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Hemogenyx Pharma Plc - Interim Results for the period ended 30 June 2020

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Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals PLC
30 September 2020
 

30 September 2020

 

 

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals plc

("Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals" or "the Company")

 

Half-year Report

Interim Results for the period ended 30 June 2020

 

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals plc (LSE: HEMO), the Standard Listed biopharmaceutical group developing therapies designed to transform blood disease treatment, announces unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020.

 

All financial amounts are stated in GBP British pounds unless otherwise indicated.

 

Key highlights

 

CAR-T cells

·    Successfully constructed Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) programmed T cells ("HEMO-CAR-T") for the potential treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and tested in vitro and in vivo

·    Post period end, entered into a Sponsored Research Agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to advance HEMO-CAR-T toward clinical trials; the agreement is envisaged as the first step of a larger programme that aims to achieve clinical proof of concept for HEMO-CAR-T for the treatment of AML

 

CDX bi-specific antibodies

·    Extended development agreement with a leading global pharmaceutical company ("GlobalCo") to finalise manufacturability work and successfully bring CDX bi-specific antibody to a state of readiness for pre-clinical development

·    Discussions regarding a potential licensing deal are continuing with GlobalCo following the extension of the Development Agreement

 

COVID-19 Project

·    Deployment of groundbreaking research capabilities and technologies to develop treatments for COVID-19: using its humanised mice the Company seeks to discover human neutralising antibodies that could be used to fight SARS-CoV-2 infections, the virus that causes COVID-19

 

Autoimmune diseases

·    Entered into an agreement with Eli Lilly and Company in June 2020 to perform research and development activities aimed at the discovery and validation of novel materials to be used for the treatment of Lupus 

 

Human Postnatal Hemogenic Endothelial Cell ("Hu-PHEC") cell therapy

·    A patent application entitled Post-Natal Hemogenic Endothelial Cells and Their Isolation and Use was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a corresponding patent was granted by the European Patent Office

 

Funding

·    Raised a total of £3.15 million through the issue of equity in January and June to support the Company's drug development programmes and for working capital

 

Fuller details on these developments are contained in the Interim Management Report below.

 

Commenting on the Outlook for Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals, Sir Marc Feldmann, Chairman, said:

"The Board is very pleased with the progress being made with the development of CDX bi-specific antibodies and the development of CAR-T technology for the treatment of leukaemia, as well as the potential value that can be created through the Company's updated humanised mouse model. The Company's efforts to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic and other viral pathogens are of special importance. The Board believes that the Company is well advanced on the planned development steps for its CDX antibodies, and will provide further updates to shareholders as we progress toward the completion of our collaboration with GlobalCo and enter pre-clinical development. In all, the Company is on track to achieve the inflection point in its development to which I referred in the 2019 annual report."

 

 

Concert Party Update

 

At the time of the Company's admission to the Standard Listing segment of the Official List in October 2017, various shareholders were deemed to be acting in concert, further details of which are provided in the Silver Falcon plc prospectus which can be viewed on the Company's website. It has now been agreed with the Takeover Panel that this original concert party can be broken up into two smaller concert parties and several individual shareholders, none of which are interested in shares carrying 30% or more of the voting rights of the Company.

 

 

Interim Management Report

 

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals presents an update on the Company's activities for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

 

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals plc is the holding company for Hemogenyx LLC, a US-based biotechnology company developing new medicines and treatments to treat blood and autoimmune disease and to bring the curative power of bone marrow transplantation to a greater number of patients suffering from otherwise incurable life-threatening diseases.

 

The Company is developing several distinct and complementary product candidates, as well as a platform technology that it uses as an engine for novel product development. These products are:

 

CDX antibodies - CDX bi-specific antibodies for the treatment of AML and conditioning for bone marrow transplants. CDX antibodies act by redirecting a patient's own immune cells to eliminate unwanted leukaemic and blood stem cells, preparing a patient for bone marrow transplantation;

 

HEMO-CAR-T - CAR-T* cells for the treatment of AML and conditioning for bone marrow transplants;

 

Hu-PHEC - a cell replacement product using Human Postnatal Hemogenic Endothelial Cells to generate cancer-free, patient-matched blood stem cells after transplant into the patient;

 

Anti-SARS-CoV-2 - a neutralising antibody based treatment for COVID-19.

