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Final Results for the year ended 30 April 2016

Landmark four year survival achieved in resected SCIB1 patients
Emerging pipeline of three products across five cancer indications

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces results for the year ended 30 April 2016.

Read the full document here

Highlights

  • SCIB1 continues to deliver significant survival data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV melanoma
    • Currently 19 of the 20 patients with resected tumours at study entry remain alive
    • Of the 16 patients who received 2-4mg doses of SCIB1
      • Median observation time since entry is 49 months, a landmark survival milestone
      • Only two new incidences of disease progression have been recorded since December 2013
    • Of the four patients who received 8mg doses of SCIB1
      • Median observation time since entry is 18 months
      • None have progressed and none have died
    • As announced on 17 June 2016, treatment for the eight patients in the long-term continued dosing phase has been suspended due to the clinical trial supplies no longer being within the original specification
    • New SCIB1 material being manufactured to support a new study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor will also be made available to these continuation patients (subject to regulatory approval)
    • Plans for the US clinical study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor remain on track, enrolment expected to commence in Q3 2017
    • The final Clinical Study Report will be issued later this year and will support our US IND submission
  • Continued progress made in development of lead product, Modi-1, from Moditope® platform
    • Enrolment for first-in-man clinical study in triple negative breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteosarcoma expected to commence in early 2018
  • Strategic collaboration with Karolinska Institutet to explore the role of citrullination in cancer, a key mechanism underpinning the Moditope® platform
  • £6.2m (£5.8m net) raised through a firm placing and open offer involving both existing and new shareholders
  • John Chiplin appointed Chairman
  • Loss for the year of £2,583,273 (2015: loss £2,414,630)
  • Group cash balance at 30 April 2016 was £6,527,435 (30 April 2015: £3,059,001)

Post Period Highlights

  • Scancell’s executive management team restructured to align expertise with the strategic direction outlined in fundraising
  • Dr Alan Lewis appointed to Board as Non-Executive Director
  • Opening of new offices in San Diego, US and Oxford, UK to support Company’s growth plans

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman of Scancell, said:

“We have continued to make significant progress in the period, both in terms of the maturing clinical data with SCIB1 and further scientific developments on both the ImmunoBody® and Moditope® platforms. We now have a pipeline of three products across five cancer indications and clinical success with any one of these products could transform the value of the business. The Board believes that further clinical studies could add significant value to the Company and is continuing to explore a number of funding options to ensure that the Company has the resources to progress these programmes further.

“Scancell has arrived at an exciting point in its development. We now have the opportunity to transform the business from a small UK-based and largely scientifically-based enterprise into an international force in immuno-oncology. We remain committed to driving this process forward in the US and elsewhere, and to realising the value that has been accumulating over recent years, both for the benefit of our shareholders and cancer patients.”

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About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Dr Alan J. Lewis appointed as Non-Executive Director

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces the appointment of Dr Alan J. Lewis to the Board of Scancell as Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.

Alan has extensive experience in the US life sciences industry with a proven track record of raising funds and advancing drug discovery and development in both biotechnology and large pharmaceutical companies. Since 2000, as CEO, Alan has successfully led several life sciences companies through rapid growth to a successful exit. At Medistem he oversaw the acquisition by Intrexon in March 2014 for a stock and cash transaction of $26 million. Whilst at Novocell, he supervised the $25.4 million fundraising and was responsible for its multi-year drug discovery collaboration with Pfizer. As CEO of Signal Therapeutics, Alan oversaw multi-year alliances with a number of leading pharmaceutical companies including Akzo Nobel, Roche Biosciences and Novartis, and subsequently managed its $275 million acquisition by Celgene.

Alan has also held senior positions at Celgene, Ambit Biosciences, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and initially worked in research at Organon Laboratories (Merck) and Wyeth Laboratories (Pfizer).

He is currently President and CEO of DiaVacs, a San Diego based clinical stage biotechnology company developing products to reverse the onset of autoimmune diseases by re-inducing tolerance into the patient’s immune system to halt the vicious cycle of autoimmunity.

Alan has a B.Sc in Physiology and Biochemistry from Southampton University, UK, a Ph.D in Pharmacology from the University of Wales, UK where he was later made an Honorary Research Fellow in 2008. He has held research fellowships at University of Guelph, Canada and Yale University, USA, and has published over 120 full manuscripts, 100 abstracts as well as written and edited seven books.

Speaking upon his appointment, Dr Lewis said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the Board of Scancell. This is an exciting time for immuno-oncology and I am delighted to be involved in the cutting edge science that underpins the company’s research and development.”

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman of Scancell continued: “We welcome Alan to the Scancell Board. He brings with him a wealth of industry experience, both commercially and financially. Most importantly though,
Alan has extensive experience in drug discovery and development, which combined with his close connections to key players in the sector, will be invaluable to Scancell as it begins to accelerate the development of a range of new products from the ImmunoBody® and Moditope® platforms from next year."


Schedule Two information regarding Dr Alan James Lewis, age 70:

Current Directorships
Assembly Biosciences, Inc. (US)
Batu Biologics, Inc. (US)
Biocom (US)
BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. (US)
Capella Therapeutics (US)
Cellastra, Inc. (US)
DiaVacs, Inc. (US)
Habit Rx (US)
International Association of Inflammation Societies (US)
Neurometrix Rx (US)
The Stem Cell Advisors, Inc. (US)
Targazyme, Inc. (US)


Directorships in the past five years
Ambit Biosciences Corporation (US)
Biotica Technology Ltd. (UK)
Cytochroma (CA)
Medistem, Inc. (US)
Rincon Pharmaceuticals (US)

There are no other disclosures required in relation to Rule 17 or paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.

This announcement contains inside information.

For Further Information:

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Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Maisie Atkinson (Sales) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2905
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.
Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Publication highlights advantages of Moditope® technology platform

Peer-­reviewed publication highlights advantages of Moditope® technology platform

Potential to develop completely new class of immuno-­oncology therapeutics

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce the publication of an invited review in the scientific journal Autophagy entitled: “Autophagy, citrullination and cancer”, which describes Scancell’s pre-­clinical data that supports the innovation and potential of the Company’s Moditope® platform1.

The review, whose lead author is Professor Lindy Durrant, Scancell’s Chief Scientific Officer, discusses the concept that citrullinated peptides produced during autophagy offer attractive vaccine targets for cancer therapy. Scancell’s Moditope® platform utilises this mechanism to stimulate the production of highly active CD4+ T cells that overcome self-­tolerance and destroy tumour cells.

The data described in the review, and published in the peer-­reviewed journal Cancer Research2, showed that a single immunization with Moditope® peptides, up to 14 days after tumour implant, resulted in long-­term survival in up to 90% of mice, with no associated toxicity.

Professor Lindy Durrant, Chief Scientific Officer of Scancell commented:
 “The interplay between autophagy, citrullination and cancer support the rationale behind our Moditope® platform technology. Moditope® has a unique mechanism of action that overcomes the immune suppression induced by tumour cells, allowing T cells to seek out and kill tumours that would otherwise be hidden from the immune system. We believe this platform has the potential to develop a new class of immuno-­oncology therapeutics and look forward to progressing our first vaccine into the clinic as soon as possible.”

The first clinical trials of Modi-­1, the lead candidate from the Moditiope® platform, are expected to target patients with triple negative breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteosarcoma.

The full abstract of the review can be found below.

Abstract

Autophagy, citrullination and cancer

A cell needs to maintain a balance between biosynthesis and degradation of cellular components to maintain homeostasis. There are 2 pathways, the proteasome, which degrades short-­lived proteins, and the autophagy/lysosomal pathway, which degrades long-­lived proteins and organelles. Both of these pathways are also involved in antigen presentation or the effective delivery of peptides to MHC molecules for presentation to T cells. Autophagy (macroautophagy) is a key player in providing substantial sources of citrullinated peptides for loading onto MHC-­II molecules to stimulate CD4 T cell responses. Stressful conditions in the tumor microenvironment induce autophagy in cancer cells as a mechanism to promote their survival. We therefore investigated if citrullinated peptides could stimulate CD4 T cell responses that would recognize these modifications produced during autophagy within tumor cells. Focusing on the intermediate filament protein VIM (vimentin), we generated citrullinated VIM peptides for immunization experiments in
mice. Immunization with these peptides induced CD4 T cells in response to autophagic tumor targets. Remarkably, a single immunization with modified peptide, up to 14 days after tumor implant, resulted in long-­term survival in 60% to 90% of animals with no associated toxicity. These results show how CD4 cells can mediate potent antitumor responses against modified self-­epitopes presented on tumor cells, and they illustrate for the first time how the citrullinated peptides produced during autophagy may offer especially attractive vaccine targets for cancer therapy.

1. Lindy G. Durrant, Rachael L. Metheringham & Victoria A. Brentville (2016): Autophagy, citrullination and cancer, Autophagy, DOI: 10.1080/15548627.2016.1166326
2. Victoria A. Brentville, Rachael L. Metheringham, Barbara Gunn, Peter Symonds, Ian Daniels, Mohamed Gijon, Katherine Cook, Wei Zue & Lindy G Durrant (2015): Citrullinated vimentin presented on MHC-­II in tumor cells is a target for CD4+ T cell-­mediated autitumor immunity, Cancer Research 76(3), 548-­560.

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc

+1 858 900 2646

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)

Maisie Atkinson (Sales)

Panmure Gordon & Co

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+44 (0) 20 7886 2905

Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-­specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic T-­lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-­clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-­1 or CTLA-­4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.
Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

SCIB1 continues to deliver compelling survival data in melanoma

Scancell to present update at the Oxford Technology VCT AGM and Proactive Investors One2One Forum

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today provides an update from the SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in malignant melanoma, the lead programme from the Company’s ImmunoBody® platform and will be presenting at the Oxford Technology VCT AGM and Proactive Investors One2One Forum later this week.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO of Scancell, said: “SCIB1 continues to deliver compelling survival data in patients with resected Stage III/IV melanoma. It is particularly interesting to note that there has only been one new case of disease progression since November 2013 in the resected patients receiving 4mg doses of SCIB1, which gives us hope that SCIB1 might offer curative potential in this currently untreated patient group.”

Dr Keith Flaherty, Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, commented: “The SCIB1 overall survival and progression free survival data generated to date go well beyond established norms for this group of melanoma patients. We have a lot of enthusiasm for validating these results in subsequent trials.”

SCIB1 Survival Update

As of 27 June 2016, SCIB1 continues to deliver strong survival data:

  • Currently 19 of the 20 patients with resected tumours at study entry remain alive
  • One patient who first experienced disease progression in September 2013 died in April 2016, despite additional treatment with checkpoint inhibitors and radiation therapy
  • Of the 16 patients who received 2-4mg doses of SCIB1 Median observation time since entry is 46 months and 52 months since first diagnosis of metastatic disease
  • Only five patients have progressed and one has died
  • Only one new incidence of disease progression has been seen since November 2013
  • Of the four patients who received 8mg doses of SCIB1 (recruited after lower dose cohorts)
  • Median observation time since entry is 16 months and 21 months since first diagnosis of metastatic disease
  • None have progressed and none have died
  • As announced on 17 June 2016, treatment for the eight patients in the long-term continued dosing phase has been suspended due to the clinical trial supplies no longer being within the original specification
  • New SCIB1 material being manufactured to support a new study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor will also be made available to these continuation patients (subject to regulatory approval)
  • New SCIB1 material will be ready for use in approximately 9-12 months
  • Plans for the US clinical study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor remain on track
  • The final Clinical Study Report, which will be issued later this year, will provide safety, immunology and clinical data from all patients up to 29 October 2015 (the date of the last patient’s dose in the main study) to support our US regulatory submission


Investor Events

Proactive One2One Forum, 7 July 2016 – Dr Richard Goodfellow
The event will commence at 6.00pm at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair. Attendance is free. Proactive Investors One2One Forums have rapidly gained global recognition for companies to present
to an audience of astute high net worth investors, fund managers, private client brokers and analysts. See Proactive Investors website for more details: http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/register/event_details/65

Oxford Technology VCT AGM, 8 July 2016 – Dr John Chiplin

Scancell will be speaking as part of the portfolio review at the Oxford Technology VCT AGM which commences at 11am at the Magdalen Centre, Oxford Science Park, Oxford OX4 4GA. The Company will provide a corporate presentation and will provide an update on its immunotherapy platform technologies:

