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Marker Therapeutics Reports Q2 2022 Operating and Financial Results

August 11, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON, Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marker Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRKR), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of next-generation T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

“We are proud of our progress this year in advancing our Company-sponsored clinical program in AML, and early results support the ability of MT-401, a multiTAA-specific T cell product, to drive results for patients with AML,” said Peter L. Hoang, Marker’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This quarter, we continued to dose patients in the Phase 2 AML study, and we expect to provide a topline readout of active disease patients in Q3 2022. The recent $8 million upfront cash payment to Marker by Wilson Wolf has aided the efficient execution of Marker’s programs.”

Mr. Hoang continued: “In addition, we recently announced that FDA cleared our IND investigating the safety and efficacy of MT-601 in patients with relapsed/refractory lymphoma, and that we are on track to file another IND by year-end to investigate the safety and efficacy of MT-601 in patients with pancreatic cancer, which has already received FDA Orphan Drug Designation. We anticipate dosing the first patients in these trials, in addition to dosing patients in our off-the-shelf therapy for AML, next year.”

“We are very optimistic about the ability of MT-401 to drive results for patients with measurable residual disease given the results we have seen to date in the ARTEMIS study,” said Dr. Mythili Koneru, Marker’s Chief Medical Officer. “Of note, we were very pleased to note that the second patient we treated with MRD+ disease was found to be MRD- by that patient’s week 8 follow-up. The ability to administer MT-401 without the need for lymphodepletion, coupled with our improved accelerated manufacturing process, enable us to treat patients who have MRD+ disease. We believe that the results observed to date support the notion that patients with AML would have meaningful benefit from a multi-antigen targeted T cell therapy approach.”


Acute Myeloid Leukemia (MT-401)

  • Marker has enrolled 13 evaluable patients in total, including 6 in the Safety Lead-in cohorts.
  • 5 patients have been treated with MT-401 manufactured by a revised process and have completed dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) periods with no DLTs reported.
  • One additional MRD+ patient was treated and became MRD- at 8 weeks after the first infusion.
  • Marker remains on track to dose the first patient in 2023 with MT-401-OTS, a scalable, off-the-shelf product candidate with the potential to match patients to treatment in under three days. The Company is in the process of developing a patient cell bank inventory.

Lymphoma (MT-601)

  • On August 4, 2022, Marker announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for MT-601, a multi-tumor-associated antigen (multiTAA)-specific T cell product targeting six antigens, for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma who have failed or are ineligible to receive anti-CD19 CAR T cell treatment.
  • Marker expects to initiate a Phase 1 trial in 2023.

Pancreatic Cancer (MT-601)

  • Marker is on track to file an IND for MT-601 for the treatment of pancreatic cancer in 2022.
  • The Company intends to initiate a Phase 1 multicenter study of MT-601 administered in combination with front-line chemotherapy to patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic pancreatic cancer in 2023.


  • Cash Position and Guidance: At June 30, 2022, Marker had cash and cash equivalents of $25.8 million.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $6.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to $7.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $3.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to $3.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.
  • Net Loss: Marker reported a net loss of $9.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to a net loss of $10.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.  

Organizational Restructuring

On August 10, 2022, the Company implemented changes to the Company’s organizational structure as part of an operational cost reduction plan to conserve the Company’s available capital. In connection with these changes, the Company reduced headcount in its general and administrative function by approximately 23.5%, including the separation of the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. The Company estimates that the severance and termination-related costs will total approximately $0.7 million and will be recorded in the third quarter of 2022. The Company expects that the payment of these costs will be substantially complete in September of 2023.

About Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Marker Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of next-generation T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications. Marker’s cell therapy technology is based on the selective expansion of non-engineered, tumor-specific T cells that recognize tumor associated antigens (i.e. tumor targets) and kill tumor cells expressing those targets. This population of T cells is designed to attack multiple tumor targets following infusion into patients and to activate the patient’s immune system to produce broad spectrum anti-tumor activity. Because Marker does not genetically engineer its T cell therapies, we believe that our product candidates will be easier and less expensive to manufacture, with reduced toxicities, compared to current engineered CAR-T and TCR-based approaches, and may provide patients with meaningful clinical benefit. As a result, Marker believes its portfolio of T cell therapies has a compelling product profile, as compared to current gene-modified CAR-T and TCR-based therapies.

