PDS Biotechnology Corp. (PDSB) – PDS Licenses Merck’s IL-12 Used In Its Combination Studies

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Wednesday, January 04, 2023

PDS Biotech is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of molecularly targeted cancer and infectious disease immunotherapies based on the Company’s proprietary Versamune® and Infectimune™ T-cell activating technology platforms. Our Versamune®-based products have demonstrated the potential to overcome the limitations of current immunotherapy by inducing in vivo, large quantities of high-quality, highly potent polyfunctional tumor specific CD4+ helper and CD8+ killer T-cells. PDS Biotech has developed multiple therapies, based on combinations of Versamune® and disease-specific antigens, designed to train the immune system to better recognize diseased cells and effectively attack and destroy them. The Company’s pipeline products address various cancers including HPV16-associated cancers (anal, cervical, head and neck, penile, vaginal, vulvar) and breast, colon, lung, prostate and ovarian cancers.

Robert LeBoyer, Vice President, Research Analyst, Life Sciences , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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License Gives Exclusive Rights To M9241. PDS Bio announced a licensing agreement with Merck KGaA covering M9241, the proprietary IL-12 tumor-targeting cytokine used in its Phase 2 Triple Therapy combination study. As discussed in our Research Note on December 29, most recent results have shown significant improvement in outcomes for these patients. Since PDS did not have commercial rights to M9241 before the licensing agreement, we believe this is a highly positive development.

Licensing Terms Are Favorable For Both Companies. The license agreement gives PDS exclusive worldwide rights to M9241. PDS will take over all development, manufacturing, and commercialization, while Merck continues to supply the drug during the transition. PDS will pay Merck a licensing fee of $5 million in cash and $5 million in its common stock, consisting of 378,787 shares or about 1.3% of the shares outstanding. Merck will receive development and regulatory milestones of up to $11 million for the first two indications, as well as commercial milestones of up to $105 million plus 10% royalties on initial sales.

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