OpGen Reports Fourth Quarter and 2018 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Conference call begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPGN) today reported financial and operating results for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2018 and provided a business update. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $0.8 million, compared with $1.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Total revenue for 2018 was $2.9 million, compared with the $3.2 million reported for 2017. Recent business highlights include:

  • Completion of the clinical trials needed to support the 510(k) submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for clearance of the Acuitas®AMR Gene Panel product for the detection of antimicrobial resistance genes in bacterial isolates;
  • Announcement of a groundbreaking collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) and ILÚM Health Solutions, LLC (“ILÚM”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck’s Healthcare Services and Solutions, to develop a state-of-the-art research program to detect, track, and manage antimicrobial-resistant infections at healthcare institutions statewide;
  • Completion of specimen accrual and testing in Acuitas clinical verification study with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Geisinger, and Intermountain Healthcare which confirmed the performance of our Acuitas AMR Gene Panel tests and Acuitas Lighthouse® Software;
  • Entry into a collaboration with QIAGEN N.V. to advance rapid diagnostics for antimicrobial resistance based on QIAGEN’s EZ1 instrumentation and reagent kits in the U.S.;
  • Completion of the contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop smartphone-based clinical decision support solutions for antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and infection control in low- and middle-income countries, and receipt of final milestone payment under the award;
  • Receipt of approval to market its rapid pathogen identification products in Colombia; and
  • Completion of  public offering of common stock with gross proceeds of $3.2 million in October 2018;

“After several years of research and development for our groundbreaking Acuitas tests and software, we anticipate 2019 will be a year of transition toward commercialization for these new products. We are completing the final steps necessary to file our first 510(k) submission for testing of antimicrobial resistance genes in bacterial isolates in March. Subsequently we anticipate filing submissions with the FDA for clearance for direct testing from urine samples and for the Acuitas Lighthouse® Software for prediction of antimicrobial resistance in acute care patients in under three hours,” said Evan Jones, Chairman and CEO.

“In recent weeks we announced the completion of the clinical trial for the detection of antimicrobial resistance genes in bacterial isolates, having tested more than 1,000 clinical isolates at four participating clinical sites.  We are also continuing the development to support direct-from-urine testing for the Acuitas AMR Gene Panel (Urine) and for the Acuitas Lighthouse Software. We expect to complete these trials during the summer of 2019 for submission to the FDA in the second half of 2019.

“We are proud to be a part of the initiative with the New York State DOH Wadsworth Laboratories and ILÚM to help develop the blueprint for how governments and healthcare facilities can detect, track, and manage antimicrobial-resistant infections. As part of the collaboration, OpGen will receive a $1.6 million contract for the 12-month demonstration portion of the project, with the potential for full implementation during the next five years, should certain milestones be achieved by all parties involved. We have been hard at work on this initiative, which, if successful, could provide meaningful revenues, beyond the initial revenue associated with the demonstration project while serving as a springboard to initiatives to identify and combat antibiotic resistant organisms in additional states.”

“With the anticipated FDA clearance of our Acuitas products and software, and the contribution to revenues from the New York State Digital Health Initiative, we expect to transition to a period of top line revenue growth for the company during 2019. Our financial performance reflects the investments we are making to successfully complete the FDA submissions for our new Acuitas products and software, and the preparations for the transition to commercial sales for these products post FDA clearance,” Mr. Jones added.  

“We are pleased that R. Don Elsey has joined the company’s board of directors and audit committee. Mr. Elsey is a biotechnology, life sciences and high technology industries veteran with more than three decades of experience in international financial management and operations with both large and small companies. Most recently he served as chief financial officer of Senseonics, Inc., a position he held from February 2015 to January 2019,” Evan Jones concluded.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

  • Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $0.8 million, compared with $1.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Total revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was $2.9 million, compared with the $3.2 million reported for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017.
  • Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $4.4 million, compared with $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily due to an increase in research and development expense associated with the AMR Gene Panel clinical trial. Operating expenses for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 were $16.1 million, compared with $18.5 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017.
  • The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $3.7 million or $0.47 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.0 million or $1.34 per share for the fourth quarter of 2017. The net loss for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was $13.4 million or $2.22 per share, compared with a net loss of $15.4 million or $9.80 per share for the 12 months ended December 31, 2017.
  • Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $4.6 million as of December 31, 2018, compared with $1.8 million as of December 31, 2017.

