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Pyxis Oncology Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter 2023 and Provides Corporate Update

Orphan Drug Designation received for PYX-201 in pancreatic cancer

Preliminary data from two Phase 1 trials anticipated late 2023 to early 2024

Strong balance sheet with $150.8 million in cash (including restricted cash) and short-term investments and no debt supports operations into 1H 2025

BOSTON, May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pyxis Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYXS), a clinical-stage company focused on developing next-generation therapeutics to target difficult-to-treat cancers, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, and provided a corporate update.

Pyxis Oncology ended the first quarter of 2023 with approximately $150.8 million in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments, which is expected to provide a runway into the first half of 2025, enabling the Company to evaluate early signs of potential clinical activity for PYX-201 and PYX-106 and initiate tumor-specific expansion cohorts following dose selection. Clinical sites are active and patient screening continues in the Phase 1 trial of PYX-106, referred to as PYX-106-101, and dosing is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2023. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for PYX-201 in pancreatic cancer, and subject dosing is underway in the Phase 1 trial of PYX-201, known as PYX-201-101.

“The first quarter of 2023 was marked by the transition of Pyxis Oncology to a clinical-stage company as we initiated two Phase 1 trials for PYX-201 and PYX-106,” said Lara S. Sullivan, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pyxis Oncology. “Receipt of ODD for PYX-201 in pancreatic cancer is an important achievement highlighting the need for new treatment options, and we remain focused on execution as our two clinical programs advance. We continue to anticipate preliminary data, including biomarker results and early signs of potential clinical activity, from both trials in the late-2023 to early-2024 timeframe.”

Q1 2023 Financial Results

  • As of March 31, 2022, Pyxis Oncology had cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) and short-term investments of $150.8 million (preliminary, unaudited), which is expected to fund operations into the first half of 2025. This cash balance reflects a one-time, $8 million payment to Pfizer, Inc. made during the first quarter related to the expansion of the license agreement for our Flexible Antibody Conjugation Technology (FACT) platform, which was announced in the fourth quarter of 2022.  
  • Research and development expenses were $11.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $20.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022. The period-over-period decline was primarily due to inclusion of a $10 million license fee for PYX-106 in the first quarter of 2022 and lower contract manufacturing and preclinical costs, which were partially offset by increased clinical trial-related costs and personnel-related expenses due to higher clinical headcount.
  • General and administrative expenses were $9.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $11.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022. The period-over-period decrease was primarily due to a reduction in professional and consultant fees, which were mainly related to the first quarter 2022 build-out of our general and administrative function.
  • Net loss was $19.2 million, or $0.54 per common share, for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $31.4 million, or $0.97 per common share, for the three months ended March 31, 2022. Net losses for the quarters ended March 31, 2023 and 2022 included $4.9 million and $3.4 million, respectively, related to non-cash stock-based compensation expense.
  • As of May 10, 2023, the outstanding number of shares of common stock of Pyxis Oncology was 38,245,287. 

About Pyxis Oncology, Inc.
Pyxis Oncology, Inc. is a clinical stage company focused on defeating difficult-to-treat cancers. The company is efficiently building next-generation therapeutics that hold the potential for mono and combination therapies. 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. Pyxis Oncology’s antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and immuno-oncology (IO) programs employ novel and emerging strategies to target a broad range of solid tumors resistant to current standards of care. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Pyxis Oncology Contact
Jennifer Davis Ruff
VP, Investor Relations

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2023     2022  
Operating expenses:            
Research and development   $ 11,901     $ 20,071  
General and administrative     9,053       11,318  
Total operating expenses     20,954       31,389  
Loss from operations     (20,954 )     (31,389 )
Other income, net:            
Interest and investment income     1,673       9  
Sublease income     38        
Total other income, net     1,711       9  
Net loss   $ (19,243 )   $ (31,380 )
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted   $ (0.54 )   $ (0.97 )
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding - basic and diluted     35,351,671       32,316,689  
Other comprehensive income:            
Net unrealized gain on marketable debt securities     696        
Other comprehensive income     696        
Comprehensive loss   $ (18,547 )   $ (31,380 )

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    March 31, 2023     December 31, 2022  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 53,059     $ 179,293  
Marketable debt securities, short-term     96,290        
Restricted cash     1,472       1,472  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     5,361       5,847  
Total current assets     156,182       186,612  
Property and equipment, net     13,163       11,165  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     13,458       13,602  
Total assets   $ 182,803     $ 211,379  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 4,025     $ 7,097  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     6,363       24,537  
Operating lease liabilities, current portion     1,213        
Total current liabilities     11,601       31,634  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion     19,039       18,921  
Total liabilities     30,640       50,555  
Commitments and contingencies            
Stockholders’ equity:            
Preferred stock            
Common stock     37       34  
Additional paid-in capital     383,108       373,225  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     696        
Accumulated deficit     (231,678 )     (212,435 )
Total stockholders’ equity     152,163       160,824  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 182,803     $ 211,379  

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