Sana Biotechnology (SANA)

Sana Biotechnology, Inc. is focused on creating and delivering engineered cells as medicines for patients. Sana shares a vision of repairing and controlling genes, replacing missing or damaged cells, and making its therapies broadly available to patients. Sana is more than 250 people working together to create an enduring company that changes how the world treats disease. Sana has operations in Seattle, Cambridge, and South San Francisco.

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4 Aug 22
28 Sep 22
31 Dec 22
Quarter (USD) Jun 22 Mar 22 Dec 21 Sep 21
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Annual (USD) Dec 21 Dec 20
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Cash burn rate (est.) Burn method: Change in cash Burn method: Operating income Burn method: FCF (opex + capex)
Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q
Cash on hand (at last report) 205.17M 205.17M 205.17M 205.17M 205.17M 205.17M
Cash burn (monthly) (no burn) 39.34M 24.3M 24.94M 23.83M 25.81M
Cash used (since last report) n/a 116.15M 71.74M 73.63M 70.34M 76.21M
Cash remaining n/a 89.02M 133.42M 131.53M 134.83M 128.96M
Runway (months of cash) n/a 2.3 5.5 5.3 5.7 5.0

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Date Owner Security Transaction Code Indirect 10b5-1 $Price #Shares $Value #Remaining
15 Sep 22 Bernard J Cassidy Stock Option Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 7.13 800,000 5.7M 800,000
5 Jul 22 Nelsen Robert Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 266 0 496
5 Jul 22 Bishop Hans Edgar Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 3,328 0 5,742,458
98.7% owned by funds/institutions
13F holders Current Prev Q Change
Total holders 115 115
Opened positions 14 22 -36.4%
Closed positions 14 14
Increased positions 38 42 -9.5%
Reduced positions 37 26 +42.3%
13F shares Current Prev Q Change
Total value 1.47B 1.64B -10.6%
Total shares 187.7M 181.73M +3.3%
Total puts 16.2K 15K +8.0%
Total calls 38.1K 16.5K +130.9%
Total put/call ratio 0.4 0.9 -53.2%
Largest owners Shares Value Change
ARCH Venture Fund IX 44.04M $681.78M 0.0%
Flagship Pioneering 34.24M $220.16M 0.0%
Flagship Ventures Fund V 21.17M $0 0.0%
Baillie Gifford & Co 11.01M $70.8M -0.7%
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board 10.18M $65.43M 0.0%
FMR 9.75M $62.68M +5.6%
STT State Street 8.59M $55.26M +20.2%
Vanguard 8.05M $51.78M +5.0%
BLK Blackrock 7M $44.98M +8.1%
Public Sector Pension Investment Board 6.4M $41.15M +54.9%
Largest transactions Shares Bought/sold Change
Public Sector Pension Investment Board 6.4M +2.27M +54.9%
STT State Street 8.59M +1.44M +20.2%
Capital International Investors 179.6K -1.02M -85.0%
MS Morgan Stanley 927.02K -858.87K -48.1%
TROW T. Rowe Price 2.89M +841.45K +41.0%
IVZ Invesco 750.2K +713.01K +1917.0%
Partner Fund Management 952.73K +597.46K +168.2%
BLK Blackrock 7M +524.45K +8.1%
FMR 9.75M +512.61K +5.6%
Vanguard 8.05M +382.73K +5.0%

Financial report summary

  • Our ex vivo and in vivo cell engineering platforms are based on novel technologies that are unproven and may not result in approvable or marketable products. This uncertainty exposes us to unforeseen risks, makes it difficult for us to predict the time and cost that will be required for the development and potential regulatory approval of our product candidates, and increases the risk that we may ultimately not be successful in our efforts to use and expand our technology platforms to build a pipeline of product candidates.
  • If we are unable to successfully identify, develop, and commercialize any product candidates, or experience significant delays in doing so, our business, financial condition, and results of operations will be materially adversely affected.
  • While we believe our pipeline will yield multiple INDs, we may not be able to submit INDs to commence clinical trials on the timelines we expect, and even if we are able to submit INDs, the FDA may not permit us to proceed with clinical trials.
  • We may not realize the benefits of technologies that we have acquired, or will acquire in the future, or other strategic transactions that we have consummated or will consummate.
  • Our ability to develop our cell engineering platforms and product candidates and our future growth depends on retaining our key personnel and recruiting additional qualified personnel.
  • Though many of our personnel have significant experience with respect to manufacturing biopharmaceutical products, we, as a company, do not have experience in developing or maintaining a manufacturing facility. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to maintain a compliant facility and manufacture our product candidates as intended, given the complexity of manufacturing novel therapeutics. If we fail to successfully operate our facility and manufacture a sufficient and compliant supply of our product candidates, our clinical trials and the commercial viability of our product candidates could be adversely affected.
  • We may encounter difficulties in managing our growth as we continue to expand our development and regulatory capabilities, which could disrupt our operations.
  • We may expend our limited resources to pursue a particular product candidate or indication and fail to capitalize on product candidates or indications that may be more profitable or for which there is a greater likelihood of success.
  • The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could materially and adversely affect our preclinical studies and development, our manufacturing capabilities, any clinical trials we may commence, and our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
  • Negative public opinion and increased regulatory scrutiny of research and therapies involving gene editing or other ex vivo or in vivo cell engineering technologies may damage public perception of our product candidates or adversely affect our ability to conduct our business or obtain regulatory approvals for our product candidates.
  • We must successfully progress our product candidates through extensive preclinical studies and clinical trials in order to obtain regulatory approval to market and sell such product candidates. Even if we obtain positive results in preclinical studies of a product candidate, these results may not be predictive of the results of future preclinical studies or clinical trials.
  • We will depend on timely and successful enrollment and retention of patients in our clinical trials for our product candidates. If we experience delays or difficulties enrolling or retaining patients in our clinical trials, our research and development efforts and business, financial condition, and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
  • Our product candidates may have serious adverse, undesirable, or unacceptable side effects or other properties that may delay or prevent marketing approval. If a product candidate receives regulatory approval, and such side effects are identified following such approval, the commercial profile of any approved label may be limited, or we may be subject to other significant negative consequences following such approval.
  • The manufacture of our product candidates is complex. We or our CDMOs may encounter difficulties in production, which could delay or entirely halt our or their ability to supply our product candidates for clinical trials or, if approved, for commercial sale.
  • We are exposed to a number of risks related to the supply chain for the materials required to manufacture our product candidates.
  • We may become exposed to costly and damaging liability claims, either when testing our product candidates in clinical trials or at the commercial stage, and our product liability insurance may not cover all damages arising from such claims.
  • We rely on, and expect to continue to expect to rely on, CDMOs to manufacture our product candidates, as well as materials used in the manufacturing of our product candidates. Any failure by a CDMO to produce acceptable materials or product candidates for us or any failure by us or such manufacturer to obtain authorization from the FDA or comparable foreign regulatory authorities or otherwise satisfy regulatory requirements with respect to such manufacturing of our product candidates may delay or impair our ability to initiate or complete our clinical trials, obtain regulatory approvals, or commercialize approved products.
  • If we are unable to obtain sufficient raw and intermediate materials on a timely basis or if we experience other manufacturing or supply interruptions or difficulties, we may be unable to resume supply of such materials or other manufacturing activities within a reasonable time frame and at an acceptable cost or at all, which would adversely affect our business.
  • We rely, and expect to continue to rely, on third parties, including independent clinical investigators and CROs, to conduct or support our preclinical studies and clinical trials. If these third parties do not successfully carry out their contractual duties, comply with applicable regulatory requirements, or meet expected deadlines, we may not be able to obtain regulatory approval for or commercialize our product candidates and our business could be substantially harmed.
  • We may not be able to protect our intellectual property rights throughout the world.
