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Tempest Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Highlights

November 10, 2021 GMT

  • First patients dosed infirst line, randomized, global Phase 1b/2 hepatocellular carcinoma (“HCC”) study of TPST-1120 combination regimen, in collaboration with F. Hoffmann La Roche
  • Exclusive rights to novel oncology target in-licensed from the lab of Russell Vance, Ph.D., at the University of California at Berkeley (“U.C. Berkeley”)

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPST), a clinical-stage oncology company developing potentially first-in-class therapeutics that combine both targeted and immune-mediated mechanisms, today reported financial results and provided a corporate update for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“The third quarter of 2021 saw continued execution and progress in our programs, including the opening of a collaborative clinical trial with Roche in first line HCC patients comparing TPST-1120 in combination with atezolizumab and bevacizumab to the standard of care regimen, atezolizumab and bevacizumab,” said Stephen R. Brady, chief executive officer of Tempest. “In the fourth quarter of this year and the first half of 2022, we plan to continue this focused approach as our second clinical program, TPST-1495, is poised to move into a set of studies that select patients predicated on strong mechanistic rationale, genetically-defined histologies, and a potential mutation-based biomarker.”

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Recent Highlights

  • TPST-1495 (clinical dual EP2/4 prostaglandin receptor antagonist): continued enrollment in monotherapy dose optimization towards recommended Phase 2 dose (“RP2D”).
  • TPST-1120 (clinical PPARα antagonist): (i) after completion of monotherapy dose escalation, continued enrollment in combination dose escalation towards RP2D; and (ii) commencement of first line, randomized global Phase 1b/2 study in HCC patients, under a collaboration with F. Hoffmann La Roche.
  • New Drug Discovery Program: entered into an exclusive license with U.C. Berkeley for intellectual property covering a new drug target discovered in the laboratory of Russell Vance, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cell biology at U.C. Berkeley and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
  • Advisory Board: announced the appointment of Dr. Vance to Tempest’s Advisory Board, joining a distinguished roster consisting of Toni Choueiri, M.D., Benjamin Cravatt, Ph.D., Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Jason Luke, M.D., Drew Pardoll, M.D., and Peppi Prasit, Ph.D. 

Planned Near-Term Milestones

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  • TPST-1495 (clinical dual EP2/4 prostaglandin receptor antagonist): (i) selection of monotherapy RP2D expected in the first half of 2022; (ii) commencement of a combination study with anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor expected prior to the end of 2021; and (iii) commencement of monotherapy expansion in targeted indications and biomarker-selected patient populations expected in the first half of 2022.
  • TPST-1120 (clinical PPARα antagonist): (i) identification of RP2D of TPST-1120 in combination with nivolumab expected prior to the end of 2021; and (ii) presentation of Phase 1 monotherapy and combination data in mid 2022.
  • TREX-1 Inhibitor (preclinical tumor-selective STING pathway activator): planned selection of development candidate in the first half of 2022.

Financial Results

Third Quarter

  • Tempest ended the third quarter of 2021 with $59.8 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term restricted cash, compared to $18.8 million in December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily due to the merger and concurrent PIPE, which closed in June 2021.
  • Net loss and net loss per share for the third quarter of 2021 were $8.1 million and $1.21, respectively, compared to $5.4 million and $11.22, respectively, for the third quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase in compensation expense and professional fees associated with the merger.
  • Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were $4.6 million, compared to $4.3 million for the same period in 2020. The $0.3 million increase was primarily attributable to increased outside services, insurance and compensation expenses.
  • For the three months ended September 30, 2021, general and administrative expenses were $3.1 million compared to $1.2 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily due to growth in compensation and rent expense, as well as professional fees associated with the merger.

Year-to-Date

  • Net cash used in operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $18.0 million.
  • Net loss and net loss per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $20.5 million and $7.49, respectively, compared to $14.9 million and $31.91, respectively, for the same period in 2020.
  • Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $12.5 million compared to $11.4 million for the same period in 2020. The $1.1 million increase was primarily due to increased compensation expenses and consulting services.
  • For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, general and administrative expenses were $7.2 million compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2020.
  • Based on current cash position and operating plan, Tempest expects to have sufficient resources to fund operations into the second quarter of 2023.

