Strong Royalty Revenues Increase of 39 % from Hologic Gen-Probe partnership
QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - DiagnoCure Inc. (TSX: CUR) (OTCQX: DGCRF) (the "Corporation") today reported financial and operational results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2013. The Corporation announced royalty revenues from Hologic Gen-Probe increased 39% in the third quarter, compared to the same period of 2012. This increase is attributable to an increase of 82% in the U.S. market amidst challenges in the reimbursement environment for molecular diagnostic. For this quarter, the Corporation announced a net loss of $595,262 or $0.01 per share. At the end of the quarter, cash and short-term investments stood at $4,592,221.
Third Quarter Highlights
On June 3, 2013, DiagnoCure reported positive results of a new study for its PrevistageTM GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test during the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting held in Chicago, Illinois. On a validation set, including 463 untreated stage II (T3N0) colon cancer patients from North American and European sites, the study showed that molecular staging based on GCC LNR status was able to predict higher recurrence risk for 195 patients (42%) treated by surgery alone. None of the patients in the study had been treated with adjuvant chemotherapy because their lymph nodes appeared cancer‐free by examination under the microscope, yet 10% of them had a disease recurrence or died from cancer afterwards. These findings complement those obtained during the first phase of the prospectively specified multi‐center VITAR study performed on 241 stage II CC patients which were published in 2011 (Sargent, Annals Surg Onc 2011).
Effective September 1, 2013 DiagnoCure appointed Mr. Richard Bordeleau as Senior Advisor to the Company. Mr. Bordeleau acts as an executive in residence and reports directly to DiagnoCure's board of directors. In collaboration with Company management, Mr. Bordeleau's initial mandate is to identify and implement short-term actions aimed at increasing shareholder value, and to evaluate mid- to long-term scenarios optimizing corporate value.
Results of the Third Quarter 2013
Total revenues for the third quarter 2013 were $189,585 compared with $709,754 for the same period of 2012. This decrease of $520,169 is attributable to the termination, on January 11, 2013 of the development and license agreements signed in June 2011 with Signal Genetics. That development agreement provided $567,652 of revenues in the third quarter 2012. In the third quarter 2013, royalty revenues from Hologic Gen-Probe increased by $52,742, or 39%, to $189,585, from $136,843 for the same period of 2012. This increase is attributable to an increase of 82% in the U.S. market amidst challenges in the reimbursement environment for molecular diagnostic tests offset by a decrease of 25% in the European market.
Operating expenses decreased by $530,956, to $784,847 for the third quarter of 2013 from $1,315,803 for the same period of 2012. This decrease is mainly attributable to the termination of the development agreement performed in Q3 2012 in support to the PrevistageTM GCC Colorectal Cancer Staging Test.
| For the three months periods ended
|Research collaboration revenues||—||567,652|
|License and royalty revenues||189,585||142,102|
|Operating expenses (before stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization)||541,338||1,029,933|
|Net loss (before stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization)||(351,753)||(320,179)|
|Depreciation of property, plant and equipment||16,806||30,661|
|Amortization of intangible asset||199,774||211,853|
|Net loss and comprehensive loss||(595,262)||(606,049)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per share||(0.01)||(0.01)|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding||43,040,471||43,033,471|
Consolidated Balance Sheets
|July 31, 2013||October 31, 2012|
|Cash, cash equivalents, temporary and long-term investments||4,592,221||5,824,771|
|Number of shares outstanding||43,040,471||43,040,471|
DiagnoCure's management will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on September 4, 2013. Interested participants may listen to the call by dialing 1-888-390-0546 or 514-225-6995 and referencing code 78274536 approximately 15 minutes prior to the call. The Corporation will also provide a live webcast of the call. Interested participants may access the webcast on DiagnoCure's website at www.diagnocure.com, through a link on the Investors page - Presentations. A replay of the webcast will be available on DiagnoCure's website for those unable to participate in the live webcast.
DiagnoCure (TSX: CUR; OTCQX: DGCRF) is a life sciences corporation that develops and commercializes high-value cancer diagnostic tests that increase clinician and patient confidence in making critical treatment decisions. In 2008, the Corporation launched a colorectal cancer staging test through its U.S. CLIA laboratory. PrevistageTM GCC is currently available for licensing. The Corporation has granted a worldwide exclusive license on PCA3 to Gen-Probe, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hologic Inc. operating as Hologic Gen-Probe, for the development and commercialization of a prostate cancer test, DiagnoCure's proprietary molecular biomarker. Hologic Gen-Probe's PROGENSA® PCA3 test is commercialized in Europe under CE mark and is approved for commercialization in Canada and the United States. For more information, please visit www.diagnocure.com.
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