 

*CAR-T therapy is a treatment in which a patient's own T cells, a type of immune cell, are modified to recognise and kill the patient's cancer cells. The procedure involves: isolating T cells from the patient; modifying the isolated T cells in a laboratory using a CAR (Chimeric Antigen Receptor) gene construct (which allows the cells to recognise the patient's cancer); amplifying (growing to large numbers) the newly modified cells; and re-introducing the cells back into the patient.

 

The Company has also developed a platform technology for disease modelling and drug discovery:

 

Advanced Hematopoietic Chimeras ("AHC") - The Company has developed a new type of humanised mice to advance the development of its CDX antibodies. The unique properties of the AHC give them a functional human immune system that converts them into a platform technology that is opening up exciting opportunities for the Company. These include disease modelling (blood cancers and severe autoimmune diseases) and pre-clinical testing of novel drugs and treatments. AHC are a source of revenue for the Company via paid collaborations with biopharmaceutical companies and research institutions. In addition, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Immugenyx, LLC has developed Advanced peripheral blood Hematopoietic Chimeras ("ApbHC"), a novel type of humanised mouse that presents several advantages over other mouse models. Immugenyx was established by the Company to develop and commercialise the Company's humanised mice, and the new ApbHC represents a significant further development in that direction.

 

To date, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals has made impressive progress on its products whilst efficiently using the Company's limited financial resources. The Company's main areas of focus are to progress its CDX antibodies to readiness for clinical trials, to advance HEMO-CAR-T through pre-clinical development toward clinical trials, and to develop a novel treatment for COVID-19.

 

 

H1 progress update

 

During the first half of the year, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals made significant progress on several fronts:

 

CAR-T cells

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals successfully constructed and tested Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) programmed T cells ("HEMO-CAR-T") for the potential treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). HEMO-CAR-T was constructed using Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals' proprietary humanised monoclonal antibody against a target on the surface of AML cells. The Company has demonstrated that HEMO-CAR-T is able to programme human T cells (convert them into HEMO-CAR-T) to identify and destroy human AML-derived cells in vitro and in vivo.

Following the period end, the company entered into a Sponsored Research Agreement with the University of Pennsylvania ("Penn") designed to advance HEMO-CAR-T toward clinical trials. The agreement is envisaged as the first step of a larger programme that aims to achieve clinical proof of concept for HEMO-CAR-T for the treatment of AML.

Dr Saar Gill, Assistant Professor of Medicine, a hematologist-oncologist physician scientist and Scientific co-Director of the Cell Therapy and Transplantation programme at the University of Pennsylvania, serves as Principal Investigator on behalf of Penn. Dr Gill's laboratory is part of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies ("CCI") whose Director, Dr Carl H. June, conducted pioneering clinical trials of genetically engineered cells including CAR-T cells in patients with HIV and diverse forms of cancer. This work will significantly accelerate the development of the Company's CAR-T product candidate, putting it on a direct path to clinical trials and a possible new treatment for AML, for which there is currently no real effective treatment.

 

CDX bi-specific antibodies

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals extended its development agreement with a leading global pharmaceutical company ("GlobalCo") to finalise manufacturability work and successfully bring its CDX bi-specific antibody to a state of readiness for pre-clinical development. Preliminary discussions regarding a potential licensing deal are continuing with GlobalCo following the extension of the Development Agreement.

 

Humanised mice

The collaboration agreement with Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, on the development of a model of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is progressing.

 

Autoimmune diseases

The Company entered into a Biological Investigation and Material Supply Agreement with Eli Lilly and Company in June 2020 to perform research and development activities aimed at the discovery and validation of novel materials to be used for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus ("Lupus") and possibly other autoimmune diseases. This work complements the Company's own development efforts in these areas.

 

COVID-19 project

As announced in April 2020, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals is deploying its groundbreaking research capabilities and technologies to develop treatments for COVID-19. Using the exceptional characteristics of its ApbHC humanised mice, the Company seeks to discover human neutralising antibodies - antibodies that are typically developed by the human immune system to neutralise invading viral pathogens - that could be used to fight infections of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Company had already been developing treatments to be deployed against other viral pathogens prior to the onset of COVID-19, both independently and with a number of pharmaceutical company partners. The Company's ApbHC mice were developed in part as a discovery platform for the development of such treatments. Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals' scientists have been transplanting cells from blood samples from convalescent COVID-19 patients into its mice, with the goal of recreating and isolating a set of anti-SARS-CoV-2 virus antibodies.

