Kiromic BioPharma Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Continued Corporate Progress

Nov 30, 2020

Provisional patent filing titled, “Mesothelin Isoform Binding Molecules and Uses Thereof”

Completed external validation of clinical samples of key Isoform Mesothelin targets

Completed Construction of Vivarium and Clean Room Facilities at the Houston Offices

HOUSTON--()--Kiromic BioPharma (“the Company”) (NASDAQ: KRBP), a pre-clinical stage biotechnology company using its proprietary DIAMOND® artificial intelligence (“A.I.”) platform to improve drug discovery and development with a therapeutic focus on immune-oncology, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, and provided an update on its corporate developments.

“Kiromic BioPharma achieved important scientific and operational milestones during the quarter that have us well positioned for growth as we focus on being the leader in A.I.-enabled immune-oncology drug development,” said Dr. Maurizio Chiriva-Internati, CEO and President of Kiromic BioPharma. “We are thankful to our employees and collaborators who have maintained this high level of execution in the middle of the hard challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through their efforts, as of today nothing has come to our attention causing us to believe that we are not poised to file our two INDs for Epithelial Ovarian Cancer during 4Q-2020. The first IND will be our chimeric PD1 for ovarian cancer, and the second IND will be our isoform mesothelin in ovarian cancer.”

Subsequent to the quarter end, on October 20, 2020, we completed a successful IPO, raising gross proceeds of $15,000,000, significantly strengthening the Company’s balance sheet to support the continued development of our promising pipeline of targeted cancer therapies. Our approach and goal is to defeat cancer by developing immunotherapies that rely on improving target discovery and validation. With better targets, we believe our therapies will be more effective than the current crop of immunotherapies using older targets.

Corporate and Scientific Highlights

  • Intellectual Property Application Filing – Kiromic BioPharma (“The Company”) filed a United States provisional patent application on July 6, 2020, entitled "Mesothelin Isoform Binding Molecules and Uses Thereof,” that discloses engineered gamma-delta T cells containing mesothelin isoform-directed molecules. This provisional application is expected to expire on July 7, 2021, and the Company plans to file at least an international PCT patent application claiming priority to the provisional application before it expires. The Company plans to build at least one patent family directed to engineered allogeneic effector cells, in support of its development of off-the-shelf allogeneic immunotherapy treatments to patients with indications of Isoform Mesothelin Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, and Isoform Mesothelin Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.
  • External Validation of Targets - The Company completed external validation of Isoform Mesothelin targets including mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer during the 3 months ended September 30, 2020.
  • Clean Rooms and Vivarium Facility Construction Completion - The Company completed construction of an $820,000 leasehold improvement located at the Houston, TX based offices. The asset contains a current Good Lab Practices (“cGLP”) Vivarium Facility, and current Good Manufacturing Practices (“cGMP”) Clean Rooms for clinical manufacturing. The cGLP Vivarium is currently being used to perform key in vivo non-clinical research to support the Company’s clinical initiatives through an Initial New Drug (“IND”) filing with the FDA. The cGMP suite consists of 5 clean rooms which will be used to manufacture the Company’s off-the-shelf allogeneic therapies during clinical trials. Management plans to commence clinical trials only if IND applications are approved by the FDA.

Q3 2020 Financial Highlights

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $469,300 as of September 30, 2020, compared to $1,929,100 as of December 31, 2019. The decrease was primarily due to cash outflows of $3,557,200 and $1,013,100 attributable to operating activities and investing activities, respectively. The offsetting cash inflows of $3,110,500 was attributed to financing activities related to the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock issuance along with proceeds net of repayments from the Paycheck Protection Program loan.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $1,225,700 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to $272,100 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to augmented headcount, increased square footage to our Houston, TX leased facilities, and in-vitro experimentation costs.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $1,190,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to $607,400 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. This increase was primarily due to personnel expenses.

Net Loss: Net loss was $2,415,700 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to a net loss of $886,900 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Dr. Chiriva-Internati continued, “Developing live-cell therapies by leveraging artificial intelligence is central to transforming the cost and efficiency of the immune-oncology field and improving the potential for off-the-shelf therapies for cancer patients. We believe our approach will help us design more efficient pre-clinical validation studies and more targeted clinical trials, thereby accelerating our drug candidates’ time to approval and eventually to market. DIAMOND is central to our process in achieving this outcome rapidly and with reduced costs,” concluded Dr. Chiriva-Internati.

About Kiromic BioPharma

Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. is a preclinical stage biopharmaceutical company which is focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel immune-oncology applications through its robust product pipeline, which are in the pre-IND validation stages of the United States Food and Drug Administration clinical trial process. The pipeline development is leveraged through the Company’s proprietary target discovery engine called "DIAMOND." Kiromic's DIAMOND is big data science meeting target identification, dramatically compressing man-years and billions of drug development dollars to develop a live drug. The Company maintains offices in Houston, Texas. The Company has not generated any revenues to date. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets




September 30,



December 31,









Current Assets:







Cash and cash equivalents



$        469,300




$      1,929,100











Prepaid expenses and other current assets








Total current assets









Property and equipment, net









Other assets
















Total Assets



———————$    3,180,100




———————$    2,652,700









Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:







Current Liabilities:







Accounts payable



$    1,672,900




$       452,400


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities









Loan payable








Total current liabilities
















Total Liabilities
















Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)







Stockholders’ Equity:







Series A‑1 Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value: 24,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 21,822,301 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019









Series B Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value: 16,500,000 and 14,130,435 shares authorized as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 16,391,397 and 9,869,659 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively









Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value: 19,500,000 and 21,869,565 shares authorized as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; 0 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019







Common stock: 300,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 4,989,269 and 2,863,812 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively







Additional paid-in capital









Accumulated deficit









Total Stockholders’ Equity
















Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity



———————$      3,180,100




———————$      2,652,700




Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations





Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,——————————————


September 30,——————————————










Operating expenses:













Research and development



$      1,225,700




$          272,100




$       3,526,100




$          601,500


General and administrative

















Total operating expenses

















Loss from operations

















Other expense













Interest expense

















Total other expense

















Net loss



$    (2,415,700)




$        (886,900)




$   (15,635,300)




$    (1,558,200)


Net loss per share, basic and diluted



$             (0.65)




$              (0.32)




$              (4.39)




$             (0.55)


Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted



















Tony Tontat
Chief Financial Officer

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