VBL Therapeutics Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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TEL AVIV, Israel, May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, and provided a corporate update.

“As we continue to advance development of VB-111, we are getting a better understanding of its mechanism of action and how best to incorporate it into oncology treatment regimens,” said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL Therapeutics. “We expect two additional VB-111 clinical trials to begin this year, a Phase 2 trial in colon cancer in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor (in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute) and an investigator-sponsored study in recurrent glioblastoma which will be conducted by a group of top US neuro-oncology centers. Therefore, together with the ongoing Phase 3 OVAL pivotal study in ovarian cancer, there will be a total of three VB-111 clinical trials up and running in the second half of 2019.

We are also pleased to announce that there will be two presentations on VB-111 at the upcoming 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting in early June, by Dr. Richard Penson from Massachusetts General Hospital on the final Phase 2 results in ovarian cancer, and by Dr. Benjamin Ellingson from UCLA on VB-111 Phase 2 and Phase 3 MRI data in recurrent GBM.

In addition to advancing VB-111, we are also moving forward with two parallel development programs targeting MOSPD2, which has significant potential as a therapeutic target for both inflammatory diseases and cancer.”

“We had $47.7 million in cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2019, which we believe is sufficient to continue development of VB-111 and other product candidates and to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements through 2021,” said Amos Ron, Chief Financial Officer of VBL Therapeutics.

For further details on VBL’s financials, please refer to Form 6-K filed with the SEC.

Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is being developed to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every two months. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in >300 cancer patients and demonstrated activity signals in an “all comers” Phase 1 trial as well as in three tumor-specific Phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a Phase 3 potential registration trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.

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 include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our programs, including VB-111, including their clinical development, such as the timing of clinical trials and expected announcement of data, therapeutic potential and clinical results, the intended benefits of our collaboration for VB-201, including potential milestone and royalty payments, and our financial position and cash runway. 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 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 our financial resources do not last for as long as anticipated, and that we may not realize the expected benefits of our intellectual property protection. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in our regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018, 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 Therapeutics 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.

Michael RiceLifeSci Advisorsmrice@lifesciadvisors.com(646) 597-6979




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