In addition to the COVID-19 work, this initiative aims to demonstrate how the Company's technology can be deployed rapidly in emergencies in order to discover human neutralising antibodies against a host of viral pathogens, including mutations into possible new strains of COVID-19 and also what infectious disease experts in the bioprotection and biodefence sectors call "Disease X", meaning as-yet unknown viruses that may may break out and that may represent a similar or greater threat than the one presented by COVID-19.

 

Human Postnatal Hemogenic Endothelial Cell ("Hu-PHEC") cell therapy

The Company is developing Hu-PHEC, a cell replacement product candidate that aims to generate cancer-free, patient-matched blood stem cells after transplantation into the patient.

A patent application entitled Post-Natal Hemogenic Endothelial Cells and Their Isolation and Use was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and issued on 25 February 2020 as Patent Number 10,570,373. A corresponding patent was granted by the European Patent Office on 13 May 2020 as Patent Number 3068875.

 

 

Financial Results

 

During the six months ended 30 June 2020 the Company recorded a loss of £835,189 (H1 2019: £706,670 loss). The increase in loss from the comparable period in 2019 reflects a continued increase in operational development, and in particular diversification of activities, made possible by the fundraisings completed in January and June 2020.

 

The Company recorded consultancy income of £82,880 during the period ended 30 June 2020 (H1 2019: £82,763) which relates to funds received from a third party under a research collaboration programme associated with humanised mice.

 

The Company continued to draw on the cash provided by convertible loan facilities from Orgenesis Inc. for a maximum of US$2,000,000. As at 31 December 2019 a total of US$1,500,000 of the total facilities available had been drawn down, and the remaining US$500,000 was drawn down in February 2020.

 

On 30 January 2020 the Company announced that it had raised £648,200 before expenses through a placing and subscription of 36,011,116 ordinary shares at a price of 1.8p per share. An exercise of warrants at 5.25p per share resulted in the allotment and admission to trading on 22 May 2020 of 668,000 ordinary shares for a consideration of £35,070. The Company raised a further £2,500,000 before expenses on 5 June 2020 through an oversubscribed placing of 35,714,286 ordinary shares at a price of 7p per share.

 

 

Outlook

 

The Board remains very pleased with progress, in particular the rapid advances in the Company's new CAR-T project and its very significant partnership with the University of Pennsylvania that promise to accelerate the Company towards clinical trial stage. The finalisation of the CDX antibody research agreement with GlobalCo is also greatly anticipated, along with the outcome of commercial discussions with GlobalCo. The Company has been able to make strong progress across its main developments thanks to the exceptional productivity of its team of scientists. The Board believes that the Company is well advanced on the planned development steps that were described in the 2019 annual report and the goals set out for the use of  funds raised this year, and will provide further updates to shareholders as the Company progresses. The Company looks forward to the future with confidence.

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

§ the Half Year Report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the EU; and

 

§ gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and loss of the Group; and

 

§ the Half Year Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the set of interim financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

 

§ the Half Year Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being the information required on related party transactions.

 

 

The Half Year Report was approved by the Board of Directors and the above responsibility statement was signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

Dr Vladislav Sandler

CEO

 

30 September 2020

 

 

 

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

 

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals plc

https://hemogenyx.com

Dr Vladislav Sandler, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

[email protected]

Peter Redmond, Director

[email protected]





SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Tel: +44 (0)20 3470 0470

Matthew Johnson, Vadim Alexandre, Soltan Tagiev







Peterhouse Capital Limited

Tel: +44 (0)20 7469 0930

Lucy Williams, Duncan Vasey, Charles Goodfellow



 

 


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Loss

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Continuing Operations

Note


6 months to 30 June 2020

Unaudited

6 months to 30 June 2019

Unaudited




£

£

Revenue



                -  

                -  






Administrative Expenses



861,034

        759,598

Depreciation



48,566

         27,554






Operating Loss



   (909,600)

   (787,152)






