Press Release - November 10, 2021
Heidelberg, Germany, November 10, 2021 – Affimed N.V. (Nasdaq: AFMD), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, and provided an update on clinical and corporate progress.
“In the past months, we have significantly expanded our efforts to ensure the development of our leading candidates, AFM13 and AFM24, which we believe will result in multiple catalysts over the next several quarters,” said Adi Hoess, CEO of Affimed. “We are excited about AFM28, a ROCK® platform-based ICE®, which we believe will be a novel and promising approach for difficult-to-treat AML patients. We know NK cells have shown some activity in AML and, coupled with what we are seeing in the AFM13 study in combination with NK cells we are hopeful that this highly differentiated product candidate will offer a new treatment option to those patients currently left behind,” he concluded.
Affimed is continuing to recruit patients in the REDIRECT study (AFM13-202) after reporting positive results from the preplanned interim futility analysis in March 2021; based on this successful interim analysis, the high- and low-CD30 expressing cohorts of this trial have been combined into one. Affimed expects to complete enrollment in the study in the first half of 2022.
REDIRECT is a phase 2, registration-directed study of AFM13 monotherapy in patients with relapsed or refractory CD30-positive peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL).
(Figures for the quarters ended September 30, 2021, and 2020 are unaudited.)
As of September 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents totaled €198.7 million compared to €146.9 million on December 31, 2020. Based on its current operating plan and assumptions, Affimed anticipates that its cash and cash equivalents will support operations into the second half of 2023.
Net cash used in operating activities for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was €25.6 million compared to €3.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Total revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, was €8.7 million compared with €10.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. Revenue predominately relates to the Genentech and Roivant collaborations.
Research and development expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 amounted to €20.6 million compared to €10.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase is largely due to increased costs for AFM24, including costs associated with the ongoing phase 1/2a clinical trial and manufacturing costs for clinical trial material required for the ongoing study and planned future studies, as well as an increase in costs associated with early-stage development/discovery activities. In addition, there was an increase associated with research and development that is non-project specific, including share-based payment expense, intellectual property-related expenses and facility costs.
General and administrative expenses were €6.8 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to €3.5 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The increase relates largely to higher personnel expenses due to an increase in headcount, higher premiums for our Directors and Officers liability insurance, increase in share-based payment expense and higher legal and consulting expenses.
Net finance income for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was €1.5 million compared to net finance loss of €3.1 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2020. Net finance income/loss is largely due to foreign exchange gains/losses related to assets denominated in U.S. dollars as a result of currency fluctuations between the U.S. dollar and Euro during the quarter.
Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was €17.1 million, or loss of €0.14 per common share, compared with a net loss of €6.0 million, or €0.07 loss per common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
The weighted number of common shares outstanding for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was 119.8 million. Additional information regarding these results will be included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of September 30, 2021, of Affimed’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Affimed prepares and reports consolidated financial statements and financial information in accordance with IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. None of the financial statements were prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States. Affimed maintains its books and records in Euro.
Affimed will host a conference call and webcast today, November 10, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. EST to discuss third quarter 2021 financial results and recent corporate developments. The conference call will be available via phone and webcast.
To access the call, please dial +1 (409) 220-9054 for U.S. callers, or +44 (0) 8000 323836 for international callers, and reference passcode 6166004 approximately 15 minutes prior to the call.
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available in the “Webcasts” section on the “Investors” page of the Affimed website at https://www.affimed.com/investors/webcasts_cp/. A replay of the webcast will be accessible at the same link for 30 days following the call.
Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer by actualizing the untapped potential of the innate immune system. The company’s proprietary ROCK® platform enables a tumor-targeted approach to recognize and kill a range of hematologic and solid tumors, enabling a broad pipeline of wholly-owned and partnered single agent and combination therapy programs. The ROCK® platform predictably generates customized innate cell engager (ICE®) molecules, which use patients’ immune cells to destroy tumor cells. This innovative approach enabled Affimed to become the first company with a clinical-stage ICE®. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, with offices in New York, NY, Affimed is led by an experienced team of biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders united by a bold vision to stop cancer from ever derailing patients’ lives. For more about the company’s people, pipeline and partners, please visit: www.affimed.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places throughout this release and include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses and current expectations concerning, among other things, the potential of AFM13, AFM24, AFM28 and our other product candidates, the value of our ROCK® platform, our ongoing and planned preclinical development and clinical trials, our collaborations and development of our products in combination with other therapies, the timing of and our ability to make regulatory filings and obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our product candidates, our intellectual property position, our collaboration activities, our ability to develop commercial functions, clinical trial data, our results of operations, cash needs, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, future transactions, growth and strategies, the industry in which we operate, the trends that may affect the industry or us, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits to Affimed of orphan drug designation and the risks, uncertainties and other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Affimed’s filings with the SEC. Given these risks, uncertainties, and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
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