LUND, Sweden, Aug. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ —
- Net sales amounted to kSEK 412 (103) divided by sales of tests kSEK 351 (45) and royalties kSEK 61 (58).
- Net earnings were MSEK -170 (-34) and earnings per share before and after dilution were SEK -4.00 (-1.49).
- Earnings during the second quarter has been charged with SEK 141 million, which mainly consist of non-cash flow one-off costs such as depreciation and write-downs of intangible assets as a result of the decision to cease commercialization of the IMMray™ PanCan-d test in the US, but also termination and severance pay which will have a cash impact.
- Cash Flow from operating activities amounted to MSEK -43 (-41).
- Cash and equivalents at the end of the period amounted to MSEK 144 (197).
- On April 12, the Company announced the outcome of the rights issue. The Rights Issue was subscribed to 75.1 percent and Immunovia thereby received approximately MSEK 151.8 before issue costs.
- On April 25, the Company gave notice for the Annual General Meeting on Friday 26th May 2023.
- On April 26, the Company announced a discussion on adoption of IMMray™ PanCan-d with key opinion leaders held on May 3.
- On April 29, the Company announced the appointment of Jeff Borcherding as global CEO replacing Philipp Matthieu.
- On May 6, the Company announced that the board member Philipp von Hugo resigned from Immunovia’s board at his own request.
- On May 22, the Company informed on changes to the Nomi- nation Committee’s proposal to the Annual General Meeting 2023 and in addition to the previously proposed re-election of Peter Høngaard Andersen, the Nominating Committee proposed re-election of Hans Johansson and Martin Møller and new election of Michael Löfman.
- On May 26, the Company published the summary of the resolutions made at the Annual General Meeting 2023.
- On May 31, the Company informed that, as a result of new shares being issued in the rights issue the number of outstanding shares and votes have increased by 22,655,917, from 22,631,581 to 45,287,498.
- On June 9, the Company informed that Jeff Borcherding, CEO of Immunovia, purchased 350 000 shares for approximately kSEK 670.
Significant events after the period
- On July 11, the Company announced that it will cease commercialization of IMMray™ PanCan-d test in the United States to focus resources on development of the next generation pancreatic cancer detection test.
As announced in July, we are significantly restructuring Immunovia to focus on our novel next-generation test for detection of pancreatic cancer. These changes are difficult but necessary to improve the company’s runway and strengthen our product offering. We continue to move quickly to streamline our operations, develop our next-generation test, and optimize our cost structure. Development of the next-generation is progressing well, and we expect to conduct clinical studies during 2024.
We are rapidly creating a new Immunovia grounded in our existing strengths. We are true to our vision, we have unique assets, we are cost efficient, and we are focused on our clinical mission: to save lives through early detection of pancreatic cancer.
External and internal challenges required significant action
Our strategic reset was triggered primarily by three key external challenges. First, private insurers and government payers in the U.S. require extensive clinical evidence supporting the accuracy and clinical utility of diagnostic tests before they are willing to pay for those tests. Second, proving clinical utility in pancreatic cancer detection is difficult, often requiring large studies conducted over many years. To demonstrate clinical utility in a prospective study at a reasonable cost, we must participate in large studies conducted by a consortium of sites. These trials will likely study more than one test, including other commercial assays and CA19-9 alone. We must be confident that our test will succeed in this comparison. Third, overall access to capital has declined significantly, especially for pre-profit companies like Immunovia.
These external dynamics amplified internal product and financial challenges at Immunovia. Our product, the IMMray™ PanCan-d test, was limited by its reliance on CA19-9, one of the biomarkers in the test. CA19-9 is also not produced by about 10% of the general population, preventing the use of the test in these patients. Worse, the inability to produce CA19-9 disproportionately impacts certain people, including those of African ancestry and Hispanic ethnicity. These populations also show a higher prevalence of pancreatic cancer. As a result, we have both a moral and clinical obligation to serve these individuals equally and eliminate healthcare disparities. We could not do so with our first-generation IMMray™ PanCan-d test.
Financially, our prior efforts to reduce operating costs were not sufficient. Commercializing the IMMray™ PanCan-d test required a significant investment in selling and marketing in the U.S. Producing testing supplies for the proprietary IMMray platform also resulted in substantial labor and materials costs in Lund.
These dynamics led the Board and management to conclude that the best and most viable path forward was to discontinue selling the current IMMray test, significantly reduce expenses, and focus resources on developing and testing our next-generation product.
Our next-generation test provides reason for optimism
Despite these tough decisions, I am excited about the promise of our next-generation test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. The test will incorporate new biomarkers identified through a discovery study evaluating thousands of proteins circulating in the blood. The new test is being designed to work across racial and ethnic groups without compromising accuracy. It will be conducted on a commercially available lab testing platform, achieving scale, reducing fixed costs, and lowering future cost of goods sold.
