Press Release

Senti Bio Announces First Quarter 2023 Results and Pipeline Updates

May 9, 2023 at 4:07 PM EDT

– New preclinical data at AACR supports SENTI-202 as a potential first-in-class logic gated CAR-NK cell therapy; remains on track for IND submission and clearance in 2H 2023 –

– Initial collaboration data with BlueRock and Spark to be presented at ASGCT, validating that Senti’s Gene Circuit enabled cell platform can work in T cells, AAVs, and iPSCs –

– Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $76.1 million as of March 31, 2023; continue to expect cash runway through at least 1Q 2024 –

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Senti Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNTI) (“Senti Bio”), a biotechnology company innovating next-generation cell and gene therapies using its proprietary Gene Circuit platform, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2023.

“I’m excited by the progress the team has made this year as Senti transitions to a clinical stage company,” said Timothy Lu, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Senti Bio. “Our recent preclinical data on SENTI-202 and other Gene Circuit-enabled programs support the continued development of our platform. Additionally, our upcoming presentations at ASGCT will highlight preclinical data from collaborations with our partners, and reinforce the application of Senti's Gene Circuits including the NOT gates in multiple modalities, such as T cells, AAVs, and iPSCs.”

RECENT PIPELINE HIGHLIGHTS

CAR-NK Cell Programs

SENTI-202: A Logic Gated off-the-shelf CAR-NK cell therapy program designed to selectively target and eliminate CD33 and/or FLT3 expressing hematologic malignancies, such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), while sparing healthy cells via a NOT logic gate.

  • Last month, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, the Company presented new preclinical data on SENTI-202, demonstrating the in vitro ability to maintain colony formation potential in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that would otherwise be killed in the absence of the NOT logic gate. The data also showed that SENTI-202 chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) cells demonstrated increased cytotoxic activity, serial killing, and cytokine production compared to unengineered NK cells within in vitro and in vivo AML models, as well as killing of primary tumor-derived samples from AML, including leukemic stem cells, and MDS patients.
  • Senti Bio remains on track to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for SENTI-202 in patients with CD33 and/or FLT3 expressing hematologic malignancies in the second half of 2023 with the planned Phase 1 trial focusing on relapsed/refractory patients including AML.

SENTI-401: A Logic Gated, Multi-Armed off-the-shelf selective CAR-NK cell therapy program designed to precisely target CEA positive solid tumors (e.g., colorectal cancer) while sparing healthy cells via a NOT logic gate.

  • Senti Bio will present preclinical data at the upcoming American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Annual Meeting on SENTI-401, demonstrating that automated high throughput screening can optimize Gene Circuits in primary NK cells to achieve high protection of healthy cells using the NOT Logic Gate while maintaining effective killing against cancer cells.
  • The Company was also able to show the ability of the Gene Circuit platform to evaluate and rank the performance of hundreds of gene circuits with different iCARs in parallel, in one self-contained, concurrent, end-to-end process.

SENTI-301A: A Multi-Armed off-the-shelf CAR-NK cell therapy development candidate designed for the treatment of GPC3 expressing tumors, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

  • Senti Bio presented new pre-clinical data at AACR showing serial killing of GPC3 expressing gastric cancer cell lines by SENTI-301A, along with in vitro and in vivo activity against GPC3 expressing hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • The Company is continuing to actively pursue strategic geographical partnerships for clinical development of SENTI-301A. Senti Bio believes that there is significant market opportunity for SENTI-301A in various Asian territories where HCC is more prevalent, and the Company is looking for regional collaboration opportunities for further development of the program.

Collaboration Programs

Last week, Senti Bio announced that the company will have multiple data presentations at the upcoming ASGCT Annual Meeting. Importantly, the presentations will showcase the Company’s initial preclinical data from its ongoing collaborations with BlueRock Therapeutics (BlueRock) and Spark Therapeutics (Spark).

  • BlueRock Collaboration: Two presentations reinforcing Senti Bio’s proprietary Gene Circuit platform, demonstrating the application of Smart Sensors and Regulator Dials in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The company aims to highlight preclinical data around Tamoxifen controlled Regulator Dial performance and the discovery and validation of M1-state specific promoters as it relates to the BlueRock collaboration.
  • Spark Collaboration: One poster presentation validating the use of Senti Bio’s gene circuitry in AAV-based delivery systems. The data will demonstrate the application of the Company’s Smart Sensors to uncover highly compact promoters that retain strong selectivity for photoreceptors, which may be applicable to drive expression cassettes encoding large transgenes for ocular diseases.

Manufacturing

In March, the Company announced that it initiated technology transfer to its Alameda current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) facility to support clinical-scale manufacturing for the Company’s CAR-NK cell development candidates. Senti Bio expects to complete this transfer prior to submitting the IND application for SENTI-202.

  • Additionally, Senti Bio can leverage its 92,000 square foot Alameda facility and potentially monetize the property under suitable circumstances.

FIRST QUARTER 2023 FINANCIAL RESULTS

  • As of March 31, 2023, Senti Bio held cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $76.1 million, which the Company believes is sufficient to fund operations through at least the first quarter of 2024.
  • Research & development expenses were $11.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, compared to $7.6 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was related to increased headcount to support preclinical development of Senti Bio’s wholly-owned programs.
  • General and administrative expenses were $9.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, compared to $5.3 million for the same period in 2022. The increase was driven by equity award grants in connection with the SPAC transaction, as well as increased costs associated with transitioning to a publicly traded company.
  • Net loss was $18.7 million, or $0.42 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2023.


Senti Biosciences, Inc.
Unaudited Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)

    
 March 31, December 31,
  2023  2022
    
Cash and cash equivalents$31,600 $57,621
Short-term investments 44,506  40,942
Restricted cash 3,551  3,366
Property and equipment, net 58,987  56,136
Operating lease right-of-use assets 17,905  18,418
Total assets 161,425  180,792
Total liabilities 49,085  53,529
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit) 112,340  127,263
      
      

Senti Biosciences, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

  
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
  2023   2022 
    
Total revenue$1,286  $1,104 
Operating expenses:   
Research and development 11,318   7,603 
General and administrative 9,802   5,259 
Total operating expenses 21,120   12,862 
Loss from operations (19,834)  (11,758)
Total other income (expense), net 1,112   (50)
Net loss (18,722)  (11,808)
Other comprehensive loss 2    
Comprehensive loss$(18,720) $(11,808)
    
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.42) $(3.72)
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted 44,070,974   3,171,254 
        
        

About Senti Bio
Our mission is to create a new generation of smarter medicines that outmaneuver complex diseases using novel and unprecedented approaches. To accomplish this, we are building a synthetic biology platform that may enable us to program next-generation cell and gene therapies with what we refer to as Gene Circuits. These novel and proprietary Gene Circuits are designed to reprogram cells with biological logic to sense inputs, compute decisions and respond to their cellular environments. We aim to design Gene Circuits to improve the intelligence of cell and gene therapies in order to enhance their therapeutic effectiveness, precision, and durability against a broad range of diseases that conventional medicines do not readily address.

Our synthetic biology platform utilizes off-the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) cells, outfitted with Gene Circuit technologies, to target particularly challenging liquid and solid tumor oncology indications. Our lead product candidate is SENTI-202 for the treatment of CD33 and/or FLT3 expressing hematologic malignancies, such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Additionally, our SENTI-401 program is being designed for the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC) and other CEA-positive cancers. We have also demonstrated in preclinical studies the potential breadth of our Gene Circuits in other modalities, including T cells, adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and diseases outside of oncology; and we have executed partnerships with Spark Therapeutics and BlueRock Therapeutics to advance these capabilities.

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