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Cellect Biotechnology Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results and Recent Corporate Progress

Milestone Execution Positions the Company for Expedited Progress in 2019

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (APOP), a developer of a novel stem cell production technology, today announced operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018, as well as recent corporate progress.

"We made progress in 2018 as we overcame the short-term setback of patient recruitment in our trial in Israel and moved closer to the initiation of our U.S. clinical efforts," commented Dr. Shai Yarkoni, Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to validate our innovative science, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent decision to hire at least 50 clinical assesors to focus on cell and gene therapy companies is precisely why we believe Cellect will be a major beneficiary in the growth of this sector – companies and academics need to source stem cells from a reliable and cost effective supplier to develop their therapies over the next decade and we are positioning Cellect's technology to enable that. Operationally, we recently strengthened our balance sheet through an underwritten public offering, securing interest from sophisticated healthcare investors and participation from senior executives from Cellect, which reflects our continued optimism and outlook for 2019. We look forward to providing an update on our progress in the coming months through a business update conference call."

Recent Operating and Financial Highlights:

  • Validated through an independent third party that the ApoGraft technology accelerates mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) expansion relative to processes currently used in research and manufacturing.
  • Concluded the scale-up development and manufacturing of clinical grade FasL in collaboration with its outsourced supplier, enabling the Company to expedite U.S. clinical programs into multiple studies.
  • Entered into a collaboration with Washington University, a leading academic institution based in St. Louis, MO, to determine the safety and tolerability in a U.S. Phase I/II study using ApoGraft™ for bone marrow transplantations.
  • Strengthened the balance sheet through a $6.5 million underwritten public offering, providing the Company additional resources to execute its business strategy.

Anticipated Near-Term Milestones:

  • The Company expects the Investigational New Drug (IND) application to be submitted to the FDA by the lead investigator, Dr. John DiPersio, Director of the Center for Gene and Cellular Immunotherapy at Washington University School of Medicine and President of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, in the second quarter of 2019.
  • The Company expects to report interim data from the Israeli trial in the second quarter of 2019.

Key 2018 Achievements:

Clinical Results in Israel Continue to Validate the Company's Innovation

  • Reported the results of the first six patients after a one month follow-up in the clinical trial of Cellect's ApoGraft™ stem cell transplant with 100% acceptance and zero related adverse events.
  • Opened a second clinical trial site at Hadassah Medical Center and received the approval from the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for dose escalation in the third of the fourth cohort in the clinical trial.
  • Successfully completed the proof of concept testing of the Company's ApoTainer™ using its FasL-coated magnetic beads for maximizing efficacy and scalability of stem cell based products' manufacturing. The ApoTainer™ is designed to replace high risk, complex and expensive procedures currently used by laboratories (e.g. T cells depeletion), with a significantly more effective process at a fraction of the time and cost.

Corporate Development Initiatives to Drive Commercialization Efforts

  • Launched a U.S. subsidiary (Cellect Biotech, Inc.) to oversee business and clinical development efforts in the U.S. market.

Key Collaboration Agreements

  • Signed a collaboration and material transfer agreement with the denovoMATRIX group of the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), a leading center for stem cell research in Germany.
  • Finalized a strategic manufacturing and supply agreement with Swiss Biotech Center (SBC) to secure production of FasL protein - Cellect's main active ingredient in ApoGraft™ and the ApoTainerTM for planned clinical trials in the U.S.
  • Entered into a collaboration agreement with Cell2in, a South Korean company focused on improving the quality of cells. According to the agreement, the companies will conduct scientific evaluations combining Cellect's technology platform ApoGraft™ with Cell2in's proprietary identification technology FreSHtracer™ which monitors stem cell quality by utilizing a fluorescent dye to characterize their oxidative stress state.

Protecting and Enhancing the Company's IP Portfolio

  • Granted a patent by the European Patent Office Company for its ApoTainer™ device, which is used in conjunction with its platform ApoGraft™ technology titled, "Devices and Methods for Selecting Apoptosis-Signaling Resistant Cells, and Uses Thereof" and received a Notice of Allowance from the Korean Intellectual Property Office and the Japanese and Australian Offices for Patents & Trademarks for the same patent.
  • Two new patent applications were submitted during 2018 covering further propriatory inventions in connection with mesenchymal stem cells and CAR-T cells expansion processes.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results:

  • Research and development (R&D) expenses for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2018 were $1.08 million and $3.60 million respectively, compared to $0.91 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $3.07 million for the full year of 2017. The increase in R&D expenses for the full year of 2018 as compared to the full year of 2017 was primarily due to an increase from purchasing materials and an increase in salaries and related expenses reflecting the progress in our research and development activities and the growth of our employees working on our research and development activities.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2018 were $1.26 million and $4.20 million respectively, compared to $0.91 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $3.45 million for the full year of 2017. The increase in G&A expenses for the full year of 2018 as compared to the full year of 2017 was primarily due to increase in salaries and related personnel expenses due to an increase in the number of our business development personnel.
  • Finance income for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2018 was $1.34 million, and $2.44 million respectively, compared to $0.92 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and expenses of $1.01 million for the full year of 2017 respectively. The financial income in the full year of 2018 as compared to the expenses in the full year of 2017, is primarily due to the change in the fair value of the listed warrants granted in our U.S. initial public offering in 2016 and of the unregistered warrants granted in our registered direct offerings in 2017 and in 2018.
  • Total Comprehensive loss for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2018 was $1.00 million and $5.37 million respectively, or $0.008 per share for the fourth quarter and $0.041 per share for the year of 2018 respectively, compared to $0.90 million, or $0.007 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2017 and $7.53 million, or $0.067 per share for the full year of 2017.

Balance Sheet Highlights:

  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $4.75 million as of December 31, 2018, compared to $6.24 million on September 30, 2018, and $7.40 million on December 31, 2017. The change compared to December 31, 2017 was primarily due to a net proceeds of $3.6M in a registered direct offering in January 2018, offset by ongoing operational expenses.
  • Shareholders' equity totaled $3.71 million as of December 31, 2018, compared to $4.37 million on September 30, 2018, and $5.03 million on December 31, 2017.

For the convenience of the reader, the amounts have been translated from NIS into U.S. dollars, at the representative rate of exchange on December 31, 2018 (U.S. $1 = NIS 3.748).

About Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.

Cellect Biotechnology (APOP) has developed a breakthrough technology, for the selection of stem cells from any given tissue, that aims to improve a variety of stem cell-based therapies.

The Company's technology is expected to provide researchers, clinical community and pharma companies with the tools to rapidly isolate stem cells in quantity and quality allowing stem cell-based treatments and procedures in a wide variety of applications in regenerative medicine. The Company's current clinical trial is aimed at bone marrow transplantations in cancer treatment.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the Company's expectations, beliefs and intentions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "believe", "expect", "intend", "plan", "may", "should", "could", "might", "seek", "target", "will", "project", "forecast", "continue" or "anticipate" or their negatives or variations of these words or other comparable words or by the fact that these statements do not relate strictly to historical matters. For example, forward-looking statements are used in this press release when we discuss Cellect's intent regarding the future potential of Cellect's technology. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of the Company only and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. In addition, historical results or conclusions from scientific research and clinical studies do not guarantee that future results would suggest similar conclusions or that historical results referred to herein would be interpreted similarly in light of additional research or otherwise. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: the Company's history of losses and needs for additional capital to fund its operations and its inability to obtain additional capital on acceptable terms, or at all; the Company's ability to continue as a going concern; uncertainties of cash flows and inability to meet working capital needs; the Company's ability to obtain regulatory approvals; the Company's ability to obtain favorable pre-clinical and clinical trial results; the Company's technology may not be validated and its methods may not be accepted by the scientific community; difficulties enrolling patients in the Company's clinical trials; the ability to timely source adequate supply of FasL; risks resulting from unforeseen side effects; the Company's ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships and other corporate collaborations; the scope of protection the Company is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights and its ability to operate its business without infringing the intellectual property rights of others; competitive companies, technologies and the Company's industry; unforeseen scientific difficulties may develop with the Company's technology; and the Company's ability to retain or attract key employees whose knowledge is essential to the development of its products. Any forward-looking statement in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company is contained under the heading "Risk Factors" in Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, which is available on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and in the Company's periodic filings with the SEC.

