PHILADELPHIA, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECTE), a company developing its needle-free Symphony® tCGM System as a non-invasive, wireless, transdermal continuous glucose monitoring system and its Prelude® SkinPrep System for transdermal drug delivery, today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Echo's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC is available through Echo's website at www.echotx.com.
Recent Corporate Highlights
- Echo initiated clinical studies of its Symphony tCGM System in critically ill patients in two hospitals. The company announced positive results from its clinical study conducted at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Data from that study demonstrated that Symphony reliably monitored glucose levels in an intensive care unit. Results from the second study are expected in the second quarter.
- Echo announced the issuance of multiple patents that provide its products with long-term market protection. Echo has obtained 6 U.S. patents and 65 foreign patents, and has 35 U.S. and foreign patent applications pending.
"We continue to advance the significant clinical and product development progress we made during 2011, including our recent announcement of positive results from our Symphony trial in critically ill patients at Tufts Medical Center. We are highly encouraged by the success of the trial and believe Symphony offers a potential to advance the standard of care regarding glycemic control in the hospital critical care setting," commented Patrick T. Mooney, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Echo Therapeutics. "With several important milestones still ahead, we look forward to increased shareholder value and bringing Symphony closer to commercialization."
First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Echo's net loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $3.0 million, or ($0.08) per share, compared to $6.6 million, or ($0.20) per share, for the first quarter of 2011. Operating loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $3.2 million compared to $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2011. Research and development expenses were $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared to $0.9 million in the prior year. The increase in research and development expenses are primarily related to increased manufacturing, development and clinical expenses, as well as personnel costs. General and administration expenses were $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2012 versus $0.9 million in the prior year. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to increased personnel and facility costs, as well as legal and other Nasdaq and public company expenses. The Company reported a cash balance of approximately $5.9 million as of March 31, 2012.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to regulatory approvals and the success of Echo's ongoing studies, including the safety and efficacy of Echo's Symphony tCGM and Prelude SkinPrep Systems, the failure of future development and preliminary marketing efforts related to Echo's Symphony tCGM and Prelude SkinPrep Systems, Echo's ability to secure additional commercial partnering arrangements, risks and uncertainties relating to Echo's and its partners' ability to develop, market and sell diagnostic and transdermal drug delivery products based on its skin permeation platform technologies, including the Symphony tCGM and Prelude SkinPrep Systems, the availability of substantial additional equity or debt capital to support its research, development and product commercialization activities, and the success of its research, development, regulatory approval, marketing and distribution plans and strategies, including those plans and strategies related to its Symphony tCGM and Prelude SkinPrep Systems. These and other risks and uncertainties are identified and described in more detail in Echo's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Echo undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
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