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Intercell AG announces Q1 results and update on development programs:
Adjuvant IC31TM opens attractive new market opportunity in Flu Â– All development projects on track Â– Strong focus on nosocomial infections Â–Â– Net loss further decreased Â– Strong financial position
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Wien (euro adhoc) - IC31TM - Clinical results emphasize broad and commercial use in vaccine development
Â» Protective profile for IC31TM in Phase I Tuberculosis vaccine trial - strong T-cell immune responses in humans confirming broad pre-clinical data base Â» Promising pre-clinical data for the use of IC31TM in next generation Flu vaccines - first clinical trials planned for 2007 Â» Next Milestones - start of a Phase I "proof-of-concept" clinical trial for an IC31TM adjuvanted Flu vaccine and strong focus on a commercial use of IC31TM and further strategic partnerships
All development projects on track and within expected timelines
Â» Japanese Encephalitis vaccine - all preparations for expected market launch in the US early 2008 and late 2008 in Europe are on track Regulatory clearance to start a pediatric Phase II clinical trial in India obtained - start of Phase II trial within the next few weeks Â» Hepatitis C vaccine - Phase II "proof-of-concept" study fully recruited - first data expected by mid 2007 - forward strategies comprise options for mono- and/or combination therapies Â» Pneumococcus vaccine - preparations for start of Phase I clinical trial on track
Nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections - Building the leading vaccine franchise
Â» Staphylococcus aureus vaccine partnered with Merck & Co. - safe and immunogenic in Phase I clinical trials - Phase II expected to start in 2007 Â» Pseudomonas vaccine - preparations for start of clinical Phase II/III trials on track Â» Enterococcus/Klebsiella vaccines - AIPÂ® accelerated to progress into clinical development
Strong financial position - Net loss further reduced Â» EUR 7.1 million net loss for Q1 2007 - down 19.3 percent as compared to Q1 2006 Â» Increase of aggregate revenues - EUR 1.5 million in Q1 2007 compared to EUR 0.3 million in Q1 2006 Â» EUR 7.4 million R&D expenses in Q1 2007 - up 8.8 percent as compared to Q1 2006 Â» Strong cash position with EUR 86.3 million in liquid funds at March 31, 2007
Vienna (Austria), May 14, 2007 - Vaccine company Intercell AG (VSE: ICLL) announced today the financial results for the first quarter 2007 and an update on the companyÂ´s development programs:
Q1 2007 Operational Business and Strategy Review
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine on track to market:
The regulatory process towards a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been initiated.
In Q1 2007 Intercell and its Indian partner Biological E. Ltd. obtained regulatory clearance to start a pediatric Phase II clinical trial for IntercellÂ´s novel Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in India. The study, which is expected to start within the next few weeks, will enroll children at the age of one to three years. It is the first step towards the licensure of a new cell culture derived product in Asia, which is expected by late 2008/early 2009.
Next Milestones: Â» EMEA filing Â» Agreement with US Army Â» Market launch (early 2008) Â» Marketing and sales agreement for Japanese market
Hepatitis C vaccine - Phase II "proof-of-concept" study fully recruited:
The recruitment of the Phase II study with 50 treatment naĂŻve chronic Hepatitis C patients was completed in Q1 2007. The patients were vaccinated with IntercellÂ´s vaccine IC41, using an optimized route and frequency of administration, which was identified in an optimization study completed during 2006.
The current study aims to show significant reductions of HCV-RNA linked to the stronger HCV specific T-cell responses obtained in the optimization study. First interim data from the ongoing Phase II study comprising a first subset of patients having already completed all 8 vaccinations given during a 14 weeks treatment period are expected by mid 2007. Final data of the study are expected to be available by early 2008. Forward strategies for further development comprise options for mono- and/or combination therapies.
Next Milestone: Â» Interim and final Phase II data
IC31TM - Human data open new opportunities for Flu and other vaccines:
IC31TM, which is used as adjuvant in a Tuberculosis vaccine partnered with SSI, delivered an outstanding profile in a Phase I study completed in Q1 2007. IC31Â™ demonstrated the stimulation of strong T-cell immune responses in humans as had already previously been seen in a variety of animal models. These results underpin the scientific concept of IC31Â™ and encourage broad and commercial use of IntercellÂ´s proprietary technology platform in a variety of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.
Supported by the Tuberculosis vaccine data obtained in humans and based on the broad Flu-specific B- and T-cell immunogenicity profile observed in animal models (presented at "Influenza Vaccines for the World", Vienna, October 2006), a Phase I clinical trial to demonstrate the "proof-of-concept" for a superior inter-pandemic vaccine formulated with IC31TM, is planned to commence in the second half of 2007.
