News release

Pyxis Oncology Provides Corporate and Financial Update

Announces Expansion of Novel Immuno-Oncology Therapeutic Portfolio with Addition of Anti-Siglec-15 In-licensed from Biosion (PYX-106)

Introduces First Internally Developed IO Candidate Anti-KLRG1 (PYX-102)

Cash Runway Sufficient for Multiple Milestones Through Third Quarter 2024

Company to Host Conference Call and Webcast Today at 8:00 a.m. ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pyxis Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYXS), a multi-asset multi-modality company focused on developing next-generation therapeutics for difficult to treat cancers, today provided a corporate and financial update and reported financial results for the full year ended December 31, 2021.

“We have had a highly productive start to 2022, advancing our lead programs toward first-in-human clinical trials while executing our strategy of identifying the most promising scientific breakthroughs and therapeutics in the treatment of cancers,” said Lara Sullivan, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Pyxis Oncology. “The in-licensing of Biosion’s anti-Siglec-15 (PYX-106) and the introduction of our first internally developed candidate anti-KLRG1 (PYX-102) further validate our approach to portfolio and pipeline expansion by identifying and progressing some of the most promising scientific and clinical advances from either our internal discovery engines or external sources.”

“We are excited to partner with Pyxis Oncology and its experienced management team for the development of this promising asset,” said Hugh M. Davis, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Biosion, Inc. and President, Biosion USA, Inc. “While immunotherapies have improved the lives of many patients, only a fraction respond to treatment, suggesting that our understanding of how cancer is able to evade the immune system is incomplete. We believe that anti-Siglec-15 may represent a breakthrough and that targeting siglec-15 could extend the benefits of immunotherapies to broader patient populations, including those who have failed PD-(L)1 targeting therapies.” 

Corporate Development Highlights

  • License agreement with Biosion adds anti-Siglec-15 to Pyxis Oncology’s IO pipeline: Pyxis Oncology announced today it has in-licensed anti-Siglec-15, now referred to as PYX-106, a potentially best-in-class monoclonal antibody which is a novel immune checkpoint. In pre-clinical studies, PYX-106 is broadly expressed across a range of solid tumors among difficult-to-treat cancers. The American Academy for Cancer Research (AACR) has accepted an abstract submitted by Biosion for PYX-106. The poster will be made available at the start of the AACR Annual Meeting on April 8, 2022. Pyxis Oncology expects to file an IND for PYX-106 in the second half of 2022.

  • Pipeline expansion with the addition of Company’s first internally developed candidate: Pyxis Oncology announced today the declaration of its first internally developed candidate, an anti-KLRG1 monoclonal antibody program now referred to as PYX-102. PYX-102 originated as part of the Company’s proprietary IO target catalog and work out of Pyxis Oncology founder Tom Gajewski’s lab at the University of Chicago. The Company expects to provide further updates closer to the planned IND submission for PYX-102 in the second half of 2023.

  • Additional GLP study underway for PYX-202:   Pyxis Oncology’s anti-DLK1 ADC, PYX-202was licensed in from LegoChem Biosciences, Inc. in December 2020.  In preparation for an IND filing and based on observation of the Company’s GLP studies to date, management has decided to conduct additional GLP and non-GLP toxicity studies to determine whether PYX-202 is a viable clinical candidate. The Company will continue to monitor the progress of its PYX-202 program and expects to provide an update about PYX-202 in mid-2022.

  • Advancing programs toward the clinic with near-term catalysts: Pyxis Oncology expects to file INDs for anti-EDB, PYX-201, and anti-CD123, PYX-203, in the second half of 2022 and in the second half of 2023, respectively.

Financial Update

  • As of March 29, 2022, Pyxis Oncology had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $253 million (preliminary, unaudited), which is expected to fund operations into the third quarter of 2024.

“With a solid balance sheet and cash runway sufficient to deliver multiple catalysts through the third quarter of 2024, we remain focused on building and advancing our pipeline through a multi-asset multi-modality approach that we believe will unlock benefits for patients,” said Pam Connealy, Chief Financial Officer.

  • Research and development expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2021 were $51.1 million, compared to $9.1 million for the full year ended December 31, 2020. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily attributed to increased expenses associated with the addition of three antibody-drug conjugates to the Company’s portfolio and an increase in employee headcount to support research and development activities.

  • General and administrative expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2021 were $18.6 million, compared to $3.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily attributed to higher personnel-related expenses (including stock-based compensation), and costs incurred to support the growth and expansion of the business, overhead and facilities.

  • Net loss for the full year ended December 31, 2021 was $76.0 million ($8.95 per common share), compared to $12.8 million ($12.45 per common share) for the year ended December 31, 2020. The increase in net loss is primarily attributed to the addition of three antibody-drug conjugates to the Company’s portfolio and the Company’s preparations to initiate human clinical trials for PYX-201.

  • As of March 25, 2022, the outstanding number of shares of Common Stock of Pyxis Oncology was 32,841,747.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Pyxis Oncology management will host a conference call and live webcast on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss recent corporate updates. The live call can be accessed by dialing (833) 945-2461 (domestic) or (520) 809-9726 (international) using the conference ID 5458057. A live webcast can be accessed at or on the Investors section of the Pyxis Oncology website at A replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours after completion of the call and will be archived on the Company’s website for up to 45 days.

About Pyxis Oncology, Inc. 

Pyxis Oncology, Inc. is a multi-asset multi-modality company focused on defeating difficult to treat cancers and improving patient lives. By leveraging our fully integrated research, development and commercial capabilities, our expert team is efficiently building a diversified portfolio of next-generation therapeutics. Pyxis Oncology’s therapeutic candidates are designed to directly kill tumor cells, and to address the underlying pathologies created by cancer that enable its uncontrollable proliferation and immune evasion. Since its launch in 2019, Pyxis Oncology has developed a broad portfolio of novel antibody-drug conjugate product candidates, and monoclonal antibody, or mAb, preclinical discovery programs that it is developing as monotherapies and in combination with other therapies. To learn more about Pyxis Oncology, visit

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Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

    Years Ended December 31,  
    2021     2020  
Operating expenses:            
Research and development   $ 51,054     $ 9,048  
General and administrative     18,663       3,846  
Total operating expenses     69,717       12,894  
Loss from operations     (69,717 )     (12,894 )
Other (expense) income:            
Interest income     23       66  
Service fee income from related party     181        
Change in fair value of derivative liability     (6,231 )      
Total other (expense) income     (6,027 )     66  
Loss from equity method investment in joint venture     (231 )      
Net loss and comprehensive loss   $ (75,975 )   $ (12,828 )
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (8.95 )   $ (12.45 )
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding - basic and diluted     8,493,273       1,030,556  


Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

    December 31,  
    2021     2020  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 274,735     $ 8,080  
Restricted cash     1,472        
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,466       23  
Total current assets     278,673       8,103  
Property and equipment, net     1,007       1,103  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     232       836  
Other assets, noncurrent     109       109  
Total assets   $ 280,021     $ 10,151  
Liabilities, Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 11,951     $ 1,077  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     6,592       1,997  
Operating lease liabilities, current portion     165       615  
Total current liabilities     18,708       3,689  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion           165  
Total liabilities     18,708       3,854  
Commitments and contingencies            
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock           21,942  
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock            
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):            
Preferred stock            
Common stock     32       1  
Additional paid-in capital     352,999       97  
Accumulated deficit     (91,718 )     (15,743 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)     261,313       (15,645 )
Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)   $ 280,021     $ 10,151  

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