BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) - Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLI) today reported financial results and development progress for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Cleveland BioLabs reported a net loss of $(1.7) million, excluding minority interests, for the first quarter of 2017, or $(0.15) per share, compared to a net loss, excluding minority interests, of $(0.7) million, or $(0.06) per share, for the same period in 2016. The increase in net loss was primarily due to an increase in the non-cash adjustment to our warrant liabilities and decreased revenues and expenses due to the completion of our development contracts with the Russian Federation Ministry of Industry and Trade ("MPT"), which was partially offset by reduced operating costs aligned with our streamlined focus primarily on pursuing a pre Emergency Use Authorization ("pre-EUA") with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and a Marketing Authorization Application ("MAA") with the European Medicines Agency ("EMA") for entolimod as a medical radiation countermeasure.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company had $13.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, which, based on the Company's current operational plan, is estimated to fund operations for at least one year beyond the filing date of our Form 10-Q.

Yakov Kogan, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The pursuit of commercialization for entolimod as a medical radiation countermeasure remains our top priority. As previously announced, we are excited to have received agreement from the FDA to commence the in vivo biocomparability study in non-human primates. Following completion of this study and discussion of the study results with the FDA, we expect the agency to resume the review of our pre-EUA dossier."

"We are also excited to have received a positive opinion from EMA on our pediatric investigational plan and are diligently working on assembling our MAA for submission to EMA," added Dr. Kogan.

Other Operational Highlights

  • Entolimod Oncology Indications. We have completed dosing of 40 patients in a clinical study of the safety and tolerability of entolimod as a neo-adjuvant therapy in treatment-naïve patients with primary colorectal cancer who are recommended for surgery. This study was conducted in Russia and partially funded by the development contract with the MPT. The goal is to accumulate additional clinical data regarding immune cell response to administrations of entolimod to guide future oncology development. The analysis of the data is ongoing.

  • CBLB612 is a synthetic molecule that activates the Toll-like heterodimeric receptor 2/6 and stimulated white blood cell generation in preclinical studies. Recently we have completed dosing in a Phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study of CBLB612 as myelosuppressive prophylaxis in patients with breast cancer receiving doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide chemotherapy and data analysis of this study is in progress.

  • Mobilan is a recombinant non-replicating adenovirus that directs expression of TLR5 and its agonistic ligand, a secretory non-glycosylated version of entolimod we are also developing through our subsidiary, Panacela Labs, Inc. Two randomized, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging studies of Mobilan in men with prostate cancer are currently ongoing in the Russian Federation.

Further Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter of 2017 decreased to $0.6 million compared to $0.8 million for the first quarter of 2016. The net decrease was primarily attributable to reduced revenue from our development contracts with MPT which completed in 2016. This decrease was partially offset by increased revenue from our Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program ("JWMRP") contract from the Department of Defense ("DoD") for the continued development of the entolimod as a medical radiation countermeasure.

Research and development costs for the first quarter of 2017 decreased to $1.4 million compared to $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2016. The reduction in research and development costs is due to completion of our development contract with MPT and was offset, in part, by continued preclinical development along with other drug manufacturing activities associated with our JWMRP contract.

General and administrative costs for the first quarter of 2017 decreased to $0.8 million compared to $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2016. This decrease was primarily attributable to reductions in personnel and other operating costs in connection with cost savings efforts to streamline operations.

About Cleveland BioLabs, Inc.
Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. is an innovative biopharmaceutical company developing novel approaches to activate the immune system and address serious medical needs. The company's proprietary platform of Toll-like immune receptor activators has applications in radiation mitigation, immuno-oncology, and vaccines. The company's most advanced product candidate is entolimod, which is being developed as a medical radiation countermeasure for the prevention of death from acute radiation syndrome, an immunotherapy for oncology and other indications. The company conducts business in the United States and in the Russian Federation through a wholly-owned subsidiary, BioLab 612, LLC, and a joint venture with Joint Stock Company RUSNANO, Panacela Labs, Inc. The company maintains strategic relationships with the Cleveland Clinic and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. To learn more about Cleveland BioLabs, Inc., please visit the company's website at http://www.cbiolabs.com.

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    March 31,   December 31,
    2017   2016
Current assets:        
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3,820,504   $ 6,901,816
  Short-term investments     9,253,471     8,343,657
  Accounts receivable     516,432     352,700
  Other current assets     231,026     289,768
      13,821,433     15,887,941
Equipment, net     29,597     37,376
Other long-term assets     30,740     30,553
Total assets   $ 13,881,770   $ 15,955,870
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 379,213   $ 336,435
  Accrued expenses     1,185,329     1,823,235
  Accrued warrant liability     1,071,117     949,419
      2,635,659     3,109,089
Commitments and contingencies     -     -
  Total liabilities     2,635,659     3,109,089
Stockholders' equity:            
Total Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. stockholders' equity     5,927,254     7,523,970
Noncontrolling interest in stockholders' equity     5,318,857     5,322,811
  Total stockholders' equity     11,246,111     12,846,781
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 13,881,770   $ 15,955,870
    Quarter ended March 31,  
    2017     2016  
  Grants and contracts   $ 574,974     $ 812,500  
Operating expenses:                
  Research and development     1,416,998       1,941,240  
  General and administrative     777,424       1,183,566  
    Total operating expenses     2,194,422       3,124,806  
Loss from operations     (1,619,448 )     (2,312,306 )
Other income (expense):                
  Interest and other income     49,289       181,765  
  Foreign exchange gain (loss)     (8,230 )     47,086  
  Change in value of warrant liability     (121,698 )     1,412,713  
    Total other income (expense)     (80,639 )     1,641,564  
Net loss     (1,700,087 )     (670,742 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     36,393       2,806  
Net loss attributable to Cleveland BioLabs, Inc.   $ (1,663,694 )   $ (667,936 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.06 )
Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted     10,987,166       10,987,166  
    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2017     2016  
Cash flows used in operating activities   $ (2,318,154 )   $ (2,256,743 )
Cash flows provided by/(used in) investing activities     (810,624 )     6,350,389  
Cash flows provided by financing activities     -       539,998  
Effect of exchange rate change on cash and equivalents     47,466       42,760  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (3,081,312 )     4,676,404  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     6,901,816       5,918,424  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 3,820,504     $ 10,594,828  

Yakov Kogan, Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland BioLabs, Inc.
T: (716) 849-6810 ext. 329
E: investor.relations@cbiolabs.com