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Tempest Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

BRISBANE, Calif., May 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPST), a clinical-stage oncology company developing first-in-classi therapeutics that combine both targeted and immune-mediated mechanisms, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided a corporate update.

“The first few months of 2023 set the pace for what we believe will be a transformative year for Tempest,” said Stephen Brady, chief executive officer of Tempest. “Recently, we announced exciting early data showing that TPST-1120, the company’s PPAR⍺ antagonist, combined with standard of care in first-line HCC patients demonstrated clinically meaningful improvement in multiple categories, including RECIST responses, over standard of care alone in an ongoing global randomized Phase 1b/2 study. Additionally, at AACR, we presented data highlighting new translational biomarker findings for TPST-1120, as well as the first-of-its-kind co-crystal structures of human TREX1 enzyme and a TREX1 inhibitor, which we believe is an important step forward towards systemic modulation of the STING pathway. We are excited to continue this momentum with multiple potential catalysts this year and in 2024, including more later-stage and biomarker data from the HCC study with TPST-1120.”

Recent Highlights

  • TPST-1120 (clinical PPARα antagonist): (i) presented new biomarker data from Phase 1 patients at the 2023 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 2023 Spring Scientific Meeting; (ii) disclosed the completion of enrollment in the global randomized first-line Phase 1b/2 study in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), under a collaboration with F. Hoffmann La Roche (Roche); and (iii) announced positive early results from the randomized HCC study, demonstrating clinically meaningful improvements in multiple categories and a favorable safety profile when combined with the standard-of-care regimen of atezolizumab and bevacizumab, compared head-to-head to standard-of-care alone, including:
    • Unconfirmed responses of 30% for the TPST-1120 triplet arm (12/40) vs. 17.2% for the active control arm (5/29), demonstrating a 74.4% relative improvement in objective response rate (ORR);
    • Confirmed responses of 17.5% for the TPST-1120 triplet arm (7/40) vs. 10.3% for the active control arm (3/29), demonstrating a 69.9% relative improvement in confirmed ORR;
    • 47.5% (19/40) of the TPST-1120 arm patients are on treatment vs. 23.3% (7/30) in the control arm; and
    • 80% (32/40) of the TPST-1120 arm patients are on study vs. 50% (15/30) in the control.ii
  • TPST-1495 (clinical dual EP2/4 prostaglandin receptor antagonist): (i) continued enrollment of a study evaluating combination dose and schedule optimization with the anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, pembrolizumab; and (ii) enrolled first patient in an endometrial cancer-specific arm investigating the two highest doses of TPST-1495 in combination with pembrolizumab.
  • TREX1 Inhibitor (preclinical tumor-selective STING pathway activator): presented data, including human TREX1 enzyme—TREX1 inhibitor X-ray co-crystal structures, at the 2023 AACR Annual Meeting.

Potential Upcoming Milestones

  • TPST-1120 (clinical PPARα antagonist): we expect to receive updated data from the ongoing global randomized first-line Phase 1b/2 study in patients with HCC from Roche.
  • TPST-1495 (clinical dual EP2/4 prostaglandin receptor antagonist): we plan to report data from (i) the Phase 1 dose and schedule optimization trial studying monotherapy and combination therapy with an anti-PD1 therapy, pembrolizumab, at the 2023 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, and (ii) a separate combination arm at the two highest TPST-1495 doses in patients with advanced endometrial cancer in 2024.
  • TREX1 Inhibitor (preclinical tumor-selective STING pathway activator): we expect to advance new proprietary small molecule series TREX1 inhibitors generated through insights resulting from human TREX1-inhibitor co-crystal structures.

Financial Results

First Quarter 2023

  • Tempest ended the first quarter with $22.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $31.2 million on December 31, 2022.
  • Net loss and net loss per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 were $7.6 million and $0.55, respectively, compared to $8.5 million and $1.18, respectively, for the same period in 2022.
  • Research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 were $4.7 million compared to $5.1 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in research and development costs incurred from contract research organizations and third-party vendors, offset by an increase in personnel costs, as well as facilities expenses.
  • General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 were $2.9 million compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2022. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in consulting and professional services.
  • Based on the current cash position and operating plan, Tempest expects to have sufficient resources to fund operations through the second quarter of 2024.

About Tempest Therapeutics

Tempest Therapeutics is a clinical-stage oncology company advancing small molecules that combine both tumor-targeted and immune-mediated mechanisms with the potential to treat a wide range of tumors. The company has a diverse portfolio of novel programs ranging from early research to investigation in a randomized global study in first-line cancer patients. The company’s two clinical programs, TPST-1120 and TPST-1495, target PPARα and EP2/EP4, respectively, and are advancing through trials designed to study the agents as monotherapies and in combination with approved agents. Tempest is also developing an orally available inhibitor of TREX1, a target that controls activation of the cGAS/STING pathway. Tempest is headquartered in Brisbane, California. More information about Tempest can be found on the company’s website at

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. 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 design, initiation, progress, timing, scope and results of clinical trials; anticipated therapeutic benefit and regulatory development of Tempest Therapeutic’s product candidates; the Company’s ability to deliver on potential value-creating milestones; the Company’s guidance regarding cash runway, as well as our operational plans. Forward-looking statements are based on information available to Tempest Therapeutics as of the date hereof and are not guarantees of future performance. Any factors may cause differences between current expectations and actual results, including: unexpected safety or efficacy data observed during preclinical or clinical trials; clinical trial site activation or enrollment rates that are lower than expected; changes in expected or existing competition; changes in the regulatory environment; and unexpected litigation or other disputes. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied are discussed in greater detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 and other documents filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.

Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(in thousands) 
 March 31, 2023  December 31,
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents$22,925  $31,230 
Insurance recovery of legal settlement 450   450 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,298   1,270 
Total current assets 24,673   32,950 
Property and equipment, net 1,008   1,060 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 11,219   11,650 
Other noncurrent assets 429   429 
Total assets$37,329  $46,089 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     
Current liabilities     
Accounts payable$1,157  $1,108 
Accrued legal settlement 450   450 
Accrued expenses and other 2,538   2,961 
Current loan payable, net 1,481   - 
Current operating lease liabilities 1,325   1,413 
Accrued compensation 456   1,248 
Interest payable 104   97 
Total current liabilities 7,511   7,277 
Loan payable, net 8,935   10,371 
Operating lease liabilities 9,918   10,330 
Total liabilities 26,364   27,978 
Stockholders' equity     
Common stock 11   11 
Additional paid-in capital 154,362   153,872 
Accumulated deficit (143,408)  (135,772)
Total stockholders' equity 10,965   18,111 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$37,329  $46,089 

Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(in thousands, except per share amounts) 
 Three months
  Three months ended 
 March 31, 2023  March 31, 2022 
Research and development$4,678  $5,109 
General and administrative 2,903   3,052 
Total expenses 7,581   8,161 
Operating loss (7,581)  (8,161)
Other income (expense), net:     
Interest expense (344)  (333)
Interest and other income, net 289   3 
Net loss$(7,636) $(8,491)
Net loss per share$(0.55) $(1.18)

Investor Contacts:

Sylvia Wheeler
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors

Aljanae Reynolds
Wheelhouse Life Science Advisors

i If approved by the FDA
ii As of data cutoff date, February 8, 2023

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