 

 

 

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd

Consolidated Statement of Operation




Convenience











translation











Twelve months

ended


Twelve months ended


Three months ended



December 31,


December 31,


December 31,



2018


2018


2017


2018


2017



Unaudited


Audited


Audited


Unaudited


Unaudited



U.S. dollars


NIS



(In thousands, except share and per

share data)












Research and development expenses


3,605


13,513


11,503


4,040


3,404












General and administrative expenses


4,198


15,734


12,930


4,733


3,406












Operating loss


7,803


29,247


24,433


8,773


6,810












Financial expenses (income) due to
warrants exercisable into ADS


(2,059)


(7,719)


3,208


(4,784)


(3,614)












Other financial expenses (income), net


(377)


(1,415)


583


(238)


172












Total comprehensive loss


5,367


20,113


28,224


3,751


3,368












Loss per share:






















Basic and diluted loss per share


0.041


0.155


0.252


0.029


0.028

Basic and diluted loss per ADS


0.82


3.11


5.04


0.58


0.56












Weighted average number of shares
outstanding used to compute basic and
diluted loss per share


129,426,091


129,426,091


111,968,663


130,274,953


120,011,684

 

 

 

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

ASSETS


Convenience







translation







December 31,


December 31,


December 31,



2018


2018


2017



Unudited


Audited


Audited



U.S. dollars


NIS



(In thousands, except share and per

share data)


CURRENT ASSETS:







Cash and cash equivalents

4,752


17,809


13,734


Marketable securities

-


-


13,999


Other receivables

218


816


818










4,970


18,625


28,551


NON-CURRENT ASSETS:







Restricted cash

90


337


305


Other long-term assets

35


132


173


Property, plant and equipment, net

412


1,544


1,344










537


2,013


1,822










5,507


20,638


30,373


 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


CURRENT LIABILITIES:







Trade payables

237


887


1,703


Other payables

1,070


4,012


2,396



1,307


4,899


4,099


NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:







Warrants to ADS

485


1,816


7,422









EQUITY:







Ordinary shares of no par value:

Authorized: 500,000,000  shares at December 31, 2017 a
nd December 31 2018; Issued and outstanding:
120,185,659*) and 130,414,799*) shares as of
December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018,
respectively.

-


-


-


Additional Paid In Capital

25,370


95,085


82,839


Share-based payments

3,287


12,319


9,381


Treasury shares

(2,515)


(9,425)


(9,425)


Accumulated deficit

(22,427)


(84,056)


(63,943)










3,715


13,923


18,852










5,507


20,638


30,373


*)         Net of 2,641,693 treasury shares of the Company held by the Company.


 

 

 

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd

Consolidated Cash Flow Data




Convenience












translation












Twelve months

ended

Twelve months ended


Three months ended




December 31,

December 31,


December 31,




2018

2018


2017


2018


2017




Unaudited

Audited


Audited


Unaudited


Unaudited




U.S. dollars

NIS




(In thousands)


Cash flows from operating activities:











Total comprehensive loss


(5,367)

(20,113)


(28,224)


(3,751)


(3,368)













Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net
cash used in operating activities:











Exchange rate difference


(345)

(1,297)


532


(380)


175


Loss (gain) from revaluation of financial
assets presented at fair value through
profit and loss


(106)

(397)


139


(109)


(1)


Depreciation


122

459


372


122


94


Changes in fair value of traded and non
traded warrants to ADS


(2,059)

(7,719)


3,003


(4,511)


1,368


Share-based payment


1,210

4,537


5,384


1,290


(3,647)


Decrease (increase) in other receivables


12

43


470


(214)


107


Increase (decrease) in other payables


213

798


407


1,505


1,040


Interest received


14

54


147


7


-


Net cash used in operating activities


(6,306)

(23,635)


(17,770)


(6,041)


(4,232)













Cash flows from investing activities:











Short term deposits, net


103

387


19,530


105


-


Restricted deposit, net


(6)

(22)


(165)


-


2


(Purchase) Sales of marketable securities
measured at fair value through profit and loss


3,735

13,999


(9,008)


-


(4,001)


Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(175)

(656)


(266)


(13)


(91)


Net cash provided by investing activities


3,657

13,708


10,091


92


(4,090)


 

Cash flows from financing activities:











Exercise of warrants and stock options into shares


106

399


1,432


-


169


Issue of share capital and warrants, net of issue costs


3,299

12,360


14,381


-


(510)


Net cash provided (used) by financing activities


3,405

12,759


15,813


-


(341)


Exchange differences on balances of cash and cash equivalents


332

1,243


(679)


373


(175)


Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


1,088

4,075


7,455


(5,576)


(8,838)


Balance of cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


 

3,664

13,734


6,279


23,385


22,572


Balance of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


 

4,752

17,809


13,734


17,809


13,734


 

 

Contact
Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Eyal Leibovitz, Chief Financial Officer
www.cellect.co 
+972-9-974-1444

Or

EVC Group LLC
Michael Polyviou / Todd Kehrli
+1(732) 933-2754
mpolyviou@evcgroup.com / tkehrli@evcgroup.com

 

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