Cellectar Reports Financial Results for Year Ended 2022 and Provides a Corporate Update

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., March 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLRB), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted treatments for cancer, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2022 and provided a corporate update.

Fourth Quarter and Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Presented preclinical data on the CLR 12120 series of targeted alpha therapies (TATs) at the 13th Annual World ADC Conference. The presentation, entitled: “Novel Conjugates – Radiotherapies,” given by Cellectar’s Chief Operating Officer, Jarrod Longcor, highlighted data demonstrating the versatility of the phospholipid ether (PLE) targeting platform and the potential of the company’s alpha emitting precision medicines, supporting further development.

  • Announced that Cellectar, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and Drs. Jamey Weichert and Anatoly Pinchuk have resolved a lawsuit filed by Cellectar in October 2021 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin concerning employee contracts and intellectual property rights in certain intellectual property pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The parties cannot further comment on that resolution, except to note that (i) all claims against Drs. Weichert and Pinchuk have been voluntarily dismissed, and (ii) Cellectar has secured an irrevocable, non-exclusive license to the patents at issue in the lawsuit.

  • Announced Shane Lea as chief commercial officer, overseeing all marketing and commercialization efforts for Cellectar as it prepares for data from its pivotal trial in Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia.

  • Appointed Dr. Andrei Shustov as senior vice president, medical to lead and provide oversight on all aspects of the Company’s clinical development program, medical affairs, and medical communications.

  • Announced that a patient with primary central nervous system lymphoma enrolled in its Phase 2 CLOVER-1 Trial demonstrated a complete response according to the 2005 Response Criteria for CNS Lymphoma with total resolution of the tumor on imaging studies.

“2022 was highly productive for Cellectar. We currently have 43 global sites actively recruiting patients for our pivotal study in Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM). In parallel, our technology demonstrated consistently positive outcomes across multiple indications. At the American Society of Hematology Conference, we presented a 50% response rate achieved by iopofosine in post BCMA multiple myeloma patients and successfully concluded our phase 1a pediatric study and will initiate a phase 1b for High Grade Gliomas supported by a $2 million NCI grant. We also reported the extraordinary complete response in a patient with relapsed/refractory CNS lymphoma further demonstrating iopofosine’s ability to cross the blood/brain barrier and target cancer,” said James Caruso, president and CEO of Cellectar. “Importantly, we strengthened our commercial leadership with several key hires, including Shane Lea, who has launched six new hematology/oncology products, and Dr. Andrei Shustov, who provides a wealth of hematology/oncology clinical as well as study experience.”

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Cash and Cash Equivalents: As of December 31, 2022, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $19.9 million, compared to $35.7 million as of December 31, 2021. Net cash used in operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2022 was approximately $25.2 million. The company believes its cash on hand is adequate to fund budgeted operations into the fourth quarter of 2023.

  • Research and Development Expense: R&D expense for the year ended December 31, 2022 was approximately $19.2 million, compared to approximately $17.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. The overall increase in research and development expense was primarily a result of an increase in manufacturing and costs related to production sourcing and pre-clinical costs.

  • General and Administrative Expense: G&A expense for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $9.5 million, compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2021. The increase in G&A costs was primarily a result of increased professional fees, a portion of which were non-recurring, as well as travel and personnel costs.

  • Net Loss: The net loss attributable to common stockholders for the year ended December 31, 2022 was ($28.6) million, or ($4.05) per share, compared to ($24.1) million, or ($4.35) per share, in the year ended December 31, 2021.

About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.
Cellectar Biosciences is focused on the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company is developing proprietary drugs independently and through research and development collaborations. The company’s core objective is to leverage its proprietary Phospholipid Drug Conjugate™ (PDC) delivery platform to develop PDCs that specifically target cancer cells to deliver improved efficacy and better safety as a result of fewer off-target effects. The company’s PDC platform possesses the potential for the discovery and development of the next-generation of cancer-targeting treatments, and it plans to develop PDCs independently and through research and development collaborations.