With one single injection of a standard Flu vaccine adjuvanted with IC31Â™ Haemaglutinin titers and specific T-cell responses could be drastically increased in a mouse immunogenicity model. Furthermore, the presence of IC31Â™ induces very long-lasting and high levels of Flu-specific T-cells as well as IgG2a, both markers for a type 1 response known to improve and to broaden the protection from Influenza infections.
Next Milestones: Â» Start of a Phase I "proof-of-concept" clinical trial for an IC31TM adjuvanted Flu vaccine Â» Strong focus on a commercial use of IC31TM and further strategic partnerships
Tuberculosis vaccine - Phase I data justify product development:
In Q1 2007, Intercell and its partner, the Danish Statens Serum Institut (SSI), announced positive results for their Tuberculosis vaccine. The vaccine combines SSIÂ´s antigens with IntercellÂ´s proprietary adjuvant IC31TM. The data from the Phase I trial, which was performed at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, show that the vaccine is safe and very immunogenic in healthy individuals as reported at the Keystone conference April 2007. Based on these results, the start of further Phase I/II clinical trials is planned for 2007.
Next Milestone: Â» Start of further clinical trials (with SSI)
Q1 2007 Financial review
Revenues: Aggregate revenues increased from EUR 0.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2006 to EUR 1.5 million in the three months ended March 31, 2007. The increase was attributable to higher grant income and to higher revenues from existing collaboration and licensing agreements with pharmaceutical companies.
Results of Operations: IntercellÂ´s net loss decreased from EUR 8.8 million in the first quarter 2006 to EUR 7.1 million the first quarter 2007, or by 19.3 percent. This decrease was primarily due to an increase in revenues and in other operating income and to a decrease in the share of loss of associated companies.
Net operating expenses increased from EUR 8.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2006 to EUR 9.0 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2007, or by 3.4 percent. Research and development expenses increased by 8.8 percent and were EUR 7.4 million in the first three months of 2007 compared to EUR 6.8 million the same period of 2006. IntercellÂ´s general, selling and administrative expenses were EUR 3.2 million in the three months ended March 31, 2007 compared to EUR 2.0 million in the comparative period of the previous year. This increase of 60.0 percent was primarily due to higher personnel expenses resulting from stock compensation costs. Net other operating income increased from EUR 0.1 million in the first quarter 2006 to EUR 1.6 million in the first quarter 2007 due to primarily R&D tax credits.
No share of loss of associated companies was recorded in the three months ended March 31, 2007, compared to EUR 1.0 million in the same period of the previous year, because all companies that had been accounted for as associates had been acquired and were fully consolidated. The contribution of newly acquired companies to IntercellÂ´s net loss in the first quarter 2007 was EUR 0.7 million.
Net financial income decreased from EUR 0.5 million in the first quarter 2006, to EUR 0.4 million in the same period of 2007 due to higher interest expenses, which were partly offset by higher interest income.
Cash Flow: IntercellÂ´s net cash used in operating activities for the quarters ended March 31, 2007 and 2006 was EUR 9.6 million and EUR 8.5 million, respectively. The increase was primarily due to higher working capital requirements.
Net cash provided by investing activities in the first quarter of 2007 was EUR 1.3 million compared to EUR 9.2 million in the same period of the previous year. The decrease was primarily due to the prior yearÂ´s effect of the sale of available-for-sale financial assets in the first quarter of 2006. Cash used for purchases of property, plant and equipment increased to EUR 1.8 million in the three months ended March 31, 2007 from EUR 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2006 and was primarily used for laboratory and manufacturing equipment. In the first quarter of 2007, Intercell acquired essentially all of the shares of Pelias Biomedizinische Entwicklungs AG in an all-share deal. The transaction added EUR 2.9 million in cash to IntercellÂ´s balance sheet and, according to IAS 36, led to the capitalization of in-process research and development projects of EUR 18.9 million.
IntercellÂ´s net cash used in financing activities in the period ended March 31, 2007 was EUR 0.5 million, compared to EUR 0.3 million in the same period of the previous year, and resulted primarily from repayments of loans. As of March 31, 2007 Intercell had liquid funds of EUR 86.3 million of which EUR 20.2 million was cash and cash equivalents and EUR 66.1 million was available-for-sale financial assets. Key Financial Figures
@@start.t2@@EUR in thousands 3 months ended March 31 Year ended December 31,
Revenues 1,502 372 23,452
Net loss (7,050) (8,814) (16,143)
cash flow (9,635) (8,482) (7,979)
end of period 86,262 38,817 94,421
The un-audited condensed consolidated interim financial statements can be downloaded at www.intercell.com.
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