VBL Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
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- Continued progress in OVAL Phase 3 registration enabling study investigating VB-111 in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; high CA-125 response rates (RR) of over 50% in the total evaluable patient population with more than 200 patients enrolled to date.
- Successful pre-planned Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) review of the OVAL study found no safety issues with the trial and recommended its continuation as planned.
- Dosed first patients in two randomized controlled Phase 2 studies: (1) investigator-sponsored trial of VB-111 in recurrent glioblastoma and (2) randomized controlled study of oral immune-modulator molecule VB-201 for the treatment of COVID-19.
TEL AVIV, Israel, March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) (the Company) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and provided a corporate update.
“2020 was year of significant progress for VBL as we reached several milestones across multiple assets in different stages of development, including a successful interim analysis and two subsequent successful DSMC reviews for the OVAL Phase 3 registration enabling study of VB-111 for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. We look forward to continuing this momentum in 2021,” said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL Therapeutics.
Fourth Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights
- In December 2020, the Company announced that the first patient has been enrolled in Europe in the OVAL Phase 3 registration enabling study of VB-111 for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
- In February 2021, a successful pre-planned DSMC review of the OVAL study found no safety issues with the trial and recommended its continuation as planned.
- In March 2021, the Company announced the initiation of randomized, controlled and blinded Phase 2 investigator-sponsored trial of VB-111 in patients with recurrent glioblastoma.
- In January 2021, the Company announced the dosing of the first patient in a randomized controlled Phase 2 study of the Company’s proprietary investigational oral immune-modulator molecule, VB-201, for the treatment of COVID-19.
- In October 2020, the Company appointed Marc Kozin Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors.
- In January 2021, the Company entered into an ordinary share purchase agreement of up to $20 million with Aspire Capital Fund LLC.
Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year
- As of December 31, 2020, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and restricted bank deposit totaling $30.8 million and working capital of $24.5 million. The Company expects that its cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits will be sufficient to fund operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the fourth quarter of 2022.
- Revenues were $922 thousand for fiscal year 2020, as compared to $562 thousand for fiscal year 2019.
- R&D expense was $19.7 million for fiscal year 2020, as compared to $14.7 million for fiscal year 2019. The increase in R&D expense was mainly due to the development of the VB-601 towards Investigational New Drug enabling studies.
- G&A expenses were $5.3 million for fiscal year 2020, compared to $5.7 million for fiscal year 2019.
- VBL reported a net loss of $24.2 million, or ($0.55) per share, for fiscal year 2020, compared to a net loss of $19.4 million, or ($0.54) per share, for fiscal year 2019.
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About VBL Therapeutics
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for areas of unmet need in cancer and immune/inflammatory indications. VBL has developed three platform technologies: a gene-therapy based technology for targeting newly formed blood vessels with focus on cancer, an antibody-based technology targeting MOSPD2 for anti-inflammatory and immuno-oncology applications, and the Lecinoxoids, a family of small-molecules for immune-related indications. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is an investigational, first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is being developed to treat a wide range of solid tumors. VB-111 is currently being studied in a VBL-sponsored Phase 3 registration enabling study for treatment in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
Forward Looking Statements
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