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): August 14, 2018
SESEN BIO, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
245 First Street, Suite 1800
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 444-8550
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Item 2.02 - Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On August 14, 2018, Sesen Bio, Inc. (the “Company”) announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The 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 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information provided under this Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 5.02 - Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Stephen A. Hurly, who departed from the Company as its President and Chief Executive Officer on August 7, 2018, resigned from the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) as a Class I director on August 16, 2018. Mr. Hurly’s resignation from the Board was not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.
In connection with the resignation of Mr. Hurly, the size of the Board was reduced from seven directors to six directors.
Item 9.01 - Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibit relating to Item 2.02 shall be deemed to be furnished, and not filed:
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.
Date: August 17, 2018
Sesen Bio, Inc.
/s/ Richard F. Fitzgerald
Richard F. Fitzgerald
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer
Sesen Bio Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Pipeline Updates
FDA Grants Fast Track Designation for Vicinium in NMIBC
Company Focused on Defining Registration Pathway for Vicinium and Preparing for BLA Submission in 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 14, 2018 – Sesen Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: SESN), a late-stage clinical company developing next-generation antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapies for the treatment of cancer, today reported pipeline updates and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
“The first half of 2018 was full of successful milestones for Sesen Bio, and I am excited to have joined the company at such an important time in its evolution,” said Dr. Thomas Cannell, president and chief executive officer of Sesen Bio, who was recently appointed on August 7, 2018. “The three-month data from the Phase 3 VISTA Trial demonstrate a strong complete response rate and favorable safety with Vicinium for high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, and we look forward to assessing twelve-month efficacy data in less than a year’s time. Now, with Fast Track designation for Vicinium, we are focused on advancing our engagement with the FDA, kicking off critical manufacturing readiness activities, initiating pre-commercial efforts and preparing for our very first BLA submission for Vicinium for this highly deserving patient population. I am very confident in what the future holds for Sesen Bio and look forward to delivering on the important milestones we have ahead.”
In June 2018, Sesen Bio completed an underwritten public offering of its common stock raising gross proceeds of approximately $46 million. The company believes this financing extends the company’s cash runway into 2020 based on its current operating plan.
Vicinium Program Updates
In August 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to Vicinium™ for the treatment of BCG-unresponsive, high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). Fast Track designation is intended to expedite the development and review process of therapeutics that address unmet medical needs, including opportunities for more frequent interactions with the FDA.
In June 2018, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiated patient dosing in the Phase 1 trial of Vicinium in combination with AstraZeneca’s PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor, Imfinzi™ (durvalumab). The NCI is evaluating the combination under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, which was executed in June 2017.
In May 2018, Sesen Bio presented positive, three-month data from its ongoing Phase 3 VISTA Trial of Vicinium for the treatment of patients with high-grade NMIBC who have been previously treated with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), during a plenary session at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting.
In the cohort of patients with carcinoma in situ (CIS) with or without papillary disease whose cancer recurred within six months of their last course of BCG treatment, treatment with Vicinium demonstrated a complete response rate of 39 percent. In evaluable patients in the cohort of patients with CIS with or without papillary disease whose cancer recurred after six months, but before 11 months, after their last course of BCG treatment, treatment with Vicinium demonstrated a complete response rate of 80 percent. This translates into a 42 percent complete response rate for the combined cohorts of CIS patients who were BCG-unresponsive within 12 months of their last BCG treatment.
In patients with papillary disease without CIS whose cancer recurred within six months of their last course of BCG treatment, treatment with Vicinium demonstrated a 68 percent recurrence-free rate at three months.
To date, Vicinium has been well-tolerated by patients in the VISTA Trial. Sesen Bio anticipates reporting twelve-month data from its Phase 3 VISTA Trial in mid-2019.
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $62.9 million as of June 30, 2018, compared to $15.8 for the same period in 2017.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $2.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2017. This decrease was due primarily to a reduction in Vicinium-related development expenses.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $2.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $2.2 million for the same period in 2017. This increase was due primarily to an increase in professional fees.