Other Income

5


        90,273

        82,763






Finance Income



1,895

9,220

Finance Costs



       (17,757)

       (11,501)






Loss before Taxation



    (835,189)

    (706,670)











Loss attributable to:





-      Equity owners



(832,314)

(706,670)

-      Non-controlling interests



    (2,875)

    -






Loss for the period



    (835,189)

    (706,670)






Other comprehensive income





Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:





   Translation of foreign operations



        (34,412)

        (3,137)

Total comprehensive income for the period



        (869,601)

        (709,807)











Total comprehensive income attributable to:





-      Equity owners



    (869,601)

    (709,807)

-      Non-controlling interests



(2,875)

-






Basic and diluted earnings (per share)

6


            (0.002)

            (0.002)

 

 


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2020


Note


30 June 2020

Unaudited

Year Ended

31 December 2019

Audited

Assets



£

£

Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment

7


      102,776

123,922

Right of use asset



97,625

109,442

Intangible asset



       280,507

    262,050

Total non-current assets



    480,908

    495,414






Current assets





Trade and other receivables



       34,442

     55,804

Cash and cash equivalents



    3,360,173

   498,679

Total current assets



   3,394,615

   554,483

Total assets


     3,875,523

     1,049,897






Equity and Liabilities





Equity attributable to shareholders





Paid-in Capital





Called up share capital

8


    4,336,363

   3,612,429

Share premium



    10,125,965

   7,699,789

Other reserves



419,976

    399,229

Reverse asset acquisition reserve



(6,157,894)

  (6,157,894)

Foreign currency translation reserve



18,811

    53,223

Retained Earnings



 (6,785,608)

 (5,953,294)

Equity attributable to owners of the Company



1,957,613

(346,518)

Non-controlling interests



(5,304)

(2,517)

Total Equity



     1,952,309

   (349,035)






Liabilities





Non-current liabilities





Lease liabilities



56,994

73,192

Borrowings

9


1,650,626  

    1,144,167     

Total non-current liabilities



1,707,620  

    1,217,359 






Current liabilities





Trade and other payables



       170,054

    141,677

Lease liabilities



45,540

39,896

Total Current Liabilities



        215,594

    181,573

Total Liabilities



        1,923,214

            1,398,932

Total equity and liabilities



     3,875,523

     1,049,897


The 2019 comparatives are the audited consolidated group for the year ended 31 December, 2019 as published on 30 April 2020.


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 


Called up Share Capital

Share Premium

 

Other reserves

 

Reverse acquisition reserve

Foreign currency translation reserve

Retained losses

 

Non-Controlling interests

Total Equity


£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

As at 1 January 2019

       3,601,762

       7,340,267

 

620,059

 

(6,157,894)

 

37,047

      (4,482,075)

 

-

       959,166

 Loss in period

-

-

-

-


 (706,670)


 (706,670)

 Other comprehensive income

-

-

 

-

 

-

 

(3,137)

                         -  

-

                         (3,137)  

 Total comprehensive income for the period

    -  

-  

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(3,137)

(706,670)

 

 

-

(709,807)

Embedded derivative - Convertible loans

-

-

6,280

-

-

-

-

6,280

Issue of options (Note 8)

-

-

27,516

-

-

-

-

27,516

Market value of warrants

-

37,658

 

(37,658)

 

-

 

-

-

-

-

 

As at 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

3,601,762

7,377,925

 

616,197

 

(6,157,894)

 

33,910

(5,188,745)

 

 

-

283,155




























As at 1 January 2020

3,612,429

7,699,789

 

399,229

 

(6,157,894)

 

53,223

(5,953,294)

 

(2,517)

(349,035)

 Loss in period

-

-

-

-


 (832,314)

(2,875)

 (835,189)

 Other comprehensive income

-

-

 

-

 

-

 

(34,412)

                         -  

 

-

                         (34,412)  

 Total comprehensive income for the period

    -  

-  

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(34,412)

(832,314)

 

 

(2,875)

(869,601)

Issue of share capital

723,934

2,459,336

-

-

-

-

88

3,183,358

Issue of options (Note 8)

-

-

20,747

-

-

-

 

-

20,747

Share issue costs

-

(33,160)

 

-

 

-

 

-

-

 

-

(33,160)

 

