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NXTC Nextcure

Filed: 4 Nov 21, 4:41pm

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021

or

Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from                    to                   .

Commission File Number: 001-38905

NextCure, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

47-5231247

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

9000 Virginia Manor Road, Suite 200
Beltsville, Maryland

20705

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(240) 399-4900

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered:

Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share

NXTC

Nasdaq Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant:  (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes  No 

As of November 3, 2021, the registrant had 27,626,227 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, issued and outstanding.

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

NEXTCURE, INC.

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

September 30, 

December 31, 

    

2021

    

2020

Assets

 

  

Current assets:

 

  

Cash and cash equivalents

$

36,664

$

32,772

Marketable securities

198,672

250,676

Restricted cash

 

39

 

1,706

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

7,661

 

2,824

Total current assets

 

243,036

 

287,978

Property and equipment, net

 

14,208

 

15,809

Other assets

 

581

 

2,857

Total assets

$

257,825

$

306,644

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

  

 

  

Current liabilities:

 

  

 

  

Accounts payable

$

2,946

$

3,901

Accrued liabilities

 

4,232

 

4,627

Deferred rent, current portion

 

198

 

130

Term loan, current portion

 

 

1,667

Total current liabilities

 

7,376

 

10,325

Deferred rent, net of current portion

 

2,223

 

792

Term loan, net of current portion

 

 

1,806

Total liabilities

 

9,599

 

12,923

Stockholders’ equity:

 

  

 

  

Preferred stock, par value of $0.001 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 0 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

Common stock, par value of $0.001 per share; 100,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 27,619,763 and 27,568,802 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

 

28

 

28

Additional paid-in capital

 

418,414

 

410,551

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(129)

779

Accumulated deficit

 

(170,087)

 

(117,637)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

248,226

 

293,721

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

257,825

$

306,644

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

2021

    

2020

Revenue:

Revenue from former research and development arrangement

$

$

$

$

22,378

Operating expenses:

Research and development

13,597

12,740

37,928

34,448

General and administrative

 

4,911

4,659

15,766

12,918

Total operating expenses

 

18,508

 

17,399

 

53,694

 

47,366

Loss from operations

 

(18,508)

 

(17,399)

 

(53,694)

 

(24,988)

Other income, net

 

578

 

1,032

 

1,244

 

3,846

Net loss

$

(17,930)

$

(16,367)

$

(52,450)

$

(21,142)

Loss per share - basic and diluted

$

(0.65)

$

(0.59)

$

(1.90)

$

(0.77)

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

27,615,038

27,547,737

27,607,685

27,524,350

Comprehensive loss:

Net loss

$

(17,930)

$

(16,367)

$

(52,450)

$

(21,142)

Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities

66

(637)

(908)

1,298

Total comprehensive loss

$

(17,864)

$

(17,004)

$

(53,358)

$

(19,844)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(unaudited, in thousands, except share data)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021

Stockholders’ Equity

Additional

Accumulated Other

 

Common Stock

Paid-in

Comprehensive

Accumulated

Stockholders’

Shares

Amount

Capital

(Loss) Income

Deficit

Equity

Balance as of December 31, 2020

 

27,568,802

$

28

$

410,551

$

779

$

(117,637)

$

293,721

Stock-based compensation

2,508

2,508

Exercise of stock options

35,615

63

63

Unrealized loss on marketable securities, net of tax $0

(600)

(600)

Net loss

(16,533)

(16,533)

Balance as of March 31, 2021

27,604,417

$

28

$

413,122

$

179

$

(134,170)

$

279,159

Stock-based compensation

2,787

2,787

Exercise of stock options

7,138

13

13

Unrealized loss on marketable securities, net of tax $0

(374)

(374)

Net loss

(17,987)

(17,987)

Balance as of June 30, 2021

27,611,555

$

28

$

415,922

$

(195)

$

(152,157)

$

263,598

Stock-based compensation

2,483

2,483

Exercise of stock options

8,208

9

9

Unrealized gain on marketable securities, net of tax $0

66

66

Net loss

(17,930)

(17,930)

Balance as of September 30, 2021

27,619,763

$

28

$

418,414

$

(129)

$

(170,087)

$

248,226

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020

Stockholders’ Equity

Additional

Accumulated Other

 

Common Stock

Paid-in

Comprehensive

Accumulated

Stockholders’

Shares

Amount

Capital

(Loss) Income

Deficit

Equity

Balance as of December 31, 2019

 

27,499,260

$

27

$

402,529

$

(38)

$

(81,034)

$

321,484

Stock-based compensation

1,008

1,008

Exercise of stock options

17,142

1

36

37

Unrealized loss on marketable securities, net of tax $0

(505)

(505)

Net income

 

9,733

9,733

Balance as of March 31, 2020

27,516,402

$

28

$

403,573

$

(543)

$

(71,301)

$

331,757

Stock-based compensation

2,187

2,187

Exercise of stock options

4,248

3

3

Unrealized gain on marketable securities, net of tax $0

2,478

2,478

Net loss

(14,508)

(14,508)

Balance as of June 30, 2020

27,520,650

$

28

$

405,763

$

1,935

$

(85,809)

$

321,917

Stock-based compensation

2,372

2,372

Exercise of stock options

32,439

54

54

Unrealized loss on marketable securities, net of tax $0

(637)

(637)

Net loss

(16,367)

(16,367)

Balance as of September 30, 2020

27,553,089

$

28

$

408,189

$

1,298

$

(102,176)

$

307,339

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited, in thousands)

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

  

  

Net loss

$

(52,450)

$

(21,142)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation, amortization and other

 

5,093

 

2,423

Stock-based compensation

 

7,778

 

5,567

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(4,365)

 

(690)

Accounts payable

 

(955)

 

(1,675)

Accrued liabilities

 

(395)

 

(1,117)

Deferred rent

1,499

336

Deferred revenue

(22,378)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(43,795)

 

(38,676)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

Maturities of marketable securities

 

171,037

 

129,169

Purchases of marketable securities

(121,900)

(95,992)

Purchase of property and equipment

(1,535)

(6,152)

Net cash provided by investing activities

 

47,602

 

27,025

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

85

94

Payments of the term loan

 

(3,473)

 

(1,111)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(3,388)

 

(1,017)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

419

 

(12,668)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash – beginning of period

 

36,284

 

39,130

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash – end of period

$

36,703

$

26,462

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

 

 

Cash paid for interest

$

139

$

130

Cash paid for income taxes

$

$

Supplemental disclosures of noncash investing and financing activities:

 

 

Purchase of property and equipment included in accrued liabilities

$

$

134

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed financial statements.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

1. Nature of the Business

Organization

NextCure, Inc. (“NextCure” or the “Company”) was incorporated in Delaware in September 2015 and is headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland. The Company is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering and developing novel, first-in-class immunomedicines to treat cancer and other immune-related diseases by restoring normal immune function. Through its proprietary Functional, Integrated, NextCure Discovery in Immuno-Oncology (“FIND-IO”) platform, the Company studies various immune cells in order to discover and understand targets and structural components of immune cells and their functional impact in order to develop immunomedicines. Since inception, the Company has devoted substantially all its efforts and financial resources to organizing and staffing the Company, identifying business development opportunities, raising capital, securing intellectual property rights related to the Company’s product candidates, building and optimizing the Company’s manufacturing capabilities and conducting discovery, research and development activities for the Company’s product candidates, discovery programs and its FIND-IO platform.

Liquidity

The Company has not generated any revenue to date from product sales and does not expect to generate any revenues from product sales in the foreseeable future. Through September 30, 2021, the Company has funded its operations primarily with proceeds from public offerings of its common stock, private placements of its preferred stock and upfront fees received under the Company’s former agreement with Eli Lilly and Company, which was terminated in March 2020 (see Note 6). The Company expects to incur additional operating losses and negative operating cash flows for the foreseeable future.

Risks and Uncertainties

COVID-19

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), outbreak a pandemic. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, governments have imposed unprecedented restrictions on business operations, travel, and gatherings, resulting in a global economic downturn and other adverse economic and societal impacts. The COVID-19 pandemic has also overwhelmed or otherwise led to changes in the operations of many healthcare facilities, including clinical trial sites. However, the Company’s laboratories have continued operations throughout the pandemic mostly without interruption.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (including the impact of emerging variant strains of the COVID-19 virus) on the Company’s business and financial performance is uncertain and depends on various factors, including the scope and duration of the pandemic, the efficacy and global distribution of vaccines, government restrictions and other actions, including relief measures, implemented to address the impact of the pandemic, and resulting impacts on the financial markets and overall economy. The imposition of “lockdown,” “social distancing” and “shelter in place” directives and other restrictions on business operations, travel and gatherings by state and federal governments in the United States, as well as governments in other regions of the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has placed significant strain on the Company’s clinical trial sites, has raised concerns around monitoring patient safety, and has caused enrollment to slow in the Company’s clinical trials. Any rise of COVID-19 infection rates, especially in the United States, could continue to negatively affect enrollment going forward. The Company continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and any potential impact to the Company’s planned activities.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

There have been no material changes to the significant accounting policies previously disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Basis of Presentation

The unaudited condensed financial statements include the accounts of NextCure and have been prepared by the Company in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim financial statements. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. Accordingly, these condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited financial statements and the notes thereto in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 (the “Annual Report”).

Unaudited Financial Information

In the opinion of management, the information furnished reflects certain adjustments, all which are of a normal and recurring nature and are necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial position as of the reported balance sheet date and of the Company’s results for the reported interim periods. The Company considers events or transactions that occur after the balance sheet date but before the financial statements are issued to provide additional evidence relative to certain estimates or to identify matters that require additional disclosure. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for the full year or any other interim period.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of assets and liabilities as of the date of the condensed financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. Although actual results could differ from those estimates, management does not believe that such differences would be material.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

The Company qualifies as an emerging growth company (“EGC”) as defined under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). Using exemptions provided under the JOBS Act provided to EGCs, the Company has elected to defer compliance with new or revised financial accounting standards until it is required to comply with such standards, which is generally consistent with required adoption dates of private companies.

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU 2016-02 (Topic 842), Leases (“ASC 842”). ASC 842 supersedes the lease recognition requirements in ASC 840, Leases. ASC 842 clarifies the definition of a lease and requires lessees to recognize right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for all leases, including those classified as operating leases under previous lease accounting guidance. For public entities, ASC 842 was effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within that year. As a result of the Company having elected the extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards pursuant to Section 107(b) of the JOBS Act, ASC 842 will be effective for the Company on January 1, 2022. Originally, entities were required to adopt ASC 842 using a modified retrospective transition method. However, in July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11 (Topic 842), Leases: Targeted Improvements, which provides entities with an additional transition method. Under ASU 2018-11, entities have the option of initially applying ASC 842 at the adoption date, rather than at the beginning of the earliest period presented and recognizing the cumulative effect of applying the new standard as an adjustment to beginning retained earnings in the year of adoption while continuing to present all prior periods under previous lease accounting guidance.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting this guidance on the Company’s financial statements. The Company currently expects that its operating lease commitments will be subject to the new standard and recognized as right-of-use assets and operating lease liabilities upon adoption of this standard, which will increase the total assets and total liabilities that it reports relative to such amounts presented prior to adoption.    

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (“ASU 2016-13”). ASU 2016-13 will require credit losses to be reported using an expected losses model rather than the incurred losses model that is currently used and will require additional disclosures related to credit risks. For available-for-sale debt securities with unrealized losses, this standard will require allowances to be recorded instead of reducing the amortized cost of the investment. ASU 2016-13 is effective for non-EGCs for fiscal years beginning December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years, and will be effective for the Company for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022, and interim periods within those fiscal years, assuming the Company remains an EGC. The Company adopted this standard early, effective January 1, 2021. The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

The Company considers the applicability and impact of all ASUs issued by the FASB. All other ASUs issued subsequent to the filing of the Company’s Annual Report were assessed and determined to be either inapplicable or not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial position or results of operations.

3. Restricted Cash

In August 2021, the Company fully paid the remaining principal balance of $2.4 million of its $5.0 million term loan (the “Term Loan”). As a result of this payment, the Company has 0 restricted cash held in support of the Term Loan. The required Term Loan reserve totaled $0 and $3.5 million as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. These amounts are presented in part as restricted cash and in part as other assets on the accompanying condensed balance sheets.

The following table reconciles cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash per the balance sheet to the condensed statement of cash flows:

September 30, 

December 31, 

(in thousands)

    

2021

    

2020

Cash and cash equivalents

$

36,664

$

32,772

Restricted cash (including $0 and $1,806 in other assets as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)

 

39

 

3,512

Total

$

36,703

$

36,284

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

4. Marketable Securities

Marketable securities consist of the following:

September 30, 2021

Gross

Gross

Amortized

Unrealized

Unrealized

Estimated

(in thousands)

    

Cost

    

Gain

    

Loss

    

Fair Value

Corporate bonds

$

198,801

$

43

$

(172)

$

198,672

Total

$

198,801

$

43

$

(172)

$

198,672

December 31, 2020

Gross

Gross

Amortized

Unrealized

Unrealized

Estimated

(in thousands)

    

Cost

    

Gain

    

Loss

    

Fair Value

Corporate bonds

$

242,900

$

854

$

(75)

$

243,679

Commercial paper

 

6,997

 

 

 

6,997

Total

$

249,897

$

854

$

(75)

$

250,676

The Company uses the specific identification method when calculating realized gains and losses. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively, the Company recorded $57 thousand and $70 thousand in realized gains on available-for-sale securities, which is included in other income, net on the condensed statements of operations.

The Company reviewed all investments which were in a loss position at the respective balance sheet dates, as well as the remainder of the portfolio. The Company has analyzed the unrealized losses and determined that market conditions were the primary factor driving these changes. After analyzing the securities in an unrealized loss position, the portion of these losses that relate to changes in credit quality is insignificant. The Company does not intend to sell these securities, nor is it more likely than not that the Company will be required to sell them prior to the end of their contractual terms. Furthermore, the Company does not believe that these securities expose the Company to undue market risk or counterparty credit risk.

The following table summarizes maturities of the Company’s investments available-for-sale as of September 30, 2021:

September 30, 2021

Fair

(in thousands)

    

Cost

    

Value

Maturities:

Within 1 year

$

96,103

$

96,114

Between 1 to 2 years

 

102,698

 

102,558

Total investments available for sale

$

198,801

$

198,672

The Company has classified all its investments available-for-sale, including those with maturities beyond one year, as current assets on the accompanying condensed balance sheets based on the highly liquid nature of these investment securities and because these investment securities are considered available for use in current operations.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

5. Fair Value Measurements

The Company has certain financial assets recorded at fair value, which have been classified as Level 1, 2 or 3 within the fair value hierarchy as described in the accounting standards for fair value measurements.

Level 1—Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2—Inputs other than Level 1 inputs that are either directly or indirectly observable, such as quoted market prices, interest rates and yield curves.

Level 3—Unobservable inputs developed using estimates of assumptions developed by the Company, which reflect those that a market participant would use.

To the extent the valuation is based on models or inputs that are less observable or unobservable in the market, the determination of fair values requires more judgment. Accordingly, the degree of judgment exercised by the Company in determining fair value is greatest for instruments categorized as Level 3. A financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

The following tables set forth the fair value of the Company’s financial assets by level within the fair value hierarchy as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

September 30, 2021

Significant

Quoted Prices in

Other

Active Markets or

Observable

Significant

Identical Assets

Inputs

Unobservable

(in thousands)

    

Total

    

(Level 1)

    

(Level 2)

    

(Level 3)

Cash equivalents:

Money market funds

$

21,271

$

21,271

$

$

Marketable securities:

Corporate bonds

198,672

198,672

Total

$

219,943

$

21,271

$

198,672

$

December 31, 2020

Significant

Quoted Prices in

Other

Active Markets or

Observable

Significant

Identical Assets

Inputs

Unobservable

(in thousands)

    

Total

    

(Level 1)

    

(Level 2)

    

(Level 3)

Cash equivalents:

Money market funds

$

11,155

$

11,155

$

$

Marketable securities:

Corporate bonds

243,679

243,679

Commercial paper

6,997

6,997

Total

$

261,831

$

11,155

$

250,676

$

The Company did 0t transfer any assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis between levels during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

6. Former Agreement with Eli Lilly and Company

On November 2, 2018, the Company entered into a multi-year research and development collaboration agreement (the “Lilly Agreement”) with Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to use its proprietary FIND-IO platform to identify novel oncology targets for additional collaborative research and drug discovery by the Company and Lilly. Effective March 3, 2020, Lilly terminated the Lilly Agreement without cause.

The Company recognized revenue under the Lilly Agreement of $22.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Effective with the termination of the agreement, no further quarterly research and development support payments are payable to the Company.

7. Stock-Based Compensation

Employee Equity Plans

The NextCure, Inc. 2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”) was adopted in December 2015 and provides for the grant of awards of stock options, restricted stock awards, unrestricted stock awards and restricted stock units to employees, consultants, and directors of the Company.

The NextCure, Inc. 2019 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “2019 Plan”) became effective on May 8, 2019, the date on which the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed in connection with the IPO was declared effective (the “Effective Date”). The Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) determined not to make additional awards under the 2015 Plan following the effectiveness of the 2019 Plan. The 2019 Plan provides for the grant of awards of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, deferred stock units, unrestricted stock, dividend equivalent rights, other equity-based awards and cash bonus awards to the Company’s officers, employees, non-employee directors and other key persons (including consultants).

The number of shares of common stock reserved for issuance under the 2019 Plan is 2,900,000 plus the number of shares of stock related to awards outstanding under the 2015 Plan that subsequently terminate by expiration or forfeiture, cancellation or otherwise without the issuance of such shares. The number of shares reserved for issuance under the 2019 Plan automatically increase each January 1st during the term of the 2019 Plan by 4% of the number of shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding on December 31st of the preceding calendar year or such lesser number of shares determined by the Board.

As of September 30, 2021, 2,369,673 shares were reserved for future grant under the 2019 Plan.

Stock options granted under the 2015 Plan and 2019 Plan (together, the “Plans”) to employees generally vest over four years and expire after ten years.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

A summary of stock option activity for awards under the Plans is presented below:

Options Outstanding and Exercisable

Weighted

Weighted

Average

Aggregate

Average

Remaining

Intrinsic

Number of

Exercise

Contractual

Value(1)

    

Shares

    

Price

    

Life (Years)

    

(in thousands)

Outstanding as of December 31, 2020

 

3,112,376

$

16.95

 

8.2

$

10,810

Granted

1,916,450

$

11.11

Exercised

(50,961)

$

1.66

Forfeited

(433,483)

$

21.82

Outstanding as of September 30, 2021

4,544,382

$

14.20

8.3

$

3,606

Exercisable as of September 30, 2021

 

1,848,180

$

12.19

 

7.2

$

3,405

(1)The aggregate intrinsic value is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underlying options and the estimated fair value of the common stock for the options that were in the money at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

The weighted average grant date fair value of stock options granted to employees for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $7.61. The aggregate intrinsic value of stock options exercised during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $0.3 million. As of September 30, 2021, there was $25.7 million of total unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested options under the Plans that will be recognized over a weighted-average period of approximately 2.9 years.

The aggregate grant date fair value of stock options and restricted stock vested during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 was approximately $11.9 million and $33.8 million, respectively.

Stock-based compensation expense was classified on the statements of operations as follows for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

September 30, 

(in thousands)

    

2021

    

2020

    

2021

    

2020

Research and development

$

1,054

$

897

$

3,068

$

2,245

General and administrative

 

1,429

 

1,475

 

4,710

 

3,322

Total stock-based compensation expense

$

2,483

$

2,372

$

7,778

$

5,567

The fair value of each option award is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model using the assumptions in the following table for options issued during the period indicated:

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

Expected term

 

5.5 - 6.08

years 

5.4 - 6.08

years 

Expected volatility

 

79.7

%

69.7 - 81.1

%

Risk free interest rate

 

0.8 - 1.4

%

0.3 - 1.0

%

Expected dividend yield

 

%

%

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

The NextCure, Inc. 2019 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the “ESPP”) was approved in May 2019 and provides for certain employees of the Company to purchase shares of Company stock at a discounted price. As of September 30, 2021, 790,680 shares were reserved for purchase under the ESPP.

8. Net Loss Per Share Attributable to Common Stockholders

Loss per share

The computation of basic loss per share is based on the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, without consideration for dilutive common stock equivalents. The computation of diluted loss per share is based on the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding and dilutive potential common shares, which include shares that may be issued under the stock option plan, as determined using the treasury stock method.

The computation for basic and diluted loss per share were as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):

Three Months Ended

Nine months ended

September 30, 

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

2021

    

2020

Net loss (Numerator):

 

  

  

 

  

  

Net loss - basic and diluted

$

(17,930)

$

(16,367)

$

(52,450)

$

(21,142)

Shares (Denominator):

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

 

27,615,038

 

27,547,737

 

27,607,685

 

27,524,350

Loss per share - basic and diluted

$

(0.65)

$

(0.59)

$

(1.90)

$

(0.77)

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, all shares of options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock were excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share as the effect would have been anti-dilutive. Therefore, the weighted average number of common shares outstanding used to calculate both basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders is the same.

The Company excluded the following potential common shares, presented based on amounts outstanding at period end, from the computation of diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders for the period indicated because including them would have had an anti-dilutive effect:

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

Outstanding options to purchase common stock

 

4,544,382

3,149,641

Total

 

4,544,382

3,149,641

9. Income Taxes

The Company did 0t record a provision or benefit for income taxes during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020. The Company continues to maintain a full valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets.

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NEXTCURE, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

The Company has evaluated the positive and negative evidence involving its ability to realize its deferred tax assets. Management has considered the Company’s history of cumulative net losses incurred since inception and its lack of any commercially ready products. It has concluded that it is more likely than not that the Company will not realize the benefits of the deferred tax assets. Management reevaluates the positive and negative evidence at each reporting period.

Under the provisions of Sections 382 and 383 of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), certain substantial changes in the Company’s ownership may have limited, or may limit in the future, the amount of net operating loss and research and development credit carryforwards that can be used to reduce future income taxes. We have not performed a detailed analysis to determine whether an ownership change under Section 382 of the IRC occurred. The effect of an ownership change would be the imposition of an annual limitation on the use of losses and credits attributable to periods before the change and could result in a reduction in the total losses and credits available.

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law. The CARES Act includes various income and payroll tax provisions. The Company has analyzed the tax provisions of the CARES Act and determined they have no significant financial impact to the Company’s condensed financial statements. On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA 2021”) was signed into law. ARPA 2021 included various income and payroll tax provisions. The Company has analyzed the tax provisions of ARPA 2021 and determined they have no significant financial impact to the Company’s condensed financial statements.

10. Commitments and Contingencies

Legal Proceedings

On September 21, 2020, a putative stockholder class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York styled Ye Zhou v. NextCure, Inc., et. al., Case 1:20-cv-0772 (S.D.N.Y.). On February 26, 2021, the Lead Plaintiff filed a consolidated amended complaint that asserts claims against us, certain of our officers and members of our board of directors, and the underwriters in our May 2019 initial public offering and November 2019 underwritten secondary public offering. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, with respect to statements made regarding our lead product candidate, NC318, and the FIND-IO platform. The complaint seeks unspecified damages on behalf of a purported class of purchasers of our securities between May 8, 2019 and July 14, 2020. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the consolidated amended complaint on April 27, 2021, and discovery is stayed pending resolution of that motion.

On March 24, 2021, a purported shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, styled Zach Liu v. Richman et. al., Case:21-cv-00754, alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by officers and/or directors, unjust enrichment, abuse of control, gross mismanagement, waste of corporate assets, and violations of the Exchange Act and the Securities Act of 1933. The Complaint seeks unspecified damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, declaratory relief, corporate governance changes, and restitution. On May 17, 2021, the Court granted the parties’ joint motion to stay the derivative lawsuit pending resolution of the Ye Zhou action’s motion to dismiss.

The Company intends to vigorously defend the Ye Zhou and Liu actions and believes these cases are without merit. Based on the Company’s assessment of the facts underlying these claims, the uncertainty of litigation, and the preliminary stage of these cases, the Company cannot estimate the reasonably possible loss or range of loss that may result from these actions.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed financial statements and the notes thereto included in this Quarterly Report and the audited financial information and related notes, as well as Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and other disclosures, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, or our 2020 Annual Report. Some of the statements contained in this discussion and analysis or set forth elsewhere in this Quarterly Report are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “should,” “due,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “hope,” “may,” “objective,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “positioned,” “seek,” “target,” “towards,” “forward,” “later,” “will,” “would” and other similar expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events and future trends, or the negative of these terms or similar language. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about:

our expectations regarding the timing, progress and results of preclinical studies and clinical trials for NC318, NC410, NC762 and any other product candidates we develop, including statements regarding the timing of initiation and completion of studies or trials and related preparatory work, the period during which the results of the trials will become available and our research and development programs;
the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (including the emergence of variant strains) on the initiation, progress or expected timing of our clinical trials and the timing of related data, our efforts to adjust trial-related activities to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other future impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, our industry and our financial condition and results of operations;
the timing or likelihood of regulatory filings for NC318, NC410, NC762 and any other product candidates we develop and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for such product candidates for any indication;
the identification, analysis and use of biomarkers and biomarker data;
development of patient selection assays and companion or complementary diagnostic for NC318, NC410, NC762 or any other product candidates we develop;
our manufacturing capabilities and strategy, including the scalability of our manufacturing methods and processes;
our expectations regarding the potential benefits, activity, effectiveness and safety of NC318, NC410, NC762 and any other product candidates we develop;
our intentions and ability to successfully commercialize our product candidates;
our expectations regarding the nature of the biological pathways we are targeting;
our expectations for our FIND-IO platform, including our ability to discover and advance product candidates using our FIND-IO platform;
the potential benefits of and our ability to maintain our relationships and collaborations with Yale University and Dr. Lieping Chen;

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our estimates regarding our expenses, future revenues, capital requirements, our needs for or ability to obtain additional financing and the period over which we expect our current cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities to be sufficient to fund our operations;
our intended reliance on and the performance of third parties, including collaborators, contract research organizations and third-party manufacturers;
our ability to protect and enforce our intellectual property protection and the scope and duration of such protection;
any failure of our information technology systems such as security breaches, loss of data and other disruptions;
developments and projections relating to our competitors and our industry, including competing therapies; and
the impact of current and future laws and regulations.

Forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statement. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others: the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (including the emergence of variant strains) on our business, including our clinical trials, third parties on which we rely and our operations; positive results in preclinical studies may not be predictive of the results of clinical trials; our limited operating history and no products approved for commercial sale; our history of significant losses; our need to obtain additional financing; risks related to clinical development, marketing approval and commercialization; the unproven approach to the discovery and development of product candidates based on our FIND-IO platform; and dependence on key personnel. More detailed information on these and additional factors that could affect our actual results are described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our 2020 Annual Report and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, even if expectations change.

Overview

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering and developing novel, first-in-class immunomedicines to treat cancer and other immune-related diseases by restoring normal immune function. We view the immune system holistically and, rather than target one specific immune cell type, we focus on understanding biological pathways, the interactions of cells and the role each interaction plays in an immune response. Through our proprietary Functional, Integrated, NextCure Discovery in Immuno-Oncology, or “FIND-IO”, platform, we study various immune cells to discover and understand targets and structural components of immune cells and their functional impact in order to develop immunomedicines. We are focused on patients who do not respond to current therapies, patients whose cancer progresses despite treatment and patients with cancer types not adequately addressed by available therapies. We are committed to discovering and developing first-in-class immunomedicines, which are immunomedicines that use new or unique mechanisms of action to treat a medical condition, for these patients.

