Management to Host First Quarter 2019 Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. ET
ANN ARBOR, MI / ACCESSWIRE / May 14, 2019 / ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (''ENDRA'') (NASDAQ: NDRA), a developer of enhanced ultrasound technologies, reported its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Key First Quarter 2019 & Subsequent Highlights:
Received ISO 13485 certification from British Standards Institute, indicating the company's Quality Management System meets the current regulatory requirements specific to the medical device industry. The ISO certification will be an essential foundation of ENDRA's CE application.
Reported initial findings on 25 subjects in the first human Thermo Acoustic Enhanced Ultrasound (TAEUS) feasibility study of liver fat at the Robarts Research Institute:Correlation between thermoacoustic measurements of ENDRA's TAEUS system and the percent fat fraction by MRI had an R2 of 0.61, suggesting a moderate correlation1 on a small set of data, with a standard error of the mean of 2.98%.
Separate from the TAEUS testing, the correlation of BMI (Body Mass Index) with MRI fat measurement was only 0.19, and the correlation of abdominal fat thickness (as determined by ultrasound) with MRI fat measurement was 0.31.
The Robarts feasibility study is in the process of enrolling 25 additional study subjects that aim to stratify the range of liver fat fraction seen in mild, moderate and severe fatty liver, typically 6% - 50% liver fat by MRI.
Findings on the 50 total subjects may vary from initial data, whose 25 subjects had predominantly healthy livers.
Grew intellectual property (IP) portfolio from 42 to 50 assets in preparation, filed, issued or licensed status, encompassing a range of device and method-focused IP in targeted global markets.
One U.S. patent was issued subsequent to the closing of the first quarter of 2019 for determining fractional fat content of tissue.
Participated in the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Conference and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) International Liver Congress in April 2019.
Developed relationships and discussed initial findings with attending clinicians, sonographers, scientists and ENDRA's partner, GE Healthcare.
Partnered with the Ladak Laboratory at Western University in Canada to develop artificial intelligence (AI) tools for ENDRA's TAEUS technology.
Hired Amy Sitzler as ENDRA's Vice President of Engineering and Programs. Amy's career includes 20 years at GE Healthcare during which she had a 5-year assignment in France leading a 200 person global engineering team that introduced the first digital mammography product
1E.G., see User's Guide to Correlation Coefficients, Table 1, Haldun Akoglu, Turk J Emerg Med. 2018 Sep; 18(3): 91-93.
''The first quarter of 2019 was marked by continued progress for our planned controlled commercial launch of the Thermo-Acoustic Enhanced UltraSound (TAEUS) clinical system in Europe in the second half of 2019,'' said Francois Michelon, CEO of ENDRA Life Sciences. ''Most notably in the first quarter we reported initial findings from the first 25 patient cohort of our expected 50 patient TAEUS human study in collaboration with Imaging Laboratories at Robarts Research in London, Canada.
''We are pleased with the initial findings from our TAEUS system, and it is very encouraging to see a 0.61 correlation to MRI on a small group of subjects right out of the gate. In addition to the Robarts study, we plan to initiate several additional North American clinical studies this summer to further build a strong base of clinical data to support our initial commercialization efforts in Europe, following an anticipated CE Mark,'' continued Michelon.
''As of today, we are happy to report that data collection in the Robarts feasibility study has been completed on a total of 36 subjects,'' said ENDRA Life Sciences CTO, Michael Thornton. ''The data collected from the study, including additional usability inputs, will both inform our final commercial product design, and be included in our technical file submission for device CE Mark, which we anticipate filing this summer.
''We realize the reported findings on our first 25 subjects created some confusion amongst our followers due to the limited nature of the reported data, which was constrained by a majority of study subjects stratifying the range of liver fat seen in the healthy/normal range. However, we were encouraged that the correlation between thermoacoustic measurements of our TAEUS system and the percent fat fraction by MRI had an R2 of 0.61, with a standard error of the mean of 2.98%. The data so far shows that TAEUS measurements track MRI fat measurements more strongly than BMI and abdominal fat thickness. We believe this finding is very encouraging given the small study sample size,'' concluded Thornton.
''On the intellectual property front, we continued to expand our diverse IP portfolio from 42 to 50 assets in preparation, filed, issued or licensed status, and continued our strong focus on protecting enabling methodologies and technical innovations related to our TAEUS fatty liver application,'' continued Michelon. ''Most recently, we were issued a U.S. patent for determining fractional fat content of issue, further protecting our proprietary TAEUS technology, and strengthening the accuracy of TAEUS fat quantification methodologies.
''We also announced an exciting artificial intelligence (AI) collaboration with Western University in Ontario, Canada to explore how we can apply advanced AI tools to a variety of computational tasks related to TAEUS imaging applications, such as image segmentation, artifact corrections and measurement calibration.
''In April 2019 we received the ISO 13485 certification for our Quality Management System, representing the culmination of a year's work of development, implementation, training and refinement of nearly 50 core business processes. This represents an important milestone achievement towards our CE Mark as it demonstrates the commitment of our global cross-functional development and manufacturing teams to quality, and to meeting customer and international regulatory expectations.
''As we move through the second quarter of 2019, ENDRA is well-positioned to deliver on key milestones for ENDRA's fatty liver application, including:
Reporting additional findings on 50 subjects in our first human TAEUS feasibility study of liver fat;
Initiating several additional clinical studies;
Filing for CE Mark in Europe in the summer of 2019; and
Beginning a controlled launch of the TAEUS liver device in Europe in the second half of 2019,'' concluded Michelon.
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
We had no revenue in Q1 2019, as compared to $6,174 in Q1 2018.
Operating expenses decreased to $2.7 million in Q1 2019 from $2.8 million in Q1 2018. The decrease in operating expenses in Q1 2019 as compared to Q1 2018 was primarily due to decreased sales and marketing expenses, and general and administrative costs.
Net loss in Q1 2019 totaled $2.7 million, or ($0.37) per basic and diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or ($0.72) per basic and diluted share in Q1 2018.
Cash balance at March 31, 2019 totaled $3.9 million, as compared to $6.5 million at December 31, 2018, with no long-term debt outstanding.
ENDRA CEO Francois Michelon, CFO David Wells and CTO Michael Thornton will host a conference call, followed by a question and answer period.
To access the call, please use the following information:
Date:Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time:4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT
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About ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.
ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (''ENDRA'') (NASDAQ: NDRA) is a developer of enhanced ultrasound technologies. ENDRA is developing a next generation Thermo-Acoustic Enhanced UltraSound (TAEUS) platform to enable clinicians to visualize human tissue composition, function and temperature in ways previously possible only with CT & MRI - at a fraction of the cost, and at the point-of-care. ENDRA's first TAEUS application will focus on the fatty liver tissue characterization, for early detection and monitoring of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). ENDRA's goal is to bring new capabilities to ultrasound - thereby broadening access to better healthcare. For more information, please visit www.endrainc.com.
About Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
NAFLD is a condition closely associated with obesity, diabetes, hepatitis-C and certain genetic predispositions in which fat accumulates in the liver. NAFLD affects over 1 billion people globally and is estimated to cost the U.S healthcare system over $100 billion annually. NAFLD is often asymptomatic and if left untreated, NAFLD can progress to inflammation (NASH), tissue scarring (fibrosis), cell death (cirrhosis) and liver cancer. By 2025, NAFLD is forecast to be the greatest root cause of liver transplants. The only tools currently available for diagnosing and monitoring NAFLD are impractical: expensive Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or an invasive surgical biopsy.
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