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BioTime, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results and Recent Corporate Accomplishments
August 09, 2016
  • Therapeutic Candidates Continue Clinical Progress
  • Deconsolidation Simplifies Financials
  • Successful Public Equity Offering Strengthens Balance Sheet

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 9, 2016-- BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BTX), a clinical-stage regenerative medicine company with a focus on pluripotent stem cell technology, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided a corporate update.

“During the second quarter, we continued to sharpen our focus on clinical progress and simplifying our corporate structure,” said Adi Mohanty, Co-Chief Executive Officer. “Our key therapeutic programs, Renevia® in medical aesthetics and OpRegen® in dry AMD, continue to advance in the clinic, and we expect additional meaningful milestones from these programs in the second half of 2016. Meanwhile, our public subsidiaries continue to demonstrate their ability to make solid clinical progress. We strengthened our balance sheet by completing a successful public equity offering with gross proceeds of approximately $20.1 million from new and existing investors. Additionally, as we previously announced in May, we have deconsolidated Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. from our financial statements as result of its recent financing. We continue to see Asterias playing an important role in furthering therapies based on pluripotent stem cell technology. Asterias will continue to file its own financial statements with the SEC, allowing our shareholders to continue to follow its financial progress.”

Second Quarter and Recent Highlights

Clinical Progress

Renevia® (adipose cells + cell delivery matrix)

  • The Renevia® pivotal clinical trial for HIV-related facial lipoatrophy continues to enroll new patients and is on track to complete patient enrollment by the second half of 2016. The objective of the trial is to assess the efficacy of Renevia® in restoring normal skin contours in patients whose subcutaneous fat has been lost due to antiviral drug treatment for HIV. The Company expects top-line efficacy data in the first half of 2017, and plans to submit an application for CE Mark approval in Europe in the first half of 2017 if the data are positive. Positive data from the pivotal trial could provide support for future studies of Renevia® in certain broader applications of fat tissue deficits in various medical aesthetics applications, such as age-related and trauma-related facial fat loss.

OpRegen® (retinal pigment epithelial cells)

  • In June, the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the OpRegen® Phase I/IIa clinical trial for the treatment of the advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) completed its review of the initial safety data from the first cohort and recommended dose escalation to the second cohort. Enrollment has begun for the second patient cohort, which is receiving a higher, more clinically significant, dose of OpRegen® cells. The Company expects completion of enrollment for the second cohort in 2016 and, if the data are positive, anticipates DSMB approval to proceed to the third cohort by the end of 2016. OpRegen® has received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of dry AMD, which occurs in approximately 90% of those afflicted with AMD.

AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells)

  • In July, enrollment and dosing of the first efficacy cohort was completed in the AST-OPC1 SCiSTAR Phase 1/2a clinical trial in complete cervical spinal cord injury. This is the second of three cohorts in the study and it represents the first cohort in which patients have been administered a dose high enough to fall within the potentially efficacious range predicted by preclinical studies conducted by Asterias. Top-line six-month efficacy and safety results from this patient cohort are expected in January 2017. As of May 13, 2016, BioTime owned approximately 49% of the common shares outstanding of Asterias Biotherapeutics (NYSE MKT:AST).

Cancer Diagnostics

  • OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE MKT:OCX), the cancer diagnostics subsidiary of BioTime and developer of novel, non-invasive blood and urine based tests for the early detection of cancer, presented positive data from a clinical study for the non-invasive detection of bladder cancer at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. Interim data from the clinical study, which was first reported at the American Association for Cancer Research 2015 Annual Meeting, demonstrated a high level of sensitivity and specificity in the detection of urothelial carcinoma, the most common type of bladder cancer.

Corporate Developments

  • In June, BioTime closed a public offering of shares of its common stock. In July, the underwriters exercised in full their over-allotment option. Gross proceeds of the offering and full exercise of the over-allotment option totaled approximately $20.1 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by BioTime.
  • On May 13, 2016, BioTime deconsolidated its former majority-owned subsidiary, Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. As result, Asterias’ financial statements for periods after May 12, 2016 are no longer included in BioTime’s consolidated financial statements, and BioTime is now accounting for its investment in Asterias at fair value based on the closing stock price of Asterias common stock on the NYSE MKT and the number of shares held by BioTime. Changes in the fair value of Asterias common stock are reflected as unrealized gains or losses in BioTime’s consolidated statements of operations, as a non-operating item. See Second Quarter Financial results below.

Second Quarter Financial Results

Note on deconsolidation of Asterias and comparability of results:

BioTime’s consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2015, as reported, included Asterias’ assets and liabilities. However, Asterias’ assets and liabilities are not included in BioTime’s consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2016 due to the deconsolidation of Asterias on May 13, 2016. Furthermore, BioTime’s consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 include Asterias’ results for the period through May 12, 2016, the day immediately preceding the deconsolidation. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, BioTime’s consolidated results include Asterias’ results for the full periods presented.