As at 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

4,336,363

10,125,965

 

419,976

 

(6,157,894)

 

18,811

(6,785,608)

 

 

(5,304)

1,952,309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

   

Group

Note


6 months to 30 June 2020

Unaudited

6 months to 30 June 2019

Unaudited




£

£

Cash flows generated from operating activities





Loss for the period



 (835,189)

 (706,670)

Depreciation

       


48,567

27,554

Other non-cash items interest/professional fees (shares issued)



       88

        -

Foreign exchange gain



1,827

(6,920)

Interest income 



        (1,895)

        (9,220)

Interest expense



    17,757

    11,501

Share based payments

   10          


         20,747

         27,516

Decrease in trade and other payables



     (55,281)

     (75,039)

Increase in trade and other receivables



25,246

58,477

Net cash outflow used in operating activities



(778,133)

(672,801)






Cash flows generated from financing activities





Proceeds from issuance of equity securities



3,183,270

    -

Share issue costs



(33,160)

    -

Proceeds from borrowings



484,215

-

Payment of lease liabilities



(21,096)

-

Net cash flow generated from financing activities



3,613,229

-






Cash flows generated from investing activities





Interest income



           1,895

           9,220

Purchase of property, plant & equipment



  -

  (7,098)

Net cash flow generated from investing activities



   1,895

   2,122






Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



2,836,991

     (670,679)






Effect of exchange rates on cash



     24,503

     953






Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period



     498,679

     1,762,428

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period



      3,360,173

      1,092,702

 

Major non-cash transactions

There were no major non-cash transactions during the period.

 

 

 


Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1.         General Information

 

The Group's business is preclinical-stage biotechnology focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of innovative treatments relating to bone marrow/hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cell (BM/HSC) transplants for blood diseases, including leukaemia, lymphoma and bone marrow failure. The products under development are designed to address a range of problems that occur with current standard of care treatments.

 

The Company's registered office is located at 5 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RD, and it is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

 

2.         Interim financial information

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are for the six months period ended 30 June 2020. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not include all the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2019, which were prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union (EU).

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have not been audited nor have they been reviewed by the Group's auditors under ISRE 2410 of the Auditing Practices Board. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 prepared under IFRS have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

3.         Basis of preparation and changes to the Group's Accounting Policies

 

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these consolidated interim condensed financial statements are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the periods presented, unless otherwise stated.

 

Basis of Preparation

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting'. The accounting policies adopted in this report are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year to 31 December 2019 as described in those financial statements. A number of new or amended standards became applicable for the current reporting period, but they did not have any impact on the group's accounting policies and did not require retrospective adjustments.

 

Going Concern

 

The preparation of interim financial statements requires an assessment on the validity of the going concern assumption.

 

The Directors have given particular thought  to the impact on the Group that may result from the novel coronavirus and any other potential pandemics that may arise. The Group's New York operations are classed as an essential business and are not subject to closure, and so work continues with prudent hygiene and distancing measures in place including limited work in the laboratory on rota and work from home. The Group is allowing for extended delivery times for some supplies, and for slower progress with collaboration partners. The Board and UK management continue to operate remotely, as usual. At present the Group believes that there should be no material disruption to its work, but the Board continues to monitor these risks and the Group's business continuity plans.

 

The Company raised £648,200 and £2,500,000 before expenses through equity placings during the period and further funds were received following the exercise of warrants. The Group had cash and cash equivalents totalling £3,360,173 as at 30 June 2020.

 

Notwithstanding the Company's cash balance at reporting date, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals may elect to raise additional capital within the next year to further the development and commercialisation of current product candidates. The Company cannot be certain that additional funding will be available on acceptable terms, or at all. To the extent that the Company raises additional funds by issuing equity securities, the Company's stockholders may experience dilution. Any debt financing, if available, may involve restrictive covenants. If the Company is unable to raise additional capital when required or on acceptable terms, it may have to (i) significantly delay, scale back or discontinue the development and/or commercialisation of one or more product candidates; (ii) seek collaborators for product candidates at an earlier stage than otherwise would be desirable and on terms that are less favorable than might otherwise be available; or (iii) relinquish or otherwise dispose of rights to technologies, product candidates or products that it would otherwise seek to develop or commercialise on unfavorable terms.

