Press Release

Checkpoint Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

Company Release - 11/2/2018 8:00 AM ET

NEW YORK, Nov. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) (NASDAQ: CKPT), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology biopharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients with solid tumor cancers, today announced financial results and recent corporate highlights for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

“In the third quarter of 2018, we announced positive interim safety and efficacy data from our ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of CK-101, a third-generation EGFR inhibitor being evaluated in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which was a significant milestone for the company,” said James F. Oliviero, President and Chief Executive Officer of Checkpoint. “Our plans remain on-track for the rest of the year as we continue enrollment to establish the optimal dose of CK-101, after which we plan to initiate a Phase 3 trial in 2019 in treatment-naïve EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC patients. We also look forward to reporting early next year interim data from the expansion cohort phase of our Phase 1 clinical trial of CK-301, a fully human anti-PD-L1 antibody, in selected recurrent or metastatic cancers.”

Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • In September 2018, Checkpoint announced positive interim safety and efficacy data from its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of CK-101, a third-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) being evaluated in advanced NSCLC. The data were presented in an oral presentation at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Toronto. CK-101 was well tolerated across multiple dose groups and safe. Durable anti-tumor activity was observed, particularly in treatment-naïve EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC patients.
  • In October 2018, Checkpoint appointed Christian Béchon to its Board of Directors.

Financial Results:

  • Cash Position: As of September 30, 2018, Checkpoint’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $29.6 million, compared to $19.2 million at December 31, 2017, an increase of $10.4 million year-to-date.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $7.8 million, compared to $5.0 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of $2.8 million.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $1.5 million, compared to $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of $0.2 million.
  • Net Loss: Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2018 was $9.3 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to a net loss of $5.9 million, or $0.26 per share, for the third quarter of 2017.

About Checkpoint Therapeutics
Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) is a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology biopharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients with solid tumor cancers. Checkpoint is evaluating its lead small-molecule, targeted anti-cancer agent, CK-101, in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the treatment of patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In addition, Checkpoint is currently evaluating its lead antibody product candidate, CK-301, an anti-PD-L1 antibody licensed from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in a Phase 1 clinical trial in checkpoint therapy-naïve patients with selected recurrent or metastatic cancers. Checkpoint is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.checkpointtx.com.

Forward‐Looking Statements
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Company Contact:
Jaclyn Jaffe
Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652-4500
ir@checkpointtx.com

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Managing Director, LifeSci Advisors, LLC
(212) 915-2568
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CHECKPOINT THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
 September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
 (Unaudited)  
ASSETS   
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$29,600  $19,225 
Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,196   1,857 
Other receivables - related party 5   331 
Total current assets 30,801   21,413 
Total Assets$   30,801   $   21,413  
    
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   
Current Liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$8,118  $5,762 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses - related party 664   610 
Total current liabilities 8,782   6,372 
Total Liabilities   8,782      6,372  
    
Commitments and Contingencies   
    
Stockholders' Equity   
Common Stock ($0.0001 par value), 60,000,000 shares authorized   
Class A common shares, 7,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 1   1 
Common shares,  26,996,238 and 18,512,429 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively 3   2 
Common stock issuable, 0 and 591,836 shares as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively -   2,296 
Additional paid-in capital 105,793   71,772 
Accumulated deficit (83,778)  (59,030)
Total Stockholders’ Equity 22,019   15,041 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$   30,801   $   21,413  
    


CHECKPOINT THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

        
 For the three months ended September 30,  For the nine months ended September 30, 
 2018
 2017
 2018
 2017
Revenue - related party$5  $349  $475  $1,393 
        
Operating expenses:       
Research and development 7,848   4,955   20,233   14,165 
General and administrative 1,544   1,344   5,090   4,064 
Total operating expenses 9,392   6,299   25,323   18,229 
Loss from operations (9,387)  (5,950)  (24,848)  (16,836)
        
Other income       
Interest income 43   22   100   77 
Total other income 43   22   100   77 
Net Loss$   (9,344) $   (5,928) $   (24,748) $   (16,759)
        
Loss per Share:       
Basic and diluted net loss per common share outstanding$(0.32) $(0.26) $(0.89) $(0.74)
        
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding 29,249,035   22,801,229   27,698,323   22,533,315 
        

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Source: Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc