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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 11, 2022



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   0-50626   91-1707622

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


200 Connell Drive, Suite 1500

Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (908) 517-7330


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


¨Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share CYCC The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value CYCCP The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company  ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ¨







Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


The information set forth under this “Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition,” including the exhibit attached hereto, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Attached as Exhibit 99.1 is a copy of a press release of Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”), dated May 11, 2022, announcing certain financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.


The Company will conduct a conference call to review its financial results on May 11, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No. Description
99.1 Press release announcing financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, dated May 11, 2022.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded with the Inline XBRL document).







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


  By: /s/ Paul McBarron
  Name: Paul McBarron
  Title: Executive Vice President-Finance,
    Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer


Date: May 11, 2022





Exhibit 99.1


  Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Reports first quarter 2022 financial results and provides business update


- Oral Fadraciclib Demonstrating Strong Safety Profile with Continuous Dosing; anticipate entering Phase 2 POC in 2H 2022 -


- First Patients Dosed in Phase 1/2 Study of Oral PLK1 Inhibitor CYC140 for Treatment of Advanced Solid Tumors and Lymphomas -


- Publication Confirming Fadraciclib Suppresses MCL1 and Synergistic Activity with Venetoclax in CLL -


- Cash Runway through Mid-2023 -


- Conference Call Scheduled for May 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm EDT -


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, May 11, 2022 - Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYCC, NASDAQ: CYCCP; "Cyclacel" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines based on cancer cell biology, today announced first quarter 2022 financial results and provided a business update.


“We are pleased to report another productive quarter for Cyclacel, which included continued expansion of our three, registration-directed, clinical trials and publication of research findings supporting our drug development strategy,” said Spiro Rombotis, Chief Executive Officer of Cyclacel. “Oral fadraciclib, our CDK2/9 drug candidate, is proving to be well tolerated in 065-101, our Phase 1/2 solid tumor and lymphoma study, having reached dose level 5 in the dose escalation stage which provides for daily dosing over 4 out of 4 weeks. In our PLK1 program, we have dosed the first patients in the streamlined Phase 1/2 trial of CYC140 for the treatment of solid tumors and lymphomas. We have optimized the properties of CYC140 to fit its apoptosis-driven mechanism, including short half-life and differentiated structural and biological properties, compared to other PLK1 inhibitors in development. We therefore believe CYC140 has the potential to demonstrate activity across a wide range of solid tumors, as a single agent and in combinations.”


A growing body of preclinical research supports the clinical development plan of fadraciclib. In April, we announced publication of research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center highlighting fadraciclib’s antileukemic activity in CLL. Fadraciclib treatment resulted in suppression of MCL1, a key target protein. In addition, synergy of fadraciclib in combination with venetoclax was observed against primary CLL cell lines, including those with 17p deletion. With funding estimated through mid-2023, we are continuing to execute on our clinical development plan. We look forward to presenting initial fadraciclib clinical data in solid tumors and lymphomas, in the coming weeks, determining the recommended Phase 2 dose and entering proof of concept stage in the second half of 2022.”


Key Highlights


·Fadraciclib 065-101 Phase 1/2 study in advanced solid tumors: Phase 1 dose escalation has reached dose level 5 (100mg given twice a day for 5 days for 4 weeks in a 4-week cycle) with a favorable patient safety profile and appropriate pharmacokinetic data observed thus far. The study is enrolling at four sites with several additional sites planning to join the proof-of-concept stage of this registration-directed study in 2H 2022. The Phase 2 part includes seven histologically defined cohorts thought to be sensitive to the drug’s mechanism: breast, colorectal (including KRAS mutant), endometrial/uterine, hepatobiliary, ovarian cancers and lymphomas. The study also includes an eighth basket cohort which will enroll patients regardless of histology with biomarkers relevant to the drug’s mechanism, including MCL1, MYC and/or cyclin E amplified.





·Fadraciclib 065-102 Phase 1/2 study in patients with leukemias or myelodysplastic syndromes. This study is now enrolling at City of Hope and MD Anderson Cancer Center and is treating patients at dose level one. Once the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) for single-agent, oral fadraciclib is determined, the study will enter into proof-of-concept, cohort stage, where fadraciclib will be administered, both as a single agent and in combinations, to patients in up to seven cohorts relevant to the drug’s mechanism of action and informed by the clinical activity of fadraciclib in previous studies. Single-agent cohorts will include patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) who have an inadequate response or have progressed on venetoclax combinations with hypomethylating agent (HMA) or low dose Ara C and relapsed/refractory AML or MDS patients with FLT3, KIT or MAPK pathways (including N and K RAS, BRAF, PTPN11, NF1). The trial will also include patients with CLL who have progressed after at least two lines of therapy including a BTK inhibitor and/or venetoclax.


Announced publication confirming fadraciclib suppresses MCL1 and synergizes with venetoclax in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Results from the study confirmed that fadraciclib inhibited CDK9 mediated transcription, reduced levels of the short-lived, anti-apoptotic protein MCL1, and induced apoptosis in primary CLL cells. The data highlighted the importance of continuous treatment to prevent recovery of MCL1 protein levels. Furthermore, fadraciclib was shown to combine synergistically with the BCL2 antagonist, venetoclax, and demonstrated even greater synergy when targeted against 17p deleted CLL cells which were not sensitive to either agent alone.


