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CALA Calithera Biosciences

Participants
Jennifer McNealey Vice President of Investor Relations
Susan Molineaux Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Keith Orford Chief Medical Officer
Stephanie Wong Chief Financial Officer
Rob Andrew William Blair
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Operator

Good day and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Calithera Biosciences First Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speaker presentation there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to your first speaker today, Stephanie Wong. ahead. go Please

Stephanie Wong

afternoon, Conference Good to first our Thanks, everyone. XXXX Call. quarter Jeff. Welcome

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Susan Molineaux

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Keith Orford

And an you, start Susan. Thank I'll around telaglenastat, glutaminase providing inhibitor. by our update

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Stephanie Wong

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Susan Molineaux

And Thank with to Stephanie. open for that, we're questions. the operator, line you, happy

Operator

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Unidentified Analyst

question. is Mohit. This for James taking my guys. Thanks on Hey, for

to given would KEAPSAKE, to Just release sort data good can in XQ sort you for you conference? readout, in PFS telaglenastat? you a a consider or on that KEAPSAKE, medical press larger you can the like be what expectations And patients consider two for like to of arm, is for data you the something of are planning you us but related ones, share release the for could reserve - that quick then Thanks. ORR control for

Keith Orford

Hi, James.

substantial to in data, about range, median to of the the patients ballpark would point arm what how like, over talked good the think this the as to terms three we're over today. PFS terms what the and kind key I arm, data looking be in we do poorly months a for the control maybe that So these expect looks improvement of is I a yeah, in mean, we've for be five of before control

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Unidentified Analyst

Got it. Appreciate it, Thank guys. you.

Keith Orford

Yeah.

Operator

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Rob Andrew

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that just is just whether and were be pathway ferroptosis mechanism of kind any kind similar And to but seen there's we additional that on a here potential So wondering evidence for telaglenastat question previous then an CB-XXX. that on the can could influence whether telaglenastat? of think of question you've action KEAPSAKE preclinically to second

expectations line with released? the meeting is expecting Thanks. are the conjunction of what on there terms top or in Just in press data results medical

Keith Orford

one. an the developing Rob. Hi, certainly so Yeah, is and around story ferroptosis I interesting Yeah. a think one

on an in the were not earlier development area generated. particularly when think program these of I data the of focus, much of

something mean, our I of terms of might good at Research, our clinical discuss studies, Parlati, looked conversation for there be not in But we've further. Head again, a think, that to context. that it's in I Frank

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would in of again, terms to interesting. but say let then we'll So very And I be guess I certainly determined, you CB-XXX, know.

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that I let guess, will approaches. we So know, as you

Rob Andrew

taking Great. questions. the Thanks for

Keith Orford

Yeah.

Operator

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Unidentified Analyst

you appreciate Hi for on Congrats guys, taking and on it's Joe progress Nick. question. the the

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Keith Orford

Joe. Thanks Yeah.

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Unidentified Analyst

there. Yeah. Thank it. No, for understood, Appreciate Keith. the comment you

Keith Orford

Yeah.

Operator

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Susan Molineaux

evening. joining have a Okay, thank and for you. good Thanks today all

Operator

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