Senti Bio Announces First Quarter 2024 Results and Reviews Recent Corporate Highlights

– First patient dosing of SENTI-202, a first-in-class logic-gated treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (“AML”), on track for the second quarter of 2024 –

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Senti Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNTI) (“Senti Bio” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company developing next-generation cell and gene therapies using its proprietary Gene Circuit platform, today reported operational updates and financial results for the first quarter of 2024.

“Over the past quarter, we have continued to execute on our research and clinical development milestones. We are on track to begin dosing patients in our Phase 1 clinical trial of SENTI-202 in AML and our pilot trial of SENTI-301A in hepatocellular carcinoma (“HCC") in China through our partnership with Celest,” said Timothy Lu, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Senti Bio. “This important progress positions us to further advance our partnered and wholly-owned programs. Looking ahead, we remain committed to leveraging the power of synthetic biology to drive transformative changes in medicine across a wide range of unmet clinical needs.”


SENTI-202 for AML: The Phase 1 clinical trial of SENTI-202 (NCT06325748), a first-in-class, off-the-shelf Logic Gated CAR-NK investigational cell therapy for the treatment of AML, will focus on relapsed/refractory AML patients in the U.S. and Australia. The Company is on track to initiate patient dosing in the second quarter of 2024, with initial efficacy data anticipated by year-end 2024, and initial durability data in 2025.

SENTI-202 Preclinical Data Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal: In April 2024, Senti Bio announced the publication of preclinical data demonstrating the ability of natural killer (“NK”) cells engineered with multi-input Gene Circuits to selectively target and eliminate leukemic cells, including both blasts and leukemic stem cells, while sparing healthy stem cells. The publication, titled “Precision off-the-shelf natural killer cell therapies for oncology with logic-gated gene circuits,” highlights the activity of logic-gated NK cells in in vitro and in vivo preclinical studies, and supports the design of the Phase 1 clinical trial of SENTI-202.

SENTI-301A for HCC: In November 2023, Senti Bio announced a strategic collaboration agreement with Celest Therapeutics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (“Celest”), a China-based biotechnology company, for the clinical development of SENTI-301A to treat solid tumors in China. Celest plans to enroll patients initially through a pilot trial in mainland China and expects to dose the first patient in the second quarter of 2024. SENTI-301A is a calibrated release (“cr”) IL-15 multi-armed off-the-shelf investigational CAR-NK cell therapy designed for the treatment of GPC3-expressing tumors, including HCC, the most common type of primary liver cancer.


Three Presentations at ASGCT 2024 Annual Meeting

The Company is presenting on several platform and technology advancements at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) Annual Meeting being held May 7-11, 2024, in Baltimore, MD. The oral presentation describes the discovery of novel CARs for solid tumors using Senti’s high-throughput REVEAL™ platform. Two poster presentations, in collaboration with BlueRock Therapeutics and GeneFab LLC, highlight continued progress in control over macrophage polarization and IMiD-regulated therapeutic payload expression. Details are as follows:

  • Oral Presentation: Discovery of Novel CARs for Solid Tumors Using Senti REVEAL™, a Massively Parallel Technology Platform Comprising Pooled Screening, Machine Learning, and Lab Automation
    Abstract Number: 330
    Date and Time: May 10, 2024, 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Poster Presentation: Iterative Engineering of Polarization-State Responsive Synthetic Promoters for Autonomous Control of Macrophage Polarization Logic
    In collaboration with BlueRock Therapeutics and GeneFab, LLC
    Abstract Number: 1799
    Date and Time: May 10, 2024, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET
  • Poster Presentation: Engineered IMiD Regulated Synthetic Transcriptional Switch for Controlled and Dose-Responsive Expression of Therapeutic Payload within FDA-Approved Drug Doses
    In collaboration with BlueRock Therapeutics and GeneFab, LLC
    Abstract Number: 1285
    Date and Time: May 9, 2024, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET

Following the presentations, copies of materials will be available on the Scientific Presentations & Publications section of the Company’s website.


  • Cash and Cash Equivalents: As of March 31, 2024, Senti Bio held cash and cash equivalents of $23.7 million. The Company also holds $18.9 million in receivables anticipated from the GeneFab transaction upon satisfaction of certain conditions.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $8.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, compared to $7.1 million for the same period in 2023. The increase was primarily related to manufacturing costs to support development of Senti Bio’s wholly-owned programs.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $7.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, compared to $9.2 million for the same period in 2023. The decrease was mainly attributed to a reduction in headcount from the reduction in force in early January 2024.
  • Net Loss: Net loss was $12.1 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2024.


Senti Bio plans to participate in the following upcoming biotechnology conference:

  • BIO International Convention 2024
    June 3-6 – San Diego, CA

About Senti Bio
Senti Bio is a biotechnology company developing a new generation of cell and gene therapies for patients living with incurable diseases. To achieve this, Senti Bio is leveraging a synthetic biology platform called Gene Circuits to create therapies with enhanced precision and control. These Gene Circuits are designed to precisely kill cancer cells, spare healthy cells, increase specificity to target cells and control the expression of drugs even after administration. The Company’s wholly-owned pipeline utilizes off-the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) cells, outfitted with Gene Circuits, to target challenging liquid and solid tumor indications. Senti Bio has also preclinically demonstrated the potential breadth Gene Circuits in other modalities, diseases outside of oncology, and continues to advance these capabilities through partnerships with Spark Therapeutics and BlueRock Therapeutics.

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Senti Biosciences, Inc.
Unaudited Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
  March 31, December 31,
  2024 2023
Cash and cash equivalents $23,723 $35,926
GeneFab receivable – related party 17,847 17,592
GeneFab prepaid expenses – related party 11,300 14,787
Restricted cash 4,028 3,522
Property and equipment, net 24,354 25,338
Operating lease right-of-use assets 15,797 16,274
Total assets 102,185 119,484
Total liabilities 46,091 52,571
Total stockholders’ equity 56,094 66,913

Senti Biosciences, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2024  2023 
Total revenue $  $1,286 
Operating expenses:    
Research and development (included related party cost of $3,632 and $ -, respectively) 8,779  7,059 
General and administrative 7,522  9,191 
Total operating expenses 16,301  16,250 
Loss from operations (16,301) (14,964)
Total other income, net 4,190  1,112 
Net loss from continuing operations (12,111) (13,852)
Net loss from discontinued operations   (4,870)
Net loss (12,111) (18,722)
Other comprehensive gain   2 
Comprehensive loss $(12,111) $(18,720)
Net loss per share from continuing operations, basic and diluted $(0.26) $(0.31)
Net loss per share from discontinued operations, basic and diluted   (0.11)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.26) $(0.42)
Weighted-average shares outstanding,
basic and diluted
 45,708,601  44,070,974 

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