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Newlink Genetics Corporation Provides Operational Update And Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

AMES, Iowa - November 3, 2015 -- NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK), a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of developing and commercializing novel immuno-oncology product candidates, including both cellular immunotherapy and checkpoint inhibitor platforms, to improve the lives of patients with cancer, today reported consolidated financial results for the third quarter of 2015 and progress in its proprietary and partnered clinical development programs.

“Our dynamic and experienced team has made significant progress in driving our broad clinical development programs,” said Charles Link, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to reporting on our strong pipeline of clinical data over the coming year.”

Dr. Link added, “GDC-0919, the checkpoint inhibitor program partnered with Genentech continues to make great progress. Both companies are putting substantial resources behind this program, and we continue to be excited about the development plan and the progress of our collaboration.”

“As we anticipate the data readout for the IMPRESS trial in 2016, NewLink Genetics continues to advance its investment in manufacturing and pre-commercial activities relating to algenpantucel-L, our HyperAcute® Cellular Immunotherapy product candidate for patients with resected pancreatic cancer,” said Nicholas Vahanian, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer. “We await the promise of our cellular immunotherapy agents to educate the immune system to destroy tumor cells in pancreatic and other cancers.”

Financial Results for the Three-Month Period Ended September 30, 2015

Cash Position: NewLink Genetics ended the quarter on September 30, 2015, with cash, cash equivalents, and certificates of deposit totaling $200.4 million, compared to $202.8 million for the year ending December 31, 2014.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2015 were $22.5 million, compared to $10.9 million during the comparable period in 2014. The increase is primarily due to clinical trial expenses related to NewLink Genetics’ broad pipeline of product candidates, as well as expenses for manufacturing and research related to the Ebola vaccine candidate. The majority of the Ebola-related expenses are subject to reimbursement under government contracts.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2015 were $7.4 million, compared to $4.9 million during the comparable period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to an increase in share-based compensation expense, consulting and legal fees, and medical affairs and pre-commercial activities.

Exhibit 99.1

Net Loss: NewLink Genetics reported a net loss of $15.9 million, or ($0.55) per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million, or ($0.20) per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2014.

NewLink Genetics ended the quarter with 28,774,911 shares outstanding.

Financial Guidance

NewLink Genetics expects to have more than $160 million in cash and equivalents on December 31, 2015.

Conference Call and Program Updates:

The Company has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. ET today to discuss these results and to provide an update on clinical and business development activities. Dial-in information for the conference call is set forth at the end of this press release. Programs to be discussed include:

IDO Checkpoint Inhibitor Programs

NewLink Genetics entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, for the development of the IDO checkpoint inhibitor GDC-0919 and an expanded pipeline of potential IDO/TDO inhibitor candidates in 2014. This product candidate is currently in Phase 1 clinical development for patients with advanced solid tumors.

Key preclinical data is being presented at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on November 6, 2015.

Phase 1 data on GDC-0919 was presented at the ECC/ESMO meeting in Vienna. Key preliminary data showed that GDC-0919 had a favorable safety profile and preliminary evidence of disease stabilization and...