NuCana Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Multiple Data Readouts on Track for the Second Half of 2022 and the First Half of 2023

Well Capitalized with Anticipated Cash Runway into 2025

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Aug. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022 and provided an update on its broad clinical program with its transformative ProTide therapeutics.

As of June 30, 2022, NuCana had cash and cash equivalents of £46.5 million compared to £52.6 million as of March 31, 2022 and £60.3 million at December 31, 2021. NuCana continues to advance its various clinical programs and reported a net loss of £3.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, as compared to a net loss of £9.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. Basic and diluted loss per share was £0.07 for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, as compared to £0.17 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“During the first half of the year, we have remained focused on the rapid and efficient implementation of our development plans,” said Hugh S. Griffith, NuCana’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “In the past few months, we initiated two studies: NuTide:323, a randomized Phase 2 trial of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents for the treatment of second-line patients with colorectal cancer; and NuTide:303, a Phase 1b/2 study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents including the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, for the treatment of patients with solid tumors. We also continue to enroll patients in the Phase 1b/2 NuTide:302 study of NUC-3373 in patients with colorectal cancer and the Phase 2 monotherapy part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors, which will expand to include combination with pembrolizumab.”

Mr. Griffith continued: “From a corporate perspective, we recently announced that the Regional Court of Dusseldorf issued a judgement that Gilead’s sofosbuvir infringes our European composition-of-matter patent. We will continue to defend our patent rights and the foundational work of our late Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Chris McGuigan. Additionally, we regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.”

Mr. Griffith concluded: “We have provided multiple data updates for both NUC-3373 and NUC-7738 that demonstrate the potential of our ProTides to offer more effective and safer treatment options for patients with cancer. These data have highlighted the compelling anti-cancer activity and favorable safety profiles and pharmacokinetic properties of our product candidates. With an anticipated cash runway into 2025 and through numerous key milestones for both NUC-3373 and NUC-7738, we remain on track to provide a number of data updates over the coming year as we continue to advance our pipeline.”

Anticipated Milestones: H2 2022 and H1 2023

•  NUC-3373 (a ProTide transformation of 5-FU)

In the second half of 2022, NuCana expects to:

  • Commence enrollment in the randomized, controlled Phase 2 (NuTide:323) study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents for the second-line treatment of patients with colorectal cancer;
  • Commence enrollment in the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:303) modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents, including the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, in patients with solid tumors to identify additional indications for development;
  • Expand the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:302) study of NUC-3373 in colorectal cancer patients, and evaluate NUC-3373-based regimens in combination with bevacizumab in second-line patients with colorectal cancer;
  • Announce data from the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:302) study of NUC-3373 combined with leucovorin, irinotecan and bevacizumab in patients with colorectal cancer; and
  • Announce data from the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:303) modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents in patients with solid tumors to identify additional indications for development.

In the first half of 2023, NuCana expects to:

  • Announce data from the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:302) study of NUC-3373 combined with leucovorin, irinotecan and bevacizumab in patients with colorectal cancer; and
  • Announce data from the Phase 1b/2 (NuTide:303) modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents in patients with solid tumors to identify additional indications for development.

•  NUC-7738 (a ProTide transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine)

In the second half of 2022, NuCana expects to:

  • Announce data from the Phase 1 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors;
  • Commence enrollment in the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in combination with the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab, in patients with solid tumors; and
  • Announce data from the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors.

    In the first half of 2023, NuCana expects to:

  • Announce data from the Phase 1 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors; and
  • Announce data from the Phase 2 part of the NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors.

About NuCana
NuCana is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on significantly improving treatment outcomes for patients with cancer by applying our ProTide technology to transform some of the most widely prescribed chemotherapy agents, nucleoside analogs, into more effective and safer medicines. While these conventional agents remain part of the standard of care for the treatment of many solid and hematological tumors, they have significant shortcomings that limit their efficacy and they are often poorly tolerated. Utilizing our proprietary technology, we are developing new medicines, ProTides, designed to overcome the key limitations of nucleoside analogs and generate much higher concentrations of anti-cancer metabolites in cancer cells. NuCana’s pipeline includes NUC-3373 and NUC-7738. NUC-3373 is a new chemical entity derived from the nucleoside analog 5-fluorouracil, a widely used chemotherapy agent. NUC-3373, in combination with other agents, is in a Phase 1b/2 study in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. NuCana has also initiated a randomized Phase 2 study of NUC-3373, in combination with other agents, for the second-line treatment of patients with advanced colorectal cancer. In addition, NuCana has initiated a Phase 1b/2 modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents, including a PD-1 inhibitor, in patients with advanced solid tumors to identify additional indications for development. NUC-7738 is a transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine, a novel anti-cancer nucleoside analog. NUC-7738 is in the Phase 2 part of a Phase 1/2 study in patients with advanced solid tumors which is evaluating NUC-7738 as a monotherapy and in combination with a PD-1 inhibitor.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

