- Pivotal Phase 3 program for Sci-B-Vac® Hepatitis B vaccine continues to advance towards topline data expected mid-year 2019
- Positive safety and immunogenicity data from Phase 1 study of VBI-1501 for Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reported in May 2018
- Initial data from Phase 1/2a study of VBI-1901 for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) expected H2 2018
VBI Vaccines Inc. (NASDAQ: VBIV) (“VBI”), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation infectious disease and immuno-oncology vaccines, today reported financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2018, and provided a corporate update.
“We continue to make strong progress in all three of our lead clinical programs,” said Jeff Baxter, President and CEO of VBI. “Our pivotal Phase 3 program of Sci-B-Vac®, our hepatitis B vaccine, is advancing well towards topline data from the PROTECT study expected mid-year 2019. Our eVLP technology-based pipeline showed exciting results in the clinic in May, when we reported positive final safety and immunogenicity data from our Phase 1 randomized study of VBI-1501 for CMV. This study was the first in-human study of a vaccine developed with our eVLP technology. We were excited to be able to demonstrate a robust immunologic response at a dose that is one-tenth the amount of other organizations’ CMV vaccine candidates. For our immuno-oncology pipeline, also developed with our eVLP technology, we look forward to reporting initial immunologic data from the Phase 1/2a study of VBI-1901 in recurrent GBM patients, which we expect in the second half of this year.”
Recent Highlights and Upcoming Milestones
Sci-B-Vac® for Hepatitis B
- Sci-B-Vac®, the Company’s Hepatitis B vaccine, is currently being studied in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical program in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. This program consists of two concurrent Phase 3 studies, the PROTECT study and the CONSTANT study.
- Topline data from the PROTECT study are expected mid-year 2019, with topline data from the CONSTANT study expected in the second half of 2019.
- The results from this pivotal Phase 3 program are intended to support future regulatory filings in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
VBI-1501 for Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- In May 2018, VBI reported positive safety and immunogenicity data from a Phase 1 randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of VBI-1501 in 128 CMV-negative, healthy adults aged 18-40 years.
- Subjects were randomized into five arms to receive various dose levels of a modified form of the CMV gB antigen, gB-g, with or without the adjuvant alum, or to receive placebo. The highest does of antigen tested was 2.0μg of gB-g content with alum (VBI-1501A 2.0μg).
- The final Phase 1 study results demonstrated that VBI-1501A was safe and well-tolerated at all doses.
- VBI-1501A 2.0μg elicited CMV-neutralizing antibodies against fibroblast cell infection in 100% of subjects after the third vaccination (85% after two vaccinations), inducing titers comparable to those observed in patients protected as a result of natural infection (CMV-positive controls).
- In epithelial cells, which have historically been the much harder cell type to protect against infection, VBI-1501A 2.0μg demonstrated a 31% neutralizing antibody seroconversion rate after three vaccinations, up from 17% after two vaccinations.
- Discussions with regulatory bodies are planned for the second half of 2018 to discuss the next stage of development for VBI-1501A.
VBI-1901 for Glioblastoma (GBM)
- A Phase 1/2a Clinical Study of VBI-1901 for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma (rGBM) is ongoing.
- The multi-center, open-label, two-part study will enroll up to 28 patients and is designed to evaluate safety, tolerability, and the optimal therapeutic dose level of VBI-1901.
- Extensive biomarker testing and tumor imaging is built into this clinical protocol to enable the Company to assess the robustness of the immune response induced by VBI-1901.
- In the second half of 2018, VBI hopes to be able to correlate this immunologic and biomarker data with initial clinical outcomes from the low and mid dose cohorts, and expects 6-month overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) data in the first half of 2019.
First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
- VBI ended the second quarter of 2018 with $41.1 million in cash and cash equivalents compared with $67.7 million as of December 31, 2017. Net cash used in operations for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $24.5 million.
- Revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $0.2 million and was primarily attributable to sales of Sci-B-Vac in Israel and in Europe, on a named-patient basis. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 was $0.3 million and was primarily attributable to sales of Sci-B-Vac in Israel and to a services agreement that was completed during that time frame.
- Research and development expenses were $10.9 million for the second quarter of 2018, as compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to the continuation of the Phase 3 program for Sci-B-Vac®and the Phase 1/2a clinical study for VBI-1901 in recurrent GBM patients, but was partially offset by the reduction in research expenses due to the advancement of VBI-1901 into clinical development from pre-clinical development.
- General and administrative expenses were $4.0 million for the second quarter of 2018, as compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily due to human resources expenses, stock-based compensation expenses, and impairment related to leasehold improvements and manufacturing equipment no longer being utilized in the business as a result of the renovation and capacity increases of our manufacturing facility in Rehovot, Israel.
- Net loss and net loss per share for the second quarter of 2018 were $16.7 million and $0.26, respectively, compared to a net loss of $9.0 million and a net loss per share of $0.22 for the second quarter of 2017.