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Gamida Cell Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Company Update

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Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA) reports initial revenue from Omisirge® (omidubicel-onlv) following FDA approval, with 17 transplant centers onboarded, exceeding 2023 targets. Market access efforts have achieved coverage with more than 90% of commercial lives and all top U.S. commercial payers. Revenue from 4-6 units projected for full year 2023. Lean launch effort to continue in 2024 due to resource constraints.
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  • Successful FDA approval and commercial launch of Omisirge
  • Exceeding 2023 targets for transplant center onboarding and market access
  • Positive feedback from transplanters and strong interest from transplant centers
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  • Resource constraints may impact the pace of onboarding transplant centers in 2024

Company continues to advance launch, reports initial revenue from Omisirge® (omidubicel-onlv)

Company to host conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET

BOSTON, Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), a cell therapy pioneer working to turn cells into powerful therapeutics, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, and provided a business update.

“The third quarter marked the first patients receiving Omisirge following FDA approval and the point at which Gamida Cell truly transitioned to a commercial-stage company with our first revenue reported,” said Abbey Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gamida Cell. “Our lean launch prioritized two key performance indicators – transplant center onboarding and market access – both of which have surpassed our expectations, ahead of schedule. We anticipate continuing to onboard additional transplant centers, leading to a ramp-up of patients and Omisirge deliveries in the coming months.”

To date, a total of 17 transplant centers have been onboarded, exceeding the company’s 2023 target range of 10 to 15. Transplant center onboarding is a critical step in the process of making Omisirge available to patients, as it is required in order for transplant center teams to select Omisirge as a donor source. The company reported revenue for the delivery of two units of Omisirge in the third quarter of 2023 and projects revenue from a total of four to six units for full year 2023.

The company also provided an update on its market access efforts, reporting confirmed coverage with U.S. payers covering more than 90% of commercial lives, exceeding the full year goal of 70%. This includes confirmed coverage with all 20 of the top U.S. commercial payers. Omisirge also has confirmed coverage and reimbursement with Medicare from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Looking to 2024, the company will continue to maintain a lean launch effort due to resource constraints. Contingent on additional funding to extend its cash runway, the company anticipates onboarding more than 40 transplant centers by the end of 2024, including at least half of the top 70 transplant centers in the U.S.

Michele Korfin, Chief Operating and Chief Commercial Officer of Gamida Cell, said, “The strong interest for transplant centers to be onboarded and excellent feedback from transplanters as they are evaluating patients for Omisirge are encouraging indicators of its potential. We are excited about the opportunity for Omisirge to capture up to 20% market share at peak, provided we are able to secure the necessary funding to support fully resourced commercialization. We are proud of what our team has accomplished to date with limited resources to deliver Omisirge to patients in need of a donor source for allogenic stem cell transplant.”

Additionally, Jenkins provided an update on the company’s operations in Israel, noting that Gamida Cell’s manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat has remained operational amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. “The dedication, courage and resilience demonstrated by our employees in Israel is an inspiration to us all. Despite the horror of terrorist attacks, they have continued to put patients first and have shown incredible strength and commitment to ensuring we can reliably deliver Omisirge to patients in need.”

Gamida Cell will hold a fireside chat with Gary Schiller, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology and Director, Hematological Malignancies/Stem Cell Transplantation Unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a part of UCLA Health. UCLA Health was a clinical trial site for the Phase 3 study of omidubicel in patients with hematologic malignancies and is one of the 17 transplant centers where patients can currently access Omisirge. Dr. Schiller will discuss his experience working with patients in need of allogeneic stem cell transplant, including the patient journey from diagnosis to transplant, decision making around donor source selection and his experience with Omisirge since approval. The virtual event will take place on Monday, December 4 from 4:30-5:15pm ET.

