OncoCyte Continues to Make Progress Towards Commercialization; Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

Apr 28, 2017

Expects to Report Results of 300 Patient R&D Validation Study on May 22, 2017

Conference Call Scheduled for May 22, 2017 at 4:30pm ET

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE MKT:OCX), a developer of novel, non-invasive blood based tests to aid in the early detection of cancer, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.  In addition, OncoCyte announced it will conduct an investor call on May 22, 2017 at 4:30pm ET/1:30 pm PT after its lead investigator Dr. Anil Vachani presents data from the 300 patient R&D Validation study at the American Thoracic Society 2017 International Conference (ATS) in Washington D.C.

“We made significant progress during the first quarter towards the commercialization of our lung cancer diagnostic product, including initiating a search for a head of our sales organization as well as beginning the expansion of our sales, marketing and market access teams,” commented William Annett, Chief Executive Officer. “We believe the data on our lung cancer test being presented in May demonstrates the robustness of our science and strengthens our market position."

“We plan to provide investors with an overview of the results from the 300 patient R&D Validation study on our conference call following the presentation.  We believe the total addressable market for our lung cancer diagnostic test could be over $4 billion, and that we are positioned to be the first company to provide a highly accurate non-invasive confirmatory blood test to address this market. Our focus over the next few months is to complete the development process, obtain CLIA certification of our laboratory, and prepare for our anticipated commercial launch in the second half of the year.”

Significant First Quarter Accomplishments

  • Reported the successful results of the R&D Validation study for its lung cancer diagnostic test. The results, based on the analysis of samples from approximately 300 patients, confirmed previously reported data presented by The Wistar Institute at the CHEST 2016 Annual Meeting in October. The data from the study exceed levels OncoCyte believes necessary for a commercially successful test.

  • Reported that it locked its prediction algorithm and intends to move to the Clinical Validation phase of development—the last phase before commercial launch.

  • Submitted the application for CLIA certification of OncoCyte’s laboratory where the assay will be run.

  • Announced that its breast cancer test is developing ahead of schedule, and began a follow-up, multi-center study to further develop and verify the results of the earlier studies.

Near-term Milestones

OncoCyte is continuing to make progress and has several upcoming events and milestones related to the development of its lung cancer diagnostic: 

  • Poster presentation of lung cancer diagnostic R&D Validation study at the (ATS) International Conference.  The data will be presented by Dr. Anil Vachani, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, at 2:15 p.m. ET on May 22, 2017.
  • Conference call to report on 300-patient R&D Validation study, to be held at 4:30pm ET on May 22, 2017.

  • Establishment of a medical advisory committee (MAC), headed by top lung cancer specialists. The MAC will advise OncoCyte on clinical unmet needs and future development strategy.  

  • CLIA certification and California state clinical laboratory license, which OncoCyte expects to receive during the second quarter of 2017.

  • Clinical Validation study to confirm and replicate OncoCyte’s findings in a commercial CLIA lab setting.

  • Expansion of OncoCyte’s commercial capabilities in sales and marketing, revenue cycle management and reimbursement.

  • Launch of lung cancer test during second half of 2017 assuming successful completion of the Clinical Validation and CLIA certification.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, OncoCyte incurred a net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.12 per share, in 2016.  The $4.7 million net loss includes a $1.1 million noncash expense, or $0.04 per share, related to issuance of warrants to certain shareholders as an inducement to exercise warrants.  During the first quarter OncoCyte used $3.3 million in operating activities compared to $2.2 million from the comparative prior quarter.

Research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $1.8 million compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2016. Overall the slight increase in research and development expenses was due to increased staffing and laboratory expenses.

General and administrative expenses increased to $2.0 million from $1.0 million for the same period in 2016. Sales and marketing expenses increased to $0.7 million from $0.2 million.  The increases were attributable to a $1.1 million noncash expense for the issuance of warrants as well as increased staffing for the expected commercial launch of OncoCyte’s lung cancer diagnostic during second half of 2017.

At March 31, 2017, OncoCyte had liquid assets of $13 million, including $11.4 million of cash and cash equivalents, and available-for-sale securities valued at $1.6 million

Conference Call

OncoCyte will host a conference call on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT to discuss the results being presented by Dr. Anil Vachani at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference.

The dial-in number in the U.S./Canada is 888-359-3610, for international participants the number is +1 719-457-2648. For all callers, refer to Conference ID 7395442. To access the live webcast, go to the investor relations section on the company’s website, http://investors.oncocyte.com/events-and-presentations.

