SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(D)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): March 12, 2021
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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|47 Thorndike Street, Suite B1-1|
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.001||LPTX||Nasdaq Global Market|
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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On March 12, 2021, Leap Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company”) announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. The full text of the press release issued by the Company in connection with the announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information contained in this Item 2.02 and in the accompanying exhibit shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing, unless expressly incorporated by specific reference to such filing. The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the information set forth under this Item 2.02 and the exhibit hereto, shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section or Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
|Item 9.01.||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||Press Release of Leap Therapeutics,Inc. dated March 12, 2021.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|LEAP THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|Dated: March 12, 2021||By:||/s/ Douglas E. Onsi|
|Name: Douglas E. Onsi|
|Title: Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Treasurer and Secretary|
Leap Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Cambridge, MA – March 12, 2021 – Leap Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LPTX), a biotechnology company focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.
2020 Leap Highlights:
|·||Signed agreement with BeiGene, Ltd. for rights to Leap’s anti-DKK1 antibody, DKN-01, in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia and New Zealand|
|·||Completed a $51.75 million public offering of common stock and pre-funded warrants to purchase common stock|
|·||Presented updated data from study of DKN-01 plus pembrolizumab in esophagogastric (EGC) cancer demonstrating positive outcomes in DKK1-high patients|
|·||Data for DKN-01 in endometrial cancer demonstrates single agent activity in biomarker-selected patients|
|·||First patient dosed in Phase 2a study of DKN-01 in combination with tislelizumab, BeiGene's anti-PD-1 antibody, for the treatment of metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction (G/GEJ) cancer|
|·||Received Orphan Drug Designation and Fast Track Designation for DKN-01 from FDA|
“2020 was a transformative year for Leap as we executed our first strategic alliance with BeiGene and advanced our DKN-01 development program, initiating our Phase 2a combination study with BeiGene’s tislelizumab in gastric cancer patients,” said Douglas E. Onsi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Leap. “The data for DKN-01 to date, both as a monotherapy and in combination approaches, provide evidence of the potential utility of DKN-01 as an attractive treatment option for multiple biomarker-focused cancer indications.”
DKN-01 Development Update
DKN-01 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to and blocks the activity of the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a modulator of Wnt/Beta-catenin and PI3K/AKT signaling pathways. DKK1 has an important role in tumor cell signaling and in mediating an immuno-suppressive tumor microenvironment.
|·||Leap and BeiGene Announced First Patient Dosed in Study of DKN-01 in Combination with Tislelizumab for the Treatment of Metastatic Gastric/Gastroesophageal Junction (G/GEJ) Cancer – In September 2020, Leap and BeiGene announced that the first patient was dosed in the DisTinGuish trial (NCT04363801), a Phase 2a, nonrandomized, open-label, multicenter study of Leap's DKN-01 in combination with BeiGene's tislelizumab with or without chemotherapy as first-line or second-line therapy in adult patients with inoperable, locally advanced G/GEJ adenocarcinoma. The study, which will be conducted in two parts, is currently evaluating approximately forty patients with second-line G/GEJ cancer whose tumors are DKK1-high per perspective analysis. In addition, the study is evaluating the combination of DKN-01 with tislelizumab and capecitabine and oxaliplatin in approximately twenty patients with first-line G/GEJ cancer. Initial data is expected in the second half of 2021.|
|·||Leap Presented Updated Data from DKN-01 in EGC Demonstrating Positive Outcomes in DKK1-high Patients – At the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s (SITC) 35th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Leap presented clinical data from the Phase 1b/2a clinical trial of DKN-01 in patients with advanced EGC. In the study, high levels of tumoral DKK1 expression correlated with improved clinical outcomes in heterogeneous EGC patients treated with DKN-01 monotherapy or in combination with paclitaxel or the anti-PD-1 antibody, pembrolizumab.|
|·||Leap Presented Updated Data for DKN-01 in Endometrial Cancer Demonstrating Single Agent Activity in Biomarker-selected Patients – At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Special Conference on Endometrial Cancer: New Biology Driving Research and Treatment, Leap presented additional clinical data from the epithelial endometrial cancer (EEC) patients treated with DKN-01 monotherapy as part of its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial for DKN-01, as both a monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel chemotherapy, in patients with advanced gynecological malignancies. In the study, DKN-01 demonstrated single agent activity in biomarker-selected EEC patients, including an ongoing complete response that is over 2.5 years in duration and prolonged progression-free survival. Additional data from this study will be presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 2021 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.|
|·||Leap Receives Orphan Drug Designation and Fast Track Designation – On June 11, 2020, the FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation to DKN-01 for the treatment of gastroesophageal junction and gastric cancer. On September 24, 2020, the FDA granted Fast Track Designation to DKN-01 in combination with tislelizumab for the treatment of patients with gastric and gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma whose tumors express high DKK1, following disease progression on or after prior fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy and if appropriate, human epidermal receptor growth factor (HER2)/neu-targeted therapy.|
Selected Year-End and Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Net Loss was $27.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $32.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. This decrease was primarily due to decreased research and development expenses following the deprioritization of the TRX518 program in 2019.
