Codiak BioSciences Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Progress

– Human clinical testing now underway with Codiak’s first two candidates, exoIL-12™ and exoSTING™ –
– Initial safety results and preliminary systemic exposure/pharmacokinetics of exoIL-12 in healthy volunteers anticipated YE 2020 –
– Biomarker, safety and clinical outcome results in cancer patients anticipated mid-2021 for both exoSTING and exoIL-12 –CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Codiak BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAK), a clinical-stage company focused on pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics, today reported third quarter 2020 financial results and operational progress.“Codiak was founded to realize the potential of engineered exosomes as a new and important class of biologic medicines for the treatment of a broad range of diseases,” said Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Codiak. “The creativity, expertise, and execution of our team has enabled us to bring the field’s first two engineered exosome candidates into the clinic and we are on track to initiate a third clinical program next year. The recent successful completion of our initial public offering provides additional funding to progress our development programs, invest in our platform and sustain the positive momentum we have built.”Third Quarter 2020 and Recent HighlightsClosed initial public offering (IPO) in October 2020, raising $74.4 million in net proceedsInitiated healthy volunteer dosing of exoIL-12 in a Phase 1 clinical trial designed to transition into patients with cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL)Initiated subject dosing in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of exoSTING for the treatment of advanced/metastatic, recurrent and injectable solid tumorsContinued to advance exoASO™-STAT6 for the intravenous treatment of myeloid-rich cancers through IND-enabling studiesPresented preclinical data on exoIL-12 and the engEx™ Platform at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)Expanded executive team with addition of Yalonda Howze as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal OfficerWelcomed Jason Haddock to the Board of Directors and as Audit Committee Chairman
Anticipated Milestones and EventsInitial safety, tolerability and systemic exposure/pharmacokinetics data from the healthy volunteer portion of the exoIL-12 Phase 1 clinical trial are expected by year-end, with biomarker, safety and preliminary pharmacodynamics and efficacy data in CTCL patients expected by mid-2021Safety and preliminary pharmacodynamics and efficacy data from exoSTING Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with solid tumors expected by mid-2021Evercore ISI HEALTHCONx Virtual Conference, December 2, 2020
Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 were $1.0 million, compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2019. This increase was primarily due to an increase in collaboration revenue driven primarily by activities in connection with the collaboration with Sarepta.
Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 was $35.3 million, compared to a net loss of $20.7 million for the same period in 2019. Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 was driven primarily by clinical development, general and administrative, and personnel expenses, and ongoing development of the engEx Platform. The current quarter net loss was inclusive of a $15.0 million milestone payment to Kayla Therapeutics in connection with dosing of the first patient in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of exoSTING.Research and development expenses were $30.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to $16.5 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in license milestones, personnel costs, and clinical development expenses related to the initiation of the exo-IL12 and exoSTING clinical trials in September 2020.General and administrative expenses were $5.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 compared to $4.8 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in consulting and legal fees, personnel costs, and other administrative expenses in anticipation of operating as a public company.As of September 30, 2020, Codiak had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $48.3 million. In October 2020, the completion of the IPO resulted in net proceeds of $74.4 million.About Codiak BioSciences
Codiak is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics, a new class of medicines with the potential to transform the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases with high unmet medical need. By leveraging the biology of exosomes as natural intercellular transfer mechanisms, Codiak has developed its proprietary engEx Platform to expand upon the innate properties of exosomes to design, engineer and manufacture novel exosome therapeutic candidates. Codiak has utilized its engEx Platform to generate a deep pipeline of engineered exosomes aimed at treating a broad range of disease areas, spanning oncology, neuro-oncology, neurology, neuromuscular disease and infectious disease.
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among other things, statements concerning the development and therapeutic potential of exoSTING and exoIL-12, including timing of release of data, statements concerning the development of exoASO-STAT6, including the timing of initiation of its clinical program, and statements regarding the capabilities and potential of Codiak’s engEx Platform and engineered exosomes generally. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Codiak’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in Codiak’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is current as of the date of this report, and Codiak undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law. 
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