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May 11, 2018

Trillium Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

  • Focusing TTI-621 clinical development on T-cell lymphoma
  • TTI-621 received Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Preclinical data with TTI-622 (SIRPaFc IgG4) presented at AACR; cleared to enter clinical testing in Q2

TORONTO, May 11, 2018 – Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ/TSX: TRIL), a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer, today reported financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

“Following the initial signals of monotherapy responses reported at ASH last year, we have increasingly focused both our TTI-621 clinical trials on patients with T-cell malignancies throughout the first quarter of 2018” said Dr. Niclas Stiernholm, president and CEO of Trillium Therapeutics. “We have also been preparing to launch our second clinical CD47 program, TTI-622. Having both an IgG1 and an IgG4 SIRPaFc fusion protein in clinical testing should allow us to address important scientific questions related to the impact of the Fc region in various clinical scenarios, including combination therapy.”

2018 First Quarter Highlights:

  • Reported refinements to both our phase 1 trials of TTI-621 to focus near-term efforts on patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) and peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). This action builds on the monotherapy results of TTI-621 presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in December 2017 where weekly infusions of TTI-621 were shown to be well tolerated and intratumoral injection was observed to reduce local lesions in 9 out of 10 patients with mycosis fungoides, a common type of CTCL.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an Orphan Drug Designation to TTI-621 for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Orphan Drug Designation qualifies the sponsor of the drug candidate for various development incentives, which include an exemption from fees under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act and a seven-year marketing exclusivity period following approval.
  • Presented preclinical TTI-622 data at the 2018 AACR Annual Meeting demonstrating that TTI-622 induces the phagocytosis of a broad panel of tumor cells derived from patients with both hematological and solid tumors. As a monotherapy, TTI-622 treatment resulted in decreased tumor growth and improved survival in a B cell lymphoma xenograft model, as well as enhanced the efficacy of cetuximab (anti-EGFR) and daratumumab (anti-CD38) antibodies in solid and hematological xenograft models, respectively. We expect to enroll the first patient in a Phase 1 clinical trial of TTI-622 in Q2 2018.

First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

As of March 31, 2018, Trillium had cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities, and working capital of $73.9 million and $61.7 million, respectively, compared to $81.8 million and $68.9 million, respectively at December 31, 2017. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities, and working capital was due mainly to cash used in operations of approximately $9.5 million.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2018 of $8.6 million was lower than the loss of $11.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The net loss was lower due mainly to a net foreign currency gain of $1.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to a net foreign currency loss of $0.4 million in the prior year period. Research and development expenses decreased by $0.9 million in 2018 as a result of lower manufacturing activity for TTI-621 and TTI-622. These decreases were partially offset by higher clinical trial expenses.

Selected Consolidated Financial Information:

Consolidated statements of loss and comprehensive loss

Amounts in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts ​Three months ended March 31, 2018  Three months ended March 31, 2017 
Research and development expenses $9,341 $10,198
General and administrative expenses 1,029  954
Net finance costs (income) (1,807)  297
Income tax expense 2  2
Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period 8,565  11,451
Basic and diluted loss per common share  0.65  1.46


Consolidated statements of financial position

Amounts in thousands of Canadian dollars As at March 31, 2018  As at December 31, 2017 
Cash and marketable securities
$73,920  $81,791
Total assets 86,040  94,403
Total equity 70,658  78,577

About Trillium Therapeutics 
Trillium Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company’s lead program, TTI-621, is a SIRPaFc fusion protein that consists of the CD47-binding domain of human SIRPa linked to the Fc region of a human immunoglobulin (IgG1). It is designed to act as a soluble decoy receptor, preventing CD47 from delivering its inhibitory (“do not eat”) signal. Neutralization of the inhibitory CD47 signal enables the activation of macrophage anti-tumor effects by pro-phagocytic (“eat”) signals. A Phase 1 clinical trial (NCT02663518) evaluating intravenous dosing of SIRPaFc in patients with advanced cancer is ongoing, and a second Phase 1 trial evaluating direct intratumoral injections is underway in solid tumors and mycosis fungoides (NCT02890368). TTI-621 has recently been granted an Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. TTI-622, an IgG4 SIRPaFc protein which is primarily being developed for combination therapy, is expected to begin clinical testing in 2018. Trillium also has a proprietary medicinal chemistry platform, using unique fluorine chemistry, which permits the creation of new chemical entities from validated drugs and drug candidates with improved pharmacological properties. Stemming from this platform, the company’s most advanced preclinical program is an orally-available epidermal growth factor receptor antagonist with increased uptake and retention in the brain. In addition, a number of compounds directed at undisclosed immuno-oncology targets are currently in the discovery phase.

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James Parsons
Chief Financial Officer
Trillium Therapeutics Inc.
416-595-0627 x232  

Investor and Media Relations:
Jessica Dyas
Canale Communications for Trillium Therapeutics



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