updated 11/3/2010 4:16:27 PM ET 2010-11-03T20:16:27

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nanosphere, Inc. (Nasdaq:NSPH), a leader in the development and commercialization of advanced molecular diagnostics systems, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Product sales of $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2010 were slightly higher than the same period in 2009 and the prior 2010 quarter. Total revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $0.4 million compared to $0.7 million for the third quarter of 2009 and $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2010. Revenues for the third quarter of 2009 included $0.4 million of service revenue related primarily to assay development contracts that have been completed.

"We continue to make progress developing a test menu focusing on three primary market opportunities," said William Moffitt, Nanosphere's president and chief executive officer. "The Verigene System directly addresses hospital needs including transition of microbiology to molecular methods, enabling point-of-care human and pharmacogenetic solutions, and detecting disease earlier through ultra-sensitive protein assays."

Cash at the end of the third quarter of 2010 was $45.6 million. Net loss was $10.9 million for the third quarter of 2010 as compared with $8.2 million for the same period in 2009. The increase in net loss was driven by a $1.2 million increase in litigation defense expenses for the recently settled patent litigation dispute with Eppendorf AG and a $0.5 million increase in non-cash stock compensation expense.

For the third quarter of 2010, research and development expenses increased to $4.9 million from $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2009 due to increased spending on clinical trial materials. 

Sales, general and administrative expenses increased from $3.5 million for the third quarter of 2009 to $5.3 million for the third quarter of 2010, due primarily to the Eppendorf AG matter and the increase in non-cash stock compensation expense noted above.

Conference Call Details

The company will hold a live conference call and webcast for investors on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 5:00 P.M., Eastern Time. The teleconference can be accessed by dialing 888-679-8038 (U.S./Canada) or 617-213-4850 (international), participant code 74232002. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by interested parties at the Investor Relations tab on the Nanosphere website: www.nanosphere.us . For interested individuals unable to join the call or webcast, a replay will be available through November 10, 2010 by dialing 888-286-8010 or for international calls 617-801-6888, pass code 86350506, or on the company's website.

About Nanosphere, Inc.

Nanosphere develops, manufactures and markets an advanced molecular diagnostics platform, the Verigene® System, for direct genomic and ultra-sensitive protein detection. This easy to use and cost effective platform enables simple, low cost and highly sensitive genomic and protein testing on a single platform. Nanosphere is based in Northbrook, IL. Additional information is available at http://www.nanosphere.us .

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Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) Nanosphere's ability to develop commercially viable products; (ii) Nanosphere's ability to achieve profitability; (iii) Nanosphere's ability to produce and market its products; (iv) Nanosphere's ability to obtain regulatory approval of its products; (v) Nanosphere's ability to protect its intellectual property; (vi) competition and alternative technologies; and (vii) Nanosphere's ability to obtain additional financing, if and when necessary, to support its operations. Additional risks are discussed in the Company's current filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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