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Compugen Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

June 2, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week -- Compugen Ltd. (NASDAQ: CGEN) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 (see also Compugen Ltd.).

Anat Cohen-Dayag, PhD, President and CEO of Compugen, stated, "In addition to our ongoing research and development activities and collaboration discussions for our leading product candidates and with the additional resources available from our recent share offering in the US, we are undertaking substantial efforts to expand and accelerate the advancement of additional novel discoveries within our Pipeline Program. This includes broadening our internal research and development capabilities and activities, primarily in the field of immuno-oncology, to enable parallel advancement of multiple candidates toward additional potential collaborations, as well as preparing for future human clinical trials of selected candidate programs in the field of cancer immunotherapy."

Dr. Cohen-Dayag continued, "Our South San Francisco subsidiary, established two years ago to lead therapeutic monoclonal antibody (mAb) discovery and development for Compugen discovered targets in both the immuno-oncology and antibody drug conjugate therapeutic areas, is a key component of our Pipeline Program. At present, five mAb programs are advancing in parallel at this site and a sixth is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014. As part of our expansion program, the South San Francisco subsidiary will move to larger facilities next month."

Revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were $2.1 million, compared with $162,000 for the comparable period in 2013. Revenues for the current quarter consisted primarily of the portions of the non-refundable upfront payment received under the August 2013 collaboration and license agreement with Bayer Pharma AG, that were recognizable during the quarter in accordance with US GAAP revenue recognition accounting.

Cost of revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were $757,000, compared with $150,000 for the comparable period in 2013. This increase reflects, in large part, research and development expenses attributed to our ongoing collaboration agreements.

Research and development expenses, net, for the first quarter of 2014 were $3.2 million compared with $2.7 million for the comparable period in 2013. As stated above, research and development expenses do not include such expenses incurred in support of ongoing collaborations which are accounted for as cost of revenues. The growth in research and development expenses for the first quarter reflects increased activities resulting in large part from the Company's ongoing campaign to expand and accelerate product candidate throughput in its Pipeline Program.

Compugen's net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $1.9 million (after reflecting non-cash stock-based compensation of $957,000), or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $3.4 million (after reflecting non-cash stock-based compensation of $675,000), or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period in 2013. The decrease in net loss for the first quarter of 2014, compared with the same period in 2013, resulted from an increase in revenues recognized for the quarter, partially off-set by the increased corporate activities primarily relating to research and development.

As of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the liability related to the "Research and development funding arrangements" amounted to $14.1 million and $13.2 million, respectively, resulting from the accounting for the Baize research and development funding arrangements signed in December 2011 and December 2010, as amended. These noncash liability balances, which increase or decrease based on changes in the market value of Compugen ordinary shares, are primarily related to the estimated fair values of the embedded derivative instruments resulting from the right of the investor, under the amended agreement, to waive its right to receive potential future payments in exchange for Compugen ordinary shares.

As of March 31, 2014, cash and cash related accounts totaled $118.6 million compared with $46.8 million at December 31, 2013. This increase of $71.8 million for the first quarter of 2014 resulted primarily from the net proceeds of $68 million from the Company's underwritten public offering of ordinary shares completed in March 2014. With respect to calendar 2014, and without taking into consideration potential cash receipts, Compugen has budgeted total cash uses of approximately $24 million. Conference Call and Webcast Information Compugen will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter results today, May 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST. To access the conference call, please dial 1-888-407-2553 from the US or +972-3-918-0610 internationally. The call will also be available via live webcast through Compugen's website, located at the following link.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the live conference call. To access the replay, please dial 1-888-269-0005 from the US or +972-3-925-5940 internationally. The replay will be available through May 21, 2014. About Compugen Compugen is a leading drug discovery company focused on therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies to address important unmet needs in the fields of immunology and oncology. The Company utilizes a broad and continuously growing integrated infrastructure of proprietary scientific understandings and predictive platforms, algorithms, machine learning systems and other computational biology capabilities for the in silico (by computer) prediction and selection of product candidates, which are then advanced in its Pipeline Program. The Company's business model includes collaborations covering the further development and commercialization of product candidates at various stages from its Pipeline Program and various forms of research and discovery agreements, in both cases providing Compugen with potential milestone payments and royalties on product sales or other forms of revenue sharing. Compugen's wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary located in South San Francisco is developing oncology and immunology monoclonal antibody therapeutic candidates against its drug targets. For additional information, please visit Compugen's corporate website at www.cgen.com.

Keywords for this news article include: Antibodies, Oncology, Immunology, Therapeutics, Immunotherapy, Blood Proteins, Immunoglobulins, Immunomodulation, Clinical Trials and Studies.

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