CALA Calithera Biosciences

Stephanie Wong Chief Financial Officer
Susan Molineaux Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Emil Kuriakose Chief Medical Officer
Roger Song Jefferies
Nick Abbott Wells Fargo
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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Calithera Biosciences Third Quarter Earnings Conference 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 speaker today, Stephanie Wong. Thank you. am. Ma' ahead go Please

Stephanie Wong

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Susan Molineaux

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Stephanie Wong

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Susan Molineaux

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Roger Song

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Susan Molineaux


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Roger Song

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Emil Kuriakose

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Roger Song

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Emil Kuriakose


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Susan Molineaux

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Roger Song

very Got it. That's helpful.

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Susan Molineaux

you. Thank

Emil Kuriakose

Thank you.


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Nick Abbott

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Emil Kuriakose

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Nick Abbott

All right, the so on as FeNO? that, do a you you know, think following you would just up on see I of think effect plateau

Emil Kuriakose

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Nick Abbott

trial, sputum say then to Okay. anything burden say collection I by affected COVID we'll was in but in able there can And of patients? know these is this you about microbial be

Emil Kuriakose

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the right encouraged So direction. we're heading we're the by that all the seeing biomarkers fact

Nick Abbott

quick new on the maybe questions program. then and Okay, couple of a

think NRFX a then sorry, continue KEAP. and evaluate you the to mentioned I'm understood to KEAPX evaluate, and NRFX Sapanisertib the trial, also So it continue I but

So are those two separate cohorts trials? separate two

Emil Kuriakose

two they're No, separate.

look the the is a also so moderate and the good signal differentiated evaluate those pretty that individually, compelling, a was in KEAPX from question the at response. so on So as same And in there groups here of NRFX type evidence the patients separately idea want can look and wild CTEP the in data that and study. look we'll patients we NRFX also have that study population already separately, at KEAPX signal have one whether number completed, was separate we at

So of this the in we'll those looking be context of study. all at

Nick Abbott

at great. mutations, tend looking in who patients MyDXX, to triple-hit mutations have double type have genetic And Mivavotinib, at those do lymphoma? in other mutations with co-occur in those those who patients you're split that just Okay, And evenly. XX wild then and relation to don't or or be abnormalities will

Emil Kuriakose

there's think question, Great, the be dosing we answer because the yes, is will we probability data first data. one, at number response looking cohorts trends the in subsidy the outside in idea is first potentially single equal within that two data early a the so number question that there's for agent separate well of show that already clinical signal as indicating existing preclinical XX of an and MyDXX mutational as even strong across increased both mutation. the And

with And so to that mutation? you can with think, mutations, just repeat question, your I specifically regard co sorry, second question to co regards second

Nick Abbott

co because double so. mutation Yes, lymphomas hear we and triple-hit often exactly, about and

Emil Kuriakose

with not so a Great, phenotype. strongly double CDXX hit do the MyDXX, overlap yes,

origin the on in the predominantly for are data. classification, GCB MyDXX, cell that's the whereas ABC overlap, in part there's and classification, lymphomas very based so little published the most double-hit published of the So CDXX

Nick Abbott

much. Okay, you very terrific. Thank

Emil Kuriakose



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Susan Molineaux

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