Verici Dx plc (AIM: VRCI), a developer of advanced clinical diagnostics for organ transplant, announces its inaugural audited results for the period ended 31 December 2020.
Strategic and Operational highlights
Commenting on the outlook, Julian Baines, Non-executive Chairman, said: “We have been very pleased with the progress of the Company in such a short time and our primary focus remains on the successful prosecution of our clinical trials, as the first key step in commercialising our innovative transplant products.
“We are already making good progress, initially partnering with three leading US centres (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Henry Ford Health System and University of Maryland, Baltimore) in our collaborative, multi-centre observational clinical validation study. We expect to bring more US sites on board shortly and are currently also progressing discussions to include a number of EU sites, to ensure that our products are fully tested for validation by the end of 2021, in line with our objectives set out at the time of our IPO.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank our employees, stakeholders and shareholders for their support and we look forward to providing further updates on progress throughout the current year.”
Sara Barrington, Chief Executive Officer, and David Anderson, Chief Financial Officer, will provide a live presentation relating to the Final Results via the Investor Meet Company platform on Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 5.00 p.m. (BST).
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Verici Dx is an immuno-diagnostics company developing and commercialising tests to understand how a patient will and is responding to organ transplant, with an initial focus on kidney transplants. The body’s own immune system poses a threat to a successful transplant or graft. Patients’ immune systems differ in how they respond to the presence of the transplanted organ, characterising this response is called immune phenotyping. Our products and solutions are underpinned by extensive scientific research into the recipient’s immune phenotype and how that impacts on acute rejection, chronic injury and ultimately failure of the transplant. These immuno-profile signatures also inform clinicians as to the optimal strategy for immunosuppressive and other therapies for the most successful treatment to ensure graft acceptance with the least amount of side effects.
The foundational research was driven by a deep understanding of cell-mediated immunity and is enabled by access to expertly curated collaborative studies in highly informative cohorts in kidney transplant.
I am delighted to report on the first annual results for Verici Dx plc since admission to AIM in November 2020 and this report covers the period from the Company’s incorporation on 22 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.
A full description of our strategy and business model is provided in the Strategic Report below, however in summary Verici Dx is an immuno-diagnostics development company, initially focussed on the kidney transplantation market, incorporating the FractalDx technology and associated assets previously owned by Renalytix AI plc and licensed from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
We have two leading products which aim to understand how a patient will and is responding to kidney transplantation and these have started clinical validation trials:
Our kidney transplant assays use advanced next-generation sequencing that we believe can define a personalised risk profile for each patient over the course of their transplant journey and can detect injury in advance of currently available clinical tests, with a view to minimising risk of transplant rejection.
The initial focus of Verici Dx on the kidney transplantation market reflects the urgent clinical need in this area. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are reports to suggest that between five and ten million people die annually from kidney disease (compared to 1.8m who die from the most prominent cancer, lung cancer) and about 300,000 people around the world are currently on a waiting list waiting for a kidney transplant and is expected to rise due to an increase in kidney disease. We believe we have unique kidney transplant diagnostic technology that enables accurate, data-driven support for clinical decisions, such as the most appropriate immunosuppressive therapy for that patient. This has not only near-term scope to reduce the unnecessary and serious consequences from over- or under-dosing for immunosuppression, but also to improve the longevity of transplanted kidneys and, by reducing the risk and rate of transplant failure, much broader potential to deliver huge health economic benefits by improving transplant outcomes.
In early November last year, Verici Dx was successfully admitted to trading on AIM, raising gross proceeds of c.$18.8m (£14.5m). The fundraising was significantly oversubscribed by institutional and other investors, and the share price has appreciably outperformed the market in the period since then. The net proceeds are being used primarily to fund the clinical utility and validation studies for Clarava™ and Tuteva™, as well as other bioinformatics and health economic studies.
We are already making good progress initially partnering with three leading US centres (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Henry Ford Health System and University of Maryland, Baltimore) in our collaborative, multi-centre observational clinical validation study. We expect to bring more US sites on board shortly and are currently also progressing discussions to include a number of EU sites, to ensure that our products are fully tested for validation by the end of 2021, in line with our objectives set out at the time of our IPO.
I am also very pleased that we have been able to announce further key milestones in the development of our strategy during the reporting period and post-period end: