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Selecta Biosciences Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

- Topline data announcement from the ongoing head-to-head COMPARE trial of SEL-212 remains on schedule for Q3 2020 -

- Phase 3 clinical program of SEL-212 to commence in 2H 2020 -

- Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not materially impacted COMPARE trial progress; continual ongoing assessment and coordination with CRO and clinical sites taking place -

- Gene therapy program in collaboration with AskBio remains on track to enter the clinic by Q4 2020 -

- Company to host conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET -

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Selecta Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SELB), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on unlocking the full potential of biologic therapies based on its immune tolerance platform, ImmTOR™, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

“To date, Selecta has been able to navigate many of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as such, the ongoing COMPARE clinical trial of SEL-212 in chronic refractory gout is still on schedule, and we continue to expect to announce topline data in the third quarter of this year. However, we continue to recognize the inherent unpredictability of this ongoing situation. During this time, we have made the health and safety of our patients and healthcare providers the top priority, and we continue to work with our CRO and clinical sites to ensure that any risk posed to a patient or provider coming in for visits is properly mitigated,” said Carsten Brunn, Ph.D., President and CEO of Selecta. “We have also continued to advance our operations in other critical areas, including preparations for the commencement of the Phase 3 trial of SEL-212, and collaborating with AskBio to advance our gene therapy program. We remain on track to enter the clinic under this collaboration by the end of the year.”

Recent Highlights and Anticipated Upcoming Milestones:

  • Topline Results from COMPARE Clinical Trial Expected in the Third Quarter of 2020: The head-to-head COMPARE study of Selecta’s lead product candidate, SEL-212 (ImmTOR + pegadricase), vs. pegloticase is expected to readout on schedule, as the Company continues to work closely with the CRO and clinical sites to monitor patient follow-up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial is evaluating a once-monthly dose of SEL-212 compared to biweekly doses of pegloticase, with the primary endpoint of the maintenance of serum uric acid (SUA) levels of <6mg/dL at three and six months. The trial completed enrollment in December 2019, and as of April 2020, half of the patients had completed the study and all patients had reached three months of treatment.
     
  • Gene Therapy Program Expected to Enter the Clinic by the End of 2020: Selecta and its partner AskBio are jointly developing a broad portfolio of next-generation AAV gene therapies. This partnership will leverage the unique proprietary technology platforms of both companies with a human proof of concept trial to validate this portfolio of products and their potential for re-dosing in patients, which could represent a significant advancement in the gene therapy field. Selecta and AskBio anticipate entering the clinic by the end of 2020. Additionally, Selecta intends to advance its proprietary program in Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results:

  • Cash Position: Selecta had $74.3 million in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash as of March 31, 2020, which compares to cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $91.6 million as of December 31, 2019. Selecta believes its available cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash will be sufficient to meet its operating requirements into the first quarter of 2021.
     
    • Net cash used in operating activities was $11.7 million for the first quarter of 2020, as compared to $20.2 million for the same period in 2019.
       
  • Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses for the first quarter 2020 were $14.7 million, which compares with $7.4 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in costs was primarily the result of expenses incurred for our Phase 2 COMPARE trial for SEL-212 and for our gene therapy program in collaboration with AskBio.
     
  • General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the first quarter 2020 were $4.1 million, which compares with $4.5 million for the same period in 2019. The reduction in costs was the result of reduced salaries, consulting and professional fees offset by increased stock compensation expense.
     
  • Net Loss: For the first quarter 2020, Selecta reported a net loss of $19.6 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to a net loss of $12.1 million, or $0.31 per share for the same period in 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast Reminder:
Selecta management will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today to provide a corporate update and review the company’s first quarter 2020 financial results. Individuals may participate in the live call via telephone by dialing (844) 845-4170 (domestic) or (412) 717-9621 (international) and may access a teleconference replay for one week by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international) and using confirmation code 10138607. Investors and the public can access the live and archived webcast of this call via the Investors & Media section of the company’s website, www.selectabio.com

