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Telik Announces Financial Results For 2008 Second Quarter
Date:8/11/2008

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Telik, Inc. (Nasdaq: TELK) reported a net loss of $13.6 million, or $0.26 per share, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008, compared with a net loss of $14.3 million, or $0.27 per share, for the comparable period in 2007. The $13.6 million net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008, includes a $3.1 million impairment charge related to auction rate securities, which is reflected in interest and other income (expense).

For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, total operating costs and expenses were $11.0 million, compared with $15.8 million in the 2007 second quarter. Operating expenses in the 2008 second quarter included stock-based compensation expense of approximately $2.0 million. Operating expenses were approximately 30% lower in the second quarter of 2008 compared with the same period in 2007, primarily as a result of reduced clinical trial and related expenses as well as lower headcount.

For the six months ended June 30, 2008, Telik reported a net loss of $23.4 million, or $0.44 per share, compared with a net loss of $30.6 million, or $0.58 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2007. Total operating expenses for the first six months of 2008 were $21.6 million, compared with $33.8 million for the first six months of 2007. Operating expenses in the first six months of 2008 included approximately $3.3 million in stock-based compensation expense. The reduction in operating expenses of approximately 36% in the first six months of 2008 compared with the same period in 2007 was primarily due to reduced clinical trial and related expenses, lower stock-based compensation expense as well as lower headcount.

At June 30, 2008, Telik had $72.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments including restricted investments, compared to $93.2 million at December 31, 2007.

Conference Call and Webcast

Telik will conduct its quarterly conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 pm. Pacific time). The conference call will be accessible via Telik's website at http://www.telik.com or by telephone at 800-553-5260 or 612-332-0720. An archive of the conference call will be available on the Telik website or by telephone at 800-475-6701 or 320-365-3844, access code 956079. The archive will be available from approximately 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on August 11 through August 25, 2008.

About Telik

Telik, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel small molecule drugs to treat serious diseases. The company's most advanced investigational drug candidates in clinical development are TELINTRA(R), a modified glutathione analog for the treatment of cytopenias due to myelodysplastic syndrome or chemotherapy, and TELCYTA(R), a tumor-activated prodrug for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Telik's product candidates were discovered using its proprietary drug discovery technology, TRAP(R), which enables the rapid and efficient discovery of small molecule drug candidates.

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, including statements regarding Telik's future development of TELINTRA and TELCYTA. These forward-looking statements are based upon Telik's current expectations. There are important factors that could cause Telik's results to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, if clinical trials of TELINTRA or TELCYTA are delayed or unsuccessful, Telik's business would suffer, if Telik's competitors develop and market products that are more effective than its product candidates or any product that Telik may develop, or obtain marketing approval before Telik does, Telik's commercial opportunity will be reduced or eliminated, and if Telik does not obtain regulatory approval to market products in the U.S. and foreign countries, Telik will not be permitted to commercialize its product candidates. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by statements in this press release may be found in Telik's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Telik does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

TELIK, the Telik logo, TELINTRA, TELCYTA and TRAP are trademarks or registered trademarks of Telik, Inc.

Telik, Inc.

Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

June 30, June 30,

2008 2007 2008 2007

Operating costs and expenses:

Research and development $8,236 $11,869 16,431 $24,813

General and administrative 2,773 3,979 5,186 7,631

Restructuring costs - (33) - 1,356

Total operating costs and

expenses 11,009 15,815 21,617 33,800

Loss from operations (11,009) (15,815) (21,617) (33,800)

Interest and other income

(expense), net (2,560) 1,492 (1,760) 3,155

Net loss $(13,569) $(14,323) $(23,377) $(30,645)

Basic and diluted net loss per

share $(0.26) $(0.27) $(0.44) $(0.58)

Weighted average shares used to

calculate basic

and diluted net loss per share 53,185 52,490 53,088 52,449

Selected Balance Sheet Data

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

June 30, December 31,

2008 2007

Cash, cash equivalents, investments

and restricted investments $72,362 $93,233

Total assets $76,348 98,528

Stockholders' equity $66,340 87,319


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