Awarded $4.7 Million Government Grant Funding to support the building of a high-tech manufacturing facility.
Signs Strategic Partnerships with Johns Hopkins University, Wyss Institute from Harvard University, University of Newcastle and Precision Medical Architects.
$12.7 Million in Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Marketable Securities as of June 30, 2021, Provides Runway into 4Q 2022.
To Host Conference Call and Webcast Today at 4:30 p.m. ET.
New York, NY
, August 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – GBS Inc.
(Nasdaq: GBS), a life sciences company developing non-invasive, real-time diagnostic testing in the hands of patients and their primary health practitioners at point-of-care, today announced its financial results for the fourth financial quarter and full-year ended June 30, 2021, and provided a recent business update. Management will host a webcast and conference call at 4:30 p.m. today after market.
“This has been a tremendous year for GBS marked by advances in our regulatory affairs, IRB approval to commence clinical studies, strategic partnerships and financial management. We, as a company, are driven to provide non-invasive, real-time diagnostics testing solutions to patients and their healthcare providers at point-of-care as GBS leverages its core Biosensor Platform technology,”
Chief Executive Officer of GBS, Harry Simeonidis said.
“We have made great progress towards commercializing our novel saliva-glucose test and the opportunities to expand our pipeline are very exciting. Most recently, a grant from the Australian Federal Government to financially support our next-generation high-tech manufacturing facility highlights the confidence others see in our technology and approach. Our technology was one of six National Manufacturing Priorities identified by the Government under Modern Manufacturing Strategy.”
Fourth Quarter & FY Highlights and Recent Operational Developments
- $4.7 Million Medical Products Priority Grant funding by the Australian government to fund high tech manufacturing facility; identified as one of six National Manufacturing Priorities
- Initial Public Offering generated $21.6m in gross proceeds and listing on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market in December 2020
- Securing option to acquire North America license for Glucose Testing
- Option agreement to acquire 100% of the glucose license in North America for $5 million (expires March 2023)
- Received R&D grants from the Australian government of $850k in the 2021 financial year
Management continues to evaluate financial strategies such as receiving deposits from pre-orders and sublicensing fees from potential commercial partners as the projects advance globally in order to optimize anticipated commercial opportunities as they arise.
Strategic Partnerships & Pipeline Development
- Johns Hopkins University Sponsored Research Agreement for glucose and COVID test further accelerating the development of next-generation saliva based biagnostic test candidates
- Precision Medicine Architects, as advisors for clinical strategy in support of regulatory, commercial and marketing services measures
- Harvard University’s Wyss Institute collaboration to develop a printable point-of-care SARS-CoV-2 quantitative antibody test candidates
Anticipated Events and Targeted Milestones for the Coming Year
- Global voice of customer survey of more than 300 patients living with diabetes verified an overall 90% desirability for the Saliva Glucose Biosensor, with 7 out of 10 patients ‘seriously interested’ in purchasing the product when it’s released, and 3 out of 10 wanting to be placed on the waiting list ahead of release
- L.E.K Consulting agreement to identify suitable commercial partners for sublicensing and distribution in China as the Company prepares for market entry in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results
- Clinical trial protocol developed and completed
- Developing SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Biosensor for FDA EUA submission
- Progressing the design transfer to manufacture phase for Saliva Glucose Biosensor
- Securing strategic sublicensing partnership opportunities for sales and distribution in the APAC region
As of June 30, 2021, the Company’s cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled approximately $12.7 million, compared to approximately $0.43 million on June 30, 2020. In December 2020, the Company closed its initial public offering which generated approximately $19.7 million in net cash proceeds.
For the year ended, June 30, 2021 the Company has a preliminary net loss of $8.5 million or $0.68 per share compared to a net loss of $3.3 million or $0.37 per share for same period last year. This is predominantly due to the acceleration of development and commercialization expenditures.
Government support income was $578k and $0 for the three months ended June 30, 2021, and 2020 respectively.
Since our IPO, GBS has brought forward expenditure on key resources and commercial partners to advance projects towards commercialization. The major categories include:
- Research, Development & Commercialization for the financial year of $3.8 million compared to the year prior of $0.6 million
- Employee Benefits Expense of $1.7 million compared to the year prior of $1.1 million
GBS is of the view that based on the current operating plan and financial resources, its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at June 30, 2021, will be sufficient to cover expenses and capital requirements into the calendar fourth quarter of 2022. Cash runway does not include excercising the glucose North American license option agreement. The financial strategies discussed under Financial Stability are being pursued in parallel.
Conference Call and Webcast
To participate todays conference call, please dial 877-407-3982 (Domestic/Toll-Free) or 201-492-6780 (International) and reference the conference ID: 13721414. To participate via a webcast, please visit: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=145701
The webcast will be archived for approximately 30 days and will be available at https://investors.gbs.inc/news-and-events/investor-calendar
About GBS Inc.
GBS Inc. is a life sciences company developing non-invasive, real-time monitoring and diagnostic tests for patients and their primary health practitioners. With the world-first Biosensor Platform, GBS Inc. is developing and launching diagnostic tests urgently needed to help people living with diabetes.
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