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VBL Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

November 15, 2021

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  • Data from multiple VB-111 clinical trials expected in 2022, including the progression free survival (PFS) co-primary endpoint from the Phase 3 OVAL study expected in the second half of 2022

  • More than 85% of the planned 400 patients in the OVAL Phase 3 study evaluating VB-111 in platinum resistant ovarian cancer have been enrolled; remains on track to complete enrollment in the first quarter of 2022

  • VB-601, a monoclonal antibody targeting monocytes for prevalent and chronic inflammatory disorders, expected to enter the clinic in the second half of 2022

TEL AVIV, Israel and NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class therapeutics for difficult-to-treat malignant solid tumors and immune or inflammatory indications, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, and provided a corporate update.

“We continue to execute on our development and strategic objectives which we believe positions 2022 as a potentially transformational year for VBL,” said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL. “We look forward to completing the enrollment in the Phase 3 OVAL study in the first quarter of 2022 and the PFS co-primary endpoint top-line data readout in the second half of 2022. We also expect to initiate a first-in-human trial with VB-601, our monocyte targeting program, in the second half of 2022. With the recent strengthening of our management and board of directors, together with our newly established presence in the United States, we are taking important steps to prepare VBL for continued growth and the planned commercialization of VB-111.”

Third Quarter of 2021 and Recent Corporate Highlights

Development Programs

  • More than 85% of the planned 400 patients have been enrolled in the OVAL study, a global registration-enabling Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating VB-111 in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
  • The independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) conducted its fifth pre-planned data review of the OVAL study and provided clearance to proceed as planned with no changes to the protocol.
  • The Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls group of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provided VBL clearance of VB-111 batches produced in its commercial-scale facility located in Modiin, Israel, for use in the Company’s clinical trials in the United States.
  • Enrollment continues in the VB-111 investigator-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (rGBM) and metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with preliminary data expected from the mCRC study in the first half of 2022 and the rGBM study in the second half of 2022.
  • IND-enabling toxicology studies are underway for VB-601, a monoclonal antibody targeting monocytes for prevalent and chronic inflammatory disorders, and VBL expects to initiate a first-in-human clinical trial for the program in the second half of 2022.


  • Further strengthened the management team with the appointment of Sam Backenroth as chief financial officer. In connection with the appointment, VBL established U.S. operations in New York, as the company prepares for anticipated growth.
  • Enhanced the board of directors (Board) with the appointments of Alison Finger and Michael Rice, who bring significant commercialization and capital markets expertise to VBL. Also completed the planned chairman succession to Marc Kozin, who initially joined the Board as vice chairman in October 2020.

Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2021

  • At September 30, 2021, VBL had cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and restricted bank deposits of $50.8 million. After September 30, 2021, the company received a further $9.6 million in proceeds from warrant exercises. VBL expects that its cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits, and restricted bank deposits will be sufficient to fund currently planned operating expenses and capital expenditures into the fourth quarter of 2023.
  • For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, VBL reported a net loss of $6.5 million, or ($0.09) per basic share, compared to a net loss of $5.8 million, or ($0.12) per basic share, in the comparable period in 2020.
  • Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, were $0.2 million, as compared to $0.2 million in the comparable period in 2020.
  • For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, total operating expenses were approximately $6.6 million, consisting of $5.0 million in research and development expenses, net, and $1.6 million in general and administrative expenses. This compares with total operating expenses of $5.9 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, which was comprised of $4.6 million in research and development expenses, net, and $1.3 million in general and administrative expenses.
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About VBL Therapeutics

Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics (VBL), is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for difficult-to-treat malignant solid tumors and immune or inflammatory indications. VBL’s novel VTS™ gene-targeting platform and antibody-based monocyte targeting technology enable the creation of a pipeline of programs that harness the body’s innate biological processes to provide unique solutions for significant unmet medical needs. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111; `ofra-vec`), is an investigational, first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent in development to treat a wide range of solid tumors. VB-111 is currently being studied in a Phase 3 registration-enabling trial (NCT03398655) for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. To learn more about VBL, please visit or follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook.