·CYC140 140-101 Phase 1/2 study in solid tumors and lymphomas. This registration-directed study opened in April at City of Hope and MD Anderson Cancer Center and is enrolling patients in the Phase 1 dose escalation stage. The study uses a streamlined design and will initially determine RP2D for single-agent oral CYC140. Following RP2D, the trial will immediately enter into proof-of-concept, cohort stage, using a Simon 2-stage design. In this stage CYC140 will be administered to patients in up to seven mechanistically relevant cohorts including patients with bladder, breast, colorectal (including KRAS mutant), hepatocellular and biliary tract, and lung cancers (both small cell and non-small cell), as well as lymphomas plus an eighth basket cohort which will enroll patients with biomarkers relevant to the drug’s mechanism.


More information on our clinical trials can be found here.


Financial Highlights


As of March 31, 2022, cash and cash equivalents totaled $29.6 million, compared to $36.6 million as of December 31, 2021. Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, the Company received $3.6 million of United Kingdom research & development tax credits and $1.3 million in royalty receipts providing pro forma March 31, 2022, cash and cash equivalents of $34.5 million. The Company estimates that its available cash will fund currently planned programs through June 2023.


Research and development (R&D) expenses were $5.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2021. R&D expenses relating to fadraciclib were $3.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2021 due to increase in clinical trial costs associated with ongoing clinical trials evaluating fadraciclib in Phase 1/2 studies along with an increase in non-clinical expenditures. R&D expenses related to CYC140 were $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $0.7 million for the same period in 2021 due to clinical trial costs associated with the opening of clinical sites for CYC140 Phase 1/2 studies.





General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022, were $1.6 million, compared to $1.7 million for the same period of the previous year due to a decrease in professional and recruitment costs.


Total other income, net, for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was $1.3 million, compared to $0.1 million for the same period of the previous year. The increase of $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, is primarily related to royalty income received from Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation.


United Kingdom research & development tax credits were $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to $0.7 million for the same period in 2021 as a direct consequence of increased qualifying research and development expenditure. Tax credit receipts of $3.6 million in respect of the financial year ended December 31, 2021, were received in May 2022.


Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2022, was $4.1 million, compared to $3.5 million for the same period in 2021.


Conference call information:


US/Canada call: (866) 342-8591 / international call: (203) 518-9713


US/Canada archive: (800) 839-6136 / international archive: (402) 220-2572


Code for live and archived conference call is CYCCQ122. Webcast link


For the live and archived webcast, please visit the Corporate Presentations page on the Cyclacel website at www.cyclacel.com. The webcast will be archived for 90 days and the audio replay for 7 days.


About Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Cyclacel is a clinical-stage, biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cancer medicines based on cell cycle, transcriptional regulation and mitosis biology. The transcriptional regulation program is evaluating fadraciclib, a CDK2/9 inhibitor, and the anti-mitotic program CYC140, a PLK1 inhibitor, in patients with both solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Cyclacel’s strategy is to build a diversified biopharmaceutical business based on a pipeline of novel drug candidates addressing oncology and hematology indications. For additional information, please visit www.cyclacel.com.





Forward-looking Statements


This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, the efficacy, safety and intended utilization of Cyclacel’s product candidates, the conduct and results of future clinical trials, plans regarding regulatory filings, future research and clinical trials and plans regarding partnering activities. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include the risk that product candidates that appeared promising in early research and clinical trials do not demonstrate safety and/or efficacy in larger-scale or later clinical trials, trials may have difficulty enrolling, Cyclacel may not obtain approval to market its product candidates, the risks associated with reliance on outside financing to meet capital requirements, the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the risks associated with reliance on collaborative partners for further clinical trials, development and commercialization of product candidates. You are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. For a further list and description of the risks and uncertainties the Company faces, please refer to our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic and other filings we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available at www.sec.gov. Such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date they are made, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




Company: Paul McBarron, (908) 517-7330, pmcbarron@cyclacel.com
Investor Relations: Irina Koffler, LifeSci Advisors, LLC, (646) 970-4681, ikoffler@lifesciadvisors.com


© Copyright 2022 Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Cyclacel logo and Cyclacel® are trademarks of Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.






(In $000s, except share and per share amounts)


   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 
   2022   2021 
Total revenues  $-   $- 
Operating expenses:          
Research and development   4,954    2,566 
General and administrative   1,605    1,739 
Total operating expenses   6,559    4,305 
Operating loss   (6,559)   (4,305)
Other income (expense):          
Foreign exchange gains (losses)   29    10 
Interest income   4    4 
Other income, net   1,280    126 
Total other income (expense), net   1,313    140 
Loss before taxes   (5,246)   (4,165)
Income tax benefit   1,138    687 
Net loss   (4,108)   (3,478)
Dividend on convertible exchangeable preferred shares   (50)   (50)
Net loss applicable to common shareholders  $(4,158)  $(3,528)
Net loss per share – basic and diluted  $(0.42)  $(0.50)
Weighted average common shares outstanding   9,993,135    7,009,037 







(In $000s, except share, per share, and liquidation preference amounts)


   March 31,   December 31, 
   2022   2021 
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $29,639   $36,559 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,759    4,383 
Total current assets   36,398    40,942 
Property and equipment, net   57    64 
Right-of-use lease asset   15    30 
Non-current deposits   2,980    1,551 
Total assets  $39,450   $42,587 
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $2,850   $2,117 
Accrued and other current liabilities   3,354    3,177 
Total current liabilities   6,204    5,294 
Lease liability   15    30 
Total liabilities   6,219    5,324 
Stockholders’ equity   33,231    37,263 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity  $39,450   $42,587