Last Updated on March 15, 2022 by GlobeNewsWire
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Talis Biomedical Corporation (Nasdaq: TLIS), a company dedicated to advancing health equity and outcomes through the delivery of accurate infectious disease testing in the moment of need, at the point of care, today provided a business update and reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.
Talis has not started its phased launch of the Talis One(TM) COVID-19 Test System due to challenges with manufacturing. The company has engaged in a manufacturing review process to determine appropriate next steps and undertaken initiatives to align resources and preserve cash.
“Since assuming the role of CEO in December, I have spent the past three months diving into specific areas of our business to better understand the issues we are facing,” said Rob Kelley, chief executive officer of Talis. “With the information that we have today and guidance from our Board, we are taking immediate action to address these challenges and deploy our capital in the most effective manner to position Talis for future success.”
Talis leadership has engaged in a manufacturing review process, with involvement from the Board of Directors, and external consultants, to assess product design for manufacturing at scale, evaluate current processes and partners, and to determine appropriate next steps and timing for bringing the Talis One system to market.The company is undertaking an approximately 25 percent reduction in workforce and implementing additional cost measures to align resources and extend cash runway. Actions are expected to result in annualized operating expense savings of $10 million in compensation expenses and $26 million in other expenses.Doug Liu will be stepping down as chief operating officer and is transitioning his manufacturing and R&D responsibilities over the next several weeks.
Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Grant revenue was $0.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2020. The revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was related to an NIH grant and a RADx contract with the NIH.
Operating expenses were $29.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to $44.4 million for the same period in 2020.
Net loss was $28.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to $44.2 million for the same period in 2020.
Full Year 2021 Financial Results
Grant revenue was $8.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, as compared to $10.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Grant revenue for both years was primarily from the RADx contract with the NIH that is now completed.
Total operating expenses were $200.0 million for the full year 2021, as compared to $102.1 million for the corresponding prior year period. The increase of $97.9 million was primarily driven by investments in manufacturing scale up consisting of the automation of consumables manufacturing and the purchase of Talis One cartridge materials and instrument components.
Net loss was $192.0 million for the full year 2021, as compared to $91.1 million for the corresponding prior year period.
Cash and cash equivalents were $232.5 million as of December 31, 2021.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The company will host a live conference call and webcast to discuss these results and the business update on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT.
To participate in the call, please dial (833) 715-1329 (domestic) or (430) 775-1933 (international) and provide conference ID 3692993. The live webcast will be available on the News & Events page of the investors section of Talis Biomedical’s website at talisbio.com.
About Talis Biomedical
Talis is dedicated to advancing health equity and outcomes through the delivery of accurate infectious disease testing in the moment of need, at the point of care. The company plans to develop and commercialize innovative products on its sample-to-answer Talis One(TM) system to enable accurate, low cost, and rapid molecular testing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use of the Talis One COVID-19 Test System in a variety of healthcare settings. For more information, visit talisbio.com.
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Talis Biomedical Corporation
December 31, 2021 2020 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $232,545 $138,483 Restricted cash — 34,650 Grants receivable 183 471 Prepaid research and development expenses — 12,014 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,387 3,106 Total current assets 236,115 188,724 Property and equipment, net 10,528 9,114 Operating lease right-of-use-assets 12,907 567 Other long-term assets 6,278 — Total assets $265,828 $198,405 Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit) Current liabilities: Accounts payable $5,122 $4,906 Accrued compensation 6,369 2,739 Accrued liabilities 6,383 7,693 Operating lease liabilities, current portion 1,232 693 Total current liabilities 19,106 16,031 Operating lease liabilities, long-term portion 12,745 — Total liabilities 31,851 16,031 Commitments and contingencies Convertible preferred stock — 290,945 Stockholders’ equity (deficit): Series 1 convertible preferred stock 3 — Common stock 3 — Additional paid-in capital 598,913 64,335 Accumulated deficit (364,942) (172,906)Total stockholders’ equity (deficit) 233,977 (108,571)Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $265,828 $198,405
Talis Biomedical Corporation
Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
Three months Ended December 31, Twelve months Ended December 31, 2021 2020 2021 2020 Grant revenue$858 $233 $8,193 $10,938 Operating expenses: Research and development 17,062 39,110 157,591 89,019 Selling, general and administrative 12,316 5,305 42,418 13,103 Total operating expenses 29,378 44,415 200,009 102,122 Loss from operations (28,520) (44,182) (191,816) (91,184)Other income (expense), net (134) (14) (220) 54 Net loss and comprehensive loss$(28,654) $(44,196) $(192,036) $(91,130)