Codiak BioSciences Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Operational Progress

August 5, 2021 at 4:01 PM EDT

– Initial safety and PK/PD data from Phase 1/2 study of exoSTING™ now expected in the fourth quarter of 2021 –

           – Initial safety and efficacy data from Phase 1 trial of exoIL-12™ in CTCL anticipated by year-end –

– IND filing for third clinical program, exoASO™-STAT6, planned for 2H 2021 –

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Codiak BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAK), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics as a new class of medicines, today reported second quarter 2021 financial results and operational progress.

“We continue to be intensely focused on execution of our two lead clinical programs, with plans to deliver near-term data readouts from both the exoSTING and exoIL-12 trials. We anticipate sharing safety data and a differentiating pharmacologic profile from initial dose escalation cohorts in the Phase 1/2 trial of exoSTING in the fourth quarter of 2021, and we expect to report initial safety, PK/PD and efficacy data from CTCL patients in the exoIL-12 Phase 1 trial by year end,” said Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Codiak. “We are also prosecuting multiple preclinical programs that together demonstrate the versatility of our platform and we look forward to filing an IND this year for our third engineered exosome therapeutic candidate, exoASO-STAT6 for the treatment of myeloid-rich cancers.”

Second Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

  • Presented new preclinical data on exoAAV™, exoVACC™, exoASO-STAT6, and the ability of engineered exosomes to direct tropism at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 24th Annual Meeting
  • Published manuscript highlighting the exoSTING preclinical program in Communications Biology, a Nature Research publication
  • Presented tolerability, pharmacokinetic (PK)/pharmacodynamic (PD) data from healthy volunteer portion of the exoIL-12 Phase 1 clinical trial and preclinical data from the exoASO-STAT6 program at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting
  • Appointed Jennifer Wheler, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer
  • Added Anne-Virginie Eggimann, M.Sc., to Board of Directors

Anticipated Milestones and Events

  • Initial safety, PK, and PD data from dose escalation cohorts 1-3 on the Phase 1/2 trial of exoSTING (CDK-002) in patients with advanced/metastatic solid tumors with injectable lesions expected in the fourth quarter of 2021
  • IND filing for exoASO-STAT6 (CDK-004) anticipated during the second half of 2021
  • Initial safety, PK/PD and efficacy data in CTCL patients from the Phase 1 trial of exoIL-12 (CDK-003) expected by year-end 2021

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, were $0.9 million, compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2020. This increase was due to deferred revenue recognized from ongoing research and development collaborations.

Net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, was $21.8 million, compared to a net loss of $15.9 million for the same period in 2020. Net loss for the quarter was driven primarily by clinical development, general and administrative, and personnel expenses, and ongoing development of the engEx™ Platform.

Research and development expenses were $15.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to $11.6 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in research and development expenses was driven by an increase in engEx Platform expenses, partially offset by decreased manufacturing and preclinical costs as Codiak’s lead candidates progressed into the clinic during the second half of 2020.

General and administrative expenses were $6.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to $4.4 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was driven primarily by an increase in general and administrative headcount to support our overall growth and our transition to becoming a public company.

As of June 30, 2021, Codiak had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $113.7 million.

About Codiak BioSciences
Codiak is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics, a new class of medicines with the potential to transform the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases with high unmet medical need. By leveraging the biology of exosomes as natural intercellular transfer mechanisms, Codiak has developed its proprietary engEx Platform to expand upon the innate properties of exosomes to design, engineer and manufacture novel exosome therapeutic candidates. Codiak has utilized its engEx Platform to generate a deep pipeline of engineered exosomes aimed at treating a broad range of disease areas, spanning oncology, neuro-oncology, neurology, neuromuscular disease and infectious disease.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among other things, statements concerning the development and therapeutic potential of exoSTING and exoIL-12, including timing of release of data from clinical trials and the results of those trials, statements concerning the development of exoASO-STAT6, including the timing of IND filing and initiation of clinical trials, and statements regarding the capabilities and potential of Codiak’s engEx Platform and engineered exosomes generally. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Codiak’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in Codiak’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is current as of the date of this report, and Codiak undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

(Unaudited, In thousands, except share and per share data)

  JUNE 30,
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $113,681  $88,915 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  5,641   4,843 
Total current assets  119,322   93,758 
Property and equipment, net  30,263   31,410 
Restricted cash, net of current portion  4,170   4,170 
Operating right-of-use assets  21,519   22,003 
Total assets $175,274  $151,341 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $1,782  $2,018 
Accrued expenses  7,689   8,870 
Deferred revenue  9,117   5,281 
Operating lease liabilities  2,333   1,482 
Total current liabilities  20,921   17,651 
Long-term liabilities:        
Deferred revenue, net of current portion  41,746   57,416 
Note payable, net of discount  25,230   24,960 
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion  35,306   36,540 
Other long-term liabilities  207  207 
Total liabilities  123,410   136,774 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized as of June   
    30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 22,272,975 and 18,787,579 shares issued
    and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
  2   2 
Additional paid-in capital  372,069   302,655 
Accumulated deficit  (320,207)  (288,090)
Total stockholders’ equity  51,864   14,567 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $175,274  $151,341 


(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)

JUNE 30,
JUNE 30,
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Collaboration revenue $890  $187  $14,081  $321 
Total revenue  890   187   14,081   321 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  15,419   11,622   31,969   30,013 
General and administrative  6,937   4,358   13,525   8,591 
Total operating expenses  22,356   15,980   45,494   38,604 
Loss from operations  (21,466)  (15,793)  (31,413)  (38,283)
Other income (expense):                
Interest expense  (704)  (294)  (1,401)  (589)
Interest income  9   19   14   242 
Other income  352   155   683   215 
Total other expense, net  (343)  (120)  (704)  (132)
Net loss $(21,809) $(15,913) $(32,117) $(38,415)
Cumulative dividends on redeemable convertible
preferred stock
     (3,420)     (6,839)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $(21,809) $(19,333) $(32,117) $(45,254)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders,
basic and diluted
 $(0.99) $(6.44) $(1.51) $(15.07)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and
  22,117,593   3,003,887   21,230,424   3,002,773 
Comprehensive loss:                
Net loss $(21,809) $(15,913) $(32,117) $(38,415)
Other comprehensive loss:                
Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax of $0     (2)     (43)
Total other comprehensive loss     (2)     (43)
Comprehensive loss $(21,809) $(15,915) $(32,117) $(38,458)


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