    For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
  For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
     
    2022   2021     2022   2021  
    (in thousands, except per share data)
    £   £     £   £  
Research and development expenses   (6,406 ) (8,523 )   (15,852 ) (17,229 )
Administrative expenses   (1,889 ) (2,075 )   (4,040 ) (4,179 )
Net foreign exchange gains (losses)   3,077   (109 )   4,208   (786 )
Operating loss   (5,218 ) (10,707 )   (15,684 ) (22,194 )
Finance income   132   35     163   59  
Loss before tax   (5,086 ) (10,672 )   (15,521 ) (22,135 )
Income tax credit   1,194   1,585     3,226   3,287  
Loss for the period   (3,892 ) (9,087 )   (12,295 ) (18,848 )
             
Basic and diluted loss per share   (0.07 ) (0.17 )   (0.24 ) (0.36 )
                     


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

    June 30,
2022
  December 31,
2021
    (in thousands)
    £
  £
Assets          
Non-current assets          
Intangible assets   2,469     2,410  
Property, plant and equipment   613     851  
Deferred tax asset   80     60  
Other non-current assets   2,604     2,540  
    5,766     5,861  
           
Current assets          
Prepayments, accrued income and other receivables   3,934     4,161  
Current income tax receivable   10,403     7,188  
Cash and cash equivalents   46,528     60,264  
    60,865     71,613  
Total assets   66,631     77,474  
             
Equity and liabilities      
Capital and reserves      
Share capital and share premium   143,138     143,137  
Other reserves   74,644     72,137  
Accumulated deficit   (161,747 )   (149,726 )
Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company   56,035     65,548  
             
Non-current liabilities      
Provisions   46     46  
Lease liabilities   118     164  
    164     210  
Current liabilities      
Trade payables   2,141     1,829  
Payroll taxes and social security   170     170  
Accrued expenditure   8,003     9,510  
Lease liabilities   118     207  
    10,432     11,716  
Total liabilities   10,596     11,926  
             
Total equity and liabilities   66,631     77,474  
       


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

  For the Six Months Ended June 30,
  2022     2021  
  (in thousands)
  £
    £  
Cash flows from operating activities      
Loss for the period (12,295 )   (18,848 )
Adjustments for:      
Income tax credit (3,226 )   (3,287 )
Amortization and depreciation 470     444  
Finance income (163 )   (59 )
Interest expense on lease liabilities 5     10  
Share-based payments 2,741     3,615  
Net foreign exchange (gains) losses (4,283 )   759  
  (16,751 )   (17,366 )
Movements in working capital:      
Decrease in prepayments, accrued income and other receivables 295     424  
Increase (decrease) in trade payables 312     (560 )
(Decrease) increase in payroll taxes, social security and accrued expenditure (1,524 )   269  
Movements in working capital (917 )   133  
Cash used in operations (17,668 )   (17,233 )
Net income tax received     4,302  
Net cash used in operating activities (17,668 )   (12,931 )
Cash flows from investing activities      
Interest received 161     58  
Payments for property, plant and equipment (10 )   (37 )
Payments for intangible assets (276 )   (319 )
Net cash used in investing activities (125 )   (298 )
Cash flows from financing activities      
Payments of lease liabilities (148 )   (148 )
Proceeds from issue of share capital 1     198  
Net cash (used in) from financing activities (147 )   50  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (17,940 )   (13,179 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 60,264     87,356  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 4,204     (756 )
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 46,528     73,421  
           

For more information, please contact:

NuCana plc
Hugh S. Griffith
Chief Executive Officer
+44 131 357 1111
info@nucana.com

Westwicke, an ICR Company
Chris Brinzey
+1 339-970-2843
chris.brinzey@westwicke.com

RooneyPartners
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+1 212-223-4017
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