  • We depend on intellectual property licensed from third parties, and our rights to develop and commercialize our product candidates are subject to, in part, the terms and conditions of the licenses granted to us by such third parties. If we breach our obligations under these agreements or if any of these agreements is terminated, we may be required to pay damages, lose our rights to such intellectual property and technology, or both, which would harm our business.
  • We depend, in part, on our licensors to file, prosecute, maintain, defend, and enforce certain patents and patent applications that are material to our business.
  • We may depend on intellectual property licensed or sublicensed to us from, or for which development was funded or otherwise assisted by, government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, for development of our technology and product candidates.
  • We may not identify relevant third-party patents or may incorrectly interpret the relevance, scope, or expiration of a third-party patent, which might adversely affect our ability to develop and market our products.
  • Intellectual property rights do not necessarily protect us from all potential threats to our competitive advantage.
  • Confidentiality agreements with employees and third parties may not prevent unauthorized disclosure of trade secrets and other proprietary information.
  • Issued patents and patent applications covering our platform technologies, product candidates, components, or processes in our product development pipeline could be found unpatentable, invalid, or unenforceable if challenged in courts worldwide, including in the United States, or before an administrative body such as the USPTO or comparable foreign authority.
  • We may be involved in lawsuits to protect or enforce our patents or other intellectual property or the intellectual property of our licensors, which could be expensive, time-consuming, and unsuccessful.
  • Obtaining and maintaining our patent protection depends on compliance with various procedural, document submission, fee payment, and other requirements imposed by governmental patent agencies, and our patent protection could be reduced or eliminated for non-compliance with these requirements.
  • The terms of our patents may not be sufficient to effectively protect our products and business.
  • We may be subject to claims that our employees, consultants, or independent contractors have wrongfully used or disclosed confidential information of third parties.
  • Our internal computer systems, or those used by our third-party research institution collaborators, CROs, CDMOs, or other contractors or consultants, may fail or suffer security breaches.
  • If our trademarks and trade names are not adequately protected, then we may not be able to build name recognition in our markets of interest and our business may be adversely affected.
  • Changes in United States patent law could diminish the value of patents in general, thereby impairing our ability to protect our products.
  • The development and commercialization of biopharmaceutical products is subject to extensive regulation, and the regulatory approval processes of the FDA and comparable foreign authorities are lengthy, time-consuming, and inherently unpredictable. If we are unable to obtain regulatory approval for our product candidates on a timely basis, or at all, our business will be substantially harmed.
  • Even if our product candidates obtain regulatory approval, we will be subject to ongoing obligations and continued regulatory review, which may result in significant additional expense. Additionally, our product candidates, if approved, could be subject to labeling and other restrictions and market withdrawal, and we may be subject to penalties if we fail to comply with regulatory requirements or experience unanticipated problems with our products.
  • Disruptions at the FDA and other government agencies caused by funding shortages or global health concerns could hinder their ability to hire, retain, or deploy key leadership and other personnel, or otherwise prevent new or modified products from being developed, approved, or commercialized in a timely manner or at all, which could negatively impact our business.
  • Our business operations and current and future relationships with healthcare professionals, principal investigators, consultants, vendors, customers, and third-party payors in the United States and elsewhere are subject to applicable anti-kickback, fraud and abuse, false claims, physician payment transparency, and other healthcare laws and regulations, which could expose us to substantial penalties, contractual damages, reputation harm, administrative burdens, and diminished profits.
  • Current and future legislation may increase the difficulty and cost for us and any future collaborators to obtain marketing approval of and commercialize our product candidates and affect the prices we, or they, may charge for such product candidates.
  • We face potential liability related to the privacy of personal information, including health information we utilize in the development of products developed from our ex vivo cell engineering platform, as well as information we may obtain from research institutions participating in our clinical trials and directly from individuals.
  • We are a preclinical-stage biotechnology company and have incurred significant losses since our inception, and we expect to incur losses for the foreseeable future. We have no products approved for commercial sale and may never achieve or maintain profitability.
  • We will require additional funding in order to finance our operations. If we are unable to raise capital when needed, or on acceptable terms, we could be forced to delay, reduce, or eliminate our product development programs or commercialization efforts.
