– Extended and broadened its ongoing research collaboration with Regeneron, a leading U.S. biotechnology company –
– Announced CLS-001 as subcutaneous formulation of vedolizumab, a currently marketed monoclonal antibody for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) –
– Joined the Subcutaneous Drug Development & Delivery Consortium (SC Consortium) to advance the science, technology, and best practices for subcutaneous (SQ) drug development and delivery –
WOBURN, Mass., March 16, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comera Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMRA), a life sciences company developing a new generation of bio-innovative biologic medicines to improve patient access, safety, and convenience, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022, and provided a business update.
“During 2022, Comera generated significant momentum, strengthening of the Company’s capabilities, team, proprietary pipeline, and executing pharmaceutical partnerships to drive value for Comera shareholders and our partners. These accomplishments have positioned Comera to achieve substantial progress across our business,” said Jeffrey Hackman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comera. “As we continue to execute on our goals and drive our value proposition, we are bolstered by our mission to transform the patient experience. Our novel technology and deep experience in protein formulation has the potential to transform the delivery of biologics from intravenous to subcutaneous form enabling people to self-medicate at home and ultimately reduce healthcare costs, improving quality of life. ”
Recent Business Highlights
- Extended and broadened its ongoing research collaboration with Regeneron, a leading U.S. biotechnology company. The partnership includes a right to negotiate a license after further technical evaluation is complete.
- Announced its lead pipeline candidate CLS-001 as a SQ formulation of vedolizumab, a currently marketed product for the treatment of IBD including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Comera believes that a SQ formulation of vedolizumab could have significant advantages for patients and the healthcare system, compared to the current intravenous (IV) formulation.
- Became a member of SC Consortium. As a member, Comera will contribute to SC Consortium activities and the progression of the organization’s overall strategic vision to advance the science, technology, and best practices for SQ drug development and delivery.
- In October 2022, announced favorable safety and pharmacokinetic results from its SEQURUS-2 study. Together with the SEQURUS-1 study, the SEQURUS-2 data demonstrate no evidence of local or systemic toxicity of caffeine in animals when administered subcutaneously with ipilimumab. Additionally, the results indicated that caffeine had no impact on ipilimumab half-life and no effect on pharmacokinetic data for both the IV and SQ groups.
- Appointed Janice Marie McCourt as Chief Business Officer. In her role at Comera, Ms. McCourt is responsible for business development, including evaluation and execution of out-licensing, in-licensing and strategic transaction opportunities, and driving the execution of the Company’s commercial strategy. Ms. McCourt brings more than 30 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical experience.
- In January 2023, announced the completion of a private placement to existing stockholders, of 2,406,242 units, at a purchase price of $1.48 per unit, with each unit consisting of one share of the Company’s common stock and one five-year warrant to purchase two shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $1.23 per share. Gross proceeds of approximately $3.6 million are expected to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.
- In January 2023, presented data on viscosity reduction and stabilization using its SQore™ platform technology excipients at the 22nd Annual PepTalk Conference in San Diego. The presentation was titled “Biophysical characterization of excipient combinations for mAb formulation development.”
Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Comera reported revenues of $156 thousand for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $73 thousand for the same period in 2021, with the increase primarily related to research activities performed under customer contracts.
Cost of revenue totaled $50 thousand for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $39 thousand for the same period in 2021.
R&D expenses totaled $489 thousand for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $490 thousand for the same period in 2021.
General and administrative expenses totaled $2.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022, compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2021, due primarily to an increase in expenses in connection with the Company’s growth and costs associated with operating a public company.
Comera reported a net loss of $3.1 million, or $0.18 loss per share for the three months ended December 31, 2022, primarily driven by increased expenses to support the Company’s growth and public company related costs, as compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or $5.06 loss per share, for the same period in 2021.
Comera had $2.0 million in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at December 31, 2022.
Year-Ended 2022 Financial Results
Comera reported revenues of $633 thousand for the year-ended December 31, 2022, compared to $320 thousand for the same period in 2021, with the increase primarily related to research activities performed under customer contracts.
Cost of revenue totaled $210 thousand for the year-ended December 31, 2022, compared to $161 thousand for the same period in 2021.
