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BioTime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTX), a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and provided an update on corporate developments.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, total revenue (including royalties from product sales and other revenue, revenue recognition of deferred license fees and grant income) was $756 thousand, up 11% from $680 thousand for the same period one year ago. The increase in revenue year-over-year in the second quarter 2011 is primarily attributable to a significant increase in research product sales and an increase in grant income. The increase in second quarter revenue was offset, to a degree, by a decrease in royalties from the sale of Hextend®, BioTime's blood plasma expander product, and license fees related to Hextend and other plasma expander products under development.
Total expense for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $5.7 million, compared to an expense of $3.0 million for the second quarter in the prior year. In the second quarter of 2011, research and development and general and administrative expenses increased year-over-year primarily due to our acquisition of ES Cell International Pte. Ltd. and a majority interest in Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd. during 2010, and increased investment in research and development related to stem cell therapeutic products by other BioTime subsidiaries. BioTime's subsidiaries have been funded in part by equity investments from the minority shareholders of those subsidiaries.
Net loss attributable to BioTime, Inc. for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $4.3 million or $0.09 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million or $0.06 per share for the same period one year ago.
Net cash used in operating activities was $6.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 compared to $3.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010, again reflecting the growth of the company and the research and development programs of its subsidiaries.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $27.4 million as of June 30, 2011, compared with $33.3 million as of December 31, 2010. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, BioTime received, respectively, total cash of $138 thousand and $614 thousand from the exercise of stock options and stock purchase warrants. BioTime also received $214 thousand from the issuance of shares of common stock by its subsidiary ReCyte Therapeutics, Inc.
Highlights in BioTime's business during the second quarter include:
"The second quarter marked a period of increasing visibility for our stem cell and hydrogel products," said Michael D. West, Ph.D., BioTime's President and CEO. "In the near future, we expect to put considerable effort into marketing our products to the research and scientific community as we lay the groundwork for becoming a leading provider of best-in-class products designed to transition from research to clinic use."
About BioTime, Inc.
BioTime, headquartered in Alameda, California, is a biotechnology company focused on regenerative medicine and blood plasma volume expanders. Its broad platform of stem cell technologies is developed through subsidiaries focused on specific fields of applications. BioTime develops and markets research products in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine, including a wide array of proprietary ACTCellerate™ cell lines, culture media, and differentiation kits. BioTime's wholly owned subsidiary ES Cell International Pte. Ltd. has produced clinical-grade human embryonic stem cell lines that were derived following principles of Good Manufacturing Practice and currently offers them for use in research. BioTime's therapeutic product development strategy is pursued through subsidiaries that focus on specific organ systems and related diseases for which there is a high unmet medical need. BioTime's majority owned subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences, Ltd. is developing therapeutic products derived from stem cells for the treatment of retinal and neural degenerative diseases. Cell Cure's minority shareholder Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has an option to clinically develop and commercialize Cell Cure's OpRegen™ retinal cell product for use in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. BioTime's subsidiary OrthoCyte Corporation is developing therapeutic applications of stem cells to treat orthopedic diseases and injuries. Another subsidiary, OncoCyte Corporation, focuses on the therapeutic applications of stem cell technology in cancer, including using vascular progenitor cells engineered to destroy malignant tumors. ReCyte Therapeutics, Inc. is developing applications of BioTime's proprietary induced pluripotent stem cell technology to reverse the developmental aging of human cells to treat cardiovascular and blood cell diseases. BioTime's newest subsidiary, LifeMap Sciences, Inc., is developing an online database of the complex cell lineages arising from stem cells to guide basic research and to market BioTime's research products. In addition to its stem cell products, BioTime develops blood plasma volume expanders, blood replacement solutions for hypothermic (low temperature) surgery, and technology for use in surgery, emergency trauma treatment and other applications. BioTime's lead product, Hextend®, is a blood plasma volume expander manufactured and distributed in the U.S. by Hospira, Inc. and in South Korea by CJ CheilJedang Corp. under exclusive licensing agreements. Additional information about BioTime, ReCyte Therapeutics, Cell Cure, OrthoCyte, OncoCyte, BioTime Asia, LifeMap Sciences, and ESI can be found on the web at www.biotimeinc.com.
Statements pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for BioTime 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 and its subsidiaries, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in BioTime's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. BioTime disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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|Aug 09, 2011|