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OPKO Announces First Quarter Operating Results

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OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE:OPK), a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today reported operating and financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Business Highlights

  • 4KscoreTest Launch: During the first quarter 2014, OPKO successfully completed the 4Kscore Test clinical trial in the U.S. and on March 31, 2014, launched the 4Kscore Test in the U.S. through its CLIA-accredited OPKO Lab in Nashville, TN. OPKO expects to begin offering the 4Kscore Test through its Spanish subsidiary in late 2014 and through its other subsidiaries shortly thereafter. The laboratory-developed test is designed to enhance the prostate biopsy decision making process that, in the U.S., leads to approximately 1 million biopsies being performed annually, with 80% of the results indicating no cancer or a low-grade cancer. The 4Kscore Test will help to reduce unnecessary prostate biopsies by providing information on the risk (probability) of having high-grade prostate cancer.
  • 4Kscore Data Presentations: OPKO will present data from its recently completed U.S. clinical validation study at two upcoming conferences: the American Urological Association (AUA) in Orlando, which selected “The 4Kscore Test as a Predictor of High-Grade Prostate Cancer on Biopsy” as a Late-Breaking Abstract for presentation in Plenary I on Sunday, May 18, 2014; and, the 83 rd Annual Meeting of the New England Section of the AUA in October 2014 in Newport.
  • Completed Patient Enrollment in the Third Phase 3 Trial of RAYALDEE: This trial is a 6-month open-label extension of two ongoing identical randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-site pivotal phase 3 studies for RAYALDEE intended to support marketing approval in the U.S. This third study is designed to evaluate the product’s long-term safety and efficacy in treating secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in subjects with stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and vitamin D insufficiency. OPKO is on schedule for releasing top-line pivotal data in the third quarter of 2014 and filing a New Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Inspiro Acquisition: In April, OPKO entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Inspiro Medical Ltd., an Israeli medical device company with a new platform to deliver small molecule drugs such as corticosteroids and beta agonists, as well as its own new drug working with a novel mechanism of action, to treat respiratory diseases. Inspiro's Inspiromatic™ is a "smart" easy-to-use dry powder inhaler with several advantages over existing devices.
  • Rolapitant Continues on Schedule For a Mid-Year NDA Filing: OPKO’s partner, TESARO announced it is on track for its NDA filing for rolapitant mid-2014 and anticipates completing a dose study for the intravenous (IV) formulation during the second quarter of 2014. The IV formulation is expected to be launched approximately one year after the oral product becomes available.
  • Key Management Positions Added: OPKO made a number of important additions to its management team: Greg Stanley joined OPKO as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Global Diagnostics Business Unit, and Scott Toner joined OPKO as Vice President, U.S. Marketing and Sales for the Renal Division.
  • Establishment of a Global Supply Chain Infrastructure and Holding Company Based in Dublin, Ireland: OPKO is expanding its presence by establishing a global supply chain operation and holding company in Ireland. OPKO is recruiting employees to support the ongoing launch of the 4Kscore diagnostic test and in anticipation of the commercial launch of RAYALDEE. The Irish operation is also expected to manage the global supply of other products over the next several years and to serve as a holding company for many of OPKO's non-U.S. subsidiaries.
  • In January, OPKO completed the acquisition of Laboratorio Arama de Uruguay Limitada (“Arama Uruguay”), a privately-owned company located in Montevideo, Uruguay. Arama Uruguay will expand OPKO’s presence in Latin America and complement the business activities of its operations in Chile and Mexico, as well as permit commercialization of OPKO’s products currently commercialized and those in development.

“We made significant progress during the first quarter of 2014,” stated Dr. Phillip Frost, Chairman and CEO. “The completion of our validation study for the 4Kscore and subsequent launch were significant milestones which we expect will provide substantial benefits to both patients and healthcare professionals by informing them of the risk of a patient having high-grade prostate cancer and helping clarify the decision process surrounding prostate biopsy. Our RAYALDEE phase 3 clinical trials continue on track for release of top line data later this summer and our hGH-CTP clinical trials continue on schedule. In addition to these important project developments, we expanded the global footprint of our commercial platform with the entry into the Uruguayan market. With our planned acquisition of Inspiro, we will also add an innovative next generation platform drug delivery system.”

Financial Highlights

At March 31, 2014, OPKO had cash and cash equivalents of $156.4 million providing OPKO with strong liquidity and the ability to continue the development of its product candidates. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, OPKO continued to invest in its research and development programs and as a result, utilized cash in operations of $29.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Cash used in operations include the final deferred acquisition payments for OPKO Spain and FineTech totaling $7.9 million. The remaining cash used in operations reflects OPKO’s continued investment in research and development activities including its ongoing phase 3 clinical trials for RAYALDEE and hGH-CTP and the clinical validation study for 4Kscore Test which was completed in March 2014.

Product revenue for the quarter increased approximately 28% to $19.8 million compared to $15.5 million for the 2013 period. The increase in product revenue was principally the result of increased revenue from OPKO Spain and FineTech. Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $22.3 million compared to $31.3 million for the 2013 period. Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2013 included non-cash, non recurring revenue of $12.5 million related to OPKO’s transaction with RXi, which was partially offset by increased product revenue.

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