Advaxis Reports 3rd Quarter Ended July 31, 2021 Financial Results and Provides a Business Update
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MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., Sept. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of immunotherapy products today announces its financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2021 and provides a business update.
Third Quarter Ended July 31, 2021 Financial Results and Recent Key Accomplishments:
“We are thrilled by the transformative potential of our proposed merger with Biosight and believe the opportunity to build a diversified clinical pipeline with both early and late-stage oncology assets will benefit both patients and our stockholders,” said Kenneth A. Berlin, President, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer of Advaxis. “We expect that the coming months will provide data readouts from our expanded off-the-shelf neoantigen program in both NSCLC and prostate cancer which will build upon our strong foundation of data show consistent clinical benefit, the potential to enhance and/or restore responsiveness to checkpoint inhibitors and on-mechanism innate and adaptive immune system stimulation. These results, in combination with key data readouts from Biosight’s ongoing studies evaluating aspacytarabine in AML and MDS, will elucidate the promise of the combined clinical pipeline across both solid tumors and hematological malignancies and disorders. We look forward to continued progress in the clinic and expect to provide updated guidance regarding the proposed merger before year end.”
Third Quarter Ended July 31, 2021 Financial Results
Research and development expenses for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 were $1.70 million, compared with $3.46 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020. The decrease of $1.76 million was primarily attributable to the substantial reduction in costs associated with the winding down of clinical studies that have been discontinued.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended July 31, 2021 were at $2.68 million, compared to $2.38 million in the same three-month period in fiscal 2020. The increase of $0.3 million primarily relates to increases in legal and consulting fees, and were partially offset by decreases in rent and utilities, personnel costs, and charges related to the abandonment of non-strategic intellectual property.
As of July 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $45.3 million in cash and cash equivalents.
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary Lm-based antigen delivery products. These immunotherapies are based on a platform technology that utilizes live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) bioengineered to secrete antigen/adjuvant fusion proteins. These Lm-based strains are believed to be a significant advancement in immunotherapy as they integrate multiple functions into a single immunotherapy and are designed to access and direct antigen presenting cells to stimulate anti-tumor T cell immunity, activate the immune system with the equivalent of multiple adjuvants, and simultaneously reduce tumor protection in the tumor microenvironment to enable T cells to eliminate tumors.
To learn more about Advaxis, visit www.advaxis.com and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
Important Information about the Merger and Where to Find It
This press release contains information that relates to a proposed transaction between the Company and Biosight Ltd. (“Biosight”) pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization, dated July 4, 2021 by and among the Company, Biosight and other parties referenced therein (the “Merger Agreement”). This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or exchange or the solicitation of an offer to buy or exchange, any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or exchange would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. In connection with the proposed Merger, the Company filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 25, 2021, which includes a proxy statement, information statement and prospectus (the “Registration Statement”). This communication is not a substitute for the Registration Statement or for any other document that the Company may file with the SEC or send to the Company’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, BIOSIGHT, THE MERGER AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the Registration Statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. The documents filed by the Company with the SEC also may be obtained free of charge at the Company’s website at www.advaxis.com or by written request to the Company at 9 Deer Park Drive, Suite K-1, Monmouth Junction, NJ, Attention: Igor Gitelman, VP of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer.
Participants in the Solicitation
The Company and Biosight and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed transaction. Information regarding such directors and executive officers, including a description of their interests, by security holdings or otherwise, in the proposed transaction will be set forth in the Registration Statement other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. Stockholders, potential investors and other interested persons should read the Registration Statement carefully before making any voting or investment decisions. These documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge as described in the preceding paragraph.
KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA.
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