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Synta Pharmaceuticals: Synta Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Announces Reduction in Force, Appointment of Scott Morenstein to Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Mass. November 5, 2015

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 and provided an update on its business strategy.

To align its resources with the Companys operational needs going forward, Synta announced today that it is reducing its workforce by approximately 60% to 33 full time employees. The Company estimates annual savings of at least $8 million in compensation-related costs as a result of the restructuring. C< br>
ash payments in connection with the workforce reduction, comprised principally of severance, unused vacation payments, benefits continuation costs and outplacement services, will range from $2.5 million to $2.6 million. The Company expects the restructuring to be substantially completed, and the majority of the related cash payments to be paid, during the fourth quarter of 2015.

The Company also announced today the appointment of Scott Morenstein to its Board of Directors. Mr. Morenstein is a Managing Director at CAM Capital, a private investment company established by Bruce Kovner, a Director of Synta Pharmaceuticals, focused on investment, trading and business activities. Prior to joining CAM Capital, Mr. Morenstein was a Managing Director of Valence Life Sciences and Caxton Advantage Venture Partners, venture capital firms focused on late-stage investing in private and small cap public drug development companies. He was previously a healthcare investment banker and research analyst at Lehman Brothers and Seaview Securities. Mr. Morenstein received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

We continue to evaluate our strategic options following the outcome of our Phase 3 GALAXY-2 trial of ganetespib in lung cancer, said Chen Schor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synta. The difficult, but necessary decision to reduce our workforce is an important part of extending our cash runway as we evaluate these options, and we thank the many talented employees that will be leaving the Company for their service. We plan to continue to support key ongoing investigator-sponsored studies while we determine the appropriate path forward for ganetespib. We also look forward to continuing to develop our HDC pipeline.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

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