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|Tengion Provides Business Update and Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results|
EAST NORRITON, Pa., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Tengion, Inc. (Nasdaq: TNGN) today provided a business update, including announcement of a restructuring plan, and reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. The restructuring plan is designed to fund the Company's lead development programs through key milestones in 2012 while reducing the Company's anticipated cash utilization. As a result of this restructuring, the Company expects to have sufficient cash to fund its planned operations through November 2012. Key aspects of the restructuring and its effects on the Company's development programs are as follows:
"The restructuring plan should allow us to advance Tengion's regenerative medicine platform to meaningful milestones in 2012," said David I. Scheer, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "This focused approach to advancing our pipeline will enable us to continue to build value in these programs, while also structuring the Company to conserve cash as we continue to pursue strategic partnership and financing discussions. A reduction in force is never an easy decision to make, especially as we have such an excellent team here at Tengion. We want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Sunita Sheth and Mark Stejbach, who have contributed so much to Tengion, as well as to the other employees affected by this restructuring. We wish all of them well in their future endeavors."
The Company has offered severance benefits to the terminated employees, and anticipates recording a total charge for personnel-related termination costs of approximately $1.7 million, most of which is anticipated to be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company expects to complete payment of these severance benefits by September 2012. In addition, as a result of the restructuring, the Company expects to record, during the fourth quarter of 2011, a non-cash property and equipment impairment charge, as well as a non-cash charge related to excess leased space in Pennsylvania. The Company is unable to estimate the amount of these charges at this time.
Neo-Urinary Conduit(TM) Bladder Cancer Trial - Clinical Update
Tengion is currently conducting an initial clinical trial of its lead product candidate, the Neo-Urinary Conduit, for use in bladder cancer patients requiring a urinary diversion following bladder removal (cystectomy). The Neo-Urinary Conduit is a combination of a patient's own cells and bioabsorbable scaffold that is intended to catalyze regeneration of a native bladder tissue conduit, passively transporting urine from the ureters through a stoma, or hole in the abdomen, into a standard ostomy bag. Patients requiring some form of urinary diversion with today's standard of care, the use of a segment of bowel tissue to construct a conduit for urine to exit from the body into an ostomy bag, are at risk of complications associated with the use of bowel tissue as well as those associated with the surgery to harvest the bowel tissue.
The trial is designed to assess the safety and preliminary efficacy of the Neo-Urinary Conduit in up to 10 patients, as well as to allow the clinical investigators to optimize the surgical procedure and post-surgical care by incorporating the outcomes observed in each patient into the surgical approach for subsequent patients, as necessary. To date, three patients have been enrolled and implanted in the clinical trial. Data from these patients have allowed clinical investigators to propose surgical modifications in an effort to address conduit patency and vascular supply. As announced in September, Tengion has reinitiated enrollment of patients in this ongoing clinical trial both The Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. The Company anticipates implanting a fourth patient in the clinical trial during the first quarter of 2012, and, assuming appropriate safety data, up to 10 patients by the end of 2012.
Neo-Kidney Augment(TM) Preclinical Program Update
Tengion's lead preclinical program, the Neo-Kidney Augment, is intended to prevent or delay the need for dialysis or kidney transplant by catalyzing the regeneration of functional kidney tissue in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). This increase in functional kidney mass could thereby delay or prevent the need for dialysis or kidney transplant in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). According to the U.S. Renal Data System, the annual Medicare cost of hemodialysis is $77,000 per patient and approximately 100,000 ESRD patients die in the U.S. each year. Tengion scientists have published and presented positive data on the effect of the Company's approach on kidney function in four different preclinical models of CKD. Two of these preclinical models have been conducted for a sufficiently long period of time to demonstrate durability and an impact on survival.
