Harpoon Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

  • Continued enrollment of Phase 1 trial for HPN424, Harpoon’s lead TriTAC product candidate in development for the treatment of prostate cancer
  • Net proceeds of approximately $71 million from completion of initial public offering in February

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HARP), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a novel class of T cell engagers, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 and provided a corporate update.

“Harpoon has continued to progress in 2019, both in the clinic and in its development as a company.  We are pleased to now have two T cell engagers in the clinic, with dosing of the first patient with our second product candidate HPN536 in April. We continue to develop additional candidates, with IND submissions expected this year and next,” said Gerald McMahon, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Harpoon Therapeutics. “We believe TriTACs provide unique benefits in the exciting field of T cell engagers and we look forward to achieving a number of development milestones in 2019 across the TriTAC platform, including presentation of a maturing HPN424 dataset by the end of this year at a medical conference.”

First Quarter 2019 Business Highlights and Other Recent Developments

  • In February, Harpoon successfully completed its initial public offering, raising net proceeds of approximately $71 million.
  • In March, Harpoon designated its fourth Tri-specific T cell Activating Construct (TriTAC™) in development, HPN328, for the treatment of small cell lung cancer (SCLC). HPN328 targets delta-like 3 (DLL3), a protein highly expressed in a majority of SCLC tumors, but not in normal tissue. This selective expression makes DLL3 an attractive drug target for T cell engagers. Harpoon is currently conducting IND-enabling studies and expects to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial of HPN328 in 2020.
  • In April, Harpoon dosed the first patient with HPN536, a mesothelin-targeting T cell engager, in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for ovarian and other mesothelin-expressing solid tumors. This represents the second TriTAC that Harpoon has brought into the clinic. The study consists of two phases, an initial dose escalation phase of approximately 20 ovarian cancer patients followed by an expansion phase of up to three additional parallel cohorts of 20 patients each with ovarian, pancreatic and mesothelioma cancer. The study is designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and activity of HPN536. For additional information about the trial, please visit clinicaltrials.gov using the identifier NCT03872206.

Anticipated Milestones

Harpoon plans to have three TriTAC product candidates in the clinic by the end of 2019, with a fourth expected in 2020. All of Harpoon’s anticipated milestones for 2019 remain on track, as follows:

  • HPN424 – present additional Phase 1 data in the second half of 2019 at a medical conference
  • HPN536 – initiated Phase 1/2a trial in April 2019
  • HPN217 – initiate Phase 1 trial in the second half of 2019
  • HPN328 – initiate Phase 1 trial in 2020

First Quarter Financial Results

  • Harpoon Therapeutics ended the first quarter of 2019 with $147.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities compared to $89.5 million as of December 31, 2018. The increase was due to approximately $71 million in net proceeds from Harpoon’s initial public offering, completed in February 2019, partially offset by cash used in operations.
  • Net loss for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 was $13.6 million compared to $4.9 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2019 was $1.1 million compared to $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2018. The decrease was due to an upfront payment of $0.5 million recognized in the first quarter of 2018 related to our license agreement with Werewolf Therapeutics, Inc. During both periods, revenue primarily consisted of the amortized portion of the deferred $17.0 million upfront payment received in October 2017 under our collaboration agreement with AbbVie.     
  • Research and development expense for the first quarter of 2019 was $9.4 million compared to $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase primarily arose from clinical development expenses and an increase in personnel-related expenses, including conducting preclinical studies, continuation of the first clinical trial for lead product candidate, HPN424, and manufacturing activities for four TriTAC product candidates in various stages of development.
  • General and administrative expense for the first quarter of 2019 was $5.8 million compared to $1.0 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase in legal fees, consulting and accounting services related to our 2018 year-end audit, and an increase in headcount.

About Harpoon Therapeutics

Harpoon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a novel class of T cell engagers that harness the power of the body’s immune system to treat patients suffering from cancer and other diseases. T cell engagers are engineered proteins that direct a patient’s own T cells to kill target cells that express specific proteins, or antigens, carried by the target cells. Using its proprietary Tri-specific T cell Activating Construct (TriTAC™) platform, Harpoon is developing a pipeline of novel T cell engagers, or TriTACs, initially focused on the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. For additional information about Harpoon Therapeutics, please visit www.harpoontx.com.

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Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc.
Georgia Erbez
Chief Financial Officer

Westwicke Partners, LLC
Robert H. Uhl
Managing Director

Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc.
Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
 (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended March 31, 
 2019  2018 
Collaboration and license revenue$1,063  $1,563 
Total revenue 1,063   1,563 
Operating expenses       
Research and development 9,382   5,533 
General and administrative 5,832   982 
Total operating expenses 15,214   6,515 
Loss from operations (14,151)  (4,952)
Interest income 532   73 
Other income (expense) 40   (2)
Net loss (13,579)  (4,881)
Other comprehensive loss:       
Net unrealized gain on marketable securities 26    
Comprehensive loss$(13,553) $(4,881)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted (0.92)  (5.04)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted 14,750,260   969,235 

Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc.
Selected Balance Sheet Data

 As of March 31, 
 March 31, 2019  December 31, 2018 
 (in thousands) 
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities$147,550  $89,493 
Total assets 166,932   102,580 
Total liabilities 33,338   26,482 
Total convertible preferred stock    129,577 
Total stockholders' equity (deficit) 133,594   (53,479)