Fate Therapeutics, Inc.
May 15, 2017

Fate Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

ProTmune™ PROTECT Safety Data Expected in Mid-2017

Launched First-in-Human Clinical Trial of FATE-NK100 for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

IND Cleared by FDA for FATE-NK100 with Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in Advanced Solid Tumors

Conducted Formal Regulatory Meetings with FDA and MHRA for Engineered iPSC-derived NK Cell Cancer Immunotherapy

SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fate Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FATE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of programmed cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders, today reported business highlights and financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

"This has been an exciting quarter for us as we have successfully launched our multi-pronged clinical development strategy for FATE-NK100 across both hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. We also continue to be encouraged by investigator enthusiasm for ProTmune and look forward to sharing key clinical data in mid-2017 from the safety stage of our PROTECT study," said Scott Wolchko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fate Therapeutics. "Additionally, we are very pleased with the constructive feedback we received from regulatory authorities in both the United States and the United Kingdom regarding our specific manufacturing and development plans for our first-of-kind cell products derived from master pluripotent cell lines. These formal meetings confirmed our alignment with key regulatory agencies in bringing our off-the-shelf iPSC-derived cell products into human clinical trials."

Recent Highlights & Program Updates

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Today's Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will conduct a conference call today, Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET to review financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. In order to participate in the conference call, please dial 877-303-6235 (domestic) or 631-291-4837 (international) and refer to conference ID 18632775. The live webcast can be accessed under "Events & Presentations" in the Investors & Media section of the Company's website at www.fatetherapeutics.com. The archived webcast will be available on the Company's website beginning approximately two hours after the event.

About Fate Therapeutics, Inc.

Fate Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of programmed cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders. The Company's hematopoietic cell therapy pipeline is comprised of NK- and T-cell immuno-oncology programs, including off-the-shelf product candidates derived from engineered induced pluripotent cells, and immuno-regulatory programs, including product candidates to prevent life-threatening complications in patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation and to promote immune tolerance in patients with autoimmune disease. Its adoptive cell therapy programs are based on the Company's novel ex vivo cell programming approach, which it applies to modulate the therapeutic function and direct the fate of immune cells. Fate Therapeutics is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.fatetherapeutics.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's advancement of and plans related to the Company's product candidates, clinical studies, research and development programs, the Company's progress and plans for its clinical investigation of ProTmune™ and of FATE-NK100, the Company's expected product development and regulatory strategy for its iPSC-derived product candidates, the scope of the Company's intellectual property, and the Company's projected cash expenditures. These and any other forward-looking statements in this release are based on management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that results observed in prior studies, including preclinical studies of ProTmune and the Company's other product candidates, will not be observed in ongoing or future studies involving these product candidates, the risk that the Company may cease or delay preclinical or clinical development activities for any of its existing or future product candidates for a variety of reasons (including requirements that may be imposed by regulatory authorities and requirements for regulatory approval, difficulties or delays in patient enrollment in current and planned clinical trials, and any adverse events or other negative results that may be observed during preclinical or clinical development), and the risk that the Company's expenditures may exceed current expectations for a variety of reasons. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company's most recently filed periodic report, and from time to time the Company's other investor communications. Fate Therapeutics is providing the information in this release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Availability of Other Information about Fate Therapeutics, Inc.

Investors and others should note that the Company routinely communicates with investors and the public using its website (www.fatetherapeutics.com) and its investor relations website (ir.fatetherapeutics.com), including without limitation, through the posting of investor presentations, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts on these websites. The information posted on these websites could be deemed to be material information. As a result, investors, the media, and others interested in Fate Therapeutics are encouraged to review this information on a regular basis. The contents of the Company's website, or any other website that may be accessed from the Company's website, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss 
(in thousands, except share and per share data) 
   Three Months Ended
March 31,
   2017   2016 
Collaboration revenue $1,027  $1,322 
Operating expenses:        
Research and development  7,966   6,636 
General and administrative  3,032   2,602 
Total operating expenses  10,998   9,238 
Loss from operations  (9,971)  (7,916)
Other income (expense):        
Interest income  111   27 
Interest expense  (266)  (488)
Total other expense, net  (155)  (461)
Net loss $(10,126) $(8,377)
Other comprehensive gain (loss):        
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale securities, net  (33)  14 
Comprehensive loss $(10,159) $(8,363)
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted $(0.24) $(0.29)
Weighted-average common shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share  41,388,329   28,777,790 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
   March 31,   December 31,
   2017   2016
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents $40,608  $88,609
Short-term investments  41,692   3,503
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,137   1,211
Total current assets  83,437   93,323
Long-term assets  1,892   1,725
Total assets $85,329  $95,048
Liabilities and stockholders' equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $7,169  $4,891
Long-term debt, current portion  7,620   8,187
Current portion of deferred revenue  2,105   2,105
Other current liabilities  3   4
Total current liabilities  16,897   15,187
Long-term debt, net of current portion  1,081   2,501
Deferred revenue  2,303   2,829
Other long-term liabilities  1,190   1,377
Stockholders' equity  63,858   73,154
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $85,329  $95,048

Christina Tartaglia
Stern Investor Relations, Inc.