Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOC), a leading commercial provider of liquid biopsy tests designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of cancer patients, reports financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, and provides an update on its business progress.
“I’m pleased to report another quarter of strong performance with revenues increasing 45% over the prior-year quarter, as we continue to execute on our new commercial strategy,” said Michael Nall, President and CEO of Biocept. “Growth was driven by a 26% year-over-year increase in commercial samples, as we focused our commercial efforts on segments of the liquid biopsy oncology market where Target Selector can help the most patients, namely in prostate, breast, and lung cancers. Most importantly, we are helping more patients as our billable samples accessioned per sales day entering the third quarter increased approximately 50% from the beginning of the year.
“We have now launched two tumor-specific panels developed in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific,” he added. “These products, Target Selector NGS Lung Panel and Target Selector NGS Breast Panel, combine Thermo Fishers’ state-of-the-art Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform with our CLIA laboratory and commercial infrastructure, as well as our expertise in blood sample preservation and DNA/RNA isolation. Biocept is the only commercial liquid biopsy company offering both circulating tumor cell (CTC) and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis with both single-gene and multi-gene offerings.
“I’m also pleased to report that our initiative with Prognos has advanced to the next phase as we are beginning to supply them with de-identified information in real time. We believe this partnership will allow us to commercialize data generated from our liquid biopsy testing, with Prognos applying its artificial intelligence technology to its repository of more than 20 billion laboratory records to help life science and pharmaceutical companies develop and market targeted therapies. We are pleased to be the first liquid biopsy company to strike a partnership with Prognos,” he concluded.
Review of Second Quarter and Recent Highlights
- Launched Target Selector NGS Lung Panel and Target Selector NGS Breast Panel, the Company’s first two multi-gene liquid biopsy panels, differentiating Biocept as the only commercial liquid biopsy provider of single-biomarker testing, tumor-specific panels and CTCs analysis. The NGS Panels run on Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Ion Torrent NGS platform and are being marketed to physicians and researchers for the detection and monitoring of actionable biomarkers associated with these tumor-specific cancers.
- Announced an agreement with Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions, Inc. designating Biocept as a BeaconLBS® Lab-of-Choice. Beacon Laboratory is a nationally recognized provider of laboratory benefit management technology solutions to U.S.-based health and managed care companies, and the designation increases patient access to Biocept’s liquid biopsy testing platforms.
- Awarded a patent in China covering methods and devices for the capture of rare cells of interest, including CTCs, that are shed into the bloodstream by solid tumors in which an antibody or mixture of antibodies and a microchannel are used for cell capture, detection and analysis. This patent covers the use of any biological sample type of interest.
Second Quarter Financial Results
Revenues for the second quarter of 2019 were $1.2 million, a 45% increase from $822,000 for the second quarter of 2018. Revenues for the second quarter of 2019 included $1.1 million in commercial test revenue, $45,000 in development services test revenue, $28,000 in revenue for Target Selector RUO kits, which were commercially launched in early 2019, and CEE-Sure blood collection tubes. Revenues for the second quarter of 2018 included $771,000 in commercial test revenue and $51,000 in development services test revenue.
Biocept accessioned 1,066 commercial samples during the second quarter of 2019, a 26% increase compared with 849 commercial samples accessioned during the second quarter of 2018. The Company accessioned 1,211 billable samples in the second quarter of 2019, compared to 996 billable samples for the second quarter of 2018.
Cost of revenues for the second quarters of 2019 and 2018 was unchanged at $2.7 million, as we continued to leverage the fixed components of our costs.
Research and development (R&D) expenses for the second quarter of 2019 were $1.1 million compared with $1.0 millionfor the prior-year period, with the increase primarily due to the development and validation of the recently launched Target Selector NGS Lung and Target Selector NGS Breast liquid biopsy panels, as well as investments in automation. General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the second quarters of 2019 and 2018 were unchanged at $1.7 million. As a percentage of revenue, G&A expenses during the quarter were down 67% as compared to the same period last year as the Company continues with its cost containment program. Sales and marketing (S&M) expenses for the second quarter of 2019 were $1.6 million compared with $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2018, with the increase primarily attributed to higher volume and revenue. Despite the increase in costs, S&M expenses as a percentage of revenue were down 39% compared to the same period last year.
Other expenses for the second quarter of 2019 were $1.8 million, which were made up entirely of non-cash warrant inducement expenses associated with recognizing the fair value of the inducement warrants issued in May 2019.
The net loss for the second quarter of 2019 was $7.8 million, inclusive of the previously mentioned non-cash warrant inducement expenses of $1.8 million, or $0.38 per share on 20.5 million weighted-average shares outstanding. This compares with a net loss for the second quarter of 2018 of $6.2 million, or $2.70 per share on 2.3 million weighted-average shares outstanding. The Company conducted a 1-for-30 reverse stock split of its outstanding common stock, which was effective in July 2018.
