

 

Other assets

 

 

31,100

 

 

 

24,400

 

Total Assets

 

$

30,729,600

 

 

$

12,829,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

2,214,300

 

 

$

665,200

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

741,000

 

 

 

334,200

 

Interest payable

 

 

 

 

 

200

 

Loan payable

 

 

 

 

 

105,600

 

Note payable

 

 

454,500

 

 

 

362,400

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

3,409,800

 

 

 

1,467,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

 

 

3,409,800

 

 

 

1,467,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.001 par value: 300,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2021 and 2020; 15,488,516 shares and 7,332,999 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively

 

 

9,300

 

 

 

1,200

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

94,527,000

 

 

 

52,988,700

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(67,216,500

)

 

 

(41,627,800

)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

27,319,800

 

 

 

11,362,100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

$

30,729,600

 

 

$

12,829,700

 

KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

$

11,367,800

 

 

$

5,052,900

 

General and administrative

 

 

13,937,900

 

 

 

14,144,000

 

Impairment expense

 

 

430,000

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

25,735,700

 

 

 

19,196,900

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(25,735,700

)

 

 

(19,196,900

)

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on loan extinguishment

 

 

105,800

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

 

53,400

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(12,200

)

 

 

(3,300

)

Total other income (expense)

 

 

147,000

 

 

 

(3,300

)

Net loss

 

$

(25,588,700

)

 

$

(19,200,200

)

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

$

(2.26

)

 

$

(4.42

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 

 

11,417,083

 

 

 

4,505,867

 

KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(25,588,700

)

 

$

(19,200,200

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used for operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

469,800

 

 

 

200,000

 

Stock compensation expense

 

 

3,762,900

 

 

 

13,245,700

 

Gain on loan extinguishment

 

 

(105,800

)

 

 

 

Impairment expense

 

 

430,000

 

 

 

 

Non-cash interest

 

 

 

 

 

200

 

Inventory obsolescence impairment

 

 

 

 

 

22,200

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisition:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

9,800

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

(1,117,400

)

 

 

(499,700

)

Accounts payable

 

 

1,411,100

 

 

 

(7,700

)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

406,800

 

 

 

112,900

 

Net cash used for operating activities

 

 

(20,321,500

)

 

 

(6,126,600

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment, net of effects from acquisition

 

 

(1,894,800

)

 

 

(1,457,600

)

Cash received from acquisition

 

 

84,000

 

 

 

 

Net cash used for investing activities

 

 

(1,810,800

)

 

 

(1,457,600

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

 

 

40,000,000

 

 

 

15,000,000

 

Issuance cost

 

 

(2,881,900

)

 

 

(2,667,300

)

Borrowings from note payable

 

 

665,900

 

 

 

540,500

 

Repayments of note payable

 

 

(573,700

)

 

 

(178,100

)

Exercise of stock options

 

 

125,400

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from warrant exercise

 

 

 

 

 

4,900

 

Proceeds from loan payable

 

 

 

 

 

115,600

 

Loan repayments

 

 

 

 

 

(10,000

)

Proceeds from Series B Preferred Stock issuance

 

 

 

 

 

3,000,000

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

37,335,700

 

 

 

15,805,600

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

15,203,400

 

 

 

8,221,400

 

Cash and cash equivalents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning of year

 

 

10,150,500

 

 

 

1,929,100

 

End of period

 

$

25,353,900

 

 

$

10,150,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruals for property and equipment

 

$

138,000

 

 

$

220,500

 

Cash paid for interest on note payable

 

$

12,200

 

 

$

3,100

 

Common stock issuance for acquisition

 

$

400,000

 

 

$

 

Restricted stock units granted for acquisition

 

$

140,000

 

 

$

 

Acquisitions net of cash acquired

 

$

456,000

 

 

$

 

 

Contacts

Linda Phelan Dyson, MPH

Global Head, Corporate Communications

ldyson@kiromic.com
M: 281-468-7683