Building on these results, Tengion is completing the analysis of these studies, and focusing its efforts on completing preclinical work on product formulation and delivery. The Company expects to submit a pre-IND filing to the FDA during the first half of 2012 and is actively seeking collaboration partners for this program.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $18.2 million, or $0.87 per basic and diluted common share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $19.7 million, or $2.42 per basic and diluted common share, for the same period in 2010. The decreased adjusted net loss for the 2011 period was primarily due to a decrease in interest expense of $1.0 million due to lower average debt facility balances outstanding in 2011 and a decrease in depreciation expense of $0.5 million due a change in the estimated useful life of our leasehold improvements associated with our laboratory space in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In May 2011, the Company exercised a five-year renewal option under its lease for the laboratory space. The amended lease extends the lease term to October 2016. The adjusted net loss per basic and diluted common share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was significantly affected by the issuance of common stock in connection with equity financings completed in April 2010 and March 2011.
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2011, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $5.1 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted common share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $6.7 million, or $0.54 per basic and diluted common share, for the same period in 2010. The decreased adjusted net loss for the 2011 period was primarily due to a decrease in research and development expense of $0.7 million primarily due to a decrease in compensation related expenses due to lower headcount and a decrease in depreciation expense of $0.5 million due a change in the estimated useful life of our leasehold improvements associated with our laboratory space in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The adjusted net loss per basic and diluted common share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011 was significantly affected by the issuance of common stock in connection with the equity financing completed in March 2011.
As of September 30, 2011, the Company held $20.3 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments.
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call today, November 14, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. ET to provide a business update and discuss the Company's third quarter 2011 financial results.
The call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-299-0148 (domestic) or 1-617-801-9711 (international) five minutes prior to the start time and providing the access code 45190334. The presentation will also be available by live webcast and can be accessed by visiting the Investors section of the Company's website at http://www.tengion.com or http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=218965&eventID=4234367.
A replay of the call will be available on the Tengion website approximately two hours after completion of the call and will be archived.
Tengion, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, has pioneered the Organ Regeneration Platform(TM) that enables the Company to create proprietary product candidates that are intended to harness the intrinsic regenerative pathways of the body to produce a range of native-like organs and tissues. Tengion's product candidates seek to eliminate the need to utilize other tissues of the body for a purpose to which they are poorly suited, procure donor organs or administer anti-rejection medications. An initial clinical trial is ongoing for the Company's lead product candidate, the Neo-Urinary Conduit, an autologous implant that is intended to catalyze regeneration of native-like bladder tissue for bladder cancer patients requiring a urinary diversion following bladder removal. The Company's lead preclinical candidate is the Neo-Kidney Augment, which is designed to delay or prevent the need for dialysis or transplantation in patients at risk for kidney failure. Tengion has also applied its technology in two Phase II clinical trials for Tengion's Neo-Bladder Augment for the treatment of neurogenic bladder. Tengion has worldwide rights to its product candidates.
Certain statements set forth above may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to the Company's: (i) search for a new chief executive officer; (ii) expectations regarding the initial clinical trial of the Neo-Urinary Conduit and (iii) expectations regarding planned preclinical studies of the Neo-Kidney Augment. Although Tengion believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business and operations, there are a number of factors that may cause actual results to differ from these statements. For instance there can be no assurance that: (i) the Company will be able to find a suitable candidate for the position of chief executive officer or that the Company will be able to retain such person on mutually agreeable terms; (ii) the Company will be able to successfully enroll patients in its clinical trials, including its initial clinical trial for the Neo-Urinary Conduit; (iii) the Company's Neo-Urinary Conduit clinical trial will not be placed on clinical hold by the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA; (iv) patients enrolled in the Company's Neo-Urinary Conduit clinical trial will not experience additional adverse events, which could delay clinical trials or cause the Company to terminate the development of the Neo-Urinary Conduit; (v) the results of the clinical trial for the Neo-Urinary Conduit will support further development of that product candidate; (vi) data from the Company's ongoing preclinical studies will continue to be supportive of advancing its preclinical product candidates; and (vii) the Company will be able to progress its product candidates that are undergoing preclinical testing, including the Neo-Kidney Augment, into clinical trials and (viii) the Company will be able to obtain the capital it needs to develop its product candidates and continue its operations. For additional factors which could cause actual results to differ from expectations, reference is made to the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward looking statements in this release are made only as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating predictions or expectations in this release.
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