AroCell AB (publ) is a Swedish company that develops standardized modern blood tests to support the prognosis and follow-up of cancer patients. AroCell's new technology is based on patented methods to measure TK1 protein levels, which provide valuable information concerning the speed of cell turnover. A tumor has high cell turnover (speed of cell division and cell death) and as a result TK1 can be detected in the blood with a simple laboratory test, called TK 210 ELISA. The test provides valuable clinical information for prognosis and optimization of treatment strategy. The test may also be used for monitoring disease relapse. AroCell is listed on the AktieTorget marketplace in Sweden and has about 2,300 shareholders. For more information, please see (https://www.arocell.com/)www.arocell.com.Significant events during the reporting period
- AroCell's TK 210 ELISA product successfully passed phase 1 verification review, which is a critical milestone in development of the production process for the TK 210 ELISA test. This verifies that the production process can attain full-scale product production.
- Two clinical studies have been completed and with analysis of results. Both studies indicate that the TK 210 ELISA product delivers the required performance for clinical use and for CE-marking.
- AroCell has been recognized as "one of the companies with the most innovative ideas in the world" by the EU Commission and the Horizon 2020.
- AroCell has filed TK 210 ELISA for the CE-mark registration at the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket). The CE-mark is a symbol of quality and is an essential step for the continued clinical validation needed to obtain full clinical acceptance of a diagnostic product.
- AroCell reinforces the company organization with the employment of Kiran Kumar Jagarlamudi, PhD as product specialist.
- AroCell presented its TK 210 ELISA test at the annual ISOBM (International Society of Oncology and Biomarkers) congress on October 3-7, 2015 in Zakopane, Poland. The TK 210 ELISA test was presented as a robust tool for researchers and clinicians, with good sensitivity and product performance in measuring TK1 protein in serum.
- The Board of Directors has resolved on November 5, 2015, with support of the decision taken at the Annual General Meeting, a preferential rights issue of a maximum of 5 213 546 shares. Full subscription of the preferential rights issue will provide AroCell with a maximum of approximately 52.2 MSEK before issue expenses. The company has received subscription undertakings from members of the board of directors, management and the company's largest shareholders and signed agreements accordingly to fully guarantee the preferential rights issue.
Comments from Jan Stålemark, CEO of AroCell
AroCell has now achieved an historical milestone. Our TK 210 ELISA test kit has been fully developed, achieved the CE-mark and is now commercially available, primarily for research and clinical development. It is the first and only ELISA kit on the market that can measure TK1 protein in serum from a standard blood sample. This fully enables us to initiate the next step in our plan - the critical and final clinical validation to confirm the clinical value of our product. We have already demonstrated how well the product has worked in smaller clinical studies, and established that the sensitivity is now sufficient to be used for several different types of cancers.
It is a very valuable investment to conduct clinical studies with this type of product as early as possible in order to effectively drive the marketing and sales efforts based on strong evidence-based clinical results. The results from these clinical studies will also establish the basis to generate health economic data. This data in turn is critical to create opportunities to obtain health care reimbursement for the TK 210 ELISA test in health care reimbursement systems. Without reimbursement, it is extremely unlikely that the product will be used frequently and successfully on a large scale. Our clinical development efforts are therefore one of the cornerstones in our plan for a successful market introduction
The results from planned clinical studies will be presented continually during the next three year period. The first results may already be presented already during the first six months of 2016, with access to planned biobank materials as a prerequisite. These results will be based on retrospective studies, which enable a relatively short process for data collection and analysis. We plan to conduct several of these studies and present results continually during this time period. We also plan to conduct so-called prospective studies as early as possible. These studies are based on collected samples for continuous analysis during the study period, which means that these types of studies take a more significant amount of time, up to five years before final results are available.
We currently have a very good product with performance that fulfils the requirements of a highly competitive in vitro diagnostic test. During development, we have also identified good opportunities to continue to improve product performance and to reduce production costs. We therefore plan to initiate a project during 2016 to optimize production.
As we have previously reported, we have determined that this preferential rights issue will provide us with enough resources to complete the clinical development of TK 210 ELISA and will create significant value for an established in vitro diagnostic company in the large and rapidly-changing market of cancer diagnostics.
AroCell's business activities are based on external financing. To date, the company has been successful in obtaining financing, but there are no guarantees of this happening in the future in a way that is advantageous to the company's shareholders. A sufficiently serious failure in future financing may affect the company's development and market value.
Development and production risks
Development and transfer to production are always associated with risks. A product manufactured at production scale does not always display exactly the same characteristics as one manufactured at research scale. Developing future products may also prove to be more complicated and take longer than expected.
There is always a risk that the products AroCell has developed will not achieve the expected positive reception on the market and that the product will need longer to gain acceptance. Particularly in the early stages, the quantity of products sold may then be lower and the time it takes to establish the product on the market may be longer than the company allowed for in its sales estimates.
In addition, there are risks associated with patent security and how the market assesses studies, approvals and certifications. Taking risk factors into consideration in decision processes and when designing routines and drawing up documentation means that the risks are assessed and their effects can be minimised and, to some extent, avoided.
The interim report has been prepared in accordance with the same accounting principles as in the company's most recent annual report, i.e. pursuant to the Swedish Annual Accounts Act and taking into consideration general guidelines, recommendations and statements issued by the Swedish Accounting Standards Board.
AroCell AB (publ) was listed on the AktieTorget marketplace on 25 May 2011. At 30 September 2015, there were 23,460,960 shares (quota value SEK 0.10)
Jan Stålemark, CEO
+46 (0)706-92 62 06
AroCell AB (publ)
Virdings Allé 32B
SE-754 50 UPPSALA
2016-02-16 Year-End report 2015
2016-05-10 Interim report no. 1 2016
2016-05-18 Annual general meeting 2016
2016-08-25 Interim report no. 2 2016
2016-11-17 Interim report no. 3 2016
2017-02-16 Year-End report 2016
The interim report has not been reviewed by the company's auditor.
Submission of interim report
Uppsala, 10 November 2015
The Board of Directors