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

Corporate Developments

  • Annual shareholders meeting: Gamida Cell held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in New York City on October 19. At the meeting, shareholders approved six proposals relating to the company’s business, including:
    • The reappointment of Directors Ken Moch and Jeremy Blank
    • The reappointment of Kost, Forer, Gabbay & Kaiserer as the company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023, until the 2024 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
    • Amendments to the company’s compensation policy, and CEO and non-executive directors’ compensation
    • An increase in Gamida Cell’s authorized share capital to 325,000,000 ordinary shares
  • Corporate presentation and panel discussion at Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa: Abbey Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, presented corporate highlights, including commercial launch updates for Omisirge and an overview of market opportunity at the annual Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa held October 10-12 in Carlsbad, CA and livestreamed globally. Jenkins also participated in a panel discussion titled “A record setting year for cell and gene therapies – how do we keep the momentum going?”
  • Strategic review: Efforts to identify a strategic partner are ongoing. The company reported it has received considerable interest from multiple potential partners during the process, which has been supported by the leading global independent investment bank, Moelis & Company LLC, and has resulted in oral and written proposals. However, according to the company, it has not identified a partnership that will adequately address strategic needs. Gamida Cell intends to continue the business development process in 2024.

Scientific Publications and Medical Meetings

  • Publication in Transplantation and Cellular Therapy: The company announced the publication of a secondary analysis of the Phase 3 clinical trial for Omisirge titled “Hospitalization and Healthcare Resource Utilization of Omidubicel-onlv Versus Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation for Hematologic Malignancies: Secondary Analysis from a Pivotal Phase 3 Clinical Trial.” The publication is available online on the Transplantation and Cellular Therapy website.
  • Data presented at Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) Annual Meeting: Gamida Cell presented data further characterizing the mechanism of the company’s proprietary nicotinamide (NAM) technology on the expansion and enhancement of cells at SITC November 1-5 in San Diego, California. The full press release is available here.
    • Omidubicel: Researchers used immunophenotyping to evaluate and characterize the cellular populations in the cultured fraction (CF) and non-cultured fraction (NF) of omidubicel compared to standard umbilical cord blood (UCB). The data indicated that omidubicel is characterized by a significantly increased number of myeloid cells compared to UCB. The results provide a potential mechanism for the rapid engraftment and immune reconstitution observed in patients transplanted with omidubicel.
    • GDA-201: Researchers sought to better understand the impact of Gamida Cell’s NAM technology on natural killer (NK) cell kinetics. The data presented showed increased survival of feeder cells and prolonged support in NK cell expansion, resulting in higher fold expansion in NK cells expanded with NAM. In addition, NK cells expanded with NAM showed significantly higher cytotoxicity and an active phenotype. These data provide further evidence for the unique cell culture kinetics of NAM-NK cells.
  • Upcoming participation in the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition: Members of the Gamida Cell team will attend the upcoming ASH Annual Meeting December 9-12 in San Diego, California. A product theater will be presented on Omisirge.

GDA-201

  • Preliminary data from Phase 1 study: On October 16, the company announced data in 10 patients with CD20 positive non-Hodgkin lymphoma enrolled in the first three cohorts in an ongoing multicenter Phase 1 study of GDA-201. The study is designed to evaluate safety and determine the maximum tolerated dose. Preliminary results showed marked shrinkage of target lesions in five patients; efficacy evaluation showed two patients with complete response, two with partial response and one with stable disease. No dose-limiting toxicities were reported in the 10 patients treated with doses up to 1x108 cells/kg GDA-201 in combination with rituximab. Activity appears to be dose dependent with two of the three patients in Cohort 3 responding. The fourth and final cohort of the study, at the target dose level of 2x108 cells/kg, is currently enrolling at six sites in the U.S. Full Phase 1 data are expected in the first quarter of 2024. Solely for financial reasons, we do not plan to conduct the Phase 2 portion of the GDA-201 Phase 1/2 study.