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Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this news release concerning the Company’s expectations, plans, business outlook or future performance, and any other statements concerning assumptions made or expectations as to any future events, conditions, performance or other matters, are “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: our research, development and regulatory activities and expectations relating to our non-engineered multi-tumor antigen specific T cell therapies; the effectiveness of these programs or the possible range of application and potential curative effects and safety in the treatment of diseases; the timing, conduct and success of our clinical trials of our product candidates; our ability to use our manufacturing facilities to support clinical and commercial demand; and our future operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements. Forward-looking statements are by their nature subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to the risks set forth in the Company’s most recent Form 10-K, 10-Q and other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Such risks and uncertainties may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business and the global economy. The Company assumes no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    June 30,   December 31,
      2022       2021  
  Current assets:      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 25,821,708     $ 42,351,145  
  Restricted cash   -       1,146,186  
  Prepaid expenses and deposits   2,826,699       2,484,634  
  Other receivables   627,629       237  
  Total current assets   29,276,036       45,982,202  
  Non-current assets:      
  Property, plant and equipment, net   13,740,158       10,096,861  
  Construction in progress   -       2,225,610  
  Right-of-use assets, net   9,303,544       9,830,461  
  Total non-current assets   23,043,702       22,152,932  
  Total assets $ 52,319,738     $ 68,135,134  
  Current liabilities:      
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 4,735,251     $ 11,134,913  
  Related party deferred revenue   8,000,000       -  
  Lease liability   738,389       620,490  
  Deferred revenue   -       1,146,186  
  Total current liabilities   13,473,640       12,901,589  
  Non-current liabilities:      
  Lease liability, net of current portion   10,819,825       11,247,950  
  Total non-current liabilities   10,819,825       11,247,950  
  Total liabilities   24,293,465       24,149,539  
  Stockholders' equity:      
  Preferred stock - $0.001 par value, 5 million shares authorized and 0 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   -       -  
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 300 million and 150 million shares authorized, 83.6 million and 83.1 million shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   83,599       83,079  
  Additional paid-in capital   445,215,725       442,020,871  
  Accumulated deficit   (417,273,051 )     (398,118,355 )
  Total stockholders' equity   28,026,273       43,985,595  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 52,319,738     $ 68,135,134  

Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

  For the Three Months Ended   For the Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  
Grant income $ 790,508     $ -     $ 1,754,830     $ -  
Total revenues   790,508       -       1,754,830       -  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development $ 6,555,299     $ 7,350,035       13,581,365       12,993,064  
General and administrative   3,515,183       3,559,150       7,248,184       6,697,108  
Total operating expenses   10,070,482       10,909,185       20,829,549       19,690,172  
Loss from operations   (9,279,974 )     (10,909,185 )     (19,074,719 )     (19,690,172 )
Other income (expenses):              
Arbitration settlement   -       -       (118,880 )     -  
Interest income   35,786       2,403       38,903       3,940  
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.11 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.28 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   83,592,043       83,030,470       83,351,184       69,823,729  

Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    For the Six Months Ended
    June 30,
      2022       2021  
  Cash Flows from Operating Activities:      
  Net loss $ (19,154,696 )   $ (19,686,232 )
  Reconciliation of net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
  Depreciation and amortization   1,156,113       1,032,971  
  Stock-based compensation   3,131,801       3,029,125  
  Amortization on right-of-use assets   517,059       504,232  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       -  
  Prepaid expenses and deposits   (342,065 )     (743,876 )
  Other receivables   (627,392 )     1,000,273  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (4,255,034 )     108,230  
  Related party deferred revenue   8,000,000       -  
  Deferred revenue   (1,146,186 )     -  
  Lease liability   (300,368 )     (130,503 )
  Net cash used in operating activities   (13,020,768 )     (14,885,780 )
  Cash Flows from Investing Activities:      
  Purchase of property and equipment   (1,229,298 )     (842,048 )
  Purchase of construction in progress   (3,489,130 )     (958,965 )
  Net cash used in investing activities   (4,718,428 )     (1,801,013 )
  Cash Flows from Financing Activities:      
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net   63,573       52,552,758  
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options   -       3,087  
  Net cash provided by financing activities   63,573       52,555,845  
  Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivlants and restricted cash   (17,675,623 )     35,869,052  
  Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period   43,497,331       21,352,382  
  Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period $ 25,821,708     $ 57,221,434  

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