  • ImmunoBody® - Best-in-class DNA vaccine technology for use in combination with checkpoint inhibitors or as monotherapy for patients with resected disease
  • Moditope® - Novel immunotherapy that destroys tumours and extends survival without the need for checkpoint inhibition

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc

+1 858 900 2646

+ 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)

Maisie Atkinson (Sales)

Panmure Gordon & Co

+44 (0) 20 7886 2500

+44 (0) 20 7886 2905

Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell
Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour
load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer
survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could
play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Scancell Opens US Headquarters in San Diego - Key Management Changes to Support Future Growth

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), today announces the opening of new offices in San Diego to support the Company’s ambitious US growth plans together with plans to establish a new base in the Oxford area for its UK corporate and development activities.

In addition, the following changes have been made to the structure of Scancell’s executive management team to optimally align management expertise with the strategic direction outlined in the £6.2m ($9m) fundraising completed in April.

Dr John Chiplin, who is based in the US and is currently Scancell’s Non-Executive Chairman, will assume the role of Executive Chairman. John will be directly involved in raising the corporate profile of the Company in the US. Recent US transaction experience, as a director/CEO, includes Benitec Biopharma (US IPO), Medistem (acquired by Intrexon), Arana (acquired by Cephalon) and Domantis (acquired by GSK). Prior to Scancell John was CEO of Polynoma, a Phase III cancer vaccine company, based in San Diego.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, currently Joint CEO, will become Chief Executive Officer and Professor Lindy Durrant, currently Joint CEO, will become Chief Scientific Officer, allowing her to focus fully on the innovative drug discovery that underpins Scancell’s novel technology platforms.

Dr Sally Adams will remain as Development Director.

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman of Scancell commented: “The Board believes that these changes align management with the strategic direction outlined at the time of our recent £6m fundraising and optimally leverage expertise with the needs of the Company. Scancell’s next generation cancer vaccine platforms, ImmunoBody® and Moditope®, are delivering outstanding results and I am convinced that Scancell will secure wider recognition for its innovative technologies and products in both the United States and Europe over the coming months.”

-ENDS-

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO    
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Maisie Atkinson (Sales)   +44 (0) 20 7886 2905
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Result of the Open Offer

On 9 March 2016 the Board of Scancell announced details of a Placing in which it had conditionally raised gross proceeds of £3.4 million by means of a Placing of 20,000,000 Placing shares at 17 pence per share.

In addition, the Company announced that it was providing Qualifying Shareholders with an opportunity to subscribe, at 17 pence per share, for 22,495,068 new Ordinary Shares to raise gross proceeds of up to approximately £3.8 million by way of the Open Offer.

The Company has received subscriptions in respect of 16,048,593 new Ordinary Shares, representing 71.3 per cent. of the new Ordinary Shares available under the Open Offer. All applications made pursuant to the Open Offer including the Excess Shares applied for under the Excess Application Facility have been met in full. The Company has therefore raised gross proceeds of approximately £2.7 million through the Open Offer.

John Chiplin, Non-Executive Chairman of Scancell, said: "We are delighted that, through our Placing and Open Offer, the Company has successfully raised £6.1 million. We would like to thank our existing shareholders for their continued support, as well as welcoming new investors, at this important time in the Company’s evolution. As a result of this fundraising we are now able to accelerate the development of both our ImmunoBody® and Moditope® platform technologies. We will use the money raised to prepare for our SCIB1 ImmunoBody® / checkpoint inhibitor combination study in melanoma, including applying for a US IND later this year, enabling the study to begin in 2017 and also to take our first Moditope® product, Modi-1, into the clinic next year. We will continue to strengthen our Board and management team and increase our focus on the US with the goal of becoming one of the leading cancer immunotherapy companies.”

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Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the admission to trading on AIM of the 36,048,593 new Ordinary Shares to be issued under the Placing and Open Offer. It is expected that Admission will occur and that dealings will commence at 08:00 a.m. on 5 April 2015. The total number of Ordinary Shares following Admission will be 260,999,276 with each share carrying the right to one vote. The above figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in Scancell under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

This announcement should be read in conjunction with the full text of the Circular posted to Shareholders on 11 March 2016, copies of which are available on the Company's website at www.scancell.co.uk. Capitalised terms not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given in the Circular.

