Adaptimmune Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

 - Conference call to be held today at 8:00 AM ET (1:00 PM BST) -

PHILADELPHIA and OXFORD, United Kingdom, Aug. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq:ADAP) (“Adaptimmune” or the “Company”), a leader in T-cell therapy to treat cancer, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Recent Corporate and Clinical Highlights:

  • Received access to Priority Medicines (PRIME) regulatory support from the European Medicines Agency for NY-ESO SPEAR® (Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor) T-cell therapy;
  • Received orphan medicinal product designation for SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting NY-ESO for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma in the European Union from the European Commission;
  • Received orphan drug designation for SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting NY-ESO for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
  • Finalized commercial development and supply agreement for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s DynaBeads® CD3/CD28 Cell Therapy System™ for use in manufacturing Adaptimmune’s SPEAR T-cell therapies;
  • Announced new preclinical and clinical data at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting, including: data showing that the incidence of cytokine release syndrome appears to be of lower frequency and severity with NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy compared to that reported with CD19 CAR-T therapy; data describing robust clinical responses including a 50 percent response rate (60 percent at the target dose) in synovial sarcoma, and a 91 percent response rate in multiple myeloma; and that Adaptimmune’s extensive preclinical safety package is capable of preclinically validating TCRs with enhanced affinity for target proteins; and
  • Expanded synovial sarcoma trials to sites outside of the United States with submissions made to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom, and to Health Canada which has now approved the clinical trial application.

“The last six months were a period of strong progress for Adaptimmune on a number of fronts,” commented James Noble, Adaptimmune’s Chief Executive Officer. “Among our accomplishments, we continued to advance our NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell program toward pivotal studies in sarcoma, received orphan drug and Breakthrough Therapy designation in the U.S. and received both PRIME regulatory eligibility and orphan medicinal product designation in Europe. We also presented important new clinical data at the 2016 ASCO meeting and at our analyst and investor day in April 2016 that continue to differentiate our SPEAR T-cell products from other therapies in the space.”

Mr. Noble continued, “Still, this period has not been without its challenges. As we previously announced, the FDA placed a partial clinical hold on our planned pivotal study of NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy in myxoid round cell liposarcoma and requested additional information prior to trial commencement. We will provide a full response to the FDA shortly. Separately, the initiation of the pivotal study in synovial sarcoma has been delayed until mid-2017. In addition, slower than anticipated enrollment in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) for our MAGE-A10 and NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapies has also pushed the timelines for these data readouts into 2017. Notwithstanding these challenges, the breadth and depth of our clinical pipeline mean that, by early 2017, our clinical efforts could involve SPEAR T-cell therapies directed against four separate targets in as many as 10 different tumor types; we anticipate that our data readouts throughout 2017 may validate the targets themselves and, more broadly, our SPEAR T-cell platform in additional solid tumors beyond sarcoma.”

Financial Results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016

  • Cash / liquidity position: As of June 30, 2016, Adaptimmune had $150.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $55.0 million of short-term deposits representing a total liquidity position1 of $205.9 million. For the three months ended June 30, 2016, the decrease in cash and cash equivalents was $12.9 million and the decrease in short-term deposits was $7.3 million, representing a decrease in total liquidity position of $20.2 million.
  • Revenue: For the three months ended June 30, 2016, revenue was $0.3 million compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. This decrease was primarily due to a change in the estimate of the period over which the revenue relating to the GSK Collaboration and License Agreement is being recognized.
  • Research and development (“R&D”) expenses: R&D expenses increased to $16.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 from $8.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, primarily due to increased period-over-period costs associated with: ongoing clinical trials of the Company’s NY-ESO and MAGE-A10 SPEAR T-cell therapies; preparation for a study with the Company’s SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting AFP; and personnel expenses for an increased number of employees engaged in R&D.
  • General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses: G&A expenses were $6.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $5.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The increase was primarily due to increased personnel costs, increased property costs and other costs associated with being a public company, partially offset by a decrease in share-based compensation expenses.
  • Net loss: Net loss attributable to holders of the Company’s ordinary shares was $22.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. This equates to $(0.05) per ordinary share or $(0.31) per American Depositary Share.

1 Total liquidity position is a non GAAP financial measure, which is explained and reconciled to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP below.

Financial Guidance

Adaptimmune is reiterating its guidance. For the full year 2016, the Company expects its decrease in total liquidity position to be between $80 and $100 million and expects its total liquidity position at December 31, 2016, including cash, cash equivalents and short term deposits, to be at least $150 million. This guidance excludes the effect of any potential new business development activities.

Pipeline Review
Adaptimmune is providing an update below on each cohort of its clinical pipeline and the timing of anticipated milestones.

NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell Therapy
Synovial sarcoma:
Cohort 1 (high NY-ESO expression, cyclophosphamide + fludarabine) is complete, and was initially reported at the 2015 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting. Updates on cohorts 2 (low NY-ESO expression, cyclophosphamide + fludarabine) and 3 (cyclophosphamide) will be presented at the 2016 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) meeting. Cohort 4 (modified cyclophosphamide + fludarabine) is on schedule to initiate in 2H 2016.

The Company submitted to the IND its proposed pivotal study in myxoid round cell liposarcoma and received a partial clinical hold notice from the FDA. The notice was received prior to the study being opened at any clinical site. This communication from the FDA was not related to concerns on safety, but rather to the request for additional information on CMC about manufacturing changes introduced in the pivotal program, and information on and modification of some clinical trial design features. The Company intends to submit its full response shortly; the agency will then have 30 days to respond. In addition, enrollment into the pivotal synovial sarcoma study will begin in mid-2017 to allow for the submission of a Special Protocol Assessment requested by FDA and characterization of the revised commercial manufacturing process to be employed in the pivotal studies. If the discussions with the FDA on MRCLS are concluded within the 30-day review window, the Company would expect to initiate the study as planned in Q4 2016/Q1 2017; if it takes longer, then this study will be on a similar timeline to the synovial sarcoma study.

Multiple myeloma:
The 25-patient study with autologous stem cell transplant is complete and has been published (Rapoport; Nat Med, 2015). The Company expects to agree terms for a combination study with a PD-1 receptor inhibitor using cyclophosphamide and fludarabine conditioning in 2016, with initiation of the study occurring in 1H 2017.

Ovarian cancer:
The Company reported data from this six-patient study at the 2016 ASCO meeting showing no objective response in the absence of fludarabine. The Company is evaluating a preconditioning regimen consisting of modified doses of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine and intends to enroll patients in 2H 2016 with this regimen.

The Company reported data at the 2016 ASCO meeting showing no objective response in the absence of fludarabine in six patients who had progressed after treatment with immune check point inhibitors. The Company is considering a study with a new preconditioning regimen including fludarabine in combination with check point inhibitors in 2017.

Non-small cell lung cancer: 
A study is open and actively screening patients; data are anticipated in 2017. The chemotherapy conditioning for this trial is being modified in an amendment to consist of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine instead of cyclophosphamide alone.

MAGE-A10 SPEAR T-cell Therapy
Non-small cell lung cancer:
A study is open and actively screening patients; data are anticipated in 2017. Chemotherapy conditioning for this trial is being modified in an amendment to consist of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine instead of cyclophosphamide alone.

Bladder, melanoma, and ovarian cancer:
The Company is on track to initiate this study, including a preconditioning regimen of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine, in 2016 with data anticipated in 2017.

AFP SPEAR T-cell Therapy
Hepatocellular cancer:
The investigational new drug application (IND) is open, and the Company anticipates that enrollment will begin in 1H 2017.

MAGE-A4 SPEAR T-cell Therapy
Multiple tumor types:
The Company is on track for an IND submission in 1Q 2017.

Generation 2 TCRs
Multiple tumor types:
The Company is on track to submit INDs from 2017 onwards.

Conference Call Information
The Company will host a live teleconference and webcast to provide an overview of its financial results and a business update at 8:00 AM ET (1:00 PM BST) today, August 8, 2016. The live webcast of the conference call will be available via the events page of Adaptimmune’s corporate website at An archive will be available after the call at the same address. To participate in the live conference call, if preferred, please dial (877) 280-2296 (U.S.) or +44(0)20 3427 1901 or 0800 279 4841 (United Kingdom).  After placing the call, please ask to be joined into the Adaptimmune conference call and provide the confirmation code (7948131).

About Adaptimmune
Adaptimmune is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on novel cancer immunotherapy products based on its SPEAR® (Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor) T-cell platform. Established in 2008, the company aims to utilize the body’s own machinery - the T-cell - to target and destroy cancer cells by using engineered, increased affinity TCRs as a means of strengthening natural patient T-cell responses. Adaptimmune’s lead program is a SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting the NY-ESO cancer antigen. Its NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy has demonstrated signs of efficacy and tolerability in Phase 1/2 trials in solid tumors and in hematologic cancer types, including synovial sarcoma and multiple myeloma. Adaptimmune has a strategic collaboration and licensing agreement with GlaxoSmithKline for the development and commercialization of the NY-ESO TCR program. In addition, Adaptimmune has a number of proprietary programs. These include SPEAR T-cell therapies targeting the MAGE-A10 and AFP cancer antigens, which both have open INDs, and a further SPEAR T-cell therapy targeting the MAGE-A4 cancer antigen that is in pre-clinical phase with IND acceptance targeted for 2017. The company has identified over 30 intracellular target peptides preferentially expressed in cancer cells and is currently progressing 12 through unpartnered research programs. Adaptimmune has over 250 employees and is located in Oxfordshire, U.K. and Philadelphia, USA. For more information:

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA). These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, and include, without limitation: the success, cost and timing of our product development activities and clinical trials and our ability to successfully advance our TCR therapeutic candidates through the regulatory and commercialization processes. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to our business in general, we refer you to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 12, 2016, and our other SEC filings. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date the statements were made and we do not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. 