We have strong assets moving forward: Development expertise, an extensive sample bank and strong relationships
The experience, assets, and relationships Immunovia has built over the years will enable us to accelerate development of the next generation test. For example, our research and development partnership with Proteomedix is highly productive and gives us access to leading experts in proteomics test development. We have accumulated thousands of blood samples which we will use to develop and test our new product. Relationships with investigators, key opinion leaders and advocacy associations in the U.S. and Europe will enable us to test the assay in clinical studies that these investigators are leading. In summary, Immunovia maintains unique strengths to solve the clinical challenge of early detection of pancreas cancer.
We are dramatically improving our cost structure
In parallel with increasing our focus on the next-generation product, we are optimizing our cost structure in a significant way by reducing staffing and operating expenses. We forecast that our burn rate will be in the range of 25-30 MSEK per quarter beginning in Q1 2024, down 15-20 MSEK vs. Q1/Q2 2023. After accounting for transition costs of approx. 20 MSEK, we expect to have sufficient cash to support operations well into 2024.
Earnings during the second quarter has been charged with SEK 141 million, which mainly consist of non-cash flow one-off costs such as depreciation and write-downs of intangible assets, but also termination and severance pay which will have a cash impact.
Going forward, we will benefit from lower fixed costs and reduce our cost of goods sold by transitioning from the proprietary IMMray platform, which required in-house production of arrays and other supplies, to a commercially available platform.
We have a clear vision for achieving our mission
Our mission has not changed: We will save lives through early detection of pancreatic cancer. What has changed is how we achieve our mission. Going forward, Immunovia will be leaner and more capital efficient.
Critically, we will partner at nearly every stage of the product life cycle to leverage the expertise of our collaborators and reduce costs. For product development, we will continue to partner with Proteomedix. For clinical research, we will partner with investigators and research consortia who are conducting early detection trials. For production, we will transition from the high-cost, proprietary IMMray testing platform to a widely used approach called ELISA. Finally, we will explore a variety of options to commercialize the new test in order to drive awareness and adoption in a less capital-intensive way.
We are creating a very different Immunovia-one that is leaner, more agile, more cost-conscious, and more connected to our customers and patients. I realize the journey to this point has been very difficult for our investors, stakeholders, and employees. Please know that we are working hard to create the company that will reward you for your investment in Immunovia.
August 30, 2023
Jeff Borcherding, CEO and President
For more information, please contact:
CEO and President
Karin Almqvist Liwendahl
Chief Financial Officer
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The information in this report is information that Immunovia AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 08:30 am CET on August 30, 2023.
Immunovia will hold a webcast tele conference at 15:00 CET on August 30 with President and CEO Jeff Borcherding and CFO Karin Almqwist Liwendahl.
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Immunovia in brief
Immunovia AB is a diagnostic company whose mission is to increase survival rates for patients with pancreatic cancer through early detection. Immunovia is focused on the development and commercialization of simple blood-based testing to detect proteins and antibodies that indicate a high-risk individual has developed pancreatic cancer.
Immunovia collaborates and engages with healthcare providers, leading experts and patient advocacy groups to make its test available to individuals at increased risk for pancreatic cancer.
USA is the world’s largest market for detection of pancreatic cancer. The company estimates that in the USA, 1.8 million individuals are at high-risk for pancreatic cancer and could benefit from annual surveillance testing.
Immunovia’s shares (IMMNOV) are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.immunovia.com
The following files are available for download:
Interim Report Q2 2023 (PDF)
Press release (PDF)
Ghana launches USD 550 billion Energy Transition and Investment Plan for achieving net-zero emissions, creating 400,000 jobs by 2060
President Nana Akufo-Addo unveils country’s roadmap for green growth and decarbonizing key economic sectors developed by Government of Ghana and SEforALL
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, launched the country’s new Energy Transition and Investment Plan yesterday during a Global Africa Business Initiative event in New York.
The plan marks Ghana’s commitment to fighting climate change and fostering economic development in tandem. It details a credible pathway for how Ghana can achieve net-zero energy-related carbon emissions by 2060 through the deployment of low-carbon solutions across key sectors of its economy, including oil and gas, industry, transport, cooking, and power.
Ghana’s government intends to use the plan as its main tool to engage the international community and investors for support with its energy transition. All measures suggested in the plan represent a USD 550 billion opportunity for the international community to invest in sustainable development in Ghana. If the plan is achieved in full, it would generate 400,000 net jobs within Ghana’s economy.
The country’s existing Energy Transition Framework previously set a target of net zero by 2070, but this new plan shows Ghana has increased its ambition and is targeting net zero by 2060.
Various sectoral changes and technologies are proposed in the plan. Four main decarbonization technologies – renewables, low-carbon hydrogen, battery electric vehicles and clean cookstoves – would cover over 90 percent of the targeted abatement by 2060.
Without pursuing the plan, under a business-as-usual scenario, Ghana’s emissions are expected to rise from 28 Mt CO2e in 2021 to over 140 Mt in 2050, with the bulk of emissions growth coming from transport, driven by population growth, GDP per capita growth, and vehicle ownership.
