PALO ALTO, Calif., May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Telik, Inc. (Nasdaq: TELK) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. The net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was $2.3 million, or $1.25 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.7 million, or $2.05 per share, for the same period in 2011. Net loss per share amount for both periods was adjusted for the 1-for-30 reverse split of the company's common stock effected on March 30, 2012.
Total research and development expenses (R&D) in the first quarter of 2012 were $1.0 million, compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease in R&D expenses was primarily due to lower headcount and related costs, and lower clinical development expenditures as a result of cost reduction efforts.
Total general and administrative expenses (G&A) in the first quarter of 2012 were $1.3 million, compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011. The decrease in G&A expenses was primarily due to lower headcount and related expenses, and lower administrative expenses as a result of cost reduction efforts.
The company is currently focusing on the clinical development of its lead product candidate, TELINTRA®, and has taken steps to reduce 2012 operating expenses by approximately $2.5 million. As a result, its 2012 net cash utilization has been adjusted from the guidance provided in February and is now expected to be in the range of $10.5 million to $11.5 million, with total operating expenses in the range of $10.0 million to $11.0 million.
As of March 31, 2012, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments totaled $9.0 million, compared with $11.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The company will have to raise additional funds through corporate partnering, or through equity or debt financings in order to meet its cash requirements beyond 2012. There is no assurance Telik will be successful in obtaining additional funding.
Telik continues to focus on advancing the clinical development of TELINTRA for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and other blood disorders. Ongoing clinical trials for TELINTRA include a Phase 2 multicenter clinical trial to evaluate TELINTRA in patients with Revlimid® refractory or resistant, deletion 5q MDS, a Phase 2b clinical trial to evaluate TELINTRA in patients with transfusion dependent, non-deletion 5q MDS, who have not been treated with hypomethylating agents, and a Phase 2 randomized parallel-group, multicenter study for the treatment of Severe Chronic Idiopathic Neutropenia (SCN).
Telik, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, is a clinical stage drug development company focused on discovering and developing small molecule drugs to treat cancer. The company's most advanced drug candidate is TELINTRA, a modified glutathione analog intended for the treatment of hematologic disorders including myelodysplastic syndrome; followed by TELCYTA®, a cancer activated prodrug for the treatment of a variety of cancers. Telik's product candidates were discovered using its proprietary drug discovery technology, TRAP®, which enables the rapid and efficient discovery of small molecule drug candidates. Additional information is available at www.telik.com.