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  • 12 May 2021
    Immunocore Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

    Immunocore Holdings Plc (Nasdaq: IMCR), a late-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of a novel class of T cell receptor (TCR) bispecific immunotherapies designed to treat a broad range of diseases, including cancer, infectious and autoimmune disease, today announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

    Highlights for the quarter included the presentation of the Phase 3 randomized data from the Company’s lead candidate tebentafusp in the plenary clinical trial session at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, the launch of a global early access program for tebentafusp, and the successful completion of the Company’s initial public offering resulting in net proceeds of $287 million. 

    Bahija Jallal, Chief Executive Officer of Immunocore, said: “Tebentafusp has been demonstrated to prolong survival in patients with metastatic uveal melanoma, a cancer that has historically proven insensitive to chemotherapy and immunotherapies. These data, recently presented at AACR, represent the first positive Phase 3 clinical trial for a TCR therapeutic and the first time that a bispecific T cell engager has demonstrated a survival benefit in a solid tumor, representing a significant breakthrough in the field of oncology.”

    First Quarter 2021 Highlights (including post-period) 

    Tebentafusp 

    In April, one oral presentation and three posters on tebentafusp were accepted at the 2021 American Society of Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting being held virtually from June 4-8, 2021.   Per ASCO’s Embargo & Release Information, full abstracts will be released to the public on ASCO’s Meeting Library at 5:00 p.m. ET on May 19, 2021. 

    In April, the Company launched a global early access program for tebentafusp in metastatic uveal melanoma (mUM). 

    In April, the Company’s Phase 3 data of tebentafusp in metastatic uveal melanoma was also the subject of an oral presentation in the Phase 3 clinical trials plenary session at the AACR Virtual Annual Meeting 2021. Tebentafusp demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in overall survival (OS) as a first-line treatment in mUM.  In the intent-to-treat population, tebentafusp demonstrated a median overall survival of 21.7 months compared to 16.0 months for investigator’s choice and with 73% of patients alive at 1 year for tebentafusp vs. 58% for investigator’s choice. The OS Hazard Ratio (HR) favored tebentafusp, HR=0.51 (95% CI: 0.37, 0.71); p< 0.0001, over investigator’s choice (82% pembrolizumab; 12% ipilimumab; 6% dacarbazine). In addition, tebentafusp resulted in a statistically significant longer PFS. Treatment-related adverse events were manageable and consistent with the proposed mechanism.     

    In February, tebentafusp was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for unresectable or metastatic uveal melanoma. Additionally, the European Commission, upon recommendation of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) awarded tebentafusp Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of uveal melanoma. Medicines that meet the EMA’s Orphan Drug Designation criteria qualify for several incentives, including 10 years of market exclusivity, protocol assistance, and potentially reduced fees for regulatory activities.

    Immunocore will be working to complete its BLA submission to the FDA in the third quarter of 2021, followed by submission of a Marketing Authorization Application to the EMA. 

    Additional Clinical Programs 

    IMC-C103C – MAGE-A4 

    In the first quarter, the Company continued to advance, IMC-C103C, an ImmTAC molecule targeting an HLA-A*02:01 MAGE-A4 antigen, in a first-in-human, Phase 1/2 dose escalation trial in patients with solid tumor cancers including non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), gastric, head and neck, ovarian and synovial sarcoma. The Company plans to report Phase 1 initial data from this trial in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

    IMC-F106C – PRAME 

    In the first quarter, the Company continued to advance IMC-F106C, an ImmTAC molecule targeting an HLA-A*02:01 PRAME antigen, in a first-in-human, Phase 1/2 dose escalation trial in patients with multiple solid tumor cancers. PRAME is overexpressed in many solid tumors including NSCLC, SCLC, endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancers. The Company plans to report Phase 1 initial data from this trial in mid-2022. 

    IMC-I109V – HBV 

    In the first quarter, the Company continued to advance IMC-I109V, an ImmTAV molecule targeting a conserved Hepatitis B virus (HBV), envelope antigen, in a global Phase 1 single ascending dose trial. The Company plans to initiate dosing mid-year 2021. 

    Operational Highlights 

    In February, the Company made key appointments to management and Board of Directors. The appointment of Ralph Torbay as Immunocore’s new Head of Commercial and the appointment of Dr. Roy S. Herbst as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors became effective January 28, 2021. Dr. Herbst served as a member of Immunocore’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and is currently Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology), Professor of Pharmacology, Chief of Medical Oncology and Associate Cancer Center Director for Translational Research at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

    In February, the Company completed its initial public offering (IPO) and concurrent private placement. The financing was $312.1 million in aggregate, of which approximately $287 million in net proceeds was from the IPO on Nasdaq of 11,426,280 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), including the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase an additional 1,490,384 ADSs, at an IPO price of $26.00 per ADS and $15 million from the completion of the concurrent sale of an additional 576,923 ADSs at the initial offering price of $26.00 per ADS, for gross proceeds of approximately $15.0 million, in a private placement to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

    Financial Results 

    Basic and diluted loss per share was a £0.76 or $1.05 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to an adjusted to £0.74 for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Total operating loss for the quarter was £31.9 million or $44.0 million compared to £22.1 million for the same period last year, largely due to an increase in employee costs associated with non-cash share-based payment charges. 

    For the three months ended March 31, 2021, revenue from collaboration agreements was unchanged at £8.3 million or $11.4 million compared to the same period last year.  For the three months ended March 31, 2021, research and development expenses were £19.9 million or $27.4 million, as compared to £20.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. For the quarter, administrative expenses were £20.2 million or $27.8 million compared to £9.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 including a £7.7 million increase in the non-cash share-based payment charges. 

    Cash and cash equivalents totaled £313.1 million or approximately $431 million as of March 31, 2021 compared to £68.4 million for the same period last year.