Kiromic BioPharma Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Continued Corporate Progress

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Upcoming Investigational New Drug Application Submissions

Facility Expansion in Houston, TX

Leon Office, Asia, Strategic Marketing Agreement

SBA Loan Extinguishment

Research Grant Agreement with University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Kiromic BioPharma (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 quarterly results for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and provided an update on its corporate developments.

"Kiromic BioPharma achieved important scientific and operational milestones during the year that we believe have us well positioned for preparing our staff and our facilities for the first in-human dosing in Q3 2021," said Dr. Maurizio Chiriva-Internati, PhD, CEO and President of Kiromic BioPharma. "We are thankful to our employees and collaborators who have maintained this high level of execution this year. From their efforts, we plan to submit two investigational new drug applications to the United States Food and Drug Administration by the end of May 2021."

Our approach and goal are to defeat cancer by developing immunotherapies by improving target discovery and validation. With better targets, we believe our therapies will be more effective than the current array of immunotherapies using older targets.

Corporate and Scientific Highlights

Events Occurring during the three months ended March 31, 2021

  • Facility Expansion in Houston, TX - On March 22, 2021, we executed a lease expansion within our premises in Houston, TX. The amended lease agreement will commence on August 1, 2021 under an operating lease agreement that is noncancelable from commencement until May 1, 2024. The amended lease agreement adds approximately 15,385 square feet to the current facility. Total square feet will be approximately 38,223 square feet.

  • Leon Office, Asia, Strategic Marketing Agreement – On January 28, 2021, we executed a strategic alliance agreement with Leon Office, Asia (H.K.) ("Leon") a company established under existing laws of Hong Kong. Leon will act as an independent business development advisor on the behalf of the Company. Leon will seek to introduce organizations and individuals that will create business development opportunities for the Company, to expand the Company’s reach to international markets with a focus on certain Asian markets and to increase brand recognition and exposure through developing liaisons, collaborations, branches and subsidiaries. They will also use commercially reasonable efforts to research the Asian market, with a primary, but not exclusive, focus on determining the most suitable structures for the development of medical partnerships or joint ventures with scientific partners in the Asian market with a mission to test products to be created by the joint venture resulting from such partnership and to develop validation programs for any products produced by such joint venture, including programs for clinical trials and human testing and, ultimately, for product certification. The cost of the agreement is $360,000 annually, payable in four quarterly installments.

  • SBA Loan Extinguishment - On February 16, 2021 the Small Business Administration ("SBA") granted forgiveness of our SBA loan and all applicable interest. On the date of forgiveness, the principal and accrued interest totaled $105,800. The forgiveness was classified as a gain on loan extinguishment in the consolidated statement of operations.

Events occurring after March 31, 2021 until May 14, 2021

  • Research Grant Agreement with University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – On April 8, 2021, we entered into a letter of intent (the "Letter of Intent") with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ("MD Anderson") pursuant to which MD Anderson shall receive a research grant from us entitled, "Validation of biomarker isomeso for pancreatic cancer," which is aimed at discovering new cancer-specific antigen targets (the "Grant"). The total costs to us to be paid in connection with the Grant shall be $300,000. Pursuant to the Letter of Intent, the Grant shall commence on April 1, 2021 and end on March 31, 2022.

  • Upcoming Investigational New Drug Application Submissions – We are planning to submit two investigational new drug ("IND") applications to the United States Food and Drug Administration by the end of May 2021. These INDs will be for our ALEXIS-PRO-1 and ALEXIS-ISO-1 product candidates. ALEXIS-PRO-1 is our allogeneic gamma delta chimeric T cell therapy product candidate targeting PD-L1. ALEXIS-ISO-1 is our allogenic gamma delta CAR-T cell therapy product candidate targeting Isomesothelin (the isoform of Mesothelin).

Q1 2021 Financial Highlights

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $7,335,300 as of March 31, 2021, compared to $10,150,500 as of December 31, 2020. The difference is attributable to cash outflows of $2,635,900, $44,700, and $134,600 for operating activities, investing activities, and financing activities respectively.

R&D Expenses: Our research and development expenses increased by $857,500, (83.41%), to $1,885,600 for the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase was attributable to increased headcount, manufacturing, and experimentation costs for our ALEXIS-ISO-1 product candidate.

G&A Expenses: Our general and administrative expenses increased by $1,246,400, (151.15%), to $2,071,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 from $824,600 for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This increase was primarily due to increased headcount, stock compensation expenses from prior year grant modifications, and professional services.

Net Loss: Our net loss increased to $3,854,500 during the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $1,852,700 during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

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 www.kiromic.com.

Forward-looking Statements

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KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

March 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

Assets

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,335,300

$

10,150,500

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

513,500

588,800

Total current assets

7,848,800

10,739,300

Property and equipment, net

2,279,500

2,066,000

Other assets

24,400

24,400

Total Assets

$

10,152,700

$

12,829,700

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

1,203,200

$

665,200

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

268,900

334,200

Interest payable

200

Loan payable

105,600

Note payable

227,800

362,400

Total current liabilities

1,699,900

1,467,600

Total Liabilities

1,699,900

1,467,600

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)

Stockholders’ Equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value: 300,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 7,332,999 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020

1,200

1,200

Additional paid-in capital

53,933,900

52,988,700

Accumulated deficit

(45,482,300

)

(41,627,800

)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

8,452,800

11,362,100

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

10,152,700

$

12,829,700

KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

2020

Operating expenses:

Research and development

$

1,885,600

$

1,028,100

General and administrative

2,071,000

824,600

Total operating expenses

3,956,600

1,852,700

Loss from operations

(3,956,600

)

(1,852,700

)

Other income (expense)

Gain on loan extinguishment

105,800

Interest expense

(3,700

)

Total other expense

102,100

Net loss

$

(3,854,500

)

$

(1,852,700

)

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.53

)

$

(0.78

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

7,332,999

2,863,812

KIROMIC BIOPHARMA, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(3,854,500

)

$

(1,852,700

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used for operating activities:

Depreciation

95,600

33,800

Stock compensation expense

945,200

456,000

Gain on loan extinguishment

(105,800

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

75,400

(99,700

)

Accounts payable

273,600

(35,200

)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(65,400

)

17,500

Net cash used for operating activities

(2,635,900

)

(1,480,300

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(44,700

)

(406,300

)

Net cash used for investing activities

(44,700

)

(406,300

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Repayments of note payable

(134,600

)

Proceeds from Series B Preferred Stock issuance

3,000,000

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(134,600

)

3,000,000

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(2,815,200

)

1,113,400

Cash and cash equivalents:

Beginning of year

10,150,500

1,929,100

End of period

$

7,335,300

$

3,042,500

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:

Accruals for property and equipment

$

264,400

$

230,700

Cash paid for interest on note payable

$

3,700

$

Warrants underlying Series B Preferred Stock issuance

$

$

2,668,300

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Contacts

Tony Tontat
Chief Financial Officer
628-777-3167
Bus.dev@kiromic.com

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