MELBOURNE, Australia, April 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX:GTG; NASDAQ:GENE, ”Company”, “GTG”), a global leader in guideline-driven genomics-based testing in health, wellness and serious diseases, releases its Appendix 4C and Quarterly business update for the quarter ending 31 March 2023 (Q3 FY23).
- Announced the development of the world’s first Comprehensive Breast & Ovarian Cancer Risk Test to be showcased at “BRCA 2023”.
- March Quarter FY23 receipts A$4.22 million.
- Receipts from customers were A$2.23 million, up 13% on the prior year’s corresponding quarter.
- R&D Tax Incentive refund of A$1.96 million received in February.
- YTD recepits from customers $6.7 million for the 9 months to 31 March 2023, up 45% on the prior corresponding period.
- Completed a US$5 million registered direct offering capital raising to support commercialisation and to execute the geneType ‘goto’ market strategy.
- GeneType multi-test panel expanded to include 9 diseases in the U.S.
- Strategic alliance formed with QIAGEN, a global leader in molecular testing with operations in 35 countries.
- Multiple published peer-reviewed studies validating clinical utility of geneType.
Commenting on the Company’s quarterly performance, Chief Executive Officer Simon Morriss said: “I am pleased to report that we continue to see strong momentum across our business. Year to date cash receipts from customers are 45% higher than the corresponding period from the prior year. Encouragingly, we are seeing a continued increase in demand for the geneType risk assessment tests. Testing volume of geneType has doubled from February to March with that rate of growth continuing in April. This growth is being fueled by the recent appointment of a number of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) personnel in Australia charged with driving sales momentum across the country.
“Our focus remains on our core brands, geneType, EasyDNA and AffinityDNA giving the company a clear line of sight to achieving cash flow breakeven performance in the coming years. The pathway to achieving this, as we have shared previously, relies on executing a multi-brand strategy with Key Opinion Leader (KOL) support, ongoing commercialisation plans in Australia and the United States and successful engagement with key payer groups in the United States. We are making rapid progress on these drivers and look forward to sharing further progress in the coming quarters”.
Key Achievements During the Quarter
geneType Commercial Progress Update
Gaining reimbursement from U.S. payers is key to obtaining wider adoption in the U.S. market and accelerating growth for GTG. Our Budget Impact Model (BIM) is a core initiative underpinning the company’s Business to Business strategy. This initiative is enabling 11 active engagements with U.S. payer groups; these payers have a combined coverage of more than 42 million lives. GTG continues to target smaller payers such as employer groups, who often have the potential to move quickly. A key success milestone with employer groups will be the initiation of a commercial ‘pilot study’ which will highlight the benefit of implementing geneType for their members. GTG is targeting one or more of these studies to commence in the second half of 2023.
geneType Multi-Test Panel Expanded to Include 9 Diseases
During the quarter GTG announced the initiation of phase 2 of the rollout plan for the geneType Multi-Test. The expanded panel now includes three new diseases; Melanoma, Pancreatic Cancer and Atrial Fibrillation. This broadens the test’s utility, providing a stratification assessment of a person’s risk profile for six cancers, two cardiovascular diseases and one metabolic disease, all from one simple saliva sample. In the U.S. the Multi-Test’s expanded panel is available for patients of all ethnicities, over the age of 30.
World First Comprehensive Breast & Ovarian Cancer Risk Tests to be Launched
GTG is launching a ‘World First’ Comprehensive Risk Assessment Test which evaluates a woman’s risk of developing Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer either from a hereditary genetic mutation or from the far more common familial or sporadic cancer, all from a simple saliva test. The comprehensive risk assessment test will be clinically validated, have appropriate regulatory approval, and will be launched via our Business to Business (B2B) and Consumer Initiated Testing (CIT) channels in the United States. The test will be further showcased at the BRCA 2023 Symposium in Montreal in early May.
Strategic Alliance formed with QIAGEN
GTG and QIAGEN, a global leader in molecular testing with operations in 35 countries, announced plans to establish a "Centre of Excellence" facility in Australasia, showcasing both company's life science and diagnostics expertise in the region. The partnership will enhance GTG's position as a regional leader in precision medicine, using QIAGEN technologies. The partnership is expected to provide GTG with new commercial opportunities, enhanced automation capability, and increased capacity, to support long-term revenue growth. The initiative will also enable GTG to unlock the Australian reimbursable market for all testing categories, including the geneType hereditary cancer test, making it the most comprehensive offering in the market. Enabling doctors and patients to access these tests with minimal out of pocket payment will accelerate the adoption, potentially identifying a greater number of ‘at risk’ patients resulting in earlier intervention and improved outcomes.
Peer-reviewed Studies Continue to Validate Clinical Utility of geneType Risk Tests
GTG’s scientific team continues to achieve scientific publication milestones, with 3 publications accepted in 3 peer-reviewed journals during the quarter. Each publication highlighted the clinical utility and improved performance of geneType over existing risk assessment models. This brings the total to 5 peer-reviewed studies published in the past 6 months, underlining the GTG’s commitment to demonstrating clinical utility and validity of the geneType risk assessment tests. These manuscripts cover ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease & type 2 diabetes, breast cancer (2) and prostate cancer.
Data from our clinical colorectal cancer risk prediction model, integrating polygenic risk, was also presented in a Poster at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastroenterology (ASCOGI) Cancer Symposium in San Francisco.
Financial and Cashflow Overview
At the end of March 2023, GTG had A$10.5 million in cash and cash equivalents. Cash outflow used in operating activities were A$1.0 million. Cash receipts from customers for the quarter were A$2.2 million, primarily driven by EasyDNA and AffinityDNA. In addition, $A1.96m R&D tax incentive refund was received in the period.
The Company completed a registered direct offering with several institutional investors for the purchase and sale of 3,846,155 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each representing 600 ordinary shares of the Company, at a purchase price of US$1.30 per ADS, as announced to the ASX on 8th February 2023. The US$5 million in proceeds raised from this offering is to be used to support activities such as the commercialisation of the geneType Multi Risk test, drive new market opportunities by leveraging our partnership with QIAGEN and to increase our sales and marketing presence.
Investor Webinar to be held 4 May 2023
GTG’s CEO, Simon Morriss, and CFO & Company Secretary, Tony Di Pietro will host an investor webinar, to discuss the March 2023 Quarterly Activities Report and hold a Q&A session.
Date: Thursday, 4 May 2023 (Wednesday, 3 May 2023, New York Time)
Time: 9am AEST (5pm New York Time).
Participants are encouraged to register before the webinar using the details below:
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About Genetic Technologies Limited
Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX: GTG; Nasdaq: GENE) is a diversified molecular diagnostics company. A global leader in genomics-based tests in health, wellness and serious disease through its geneType and EasyDNA brands. GTG offers cancer predictive testing and assessment tools to help physicians to improve health outcomes for people around the world. The company has a proprietary risk stratification platform that has been developed over the past decade and integrates clinical and genetic risk to deliver actionable outcomes to physicians and individuals. Leading the world in risk prediction in oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, Genetic Technologies continues to develop risk assessment products. For more information, please visit www.genetype.com
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