Total Liquidity Position (a non-GAAP financial measure)
Total liquidity position (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as cash and cash equivalents plus short-term deposits. Each of these components appears in the Consolidated Statements of Financial Position. The U.S. GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to total liquidity position is cash and cash equivalents as reported in the Consolidated Financial Statements.


(in thousands)    June 30,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents....................................................................................................................   $ 150,894   $ 194,263  
Short-term deposits..................................................................................................................................   55,031   54,620  
Total Liquidity Position..........................................................................................................................   $ 205,925   $ 248,883  


The Company believes that the presentation of total liquidity position provides useful information to investors because management reviews total liquidity position as part of its management of overall liquidity, financial flexibility, capital structure and leverage.


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations     Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)       2016       2015       2016       2015  
Revenue     $   328      $   2,783     $   3,246     $    5,511  
Research and development       (16,219 )     (8,404 )     (30,107 )     (14,380 )
General and administrative       (6,809 )     (5,486 )     (12,664 )     (7,845 )
Total operating expenses       (23,028 )     (13,890 )     (42,771 )     (22,225 )
Operating loss       (22,700 )     (11,107 )     (39,525 )     (16,714 )
Interest income       291       188       550       298  
Other income (expenses), net       607       (3,502 )     1,656       101  
Loss before income taxes         (21,802 )       (14,421 )       (37,319 )     (16,315 )
Income taxes       (293 )     (147 )     (352 )     (198 )
Net loss         (22,095 )       (14,568 )       (37,671 )     (16,513 )
Deemed dividend on convertible preferred shares       -       (2,229 )     -       (8,663 )
Net loss available to ordinary shareholders     $   (22,095 )   $   (16,797 )   $   (37,671 )   $   (25,176 )
Net loss per ordinary share, basic and diluted (2)     $ (0.05 )   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.10 )
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding,                  
Basic and diluted       424,711,900       316,559,989       424,711,900       248,222,243  
(2) The dilutive effect of the following potentially dilutive equity instruments have been excluded from the diluted loss per share calculation because they would have an antidilutive effect on the loss per share for the period
      Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
        2016       2015       2016       2015  
Share options       46,127,274       31,473,477       46,127,274       31,473,477  


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets     June 30,   December 31,
(unaudited, in thousands)       2016       2015  
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 150,894     $ 194,263  
Short-term deposits       55,031       54,620  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for  doubtful accounts of $- and $-       -       744  
Other current assets and prepaid expenses (including current portion of clinical materials)       12,257       13,420  
Total current assets     $ 218,182     $ 263,047  
Restricted cash       4,229       4,508  
Clinical materials       2,695       4,736  
Property, plant & equipment, net       13,444       13,225  
Intangibles, net       1,010       305  
Total assets     $ 239,560     $ 285,821  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable     $ 2,474     $ 7,884  
Accrued expenses and other accrued liabilities       7,723       7,518  
Deferred revenue       9,940       12,487  
Total current liabilities       20,137       27,889  
Deferred revenue, less current portion       22,432       22,939  
Total liabilities       42,569       50,828  
Common stock - Ordinary shares par value
£0.001, 574,711,900 authorized and
424,711,900 issued and outstanding (2015:
574,711,900 authorized and 424,711,900
issued and outstanding)
      682       682  
Additional paid in capital       336,904       332,363  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (13,011 )     (8,139 )
Accumulated deficit       (127,584 )     (89, 913 )
Total equity       196,991       234,993  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity     $ 239,560     $ 285,821  

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement   Six months ended June 30,
(unaudited, in thousands)     2016       2015  
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss   $ (37,671 )   $ (16,513 )
Adjustments for:        
Depreciation     1,512       365  
Amortization     82       -  
Share-based compensation expense     4,541       6,292  
Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses     (2,004 )     2,234  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Decrease/(increase) in receivables and other operating assets     601       (4,989 )
Decrease in non-current operating assets     2,041       -  
Decrease in payables and deferred revenue     (4,274 )     (934 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (35,172 )     (13,545 )
Cash flows from investing activities        
Acquisition of property, plant & equipment     (2,910 )     (3,117 )
Acquisition of intangibles     (861 )     -  
Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment     -       122  
Maturity of short-term deposits     41,661       -  
Investment in short-term deposits     (42,837 )     (28,594 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (4,947 )     (31,589 )
Cash flows from financing activities        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon initial public offering     -       175,989  
Net cash used in financing activities     -       175,989  
Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (3,205 )     (3,473 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (43,369 )     127,382  
Cash and cash equivalents at start of period     194,263       101,664  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 150,984     $ 229,046  


Adaptimmune Contacts

Will Roberts
Vice President, Investor Relations
T:  (215) 825-9306 

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Head of PR
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