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 888-203-1112 toll-free (from U.S./Canada); international callers dial +1 719-457-0820. Use the Conference ID 7395442. Additionally, the archived webcast will be available http://investors.oncocyte.com/events-and-presentations.

About OncoCyte Corporation

OncoCyte is focused on the development and commercialization of novel, non-invasive blood and urine (“liquid biopsy”) diagnostic tests to aid in the early detection of cancer to improve health outcomes through earlier diagnoses, to reduce the cost of care through the avoidance of more costly diagnostic procedures, including invasive biopsy and cystoscopic procedures, and to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. While current biopsy tests use invasive surgical procedures to provide tissue samples in order to determine if a tumor is benign or malignant, OncoCyte is developing a next generation of diagnostic tests that will be based on liquid biopsies using blood or urine samples. OncoCyte’s pipeline products are intended to be confirmatory diagnostics for detecting lung, breast and bladder cancer. OncoCyte’s diagnostic tests are being developed using proprietary sets of genetic and protein markers that differentially express in specific types of cancer.

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” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. These statements include those pertaining to the implementation and results of our validation study and other studies, commercialization plans, future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for OncoCyte, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential diagnostic tests or products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, the need and ability to obtain capital, maintenance of intellectual property rights, and the need to obtain third party reimbursement for patient’s use of any diagnostic tests we commercialize. 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 OncoCyte, particularly those mentioned in the “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements found in OncoCyte’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. OncoCyte disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

  March 31,  December 31, 
 Cash and cash equivalents$11,352  $10,174 
 BioTime shares held as available-for-sale securities, at fair value 1,649   2,237 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 451   285 
 Total current assets 13,452   12,696 
 Intangible assets, net 927   988 
 Equipment and furniture, net 636   688 
 Deposits 159   75 
 TOTAL ASSETS$15,174  $14,447 
 Amount due to BioTime and affiliates$2,610  $2,854 
 Accounts payable 211   422 
 Accrued expenses 1,193   797 
 Loan payable, current portion 333   - 
 Capital lease liability, current portion 202   202 
 Total current liabilities 4,549   4,275 
 Loan payable, net of issuance costs, noncurrent portion 1,589   - 
 Capital lease liability, noncurrent portion 263   310 
 TOTAL LIABILITIES 6,401   4,585 
 Commitments and contingencies       
 Preferred stock, no par value, 5,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding -   - 
 Common stock, no par value, 50,000 shares authorized; 29,367 and 28,737 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 49,360   45,818 
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss on available-for-sale securities (581)  (654)
 Accumulated deficit (40,006)  (35,302)
 Total stockholders’ equity 8,773   9,862 

   Three Months Ended 
 March 31,
   2017  2016 
 Research and development $1,834  $1,689 
 General and administrative  2,043   1,015 
 Sales and marketing  655   228 
 Total operating expenses  4,532   2,932 
 Loss from operations  (4,532)  (2,932)
 Interest income (expense), net  (13)  4 
 Other income (expense), net  (159)  - 
 Total other income (expenses), net  (172)  4 
 NET LOSS $(4,704) $(2,928)
 Basic and diluted net loss per share $(0.16) $(0.12)
 Weighted average common shares outstanding: basic and diluted 28,965   25,396 

   Three Months Ended 
 March 31,
   2017  2016 
 Net loss $(4,704) $(2,928)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
 Depreciation expense  67   10 
 Amortization of intangible assets  61   61 
 Stock-based compensation  350   125 
 Loss on sale of BioTime shares  159   - 
 Warrants issued to certain shareholders as inducement of exercise of warrants  1,084   - 
 Amortization of debt issuance costs  3   - 
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
 Amount due to BioTime and affiliates  (244)  624 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (166)  126 
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  100   (185)
 Net cash used in operating activities  (3,290)  (2,167)
 Net proceeds from sale of BioTime shares  502   - 
 Purchase of equipment  (16)  (15)
 Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  486   (15)
 Proceeds from exercise of options  16   42 
 Proceeds from exercise of warrants  2,031   - 
 Proceeds from issuance of loan payable, net of financing costs  1,982   - 
 Repayment of capital lease obligations  (47)  - 
 Net cash provided by financing activities  3,982   42 
 At beginning of the period  10,174   7,996 
 At end of the period $11,352  $5,856 
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