Instil Bio Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

  • Patients enrolled and recruitment ongoing in Phase 2 trial of ITIL-168 in melanoma (DELTA-1)
  • Fast Track Designation granted by FDA for ITIL-168 in metastatic melanoma
  • CoStAR mechanism of action data presented at SITC 2021
  • Successful pre-IND meeting for ITIL-306

DALLAS, Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Instil Bio, Inc. (“Instil”) (NASDAQ: TIL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing tumor infiltrating lymphocyte, or (TIL), therapies for the treatment of patients with cancer, today reported its third quarter 2021 financial results and provided a corporate update.

“We have achieved key milestones in our continued development of ITIL-168 with clearance of our IND for the DELTA-1 study, Fast Track Designation approval and initiation of enrollment in DELTA-1,” said Bronson Crouch, Chief Executive Officer of Instil. “Our progress in establishing a platform for cell therapy continues with the expansion of our UK clinical manufacturing capabilities which are on track to reach an annual capacity of over 200 lots by year end 2021 as well as with US clinical manufacturing coming online next year. With this added capacity, we expect to initiate additional trials in the months ahead as we progress both ITIL-168 and ITIL-306, our first genetically-engineered CoStAR-TIL.”

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights and Recent Corporate Updates:

Clinical Development:

  • Received IND Clearance from the FDA to Initiate DELTA-1, a Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Patients with Advanced Melanoma: On September 13, 2021, Instil reported clearance of its Investigational New Drug (IND) application by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate DELTA-1, a global Phase 2 clinical trial of ITIL-168 with registrational intent in patients with advanced melanoma. The DELTA-1 trial was expanded during the IND review process in consultation with FDA to include additional populations of patients with advanced melanoma, including patients who discontinued PD-1 inhibitor therapy due to intolerable toxicity and patients who had an unsatisfactory response to prior PD-1 inhibitor.

  • Initiated enrollment in DELTA-1: Instil reported that patients have been enrolled and recruitment is ongoing into the pivotal study. Enrollment for Cohort 1 is expected to be completed within 12 months, with Cohorts 2 and 3 finishing enrollment thereafter. Instil expects top-line data and BLA filing submission in 2023 and a European Medicines Agency (EMA) marketing authorization application (MAA) filing in 2024.

  • ITIL-168 in Advanced Melanoma Granted FDA Fast Track Designation: Instil was recently granted Fast Track Designation from the U.S. FDA for ITIL-168 in advanced melanoma. Fast Track designation confers certain benefits on the development process, including more frequent communications with the FDA and potential eligibility for accelerated approval and priority review.

  • Readiness to Initiate DELTA-2 in H1 2022: Preparations are on track to initiate enrollment in DELTA-2, a Phase 1 study of ITIL-168 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), cervical cancer, and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC). Enrollment in DELTA-2 is planned to initiate in H1 2022.

  • Presented Clinical Data in Advanced Cutaneous Melanoma at ESMO: Instil presented a subset analysis of treatment outcomes with TILs in 12 patients with checkpoint inhibitor-refractory advanced cutaneous melanoma, demonstrating a 58% objective response rates and median overall survival of 21.3 months; all patients in the subset analysis had experienced disease progression following treatment with a PD-1 inhibitor and CTLA-4 inhibition with ipilimumab.

Manufacturing and Technical Operations:

  • Clinical Manufacturing Readiness: U.K. manufacturing capacity remains on track for regulatory approval of the additional IMPACT manufacturing suite in Q4 2021, which will approximately triple the current U.K. manufacturing capacity. U.S. clinical manufacturing in Tarzana, CA remains on track for launch of clinical manufacturing in H1 2022, with qualification ongoing.


  • Appointed Mark Dudley, Ph.D. as Head of Research: Instil has appointed Mark Dudley, Ph.D. as Head of Research. Prior to Instil, Dr. Dudley led early development of T cell therapies at Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, and before that was on the technical R&D leadership team at Novartis. Before Novartis, Dr. Dudley spent nearly two decades at the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, where he contributed to a diverse portfolio of experimental T cell therapies, including TIL, TCR-T, and CAR-T products. Dr. Dudley is a recognized pioneer in adoptive cell therapy, having published seminal studies in TIL therapy for refractory melanoma patients, and the first studies of CD19 CAR-T in humans, IL-2 and IL-12 genetically engineered T cells in clinical trials, and TCR-T cells in clinical trials.

  • Successful Pre-IND Meeting with FDA on First-in-Human Study of ITIL-306: Instil Bio recently completed a pre-IND meeting with the FDA for the proposed first-in-human Phase 1 study of ITIL-306, a TIL product genetically engineered to express a Costimulatory Antigen Receptor (CoStAR) molecule, to gain alignment on nonclinical, manufacturing, and clinical aspects of the program. The company expects initiate a Phase 1 study of ITIL-306 in multiple cancer indications in H1 2022.

  • Presented Pre-clinical Data on the CoStAR Platform at SITC: Instil presented posters highlighting pre-clinical data from the CoStAR platform which demonstrated that CoStAR expression by T cells led to marked enhancement of effector function and proliferation of T cells and TILs. The novel design of CoStAR, which includes two intracellular costimulatory domains derived from CD28 and CD40, showed significantly improved activity compared to a CoStAR that contained only a CD28 domain, demonstrating the superiority of CD40-containing CoStAR molecules and important synergies of CD40 and CD28 signaling. Further details can be found in the poster publications available here.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial and Operating Results:

As of September 30, 2021, we had $20.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and $495.0 million in marketable securities, compared to $241.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and no investments in marketable securities as of December 31, 2020. The Company expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2021 will enable it to fund its operating plan into 2023.

Research and development expenses were $29.1 million and $64.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $4.9 million and $9.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

General and administrative expenses were $14.0 million and $37.1 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to $2.9 million and $7.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

(Unaudited; in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Statements of Operations

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
Revenue$  $52  $  $138 
Operating expenses:       
Research and development29,064  4,908  64,674  9,152 
General and administrative13,960  2,855  37,134  7,153 
Total operating expenses43,024  7,763  101,808  16,305 
Loss from operations(43,024) (7,711) (101,808) (16,167)
Interest and other (expense) income, net(639) 449  (657) (4,386)
Loss before income tax benefit$(43,663) $(7,262) $(102,465) $(20,553)
Income tax benefit658    1,021   
Net loss$(43,005) $(7,262) $(101,444) $(20,553)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.33) $(0.43) $(1.03) $(1.32)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted 128,794,142   16,928,831   98,256,027   15,616,389 

Selected Balance Sheet Data

 September 30,
 December 31,
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$515,358  $241,714 
Total assets647,397  319,012 
Total liabilities45,977  26,645 
Convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)601,420  292,367 

About Instil Bio

Instil Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIL) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing tumor infiltrating lymphocyte, or (TIL), therapies for the treatment of patients with cancer. The Company has assembled an accomplished management team with a successful track record in the development, manufacture, and commercialization of cell therapies. Using the Company’s proprietary, optimized, and scalable manufacturing processes at its in-house manufacturing facilities, Instil is advancing its lead TIL product candidate, ITIL-168, for the treatment of advanced melanoma and other solid tumors as well as ITIL-306, a next-generation, genetically engineered TIL therapy for multiple solid tumors. For more information visit and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

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