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Nurix Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results and Provides a Corporate Update

Completed two registered direct offerings in July raising gross proceeds of $95 million

Maintained strong financial position with $413.6 million in cash and marketable securities as of August 31, 2022

Expanded leadership team and board of directors with experienced industry leaders

Announced multiple presentations at upcoming SITC 2022 annual meeting, including initial PK/PD data for NX-1607 program

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nurix Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRIX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing targeted protein modulation drugs, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended August 31, 2022 and provided a corporate update.

“The third quarter was highly productive for Nurix with continued progress in our development programs, expansion of our leadership team and the completion of significant registered direct offerings that enabled us to strengthen our balance sheet,” said Arthur T. Sands, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Nurix. “We look forward to maintaining our momentum into the end of year as we continue to execute on the clinical trials of our wholly owned programs and provide important updates through the remainder of the year.”

Recent Business Highlights

  • Strengthened the balance sheet with two registered direct offerings raising gross proceeds of $95 million: Nurix entered into two securities purchase agreements with healthcare-focused investment funds to sell, in registered direct offerings, pre-funded warrants to purchase an aggregate of 6,814,920 shares of Nurix’s common stock at a price of $13.939 per pre-funded warrant, cumulatively yielding total gross proceeds of $95 million.
  • Expanded the Nurix leadership team and board with the hiring of chief people officer and the appointment of leading industry strategist to the board of directors: In August, Nurix announced that industry veteran, Eric Schlezinger, J.D., joined the company as chief people officer. Mr. Schlezinger has extensive experience leading and developing human resources at high-growth private and public biopharma companies. In September, Nurix announced the appointment of leading industry strategist Edward C. Saltzman to its board of directors. Mr. Saltzman has over 30 years of drug strategic development experience and currently serves as Head of Biotech Strategy at Lumanity Inc., a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology advisory firm.
  • Announced acceptance of six abstracts at the upcoming Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 37th Annual Meeting (November 8-12, 2022): Nurix will have six poster presentations at the meeting, including a presentation of initial biomarker data from the Phase 1 clinical trial of NX-1607, a first-in-class oral inhibitor of Casitas B-lineage lymphoma proto-oncogene B (CBL-B) in patients with advanced malignancies.

Upcoming Program Highlights*

  • NX-2127: Nurix’s lead drug candidate from its protein degradation portfolio, NX-2127, is an orally bioavailable degrader of BTK with immunomodulatory activity for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies. Nurix is conducting its Phase 1 clinical trial of NX-2127 at multiple clinical sites. Nurix anticipates presenting additional clinical results from the Phase 1a portion of the trial by the end of 2022. Additional information on the clinical trial can be accessed at clinicaltrials.gov (NCT04830137).
  • NX-5948: Nurix’s second drug candidate from its protein degradation portfolio, NX-5948, is an orally bioavailable BTK degrader designed without immunomodulatory activity for certain B-cell malignancies and autoimmune diseases. Nurix is evaluating NX-5948 in a Phase 1 clinical trial in adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies and expects to have initial PK/PD data from the Phase 1a portion of the study by the end of 2022. Additional information on the clinical trial can be accessed at clinicaltrials.gov (NCT05131022).
  • NX-1607: Nurix’s lead drug candidate from its targeted protein elevation portfolio, NX-1607, is an orally bioavailable inhibitor of the E3 ligase CBL-B for immuno-oncology indications including a range of solid tumor types. Nurix is evaluating NX-1607 in an ongoing, Phase 1 dose escalation and expansion trial in adults with a variety of oncology indications at multiple clinical sites and expects to present initial PK/PD data from the Phase 1a stage of the study at the SITC 2022 annual meeting. Additional information on the clinical trial can be accessed at clinicaltrials.gov (NCT05107674).
  • DeTIL-0255: Nurix’s lead candidate in its cellular therapy portfolio, DeTIL-0255, is a drug-enhanced adoptive cellular therapy. Nurix is evaluating DeTIL-0255 in a Phase 1 trial in adults with gynecological malignancies including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and endometrial cancer. Nurix anticipates providing a clinical update from the run-in portion of the DeTIL-0255 Phase 1 study by the end of 2022. Additional information on the clinical trial can be accessed at clinicaltrials.gov (NCT05107739).

* Expected timing of events throughout the press release are based on calendar year quarters.

Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

Collaboration revenue for the three months ended August 31, 2022 was $10.8 million compared to $10.3 million for the three months ended August 31, 2021. The increase was primarily due to the continued scale up of internal resources and external spending for our collaborations with Sanofi and Gilead as compared to the prior period, resulting in a higher percentage of completion in the current period. In the three months ended August 31, 2022, Nurix achieved a research milestone under its collaboration with Gilead and anticipates a payment of $2.5 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2022.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended August 31, 2022 were $47.8 million compared to $30.9 million for the three months ended August 31, 2021. The increase was primarily related to an increase of $7.3 million in compensation and related personnel costs and an increase of $2.0 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense primarily attributable to an increase in headcount. In addition, there was an increase of $5.3 million in supplies and contract research and preclinical and clinical costs due to ongoing clinical trial startup and patient enrollment and preclinical and drug discovery activities.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended August 31, 2022 were $9.7 million compared to $8.3 million for the three months ended August 31, 2021. The increase was primarily related to an increase of $0.3 million in compensation related expenses and an increase of $0.7 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense. There was also an increase of $0.4 million in professional service and consulting expenses.

Net loss for the three months ended August 31, 2022 was $45.7 million, or ($0.90) per share, compared to a net loss of $28.8 million for the three months ended August 31, 2021, or ($0.65) per share.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities: As of August 31, 2022, Nurix had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $413.6 million compared to $348.8 million as of May 31, 2022. The increase was primarily attributable to $95.0 million of gross proceeds from two registered direct offerings of pre-funded warrants to purchase Nurix common stock that were completed in July 2022.

About Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.
Nurix Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule and cell therapies based on the modulation of cellular protein levels as a novel treatment approach for cancer and other challenging diseases. Leveraging extensive expertise in E3 ligases together with its proprietary DNA-encoded libraries, Nurix has built DELigase, an integrated discovery platform to identify and advance novel drug candidates targeting E3 ligases, a broad class of enzymes that can modulate proteins within the cell. Nurix’s drug discovery approach is to harness or inhibit the natural function of E3 ligases within the ubiquitin proteasome system to selectively decrease or increase cellular protein levels. Nurix’s wholly owned pipeline includes targeted protein degraders of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK), a B-cell signaling protein, and inhibitors of Casitas B-lineage lymphoma proto-oncogene B (CBL-B), an E3 ligase that regulates T cell activation. Nurix is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information visit http://www.nurixtx.com.

Forward Looking Statement
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Contacts:

Investors: Media:
Elizabeth Wolffe, Ph.D. Brett Whelan
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors LifeSci Communications
lwolffe@wheelhouselsa.com bwhelan@lifescicomms.com



Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.        
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations        
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)        
(unaudited)        
 
 
    Three Months Ended
August 31,
  Nine Months Ended
August 31,
      2022       2021       2022       2021  
Collaboration revenue   $ 10,791     $ 10,252     $ 31,844     $ 22,354  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     47,761       30,906       138,391       79,903  
General and administrative     9,748       8,343       28,630       22,384  
Total operating expenses     57,509       39,249       167,021       102,287  
Loss from operations     (46,718 )     (28,997 )     (135,177 )     (79,933 )
Interest and other income, net     1,009       39       1,534       528  
Loss before income taxes     (45,709 )     (28,958 )     (133,643 )     (79,405 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes           (123 )           87  
Net loss   $ (45,709 )   $ (28,835 )   $ (133,643 )   $ (79,492 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.90 )   $ (0.65 )   $ (2.85 )   $ (1.88 )
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding, basic and diluted     50,868,542       44,374,389       46,835,776       42,344,420  
                 


Nurix Therapeutics, Inc.    
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets    
(in thousands)    
(unaudited)    
 
 
    August 31, 2022   November 30, 2021
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 47,556     $ 80,506  
Short-term investments     296,922       215,214  
Accounts receivable           6,000  
Income tax receivable           204  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     10,393       9,194  
  Total current assets     354,871       311,118  
Long-term investments     69,125       137,189  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     13,848       14,005  
Property and equipment, net     16,501       11,340  
Restricted cash     901       286  
Other assets     4,092       2,833  
 Total assets   $ 459,338     $ 476,771  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 6,053     $ 6,650  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     19,609       14,549  
Operating lease current liabilities     5,496       3,847  
Deferred revenue, current     36,342       41,212  
   Total current liabilities     67,500       66,258  
Operating lease long-term liabilities     7,745       9,189  
Deferred revenue, net of current portion     41,548       59,022  
   Total liabilities     116,793       134,469  
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock     47       45  
Additional paid-in-capital     700,775       563,757  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (3,742 )     (608 )
Accumulated deficit     (354,535 )     (220,892 )
   Total stockholders’ equity     342,545       342,302  
   Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 459,338     $ 476,771  
         
         

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