The company’s product pipeline includes iopofosine, a small-molecule PDC designed to provide targeted delivery of iodine-131 (radioisotope), proprietary preclinical PDC chemotherapeutic programs and multiple partnered PDC assets. The company is currently investigating iopofosine in a global, open-label, pivotal expansion cohort in relapsed or refractory WM patients who have received at least two prior lines of therapy, including those who have failed or had a suboptimal response to Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitors. The WM cohort will enroll up to 50 patients to evaluate the efficacy and safety of iopofosine for marketing approval. The company is also evaluating iopofosine in highly refractory multiple myeloma patients in its Phase 2 CLOVER-1 study and relapsed/refractory pediatric cancer patients with sarcomas or brain tumors in the Phase 1 CLOVER-2 study.

The Phase 1 pediatric study is an open-label, sequential-group, dose-escalation study to evaluate the safety and tolerability of iopofosine in children and adolescents with relapsed or refractory cancers, including malignant brain tumors, neuroblastoma, sarcomas, and lymphomas (including Hodgkin’s lymphoma). The Phase 1 study is being conducted internationally at seven leading pediatric cancer centers.

The company has established exclusivity on a broad U.S. and international intellectual property rights portfolio around its proprietary cancer-targeting PLE technology platform, including iopofosine and its PDC programs.

In addition to the company’s exclusivity to iopofosine and its phospholipid ethers conjugated to small molecules, peptides, and oligos, the company now has non-exclusive rights to the use of the phospholipid ether platform when conjugating with a chelator to bind select metal radioisotopes.

For more information, please visit www.cellectar.com and www.wmclinicaltrial.com or join the conversation by liking and following us on the company’s social media channels: TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer
This news release contains forward-looking statements. You can identify these statements by our use of words such as "may," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate," "continue," "plans," or their negatives or cognates. These statements are only estimates and predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future experience and results to differ materially from the statements made. These statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations as to such future outcomes including our expectations of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drug discovery and development involve a high degree of risk. Factors that might cause such a material difference include, among others, uncertainties related to the ability to raise additional capital, uncertainties related to the disruptions at our sole source supplier of iopofosine, the ability to attract and retain partners for our technologies, the identification of lead compounds, the successful preclinical development thereof, patient enrollment and the completion of clinical studies, the FDA review process and other government regulation, our ability to maintain orphan drug designation in the United States for iopofosine, the volatile market for priority review vouchers, our pharmaceutical collaborators' ability to successfully develop and commercialize drug candidates, competition from other pharmaceutical companies, product pricing and third-party reimbursement. A complete description of risks and uncertainties related to our business is contained in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.


Monique Kosse
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors



    December 31,   December 31,
       2022     2021  
CURRENT ASSETS:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 19,866,358     $ 35,703,975  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     663,243       867,485  
Total current assets     20,529,601       36,571,460  
Fixed assets, net     418,641       344,491  
Right-of-use asset, net     560,334       204,644  
Long-term assets     75,000       75,000  
Other assets     6,214       6,214  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 21,589,790     $ 37,201,809  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 5,478,443     $ 3,854,914  
Lease liability     50,847       135,449  
Total current liabilities     5,529,290       3,990,363  
Lease liability, net of current portion     552,981       166,292  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     6,082,271       4,156,655  
Series D preferred stock: 111 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively     1,382,023       1,382,023  
Common stock, $0.00001 par value; 160,000,000 shares authorized; 9,385,272 and 6,110,125 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively     94       61  
Additional paid-in capital     193,624,445       182,560,859  
Accumulated deficit     (179,499,043 )     (150,897,789 )
Total stockholders’ equity     15,507,519       33,045,154  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   $ 21,589,790     $ 37,201,809  


    Year Ended December 31,
       2022     2021  
Research and development   $ 19,219,603     $ 17,586,469  
General and administrative     9,594,170       6,544,811  
Total costs and expenses     28,813,773       24,131,280  
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS     (28,813,773 )     (24,131,280 )
OTHER INCOME:            
Other income           6,634  
Interest income, net     152,519       2,284  
Total other income, net     152,519       8,918  
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES     (28,661,254 )     (24,122,362 )
INCOME TAX BENEFIT     (60,000 )      
NET LOSS   $ (28,601,254 )   $ (24,122,362 )

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