Our lead product candidate NC318 is a first-in-class immunomedicine against a novel immunomodulatory receptor called Siglec-15, or “S15”. In October 2018, we initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC318 in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors. We completed enrollment of the Phase 1 portion of this trial in August 2019, and preliminary data from the Phase 1 portion were presented at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer annual meeting, or the SITC Meeting, in November 2019 and updated data were announced in December 2020.

We began enrolling patients in the Phase 2 portion of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC318 trial in October 2019. In this portion, we planned to enroll up to 100 patients with tumor types that have been shown to have elevated S15 expression, including non-small cell lung cancer, or “NSCLC”, ovarian cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, or “HNSCC”, and triple-negative breast cancer, or “TNBC”. In July 2020, we reported a confirmed partial response in a head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patient. In addition, we reported at the time that we would not progress the NSCLC and ovarian cancer cohorts to the second stage of the Simon 2-stage trial. In December 2020, we completed a retrospective

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analysis of S15 expression in biopsy samples collected from the Phase 2 patients at their initial screening. At that time, inclusion criterion was based on a TPS PD-L1 score <50%. Of the evaluable biopsies collected, 13% of the patients enrolled had S15-positive tumors. These biopsies showed that the selection criterion did not result in enough S15-positive patients for us to effectively evaluate the activity of NC318 in S15-positive tumors. We have modified the Phase 2 portion of the trial for S15 selection, and clinical sites can select for S15-positive patients through screening biopsies in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (“CLIA”)-certified laboratory. In the second quarter of 2021, we resumed enrolling a NSCLC adenocarcinoma cohort in the Phase 2 trial, and we revised the dosing regimen to 800 mg weekly to increase overall drug exposure to NC318. We will provide a data update from our ongoing Phase 2 monotherapy trial of NC318 at the SITC Meeting in November 2021.

In April 2021, Yale University commenced a Phase 2 investigator-initiated clinical trial of NC318 in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with NSCLC. Initial data are anticipated in the first half of 2022.

Our second product candidate, NC410, is a novel immunomedicine designed to block immune suppression mediated by an immune modulator called Leukocyte-Associated Immunoglobulin-like Receptor 1. In June 2020, we initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC410 in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors after a temporary delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phase 1 dose-escalation portion of this open-label trial is designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of NC410 in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors and determine its pharmacologically active and/or maximum tolerated dose. After a recommended dose for the Phase 2 portion of the trial is determined, the efficacy of NC410 will be evaluated in select tumor types. In May 2021, at the 2021 Virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, or the ASCO Meeting, we reported pre-clinical data demonstrating that NC410 promoted T-cell mediated anti-tumor immunity, enhanced infiltration and increased localized activity of T-cells in the tumor microenvironment. We will provide a data update from the Phase 1 portion of this trial at the SITC Meeting in November 2021.

Our third product candidate, NC762, is an immunomedicine targeting an immunomodulatory molecule called human B7 homolog 4 protein, or B7-H4. We submitted our investigational new drug application, or IND, to the FDA in the first quarter of 2021, which has been cleared. In July 2021, we initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC762 in patients with lung cancer, HER2+ breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or potentially other tumor types. The Phase 1 dose-escalation portion of this open-label trial is being designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of NC762 and determine its pharmacologically active and/or maximum tolerated dose. After a recommended dose for the Phase 2 portion of the trial is determined, the efficacy of NC762 will be evaluated in select tumor types. We expect to announce initial data from the Phase 1 portion of this trial in mid-2022.

COVID-19

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), outbreak a pandemic. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, governments have imposed unprecedented restrictions on business operations, travel, and gatherings, resulting in a global economic downturn and other adverse economic and societal impacts. The COVID-19 pandemic has also overwhelmed or otherwise led to changes in the operations of many healthcare facilities, including clinical trial sites. However, our laboratories have continued operations throughout the pandemic mostly without interruption.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (including the impact of emerging variant strains of the COVID-19 virus) on our business and financial performance is uncertain and depends on various factors, including the scope and duration of the pandemic, the efficacy and global distribution of vaccines, government restrictions and other actions, including relief measures, implemented to address the impact of the pandemic, and resulting impacts on the financial markets and overall economy. The imposition of “lockdown,” “social distancing” and “shelter in place” directives and other restrictions on business operations, travel and gatherings by state and federal governments in the United States as well as governments in other regions of the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant strain on our clinical trial sites, has raised concerns around monitoring patient safety, and has caused enrollment to slow in our clinical trials. Any rise of COVID-19 infection rates, especially in the United States, could continue to negatively affect enrollment going forward. We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and any potential impact to our planned activities.

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Financial Overview

Since commencing operations in 2015, we have devoted substantially all our efforts and financial resources to organizing and staffing our company, identifying business development opportunities, raising capital, securing intellectual property rights related to our product candidates, building and optimizing our manufacturing capabilities, and conducting discovery, research and development activities for our product candidates, discovery programs and FIND-IO platform.

We have not generated any revenue from product sales and only limited revenue from other sources. As a result, with the exception of the three months ended March 31, 2020, for which we reported a profit due to recognition of deferred revenue in connection with the termination of our former research and development collaboration agreement with Eli Lilly and Company, or “Lilly”, we have never been profitable and have incurred net losses since the commencement of our operations. Our net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, was $17.9 million and $16.4 million, respectively, and our net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, was $52.5 million and $21.1 million, respectively. As of September 30, 2021, we had an accumulated deficit of $170.1 million, primarily as a result of research and development and general and administrative expenses. We do not expect to generate product revenue unless and until we obtain marketing approval and commercialize a product candidate, and we cannot assure you that we will ever generate significant revenue or profits.

We have funded our operations to date primarily with proceeds from public offerings of our common stock, with private placements of our preferred stock and with upfront fees received under our former research and development collaboration agreement with Lilly, or the “Lilly Agreement,” which was terminated in March 2020. From our inception through September 30, 2021, we received gross proceeds of $164.4 million through private placements of preferred stock.

In November 2018, we entered into the Lilly Agreement to use our FIND-IO platform to identify novel oncology targets for additional collaborative research and drug discovery by us and Lilly. We received an upfront payment of $25.0 million in cash and an equity investment of $15.0 million from Lilly upon entering into the Lilly Agreement, and we were eligible for quarterly research and development support payments during a portion of the term of the Lilly Agreement. Effective March 3, 2020, Lilly terminated the Lilly Agreement without cause.

On May 13, 2019, we closed our initial public offering, or “IPO”, in which we sold 5,750,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $15.00 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of $86.3 million. The net offering proceeds to us were approximately $77.0 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of $6.0 million and offering expenses of $3.4 million.

