SHANGHAI, China and CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CBMG) (“CBMG” or the “Company”), a biomedicine firm engaged in the development of effective stem cell therapies for degenerative diseases and immunotherapies for cancer, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and provided business highlights.

Dr. William Wei Cao, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We achieved pivotal milestones in the third quarter that redefined CBMG’s business and strategically positioned the Company as an emerging, bifurcated and world-class immuno-oncology and cell therapy contender with international aspirations through the advancement of key infrastructure and clinical milestones.  We are encouraged by the positive clinical development of our therapeutic platforms in the third quarter. The Chinese PLA General Hospital (“PLAGH”) CAR-T Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of patients with EGFR expressing advanced relapsed/refractory solid tumors in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (“NSCLC”) and cholangiocarcinoma, and the Phase IIa CD20 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (“NHL”) clinical trial have inspired us to accelerate their development to treat these terminal conditions.  We are planning to launch multi-site CAR-T and Dendristim vaccine (previously called GVax) clinical trials in China and are evaluating options to further develop this prospective treatment in the U.S. In addition, we continued to strengthen our scientific team with the appointments of Alan List, M.D., as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and Yihong Yao, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer.”

“In terms of infrastructure, in addition to our Shanghai and Wuxi sites, we opened a new GMP facility in Beijing, and now operate three GMP facilities in China housing nine independent production lines to address increasing manufacturing demands.”

“We believe we are one of the few emerging and versatile biotech companies with a growing revenue-generating T cell technical service. We have proven our ability to make acquisitions and expand globally recognized therapies addressing large and critical markets.  We believe we are in an enviable position for the future in carrying out our mission to deliver evolutionary science and serving large patient populations,” concluded Dr. William Wei Cao, Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Biomedicine Group.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Performance

  1. Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2015 were $20.1 million compared to $14.8 million as of December 31, 2014
  2. Net Cash Used in Operating Activities: Net cash used in operating activities for the third quarter of 2015 was $2.9 million, compared to $3.4 million for the same period in 2014
  3. Revenue: Revenues in the third quarter of 2015 were $0.6 million compared to nil for the same period in 2014. All of the revenue has resulted from our acquisition of Agreen Biotech Ltd. that provides T cell technical services, and we are continuing to expand our network of hospitals to grow our revenue.
  4. G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2015 were $3.5 million compared to $1.9 million for the same period in 2014. Increased expenses in 2015 were primarily attributed to the hiring of senior technical leaders, expanded GMP facility expenses, and amortization of the IP expenses associated with previous acquisitions.
  5. R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2015 were $2.2 million, compared to $0.8 million for the same period in 2014. Approximately two thirds of the increase resulted from the addition of scientific talent to our immunotherapy research and development team, while the remaining increase stems from increased clinical trial expenditures in CAR-T, Tcm, and automated production techniques.
  6. Net Loss: Net loss allocable to common stock holders was $5.1 million, compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2014. Changes in net loss are primarily attributable to an increase in share-based compensation and clinical trial expenses.

During and since the third quarter of 2015, Cellular Biomedicine Group achieved the following milestones and significant events:

Business Highlights

  • Appointed Alan List, MD as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board
  • Appointed former MedImmune/AstraZeneca Director, Yihong Yao, Ph.D., B.S., as Chief Scientific Officer
  • Opened new GMP facility in Beijing
  • Evaluating options for U.S. clinical trials on NSCLC and Dendristim vaccine immune-cell therapy

Technology Achievements

  • Received two new certifications from the China Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) for its proprietary cell and tissue preservation media kits respectively, in accordance with the CFDA’s new regulations announced on June 1, 2015
  • Expanded our intellectual property portfolio from 70 to 77 patents in various stages of approval
  • Announced preliminary Phase I clinical results of CAR-T EGFR-HER1 (“CBM-EGFR.1”) for the treatment of patients with EGFR expressing advanced relapsed/refractory solid tumors, with overall disease control rate (DCR) of 79% (19 of 24). 100% DCR in cholangiocarcinoma (5/5), 71% DCR in NSCLC (12/17)

Upcoming Public Events

Management is scheduled to participate in the following upcoming industry and investor conferences:

  • November 18-19, Jefferies 2015 Global Healthcare Conference, London, UK
  • December 1-2, Piper Jaffray Annual Healthcare Conference, New York, NY
   September 30, December 31,
   2015   2014 
Cash and cash equivalents$20,106,377  $14,770,584 
Accounts receivable 410,761   141,029 
Other receivables 319,211   135,957 
Inventory 422,077   372,249 
Prepaid expenses 439,657   565,299 
Other current assets -   110,347 
Total current assets 21,698,083   16,095,465 
Investments 13,299,407   6,886,033 
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,726,418   1,280,410 
Goodwill 7,678,787   7,678,789 
Intangibles, net 16,323,642   11,156,676 
Long-term prepaid expenses and other assets 1,150,296   587,729 
Total assets$61,876,633  $43,685,102 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   
Accounts payable$146,369  $426,917 
Accrued expenses 2,574,829   2,074,384 
Taxes payable 615,800   814,288 
Advances payable to related party -   36,254 
Other current liabilities 1,382,798   724,479 
Total current liabilities 4,719,796   4,076,322 
Other non-current liabilities 231,085   452,689 
Total liabilities 4,950,881   4,529,011 
Stockholders' equity:   
Preferred stock, par value $.001, 50,000,000 shares   
authorized; none issued and outstanding as of   
September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively -   - 
Common stock, par value $.001, 300,000,000 shares authorized;   
11,656,857 and 10,990,335 issued and outstanding   
as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively 11,657   10,990 
Additional paid in capital 101,312,047   75,467,316 
Accumulated deficit (52,346,434)  (37,890,590)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 7,948,482   1,568,375 
Total stockholders' equity 56,925,752   39,156,091 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$61,876,633  $43,685,102 