  • Raising additional capital may cause dilution to our stockholders, restrict our operations, or require us to relinquish rights to our technologies or product candidates.
  • The contingent consideration and success payment obligations in our license and acquisition agreements may cause our operating results, net losses, and financial condition as reported by United States generally accepted accounting principles to fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year, which may reduce the usefulness of our financial statements.
  • Our limited operating history may make it difficult to evaluate our prospects and likelihood of success.
  • We operate in highly competitive and rapidly changing industries, which may result in others discovering, developing, or commercializing competing products before or more successfully than we do.
  • Market opportunity and market growth for our product candidates may prove to be smaller than we initially estimated, and even if the markets in which we compete achieve the forecasted growth, our business may not grow at similar rates, or at all.
  • We currently have no marketing, sales, or distribution infrastructure and we intend to either establish a sales and marketing infrastructure or outsource this function to a third party. Each of these commercialization strategies carries substantial risks to us.
  • Our principal stockholders and management own a significant percentage of our stock and will be able to exert significant control over matters subject to stockholder approval.
  • Future sales of our common stock in the public market could cause our common stock price to fall.
  • We do not currently intend to pay dividends on our common stock and, consequently, our stockholders’ ability to achieve a return on their investment will depend on appreciation of the value of our common stock.
  • Provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and our amended and restated bylaws and Delaware law might discourage, delay, or prevent a change in control of our company or changes in our management and, therefore, depress the market price of our common stock.
  • Our certificate of incorporation provides that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the exclusive forum for substantially all disputes between us and our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers, or employees.
  • Our ability to use our net operating loss carryforwards and certain other tax attributes may be limited.
  • Our quarterly operating results may fluctuate significantly or may fall below the expectations of investors or securities analysts, each of which may cause our stock price to fluctuate or decline.
  • Market and economic conditions may negatively impact our business, financial condition and share price.
  • We or the third parties upon whom we depend may be adversely affected by natural disasters, including earthquakes, fires, typhoons, and floods, public health epidemics, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, telecommunications or electrical failures, geo-political actions, including war and terrorism, political and economic instability, and other events beyond our control, and our business continuity and disaster recovery plans may not adequately protect us from a serious disaster.
  • We are subject to United States and certain foreign export and import controls, sanctions, embargoes, anti-corruption laws, and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. Compliance with these legal standards could impair our ability to compete in domestic and international markets. We could face criminal liability and other serious consequences for violations, which would harm our business.
  • If securities or industry analysts either do not publish research about us or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about us, our business, our market, or our competitors, or if they change their recommendations regarding our common stock adversely, the trading price or trading volume of our common stock could decline.
  • The requirements of being a public company may strain our resources, result in an increased risk of litigation, and divert management’s attention.
  • If we fail to maintain proper and effective internal controls over financial reporting, our ability to produce accurate and timely financial statements could be impaired.
  • Our disclosure controls and procedures may not prevent or detect all errors or acts of fraud.
Management Discussion
  • Research and development expense was $72.5 million and $45.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The increase of $27.5 million was primarily due to:
  • Research and development expense was $145.2 million and $86.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The increase of $58.3 million was primarily due to:
  • For the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, we recognized non-cash gains of $17.9 million and $76.0 million, respectively, for the changes in the estimated fair value of research and development related success payments and contingent consideration. The change in the estimated fair value of our Cobalt Success Payment and Harvard Success Payment liabilities in aggregate was a gain of $14.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 compared to a gain of $83.2 million for the same period in 2021. The change in the estimated fair value of the success payment liabilities was due to changes in our market capitalization and common stock price during the relevant periods. The change in the estimated fair value of the Cobalt Contingent Consideration was a gain of $3.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 compared to an expense of $7.2 million for the same period in 2021. The change in the estimated fair value of the Cobalt Contingent Consideration was primarily due to variability of the discount rates used in the calculation offset by scientific progress toward the achievement of milestones during the relevant periods.

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