About Tempest Therapeutics

Tempest Therapeutics is a clinical-stage oncology company advancing small molecules that combine both targeted and immune-mediated mechanisms with the potential to treat a wide range of tumors. The company’s two novel clinical programs are TPST-1495 and TPST-1120, antagonists of EP2/EP4 and PPARα, respectively. Both TPST-1495 and TPST-1120 are advancing through Phase 1 studies designed to study both agents as monotherapies and in combination with other approved agents. In collaboration with F. Hoffman La Roche, TPST-1120 is also advancing through a first line, global, randomized Phase 1b/2 clinical study evaluating TPST-1120 in combination with the standard-of-care regimen of atezolizumab and bevacizumab in patients with advanced or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma. Tempest is also developing an orally-available inhibitor of TREX-1 designed to activate selectively the cGAS/STING pathway, an innate immune response pathway important for the development of anti-tumor immunity. Tempest is headquartered in South San Francisco. More information about Tempest can be found on the company’s website at www.tempesttx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”)) concerning Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. (“Tempest Therapeutics”). These statements may discuss goals, intentions, and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Tempest Therapeutics, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management of Tempest Therapeutics. Forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could”, “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “likely,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” and other similar expressions. All statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including any statements regarding the timing and selection of development candidates, dose selection or commencement of, or availability of data from, clinical trials, the company’s guidance regarding cash resources as well as our operational plans and the timing and ability to deliver on value-creating milestones. Forward-looking statements are based on information available to Tempest Therapeutics as of the date hereof and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. These and other risks are described in greater detail in the Form 10-Q filed by Tempest Therapeutics with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2021. Except as required by applicable law, Tempest Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Tempest Therapeutics’ views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as prediction of future events. In light of the foregoing, investors are urged not to rely on any forward-looking statement in reaching any conclusion or making any investment decision about any securities of Tempest Therapeutics.

TEMPEST THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
    
 September 30, 2021 December 31, 2020
Assets   
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$59,761  $18,820 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,796   1,005 
Total current assets 62,557   19,825 
    
Property and equipment, net 1,116   1,110 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 3,357   1,877 
Other noncurrent assets 112   51 
    
Total assets$67,142  $22,863 
    
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)   
Current liabilities   
Accounts payable$2,380  $1,071 
Accrued expenses and other 2,323   1,439 
Current operating lease liabilities 1,411   712 
Interest payable 89   - 
Total current liabilities 6,203   3,222 
    
Loan payable, net 15,005   - 
Operating lease liabilities 2,398   1,727 
Total liabilities 23,606   4,949 
    
Convertible preferred stock -   86,707 
    
Stockholders' equity (deficit)   
Common stock 7   15 
Additional paid-in capital 135,902   2,953 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (89)  - 
Accumulated deficit (92,284)  (71,761)
Total stockholders' equity (deficit) 43,536   (68,793)
Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity (deficit)$67,142  $22,863 
    
TEMPEST THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands except per share amounts)
        
        
 Three months ended Three months ended Nine months ended Nine months ended
 September 30, 2021 September 30, 2020 September 30, 2021 September 30, 2020
Expenses:       
Research and development$4,630  $4,271  $12,451  $11,392 
General and administrative 3,106   1,163   7,197   3,583 
        
Total expenses 7,736   5,434   19,648   14,975 
        
Operating loss (7,736)  (5,434)  (19,648)  (14,975)
        
Other income (expense), net:       
Interest expense (437)  -   (944)  - 
Interest and other income, net 63   3   69   87 
        
Net loss$(8,110) $(5,431) $(20,523) $(14,888)
Net loss per share$(1.21) $(11.22) $(7.49) $(31.91)
        

Investor Contacts:

Sylvia Wheeler
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors
swheeler@wheelhouselsa.com

Aljanae Reynolds
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors
areynolds@wheelhouselsa.com