Six Month Financial Results
Revenues for the first six months of 2019 were $2.2 million, a 36% increase from $1.6 million for the first six months of 2018, and included $2.1 million in commercial test revenues, $87,000 in development services test revenues and $33,000 in revenues for Target Selector RUO kits, which were commercially launched in early 2019, and CEE-Sure blood collection tubes.
Operating expenses for the first six months of 2019 were $14 million, and included cost of revenues of $5.3 million, R&D expenses of $2.4 million, G&A expenses of $3.4 million and S&M expenses of $3.0 million.
The net loss for the first six months of 2019 was $13.8 million, inclusive of the previously mentioned non-cash warrant inducement expenses of $1.8 million, or $0.83 per share on 16.7 million weighted-average shares outstanding. This compares with a net loss for the first six months of 2018 of $12.5 million, or $5.97 per share, on 2.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding.
Biocept reported cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2019 of $12.6 million, compared with $3.4 million as of December 31, 2018. The increase was due to $17.0 million in net proceeds from equity capital raises conducted in the first quarter of 2019, and $4.9 million from the exercise of common stock warrants in the second quarter of 2019.
SOURCE Biocept, Inc.
Invitation to the Media – Elected Officials and Stars Lend a Hand at Christmas Harvest
Saturday, December 7, over 200 people will be at work at Moisson Montréal to make the last 5000 Holidays Baskets. This day is a highlight for Canada’s largest food bank.
Several political and artistic personalities will join our faithful volunteers to lend a hand. We will welcome Chantal Rouleau, Minister Responsible for Transport and Minister responsible for the Greater Montréal Area, as well as Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and several provincial and federal MPPs.
Moisson Montreal spokespersons Élise Guilbault and Justin Kingsley will also be present along with several artists, Debbie Lynch-White, Dany Turcotte, Marie-Chantal Perron, Christian Begin and Josée Deschênes.
The comedian Stéphane Fallu, as well as the writers and collaborators on the show Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! at Radio-Canada, Sarah Berthiaume and Alain Farah, will be the hosts of this day.
20,000 baskets valued at $ 50 will have been assembled and distributed to organizations during the month of December, worth $ 1 million.
Close to 1,500 e-tailers join Asian E-tailing Summit
The third Asian E-tailing Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded yesterday with close to 1,500 e-tailers and business professionals from related sectors in attendance. The event brought together myriad business leaders, offering a one-stop platform for participants to focus on e-commerce prospects in the region and explore the latest industry trends.
The summit featured two plenary sessions along with multiple breakout sessions and workshops. With contributions from more than 60 renowned guests and speakers, the discussions covered successful e-tailing developments and solutions in Hong Kong, Mainland China and across Asia with the aim of creating business opportunities for participants.
As online shopping continues to mature and consumer preferences shift further away from bricks-and-mortar retailing, competition in the market is becoming increasingly fierce. With the theme “The Internet of Things’ Expanding Influence in Online Retailing”, the first plenary session examined how the Internet of Things (IoT) can assist e-tailers to better manage supply chains, process data more efficiently and create unique customer experiences, helping them to stay ahead of the competition.
Coexisting opportunities and challenges in e-tailing
Speaking at the plenary session, TJ Wu, Director of Centre of Excellence, SAP Customer Experience Greater China, said he regards IoT as an enabling tool for e-tailing that will help to create more opportunities for customer acquisition and assist in optimising the customer experience. He said he foresees the emergence of a new business model with the development of IoT. “Today, retailers still charge piece by piece, and ‘one-product, one-price’ is going to continue for some time. However, in the not-distant future, there will be a new business model: retailers will charge by subscription like Netflix and Amazon, charging by usage or even by volume,” he added.
Joseph Lee, Executive Vice President of Sales – APAC, Mirakl Inc, took an example of his previous project with an airport shopping mall in Singapore to explain the application of IoT in product delivery to customers’ homes or hotel rooms. As Mr Lee stated, IoT is already having a significant impact across the supply chain. He said that knowing how to analyse and use the massive amount of data brought about by the advent of IoT is essential and the role of data scientists will become more important.
IoT has brought tremendous new opportunities as well as challenges to the e-tailing sector. Mike Shapaker, Chief Marketing Officer, ChannelAdvisor, pointed out that the implementation of IoT can sometimes lead to consumer privacy concerns. Emphasising the diversity of regulations in different regions and countries, he reminded people in the industry to pay close attention to regulations and comply with them strictly. Regarding the success of IoT, Mr Shapaker said true success comes “when we do not talk about it anymore”.
