Leap Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leap Therapeutics, Inc.(NASDAQ:LPTX), a biotechnology company developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

“We have continued to make steady progress in the development of both of our clinical-stage antibody programs this quarter. Our antibody targeting the DKK1 protein, DKN-01, has advanced to studies in biomarker-selected populations and we are preparing to initiate the first of multiple DKN-01 immunotherapy combination studies,”  commented Christopher K. Mirabelli, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Leap Therapeutics. “Additionally, for our GITR agonist antibody, TRX518, we have fully enrolled one of our two repeat-dose monotherapy studies and are rapidly advancing development to begin combination studies.”

Recent Highlights

  • Announced collaboration with Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada), to investigate DKN-01 in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA®(pembrolizumab), in patients with relapsed or refractory advanced esophagogastric cancers.

  • Reported updated response and progression-free survival data in Leap’s clinical trial evaluating DKN-01 in combination with standard of care chemotherapy in patients with advanced biliary tract cancers at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2017.  

  • Enrolled first patient in new arm of the DKN-01 P102 esophagogastric cancer clinical trial focused on genetically defined Wnt pathway mutations. 

  • Completed enrollment of the expanded cohort of the DKN-01 P103 advanced biliary tract cancer study. ]

  • Completed dose escalation phase and fully enrolled the expansion cohort of TRX518 multi-dose study TRX518-003.


Anticipated 2H 2017 Milestones

  • Enroll first patient in a combination study of DKN-01 and KEYTRUDA® in patients with relapsed or refractory advanced esophagogastric cancers.

  • Enroll first patient in a combination study of TRX518 and chemotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors.  

  • Initiate a new clinical trial evaluating DKN-01 in patients with endometrioid gynecological cancers, a population with an enhanced percentage of patients with genetically defined Wnt pathway mutations. 

  • Expand clinical development of DKN-01 and TRX518 in combinations with immune checkpoint inhibtors

Selected Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net loss was $6.9 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $7.5 million for the same period in 2016.

Research and development expenses were $4.9 million for the second quarter 2017, compared to $6.1 million for the same period in 2016. This decrease was primarily due to a reduction in the manufacturing costs of our clinical product candidates.

General and administrative expenses were $2.1 million for the second quarter 2017, compared to $1.1 million for the same period in 2016. This increase was primarily due to an increase in stock based compensation expense and increased headcount needed to support public company operations.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $17.2 million at June 30, 2017.  Research and development incentive receivables totaled $3.2 million. The Company believes that its current cash and cash equivalents and the anticipated receipt of the research and development incentive receivable will be sufficient to fund the Company’s operating expenses into the second quarter of 2018.

About Leap Therapeutics
Leap Therapeutics (NASDAQ:LPTX) is focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics. Leap's most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a Wnt pathway modulator. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with esophagogastric cancer, biliary tract cancer, and gynecologic cancers, with an emerging focus on patients with defined mutations of the Wnt pathway and in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors. Leap's second clinical candidate, TRX518, is a humanized GITR agonist monoclonal antibody designed to enhance the immune system's anti-tumor response that is in two advanced solid tumor studies. For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit http://www.leaptx.com or our public filings with the SEC that are available via EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov.


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements relating to Leap’s expectations with respect to the development and advancement of DKN-01, TRX518, and other programs, including the initiation, timing and design of future studies, enrollment in future studies, business development, and other future expectations, plans and prospects. Leap has attempted to identify forward looking statements by such terminology as ‘‘believes,’’ ‘‘estimates,’’ ‘‘anticipates,’’ ‘‘expects,’’ ‘‘plans,’’ ‘‘projects,’’ ‘‘intends,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘might,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘should,’’ or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Although Leap believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and needs for financing; the ability to complete a financing or form business development relationships to fund our expenses; the outcome, cost, and timing of our product development activities and clinical trials; the uncertain clinical development process, including the risk that clinical trials may not have an effective design or generate positive results; our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our drug product candidates; our plans to research, develop, and commercialize our drug product candidates; our ability to achieve market acceptance of our drug product candidates; unanticipated costs or delays in research, development, and commercialization efforts; the applicability of clinical study results to actual outcomes; the size and growth potential of the markets for our drug product candidates; our ability to continue obtaining and maintaining intellectual property protection for our drug product candidates; and other risks. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially will be included in Leap Therapeutics’ periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including Leap Therapeutics’ Form 10-K that Leap filed with the SEC on February 23, 2018. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Any forward looking statements contained in this release speak only as of its date. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after its date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA.  OPDIVO® is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.  BAVENCIO® is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc.



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