HCW Biologics Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results And Recent Business Highlights
MIRAMAR, Fla., May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCW Biologics Inc. (the “Company” or “HCW Biologics”) (NASDAQ: HCWB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel immunotherapies to lengthen healthspan by disrupting the link between inflammation and age-related diseases, today reported financial results and recent business highlights for its first quarter ended March 31, 2023.
“We measure our progress over the past year by the achievement of significant milestones: Initiating multiple clinical trials. Realizing the dream of establishing our own manufacturing facility. Publishing ground-breaking scientific papers,” stated Dr. Hing C. Wong, Founder and CEO of HCW Biologics.
Dr. Wong continued, “Our primary premise is our belief that rejuvenating the immune system creates a systemic change that reduces senescent cells and the proinflammatory factors they secrete. We have seen that HCW9218 can do both in relevant animal models. As we progress in our investigation of the underlying mechanism of HCW9218, we are also gaining a deeper understanding of how this drug works against solid tumors and how it augments anti-tumor activities of immune-checkpoint inhibitors.”
He added, “Our focus is to develop a treatment based on HCW9218 for some of the most difficult-to-treat cancers. But through our research, we believe we are seeing signs that point to its potential to treat other aging-associated diseases beyond cancer by reducing senescent cells. We believe this opens the door for using an immunotherapeutic approach to enhance healthspan.”
- On April 21, 2023, the Company entered into a $26.25 million development line of credit to refinance an existing $6.5 million mortgage and provide financing for the buildout of the Company's new headquarters and manufacturing facility. The five-year loan bears a fixed interest of 7.0% per annum with interest only payments for the full term.
- On March 26, 2023, the Company published a pivotal scientific paper in Aging Cell entitled, “Immunotherapeutic Approach to Reduce Senescent Cells and Alleviate Senescence-Associated Secretary Phenotype in Mice,” with Dr. Hing C. Wong as lead and corresponding author.
First Quarter 2023 Financial Results:
- Revenues: Revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and 2023 were $3.1 million and $41,883, respectively. In the first quarter of 2022, deferred revenues related to historic transactions were recognized as revenue upon meeting all requirements for revenue recognition. Revenues were derived exclusively from the sale of licensed molecules to the Company’s licensee, Wugen.
- Research and development (R&D) expenses: R&D expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and 2023 were $1.8 million and $2.3 million, respectively. The $466,135 increase, or 26%, resulted primarily from increased preclinical and clinical trial expenses.
- General and administrative (G&A) expenses: G&A expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and 2023 were $1.9 million and $3.1 million, respectively. The $1.2 million increase, or 66%, was primarily attributable to increases in professional fees, which includes legal fees associated with legal proceedings brought against the Company by Altor BioScience, LLC and NantCell, Inc., or Altor/NantCell.
- Net loss: Net loss for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and 2023 was $2.1 million and $5.1 million, respectively.
As disclosed above, the Company entered into a development line of credit agreement for the buildout of the Company’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility. Funds formerly earmarked for this purpose will be redeployed for clinical development. The Company estimates that the cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and the proceeds of the development line of credit extends the Company’s cash runway into 2025.
On April 27, 2023, in connection with the Altor/NantCell matter, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) approved the parties’ stipulation and ordered the parties to arbitration. On May 1, 2023, Altor/NantCell filed a demand against the Company before JAMS. On May 3, 2023, Altor/NantCell dismissed the federal court action without prejudice and the Court ordered the case dismissed without prejudice and closed the case. Altor/NantCell’s proceeding against the Company will now proceed in arbitration before JAMS. Although adverse decisions (or settlements) may occur in arbitration, it is not possible to reasonably estimate the possible loss or range of loss, if any, associated therewith at this time. As such, no accrual for these matters has been recorded within the Company’s financial statements. In the year ahead, the Company expect to continue to incur legal expenses on its own behalf in connection with the legal proceedings brought against it by Altor/NantCell. However, legal expenses incurred by Dr. Wong in connection with the arbitration against him that was initiated by Altor/NantCell, will be covered through advancement of expenses from Altor/NantCell.
About HCW Biologics:
HCW Biologics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel immunotherapies to lengthen healthspan by disrupting the link between chronic, low-grade inflammation, and age-related diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, as well as other conditions such as long-haul COVID-19. The Company has combined a deep understanding of disease-related immunology with its expertise in advanced protein engineering to develop the TOBI™ (Tissue factOr-Based fusIon) discovery platform. The Company uses its TOBITM discovery platform to generate designer, novel multi-functional fusion molecules with immunotherapeutic properties. The invention of HCW Biologics’ two lead molecules, HCW9218 and HCW9302, was made via the TOBI™ discovery platform. The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, has initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate HCW9218 in chemo-refractory/chemo-resistant solid tumors that have progressed after prior chemotherapies (Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT05322408). The Company is also enrolling patients in a Company-sponsored Phase 1b/2 clinical trial to evaluate HCW9218 in chemo-refractory/chemo-resistant advanced pancreatic cancer (Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT05304936). The Company’s lead molecule for its regulatory T cell expansion program, HCW9302, is currently undergoing IND-enabling studies for an autoimmune indication.
Forward Looking Statements:
Statements in this press release contain “forward-looking statements” that are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “estimate,” “project,” “outlook,” “forecast” or other similar words and include, without limitation, statements regarding completion of Phase 1/1b clinical studies in cancer; timing and completion of the Company’s manufacturing facility; ability of HCW9218 to rejuvenate the immune system to create systemic changes that reduce senescent cells and the proinflammatory factors they secrete; potential of HCW9218 to treat other aging-associated diseases beyond cancer; redeployment of funds to support clinical trials; timing and outcome of the Altor/NantCell arbitration and the Company’s liability related thereto; the ability to project that cash and cash equivalents and investments are sufficient to fund operations into 2025; and the impact of any indemnification or advancement of expenses obligations may have on such projections. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties that are described in the section titled “Risk Factors” in the annual report on Form 10-K filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 28, 2023 and in other filings filed from time to time with the SEC. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of this date, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.
HCW Biologics Inc.
|Condensed Statements of Operations |
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost of revenues||(1,328,076||)||(29,350||)|
|Research and development||1,789,678||2,255,813|
|General and administrative||1,880,601||3,117,290|
|Total operating expenses||3,670,279||5,373,103|
|Loss from operations||(1,880,810||)||(5,360,570||)|
|Other (expense) income, net||(176,397||)||383,322|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.06||)||$||(0.14||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||35,778,032||35,883,779|
|HCW Biologics Inc. |
Condensed Balance Sheets
|December 31,||March 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||22,326,356||$||18,389,659|
|Accounts receivable, net||417,695||252,728|
|Other current assets||196,015||316,963|
|Total current assets||34,070,919||29,940,474|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||10,804,610||11,741,176|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities||1,730,325||3,357,346|
|Total current liabilities||2,956,481||4,521,908|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Common, $0.0001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized|
and 35,876,440 shares issued at December 31, 2022; 250,000,000 shares authorized and 35,886,635 shares issued at March 31, 2023
|Additional paid-in capital||82,962,964||83,224,070|
|Total stockholders’ equity||37,428,506||32,618,927|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||46,809,155||$||43,534,545|