 

Segmental Reporting

 

The Group's operations are located in New York, USA, with the head office located in the United Kingdom. The main assets of the Group, cash and cash equivalents, are held in United Kingdom and adequate amounts are transferred to the USA operating business on approval from the board.

 

The Group currently has one reportable segment: a biotechnology business focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of innovative treatments relating to bone marrow/hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cell (BM/HSC) transplants for blood disease and treatment of blood diseases such as AML and autoimmune diseases.

 

Accounting Policies

 

The accounting policies applied by the Group in these half-yearly results are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial information in its 2019 Annual Report and Accounts, with the exception of the new standards the Group adopted as of 1 January 2020, included below.

 

The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation have been followed in these condensed interim financial statements as were applied in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 except for the impact of the adoption of the Standards and interpretations described below.

 

 

Changes in accounting policy and disclosures

 

(a) Accounting developments during 2020

 

·    Amendments to References to the Conceptual Framework in IFRS Standards - effective 1 January 2020.

·    Amendments to IAS 1 and IAS 8: Definition of Material - effective 1 January 2020

 

(b) New standards, amendments and interpretations in issue but not yet effective or not yet endorsed and not early adopted

 

·    Amendments to IFRS 3: Business Combinations Amendments to IAS 1: Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current

 

4.         Significant accounting judgments, estimates and assumptions

 

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Company's accounting policies. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

In preparing these condensed interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

5.         Other income

 

Other income during the period ended 30 June 2020 consists of £82,880 (H1 2019: £82,763) received from a third party under a research collaboration programme relating to humanised mice, and a £7,393 (H1 2019: £nil) tax credit received from US Inland Revenue.

 

6.         Earnings per share

 

The calculation of the Basic and fully diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss for the six months from continuing operations of £832,314 (six months to 30 June 2019: £706,670) attributable to equity owners of the Group by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during those periods of 396,250,052 and 360,176,186 respectively.

 

Dilutive loss per Ordinary Share equals basic loss per Ordinary Share as, due to the losses incurred in the six months to 30 June 2020 and six months to 30 June 2019, there is no dilutive effect from the subsisting share options.

 

7.         Property, Plant and Equipment

 

During the six months ended 30 June 2020, the Group acquired assets with a cost of £Nil (the six months ended 30 June 2019: £7,098).

 

8.         Called up Share Capital

 

Group


Ordinary shares

Number

£

 

As at 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2019


360,176,184

3,601,762





As at 1 January 2020


361,242,853

3,612,429

Issue of shares - placement 30 Jan 2020


36,011,116

360,111

Issue of shares for exercise of warrants 18 May 2020


668,000

6,680

Issue of shares - placement 4 Jun 2020


35,714,286

357,143

As at 30 June 2020


433,636,255

4,336,363

 

 

9.         Borrowings

 

Included in borrowings is an amount of £79,871 (US$98,947) received during the period under the United States Government's Paycheck Protection Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan can be converted into a grant at the election of the Company as long as at least 60% of the amount is applied to payroll expenditure and there is no reduction in employee headcount.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       Share-based payments

 

Options

 

During the six months to 30 June 2020 no options were issued to directors or employees and no options were cancelled. 

 

A schedule of options granted is below:

 

 

Number options

Employees, including directors

21,206,951

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

9,346,125

Total

30,553,076

 

The weighted average fair value of the options granted during the six months ended 30 June 2020 was £Nil (30 June 2019: £0.0078).

 

There were no options issued for the six months ended 30 June 2020. The following table lists the inputs to the models used for the plan for the six months ended 30 June 2019:

 


January 2019

(EMP)



Expected volatility %

52.12

Risk-free interest rate %

0.956

Expected life of options (years)

5

Weighted average exercise price  - pence

3.5

Expected dividend yield

-

Model used

Black Scholes

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2020, the Group has recognised £20,747 of share-based payment expense in the statement of profit or loss (30 June 2019: £27,516).

 

 

11.       Events after the reporting period

 

Following the period end, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals entered into a Sponsored Research Agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to advance HEMO-CAR-T toward clinical trials. The agreement is envisaged as the first step of a larger programme that aims to achieve clinical proof of concept for HEMO-CAR-T for the treatment of AML.

 

 

 

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