License revenues were $1.5 million for the full year 2020 and relate to the BeiGene Agreement for the development and commercialization of DKN-01 in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia, and New Zealand. License revenues were $0.4 million for the fourth quarter 2020. The BeiGene Agreement became effective on January 3, 2020. As the BeiGene Agreement is the first such license agreement, no license revenues were recorded during the year ended December 31, 2019.
Research and development expenses were $20.4 million for full year 2020, compared to $24.4 million for same period in 2019. Research and development expenses were $5.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $5.7 million for the same period in 2019. These decreases were primarily due to decreased clinical trial costs due to deprioritizing the continued development of TRX518 in 2019 and timing of patient enrollment, decreased consulting fees associated with research and development activities, and decreased rent expense due to the closing of our research laboratory in April of 2020. These decreases were partially offset by increases in payroll and other related expenses due to an increase in headcount of our research and development full time employees and increases in stock-based compensation expense due to new stock options granted to employees.
General and administrative expenses were $9.6 million for the full year 2020, compared to $9.1 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was due to an increase in professional fees primarily due to increased legal, recruiting and information technology costs, an increase in payroll and other related expenses due to an increase in compensation expense, and an increase in insurance expense. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in stock-based compensation expense. General and administrative expenses were $2.4 million for the full year 2020 compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2019. This decrease was due to a decrease in stock-based compensation expense, partially offset by increased recruiting and information technology costs.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $52.1 million at December 31, 2020. Research and development incentive receivables totaled $0.1 million.
About Leap Therapeutics
Leap Therapeutics (Nasdaq:LPTX) is focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics. Leap's most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a Wnt pathway modulator. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with esophagogastric, hepatobiliary, gynecologic, and prostate cancers. Leap has entered into a strategic partnership with BeiGene, Ltd. for the rights to develop DKN-01 in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia, and New Zealand. For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit http://www.leaptx.com or view our public filings with the SEC that are available via EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov or via https://investors.leaptx.com/.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include Leap's expectations with respect to the development and advancement of DKN-01, including the initiation, timing and design of future studies, enrollment in future studies, potential for the receipt of a future option exercise, milestones or royalty payments from BeiGene, and other future expectations, plans and prospects. Although Leap believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: that the initiation, conduct, and completion of clinical trials, laboratory operations, manufacturing campaigns, and other studies may be delayed, adversely affected, or impacted by COVID-19 related issues; the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and needs for financing; the outcome, cost, and timing of our product development activities and clinical trials; the uncertain clinical development process, including the risk that clinical trials may not have an effective design or generate positive results; our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our drug product candidates; the size and growth potential of the markets for our drug product candidates; our ability to continue obtaining and maintaining intellectual property protection for our drug product candidates; and other risks. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially will be included in Leap Therapeutics’ periodic filings with the SEC, including Leap's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on March 12, 2021. Any forward-looking statement contained in this release speaks only as of its date. Leap undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained in this release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after its date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Douglas E. Onsi
President & Chief Executive Officer
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Year Ended December 31||Three Months Ended December 31|
|Research and development||20,423||24,366||5,101||5,668|
|General and administrative||9,616||9,085||2,428||2,604|
|Total operating expenses||30,039||33,451||7,529||8,272|
|Loss from operations||(28,539||)||(33,451||)||(7,154||)||(8,272||)|
|Australian research and development incentives||231||132||(112||)||3|
|Foreign currency gains||738||126||549||240|
|Loss before income taxes||(27,516||)||(32,903||)||(6,712||)||(7,999||)|
|Dividend attributable to down round feature of warrants||(303||)||(359||)||0||-|
|Dividend attributable to Series A & B convertible preferred stock||(372||)||-||0||-|
|Series A & B convertible preferred stock - beneficial conversion feature||(9,399||)||-||-||-|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(37,588||)||$||(33,259||)||$||(6,710||)||$||(7,996||)|
|Net loss per share|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||52,071||$||3,891|
|Research and development incentive receivable||73||185|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||130||165|
|Total current assets||52,274||4,241|
|Property and equipment, net||65||124|
|Right of use assets, net||528||1,026|
|Deferred tax assets||179||127|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficiency)|
|Deferred revenue - current portion||1,500||-|
|Lease liability - current portion||408||474|
|Total current liabilities||7,372||8,486|
|Non current liabilities:|
|Restricted stock liability||204||159|
|Lease liability, net of current portion||144||552|
|Stockholders' equity (deficiency):|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 240,000,000 shares authorized;59,657,742 and 24,194,877 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively||60||24|
|Additional paid-in capital||270,155||193,319|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||(579||)||76|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficiency)||46,651||(1,749||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficiency)||$||54,371||$||7,448|
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
|Year Ended December 31,||Three Months Ended December 31,|
|Cash used in operating activities||$||(25,957||)||$||(26,902||)||$||(5,988||)||$||(5,894||)|
|Cash provided by (used in) investing activities||25||(85||)||-||15|
|Cash provided by (used in) financing activities||73,997||14,817||-||(19||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||115||(223||)||84||(269||)|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||$||48,180||$||(12,393||)||(5,904||)||(6,167||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||3,891||16,284||57,975||10,058|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||52,071||$||3,891||$||52,071||$||3,891|