Med BioGene Inc.
TSX VENTURE : MBI

Med BioGene Inc.

June 29, 2011 08:30 ET

Med BioGene Reports Financial Results for Q1 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2011) - Med BioGene Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MBI) today reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 (all amounts are in United States dollars).

Erinn Broshko, MBI's Chief Executive Officer stated, "Med BioGene started 2011 with the announcement and subsequent closing in April of our global commercialization partnership with Precision Therapeutics for LungExpress Dx™. In addition to the partnership providing to Med BioGene upfront, milestone and royalty payments, it allows us to reach our stated goal of commercializing LungExpress Dx in the near term as the first multi-gene prognostic test available commercially for non-small-cell lung cancer. We have been working diligently with Precision on the transition and are very pleased with the progress and prospects for success."

Business and Scientific Highlights

  • April 15, 2011 – MBI closed its commercialization, license and research reimbursement agreement with Precision Therapeutics. The agreement provides to Precision exclusive global rights to develop and commercialize LungExpress Dx.

    Under terms of the agreement, Precision will pay to MBI within 120 days of closing license fees and research reimbursement of US$2.3 million, half of which is credited against future royalties that may be owed to MBI by Precision. In addition, MBI is eligible to receive up to US$1.0 million in payments based on achievement of certain milestones associated with the development and commercialization of LungExpress Dx, all of which are credited against future royalties that may be owed to MBI by Precision. MBI will receive royalty payments based on a market percentage rate of Precision's future revenues associated with the commercialization of LungExpress Dx or any other products incorporating MBI's technology. Precision is responsible for all future costs associated with the development and commercialization of LungExpress Dx.

    Precision is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based private, venture capital-backed company. MBI and Precision believes that LungExpress Dx will be a synergistic and important addition to Precision's flagship test, ChemoFx®. Whereas LungExpress Dx can identify early non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) stage patients who have a poor prognosis and may benefit from chemotherapy, ChemoFx seeks to quantify an individual patient's probable tumor response to various chemotherapeutic and biologic agents. In 2010, Precision received approximately 21,500 live tissue specimens for its ChemoFx test from across all fifty states (as well as certain countries outside the U.S.), of which more than 15% were in NSCLC.

    Precision intends to apply the same commercial and clinical strategy applied to ChemoFx pertaining to clinical trial validation, selling and marketing and test reimbursement to LungExpress Dx to drive increasing awareness, acceptance and adoption of LungExpress Dx as a stand-alone product and as a compliment to ChemoFx.

    Precision has approximately 270 employees, including a selling and marketing team consisting of more than 70 employees who currently work with over 700 treating physicians in oncology. Precision performs all clinical testing at its certified laboratories in Pittsburgh.

First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

MBI incurred a loss of $159,164 ($0.00 per share) for the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to a loss of $453,874 ($0.01 per share) for the three months ended March 31, 2010. MBI did not generate any revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2011 or 2010.

Research and Development

Research and development expenses were $42,421 for the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to $131,568 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, representing a decrease of 68%.

General and Administrative

General and administrative expenses were $106,998 for the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to $303,828 for the three months ended March 31, 2010, representing a decrease of 65%.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2011, MBI had cash and equivalents totalling $89,493 and a working capital deficiency of $1,690,288, compared to cash and equivalents of $126,797 and a working capital deficiency of $1,570,261 at December 31, 2010.

Cash provided by operating activities was $83 in the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to cash used in operating activities of $391,571 in the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Cash provided by financing activities was $Nil in the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to cash used in financing activities of $257,554 in the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Grant of Options

Since 2010, 4,607,500 incentive stock options under the 2006 Med BioGene Inc. Incentive Stock Option Plan expired or were terminated. Effective June 29, 2011, MBI granted under the Plan to certain officers, directors and consultants an aggregate of 6,875,000 five year incentive stock options to purchase common shares at an exercise price of $0.10 per share. The options vest in 18 equal monthly amounts.

About Med BioGene

MBI is a life science company focused on the development and commercialization of genomic-based personalized clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. MBI is committed to advancing personalized medicine by commercializing tests that provide clinically relevant information to improve patient treatment and reduce health care costs. MBI and Precision Therapeutics have partnered to commercialize MBI's flagship test, LungExpress Dx. For more information on MBI, please visit www.medbiogene.com. For more information on Precision Therapeutics, please visit www.precisiontherapeutics.com.

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