FORT LEE, N.J., Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nuvectis Pharma, Inc (NASDAQ: NVCT), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapies for the treatment of serious conditions of unmet medical need in oncology, today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2022 and provided an update on recent business progress.
“Nuvectis has made excellent progress this year towards its goal of becoming a leading precision medicine company with a robust, novel pipeline to treat unmet needs in oncology” said Ron Bentsur, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nuvectis. “The NXP800 Phase 1a dose-escalation study is proceeding as planned with the start of the Phase 1b expansion phase expected in Q1 2023. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) clearance of the NXP800 Investigational New Drug Application (“IND”), we now have clinical sites in the United States participating in the clinical program in addition to sites in the United Kingdom. We also look forward to sharing updates on new potential target indications, in addition to ovarian clear cell and ovarian endometrioid carcinoma, later this year.”
Mr. Bentsur continued: “The body of evidence supporting the therapeutic potential of NXP900 continues to grow, and we are pleased with the recent preclinical data demonstrating robust activity of NXP900 in a xenograft model of Group 4 Medulloblastoma, a disease that affects mosrtly pediatric patients. We expect to complete the IND enabling studies by the end of this year.”
Mr. Bentsur concluded: “The closing of a private placement earlier this month, coupled with our careful attention to spending, is expected to extend our cash runway into H2 2024. Based on the excellent second quarter progress, while leveraging our experienced team and expanded cash resources, I believe Nuvectis is well-positioned to potentially generate meaningful proof of concept data on its pipeline programs over the next year and beyond.”
Second Quarter Highlights
NXP800 (our potentially first-in-class Heat Shock Factor 1 (“HSF1”) pathway inhibitor): The Phase 1a dose escalation portion of the Phase 1 clinical program of NXP800 is ongoing and the Phase 1b dose expansion study is expected to begin in Q1 2023.
- The IND for NXP800 was cleared by the FDA, including the Phase 1 clinical trial protocol which is now enrolling patients in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Additional preclinical studies to identify new target indications for NXP800 are ongoing.
- An overview of the NXP800 drug discovery program was presented at the 2022 American Association for Cancer Research (“AACR”) Conference in the “New Drugs on The Horizon” oral session. The presentation included details on the unique program that led to the selection of NXP800 as a clinical candidate and on ovarian clear cell carcinoma and endometrioid ovarian carcinoma as the lead target indications.
NXP900 (our novel, selective SRC/YES1 kinase inhibitor): IND-enabling studies for NXP900 are ongoing with expected completion by the end of 2022.
- Robust anti-cancer activity was demonstrated in a preclinical model of Group 4 Medulloblastoma (data presented at the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (“SIOPE”) Brain Tumor Group meeting in Hamburg, Germany).
- Preclinical data on NXP900 was presented at the 2022 AACR Conference. The presentation included data demonstrating that NXP900 is potent against cancer cells of squamous origin (prevalent in lung, head and neck, cervical, skin and esophageal malignancies) and the identification of mutations that are associated with NXP900 sensitivity.
In August 2022, the Company completed a private placement raising approximately $15.9 million in gross proceeds which is expected to extend the cash runway into H2 2024.
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $13.6 million as of June 30, 2022, compared to $5.7 million as of December 31, 2021. The increase of $7.9 million was primarily a result of the Company’s initial public offering in February 2022.
Research and development expenses were $2.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $4.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $1.7 million. The reduction in research and development expenses is primarily attributed to the payment of the NXP800 license fee in 2021. Research and development expenses for the second quarter 2022 included $0.3 million in non-cash expenses.
General and administrative expenses were $1.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $0.6 million. The reduction in general and administrative expenses is primarily attributed to a reduction in professional and consulting fees. General and administrative expenses for the second quarter 2022 included $0.2 million in non-cash expenses.
The Company’s net loss was $3.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $5.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $2.4 million. Net loss for the second quarter of 2022 included $0.5 million in non-cash expenses as well as $0.5 million in non-recurring expenses.
About Nuvectis Pharma, Inc.
Nuvectis Pharma, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative precision medicines for serious conditions of unmet medical need in oncology. The Company is currently developing two drug candidates: NXP800, a clinical-stage HSF1 pathway inhibitor currently in a Phase 1 study in patients with advanced solid tumors, and NXP900, a novel SRC/YES1 kinase inhibitor currently in preclinical development with IND-enabling studies ongoing.