Tapping huge potential in the Asian market
With the pioneering Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) e-commerce agreement now in place, a favourable business environment is flourishing in the region and the push is now on to deliver economic growth through cross-border e-commerce. The second plenary session at the summit assessed how a thriving cross-border e-commerce market will be shaped by Southeast Asia’s increasingly affluent middle class.
Terry Iu, Head of Digital Natives, Facebook, said the market for Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger is growing very rapidly across Asia Pacific, with great potential and huge opportunity in Southeast Asia in particular thanks to the region’s dynamic landscape. Given the fact that Asia is leading digital transformation, Mr Iu considered artificial intelligence (AI) as the backbone of everything that will happen in the future. He believed it is necessary for e-tailers to have both “information power” and “implication power”. “We not only know who the users are but can also predict what users like,” said Mr Iu.
Michio Takahashi, Vice General Manager, Cross Border Trading Business Department, Rakuten, Inc, agreed that technology should be the key driver for innovation, emphasising that the implementation of innovation needs to be the industry’s top priority. He shared Rakuten’s two factors for the implementation of successful cross-border retailing, namely a close partnership with local platforms and proper logistics solutions. For example, his company’s partner in the mainland is JD.com, which has inventories in numerous export destinations to ensure products can be shipped to customers swiftly.
The breakout sessions and workshops at the summit were welcomed by the participants, who appreciated the opportunity to interact. One question from the audience involved concerns about the price differences across different sales channels. Daphne Lee, E-commerce Director, PANDORA Jewelry Asia-Pacific Limited, said that PANDORA product prices may differ in different countries and regions. For example, given factors such as tax rates, product prices in Australia tend to be lower than in the mainland, whereas the official retail and e-commerce prices stay the same. She said that PANDORA aims to enable customers to embrace online shopping by creating exclusive online products. “The basket size of online shopping is usually higher than offline due to the free delivery threshold,” she added.
Nicholas Kontopoulos, Head of Adobe DX Commercial APAC Marketing, Adobe, suggested that retailers need to ensure they have quality content on their websites since customers will do a lot of research online before purchasing, including browsing the brand’s official website. As such, he said that physical stores are becoming more like “showrooms” where customers would go to interact physically with the products they wish to buy. For this reason, he said it was necessary to implement omni-channels that combine online and offline retailing.
Focusing on customer demands
Industry breakout discussions on the second day of the summit focused on two key sectors – fashion and toys. “Walk Fashion’s Online Runway” and “Omnichannel Sales Come to Toyland”, allowed participants to grasp the latest e-commerce business opportunities in these specific industries.
Toshio Yamada, CEO & Founder, LIFESTYLE ACCENT INC, said that one of the company’s strategies is “making clothes together and making growth together”. The brand’s accessibility on almost all social media platforms encourages customer communication and interaction, which enables the company to produce clothes that align with the requirements of customers. He gave the example of the brand creating a special mosquito-repellent fabric for clothes, specifically at the request of customers.
Diane Yoon, Vice President, CarrieSoft, introduced one of the major trends of the toy market in South Korea, saying that the current market is growing because purchases by adults are getting bigger and toys are no longer just for children. In relation to promotional strategies, she said the company has produced animations featuring its cartoon characters for its own TV channels with the aim of engaging children and their parents at the same time.
Five technology-focused events create synergy
The HKTDC is holding a total five events at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this week. In addition to the Asian E-tailing Summit (4-5 December), the HKDTC SmartBiz Expo (4-6 December), HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show (4-6 December), Business of IP Asia Forum (5-6 December) and DesignInspire (5-7 December) are running concurrently. They aim to help SMEs cope with the opportunities and challenges brought by innovative technologies and market changes, as well as driving business-development momentum.