   For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
   2015   2014   2015   2014 
Net sales and revenue $624,907  $-  $1,885,256  $179,120 
Operating expenses:        
Cost of sales  443,416   -   1,335,707   92,553 
General and administrative  3,467,184   1,946,909   9,915,956   4,901,670 
Selling and marketing  190,152   21,311   500,393   86,806 
Research and development  2,190,240   812,227   4,968,352   2,100,271 
Impairment of investments  -   -   123,428   - 
Total operating expenses  6,290,992   2,780,447   16,843,836   7,181,300 
Operating loss  (5,666,085)  (2,780,447)  (14,958,580)  (7,002,180)
Other income (expense):        
Interest income  8,386   698   29,417   1,263 
Other income (expense)  492,101   (260)  502,921   94,357 
Total other income  500,487   438   532,338   95,620 
Loss from continuing operations before taxes  (5,165,598)  (2,780,009)  (14,426,242)  (6,906,560)
Income taxes (expense) credit  23,400   -   (29,602)  - 
Loss from continuing operations  (5,142,198)  (2,780,009)  (14,455,844)  (6,906,560)
Loss on discontinued operations, net of taxes  -   (43,271)  -   (3,037,514)
Net loss $(5,142,198) $(2,823,280) $(14,455,844) $(9,944,074)
Other comprehensive income (loss):        
Cumulative translation adjustment  (225,198)  (1,838)  (163,353)  (8,673)
Unrecognized gain (loss) on investments  (1,520,000)  (1,005,455)  6,543,460   2,515,894 
Total other comprehensive income (loss):  (1,745,198)  (1,007,293)  6,380,107   2,507,221 
Comprehensive loss $(6,887,396) $(3,830,573) $(8,075,737) $(7,436,853)
Loss per share for continuing operations:        
Basic $(0.44) $(0.30) $(1.27) $(0.85)
Diluted $(0.44) $(0.30) $(1.27) $(0.85)
Loss per share for discontinued operations:        
Basic $-  $-  $-  $(0.37)
Diluted $-  $-  $-  $(0.37)
Net loss per share :        
Basic $(0.44) $(0.31) $(1.27) $(1.22)
Diluted $(0.44) $(0.31) $(1.27) $(1.22)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
Basic  11,622,756   9,131,576   11,399,958   8,155,213 
Diluted  11,622,756   9,131,576   11,399,958   8,155,213 

 For the Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
  2015   2014 
Net loss$(14,455,844) $(9,944,074)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash   
used in operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 1,537,323   660,836 
Loss on disposal of assets -   12,313 
Stock based compensation expense 5,672,955   1,151,404 
Amortization of deferred stock compensation -   85,671 
Other than temporary impairment on investments 123,428   - 
Realized losses from sale of investments 5,178   5,913 
Value of stock received for services -   (1,610,000)
Impairment of goodwill -   3,299,566 
Decrease in fair value of accrued expenses for the acquisition of intangible assets (413,559)  - 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable (275,317)  (13,419)
Other receivables (176,301)  (53,332)
Inventory (49,828)  (53,857)
Prepaid expenses 108,055   (439,437)
Other current assets 110,347   22,779 
Investments -   7,150 
Long-term prepaid expenses and other assets (156,704)  (458,058)
Accounts payable (280,548)  (36,988)
Accrued expenses 183,105   371,578 
Advance payable to related party (30,216)  - 
Other current liabilities (63,426)  (1,135,151)
Taxes payable (198,488)  - 
Other non-current liabilities (212,371)  - 
Net cash used in operating activities (8,572,211)  (8,127,106)
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired -   (190,698)
Proceed from sale of investments, net of transaction costs 1,480   - 
Purchases of intangible assets (4,577,740)  (1,953)
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (918,289)  (129,096)
Net cash used in investing activities (5,494,549)  (321,747)
Net proceeds from the issuance of common stock 18,964,849   11,121,956 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 478,798   - 
Repayment of advance from affiliate -   (33,468)
Net cash provided by financing activities 19,443,647   11,088,488 
Cash paid for income taxes$99,668  $- 
Non-cash investing activities   
Acquisition of intangible assets through issuance of the Company's stock$1,096,399  $1,442,850 
Acquisition of business through issuance of the Company's stock$-  $14,496,256 

About Cellular Biomedicine Group

Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. develops proprietary cell therapies for the treatment of certain degenerative and cancerous diseases.  Our developmental stem cell and Immuno-Oncology projects are the result of research and development by scientists and doctors from China and the United States. Our GMP facilities in China, consisting of nine independent cell production lines, are designed, certified and managed according to U.S. standards.  To learn more about CBMG, please visit:

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, trends, specific activities or investments, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include risks inherent in doing business, trends affecting the global economy, including the devaluation of the RMB by China in August 2015 and other risks detailed from time to time in CBMG’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, quarterly reports on form 10-Q, current reports on form 8-K and annual reports on form 10-K. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as "may," "will," "expects," "plans," "intends," "estimates," "potential," or "continue," or similar terms or the negative of these terms. Although CBMG believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they cannot guarantee that future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements will be obtained. CBMG does not have any obligation to update these forward-looking statements other than as required by law.

Sarah Kelly 
Director of Corporate Communications, CBMG
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Vivian Chen
Managing Director Investor Relations, Grayling
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