Third-quarter 2009 financial results of Antigenics announced

Antigenics Inc. (NASDAQ: AGEN) reported today its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The company incurred a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $10.8 million, or $0.13 per share, basic and diluted, for the third quarter of 2009, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders in the third quarter of 2008 of $11.4 million, or $0.17 per share, basic and diluted. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the company incurred a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $32.8 million, or $0.43 per share, basic and diluted, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $35.5 million, or $0.57 per share, basic and diluted, for the comparable period in 2008. The company’s net cash burn (cash used in operating activities plus capital expenditures and dividend payments) for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was $5.8 million and $8.2 million, respectively. The company’s net cash burn for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008 was $21.3 million and $24.4 million, respectively. The 2009 net cash burn primarily reflects the company’s efforts to support Oncophage in Russia, Europe, and other territories, while also executing cost containment efforts. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments amounted to $34.0 million as of September 30, 2009.

Third Quarter 2009 Corporate Update

  • The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency advised the company at an oral meeting to anticipate a negative opinion on the marketing authorization application for Oncophage® (vitespen) in early-stage, localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC), or kidney cancer. Antigenics is currently evaluating its options to determine the best path forward.
  • The Brain Tumor Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), initiated a new Phase 2 clinical trial of Oncophage in combination with the standard of care - radiation therapy plus Temodar® (temozolomide) - for newly diagnosed glioma patients. The investigator-sponsored study will evaluate median overall survival, progression-free survival and immunologic response.
  • Data from an ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial that is testing Oncophage in recurrent glioma patients was recently presented at the Society of Neuro-Oncology meeting. Results reported in the first 20 patients treated with Oncophage show a median survival of 10.1 months, and to date six patients (30 percent) have survived at or beyond 12 months. These early data show an improvement in overall survival over the previous long-standing historical median survival of 6.5 months, which is also slightly favorable to the recently reported median survival of 9.2 months1 with Avastin® (bevacizumab) in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma.
  • Pre-launch activities for Oncophage in intermediate-risk RCC in Russia continue, as the company explores potential government reimbursement. Antigenics is also exploring the possibility of making Oncophage available to patients in various territories through named patient and similar programs.
  • Antigenics signed an amended and restated license agreement for use of the QS-21 adjuvant in ACC-001, a Phase 2 vaccine under development by JANSSEN Alzheimer Immunotherapy, which recently acquired Elan’s Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program. They will now have the right to manufacture QS-21 for this indication, and the agreement calls for upfront and milestone payments to Antigenics, as well as royalties for at least 10 years after first commercial sale.
  • Four vaccines containing QS-21 under development by partners such as GlaxoSmithKline are currently being tested in Phase 3 clinical trials, with eight in Phase 2, three in Phase 1, and several in preclinical development. Antigenics is generally entitled to receive milestones as products advance in development as well as royalties for at least 10 years after commercial launch with minimal associated expense.
  • In August, Antigenics raised $20 million through two separate private placements of common stock and warrants to various institutional investors. Net proceeds to the company were nearly $18.6 million. At the company’s current net cash burn rate, it has sufficient funds to sustain operations into 2011.
  • In the third quarter of 2009, Antigenics further reduced its debt balance through the exchange of 424,330 common shares for approximately $1.3 million in face value of its 2005 convertible notes. This resulted in a net gain of approximately $167,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The total amount of debt extinguished to date is expected to result in annualized savings of $1.6 million in cash interest.

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