R&D expenses totaled $1.7 million for the year-ended December 31, 2022, compared to $1.8 million for the same period in 2021.
General and administrative expenses totaled $10.7 million for the year-ended December 31, 2022, compared to $3.9 million for the same period in 2021, due primarily to an increase in expenses in connection with the Company’s growth and costs associated with transitioning to a public company.
Comera reported a net loss of $18.4 million, or $1.76 loss per share for the year-ended December 31, 2022, primarily driven by increased expenses to support the Company’s growth and public company related costs, as compared to a net loss of $5.5 million, or $1.81 loss per share, for the same period in 2021.
About Comera Life Sciences
Leading a compassionate new era in medicine, Comera Life Sciences is applying a deep knowledge of formulation science and technology to transform essential biologic medicines from intravenous (IV) to subcutaneous (SQ) forms. The goal of this approach is to provide patients with the freedom of self-injectable care, reduce institutional dependency and to put patients at the center of their treatment regimen.
To learn more about the Comera Life Sciences mission, as well as the proprietary SQore™ platform, visit https://comeralifesciences.com/.
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COMERA LIFE SCIENCES HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||446,607||$||6,510,140|
|Restricted cash - current||1,505,625||—|
|Due from related parties||—||286|
|Deferred issuance costs||90,047||—|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||986,499||270,648|
|Total current assets||3,063,098||6,781,074|
|Restricted cash - noncurrent||50,000||50,000|
|Property and equipment, net||257,186||234,167|
|Right of use asset||313,629||320,373|
|Liabilities, Convertible Preferred Stock, Stockholders’ Deficit and Members’ Equity|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||1,187,764||506,611|
|Insurance premium financing||455,562||—|
|Lease liability - current||199,184||121,552|
|Total current liabilities||4,950,682||1,045,104|
|Derivative warrant liabilities||277,507||—|
|Lease liability - noncurrent||120,302||201,504|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Series A convertible preferred stock||4,517,710||—|
|Convertible preferred stock||—||20,857,453|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 16,709,221 and 308,443 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively||1,671||31|
|Additional paid-in capital||28,655,164||2,213,547|
|Total stockholders’ deficit and members’ equity||(6,139,088||)||(14,686,247||)|
|Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock, stockholders’ deficit and members’ equity||$||3,727,113||$||7,417,814|
COMERA LIFE SCIENCES HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
|Three Months Ended December 31,||Year Ended December 31,|
|Cost of revenue||50,360||38,934||210,390||161,008|
|Research and development||489,263||490,342||1,739,833||1,752,669|
|General and administrative||2,655,578||1,568,161||10,652,894||3,941,783|
|Total operating expenses||3,144,841||2,058,503||12,392,727||5,694,452|
|Loss from operations||(3,039,081||)||(2,024,103||)||(11,970,015||)||(5,535,628||)|
|Other income (expense), net:|
|Change in fair value of derivative warrant liabilities||54,105||—||2,008,872||—|
|Reverse recapitalization issuance costs in excess of gross proceeds||—||—||(6,566,821||)||—|
|Common stock purchase agreement issuance costs||—||—||(1,029,077||)||—|
|Gain on debt extinguishment||—||—||—||160,588|
|Change in fair value of convertible notes||—||—||—||(76,738||)|
|Other expense, net||—||—||(426,666||)||—|
|Total other (expense) income, net||46,487||—||(6,034,083||)||83,850|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||(2,992,594||)||(2,024,103||)||(18,004,098||)||(5,451,778||)|
|Less: accretion of convertible preferred stock to redemption value||(85,872||)||—||(373,856||)||—|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders or unit holders||$||(3,078,466||)||$||(2,024,103||)||$||(18,377,954||)||$||(5,451,778||)|
|Net loss per share or unit attributable to common stockholders or unit holders—basic and diluted||$||(0.18||)||$||(5.06||)||$||(1.76||)||$||(1.81||)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares or units used in computing net loss per share or unit attributable to common stockholders or unit holders—basic and diluted||$||16,689,248||$||400,000||$||10,452,697||$||3,012,603|