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Asian E-tailing Summit 2019.JPG: The third Asian E-tailing Summit, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded yesterday with close to 1,500 e-tailers and business professionals from related sectors in attendance. The event offered a one-stop platform for participants to focus on e-commerce prospects in the region and explore the latest industry trends
Plenary Session 1 The Internet of Things’Expanding Influence in Online Retailing.JPG: With the theme “The Internet of Things’ Expanding Influence in Online Retailing”, the first plenary session of the Asian E-tailing Summit examined how the Internet of Things (IoT) can assist e-tailers to stay ahead of the competition. Speakers included (from second left to right) Mike Shapaker, Chief Marketing Officer, ChannelAdvisor; Khalid AlThawadi, CEO, Digital Wave; Joseph Lee, Executive Vice President of Sales − APAC, Mirakl Inc; TJ Wu, Director of Centre of Excellence, SAP Customer Experience, Greater China; and Matt Warren, Founder and CEO, Veeqo. The session was chaired by Abhineet Kaul, Senior Director, Public Sector & Government, Asia-Pacific, Frost & Sullivan (left)
Michio Takahashi, Rakuten (left); and Desey Muharlina Bungsu, PT Global Digital Niaga.JPG; Terry Iu, Facebook.JPG: The second plenary session of the Asian E-tailing Summit, “How Cross-border E-commerce Market Creates Growth Opportunities in Asia”, assessed how a thriving common online market will be shaped by Southeast Asia’s increasingly affluent middle class with the pioneering Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) e-commerce agreement now in place. Speakers included Michio Takahashi, Vice General Manager, Cross Border Trading Business Department, Rakuten, Inc and Desey Muharlina Bungsu, Vice President, Fashion, PT Global Digital Niaga (Blibli.com) (top); and Terry Iu, Head of Digital Natives, Facebook (above)
Nicholas Kontopoulos, Adobe.JPG: Nicholas Kontopoulos, Head of Adobe DX Commercial APAC Marketing, Adobe
Toshio Yamada, LIFESTYLE ACCENT.JPG: Toshio Yamada, CEO & Founder, LIFESTYLE ACCENT INC
Diane Yoon, CarrieSoft.JPG: Diane Yoon, Vice President, CarrieSoft
SOURCE Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry to Rise at a Staggering 39.2% CAGR; Increasing Number of Product Launches to Provide Impetus to Growth, says Fortune Business Insights
The global Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry will derive growth from recent product advances. According to a report published by Fortune Business Insights, titled “Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Component (Hardware, Software, Content), By Application (Product Design and Development, Safety and Training, Maintenance and Repair, and Communication & Collaboration), and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026,” the market size was was USD 924.7 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 14,887.0 million by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 39.2% during the forecast period.
A manufacturing process involves everything from design, prototype, and developing the final product. In such circumstances, there are several possibilities of error. For any manufacturing business, the end product should not possess any defects or errors. As a result, there is a need for incorporating concepts that will bode well in initial stages. Automated concepts such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT) have been a hit among manufacturers across the world. The advent of real-time concepts such as virtual and augmented reality have opened the doors for several possibilities. Virtual reality is one such concept that has helped overcome several downfalls that were initially present in the manufacturing industry. The use of virtual reality in manufacturing performing repetitive tasks that initially required continuous manual labour, has stood out among all. The demand for virtual reality (VR)-integrated concepts has risen among major business across the world. The increasing demand for this concept, coupled with the high precision and accuracy, will have a positive impact on the Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry in the coming years.
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The report focuses on several aspects of the market, with primary focus on aspects such as leading products, major companies, and ongoing trends. It highlights products that have witnessed the highest demand in recent years and their subsequent impact on the market. Additionally, the report encompasses several factors that have constituted an increase in the Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry size in recent years.
Increasing Number of Product Launches to Aid Growth
Among all factors that have contributed to the growth of the market, the increasing number of product launches have had a comparatively high impact than the others. In May 2015, Eon Reality Inc. announced the launch of a new product under its VR in manufacturing portfolio. The Eon World Builder system allows design and development of a system, as per the requirement of the user. The product is integrated with mobile OS platforms such as android and IOS and is included under the Experience VR EON Library. The report discusses the impact of this product on the company and summarizes how it has influenced the market on a global scale.
North America to Emerge Dominant; Established IT Infrastructure to Provide Impetus to Growth
The report segments the market on the basis of regional demographics into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. Among these regions, the market in North America is projected to emerge dominant. The presence of a well-established IT infrastructure has established the platform for early adoption of latest technologies. As of 2018, the market in North America was worth USD 359.5 million. Besides North America, Asia Pacific will witness considerable growth, driven by growing incorporation of VR-integrated technologies in several countries across this region.
List of the leading companies that are operating in the Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry are:
- Unity Technologies
- HTC Corporation
- Facebook Technologies, LLC.
- EON Reality, Inc.
- Magic Leap, Inc.
- NextVR Inc.
- NVIDIA Corporation
- Groove Jones LLC
Key Industry Developments:
November 2016: HTC and Autodesk announced a collaboration, with a view to creating an integrated system for designers to create and model. The system will work on a cloud integrated engine, thereby accounting for higher efficiency.
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Table of Content
- Definition, By Segment
- Research Approach
- Executive Summary
- Market Dynamics
- Drivers, Restraints and Opportunities
- Emerging Trends
- Key Insights
- Macro and Micro Economic Indicators
- Consolidated SWOT Analysis of Key Players
- Global Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Industry Analysis, Insights and Forecast, 2015-2026
- Key Findings / Summary
- Market Size Estimates and Forecasts
- By Component (Value)
- By Application (Value)
- Product Design and Development
- Safety and Training
- Maintenance and Repair
- Communication and Collaboration
- By Geography (Value)
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa
- Latin America
- By Component (Value)
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