Compugen Ltd. (Nasdaq: CGEN), a clinical-stage cancer immunotherapy company and a pioneer in computational target discovery, provided a corporate update and announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
“We continue to execute and delivered encouraging clinical data in MSS-CRC patients at the recent annual SITC conference,” said Anat Cohen-Dayag, Ph.D., President, and Chief Executive Officer of Compugen. “We were excited to show an overall response rate of 12% in MSS-CRC patients with liver metastases, a patient population in whom responses to immunotherapy treatment has been rare or non-existent. The two partial responses reported were supported by potent immune activation in the tumor microenvironment, indicative of a COM701 mediated mechanism of action. The drug combination was well tolerated with no serious adverse events assessed by the investigator as related to study drugs. Based on the totality of our data supporting the DNAM-1 axis hypothesis, we plan to move ahead with the clinical evaluation of COM701 in triple combination with an anti-PD-1 and our potential best-in-class anti-TIGIT, COM902, in MSS-CRC patients.”
Dr. Cohen-Dayag continued, “We are excited to be presenting new encouraging clinical data from the fully enrolled platinum resistant ovarian cancer cohorts treated with COM701 in combination with nivolumab with or without BMS-986207 at the upcoming ESMO-IO conference. We believe COM701 combinations warrant further investigation in this indication. This opens the door for us to evaluate our drugs in a more favorable competitive landscape compared to NSCLC. For this reason, we have decided to pursue this indication and we are evaluating the various options for the planned NSCLC studies.”
Dr. Cohen-Dayag concluded, “I am excited about the progress we have made and look forward to our continued focus on execution and delivery of meaningful clinical data. We have a solid balance sheet, with cash balances of $88 million which we expect to support our operations at least through the end of 2024.”
As of September 30, 2022, cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and restricted cash totaled approximately $88 million, compared with approximately $118 million as of December 31, 2021. The Company expects its existing cash and cash related balances to fund its operating plans at least through the end of 2024. Compugen does not have any debt.
R&D expenses for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, were approximately $9.3 million, compared to approximately $8.7 million for the comparable period in 2021.
General and administrative expenses for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, were approximately $2.6 million compared with approximately $2.8 million for the comparable period in 2021.
Net loss for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022, was approximately $11.7 million, or $0.14 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of approximately $6.2 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, in the comparable period of 2021.
Compugen is a clinical-stage therapeutic discovery and development company utilizing its broadly applicable predictive computational discovery capabilities to identify new drug targets and biological pathways for developing cancer immunotherapies. Compugen has developed two proprietary product candidates: COM701, a potential first-in-class anti-PVRIG antibody and COM902, a potential best-in-class antibody targeting TIGIT for the treatment of solid tumors. Partnered programs include bapotulimab, an antibody targeting ILDR2, in Phase 1 development, licensed to Bayer under a research and discovery collaboration and license agreement, and a TIGIT/PD-1 bispecific derived from COM902 (AZD2936) in Phase 1/2 development by AstraZeneca through a license agreement for the development of bispecific and multi-specific antibodies. In addition, the Company’s therapeutic pipeline of early-stage immuno-oncology programs consists of programs aiming to address various mechanisms of immune resistance, including myeloid targets. The most advanced program, COM503 is about to enter pre-IND enabling studies. COM503 is a potential first-in-class, high affinity antibody targeting cytokine biology to enhance anti-tumor immunity in a differentiated manner. Compugen is headquartered in Israel, with offices in South San Francisco, CA. Compugen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CGEN.