About Selecta Biosciences, Inc.
Selecta Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on unlocking the full potential of biologic therapies based on its immune tolerance technology (ImmTOR)
platform. Selecta plans to combine ImmTOR with a range of biologic therapies for rare and serious diseases that require new treatment options due to high immunogenicity. The company’s current proprietary pipeline includes ImmTOR-powered therapeutic enzyme and gene therapy product candidates. SEL-212, the company’s lead product candidate, is being developed to treat chronic refractory gout patients and resolve their debilitating symptoms, including flares and gouty arthritis. Selecta’s proprietary gene therapy product candidates are in preclinical development for certain rare inborn errors of metabolism and incorporate ImmTOR with the goal of addressing barriers to repeat administration. Selecta is based in Watertown, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.selectabio.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about the future expectations, plans and prospects of Selecta Biosciences, Inc. (“the company”), including without limitation, the company’s actions regarding the monitoring and assessment of COVID-19 on the company’s operations, clinical trials and manufacturing, statements regarding the progress of the clinical development of SEL-212, timing of related data readouts from the head-to-head (COMPARE) clinical trial comparing SEL-212 and pegloticase, the anticipated timing and commencement of the planned Phase 3 clinical trial, the unique proprietary technology platform of the company and the unique proprietary platform of its partners, the potential of ImmTOR to enable re-dosing of AAV gene therapy, the potential of SEL-212 to fulfill unmet needs in chronic refractory gout patients including sustained SUA reduction, reduced flares, and once monthly dosing, and to resolve their debilitating symptoms, the company’s commercial plans, the ability of the company’s ImmTOR platform, including SEL-212, to unlock the full potential of biologic therapies, the potential treatment applications for product candidates utilizing the ImmTOR platform in areas such as enzyme therapy and gene therapy, plans to advance the company’s gene therapy program with AskBio and the timing of entering the clinic under this collaboration, including a human proof of concept trial, the ability of the Company and AskBio to develop gene therapy products using ImmTOR and AskBio’s core technology, the novelty of treatment paradigms that the Company and AskBio are able to develop, the potential of any therapies developed by the Company and AskBio to fulfill unmet medical needs, the company’s plans to advance its gene therapy program to treat Ornithine Transcarbamylase deficiency, the company’s plan to apply its ImmTOR technology platform to a range of biologics for rare and serious diseases, the potential of the ImmTOR technology platform generally and the company’s ability to grow its strategic partnerships, the sufficiency of the company’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and other statements containing the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “hypothesize,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “would,” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the uncertainties inherent in the initiation, completion and cost of clinical trials including their uncertain outcomes, the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on any of the company’s planned or ongoing clinical trials, manufacturing activities, supply chain and operations, the availability and timing of data from ongoing and future clinical trials and the results of such trials, whether preliminary results from a particular clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of that trial or whether results of early clinical trials will be indicative of the results of later clinical trials, the unproven approach of the company’s ImmTOR technology, undesirable side effects of the company’s product candidates, its reliance on third parties to manufacture its product candidates and to conduct its clinical trials as well as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on those third parties and their ability to continue their operations, the company’s inability to maintain its existing or future collaborations, licenses or contractual relationships, its inability to protect its proprietary technology and intellectual property, management’s ability to perform as expected, potential delays in regulatory approvals, the availability of funding sufficient for its foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements, the company’s recurring losses from operations and negative cash flows from operations raise substantial doubt regarding its ability to continue as a going concern, substantial fluctuation in the price of its common stock including stock market fluctuations that occur as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and other important factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in other filings that the company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the company’s views only as of the date of its publication and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. The company specifically disclaims any intention to update any forward-looking statements included in this press release.


Selecta Biosciences, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except share data and par value)

  March 31, 2020   December 31, 2019
  (Unaudited)    
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 72,606     $ 89,893  
Restricted cash 279     279  
Accounts receivable     5,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,555     1,495  
Total current assets 74,440     96,667  
Property and equipment, net 1,134     1,222  
Right-of-use asset, net 11,847     301  
Long-term restricted cash 1,379     1,379  
Total assets $ 88,800     $ 99,569  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 1,330     $ 500  
Accrued expenses 8,775     13,492  
Loan payable 16,868     18,905  
Lease liability 1,425     372  
Deferred revenue 1,674     1,674  
Total current liabilities 30,072     34,943  
Noncurrent liabilities:      
Lease liability 10,440      
Deferred revenue 14,656     14,680  
Warrant liabilities 42,395     41,549  
Total liabilities 97,563     91,172  
Stockholders’ equity (deficit):      
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 87,019,172 and 86,325,547 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively 9     9  
Additional paid-in capital 351,184     348,664  
Accumulated deficit (355,373 )   (335,753 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,583 )   (4,523 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit) (8,763 )   8,397  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $ 88,800     $ 99,569  

Selecta Biosciences, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(Amounts in thousands, except share data and per share data)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2020   2019
       
  (Unaudited)
Grant and collaboration revenue $     $ 10  
Operating expenses:      
Research and development 14,724     7,353  
General and administrative 4,098     4,513  
Total operating expenses 18,822     11,866  
Loss from operations (18,822 )   (11,856 )
Investment income 240     277  
Foreign currency transaction (loss), net 82     (30 )
Interest expense (273 )   (396 )
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities (846 )    
Other (expense), net (1 )   (69 )
Net loss (19,620 )   (12,074 )
Other comprehensive loss:      
Foreign currency translation adjustment (60 )   22  
Unrealized gain on securities     2  
Total comprehensive loss $ (19,680 )   $ (12,050 )
       
Net loss per share:      
Basic and diluted $ (0.21 )   $ (0.31 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:      
Basic and diluted 94,723,513     38,447,319  

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