"As we have previously stated, we have been pursuing commercialization opportunities for products aimed at adding more predictable, higher growth, higher margin businesses that can leverage the substantial full commercialization capabilities of PDI," said Nancy Lurker, chief executive officer of PDI, Inc. "Should we exercise our purchase option, this opportunity could meet all of our criteria.
"For competitive reasons, at this time, we are not disclosing the name of our collaboration partner or the area of focus of the initial test we plan to launch. What we can say is that we believe the core technology of the test is unique and sound, the value to the health care system is potentially significant, the clinical value to patients is compelling, the accuracy of the test is high and reimbursement from both private and public payors is expected to be very attractive. There is a large market, a well-defined patient population and a concentrated physician base servicing these patients which should allow for a very efficient use of PDI's broad base of commercialization capabilities.
"From a time line standpoint, we currently estimate that the collaboration period will run through the first quarter of 2014 and by then we should be in a position to determine if we would exercise our purchase option. If our purchase option is exercised, we estimate that a full commercial launch could occur sometime in the second quarter of 2014.
"In summary, we are very excited about this opportunity and what it could do for PDI. While there is no guarantee that the important milestones that need to be achieved before we commit to full commercialization will be met, we have structured a collaboration that allows us to move forward in a meaningful way with minimal financial risk," Ms. Lurker concluded.PDI confirmed that it is not revising its 2013 full year revenue, gross profit or operating expense forecasts as a result of this announcement.