Business and Operations Outlook

  • File a 510(k) submission with the FDA for the Acuitas AMR Gene Panel (Isolates) in Q1 2019 to support full commercial launch for clinical use for testing of bacterial isolates;
  • Complete clinical evaluations and file De Novo 510(k) submissions with the FDA for the Acuitas AMR Gene Panel (Urine) and the Acuitas Lighthouse Software for rapid testing of urine specimens and prediction of antibiotic resistance to front-line antibiotics;
  • Achieve program milestones for New York State Infectious Disease Digital Health Initiative demonstration project, including installation of Acuitas systems at New York City metro area health systems and the Wadsworth Laboratories during Q1 2019 and complete development of customized Acuitas Lighthouse Software to support ILÚM real-time monitoring data and incorporation of whole genome sequencing data;
  • Continue to install Acuitas AMR Gene Panel systems in support of Research Use Only sales and full launch following first FDA clearance;
  • Expand commercial activities to support FDA clearance and launch of the Acuitas products;
  • Publish results in a peer-reviewed journals for the Acuitas Lighthouse Software antibiotic resistance prediction training panel verification study, Acuitas AMR Gene Panel urine specimen clinical verification and clinical validation studies for isolate testing; and
  • Commercialize rapid testing products in South America, using Colombia as a springboard.

Conference Call Information

OpGen management will hold a conference call today beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss fourth quarter and 2018 financial results and other business activities, and answer questions. The call can be accessed by dialing (888) 883-4599 (domestic) or (484) 653-6821 (international) and providing conference ID: 7268038. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at www.ir.opgen.com. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call for 90 days.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 7:30 p.m. Eastern time today through March 4, 2019, and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international). All listeners should provide the conference ID: 7268038.

About OpGen

OpGen, Inc. is a precision medicine company harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics and informatics to help combat infectious disease. We are developing molecular information products and services for global healthcare settings, helping to guide clinicians with more rapid and actionable information about life threatening infections, improve patient outcomes, and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant microorganisms, or MDROs.  

Our molecular diagnostics and informatics products, product candidates and services combine our Acuitas molecular diagnostics and Acuitas Lighthouse informatics platform for use with our proprietary, curated MDRO knowledgebase. We are working to deliver our products and services, some in development, to a global network of customers and partners. The Acuitas AMR Gene Panel (RUO) is intended for Research Use Only and is not for use in diagnostic procedures. The Acuitas Lighthouse Software is not distributed commercially for antibiotic resistance prediction and is not for use in diagnostic procedures. For more information, please visit www.opgen.com.

OpGen, Acuitas, and Acuitas Lighthouse are registered trademarks of OpGen, Inc. EZ1 is a registered trademark of QIAGEN.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements relating to OpGen’s fourth quarter and full year 2018 results. These statements and other statements regarding OpGen’s future plans and goals constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond our control, and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations. Factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described include, but are not limited to, timely and cost-effectively seek and obtain regulatory clearance for and commercialize our product and services offerings, our ability to successfully complete the demonstration project portion of the New York State Infectious Disease Digital Health Initiative, the rate of adoption of our products and services by hospitals and other healthcare providers, the success of our commercialization efforts, the effect on our business of existing and new regulatory requirements, and other economic and competitive factors. For a discussion of the most significant risks and uncertainties associated with OpGen's business, please review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