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Net Revenue for the third quarter 2023 was $0.7 million, resulting from the delivery of two units of Omisirge. Cost of sales, including costs of direct manufacturing and quality in addition to royalty expenses, was $0.6 million in the quarter. Over time we expect the cost of sales, and therefore the company’s gross margin, to improve measurably if production volumes scale to capacity.
  • Beginning July 1, 2023, the company’s reporting of operating expenses was modified to reflect the company’s transition to the commercial stage, with all operating costs now being reported as either research and development expenses, or selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expenses. For 2022 and the first two quarters of 2023, previously reported commercial and general & administrative costs were combined into SG&A expenses. Additionally, certain expenses previously reported in research and development are being reported in SG&A beginning in the third quarter of 2023, with no reclassification of prior periods.
  • Research and development expenses were $4.2 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $9.9 million in the same quarter in 2022. The $5.7 million decrease was primarily due to the aforementioned reporting transition, along with reduced omidubicel clinical spend relating to the Phase 3 clinical trial.
  • SG&A expenses were $13.8 million in the third quarter of 2023, an increase of $6.6 million compared to $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2022. The aforementioned financial reporting transition, which resulted in the inclusion of medical affairs expenses and certain indirect supply chain and quality assurance expenses in SG&A reporting, contributed $4.4 million to the increase in the quarter. Additionally, excess capacity costs of $2.2 million associated with our manufacturing facility were recorded in SG&A in the third quarter. Selling and marketing expenses increased by $1.3 million compared to the prior year quarter, due to commercial launch activities.
  • Financial income/expenses, net, were $16.5 million of income in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $0.7 million of expenses in the same period of 2022. The $17.2 million change in financial income was primarily due to $14.0 million of income related to the valuation of warrants liability and $3.2 million of income related to the valuation of the Company’s secured convertible senior notes issued in December 2022.
  • Net loss was $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to a net loss of $17.8 million in the third quarter of 2022, driven primarily by the $17.2 million change in financial income referenced in the financial income/expenses, net above.
  • Cash position: As of September 30, 2023, Gamida Cell had total cash and cash equivalents of $60.4 million compared to $64.7 million as of December 31, 2022. The decrease of $4.3 million is due primarily to $59.2 million in net cash proceeds from financing activities, comprised of $21.1 million in net proceeds from the issuance of ordinary shares and warrants from the company’s underwritten public offering in April 2023, and $39.4 million in net proceeds from the issuance of ordinary shares via the at-the-market (ATM) facility, offset by $1.1 million in principal payments of the Company’s 2022 convertible senior note, and $62.9 million of net cash used in operating activities. The company expects its current cash and cash equivalents, including the $0.5 million in funds raised through its ATM facility subsequent to the close of the third quarter, to support its ongoing operating activities into the second quarter of 2024, based on Gamida Cell’s current operational plans and excluding commercialization activities beyond the initial launch of Omisirge as well as any additional financing activities that may be undertaken.
  • Debt position: As of September 30, 2023, the company had reduced its principal balance on the December 2022 secured senior convertible note by $16.7 million, from $25.0 million as of December 31, 2022, to $8.3 million at the end of the third quarter of 2023. The company also has outstanding 2021 convertible senior notes with an aggregate principal amount of $75.0 million.

Conference Call Information
Gamida Cell will host a conference call today, November 14, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss these financial results and company updates. To access the conference call by phone, please register here or dial 1-877-425-9470 for domestic callers or 1-201-389-0878 for international callers and enter the conference ID 13741024. A live conference call webcast can be accessed here. A webcast replay will be available approximately two hours after the event for approximately 30 days.

