VANCOUVER, March 31 /CNW/ - Response Biomedical Corporation (TSX: RBM, OTCBB: RPBIF) reported that it recorded total revenues of $4,084,116 and a net loss of $13,901,041 or ($0.12) per share for the year ended December 31, 2007. Additionally, the Company announced that as of December 31, 2007 it had approximately $8.2 million in working capital. For a further discussion of the Company's financial results for the year ended December 31, 2007, please refer to the Company's audited consolidated financial statements and related Management Discussion and Analysis, which can be found at www.responsebio.com, SEDAR (Canada) www.sedar.com or EDGAR (US) www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm. Information at these sites is typically available within 24 hours of the distribution of the news release.
"I'm very happy to have joined Response Biomedical in September 2007," said S. Wayne Kay, CEO. "It has been an extremely interesting and invigorating few months as we focused on finalizing two important submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for clearance of both our RAMP(R) NT-proBNP Test for diagnosis of congestive heart failure and our Rapid Influenza A+B Test (Flu A+B). We have also concentrated our energy on pursuing a worldwide marketing partner for our cardiovascular line of RAMP(R) rapid tests," continued Mr. Kay. "In conjunction with 3M Company, our work is ongoing to lay the groundwork for the launch of the Flu A+B Test. 3M anticipates launching prior to the 2008-09 flu season in certain markets around the world. We have also initiated feasibility work on identifying the next infectious disease tests for 3M to market."
"We see 2008 as very promising. We see a growing emphasis on preventive medicine and testing, which we believe will spur the demand for the adoption of point-of-care diagnostics for screening, for emergency applications and for monitoring the health status of the patient. As we have just moved to our new state-of-the art facility and begin the scale-up of our manufacturing capabilities to meet projected partners' demand, we believe the Company is well-positioned to capitalize on these large and growing markets."
About Response Biomedical
Response Biomedical develops, manufactures and markets rapid on-site diagnostic tests for use with its portable RAMP(R) Platform for clinical and environmental applications. RAMP(R) represents a new paradigm in diagnostics that provides high sensitivity and reliable information in minutes. It is ideally suited to both point-of-care testing and laboratory use. The RAMP(R) system consists of a portable fluorescent reader and single-use disposable test cartridges, and has the potential to be adapted to more than 250 medical and non-medical tests currently performed in laboratories. RAMP(R) clinical tests are commercially available for the early detection of heart attack and congestive heart failure.
In late 2006, the Company formed a strategic alliance with 3M Company to commercialize rapid infectious disease tests. In the non-clinical market, RAMP(R) Tests are currently provided for the environmental detection of West Nile Virus, and Biodefense applications including the rapid on-site detection of anthrax, smallpox, ricin and botulinum toxin. Several other product applications are under development. The Company has achieved CE Marking and its Quality Management System is registered to ISO 13485: 2003 and ISO 9001: 2000.
Response Biomedical is a publicly traded company, listed on the TSX under the trading symbol "RBM" and quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "RPBIF". For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.responsebio.com.
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