Midatech Pharma — Patient recruitment begins in rGBM study

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Midatech Pharma — Patient recruitment begins in rGBM study

In a positive signal for its developmental pipeline, Midatech Pharma has announced the first patient recruitment in the Phase I study evaluating MTX110 (using a convection-enhanced delivery (CED) system) in recurrent glioblastoma (rGBM) at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University, United States. Despite the aggressive nature of the cancer (average survival is 12–18 months with treatment) the rGBM space remains underserved (no new drug has been approved in over a decade) with development stymied by the challenges of crossing the blood brain barrier. MTX aims to overcome this issue by using a CED system to deliver therapeutic doses directly to the tumour site. We expect the release of preliminary data from the study (anticipated in H123) to be a key upcoming catalyst for the stock.

Soo Romanoff

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Soo Romanoff

Managing Director - Head of Content, Healthcare

Healthcare

Midatech Pharma

Patient recruitment begins in rGBM study

Clinical development update

Pharma and biotech

15 November 2022

Price

6.5p

Market cap

£6m

Net cash (£m) at end-June 2022

6.4

Shares in issue

98.5m

Free float

69%

Code

MTPH

Primary exchange

AIM

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N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Midatech Pharma is platform-based drug delivery specialist founded in 2000 and listed on AIM in 2014. Its three technology platforms, Q-Sphera (for a sustained release of drugs), MidaSolve (nano inclusion for local delivery) and MidaCore (gold nanoparticles for targeted delivery) are designed to re-engineer and reformulate existing therapeutic drugs with the aim of improving biodistribution and delivery. The realigned focus is now on the Q-Sphera development pipeline and the clinical asset MTX110 (for brain cancer).

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In a positive signal for its developmental pipeline, Midatech Pharma has announced the first patient recruitment in the Phase I study evaluating MTX110 (using a convection-enhanced delivery (CED) system) in recurrent glioblastoma (rGBM) at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University, United States. Despite the aggressive nature of the cancer (average survival is 12–18 months with treatment) the rGBM space remains underserved (no new drug has been approved in over a decade) with development stymied by the challenges of crossing the blood brain barrier. MTX aims to overcome this issue by using a CED system to deliver therapeutic doses directly to the tumour site. We expect the release of preliminary data from the study (anticipated in H123) to be a key upcoming catalyst for the stock.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

DPS
(%)

Yield
(%)

12/18

1.94

(11.8)

(339)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/19

0.67

(10.9)

(50.0)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/20

0.34

(11.1)

(22.9)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/21

0.58

(6.1)

(6.8)

0.0

N/A

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised.

The Phase I study (MAGIC-G1) will be an open-label, dose-escalation study, recruiting patients across two cohorts (minimum of four patients each), with one cohort receiving MTX110 as monotherapy and the other receiving MTX110 in combination with lomustine (currently approved for patients with rGBM). The primary objectives will be to assess the feasibility and safety of intermittent infusions of MTX110 delivered through an implantable CED system, although the study will likely also track preliminary efficacy signals. The study will use the same single-catheter CED system used in the first Phase I study in diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), which reported encouraging headline data in October 2020. We also note that the FDA granted the fast-track designation to MTX110 in rGBM in June 2022 allowing Midatech to apply for expedited approval and a potentially faster market entry, provided supportive Phase II data are obtained.

Previously, Midatech reported H122 results, which reiterated its focus on expanding its core Q-Sphera technology portfolio and leading MTX110 into the clinic in rGBM. Following expansion of the R&D collaboration agreement with Janssen for encapsulation of its experimental monoclonal antibody, the company is working on developing methods for encapsulation of bispecific T cell engager molecules and antibody-drug conjugates, both of which have shown utility in oncology and present considerable market opportunity. In addition, the company expects to report data in the next couple of months from the second Phase I study assessing MTX110 in DIPG, conducted by Columbia University.

The cash balance at end-H122 stood at £6.4m, which management estimates to be sufficient to extend the runway into Q123 (based on projected cash-burn rates), although additional capital may be required to fund further clinical activity. We see partnership and licensing discussions possibly regaining momentum with clinical traction, which could potentially crystallise into a deal on the back of positive proof-of-concept or Phase II readouts. Preliminary data from the Phase I DIPG and rGBM studies should be the key upcoming catalysts for the stock, in our opinion.

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