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diaDexus, Inc. Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- diaDexus, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DDXS), a company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary cardiovascular diagnostic products, today announced financial results for the 2011 fourth quarter and year-end.

Fourth quarter 2011

Total revenues for the 2011 fourth quarter were $4.9 million, a 48% increase over $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, representing the highest quarterly revenues in the history of the company.  Total expenses for the quarter were $5.8 million, unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2010. The company's net loss for the quarter was $1.0 million compared to a $2.1 million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2010. The decrease in net loss for the quarter was largely due to a $1.6 million increase in fourth quarter sales of the PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2) versus the comparable 2010 period.  Net cash used in operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.6 million versus $2.8 million for the same period the year prior.

Year-end 2011

Total revenues for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2011 were $16.4 million compared to  $11.8 million for 2010.  This 39% increase was due to accelerated demand for the company's PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2) and represents record annual revenues. Total operating expenses for 2011 were $24.2 million compared to total operating expenses of $20.4 million in 2010. The company reduced its net loss to $7.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to a net loss of $8.4 million in 2010. Net cash used in operating activities was $6.7 million in 2011 versus $7.5 million in 2010, also primarily a result of higher revenues.

Cash and investments at December 31, 2011 were $17.2 million compared to $20.4 million at December 31, 2010.


diaDexus maintained its guidance for 2012 total revenues at $20 million to $21 million, projecting year-over-year growth of approximately 26% compared to 2011.  The company believes it will use approximately $6 million in operations. Future financing needs will depend on the company's ability to increase the rate of adoption for the company's products by physicians, progress in achieving additional positive coverage decisions from insurers for the PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2), and commercialization needs.

"diaDexus had an outstanding fiscal 2011, the strongest fourth quarter in the history of the company, and grew revenues to a record of $16.4 million," said Brian Ward, Ph.D., diaDexus' Chief Executive Officer. "We are gaining strong momentum with acceptance of the PLAC Lp-PLA(2) Mass testing as an essential biomarker that aids physicians by indicating the risk of cardiovascular heart disease and stroke in the United States. With the launch of diaDexus' new PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2) Activity in Europe in the first quarter of 2012, we are now positioned for further long-term sales momentum.  The recent hire of Jean Viret as our Chief Financial Officer completes our executive management team, and allows us to maintain our sales momentum and deliver increased value to our shareholders."


diaDexus will host a webcast on Thursday, March 15 at 1:15 PM PDT (4:15 PM EDT) to discuss the 2011 fourth quarter and year-end financial results. The webcast may be accessed via the company's website at

About diaDexus, Inc.

diaDexus, Inc., based in South San Francisco, California, is focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary in vitro diagnostic products addressing unmet needs in cardiovascular disease. The company's PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2) is the only blood test cleared by the FDA to aid in assessing risk for both coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke associated with atherosclerosis. For more information, please visit the company's website at

Forward-Looking Statements 

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future financial results, operations and products and other statements that are not historical in nature, particularly those that use terminology such as "will," "potential", "could," "can," "believe," "intends," "continue," "plans," "expects," "estimates" or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, and entail various known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Important factors known to diaDexus that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include diaDexus' ability to submit a new 510(k) application for, and obtain FDA clearance of, its new automated Lp-PLA(2) Activity test; diaDexus' ability to gain acceptance of its PLAC® Test products in the marketplace, including its ability to demonstrate that treatment of individuals based on their Lp-PLA(2) levels improves clinical outcomes in prospective clinical studies; diaDexus' high degree of customer concentration, including the downward pressure that its largest customers may be able to exert on its product pricing; diaDexus' relationship with key customers, including GlaxoSmithKline, the licensor of Lp-PLA(2); diaDexus' reliance on a sole source third party manufacturer to manufacture and supply diaDexus' PLAC® ELISA Test; third party payors' acceptance of and reimbursement for the PLAC® Test; diaDexus' ability to develop and commercialize new products and services; various risks associated with the international expansion of diaDexus' business; diaDexus' ability to successfully launch and commercialize the PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2) Activity in Europe, and its dependence on its distributors for foreign sales of that test; diaDexus' ability to initiate and continue to manufacture the PLAC® Test for Lp-PLA(2) Activity at its facility in South San Francisco, California; the adequacy of diaDexus' intellectual property rights; diaDexus' ability to satisfy its obligations under its license agreements, to maintain its license rights under those license agreements and to enter into any necessary licenses on acceptable terms; diaDexus' ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel; the effects of U.S. and foreign government regulations and diaDexus' ability to comply with such regulations; diaDexus' limited revenue and cash resources; and diaDexus' significant corporate expenses, including real estate lease liabilities and expenses associated with being a public company. Additional factors that could cause diaDexus' results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in diaDexus' most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available at the SEC's web site at The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and diaDexus disclaims any intention and does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

-- Tables to follow –DIADEXUS, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)Three Months Ended

December 31,Years Ended

December 31,2011201020112010Revenues:License revenue$




305Royalty revenue9961,0053,8593,632Product sales3,6462,05811,7387,132Product sales to related party161160482681Total revenues4,8793,29916,38411,750Operating costs and expenses:Product costs1,6281,2705,4044,652Sales and marketing8521,1024,1435,138Research and development9231,3515,1384,935General and administrative2,4382,1149,5445,629Total operating costs and expenses5,8415,83724,22920,354Loss from operations(962)(2,538)(7,845)(8,604)Interest income, interest expense and other income (expense), net:Interest income12155640Interest expense(102)207288(149)Other income (expense), net10(2)1942Loss before income tax(1,042)(2,318)(7,482)(8,671)Income tax benefit (provision)—231(1)226Net loss$




(8,445)Basic and diluted net loss per share:$




(0.25)Weighted average shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share53,067,04553,067,05753,067,05233,594,033DIADEXUS, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)December 31,2011December 31,2010AssetsCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$


20,394Short-term marketable securities6,492—Accounts receivable 2,4081,543Receivable from related party—175Inventories117105Restricted cash400—Assets held for sale304308Prepaid expenses and other current assets9751,046Total current assets21,18023,571Long-term investments250—Restricted cash1,4001,800Property and equipment, net1,350580Other long-term assets175128Total assets$


26,079Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities:Accounts payable$


445Deferred revenues, current portion331305Deferred rent, current portion—103Unfavorable lease obligations492363Notes payable, current portion372—Accrued and other current liabilities2,4691,930Total current liabilities4,5463,146Long-term deferred rent26652Non-current portion of unfavorable lease obligation3,0633,555Non-current portion of deferred revenue530835Non-current portion of notes payable4,526—Other long term liabilities284646Total liabilities13,2158,234Stockholders' equity:Preferred stock——Common stock531531Additional paid-in capital205,557204,774Accumulated other comprehensive loss(5)—Accumulated deficit (194,943)(187,460)Total stockholders' equity 11,14017,845Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$



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