DNA-based intratumoral cancer immunotherapies developer, OncoSec Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCS), releases financial results.
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OncoSec Medical Incorporated (“OncoSec”) (ONCS), a company developing DNA-based intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2016.
“During the fourth quarter, we continued to advance the development of our lead clinical program, ImmunoPulse® IL-12, focused on the anti-PD1 non-responsive patient population in melanoma. The development of ImmunoPulse® IL-12 in combination with an anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitor represents a potential immunotherapy for melanoma patients that are progressing on anti-PD1 therapy,” noted Punit Dhillon, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have enrolled over 20 patients in our Phase II combination clinical study of ImmunoPulse® IL-12 with Merck’s KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in melanoma patients that are considered non-responders to anti-PD1, and OncoSec remains on track to announce interim data from approximately 15 of these patients at a three-month follow-up later this quarter. Subject to these interim results and discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, we expect to submit a registration directed study design for ImmunoPulse® IL-12 by the end of 2016. We have also continued to expand our research pipeline and broaden our engineering efforts relating to new devices that will be launched with our next clinical candidate. We look forward to discussing research and pre-clinical updates and timing data and clinical development milestones relating to our Melanoma program on our conference call and webcast on October 13th.”
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016, OncoSec reported a net loss of $6.6 million and $26.9 million, or $0.39 per share and $1.63 per share, respectively, compared to a net loss of $6.5 million and $21.2 million, or $0.48 per share and $1.67 per share, respectively, for the same period last year. The increase in net loss for the year ended July 31, 2016, compared with the same period in 2015, resulted primarily from (i) the progression of its clinical trials, (ii) consulting services costs to support its device development and clinical activities, (iii) facility costs related to its new corporate headquarters, and (iv) stock-based compensation expense. There were no revenues for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2016 or July 31, 2015.
Research and development expenses were $3.7 million and $14.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016, respectively, compared to $3.8 million and $13.1 million for the same periods in 2015. General and administrative expenses were $2.9 million and $12.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016, compared to $2.7 million and $8.1 million for the same period in 2015.
At July 31, 2016, OncoSec had $28.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, as compared to $32.0 million of cash and cash equivalents at July 31, 2015. OncoSec expects these funds to be sufficient to allow it to continue to operate its business for at least the next 12 months.
About OncoSec Medical Incorporated
OncoSec is a biotechnology company developing DNA-based intratumoral immunotherapies with an investigational technology, ImmunoPulse®, for the treatment of cancer. ImmunoPulse® is designed to enhance the local delivery and uptake of DNA-based immune-targeting agents, such as IL-12. In Phase I and II clinical trials, ImmunoPulse® IL-12 has demonstrated a favorable safety profile and evidence of anti-tumor activity in the treatment of various solid tumors as well as the potential to initiate a systemic immune response. OncoSec’s lead program, ImmunoPulse® IL-12, is currently in clinical development for several indications, including metastatic melanoma and triple-negative breast cancer. The program’s current focus is on the significant unmet medical need in patients with melanoma who are refractory or non-responsive to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapies. In addition to ImmunoPulse® IL-12, the Company is also identifying and developing new immune-targeting agents for use with the ImmunoPulse® platform. For more information, please visit www.oncosec.com.
OncoSec Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCS) shares have moved +4.02% on the news thus far today and have traded in the range of $1.67 – 1.90 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might be headed longer term, investors often look to research firms that cover the stock. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one-year price target of $7.33 on the stock. This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $-0.34 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $-1.59 per share according to First Call.
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Today, the stock opened at $1.71 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $1.81. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $1.67 and touched $1.90 as the high point. OncoSec Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCS) has a market cap of $31.92M and has seen an average daily volume of 114606 over the past three months.
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