International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB: ISCO), a biotechnology company that developed a powerful new stem cell technology called "parthenogenesis" which promises to significantly advance the field of regenerative medicine, today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and for the first six months of the fiscal year and provided an update on corporate events.
ISCO reported year-to-date revenues of $2.6 million compared to $0.7 million for the same time period in 2010, representing an increase of 271%. The increase in our revenues relates to sales generated by ISCO's wholly-owned subsidiaries Lifeline Skin Care (NYSEARCA:LSC) which contributed $1.7 million and Lifeline Cell Technology (LCT) which contributed $0.9 million of revenues.
Total year-to-date expenses, excluding cost of sales increased $2.0 million or 38%, compared to the first six months of the previous year. The most significant reasons for the increase in total expenses related to increases in R&D and G&A. Research & Development expenses increased primarily due to increased activity on our scientific projects. General & Administrative expenses increased primarily due to increased headcount, non-cash stock-based compensation and increased expenses related to business development activity and general corporate expenses.
Our cash balance at June 30, 2011 was $3.6 million. Net cash used in operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2011 was $3.0 million.
Second Quarter 2011 Highlights:
-- The first U.S.-based donor was enrolled in ISCO's program to establish a bank of clinical-grade human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSCs) capable of being immune-matched to millions of patients.
-- We strengthened our senior management team to assist in the continued development of the Company. Kurt May was appointed Senior Vice President responsible for mergers and acquisitions and development of new international collaborations. Donna Queen was added to the management team as Vice President of LSC, where she is responsible for marketing and business development.
-- We started a series of preclinical animal studies of neuronal cells derived from hpSCs. The studies will evaluate the in vivo safety and tumorigenicity of neuronal cells as well as their ability to develop into functioning dopaminergic neuron–like cells to treat Parkinson's disease.
-- We successfully completed the first series of preclinical testing of hepatocytes derived from hpSCs. In the transplantation mouse model, inoculated cells were capable of engrafting and surviving in specific niches within the liver, and were further developing into cells with essential hepatocyte-like features.
About International Stem Cell Corporation
International Stem Cell Corporation is focused on the therapeutic applications of human parthenogenetic stem cells and the development and commercialization of cell-based research and cosmetic products. ISCO's core technology, parthenogenesis, results in the creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). hpSCs avoid ethical issues associated with the use or destruction of viable human embryos. ISCO scientists have created the first parthenogenic, homozygous stem cell line that can be a source of therapeutic cells with minimal immune rejection after transplantation into hundreds of millions of individuals of differing genders, ages and racial background. This offers the potential to create the first true stem cell bank, UniStemCell™. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary Lifeline Cell Technology, and cell-based skin care products through its subsidiary Lifeline Skin Care. More information is available atwww.internationalstemcell.com.
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