Immuneering Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Business Updates

September 9, 2021

Recently completed upsized initial public offering raising $129.4 million in gross proceeds, providing runway into 2024

Company expects to file IND for IMM-1-104 in Q1 2022

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Immuneering Corporation (Nasdaq: IMRX), a biopharmaceutical company advancing a robust pipeline of oncology and neuroscience product candidates that are designed to uniquely disrupt cellular signaling dynamics, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021 and provided a corporate update.

“We continue to make significant progress across all aspects of our organization and with the recent IPO proceeds and the additions to our management team and board of directors, we plan to advance our pipeline and strive to bring novel medicines to patients,” said Ben Zeskind, chief executive officer of Immuneering Corporation. “In the near term, we remain focused on continuing to advance IMM-1-104, our RAF-MEK inhibitor, targeting RAS mutant tumors into the clinic and anticipate filing our IND in Q1 2022.”

Corporate Highlights

  • Completed Initial Public Offering: On August 3, 2021, Immuneering announced the closing of its upsized initial public offering of 8,625,000 shares of Class A common stock, including the full exercise by the underwriters of their overallotment option to purchase 1,125,000 shares of Class A common stock, at a public offering price of $15.00 per share, for total gross proceeds of approximately $129.4 million, before deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by Immuneering.
  • Strengthened Leadership Team: Immuneering further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Biren Amin as its Chief Financial Officer in April 2021 and Michael Bookman as the company’s General Counsel and Secretary in July 2021.
  • Enhanced and Expanded Board of Directors: Immuneering also welcomed new additions to the board of directors with the appointments of Laurie Keating in April 2021, and Ann Berman in July 2021.
  • Completed Series B Financing in 1H 2021: Immuneering raised $62 million in a Series B financing led by Cormorant Asset Management, Surveyor Capital (a Citadel company), Rock Springs Capital, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., funds and accounts managed by Blackrock, Perceptive Advisors, and LYFE Capital.

Key Development Highlights

  • IMM-1-104 IND submission expected in Q1 2022: Immuneering expects to file the IND for IMM-1-104 in Q1 2022 and expects to start its Phase 1 trial evaluating IMM-1-104 in 1H 2022. IMM-1-104 is a highly selective dual-MEK inhibitor that has been designed to overcome MAPK-feedback loops and exhibits deep cyclic inhibition through its targeted potency and short half-life. As a result, Immuneering believes IMM-1-104 can target patients with a broad spectrum of mutations, such as KRAS and NRAS, that activate the MAPK pathway.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2021 were $50.2 million, compared with $37.1 million as of December 31, 2020. The June 30, 2021 cash and equivalents excludes $118.3 million in net proceeds from the Company’s initial public offering, which was completed in August 2021.
  • Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $7.0 million, compared with $3.2 million for the second quarter of 2020. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily attributable to higher preclinical costs related to the Company’s lead programs and increased personnel to support ongoing research and development activities.
  • General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $1.3 million, compared with $0.6 million for the same period of 2020. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in headcount in our general and administrative functions to support the Company’s business and to costs related to preparing for the Company’s initial public offering.
  • Net Loss: Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $7.9 million, or $1.61 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to $3.6 million, or $0.73 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

About Immuneering Corporation

Immuneering is a biopharmaceutical company with an emerging pipeline focused on improving patient outcomes across a spectrum of debilitating oncologic and neurologic diseases by applying its deep knowledge of translational bioinformatics to every stage of the drug development process. Immuneering has more than a decade of experience in translational bioinformatics and generating insights into drug mechanisms of action and patient treatment responses. Building on this experience, Immuneering has developed a disease-agnostic platform that enables the company to utilize human data, novel biology and chemistry, and translational planning to create and advance its wholly owned pipeline. Immuneering’s current development programs in oncology are focused on providing potential treatments for patients with solid tumors caused by mutations of oncologic signaling pathways, including the MAPK pathway. Immuneering’s lead product candidate, IMM-1-104, is designed to be a highly selective dual-MEK inhibitor that further disrupts KSR for the treatment of advanced solid tumors in patients harboring RAS mutant tumors. Additionally, Immuneering has six other oncology programs in the discovery stage that are designed to target either the MAPK or mTOR pathway, and two neuroscience programs in the discovery stage.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain disclosures that contain "forward-looking statements," including, without limitation, statements regarding Immuneering’s expectations regarding the anticipated use of net proceeds from its initial public offering, the sufficiency of Immuneering’s cash and cash equivalents, the treatment potential of IMM-1-104, the timing of submission of the IND and commencement of clinical trials for IMM-1-104 and Immuneering’s ability to advance its pipeline and further diversify its portfolio. Forward-looking statements are based on Immuneering’s current expectations and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, the risks inherent in oncology and neuroscience drug development, including target discovery, target validation, lead compound identification, lead compound optimization, preclinical studies and clinical trials. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the section titled "Risk Factors" in Immuneering’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are made as of this date, and Immuneering undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.        

Corporate Contact:
Rebecca Kusko, Ph.D.
Immuneering Corporation

Investor Contact:
Anne Marie Fields
Managing Director
Rx Communications




  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
     2021     2020     2021     2020 
Revenue $660,040  $480,835  $1,408,240  $963,885 
Cost of revenue  318,601   237,062   727,763   492,089 
Gross profit  341,439   243,773   680,477   471,796 
Operating expenses            
Research and development  6,991,965   3,221,000   12,382,985   6,044,254 
General and administrative  1,340,398   629,403   2,524,422   1,273,412 
Total operating expenses  8,332,363   3,850,403   14,907,407   7,317,666 
Loss from operations  (7,990,924)  (3,606,630)  (14,226,930)  (6,845,870)
Other income            
Interest income  3,259   2,468   9,614   40,988 
Net loss $ (7,987,665) $ (3,604,162) $ (14,217,316) $ (6,804,882)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $(1.61) $(0.73) $(2.87) $(1.37)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted  4,954,553   4,950,129   4,952,352   4,950,129 




     June 30, 2021    December 31, 2020
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $50,245,103  $37,090,151 
Accounts receivable  495,105   500,110 
Prepaids and other current assets  696,684   140,958 
Total current assets  51,436,892   37,731,219 
Property and equipment, net  82,077   64,363 
Right-of-use asset, net  562,770   613,103 
Other assets  960,386   14,333 
Total assets $ 53,042,125  $ 38,423,018 
Liabilities, Convertible Preferred Stock and Stockholders' Deficit      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $1,432,516  $1,480,537 
Accrued expenses  3,318,870   698,992 
Lease liability, current  80,605   76,322 
Total current liabilities  4,831,991   2,255,851 
Long-term liabilities:      
Lease liability, noncurrent  503,213   544,767 
Total liabilities  5,335,204   2,800,618 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)      
Convertible preferred stock:      
Series B preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 6,032,183 shares authorized, 6,032,145 and 3,619,292 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020  61,772,761   36,983,910 
Series A preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 2,495,933 shares authorized, 2,495,933 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020  21,119,940   21,119,940 
Total convertible preferred stock  82,892,701   58,103,850 
Stockholders’ deficit:      
Class A common stock, $0.001 par value, 22,026,200 shares authorized, 5,275,936 and 4,950,129 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020  5,276   4,950 
Class B common stock, $0.001 par value, 6,032,183 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020      
Additional paid-in capital  4,763,900   3,251,240 
Accumulated deficit  (39,954,956)  (25,737,640)
Total stockholders' deficit  (35,185,780)  (22,481,450)
Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders' deficit $ 53,042,125  $ 38,423,018 

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