COLUMBIA, Md., Nov 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSN), a leading oncology drug development company, announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009 and highlighted the progress made in the commercialization of ThermoDox(R), Celsion's heat activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer, and recurrent chest wall breast cancer.
"We achieved key milestones during the quarter against our corporate objectives to advance the development and commercialization of ThermoDox to create inherent value for our shareholders," stated Michael H. Tardugno, Celsion's Chief Executive Officer. "We have expanded the HEAT trial (ThermoDox global Phase III HCC study) to the Asia Pacific region where the incidence of primary liver cancer is endemic. We recently received regulatory approval to treat liver cancer patients in China, Malaysia and the Philippines and the first patient has already been treated in Japan. To date, we have enrolled 196 patients (one third of the trial) and are on target to complete enrollment in the spring of 2010 and have sixty clinical sites activated by the end 2009. Radio frequency ablation (RFA) is emerging globally as a first-line treatment for early stage non-resectable HCC. Our HEAT trial has been designed to evaluate the efficacy of ThermoDox in combination with RFA to improve patient outcomes for this cost effective, minimally invasive procedure."
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2009, Celsion reported a net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.43 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2008. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, Celsion reported a net loss of $12.9 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $10.9 million, or $1.07 per diluted share in 2008. The Company ended the quarter with a total of $16.3 million in cash and short-terminvestments. In September 2009, the Company completed a registered direct offering with a select group of institutional investors that raised $7.1 million of gross proceeds.
Recent Company Highlights
The Company is holding a conference call to provide a business update and discuss the third quarter 2009 results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. To participate in the call, interested parties may dial 1.877.852.6580 (Toll-free) or 1.719.325.4751 (Toll/International) and use Conference ID: 2474093 to register ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. The call will also be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.celsion.com
The call will be archived for replay on November 10, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. ET and will remain available until November 17, 2009. The replay can be accessed at 1.888.203.1112 (Toll-free) or 1.719.457.0820 (Toll/International) using Conference ID: 2474093. The call will also be available on the Company's website, www.celsion.com , for 30 days after 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.
About the Phase III HEAT Clinical Trial
Celsion's global Phase III HEAT trial is evaluating the safety and efficacy of ThermoDox in combination with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) when compared to RFA alone. The trial is being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment and the FDA has agreed to progression free survival as the primary and accelerated endpoint with overall survival being a secondary endpoint. The trial will enroll up to six hundred patients at clinical sites in Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, the United States and Canada
Additional information can be found at: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/
About Primary Liver Cancer
Primary liver cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells of the liver and is not typically detected early, often resulting in a poor patient prognosis. Globally, primary liver cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer and ranks as the fifth most common solid tumor cancer. The incidence of primary liver cancer is approximately 20,000 cases per year in the United States and is rapidly growing worldwide at approximately 660,000 cases per year, due to the high prevalence of Hepatitis B and C in developing countries. The standard first line treatment for liver cancer is surgical resection of the tumor, but 80% to 90% of patients are ineligible for surgery. Radio frequency ablation (RFA) has increasingly become the standard of care for non-resectable liver tumors, but the treatment becomes less effective for larger tumors. There are few non-surgical therapeutic treatment options available as radiation therapy and chemotherapy are largely ineffective in the treatment of primary liver cancer.
ThermoDox in combination with hyperthermia has the potential to provide local tumor control and improve quality of life. ThermoDox is a proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, an approved and frequently used oncology drug for the treatment of a wide range of cancers including breast cancer. Localized mild hyperthermia (40-42 degrees Celsius) releases the entrapped doxorubicin from the liposome. This delivery technology enables high concentrations of doxorubicin to be deposited preferentially in a targeted tumor.
ThermoDox has demonstrated evidence of efficacy in a Phase I study for primary liver cancer and the FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation for this indication. For recurrent chest wall breast cancer, ThermoDox is being evaluated in a pivotal Phase I/II open-label, dose-escalating trial that is designed to measure durable local complete response at the tumor site.
ThermoDox(R) is a registered trademark of Celsion Corporation
Celsion is dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative oncology drugs including tumor-targeting treatments using focused heat energy in combination with heat-activated drug delivery systems. Celsion has licensed ThermoDox(R) to Yakult-Honsha for the Japanese market and has a partnership agreement with Phillips Medical to jointly develop its heat activated liposomal technology in combination with high intensity focused ultrasound to treat difficult cancers. Celsion has research, license, or commercialization agreements with leading institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Duke University Medical Center, University of Hong Kong, Cleveland Clinic, and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.
For more information on Celsion, visit our website: http://www.celsion.com
Celsion wishes to inform readers that forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, unforeseen changes in the course of research and development activities and in clinical trials by others; possible acquisitions of other technologies, assets or businesses; possible actions by customers, suppliers, competitors, regulatory authorities; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(in thousands except for per share amounts)
|Research and development||$||3,503||$||3,840||$||10,676||$||8,422|
|General and administrative||1,224||510||2,514||1,586|
|Total operating expenses||4,727||4,350||13,190||10,008|
|Loss from operations||(4,727||)||(4,350||)||(13,190||)||(10,008||)|
|Other income (expense), net||10||10||265||(844||)|
|Net loss before income taxes||(4,717||)||(4,340||)||(12,925||)||(10,852||)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per|
|Basic and diluted weighted average|
(in thousands except for per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||12,098||$||3,456|
|Short term investments available for sale||4,204||4,061|
|Due from Boston Scientific Corporation||-||15,000|
|Prepaid expenses and other receivables||440||306|
|Total current assets||16,742||22,823|
|Property and equipment||205||223|
|Total other assets||796||642|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable - trade||$||2,840||$||1,187|
|Other accrued liabilities||1,293||1,459|
|Note payable - current portion||-||235|
|Total current liabilities||4,132||3,934|
|Other liabilities - noncurrent||19||28|
|Common stock - $0.01 par value (75,000,000 and|
|250,000,000 shares authorized; 12,874,241 and|
|10,816,088 shares issued: 12,113,967 and|
|10,156,350 shares outstanding at September 30,|
|2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively)||129||108|
|Additional paid-in capital||94,776||89,183|
|Less: Treasury stock - at cost||(3,077||)||(2,641||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||12,038||19,726|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||17,743||$||23,688|
SOURCE: Celsion Corporation
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