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Telik Announces Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Telik, Inc. (Nasdaq: TELK) today reported a net loss of $5.7 million, or $0.11 per share, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009, compared with a net loss of $13.6 million, or $0.26 per share, for the comparable period in 2008.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, total operating costs and expenses were $6.3 million, compared with $11.0 million in the 2008 second quarter. Operating expenses in the 2009 second quarter included stock-based compensation expense of approximately $0.5 million. Operating expenses were approximately 43% lower in the second quarter of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008, primarily due to lower headcount as a result of our restructuring in February 2009, reduced research, clinical trial and related expenses and lower stock compensation expense.

For the six months ended June 30, 2009, Telik reported a net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.25 per share, compared with a net loss of $23.4 million, or $0.44 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2008. Total operating expenses for the first six months of 2009 were $14.0 million, compared with $21.6 million for the first six months of 2008. Operating expenses in the first six months of 2009 included approximately $1.3 million in stock-based compensation expense. The reduction in operating expenses of approximately 35% in the first six months of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008 was primarily due to lower headcount, reduced research and clinical trial expenses and lower stock-based compensation expense.

At June 30, 2009, Telik had $50.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments including restricted investments, compared to $63.5 million at December 31, 2008.

About Telik

Telik, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, is a clinical stage drug development company focused on discovering and developing small molecule drugs to treat cancer and inflammatory 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. Additional information is available at

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, including statements regarding the 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 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 these 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 annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. 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)

                                       Three Months        Six Months
                                          Ended               Ended
                                         June 30,           June 30,
                                         --------           --------
                                       2009      2008      2009      2008
                                       ----      ----      ----      ----

    Operating costs and expenses:
      Research and development       $3,022    $8,236    $7,012    16,431
      General and
       administrative                 3,199     2,773     6,086     5,186
      Restructuring costs                83         -       951         -
                                         --       ---       ---       ---
        Total operating costs and
         expenses                     6,304    11,009    14,049    21,617
                                      -----    ------    ------    ------

    Loss from operations             (6,304)  (11,009)  (14,049)  (21,617)

    Interest and other income
     (expense), net                     623    (2,560)      663    (1,760)
                                        ---    ------       ---    ------
    Net loss                        $(5,681) $(13,569) $(13,386) $(23,377)
                                    =======  ========  ========  ========

    Basic and diluted net loss per
     share                           $(0.11)   $(0.26)   $(0.25)   $(0.44)
                                     ======    ======    ======    ======

    Weighted average shares used to
     calculate basic and diluted
      net loss per share             53,356    53,185    53,335    53,088
                                     ======    ======    ======    ======

                           Selected Balance Sheet Data
                                 (In thousands)

                                                    June 30,   December 31,
                                                      2009         2008
                                                      ----         ----

    Cash, cash equivalents, investments
     and restricted  investments                     $50,560      $63,469

    Total assets                                     $57,143       75,413

    Stockholders' equity                             $50,278       62,372

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