SAN DIEGO, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OncoSec Medical Incorporated (“OncoSec”) (NASDAQ: ONCS), a company developing DNA-based intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, today announced key corporate objectives as well as financial results for the third quarter and year to date ended April 30, 2016.
“As we enter the next quarter, we are confident in our team’s mission to deliver safer and more effective intratumoral immunotherapies to provide long-term benefits for cancer patients. We believe the advancements in our technology as well as the preclinical and clinical data generated to date hold the greatest potential to provide meaningful benefit to patients and investment value to OncoSec’s shareholders,” said Punit Dhillon, President and CEO of OncoSec. “We have sufficient funds to advance our development efforts for the combination of ImmunoPulse™ IL-12 with anti-PD-1/PD-L1 in melanoma as well as our next ImmunoPulse product.”
For the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and the nine months ended April 30, 2016, OncoSec reported a net loss of $6.3 million and $20.3 million, or $0.37 per share and $1.27 per share, respectively, compared to a net loss of $6.0 million and $14.7 million, or $0.48 per share and $1.19 per share, respectively, for the same periods last year. The increase in net loss for the three months ended April 30, 2016, compared with the same period in 2015, resulted primarily from an increase of $1.0 million in personnel costs, inclusive of non-cash stock-based compensation, offset by a decrease in engineering costs, outside services and bonuses as compared to the prior year. The increase in net loss for the nine months ended April 30, 2016, compared with the same period in 2015, resulted primarily from (i) an increase of $3.5 million in personnel costs, inclusive of non-cash stock-based compensation; and (ii) an increase of $1.2 million in patient treatment costs related to our clinical trials. There were no revenues for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2016 or April 30, 2015.
Research and development expenses were $3.4 million and $11.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and the nine months ended April 30, 2016, respectively, compared to $3.9 million and $9.3 million for the same periods in 2015. General and administrative expenses were $2.9 million and $9.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and the nine months ended April 30, 2016, compared to $2.1 million and $5.4 million for the same periods in 2015.
At April 30, 2016, OncoSec had $24.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, as compared to $32.0 million of cash and cash equivalents at July 31, 2015; however, OncoSec raised an additional $9.1 million in net proceeds from a registered direct offering on May 26, 2016. OncoSec expects these funds to be sufficient to allow it to continue to operate its business for at least the next 12 months.
About OncoSec Medical Incorporated
OncoSec is a biotechnology company developing DNA-based intratumoral immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. The Company’s investigational technology, ImmunoPulse™, is designed to enhance the local delivery and uptake of DNA-based immune-targeting agents, such as interleukin-12 (IL-12). In Phase I and II clinical trials, OncoSec’s lead program, ImmunoPulse™ IL-12, demonstrated a favorable safety profile and evidence of anti-tumor activity in the treatment of various skin cancers as well as the potential to initiate a systemic immune response. ImmunoPulse™ IL-12 is currently in clinical development for several indications, including metastatic melanoma and triple-negative breast cancer. In addition to ImmunoPulse™ IL-12, the Company is also seeking to identify and develop new immune-targeting agents for use with the ImmunoPulse™ platform. For more information, please visit www.oncosec.com.
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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “potential,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” and similar references to future periods.
Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based on management’s current preliminary expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause our results to differ materially and adversely from the statements contained herein. Potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those predicted include, among others, the following our ability to raise additional funding necessary to fund continued operations; delays and other uncertainties inherent in pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, such as the ability to enroll patients in clinical trials and the risk of adverse events; our ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel; unexpected new data, safety and technical issues; and the other factors discussed in OncoSec’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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