Terns Pharmaceuticals to Highlight 2024 Priorities and Clinical Milestones at the 42nd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference


Plans to advance diverse pipeline of programs in oncology and metabolic diseases

Anticipates key proof-of-concept readouts for TERN-701 (CML) and TERN-601 (obesity) in 2H24

Prioritizing capital allocation to oncology and obesity programs, cash and cash equivalents of $267M, expected to provide runway into 2026

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Jan. 04, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Terns” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TERN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of small-molecule product candidates to address serious diseases, including oncology and obesity, today announced that management will provide an update on its pipeline and strategic priorities for 2024 during the Company’s presentation at the 42nd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on January 10th, 2024 at 1:30pm PT.

“2023 was a highly productive year for Terns as we made significant strides towards achieving our mission to bring better, novel medicines to people living with diseases of significant unmet medical need. We are proud to have fully achieved our stated corporate objectives last year, including initiating two proof-of-concept trials in CML and obesity, reporting positive Phase 2a data for NASH, publishing supportive preclinical data in oncology, hosting educational webinars with leading KOLs in CML and obesity, and advancing important discovery efforts within obesity,” said Erin Quirk, M.D., president and head of R&D of Terns. “We expect 2024 to be a compelling year for Terns as we read out early proof-of-concept data for CML and obesity in the second half of this year.”

“Terns’ rigorous capital allocation decisions continue to be informed and driven by emerging data and the development landscape for our programs,” said Mark Vignola, Ph.D., chief financial officer of Terns. “As we move into 2024, we are prioritizing capital allocation towards our oncology and obesity programs, while limiting near-term development spend on TERN-501 in NASH. Based on the potential best-in-class efficacy and safety profile shown in the Phase 2a DUET trial, we remain encouraged by the potential of TERN-501 beyond NASH, particularly in obesity, where we believe it could have a meaningful treatment benefit in combination with other therapies. We will continue to evaluate the evolving NASH landscape, including any substantive changes to regulatory and development pathways, as we consider future opportunities for TERN-501.”

Anticipated 2024 Priorities and Key Milestones

TERN-701: Oral, allosteric BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)

  • Terns initiated the CARDINAL Phase 1 trial and screening is underway
    • Trial progressing with site activations globally and study-eligible subjects being identified by investigators for potential study participation
    • The CARDINAL study design leverages insights from the ongoing Phase 1 trial in China, which support a starting dose that appears safe and clinically active based on emerging early clinical data
  • The CARDINAL trial design features multiple advantages to differentiate TERN-701 in the CML treatment landscape
    • Opportunity to efficiently develop TERN-701 as a dose-optimized allosteric inhibitor for CML
    • Inclusion of second-line (2L) chronic phase CML patients better positions Terns to potentially move directly to a 2L (or earlier line) pivotal study
    • Reduced competition for trial enrollment as no allosteric inhibitor is currently approved for 2L CML patients
  • Interim data from initial CARDINAL dose escalation cohorts are expected in 2H24

TERN-601: Oral, small-molecule glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist for obesity

  • Phase 1 first-in-human clinical trial of Terns’ lead oral GLP-1 receptor agonist in obese and overweight participants remains ongoing and is on track to report top-line data in 2H24
    • Primary endpoints include safety and tolerability assessments
    • Secondary and exploratory endpoints include PK and change in body weight over 28 days
  • Terns continues preclinical efforts to identify promising oral, small molecule combination candidates for obesity (e.g., GLP-1 + THR-b, GLP-1 + GIPR agonist / antagonist)

TERN-501: Oral, thyroid hormone receptor-beta (THR-β) agonist

  • The Phase 2a DUET trial (NCT05415722) produced positive top-line data in August 2023; showing compelling MRI-PDFF reductions and best-in-class safety and tolerability profile with TERN-501 in NASH
  • TERN-501 is a THR-β agonist with high metabolic stability, enhanced liver distribution and greater selectivity for THR-β compared to other THR-β agonists in development
  • Terns has decided to limit spend in NASH given the current regulatory and clinical development requirements for the indication
    • No additional capital has been allocated to future TERN-501 trials in NASH
  • Terns will continue to evaluate opportunities for TERN-501, including in other metabolic diseases, with a focus towards combination regimens for obesity

TERN-800 Series: Oral, small molecule glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide receptor (GIPR) modulators

  • Discovery efforts are ongoing for the TERN-800 series of small molecule GIPR modulators for obesity
  • GIPR modulators have the potential for combination with GLP-1 receptor agonists, such as TERN-601

A live webcast of the Company’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference presentation will be available on the investor relations page of Terns’ website at http://ir.ternspharma.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on Terns’ website for 30 days following the presentation.

About Terns Pharmaceuticals
Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of small-molecule product candidates to address serious diseases, including oncology and obesity. Terns’ pipeline includes three clinical stage development programs including an allosteric BCR-ABL inhibitor, a small-molecule GLP-1 receptor agonist, a THR-β agonist and preclinical GIPR modulator programs. For more information, please visit: www.ternspharma.com.

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