SAN DIEGO, CA – November 17, 2015 – Sevion Therapeutics, Inc. (“Sevion” or the “Company”)(OTCQB: SVON), a biopharmaceutical company which discovers, develops and acquires next-generation biologics for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases, today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2015 (“First Quarter 2016”).
“During the first fiscal quarter of 2016, we have continued to focus our efforts and resources on our proprietary antibody discovery technology platforms,” said David Rector, Chief Executive Officer of Sevion. “We continue to improve our platform technology while looking at high-potential in-licensing and partnerships opportunities that fit with our therapeutic areas of interest and primary scientific focus.”
On October 22, 2015, Dr. Vaughn Smider, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer gave an invited oral presentation entitled “Engineering Cow Antibodies with Ultralong CDRs” at the GTC Protein Discovery Summit conference in Boston, MA.
Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
For the quarter ended September 30, the Company reported $37,500 revenue versus no revenue a year ago, which consisted of amortization of deferred revenue related to the Company’s on-going collaboration and option agreement to discover antibodies using Sevion’s spatially addressed library platform.
Research and development expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 were $0.6 million compared to $2.1 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2015. The decrease was primarily due to the prior year’s acquisition of Fabrus, Inc., in May 2014, and the write-off of clinical trial materials due to the suspension of the Company’s clinical trial program.
General and administrative expenses were $0.6 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 compared to $0.8 million for the comparable year-ago first quarter.
The loss applicable to common shares for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 was $0.3 million, or $(0.02) per share, compared with a loss applicable to common shares for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 of $5.2 million, or $(0.38) per share. This decrease in the loss applicable to common shares was primarily the result of the decrease in research and development expenses and patents and clinical trial materials written off in the prior year quarter, partially offset by non-cash income due to the change in fair value of warrant and stock right liability related to the most recent financing.
As of September 30, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $3.4 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $3.3 million as of June 30, 2015. The Company believes that it has sufficient funds to maintain operations through June 2016.
About Sevion Therapeutics
Sevion Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company building and developing a portfolio of innovative therapeutics, from both internal discovery and acquisition, for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases. The Company’s product candidates are derived from multiple key proprietary technology platforms: cell-based arrayed antibody discovery, ultralong antibody scaffolds and Chimerasome nanocages. Sevion has leveraged these technologies to build a pipeline of innovative product candidates. For more information, please visit SevionTherapeutics.com.
Certain statements included in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from such statements expressed or implied herein as a result of a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern; the ability of the Company to consummate additional financings; the development of the Company’s antibody technology; the approval of the Company’s patent applications; the Company’s ability to successfully defend its intellectual property or obtain the necessary licenses at a cost acceptable to the Company, if at all; the successful implementation of the Company’s research and development programs and collaborations; the success of the Company’s license agreements; the acceptance by the market of the Company’s products; the timing and success of the Company’s preliminary studies, preclinical research and clinical trials; competition and the timing of projects and trends in future operating performance; and the quotation of the Company’s common stock on an over-the-counter securities market, as well as other factors expressed from time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). As a result, this press release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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