Pyxis Oncology Reports Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2022, and Provides Corporate Update
Preliminary data from two Phase 1 trials anticipated late 2023 to early 2024
First subject dosed in Phase 1 trial of PYX-201; clinical sites being activated and patient screening underway in Phase 1 trial of PYX-106
Strong balance sheet with
“Over the past year, our team has made significant progress in advancing PYX-201, our antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) product candidate, and PYX-106, our immunotherapy product candidate, into Phase 1 clinical trials,” said
Recent Corporate Updates
- Two Phase 1 trials initiated: Clinical sites are being activated and patient screening is ongoing in the Phase 1 trial of PYX-106, referred to as PYX-106-101, and dosing is expected to begin early in the second quarter of 2023. Subject dosing is underway in the Phase 1 trial of PYX-201, known as PYX-201-101. Preliminary data are anticipated from both trials in the late-2023 to early-2024 timeframe.
- PYX-201 nonclinical data published: A peer-reviewed article titled “Quantification of antibody-drug conjugate PYX-201 in rat and monkey plasma via ELISA and its application in preclinical studies” was published online in Bioanalysis. This publication described the ELISA assay that was successfully validated for the measurement of PYX-201 concentrations in rat and monkey plasma in support of the Company’s successful IND application.
- Abstracts submitted to ASCO: Abstracts for trial in progress (TIP) posters describing the PYX-106-101 and PYX-201-101 Phase 1 clinical trials were submitted to the
American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO) Annual Meeting, to be held June 2-6, 2023, in Chicago.
- Two INDs cleared by FDA: In
November 2022, clearance for the PYX-106 and PYX-201 Investigational New Drug (IND) applications was received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA).
Full-Year 2022 Financial Results
- As of
December 31, 2022, Pyxis Oncologyhad cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) of $180.7 million, which is expected to fund operations into the first half of 2025.
- Research and development expenses were
$86.1 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $51.0 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2021. The increase was primarily due to increased expenses associated with contract manufacturing of drug products and drug substance, preclinical costs related to toxicity studies and preclinical work in support of IND filings, clinical trial costs, and an increase in employee headcount to support research and development activities.
- General and administrative expenses were
$37.4 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $18.7 millionfor the year ended December 31, 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher personnel-related expenses, including stock-based compensation, and increases in legal and professional fees, rent and directors and officers insurance expenses to support our growth and operations.
- Net loss was
$120.7 million, or ( $3.65) per common share, for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $76.0 million, or ( $8.95) per common share, for the year ended December 31, 2021. Net losses for the years ended December 31, 2022and 2021 included $15.8 millionand $6.4 million, respectively, related to non-cash stock-based compensation expense.
- As of March 21, 2023, the outstanding number of shares of Common Stock of Pyxis Oncology was 36,980,621.
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Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Research and development||$||86,129||$||51,054|
|General and administrative||37,352||18,663|
|Total operating expenses||123,481||69,717|
|Loss from operations||(123,481||)||(69,717||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Service fee income from related party||—||181|
|Change in fair value of derivative liability||—||(6,231||)|
|Total other income (expense)||2,764||(6,027||)|
|Loss from equity method investment in joint venture||—||(231||)|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||$||(120,717||)||$||(75,975||)|
|Net loss per common share - basic and diluted||$||(3.65||)||$||(8.95||)|
|Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding - basic and diluted||33,033,081||8,493,273|
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||179,293||$||274,735|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||5,847||2,466|
|Total current assets||186,612||278,673|
|Property and equipment, net||11,165||1,007|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||13,602||232|
|Other assets, noncurrent||—||109|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||24,537||6,592|
|Operating lease liabilities, current portion||—||165|
|Total current liabilities||31,634||18,708|
|Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion||18,921||—|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid-in capital||373,225||352,999|
|Total stockholders’ equity||160,824||261,313|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||211,379||$||280,021|
Source: Pyxis Oncology