OpGen Contact:
Michael Farmer
Vice President, Marketing
(240) 813-1284

Investor Contacts:
LHA Investor Relations
Kim Sutton Golodetz
(212) 838-3777
Bruce Voss
(310) 691-7100

(Tables to follow)

OpGen, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
  2018   2017
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,572,487     $ 1,847,171  
Accounts receivable, net   373,858       809,540  
Inventory, net   543,747       533,425  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   292,918       311,644  
Total current assets     5,783,010         3,501,780  
Property and equipment, net   1,221,827       835,537  
Goodwill   600,814       600,814  
Intangible assets, net   1,085,366       1,353,182  
Other noncurrent assets   259,346       328,601  
Total assets $    8,950,363     $    6,619,914  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 1,623,751     $ 1,691,712  
Accrued compensation and benefits   1,041,573       746,924  
Accrued liabilities   902,019       1,160,714  
Deferred revenue   15,824       24,442  
Short-term notes payable   398,595       1,010,961  
Current maturities of long-term capital lease obligation   399,345       154,839  
Total current liabilities     4,381,107         4,789,592  
Deferred rent   162,919       290,719  
Note payable   660,340        
Warrant liability   67       8,453  
Long-term capital lease obligation and other noncurrent liabilities   437,189       130,153  
Total liabilities     5,641,622         5,218,917  
Stockholders' equity      
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 8,645,720 and
  2,265,320 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and
  December 31, 2017, respectively
  86,457       22,653  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and
  outstanding at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
Additional paid-in capital   165,313,902       150,114,671  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (13,093 )     (25,900 )
Accumulated deficit   (162,078,525 )     (148,710,427 )
Total stockholders’ equity     3,308,741         1,400,997  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $    8,950,363     $    6,619,914  



OpGen, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Product sales $ 589,749     $ 626,498     $ 2,395,626     $ 2,771,869  
Laboratory services   12,510       935       34,665       41,960  
Collaboration revenue   156,700       363,479       516,016       397,178  
Total revenue     758,959         990,912         2,946,307         3,211,007  
Operating expenses              
Cost of products sold   283,440       346,690       1,222,919       1,612,838  
Cost of services   179,372       292,223       625,516       520,338  
Research and development   1,856,126       1,485,387       5,677,243       6,883,293  
General and administrative   1,704,094       1,372,848       7,069,315       6,692,659  
Sales and marketing   414,176       422,377       1,531,556       2,767,670  
Total operating expenses     4,437,208         3,919,525         16,126,549         18,476,798  
Operating loss     (3,678,249 )       (2,928,613 )       (13,180,242 )       (15,265,791 )
Other (expense) income              
Other (expense) income   174       15       5,384       (87,255 )
Interest expense   (50,742 )     (59,531 )     (191,195 )     (233,505 )
Foreign currency transaction gains (losses)   (3,875 )     3,543       (10,431 )     23,179  
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments   316       19,925       8,386       144,064  
Total other expense     (54,127 )       (36,048 )       (187,856 )       (153,517 )
Loss before income taxes     (3,732,376 )       (2,964,661 )       (13,368,098 )       (15,419,308 )
Provision for income taxes                      
Net loss     (3,732,376 )       (2,964,661 )       (13,368,098 )       (15,419,308 )
Net loss available to common stockholders $    (3,732,376 )   $    (2,964,661 )   $    (13,368,098 )   $    (15,419,308 )
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted $    (0.47 )   $    (1.34 )   $    (2.22 )   $    (9.80 )
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted   7,970,501       2,211,290       6,009,065       1,573,769  
Net loss $ (3,732,376 )   $ (2,964,661 )   $ (13,368,098 )   $ (15,419,308 )
Other comprehensive gain (loss) - foreign currency translation   5,745       (18,251 )     12,807       (32,076 )
Comprehensive loss $    (3,726,631 )   $    (2,982,912 )   $    (13,355,291 )   $    (15,451,384 )





Source: OpGen, Inc.