Collaboration with Karolinska

Scancell embarks on strategic collaboration with world-leading research team at Karolinska Institutet

Collaboration to further explore the role of citrullination in cancer, a key mechanism underpinning the Moditope® platform

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces that it has embarked on a strategic research collaboration with scientists at the Rheumatology Unit at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, led by Professors Lars Klareskog and Vivianne Malmström. The collaboration will further explore the scientific and clinical role of citrullinated proteins in the treatment of cancer.

Scancell’s Moditope® platform technology overcomes the immune suppression induced by tumours themselves, allowing activated T cells to seek out and kill tumour cells that would otherwise be hidden from the immune system. This is achieved by stimulating the production of CD4+ T cells using citrullinated tumour-associated peptide epitopes, which overcome self-tolerance and destroy tumour cells.

The teams of Professors Klareskog and Malmström have uncovered a central role for citrullinated proteins in the pathogenesis of the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. Conversely, Scancell has discovered that citrullinated proteins are also targets on cancer cells and this underpins the use of citrullinated peptides in the Company’s Moditope® cancer immunotherapy platform.

The groups of Professors Klareskog and Malmström perform world-leading research in the area of rheumatology and their work has been published in a number of leading academic journals, including Nature, Lancet, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics and Annual Review of Immunology.

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO of Scancell and Professor of Cancer Immunotherapy at Nottingham University, commented:

“Our research has previously shown that citrullinated proteins are involved in the control of tumour growth, which led us to the development of the Moditope® platform. The teams of professors Klareskog and Malmström have developed an understanding of the role of citrullinated proteins in the pathogenesis of the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. We believe that this strategic collaboration with Karolinska will enhance our joint understanding of the role that citrullination plays in both cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, and will help us develop the Moditope® platform to its full potential.”

Professor Lars Klareskog, MD, PhD, at Karolinska Institutet, added:

“Citrullinated proteins have been implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. Collaborating with Scancell will allow us to further explore the role of immunity to citrullinated proteins in the control of tumour growth, and we are delighted to be working with Scancell on this exciting project.”

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO

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Maisie Atkinson (Sales)

Panmure Gordon & Co

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Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting

+ 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer
survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could
play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

About Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical
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Proposed Placing and Open Offer

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS RESTRICTED AND IS NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY
IN, OR INTO OR FROM THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION OR SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE SAME WOULD BE UNLAWFUL.

FURTHER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR ISSUE OR THE SOLICITATION TO BUY, SUBSCRIBE FOR OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRE ANY ORDINARY SHARES OF SCANCELL IN ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH ANY SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT SHOULD BE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY. IN PARTICULAR, YOU SHOULD READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE "IMPORTANT NOTICES" SECTION AND IN THE APPENDICES.

Scancell Holdings plc (LSE:AIM SCLP) ("Scancell" or the "Company"), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce a proposed new issue to raise approximately £6.8 million, before expenses, at an issue price of 17 pence per New Ordinary Share by way of:
 

  • a firm placing of New Ordinary Shares to raise approximately £3 million, which will be conducted by accelerated bookbuild, and in respect of which the Company has received indicative demand for the entire amount; and
  • an open offer, for up to 22.4 million New Ordinary Shares, to raise up to £3.8 million, which will provide Qualifying Shareholders with the opportunity to subscribe for New Ordinary Shares on the basis of 1 New Ordinary Share for every 10 Existing Ordinary Shares held by Qualifying Shareholders on the Record Date.


The proposed placing and open offer are within the Company’s existing allotment authorities.

John Chiplin, Chairman of Scancell, commented:

"This placing and open offer will fund important next steps for the pipelines of both of our ImmunoBody® and Moditope® platform technologies as well as strengthening the Board and management as Scancell enters the next chapter in its growth.

“We recently announced that we had put in place a prestigious team of US investigators to lead a Phase 2 checkpoint inhibitor combination study with the ImmunoBody® lead cancer vaccine SCIB1 in melanoma. A proportion of funds raised will be used to accelerate the remaining preparatory work to allow such a trial to begin in a timely manner in 2017.