All discussions about the results of operations, or balance sheet amounts that follow, as appropriate and indicated, include both the actual results and amounts pertaining to Asterias.

Cash Position and investments: Cash and cash equivalents totaled $27.7 million as of June 30, 2016, compared to $42.2 million as of December 31, 2015, which included Asterias’ cash and cash equivalents of $11.2 million. The cash on hand as of June 30, 2016 includes $7.0 million held by subsidiaries and excludes Asterias due to the deconsolidation. As of June 30, 2016, BioTime owned 21.7 million shares of Asterias common stock and 14.7 million shares of OncoCyte common stock, which represented an aggregate market value of approximately $104 million as of that date. On June 21, 2016, BioTime closed a $17.5 million public offering of shares of its common stock. On July 5, 2016, BioTime announced the exercise in full of the underwriters’ over-allotment option to purchase an additional 1,098,326 shares of BioTime common stock. The gross proceeds of the offering, including the over-allotment option were approximately $20.1 million before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by BioTime.

Revenues: BioTime’s operating revenues are currently primarily generated from research grants, licensing fees and advertising from the marketing of online database products. Total consolidated revenues were $1.3 million for the second quarter, compared to $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2015. Asterias’ total revenues included in the second quarter of 2016 and 2015 were $0.8 million in each respective period as shown in the table below (in thousands).



Three months ended June 30, 2016

    Three months ended June 30, 2015

Results of


Less: Asterias
(42 days)


Results less


Results of


Less: Asterias
(3 months)


Results less

Total revenues   $ 1,266   $ 760   $ 506   $ 2,009   $ 772   $ 1,237

The decrease in BioTime’s total revenues was mainly due to less grant revenue recorded in 2016 due to expiration of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant in August 2015.

Operating Expenses (in thousands)



Three months ended June 30, 2016

  Three months ended June 30, 2015

Results of


Less: Asterias
(42 days)


Results less


Results of


Less: Asterias
(3 months)


Results less

Research and development   $ 8,938   $ 2,343   $ 6,595   $ 9,059   $ 3,696   $ 5,363
General and administrative     6,636     1,357     5,279     6,186     1,845     4,341

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $8.9 million for the second quarter, compared to $9.1 million for the comparable period in 2015, including $2.3 million and $3.7 million attributable to Asterias' research and development for the respective periods.

The increase in R&D of approximately $1.2 million is in part a result of increased expenses primarily related to regulatory and clinical trials of BioTime’s Renevia® program and OncoCyte’s cancer diagnostics, offset by a decrease of approximately $1.3 million principally due to the deconsolidation of Asterias.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $6.6 million for the second quarter, compared to $6.2 million for the second quarter of 2015, including $1.4 million and $1.8 million attributable to Asterias for the same periods, respectively. The $0.9 million increase is in part a result of increased staffing needed to advance programs under development at BioTime, including non-cash stock-based compensation from BioTime and OncoCyte, offset by a $0.5 million decrease due to the deconsolidation of Asterias.

Net Income attributable to BioTime: Net income attributable to BioTime was $24.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, or $0.26 per share primarily due to the $49.0 million noncash gain on deconsolidation of Asterias, offset by unrealized losses of $13.5 million from the decline in the fair value of the Asterias shares owned by BioTime that occurred during the period May 13 through June 30, 2016. There was no deferred income tax provision or benefit recorded in the three months ended June 30, 2016. For the second quarter of 2015, net loss attributable to BioTime was $9.7 million, or ($0.12) per share. Net income (loss) attributable to BioTime includes losses from BioTime’s majority owned and consolidated subsidiaries based upon BioTime’s percentage ownership of those subsidiaries.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

BioTime will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 1:30 p.m. Pacific to discuss the second quarter results and recent corporate accomplishments.

The conference call dial-in number in the U.S./Canada is (877) 407-0784. For international participants outside the U.S./Canada, the dial-in number is (201) 689-8560. For all callers, please refer to the “BioTime, Inc. Conference Call.” The live webcast can be accessed on the “Events & Presentations” page of the “Investors & Media” section on the company’s website at

A replay of the conference call will be available for seven business days beginning about two hours after the conclusion of the live call, by calling toll-free from U.S./Canada: (877) 870-5176; international callers dial (858) 384-5517. Use the Conference ID 13641621. Additionally, the archived webcast will be available on the “Events & Presentations” page of the “Investors & Media” section on the company’s website at

About BioTime

BioTime, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapies in the field of regenerative medicine. The foundation of its core therapeutic technology platform is pluripotent cells that are capable of becoming any of the cell types in the human body. BioTime, Inc.’s research and other activities have resulted, over time, in the creation of other subsidiaries that address other non-therapeutic market opportunities such as cancer diagnostics, drug development and cell research products, and mobile health software applications.