On November 19, 2019, we completed an underwritten public offering, in which we issued and sold 4,077,192 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $36.75 per share. On December 2, 2019, the underwriters exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 611,578 shares of common stock at the public offering price of $36.75, for total net proceeds to us of approximately $160.9 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions of approximately $10.3 million and offering expenses of approximately $1.0 million.

As of September 30, 2021, we had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, excluding restricted cash, of $235.3 million. We believe that our existing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund our planned operations into the second half of 2023. We have based this estimate on assumptions that may prove to be incorrect, and we could use our available capital resources sooner than we currently expect.

We expect to incur substantial expenditures in the foreseeable future as we advance our product candidates through clinical development, the regulatory approval process and, if approved, commercialization, and as we expand our pipeline through research and development activities related to our FIND-IO platform and discovery programs. Specifically, in the near term, we expect to incur substantial expenses relating to our ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial and planned Phase 2 clinical trial of NC318, our ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC410, and our ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial for NC762, and other research and development activities. We expect to continue to incur significantly increased costs as a result of operating as a public company, including significant legal, accounting, investor relations and other expenses that we did not incur as a private company.

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We will need substantial additional funding to support our continuing operations and to pursue our development strategy. Until such time as we can generate significant revenue from sales of our product candidates, if ever, we expect to finance our operations through a combination of public and private equity offerings, debt financings, marketing and distribution arrangements, other collaborations, strategic alliances, and licensing arrangements. Adequate funding may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all. If we fail to raise capital or enter into such agreements as and when needed, we may be required to delay, limit, reduce or terminate preclinical studies, clinical trials, or other research and development activities or one or more of our development programs.

Components of Our Results of Operations

Revenue

Through September 30, 2021, we have not generated any revenue from product sales.

For additional information about our revenue recognition policy, see Note 2 of the Notes to Financial Statements in our 2020 Annual Report.

Operating Expenses

Research and Development Expenses

Research and development expenses consist primarily of costs incurred for our discovery efforts, research activities, development and testing of our product candidates as well as for clinical trials, including:

salaries, benefits, and other related costs, including stock-based compensation, for personnel engaged in research and development functions;
expenses incurred under agreements with third parties, including agreements with third parties that conduct research, preclinical activities or clinical trials on our behalf, such as our corporate sponsored research agreement, or “SRA,” and our license agreement with Yale University, or “Yale”;
costs of outside consultants, including their fees, stock-based compensation and related travel expenses;
the costs of laboratory supplies and acquiring, developing, and manufacturing preclinical study and clinical trial materials; and
facility-related expenses, which include direct depreciation costs and allocated expenses for rent and maintenance of facilities and other operating costs.

We expense research and development costs as incurred. Our expenses related to clinical trials are based on actual costs incurred and estimates of other incurred costs. These estimated costs are based on several factors, including patient enrollment and related expenses at clinical investigator sites, contract services received, consulting agreement costs and efforts expended under contracts with research institutions and third-party contract research organizations that conduct and manage clinical trials on our behalf. We generally accrue estimated costs related to clinical trials based on contracted amounts applied to the level of patient enrollment and other activity according to the protocol. If future timelines or contracts are modified based on changes in the clinical trial protocol or scope of work to be performed, we would modify our estimates of accrued expenses accordingly on a prospective basis. Historically, any such modifications have not been material.

Research and development activities are central to our business model. We expect that our research and development expenses will continue to increase substantially for the foreseeable future as we advance our product candidates through development and expand the number of trials we are conducting and the patients enrolled in those trials, as we utilize our current good manufacturing practice, or “cGMP”, manufacturing capacity, including to provide

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drug supply of NC318, NC410 and NC762 for future clinical trials, and as we expand our pipeline through research and development activities related to our FIND-IO platform and discovery programs.

We cannot determine with certainty the duration and costs of future clinical trials of NC318, NC410, NC762 or any other product candidate we may develop or if, when or to what extent we will generate revenue from the commercialization and sale of any product candidate for which we may obtain marketing approval. We may never succeed in obtaining marketing approval for any product candidate. The duration, costs and timing of clinical trials and development of NC318, NC410, NC762 and any other product candidate we may develop will depend on a variety of factors, including:

the scope, progress, results, and costs of clinical trials of NC318 and NC410 and NC762, as well as of any future clinical trials of other product candidates and other research and development activities that we may conduct;
the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including delays and slowdowns as a result of strain on our clinical trial sites and concerns about patient safety;
uncertainties in selection of indications, clinical trial design and patient enrollment rates;
the probability of success for our product candidates, including safety and efficacy, early clinical data, competition, ease, and ability of manufacturing and commercial viability;
significant and changing government regulation and regulatory guidance;
the timing and receipt of any development or marketing approvals; and
the expense of filing, prosecuting, defending and enforcing any patent claims and other intellectual property rights.

A change in the outcome of any of these variables with respect to the development of a product candidate could lead to a significant change in the costs and timing associated with the development of that product candidate. For example, if the FDA or another regulatory authority were to require us to conduct clinical trials beyond those that we anticipate will be required for the completion of clinical development of a product candidate, or if we experience significant delays in our clinical trials due to patient enrollment or other reasons, we would be required to expend significant additional financial resources and time to complete clinical development for any such product candidate.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses consist primarily of personnel related costs, including payroll and stock-based compensation, for personnel in executive, finance, human resources, business and corporate development and other administrative functions, professional fees for legal, intellectual property, consulting, and accounting services, rent and other facility-related costs, depreciation and other general operating expenses not otherwise classified as research and development expenses. General and administrative expenses also include all patent-related costs incurred in connection with filing and prosecuting patent applications, which are expensed as incurred.

We anticipate that our general and administrative expenses will increase substantially during the next few years as a result of staff expansion and additional occupancy costs, higher legal and accounting fees, investor relations costs, higher insurance premiums and other compliance costs.

Other Income, Net

Other income, net consists primarily of interest income earned on marketable securities and interest expense on our term loan with a commercial bank, or the “Term Loan”, which was paid in full and closed in August 2021.

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Results of Operations

Comparison of the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 and 2020

The following table summarizes our results of operations for the periods indicated (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

    

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

Change

    

2021

    

2020

    

Change

Revenue:

Revenue from former research and development arrangement

$

$

$

$

$

22,378

$

(22,378)

Operating expenses:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

Research and development

13,597

12,740

857

37,928

34,448

3,480

General and administrative

 

4,911

 

4,659

 

252

 

15,766

 

12,918

 

2,848

Loss from operations

 

(18,508)

 

(17,399)

 

(1,109)

 

(53,694)

 

(24,988)

 

(28,706)

Other income, net

 

578

 

1,032

 

(454)

 

1,244

 

3,846

 

(2,602)

Net loss

$

(17,930)

$

(16,367)

$

(1,563)

$

(52,450)

$

(21,142)

$

(31,308)

Revenue from Research and Development Arrangement

No revenue was recognized for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020. Revenue was $0 and $22.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The decrease in revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020 is related to the recognition of all deferred revenue under the Lilly Agreement as of the Lilly Termination Date. Effective with the termination of the agreement, no further quarterly research and development support payments are payable to the Company.