“We are also excited to be progressing the first pipeline product from our Moditope® platform, Modi-1, into the clinic. Part of the funds raised are earmarked for finishing the necessary work to allow Scancell to file a Clinical Trial Application in the UK for the planned Phase 1/2 clinical trial in triple negative breast cancer/ovarian cancer that we expect to begin next year.”


For further information please contact:

Scancell Holdings Plc
Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO
Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
   
Panmure Gordon (Nominated Adviser and placing agent)
Robert Naylor/Paul Fincham, Corporate Finance
Maisie Atkinson, Sales
+44 (0) 20 7886 2500
   
Lesmoir-Gordon, Boyle & Co. Limited (Sub placing agent)
Angus Grierson
+44 (0) 20 7518 9892
   
FTI Consulting
Mo Noonan
Simon Conway
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

The Placing is being conducted through an accelerated bookbuild which will be launched immediately following this announcement. Members of the public are not eligible to take part in the Placing.

The Company has received advance assurance from HM Revenue and Customs that it is a qualifying holding for the purposes of the Venture Capital Trust rules and a qualifying company for the purposes of the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Although the Company currently expects to satisfy the relevant conditions for EIS and VCT investment, neither the Directors nor the Company gives any warranty or undertaking that relief will be available in respect of any investment in the Company Shares, nor do they warrant or undertake that the Company will conduct its activities in a way that qualifies for or preserves its status.

A circular to shareholders, including further details of the Open Offer will be despatched to shareholders on or around 11 March 2016 and will also be available at this time on the Company's website at http://www.scancell.co.uk.

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited is acting as Nominated Adviser and placing agent in respect of the Placing. Lesmoir-Gordon, Boyle & Co. Limited is acting as sub placing agent.

Description of Company

Scancell is developing immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that may hold the key to keeping patients permanently disease-free. Unlike traditional therapies that attack cancer directly, immunotherapy uses the body’s own internal biological defences to ward off the disease, with the ultimate hope of building up longterm resistance to the cancer.

There is a strong rationale for the development of tumour-specific T cell stimulators to treat patients with cancer. Although some cancer vaccines in clinical development have been able to stimulate an immune response, few have yet been able to demonstrate an overall clinical benefit.
ImmunoBody® Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system, where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site, and
the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response, where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Each ImmunoBody® vaccine can be designed to target a particular cancer in a highly specific manner.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. The results of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy in stage III/IV (late stage) melanoma patients with resected disease, produced a melanoma-specific immune response; and a highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway) has also shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

These data suggest that SCIB1 has the potential to become both the first stand-alone adjuvant treatment for early stage metastatic melanoma and an attractive partner with checkpoint inhibitors for later stage disease.

This has set the stage for an expanded clinical trial programme with a highly qualified group of US specialists. Dr Keith Flaherty, M.D., Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School has been named the principal investigator for a multicentre clinical trial, which aims to demonstrate an increase in the response rates when SCIB1 is added to checkpoint inhibitor monotherapy. The trial is expected
to commence in 2017.

Moditope®

Moditope® is a peptide-based vaccine platform that stimulates the production of killer CD4+ T cells that induce anti-tumour activity without toxicity. Although CD8+ T cell responses to tumourassociated antigens have been reported, it is difficult to induce tumour-specific CD4+ T cell
responses due to self‐tolerance against normal CD4+ T cell epitopes. The ability of Moditope®citrullinated peptides to induce CD4+ cytotoxic T cells against tumour-associated epitopes has therefore added a new dimension to the potential of anti‐tumour vaccines.

Publication of the scientific data supporting the Moditope® platform in Cancer Research in December 2015 provides further endorsement of the quality of Scancell’s innovative research and is a tribute to the strength of the Company’s research team.

Reasons for the Firm Placing and Open Offer

The latest survival data on patients treated with SCIB1 combined with the animal data showing the potential value of a SCIB1/checkpoint inhibitor combination, has set the stage for an expanded clinical trial programme in melanoma, starting in 2017.

Further progress has also been made with the Moditope® platform, and it is anticipated that the first product, Modi-1, will be ready for clinical trials for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer in 2017.

To support this process, the Board and management will be further strengthened to prepare the Company for its future as a later stage development Company.

This Capital Raising will allow the Company to prepare for further clinical studies on both SCIB1 and Moditope®, which the Board believes could add significant incremental value.