BioTime, Inc.’s common stock is traded on the NYSE MKT under the symbol BTX. For more information, please visit or connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+.


Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for BioTime, Inc. and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of BioTime, Inc. and its subsidiaries, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC (copies of which may be obtained at Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. BioTime, Inc. specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

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Three Months
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,

    2016   2015   2016   2015
Subscription and advertisement revenues   $ 288     $ 357     $ 631     $ 676  
Royalties from product sales     86       117       286       274  
Grant income     760       1,437       2,247       2,130  
Sale of research products and services     132       98       176       188  
Total revenues     1,266       2,009       3,340       3,268  
Cost of sales     (95 )     (260 )     (320 )     (525 )
Gross Profit     1,171       1,749       3,020       2,743  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                        
Research and development     (8,938 )     (9,059 )     (22,671 )     (18,383 )
General and administrative     (6,636 )     (6,186 )     (18,509 )     (11,365 )
Total operating expenses     (15,574 )     (15,245 )     (41,180 )     (29,748 )
Loss from operations     (14,403 )     (13,496 )     (38,160 )     (27,005 )
OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSES):                        
Interest income/(expense), net     (76 )     4       (88 )     (79 )
BioTime’s share of losses in equity method investment in Ascendance     (98 )     -       (333 )     -  
Gain on deconsolidation of Asterias     49,048       -       49,048       -  
Loss on equity method investment in Asterias at fair value     (13,483 )     -       (13,483 )     -  
Other income/(expense), net     237       225       363       35  
Total other income/(expense), net     35,628       229       35,507       (44 )
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX BENEFIT     21,225       (13,267 )     (2,653 )     (27,049 )
Deferred income tax benefit     -       1,271       -       2,448  
NET INCOME (LOSS)     21,225       (11,996 )     (2,653 )     (24,601 )
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest     3,324       2,305       10,091       4,736  
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO BIOTIME, INC.     24,549       (9,691 )     7,438       (19,865 )
Dividends on preferred shares     -       (52 )     -       (52 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO BIOTIME, INC. COMMON SHAREHOLDERS   $ 24,549     $ (9,743 )   $ 7,438     $ (19,917 )


BASIC   $ 0.26     $ (0.12 )   $ 0.08     $ (0.25 )
DILUTED   $ 0.26     $ (0.12 )   $ 0.08     $ (0.25 )
BASIC     93,240       78,362       91,831       78,312  
DILUTED     95,801       78,362       95,360       78,312  



June 30,


December 31,

Cash and cash equivalents   $ 27,702     $ 42,229  
Available for sale securities     619       753  
Trade accounts and grants receivable, net     783       1,078  
Landlord receivable     156       567  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,787       2,610  
Total current assets     31,047       47,237  
Property, plant and equipment, net and construction in progress     4,062       7,539  
Deferred license fees     173       322  
Deposits and other long-term assets     1,022       1,299  
Equity method investment in Asterias, at fair value     52,194       -  
Equity method investment in Ascendance     4,338       4,671  
Intangible assets, net     11,491       33,592  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 104,327     $ 94,660  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 6,508     $ 9,377  
Capital lease liability, current portion     173       38  
Promissory notes, current portion     95       95  
Deferred grant income     -       2,513  
Deferred license and subscription revenue, current portion     627       439  
Total current liabilities     7,403       12,462  
Deferred revenues, net of current portion     462       615  
Deferred rent liabilities, net of current portion     28       158  
Lease liability     1,386       4,400  
Related party convertible debt, net of discount     701       324  
Promissory notes, net of current portion     173       220  
Capital lease, net of current and other liabilities     122       34  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     10,275       18,213  
Commitments and contingencies            
Preferred shares, no par value, 2,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding     -       -  
Common shares, no par value, 150,000 shares authorized; 102,288 shares issued and 101,668 shares outstanding at June 30, 2016; 94,894 issued and 90,421 outstanding at December 31, 2015     310,881       274,342  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (504 )     (237 )
Accumulated deficit     (221,743 )     (229,181 )
Treasury stock at cost: 620 shares at June 30, 2016 and 4,473 shares at December 31, 2015     (2,891 )     (18,033 )
BioTime, Inc. shareholders' equity     85,743       26,891  
Non-controlling interest     8,309       49,556  
Total shareholders' equity     94,052       76,447  


Source: BioTime, Inc.

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