Research and Development Expenses

The following table summarizes our research and development expenses by product candidate for the periods indicated (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

    

Change

    

2021

    

2020

    

Change

External research and development expenses:

NC318

 

$

1,490

$

1,955

$

(465)

$

3,791

$

7,483

$

(3,692)

NC410

1,160

630

530

2,999

1,506

1,493

NC762

1,043

545

498

2,881

1,813

1,068

Programs in discovery and preclinical development

4,289

4,006

283

11,421

8,913

2,508

Total external research and development expenses

7,982

7,136

846

21,092

19,715

1,377

Total internal research and development expenses

5,615

5,604

11

16,836

14,733

2,103

Total research and development expenses

 

$

13,597

$

12,740

$

857

$

37,928

$

34,448

$

3,480

We do not allocate personnel-related costs, including stock-based compensation costs, or other indirect costs to specific programs, as they are deployed across multiple projects under development and discovery and, as such are separately classified as internal research and development expenses in the table above.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2021 increased by $0.9 million to $13.6 million compared to $12.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was driven by $0.8 million in clinical-related costs, partially offset by timing of research and manufacturing supply costs.

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Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 increased by $3.4 million to $37.9 million compared to $34.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was driven by $1.3 million in personnel-related costs and costs related to advancing our development programs.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2021 increased by $0.2 million to $4.9 million as compared to $4.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was primarily due to personnel-related costs.

General and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 increased by $2.9 million to $15.8 million as compared to $12.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was driven by $2.3 million in personnel-related costs, primarily in stock compensation expense.

Other Income, Net

Other income, net for the three months ended September 30, 2021 decreased by $0.4 million to $0.6 million from $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 due to lower investment balances and a reduction in interest rates.

Other income, net for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, decreased by $2.6 million to $1.2 million from $3.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 due to lower investment balances and a reduction in interest rates.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We have financed our operations primarily with proceeds from public offerings of our common stock, private placements of our preferred stock and upfront fees received under the Lilly Agreement. On May 13, 2019, we closed our IPO, in which we sold 5,750,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $15.00 per share, for net offering proceeds to us of approximately $77.0 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses. On November 19, 2019, we completed an underwritten public offering in which we sold 4,077,192 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $36.75 per share. On December 2, 2019, the underwriters exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 611,578 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $36.75. Net offering proceeds to us were approximately $160.9 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses. Since inception, we have received aggregate gross proceeds of $164.4 million from the sale and issuance of shares of our preferred stock. In addition, in November 2018, we received an upfront payment of $25.0 million in cash from Lilly pursuant to the Lilly Agreement. Our cash and cash equivalents are held in money market funds.

On May 6, 2021, the Company entered into a sales agreement (the “Sales Agreement”) with SVB Leerink LLC (the “Agent”), pursuant to which the Company may sell, from time to time, up to an aggregate sales price of $75 million of its common stock through the Agent in negotiated transactions that are deemed to be an “at the market offering.” The Agent will be entitled to compensation equal to 3.0% of the gross proceeds from the sale of all shares of common stock sold through it as Agent under the Sales Agreement. Actual sales will depend on a variety of factors to be determined by the Company from time to time, including, among other things, market conditions, the trading price of the common stock, capital needs and determinations by the Company of the appropriate sources of funding for the Company. We have not yet sold any shares of our common stock pursuant to the Sales Agreement.

As of September 30, 2021, we had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, excluding restricted cash, of $235.3 million. We believe that our existing cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities will be sufficient to fund our planned operations into the second half of 2023.

In April 2016, we entered into the Term Loan to finance laboratory equipment purchases. In January 2019, we amended the Term Loan to increase our borrowing capacity from $1.0 million to $5.0 million. In August 2021, we fully paid the remaining principal on the Term Loan, and there are no outstanding payments due from us.

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We will continue to require additional capital to develop our product candidates and fund operations for the foreseeable future. We may seek to raise capital through sale of equity, debt financings, strategic alliances, and licensing arrangements. Adequate additional funding may not be available to us on acceptable terms or at all, including as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If we fail to raise capital or enter into such arrangements as and when needed, we may have to significantly delay, scale back or discontinue the development of our product candidates or delay our efforts to expand our pipeline of product candidates.

Cash Flows

The following table sets forth the primary sources and uses of cash and cash equivalents for each of the periods presented below (in thousands):

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 

    

2021

    

2020

Net cash provided by (used in):

 

  

 

  

Operating activities

$

(43,795)

$

(38,676)

Investing activities

 

47,602

 

27,025

Financing activities

 

(3,388)

 

(1,017)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$

419

$

(12,668)

Cash Used in Operating Activities

Net cash used in operating activities was $43.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, which was primarily due to our net loss of $52.5 million. Net cash used in operating activities was $38.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, which was primarily due to our net loss of $21.1 million, inclusive of our recognition of deferred revenue related to the terminated Lilly Agreement of $22.4 million.

Cash Provided by Investing Activities

Cash provided by investing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $47.6 million, which was primarily due to net proceeds from marketable securities of $49.1 million, partially offset by purchases of property and equipment of $1.5 million. Cash provided by investing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $27.0 million, which was primarily due to net proceeds from marketable securities of $33.2 million, partially offset by purchases of property and equipment of $6.2 million.

Cash Used in Financing Activities

Cash used in financing activities was $3.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, which consisted primarily of payments related to the closure of the Term Loan. Cash used in financing activities was $1.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, which consisted primarily of payments related to the Term Loan.

Contractual Obligations and Commitments

There have been no material changes to our contractual obligations during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to those disclosed in our 2020 Annual Report.

Critical Accounting Policies, Significant Judgments and Use of Estimates

Our condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or “GAAP”. The preparation of our financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported expenses incurred during the reporting periods. The most significant assumptions used in the financial statements are the underlying assumptions used in revenue recognition and valuing share-based compensation, including the fair value of our common stock in periods before our IPO. Our estimates are based on

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our historical experience and on various other factors that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying value of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. We evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, there were no material changes to our critical accounting policies reported in our 2020 Annual Report.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Since our inception, we have not engaged in any off-balance sheet arrangements, as defined in the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 2 to our unaudited condensed financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report for a discussion of recent accounting pronouncements that may impact our financial position and results of operations.

Emerging Growth Company Status

As an emerging growth company, or “EGC”, under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, or the “JOBS Act”, we are eligible to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not EGCs. We have elected to take advantage of the extended transition period for adopting new or revised accounting standards that have different effective dates for public and private companies until such time as those standards apply to private companies.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide the information requested by this Item.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the “Exchange Act”, as of September 30, 2021. Management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and management necessarily applies its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Based on the evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of September 30, 2021, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of such date, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at the reasonable assurance level.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

There was no change in our internal control over financial reporting, as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act, that occurred during the quarter ended September 30, 2021, that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

The information set forth under the heading “Legal Proceedings” in Note 10, Commitments and Contingencies, in Notes to Condensed Financial Statements in Item 1 of Part I of this Quarterly Report, is incorporated herein by reference. In addition, from time to time, we are involved in litigation or other legal proceedings as part of our ordinary course of business. In the opinion of our management, the ultimate disposition of these legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business are not likely to have a material adverse effect on our business.