About the OVAL Phase 3 Clinical Trial

The OVAL study (VB-111-701/GOG-3018) is a global Phase 3 randomized, pivotal registration-enabling clinical trial comparing a combination of VB-111 and paclitaxel to placebo plus paclitaxel, in adult patients with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. The trial has two primary endpoints: progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Successfully meeting either primary endpoint has the potential to support a biologics license application (BLA). The OVAL study is being conducted in collaboration with the GOG Foundation, Inc., an independent international non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting excellence in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the timing of data readouts for multiple VB-111 clinical trials, timing of completion of enrollment in the Oval Phase 3 study, timing of the initiation of a first-in-human trial for VB-601, statements regarding 2022 being a transformational year and the impact of the U.S. presence, and other statements regarding VBL’s plans and beliefs regarding its programs, including their clinical development, therapeutic potential and clinical results. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include uncertainties associated generally with the development of pharmaceutical product candidates, and include risks associated with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals, the risk that historical clinical trial results may not be predictive of future trial results, that VBL’s financial resources do not last for as long as anticipated, and that VBL may not realize the expected benefits of its intellectual property protection. In particular, the DSMC recommendation that the OVAL study proceed is not assurance that the study will meet its co-primary endpoints of PFS and OS once completed, or that VBL will obtain positive results to support further development of this candidate. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in VBL’s regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2020, and subsequent filings with the SEC. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. VBL undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

Erez Feige, VP Business Operations 


  September 30,
    December 31,
  U.S. dollars in thousands  
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 25,278     $ 13,184  
Restricted bank deposits   -       151  
Short-term bank deposits   25,167       17,110  
Trade receivables   -       129  
Other current assets   912       1,419  
Total current assets   51,357       31,993  
Non-current assets:              
Restricted bank deposits   362       362  
Long-term prepaid expenses   201       241  
Funds in respect of employee rights upon retirement   341       354  
Property, plant and equipment, net   6,752       6,632  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   2,127       2,124  
Total non-current assets   9,783       9,713  
Total assets $ 61,140     $ 41,706  
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable:              
Trade $ 2,330     $ 1,960  
Other   4,095       4,275  
Deferred revenue   679       725  
Current maturity of operating leases liability   508       393  
Current maturity of finance lease liability   -       106  
Total current liabilities $ 7,612     $ 7,459  
Non-current liabilities:              
Liability for employee rights upon retirement   456       474  
Deferred revenue   176       704  
Operating lease liability   1,884       2,029  
Other non-current liability   173       123  
Total non-current liabilities   2,689       3,330  
Total liabilities $ 10,301     $ 10,789  
Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, 615,366 shares at redemption value   1,598       -  
Shareholders’ equity:              
Ordinary shares, NIS 0.01 par value; Authorized as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, 150,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 61,953,091 and 48,187,463 shares, respectively (excluding 615,366 and -0- shares subject to possible redemption, as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)   149       108  
Additional paid in capital   293,502       252,561  
Warrants   8,556       10,401  
Accumulated deficit   (252,966 )     (232,153 )
Total equity   49,241       30,917  
Total liabilities, ordinary shares subject to possible redemption and shareholders’ equity $ 61,140     $ 41,706  


  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
  September 30,     September 30,  
  2021     2020     2021     2020  
  U.S. dollars in thousands  
Revenues $ 199     $ 193     $ 572     $ 717  
Cost of revenues   (91 )     (132 )     (270 )     (298 )
Gross profit   108       61       302       419  
Research and development expenses, net $ 4,996     $ 4,600     $ 16,407     $ 13,773  
General and administrative expenses   1,625       1,283       4,779       3,960  
Operating loss   6,513       5,822       20,884       17,314  
Financial income   (19 )     (56 )     (106 )     (391 )
Financial expenses   8       13       35       39  
Financial income, net   (11 )     (43 )     (71 )     (352 )
Net loss and comprehensive loss $ 6,502     $ 5,779     $ 20,813     $ 16,962  

  U.S. dollars  
Loss per share                              
Basic and diluted $ 0.09     $ 0.12     $ 0.33     $ 0.40  

  Number of shares  
Weighted average shares outstanding                              
Basic and diluted   70,298,677       47,896,747       63,530,781       42,222,603  

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