Absci Corporation (Nasdaq: ABSI), the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning AI and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins, today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022.

"As we pass the halfway point of 2022, our team continues to make excellent progress toward our stated objectives," said Sean McClain, founder and CEO. "Since becoming a public company one year ago, we have signed 13 discovery programs and continue to see momentum with adoption of our technology, reflected in the discovery deals we've signed each of the last three quarters. With ten new Active Programs for drug discovery activities signed year-to-date, we have already exceeded our guidance for the year. Furthermore, in light of current market conditions, we've recently undertaken a diligent strategic review of our operations to refine our focus on drug discovery value creation. This has led to some difficult staffing decisions as we've prioritized activities, but it has afforded us an extended cash runway and positioned us optimally to achieve our vision of fully in silico protein-based drug discovery."

Recent Highlights

  • Exceeded annual guidance of at least eight new Active Programs for 2022 with ten Active Programs for drug discovery activities signed year-to-date, bringing the total current number of Active Programs to 19.
  • Entered into a multi-program collaboration agreement with an undisclosed biotech partner operating in stealth-mode. The partner is focused on discovery and development of antibody-drug-conjugates initially for oncology indications and has developed novel, proprietary warhead linker chemistries that it will target to specified sites on subject antibodies by exploiting Absci’s Bionic™ protein non-standard amino acid incorporation technology.
  • Presented results of development of AI models for antibody optimization in an oral talk at the PEGS conference in May; the research was additionally selected for presentation at the 2022 International Conference on Machine Learning Workshop on Computational Biology in July. This research, along with our plan for continued manuscripts, further demonstrates our progress and leading role in the field of AI/ML drug discovery.
  • Strengthened executive leadership team, adding Denise Dettore as Chief People Officer and Jack Gold as Chief Marketing Officer.

Strategic Reorganization

Absci recently undertook a strategic review of operations to refine our focus on drug discovery value creation, yielding a comprehensive corporate reorganization. Absci is focusing on initiatives that reinforce progress toward our business inflection points, extending cash and cash equivalents sufficient to fund our operations into late 2025.

Internal R&D efforts will prioritize continued development of our AI-powered drug discovery platform and enhancement of our Bionic™ protein non-standard amino acid incorporation technology. As a result of this reorganization, Absci has undertaken actions to streamline its workforce, resulting in a reduction of headcount, in addition to the elimination of certain planned hires and capital expenditures.

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2022 was $206.0 million, as compared to $252.6 million as of December 31, 2021.

Research and development expenses were $16.2 million for the second quarter of 2022, as compared to $11.0 million for the second quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily driven by growth in our team and related personnel costs, increased lab operation costs, and additional investments in platform expansion, including data initiatives and AI capabilities.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses were $10.5 million for the second quarter of 2022, as compared to $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily due to personnel-related costs and other expenses related to operating as a publicly traded company.

Net loss was $28.7 million for the second quarter of 2022, as compared to $41.2 million for the second quarter of 2021.

2022 Outlook

Absci now expects a net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of approximately $110 million for 2022. This includes one-time, time-based disbursements totaling $10.5 million from restricted cash associated with the Denovium and Totient acquisitions.

About Absci

Absci is the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning AI and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins. We built our Integrated Drug Creation™ Platform to identify novel drug targets, discover optimal biotherapeutic candidates, and generate the cell lines to manufacture them in a single efficient process. Biotech and pharma innovators partner with us to create the next generation of protein-based drugs, including those that may be impossible to make with other technologies. Our goal is to enable the development of better medicines by Translating Ideas into Drugs™. For more information visit www.absci.com and follow us on social media: Twitter: @Abscibio, LinkedIn: @absci, and subscribe to our Absci YouTube channel.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts are considered forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements containing the words “will,” “pursues,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “forecast,” “estimates,” “extends,” “expects,” and “intends,” or similar expressions. We intend these forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our expectations regarding business operations, financial performance and results of operations, including our expectations and guidance regarding cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, our projected cash usage, needs and runway, plans for hiring, our expectations for the count of new Active Programs, technology development efforts and the application of those efforts, advancements toward in silico drug design, drug discovery and development activities, internal research and publication efforts, and research and technology development collaboration efforts, to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act, and we make this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies, and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. We can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations, or strategies will be attained or achieved, and, furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond our control, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to our ability to effectively collaborate on research, drug discovery and development activities with our partners or potential partners; along with those risks set forth in our most recent periodic report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Absci Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

                 
    Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)     2022       2021       2022       2021  
Revenues                
Technology development revenue   $ 636     $ 592     $ 1,090     $ 1,532  
Collaboration revenue     366       136       731       259  
Total revenues     1,002       728       1,821       1,791  
Operating expenses                
Research and development     16,241       11,040       32,068       18,090  
Selling, general and administrative     10,507       5,179       21,396       9,864  
Depreciation and amortization     3,141       1,201       6,047       1,677  
Total operating expenses     29,889       17,420       59,511       29,631  
Operating loss     (28,887 )     (16,692 )     (57,690 )     (27,840 )
Other expense                
Interest expense     (211 )     (2,009 )     (406 )     (2,464 )
Other income (expense), net     148       (28,114 )     273       (27,950 )
Total other expense, net     (63 )     (30,123 )     (133 )     (30,414 )
Loss before income taxes     (28,950 )     (46,815 )     (57,823 )     (58,254 )
Income tax (expense) benefit     270       5,617       (351 )     6,094  
Net loss     (28,680 )     (41,198 )     (58,174 )     (52,160 )
Cumulative undeclared preferred stock dividends           (1,047 )           (2,042 )
Net loss applicable to common stockholders   $ (28,680 )   $ (42,245 )   $ (58,174 )   $ (54,202 )
                 
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:Basic and diluted   $ (0.32 )   $ (2.39 )   $ (0.64 )   $ (3.13 )
                 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:Basic and diluted     90,669,499       17,641,147       90,471,950       17,312,437  
                 

Absci CorporationCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

         
    June 30,     December 31,  
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)     2022       2021  
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 206,021     $ 252,569  
Restricted cash     15,017       10,513  
Receivables under development arrangements     310       1,425  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     6,540       8,572  
Total current assets     227,888       273,079  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     5,708       6,538  
Property and equipment, net     54,890       52,114  
Intangibles, net     53,308       54,992  
Goodwill     21,335       21,335  
Restricted cash, long-term     1,845       16,844  
Other long-term assets     1,341       1,293  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 366,315     $ 426,195  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 5,470     $ 8,385  
Accrued expenses     17,054       17,434  
Long-term debt, current     2,135       2,400  
Operating lease obligations     1,584       1,502  
Financing lease obligations     2,651       2,785  
Deferred revenue     2,798       1,353  
Total current liabilities     31,692       33,859  
Long-term debt - net of current portion     7,125       1,124  
Operating lease obligations - net of current portion     8,175       8,969  
Finance lease obligations - net of current portion     1,818       3,231  
Deferred tax, net     1,085       743  
Other long-term liabilities     227       12,162  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     50,122       60,088  
Commitments (See Note 8)        
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value            
Common stock, $0.0001 par value     9       9  
Additional paid-in capital     565,444       557,136  
Accumulated deficit     (249,199 )     (191,025 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (61 )     (13 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     316,193       366,107  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 366,315     $ 426,195  
         

 

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