Proposed Use of proceeds

The Capital Raising is expected to raise gross proceeds of approximately £6.8 million (before commission and the costs of the Firm Placing and Open Offer), with the Firm Placing raising gross proceeds of approximately £3 million and the Open Offer expected to raise gross proceeds of up to
approximately £3.8 million, assuming full take up of the Open Offer.
It is expected that the net proceeds from the Firm Placing and Open Offer will be used as follows:
 

  • ImmunoBody®: approximately £1.9 million is expected to be used to secure approval of an Investigational New Drug application from the US Food and Drug Administration for the SCIB1 combination study and to complete all of the preparatory work for such a trial in the US, including the manufacture of SCIB1 and conducting suitable toxicology and stability studies;
  • Moditope®: approximately £1.4 million is expected to be used to prepare and file a Clinical Trial Application in the UK for the planned Phase 1/2 clinical trial with Modi-1 and to complete all of the preparatory work for such a trial in the UK, including the manufacture of Modi-1 and conducting suitable toxicology and stability studies;
  • approximately £0.6 million will be used to build an experienced US focused management team; and
  • the remaining balance of the net proceeds is expected to be used for the Company's working capital requirements.

Therapeutic drug development is a long process and the Directors believe that the Company will need additional funding in order to conduct the aforementioned clinical studies and as it moves from its current strong research base to a later stage development company.

This funding will need to be provided either by a development partner, such as a large pharmaceutical company, or by further equity issuance to existing and new shareholders. The Directors believe that delivering the milestones outlined above, enabling the Company to secure approval to conduct clinical trials with SCIB1 in the US and the manufacture of SCIB1 and Modi-1 for both clinical trials, will enhance the value of the Company and prepare it for further later stage fundraising. The Directors also believe that these milestones will ensure wider recognition of the Company both in the United States and Europe for the quality and value of both the ImmunoBody®and Moditope® platforms.

The expected use of proceeds set out above is illustrative of the Directors’ current intentions with regard to the proceeds from the Firm Placing and Open Offer and may be subject to change.

Expected Timetable of Principal Events

Announcement of the Firm Placing and Open Offer 9 March
Record Date for the Open Offer 9 March
Publication of the Open Offer and the Application Form 11 March
Ex-entitlement Date 11 March
Open Offer Entitlements credited to CREST stock accounts of Qualifying CREST Holders 14 March
Recommended last time and date for requesting withdrawal of Open Offer Entitlements from CREST 4.30 p.m. on 21 March
Latest time and date for depositing Open Offer Entitlements into CREST 3.00 p.m. on 22 March
Latest time and date for splitting Application Forms
(to satisfy bona fide market claims only)
3.00 p.m. on 23 March
Latest time and date for acceptance of the Open Offer and receipt of completed Application Forms 11.00 a.m. on 29 March
Announcement of result of Open Offer 31 March
Admission and commencement of dealings in the New Ordinary Shares 8.00 a.m. on 5 April
New Ordinary Shares credited to CREST members’ account 5 April
Despatch of definitive share certificates for New Ordinary Shares in certificated form 19 April


The above time and/or dates are subject to change and, in the event of such change, the revised times and/or dates will be notified to Shareholders by an announcement through a Regulatory Information Service.

Definitions

The following definitions apply throughout this announcement, unless the context requires otherwise:
 

