Company Reports Record Level Revenues - up 44% Over Prior Year
VANCOUVER, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Response Biomedical Corporation (TSX: RBM, OTCBB: RPBIF) reported that it recorded total revenues of $5,876,337 and a net loss of $13,663,656 or ($0.10) per share for the year ended December 31, 2008. Additionally, the Company announced that as of December 31, 2008, it had approximately $2.9 million in working capital. For a further discussion of the Company's financial results for the year ended December 31, 2008, please refer to the Company's audited consolidated financial statements and related Management Discussion and Analysis, which can be found at www.responsebio.com, SEDAR (Canada) www.sedar.com or EDGAR (US) www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm. Information at these sites is typically available within 24 hours of the distribution of the news release.
"We accomplished many significant Company goals during 2008 and especially in the fourth quarter, despite the current market conditions which have negatively impacted our share price," said S. Wayne Kay, CEO. "We added another blue chip strategic partner when we signed Roche Diagnostics as our partner for our cardiovascular product line. Coupled with our partnerships with 3M HealthCare and Shionogi of Japan, we believe we have set a strong framework to ensure our products are well introduced in the global market in 2009 and beyond. We also received regulatory clearance for the Flu A+B product that 3M launched in the fourth quarter, as well as the new RAMP(R) 200 Reader. We achieved a key U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market our NT-proBNP diagnostic test, which will permit Roche to begin marketing the product to U.S. customers. We successfully moved into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on March 31, 2008. The facility is essential for supplying the expected volume of quality products to our partners and for reducing our manufacturing costs. The facility successfully completed a FDA Quality System Inspection Technique (QSIT) Audit in the third quarter of 2008. We believe it is imperative that we continue to focus on building the business that will sustain the Company moving forward and the market will ultimately recognize and reward these efforts."
"In 2009, we are focused on execution; especially in meeting the requirements for the Roche launch of our cardiovascular product line," continued Mr Kay. "While the state of the capital markets creates significant uncertainty, we are actively pursuing financing alternatives to fund our working capital and other business needs. We have completed the clinical trials for our RSV Test for 3M, and we are preparing the data to submit for regulatory clearance to the FDA. We are hopeful that we will have that clearance and launch the RSV Test toward the end of 2009, during the next RSV/Flu season. Additionally, Roche is funding work for a next generation Troponin-I assay and a CLIA-waiver trial for NT-proBNP. This work is a key focus for the Company in 2009. We are also continuing discussions with other potential partners for additional applications of the RAMP(R) technology, which we hope to garner during the year. It is definitely an exciting time for our Company and our stakeholders."
About Response Biomedical
Response Biomedical develops, manufactures and markets rapid on-site diagnostic tests for use with its RAMP(R) Platform for clinical and environmental applications. RAMP(R) represents a new paradigm in diagnostics that provides high sensitivity and reliable information in minutes. It is ideally suited to both point of care testing and laboratory use.
The RAMP(R) system consists of a Reader and single-use disposable test cartridges, and has the potential to be adapted to more than 250 medical and non-medical tests currently performed in laboratories. RAMP(R) clinical tests are commercially available for the early detection of heart attack, congestive heart failure and influenza.
In the non-clinical market, RAMP(R) Tests are currently provided for the environmental detection of West Nile Virus, and Biodefense applications including the rapid on-site detection of anthrax, smallpox, ricin and botulinum toxin. Several other product applications are under development. Response has achieved CE Marking for its Reader and clinical tests and its Quality Management System is registered to ISO 13485: 2003 and ISO 9001: 2000. The RAMP(R) Influenza A/B Assay and RAMP 200 reader are not yet licensed for clinical use in Canada.
Response Biomedical is a publicly traded company, listed on the TSX under the trading symbol "RBM" and quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "RPBIF". For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.responsebio.com.
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