About Gamida Cell
Gamida Cell is a cell therapy pioneer working to turn cells into powerful therapeutics. The company’s proprietary nicotinamide (NAM) technology leverages the properties of NAM to enhance and expand cells, creating allogeneic cell therapy products and candidates that are potentially curative for patients with hematologic malignancies. These include Omisirge® (omidubicel-onlv), an FDA-approved nicotinamide modified allogeneic hematopoietic progenitor cell therapy, and GDA-201, an intrinsic natural killer (NK) cell therapy candidate being investigated for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. For additional information, please visit www.gamida-cell.com or follow Gamida Cell on LinkedIn, X, Facebook or Instagram.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including with respect to the potentially life-saving or curative therapeutic and commercial potential of Omisirge® (omidubicel-onlv), the Company’s cell therapy candidate, GDA-201, expectations regarding the commercial launch of Omisirge and potential to capture market share or generate revenue, Gamida Cell’s plans for commercial or strategic partnerships to support the launch of Omisirge, Gamida Cell’s financial runway, Gamida Cell’s ability to keep its Israel facilities open, the state of its workforce, and future developments that may adversely impact Gamida Cell’s Israel operations. Any statement describing Gamida Cell’s goals, expectations, financial or other projections, intentions or beliefs is a forward-looking statement and should be considered an at-risk statement. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions including those related to clinical, scientific, regulatory and technical developments and those inherent in the process of developing and commercializing product candidates that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics. In light of these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that are described in the Risk Factors section and other sections of Gamida Cell’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 14, 2023, and other filings that Gamida Cell makes with the SEC from time to time (which are available at www.sec.gov), the events and circumstances discussed in such forward-looking statements may not occur, and Gamida Cell’s actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied thereby. Although Gamida Cell’s forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of its management, these statements are based only on facts and factors currently known by Gamida Cell. As a result, you are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements.

OMISIRGE® is a registered trademark of Gamida Cell Inc. © 2023 Gamida Cell Inc. All Rights Reserved.


GAMIDA CELL LTD. AND ITS SUBSIDIARY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
U.S. dollars in thousands (except share and per share data)
    
 September 30, December 31, 
  2023   2022 
 (Unaudited)  
ASSETS    
CURRENT ASSETS:   
Cash and cash equivalents$60,431  $64,657 
Short-term restricted deposit 2,723   - 
Inventory 2,324   - 
Accounts Receivable 676   - 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,355   1,889 
Total current assets 68,509   66,546 
    
NON-CURRENT ASSETS:   
Restricted deposits 377   3,668 
Property, plant and equipment, net 42,667   44,319 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 3,706   7,024 
Severance pay fund 1,288   1,703 
Other long-term assets 1,201   1,513 
Total non-current assets 49,239   58,227 
Total assets $117,748  $124,773  
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)   
CURRENT LIABILITIES:   
Trade payables$1,664  $6,384 
Employees and payroll accruals 6,058   5,300 
Operating lease liabilities 1,497   2,648 
Accrued interest of convertible senior notes 710   1,652 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 10,725   8,891 
Total current liabilities 20,654   24,875 
    
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:   
Convertible senior notes, net 81,419   96,450 
Warrants liability 11,610   - 
Accrued severance pay 1,381   1,914 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 2,302   4,867 
Other long-term liabilities -   4,690 
Total non-current liabilities 96,712   107,921 
    
CONTINGENT LIABILITIES AND COMMITMENTS  
    
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT):   
Ordinary shares of NIS 0.01 par value 357   211 
Treasury ordinary shares of NIS 0.01 par value* *
Additional paid-in capital 471,012   408,598 
Accumulated deficit (470,987)  (416,832)
Total shareholders’ equity (deficit) 382   (8,023)
    
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity (deficit)$117,748  $124,773 
    
* Represents an amount lower than $1   


GAMIDA CELL LTD. AND ITS SUBSIDIARY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
U.S. dollars in thousands (except share and per share data)
  (Unaudited)      
     
 Three months ended
 September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
   2023  2022  2023  2022
         
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FAQ

How many transplant centers have been onboarded for Omisirge?

A total of 17 transplant centers have been onboarded, exceeding the company’s 2023 target range of 10 to 15.

What is the projected revenue from Omisirge for full year 2023?

Revenue from 4-6 units of Omisirge is projected for full year 2023.

What is the market access status for Omisirge?

Market access efforts have achieved coverage with more than 90% of commercial lives, including all top U.S. commercial payers.

Why will the lean launch effort continue in 2024?

The lean launch effort will continue in 2024 due to resource constraints, contingent on additional funding to extend its cash runway.

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