Net Loss: Net loss was $9.0 million, or $0.16 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to net loss of $7.3 million, or $0.30 per share, for the same period in 2017.
Financial Guidance: Following the company’s public offering in June 2018, Sesen Bio believes it will have capital sufficient to fund its current operating plans into 2020.
About the VISTA Clinical Trial
The VISTA Trial is an open-label, multicenter, single-arm Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of Vicinium™ in patients with high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) that is carcinoma in situ (CIS), which is cancer found on the inner lining of the bladder that has not spread into muscle or other tissue) and/or papillary, which is cancer that has grown from the bladder lining out into the bladder but has not spread into muscle or other tissue, who have been previously treated with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). The primary endpoint of the trial is the complete response rate in patients with CIS with or without papillary disease.
Patients in the trial receive locally administered Vicinium twice a week for six weeks, followed by once-weekly treatment for another six weeks, then treatment every other week for up to two years. Twelve-month data are anticipated in mid-2019. To learn more about the Phase 3 VISTA Trial, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov and search the identifier NCT02449239.
Vicinium™, also known as VB4-845, is Sesen Bio’s lead product candidate and is a next-generation antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), developed using the company’s proprietary Targeted Protein Therapeutics platform, for the treatment of high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). Vicinium is comprised of a recombinant fusion protein that targets epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) antigens on the surface of tumor cells to deliver a potent protein payload, Pseudomonas Exotoxin A (ETA). Vicinium is constructed with a stable, genetically engineered peptide linker to ensure the payload remains attached until it is internalized by the cancer cell, which is believed to decrease the risk of toxicity to healthy tissues, thereby improving its safety. In prior clinical trials conducted by Sesen Bio, EpCAM has been shown to be overexpressed in NMIBC cells with minimal to no EpCAM expression observed on normal bladder cells. Sesen Bio is currently conducting the Phase 3 VISTA Trial, designed to support the registration of Vicinium for the treatment of high-grade NMIBC in patients who have previously received two courses of bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and whose disease is now BCG-unresponsive. Twelve-month data from the trial are anticipated in mid-2019. Additionally, Sesen Bio believes that Vicinium’s cancer cell-killing properties promote an anti-tumor immune response that may potentially combine well with immuno-oncology drugs, such as checkpoint inhibitors. The activity of Vicinium in BCG-unresponsive NMIBC is also being explored at the US National Cancer Institute in combination with AstraZeneca’s immune checkpoint inhibitor durvalumab.
About Sesen Bio
Sesen Bio, Inc. is a late-stage clinical company advancing next-generation antibody-drug conjugate therapies for the treatment of cancer based on the company’s Targeted Protein Therapeutics platform. The company’s lead program, Vicinium™, also known as VB4-845, is currently in a Phase 3 registration trial, the VISTA Trial, for the treatment of high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Twelve-month data from the trial are anticipated in mid-2019. Vicinium incorporates a tumor-targeting antibody fragment and a protein cytotoxic payload into a single protein molecule designed to selectively and effectively kill cancer cells while sparing healthy cells. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.sesenbio.com.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, the Company’s strategy, future operations, and other statements containing the words
“anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the uncertainties inherent in the initiation and conduct of clinical trials, the possibility that the three-month data of the Phase 3 VISTA Trial are not indicative of final clinical results and final clinical trial results may not be positive with regard to the safety or efficacy of Vicinium, our ability to successfully develop our product candidates and complete our planned clinical programs, our ability to obtain marketing approvals for our product candidates, expectations regarding our ongoing clinical trials, availability and timing of data from clinical trials, whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial or results of early clinical studies will be indicative of the results of future studies, the adequacy of any clinical models, expectations regarding regulatory approvals, expectations regarding the adequacy of our existing capital resources to fund our operations into 2020 and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date hereof. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.
Alicia Davis, THRUST Strategic Communications
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