Corbus Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

  • Phase 1 data for CRB-701 (SYS6002) to be presented at ASCO Annual Meeting on June 1, 2024
  • $116M of capital raised in Q1 2024 extending cash runway through Q1 2027
  • Appointed Dr. Dominic Smethurst as Chief Medical Officer

NORWOOD, Mass., May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) (“Corbus” or the “Company”), a precision oncology company with a diversified portfolio, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024.

“During the first quarter of 2024, we continued to make significant progress in advancing our pipeline toward meaningful milestones led by the dosing of the first patient in our U.S. Phase 1 clinical trial of CRB-701, our next-generation antibody drug conjugate targeting expression of Nectin-4,” said Yuval Cohen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Corbus. “The potential of CRB-701 was highlighted at ASCO GU in January 2024. The dose escalation data, presented by our development partner CSPC, demonstrated a differentiated safety and PK profile compared to enfortumab vedotin, as well as an emerging efficacy signal in both bladder and cervical cancer patients who are Nectin-4 positive. We look forward to CSPC’s presentation of updated data at the ASCO 2024 Annual Meeting. During the quarter, we also continued to advance CRB-913 for the treatment of obesity and expect to dose the first patient in Q1 2025. We strengthened our balance sheet by raising $116 million of capital in the quarter and bolstered our management team with the appointment of Dr. Dominic Smethurst as Chief Medical Officer. We look forward to continuing to advance our programs across our pipeline over the course of this year,” concluded Dr. Cohen.

Key Corporate and Program Updates:

CRB-701 (SYS6002) is a next-generation antibody drug conjugate targeting Nectin-4 that contains a site-specific, cleavable linker and a homogenous drug antibody ratio of 2 using MMAE as the payload. Nectin-4 is a clinically validated, tumor-associated antigen in urothelial cancer.

The first U.S. patient was dosed in the Phase 1 clinical trial of CRB-701-01 in April 2024. The Phase 1 portion of the open label study design (NCT06265727), being conducted in the U.S. and Europe, will evaluate the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics (“PK”) of CRB-701 in participants with advanced solid tumors associated with high Nectin-4 expression. The Phase 1 trial initiates with dose escalation followed by dose optimization and concludes with dose expansion to determine the recommended Phase 2 dose. The Company expects to present the U.S. dose escalation data by Q1 2025.

Encouraging safety and efficacy data from the Phase 1 dose escalation study in China for patients with Nectin-4 positive tumors was presented in January 2024 by our development partner CSPC at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (“ASCO GU”) as a Poster Presentation.

Summary of data presented at ASCO GU:

  • Q3W schedule of CRB-701 (SYS6002) demonstrated a 43% ORR and 71% DCR (n=7) at predicted therapeutically relevant doses (>=2.7mgs/kg).
  • All assessable Nectin-4 positive study participants with mUC or cervical cancer treated at or above this dose demonstrated some level of disease control.
  • No dose limiting toxicities were observed to date at doses up to 3.6 mg/kg with further escalation at 4.5 mg/kg ongoing.
  • No cases of peripheral neuropathy or skin rash have been observed to date.

Updated data from this study will be presented by CSPC as a poster at the ASCO 2024 Annual Meeting on June 1, 2024.

CRB-913 is a second-generation, highly peripherally restricted CB1 receptor inverse agonist designed to treat obesity. In a diet-induced obesity ("DIO") mouse model, CRB-913, as a monotherapy and in combination with incretin analogues (tirzepatide, semaglutide, or liraglutide), demonstrates a reduction in body weight in DIO mice and improvements were observed in body fat content, leptinemia, insulin resistance, liver triglycerides, liver fat deposits, and liver histology. The Company is currently conducting IND-enabling studies and expects to dose the first patient in the Phase 1 study in Q1 2025.

CRB-601 is a high affinity and selective anti-αvβ8 monoclonal antibody that blocks the activation of TGFβ expressed on cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment. In pre-clinical models, CRB-601 demonstrates enhanced anti-tumor activity when combined with anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor therapy compared to either single agent alone.

In January 2024, the FDA cleared the IND for CRB-601 and the Company expects to initiate a Phase 1 study of CRB-601 in the summer of 2024.

