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CEL-SCI Corporation Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Financial Results

CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE American: CVM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2023, as well as key recent clinical and corporate developments.

Clinical and Corporate Developments include:

  • CEL-SCI identified the target head and neck cancer patient population for Multikine® (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection)* that will be the basis for the Company’s regulatory filings for marketing clearance. In October 2023, the new data were presented at the 2023 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress. The target population, which saw its 5-year risk of death cut in half, can be identified prior to surgery upon diagnosis with tests that physicians routinely use in cancer screenings, a key finding for Multikine, which is a neoadjuvant therapy. A summary of Multikine’s results in the target population include the following:
    • 73% survival for Multikine vs 45% in the control at 5 years
    • 28% absolute survival benefit
    • Statistically significant p = 0.0015 and hazard ratio = 0.35
    • Tumor reduction rate >13% and tumor downstaging >35%
    • No safety signals or toxicities vs standard of care
    • Target population of an estimated 145,000 patients (global, annual) with newly diagnosed squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) who present with:
      • No lymph node involvement (via PET scan)
      • Low PD-L1 tumor expression (TPS<10) (via biopsy).
    • Physicians routinely assess these features at baseline; no extra tests needed. These features make it easy to write a label for Multikine, which is essential for drug approval
    • CEL-SCI estimates that low PD-L1 patients represent about 70% of locally advanced primary SCCHN patients
  • CEL-SCI issued a comprehensive Letter to Shareholders detailing the data reported on the efficacy of Multikine in the head and neck cancer target patient population
  • CEL-SCI’s cGMP state-of-the-art dedicated manufacturing facility commissioning was completed, a significant milestone toward a planned Biologics License Application (BLA) with several regulatory agencies for approval of Multikine. The Company’s manufacturing trade secrets, capabilities, and know-how are high-value key strategic assets that are very difficult for others to replicate.
  • The United Kingdom’s (UK) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) selected Multikine to be evaluated as the potential new standard of care for SCCHN. NICE posted a detailed report from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) regarding Multikine, its clinical data, and its potential to become a better standard of care in treating newly diagnosed head and neck cancer in the UK.
  • The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Paediatric Committee granted CEL-SCI a product-specific waiver of strict requirements for commercialization of cancer drugs in the European Union (EU). The waiver is a big step forward for Multikine, as it removes a major hurdle on the path towards commercialization in Europe.
  • CEL-SCI plans to submit the target population data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this quarter. Health Canada advised CEL-SCI to request advance consideration for approval under a Notice of Compliance with Conditions (NOCC) policy. Meetings with the UK regulators and the EMA are expected H1 2024.

“Following the identification of our focused patient population, backed by robust efficacy data, we have made progress with global regulators, including in the UK and EU where we expect meetings in the coming months. Our manufacturing facility is fully commissioned and should soon be ready for commercial-scale production,” stated CEL-SCI CEO, Geert Kersten. “We are optimistic about working with regulators to get Multikine to the patients who need it. Statistically significant data demonstrate our target patient population can benefit from a longer life with Multikine.��

Financial Results

The Company incurred a net operating loss of approximately $6.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023, approximately $2.6 million of which was non-cash expenses.

During the three months ended December 31, 2023, research and development expenses decreased by approximately $1.0 million, or 19%, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2022. During the three months ended December 31, 2023, general and administrative expenses decreased by approximately $0.1 million, or 6%, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2022.

CEL-SCI raised $5 million in November 2023 and $7.75 million in February 2024, both through public offerings of common stock.

About CEL-SCI Corporation

CEL-SCI believes that boosting a patient’s immune system while it is still intact should provide the greatest possible impact on survival. Multikine is designed to help the immune system “target” the tumor at a time when the immune system is still relatively intact and thereby thought to be better able to mount an attack on the tumor. In a Phase 3 study, CEL-SCI studied patients who were newly diagnosed with locally advanced primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (oral cavity and soft-palate) with the investigational product Multikine administered first, before they received the standard of care, which involved surgery followed by either radiation or chemoradiation. The Phase 3 study enrolled 928 patients. Our approach is unique because most other cancer immunotherapies are administered only after conventional therapies have been tried and/or failed.

After analyzing data from the Phase 3 study, we have better defined the target population, which is advanced primary head and neck cancer patients with no lymph node involvement and with low PD-L1 tumor expression. In the Phase 3 study, we observed statistically significant survival data in the final target population, showing that Multikine cut the risk of death in half at five years vs control. We plan to submit the proposed study protocol to the FDA in Q1 2024, with the goal to get FDA buy-in for a confirmatory clinical trial, and also to discuss potential accelerated approval pathways.

Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection) received Orphan Drug designation from the FDA for neoadjuvant therapy in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) of the head and neck.

The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and near/in Baltimore, Maryland.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements 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. When used in this press release, the words "intends," "believes," "anticipated," "plans" and "expects," and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the terms, expected proceeds, use of proceeds and closing of the offering. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include an inability to duplicate the clinical results demonstrated in clinical studies, timely development of any potential products that can be shown to be safe and effective, receiving necessary regulatory approvals, difficulties in manufacturing any of the Company's potential products, inability to raise the necessary capital and the risk factors set forth from time to time in CEL-SCI's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to its report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2023. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

* Multikine (Leukocyte Interleukin, Injection) is the trademark that CEL-SCI has registered for this investigational therapy. This proprietary name is subject to FDA review in connection with the Company's future anticipated regulatory submission for approval. Multikine has not been licensed or approved for sale, barter or exchange by the FDA or any other regulatory agency. Similarly, its safety or efficacy has not been established for any use.










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Gavin de Windt

CEL-SCI Corporation

(703) 506-9460

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