By implementing this plan, Ghana and its partners can instead bring the country’s energy-sector-related carbon emissions to net zero, while demonstrating that action against climate change does not need to come at the expense of economic development.
The Energy Transition and Investment Plan was developed by the Government of Ghana with technical support from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
“This pioneering Energy Transition and Investment Plan maps out Ghana’s journey to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 based on the latest data and evidence, ensuring that as our economy thrives, it does so in harmony with the environment. This plan is a testament to our dedication to fostering green industries, nurturing the evolution of cutting-edge low-carbon technologies, and propelling our nation towards a sustainable industrial revolution while giving equal growth opportunities to men and women.”
-His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana
“Ghana’s commitment to a just and equitable energy transition has translated to an ambitious plan that builds a case for low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions across Ghana’s entire energy system. These solutions present a tremendous opportunity for partners and investors from around the world to contribute to climate action and sustainable development in Ghana.”
–Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
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World Investment Forum to incentivize global investment in sustainable development
ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing sustainability as the defining challenge of our time, the upcoming UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF), to be held from 16 to 20 October 2023 in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, will serve as the perfect opportunity to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable economy, particularly for developing countries.
The 8th edition of the Forum, to be anchored on the overall theme of “Investing in Sustainable Development,” will bring together heads of state and ministers, CEOs of largest global companies, and other investment stakeholders from various countries to formulate policies and strategies that will address key and emerging investment-development challenges through a series of local and international forums and conferences.
Over 7,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries will be participating in the 8th edition of WIF at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The UAE hosting WIF this year coincides with the country’s declaration of the year 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability,” which will encourage nationwide commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions to help address environmental issues on a global scale.
His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, reaffirmed the country’s dedication to sustainability, saying that “the UAE is committed to playing a leading role in the global transition to a more sustainable future. We believe that WIF 2023 will provide a unique platform for international leaders to come together to mobilize the necessary investments to make this transition a reality.”
His Excellency Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said: “Hosting WIF 2023 reflects Abu Dhabi’s approach and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development, which is based on strong beliefs and a long history of the wise use of resources. We will be working closely with all partners to ensure that the Forum’s conversations generate innovative ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable future for all.”
Some of the sustainability sessions include “Delivering Public Sector Investment for Sustainable Development” in partnership with ACCA; “Alignment of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure with the Paris Agreement” with Middlesex University Dubai; and “Accelerating Green Investments in Tourism for Sustainable Development” with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Anhui Targets Rapid Expansion into a Leading Smart and Green Manufacturing Hub
HEFEI, China, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As the global spotlight turns to the 2023 World Manufacturing Convention, the economic pulse of a nation’s strength remains deeply rooted in its manufacturing capabilities. Highlighting this, the Anhui Provincial Department of Economy and Information Technology unveiled the ‘Anhui Manufacturing Development Report’. This comprehensive document chronicles Anhui’s strategic steps and milestones in bolstering its manufacturing prowess.
In a strategic move to harness the nation’s prime economic opportunities, Anhui Province has integrated itself into the burgeoning Yangtze River Delta, aiming for top-tier development in the central region and capitalizing on the Yangtze River Economic Belt’s potential. Anchored by their ‘Three Places, One Zone‘ strategy, Anhui is steering its economy towards modern industrialization, with a concentrated effort on sophisticated, eco-friendly manufacturing. This pivot to green and intelligent manufacturing is paying off. Anhui, once known for its nascent industries, now boasts a manufacturing added value surpassing one trillion yuan. The province’s advancements in quality manufacturing cement its place among the nation’s leaders. This economic evolution has elevated Anhui’s stature from ‘mid-tier volume with a lower per capita’ to a ‘front-runner in total volume with a respectable per capita’.
Spotting the profound technological and industrial transformations on the horizon, Anhui Province is positioning itself at the forefront of the next industrial wave. By actively promoting the swift evolution of ten emerging sectors, the province has crafted an industrial landscape valued in the trillions. To illustrate this growth, last year alone, 15 industries in the region posted revenues that exceeded 100 billion yuan each.
On the business landscape, Anhui’s strategy is both diversified and targeted. The province champions its seasoned businesses, kindles the rise of startups, and actively courts significant industry players. Central to this strategy, Anhui has fine-tuned a robust framework aimed at supporting businesses at every stage of their growth journey. In tandem, the province is shaping a collaborative environment where businesses, be it large corporates or small startups, can thrive and intersect. The fruits of this deliberate approach are clear: businesses in Anhui are not only more vibrant but are also carving a stronger competitive edge in the market.
From the perspective of technological content and quality benefits, Anhui is doubling down on enterprise-led innovation. The manufacturing sector is witnessing a wave of fresh, innovative outputs. Concurrently, the province is ramping up its capacity to deliver top-tier products and services. As a testament to these efforts, ‘Made in Anhui‘ products are quickly becoming household names both nationally and internationally.
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