$116M of Capital Raised in Q1 2024
Immediately following the ASCO GU data, the Company completed a public offering raising $94.5 million of gross proceeds combined with an additional $21.1 million from ATM sales. The $116 million of additional capital extends the Company’s cash runway through Q1 2027.

Dr. Dominic Smethurst Appointed as Chief Medical Officer
In February 2024, the Company appointed Dr. Dominic Smethurst, MA MRCP, as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer (“CMO”). He has over twenty years of experience working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and most recently served as the CMO of Bicycle Therapeutics.

Financial Results for Quarter Ended March 31, 2024:
The Company reported a net loss of approximately $6.9 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $0.83, for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to a net loss of approximately $17.7 million, or a net loss per diluted share of $4.24, for the same period in 2023.

Operating expenses decreased by $7.7 million to approximately $9.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $17.3 million in the comparable period in the prior year. The decrease was primarily attributable to the upfront licensing fee of $7.5 million due to CSPC for licensing of CRB-701 recorded during the first quarter of 2023. In Q1 2024, the Company received $2.5 million refundable tax credit from a foreign tax authority that was recorded in Other Income, net.

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had $120.1 million of cash, cash equivalents and investments on hand, which is expected to fund operations through Q1 2027, based on the current planned expenditures.

About Corbus
Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. is a precision oncology company with a diversified portfolio and is committed to helping people defeat serious illness by bringing innovative scientific approaches to well-understood biological pathways. Corbus’ pipeline includes CRB-701, a next generation antibody drug conjugate that targets the expression of Nectin-4 on cancer cells to release a cytotoxic payload, CRB-601, an anti-integrin monoclonal antibody which blocks the activation of TGFβ expressed on cancer cells, and CRB-913, a highly peripherally restricted CB1 receptor inverse agonist for the treatment of obesity. Corbus is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts. For more information on Corbus, visit Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Sean Moran
Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Mackle
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

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Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
    For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
    2024     2023    
Operating expenses:              
Research and development   $ 5,761,494     $ 13,388,343    
General and administrative     3,861,251       3,908,682    
Total operating expenses     9,622,745       17,297,025    
Operating loss     (9,622,745 )     (17,297,025 )  
Other income (expense), net:              
Other income, net     2,909,097       229,507    
Interest expense, net     (177,015 )     (678,022 )  
Change in fair value of derivative liability     28,568          
Foreign currency transaction (loss) gain, net     (36,676 )     728    
Other income (expense), net     2,723,974       (447,787 )  
Net loss   $ (6,898,771 )   $ (17,744,812 )  
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.83 )   $ (4.24 )  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     8,310,508       4,181,556    
Comprehensive loss:              
Net loss   $ (6,898,771 )   $ (17,744,812 )  
Other comprehensive (loss) income :              
Change in unrealized (loss) gain on marketable debt securities     (326,949 )     57,623    
Total other comprehensive (loss) income     (326,949 )     57,623    
Total comprehensive loss   $ (7,225,720 )   $ (17,687,189 )  

Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
    March 31, 2024
    December 31, 2023  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 14,103,120     $ 13,723,681  
Investments     106,000,091       7,182,325  
Restricted cash     284,950       192,475  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,308,336       2,447,549  
Total current assets     121,696,497       23,546,030  
Restricted cash     384,950       477,425  
Property and equipment, net     821,526       973,214  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     2,841,189       3,062,920  
Other assets           212,804  
Total assets   $ 125,744,162     $ 28,272,393  
Current liabilities:            
Notes payable   $ 189,818     $ 300,664  
Accounts payable     2,081,812       3,178,516  
Accrued expenses     9,398,225       11,030,506  
Derivative liability     10,882       39,450  
Operating lease liabilities, current     1,477,669       1,436,723  
Current portion of long-term debt     12,764,915       15,908,214  
Total current liabilities     25,923,321       31,894,073  
Other long-term liabilities           44,411  
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent     2,855,140       3,238,631  
 Total liabilities     28,778,461       35,177,115  
Stockholders’ equity            
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023            
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized,
10,507,237 and 4,423,683 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively
    1,050       442  
Additional paid-in capital     540,875,910       429,780,375  
Accumulated deficit     (443,582,754 )     (436,683,983 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (328,505 )     (1,556 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)     96,965,701       (6,904,722 )
 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 125,744,162     $ 28,272,393  

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