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

Investing in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the risks described in the “Risk Factors” section of our 2020 Annual Report together with certain updated risk factors described below and all other information in this Quarterly Report, including our financial statements and the related notes and the information described in the section entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” before deciding whether to invest in our common stock. If any of the risks described in our filings with the SEC occurs, our business, results of operations, financial conditions, cash flows or prospects could be harmed. If that were to happen, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could continue to adversely affect our business.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, governments have imposed unprecedented restrictions on business operations, travel, and gatherings, resulting in a global economic downturn and other adverse economic and societal impacts. The COVID-19 pandemic has also overwhelmed or otherwise led to changes in the operations of many healthcare facilities, including clinical trial sites. While we are considered an essential business under applicable regulations and continue to operate, the impacts of COVID-19 initially placed significant strain on our clinical trial sites, have raised concerns around monitoring patient safety, and caused enrollment to slow in the Phase 2 portion of the ongoing Phase 1/2 monotherapy clinical trial of our lead product candidate, NC318. Any rise of COVID-19 infection rates, especially in the United States, could continue to negatively affect enrollment going forward. We are continuing to work closely with our clinical partners and have taken steps as necessary to adjust our protocols and timelines due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, initial data from the Phase 2 portion of our ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC318 was temporarily delayed, and the initial delay of our Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate NC318 in combination with standard of care chemotherapies was due to COVID-19. In addition, we delayed until July 2020 initiation of the Phase 1 portion of our Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NC410 despite being prepared to begin the trial in March 2020. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could adversely affect our clinical trials and operations in other ways as well. For example, challenges may arise as a result of patients, members of the clinical team, or our employees becoming infected with COVID-19 or otherwise unable or unwilling to participate in trials or come to work, as applicable, as a result of COVID-19, interruptions to the supply chain or manufacturing, site closures, or difficulties in meeting protocol-specified procedures, including difficulties adhering to protocol-mandated visits and testing. The COVID-19 pandemic may also increase the likelihood and severity of other risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of our 2020 Annual Report and this Quarterly Report, including but not limited to risks related to the conduct, progress and outcomes of clinical trials, risks related to reliance on third parties, risks related to our operations and dependence on key personnel, and risks related to our need to obtain additional capital.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts continue to evolve, including the emergence of variant strains of the COVID-19 virus. Although vaccines are now available are being distributed globally, we cannot predict the full scope, duration and severity of disruptions resulting from COVID-19 or their impacts on us. Business disruptions for us or the third parties with whom we engage, including the collaborators, contract organizations, third-party manufacturers, suppliers, clinical trial sites, regulators and other third parties with whom we conduct business could materially and negatively impact our ability to conduct our business in the manner and on the timelines presently planned. The extent to

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which the COVID-19 pandemic may impact our business and financial performance will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope and duration of the pandemic and the extent and effectiveness of government restrictions, relief measures and other actions implemented to address the impact of the pandemic, and resulting economic impacts.

Announced interim results regarding our NC318 monotherapy Phase 1/2 clinical trial may adversely impact our product development efforts.

In July 2020, we announced that based on the current enrollment criteria and clinical response data, we did not plan at that time to advance the NSCLC and ovarian cancer cohorts of our NC318 Phase 1/2 monotherapy clinical trial into the stage 2 portion of the Simon 2-stage trial. In December 2020, we announced that the initial selection criterion did not result in enough S15-positive patients for us to effectively evaluate the activity of NC318 in S15-positive tumors. We have modified the Phase 2 portion of the trial for S15 selection, and clinical sites can select for S15-positive patients through screening biopsies in a CLIA-certified laboratory. The developments in this trial could increase the costs and lengthen the timeline for this trial, adversely impact our ability to enroll patients and impair our ability to gain regulatory approval for and commercialize NC318. Any of these developments could damage our reputation or investor confidence in our company, disrupt our broader research and development, impact our ability to raise capital, or hinder our ability to execute our strategic plans, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, operating results, and prospects.

We are now and may in the future be subject to securities litigation, which can be expensive and could divert management’s attention.

On September 21, 2020, a putative stockholder class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York styled Ye Zhou v. NextCure, Inc., et. al., Case 1:20-cv-0772 (S.D.N.Y.). On February 26, 2021, the Lead Plaintiff filed a consolidated amended complaint that asserts claims against us, certain of our officers and members of our board of directors, and the underwriters in our May 2019 initial public offering and November 2019 underwritten secondary public offering. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated provisions of the Exchange Act and the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, with respect to statements made regarding our lead product candidate, NC318, and the FIND-IO platform.

On March 24, 2021, a purported shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, styled Zach Liu v. Richman et. al., Case:21-cv-00754, alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by officers and/or directors, unjust enrichment, abuse of control, gross mismanagement, waste of corporate assets and violations of the Exchange Act and the Securities Act of 1933. The Complaint seeks unspecified damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, declaratory relief, corporate governance changes, and restitution. For more information regarding these proceedings, please refer to Note 10 to the Company’s Condensed Financial Statements.

We intend to vigorously defend these actions. However, whether or not the claims are successful, litigation is often expensive and can divert management’s attention and resources from other business concerns, which could adversely affect our business. If we are ultimately required to pay significant defense costs, damages or settlement amounts, such payments could adversely affect our operations.

We may be the target of similar litigation in the future. The market price of our common stock has experienced and may continue to experience volatility, and in the past, companies that have experienced volatility in the market price of their stock have been subject to securities litigation. Any future litigation could result in substantial costs and divert our management’s attention from other business concerns, which could seriously harm our business. We maintain liability insurance; however, if any costs or expenses associated with the Ye Zhou action, Liu action, or any other litigation exceed our insurance coverage, we may be forced to bear some or all costs and expenses directly, which could be substantial.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

None.

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Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

None.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information.

None.

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Item 6. Exhibits.

The exhibits filed or furnished as part of this Quarterly Report are set forth on the Exhibit Index, below.

Exhibit No.

    

Exhibit Description

10.1 (+)

First Amendment to the NextCure, Inc. 2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan dated September 30, 2021.

31.1

Certification of Michael Richman pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

31.2

Certification of Steven P. Cobourn pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

32.1

Certification of Michael Richman and Steven P. Cobourn pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

EX-101.INS

Inline XBRL Instance Document

EX-101.SCH

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

EX-101.CAL

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

EX-101.DEF

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

EX-101.LAB

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

EX-101.PRE

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

104

Coverage Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).

(+) Indicates a management contract or compensatory plan

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

NEXTCURE, INC.

Date: November 4, 2021

By:

/s/ Michael Richman

Name:

Michael Richman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Date: November 4, 2021

By:

/s/ Steven P. Cobourn

Name:

Steven P. Cobourn

Chief Financial Officer

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