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Incanthera Ltd

Significant progress in first anniversary as plc

18 May 2021 / Corporate research

Incanthera (INC) was a spin-out from the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) at the University of Bradford to exploit development opportunities generated by ICT. Following its listing on the Aquis Growth Exchange in February 2020, INC has been concentrating its resources on the further advancement of lead product, Sol, which is now the subject of progressive discussions with two global cosmetic companies. A recent oversubscribed Placing with institutional investors raised ca.£1.0m net and provides the group with a cash runway until the second half of calendar 2022, excluding any income which may be included as part of a licensing deal.

  • Strategy: INC is a specialist oncology company using a novel pro-drug approach to deliver cytotoxic warheads directly to tumour cells. It intends to develop drugs to a suitable valuation inflection point and then out-license them for late-stage trials, in return for development milestones and royalties.
  • Sol: Over the last 12 months, INC has delivered two successful independent skin studies and filed for a new patent, paving the way towards a commercial cosmetic licensing deal. Discussions with two global cosmetic players continue to progress and INC will update the market when possible.
  • Cash runway: In February, INC completed a Placing of shares, raising gross new capital of £1.14m (£0.99m net) for working capital purposes. This left the company with cash of £0.96m at the end of March, which would represent a cash runway into 2H calendar 2022 based on our current forecasts.
  • Risks: Investments in small, early-stage pharmaceutical companies carry a significant risk, and additional capital will be required for future expansion of clinical programmes. This additional capital may come from commercialisation of Sol, and/or INC may need to raise more capital in the future.
  • Investment summary: INC offers distinct technology with the potential to attract major players, especially given management’s strategy to out-license products early. Since listing, the focus has been on Sol, a patent-protected, value-added formulation for the treatment and prevention of pre-cancerous and cancerous skin conditions into a sun cream for cosmetic use to prepare it for out-licensing. The current EV does not fully reflect the strong progress, suggesting that there is good upside potential when comparing INC with a group of UK-listed peers.
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