News release

Pyxis Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2021 and Provides Business Update

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pyxis Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYXS), a preclinical oncology company focused on developing next-generation therapeutics for difficult to treat cancers, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021 and provided a business update.

“Our initial public offering was a tremendous milestone for Pyxis, allowing us to debut as a public company with a strong balance sheet well positioned to advance our lead programs toward the clinic,” said Lara Sullivan, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Pyxis. “We are on track to submit Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for PYX-201 and PYX-202 by mid-2022, and for PYX-203 by 2023. With the resources we now have in hand, we are also focused on fully leveraging our ADC technology platform and proprietary target catalog.”

Initial Public Offering (IPO)
In October 2021, Pyxis completed its IPO of 10,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $16.00 per share. Gross proceeds from the IPO were $168 million and net proceeds from the offering, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses, were approximately $152.2 million.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Cash: Pyxis has a strong cash position of approximately $283 million as of November 15, 2021 which is expected to fund operations into the second half of 2024.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses were $7.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $2.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The year-over-year increase in R&D spending was primarily due to increased expenses associated with the addition of three antibody drug conjugates to our portfolio and increase in headcount to support our research and development activities. We expect our R&D expenses to increase substantially for the foreseeable future as we continue to invest in R&D activities to advance our clinical programs and expand and advance our product candidate pipeline.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses were $3.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $0.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher personnel-related expenses (including stock-based compensation), recruiting fees, consulting, and other professional costs. We expect our G&A expenses to increase to support our growth and operations as a public company.

Net Loss: Net loss was $14.2 million ($8.96 per common share) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $3.2 million ($2.93 per common share) for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Upcoming Investor Event

  • November 18, 2021 – Pyxis will present at the Jefferies Virtual London Healthcare Conference

About Pyxis Oncology, Inc.
Pyxis Oncology, Inc. is a preclinical oncology company focused on developing an arsenal of next-generation therapeutics to target difficult-to-treat cancers and improve quality of life for patients. Pyxis develops its product candidates with the objective 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 has developed a broad portfolio of novel antibody drug conjugate, or ADC, 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 visit

Forward-Looking Statements
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
Operating expenses:                        
Research and development   $ 7,849     $ 2,425     $ 43,828     $ 5,909  
General and administrative     3,772       767       9,463       2,406  
Total operating expenses     11,621       3,192       53,291       8,315  
Loss from operations     (11,621 )     (3,192 )     (53,291 )     (8,315 )
Other income (expense):                        
Interest income     6       1       16       66  
Service fee income from related party                 181        
Change in fair value of derivative liability     (2,560 )           (5,821 )      
Total other income (expense)     (2,554 )     1       (5,624 )     66  
Loss from equity method investment in joint venture                 (231 )      
Net loss and comprehensive loss   $ (14,175 )   $ (3,191 )   $ (59,146 )   $ (8,249 )
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted   $ (8.96 )   $ (2.93 )   $ (40.27 )   $ (8.43 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     1,581,610       1,088,222       1,468,777       979,081  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    September 30,
    December 31,
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 133,477     $ 8,080  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     859       23  
Total current assets     134,336       8,103  
Property and equipment, net     1,154       1,103  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     388       836  
Deferred offering costs     3,501        
Other assets, noncurrent     109       109  
Total assets   $ 139,488     $ 10,151  
Liabilities, Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Deficit            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 1,927     $ 1,077  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     5,462       1,997  
Derivative liability, current portion     9,123        
Operating lease liabilities, current portion     325       615  
Total current liabilities     16,837       3,689  
Derivative liability, net of current portion     67        
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion           165  
Total liabilities     16,904       3,854  
Commitments and contingencies            
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock     21,942       21,942  
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock     172,081        
Stockholders’ deficit:            
Common stock     2       1  
Additional paid-in capital     3,448       97  
Accumulated deficit     (74,889 )     (15,743 )
Total stockholders’ deficit     (71,439 )     (15,645 )
Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit   $ 139,488     $ 10,151  

Investor and Media Contact
Courtney Dugan
Vice President - Investor Relations

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Source: Pyxis Oncology