“Admission” the admission of the Firm Placing Shares and the Offer Shares to trading on AIM
"AIM" the AIM market operated by London Stock Exchange
"AIM Rules for Companies" the AIM Rules for Companies and guidance notes as published by the London Stock Exchange from time to time governing the admission to, and operation of, AIM
"Application Form" the personalised application form on which Qualifying Shareholders may apply for New Ordinary Shares under the open offer
"Board" or "Directors" the directors of the Company
“Capital Raising” the Firm Placing and the Open Offer, taken together
“Company” or “Scancell” Scancell Holdings PLC
“CREST” the computerized settlement system (as defined in the CREST Regulations) in respect of which Euroclear is the operator (as defined in the CREST Regulations), which facilitates the transfer of title to shares in uncertificated form
“CREST member” a person who has been admitted to CREST as a system-member (as defined in the CREST Regulations)
“CREST Regulations” the Uncertificated Securities Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/3755) (as amended)
"EIS" Enterprise Investment Scheme
"EIS Qualifying Shares" the Firm Placing Shares and the Offer Shares being the New Ordinary Shares that the Board have allocated to investors who are VCTs or wish to receive EIS relief
"Euroclear" Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited
“Ex-entitlement Date” the date on which the Existing Ordinary Shares are marked “ex” for entitlement under the Open Offer.
“Existing Ordinary Shares” the Ordinary Shares in issue on the date of this announcement
“Firm Placees” The persons who with whom the Firm Placing Shares will be placed pursuant to the Firm Placing
“Firm Placing” the placing by the Company of the Firm Placing Shares with the Firm Placees, otherwise than on a pre-emptive basis, at the Offer Price
“Firm Placing Shares” The Ordinary Shares which are the subject of the Firm Placing
“FCA” the Financial Conduct Authority
“FSMA” Financial Services and Market Act 2000 (as amended)
“HMRC” Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
“London Stock Exchange” London Stock Exchange plc
“LGB” or “Lesmoir-Gordon Boyle” Lesmoir-Gordon, Boyle & Co Limited
"New Ordinary Shares" the Firm Placing Shares and the Offer Shares
"Offer Price" 17 pence per New Ordinary Share
"Offer Shares" the Ordinary Shares being made available to Qualifying Shareholders pursuant to the Open Offer
"Open Offer" the conditional invitation made to Qualifying Shareholders to apply to subscribe for the Offer Shares at the Offer Price
“Open Offer Entitlement” the entitlement of Qualifying Shareholders to subscribe for Offer Shares allocated to Qualifying Shareholders on the Record Date pursuant to the Open Offer
"Ordinary Shares" ordinary shares in the capital of the Company
“Panmure Gordon” Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited
"Overseas Shareholders" a Shareholder with a registered address outside the United Kingdom
“Qualifying CREST Holders” holders of Existing Ordinary Shares in uncertificated form on the register of members of the Company at the Record Date
“Qualifying Non-CREST Holders” holders of Existing Ordinary Shares in certificated form on the register of members of the Company on the Record Date
“Qualifying Shareholders” Qualifying Non-CREST Holders and Qualifying CREST Holders (other than certain Overseas Shareholders)
“Record Date” 5.00 p.m. on 9 March 2016 in respect of the entitlements of Qualifying Shareholders under the Open Offer
“Regulatory Information Service” has the meaning given in the AIM Rules for Companies
“Restricted Jurisdiction” the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa, the Russian Federation, Japan or the Republic of Ireland and any jurisdiction where the extension or availability of the Open Offer (and any other transaction contemplated thereby) would breach any applicable laws or regulations and “Restricted Jurisdictions” shall mean any of them
“Scancell ” or “Group” Scancell Holdings plc and its subsidiaries
“Securities Act” US Securities Act of 1933 (as amended)
“Shareholders” the holders of Existing Ordinary Shares
“United Kingdom” or “UK” the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“United States”, “United States of America” or “US” the United States of America, its territories and possessions, any state of the United States of America and the District of Columbia and all areas subject to its jurisdiction
"VCT" Venture Capital Trust as defined by section 259 ITA
   

Scancell to present at the Biotech Capital Conference

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces that the Company will be presenting at the Biotech Capital Conference on
Thursday 3 March 2016.

Dr Richard Goodfellow will present an update on the Company’s immunotherapy platform technologies:

  • ImmunoBody® - Potent DNA vaccine technology for use in combination with checkpoint inhibitors or as monotherapy for patients with resected disease
  • Moditope® - Novel immunotherapy that destroys tumours and extends survival without the need for checkpoint inhibition

The event will commence at 9.00am at 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD. Attendance is free, with registration via www.biotech-capital.com/conferences.

The Biotech Capital Conferences are a new institutionally focused platform for listed Biotech companies to reach out to a very active pool of investors. Participants include Biotech investors, investment managers,
private client brokers and analysts who want exclusive access to the management of some of the market’s most interesting, high growth companies.

A recording of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website following the event.

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO    
Charles Breese Larpent Newton +44 (0) 12 8070 3482
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

 

 

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer
survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could
play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.