updated 4/27/2011 7:46:23 AM ET 2011-04-27T11:46:23

NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nanosphere, Inc. (Nasdaq:NSPH), a leader in the development and commercialization of advanced molecular diagnostics systems, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $0.6 million, comprised entirely of product sales, as compared to product sales and total revenue for the same period of 2010 of $0.4 million and $0.8 million, respectively. Contract revenue in the first quarter of 2010 was $0.4 million resulting from the substantial completion of two assay development contracts. Growth in product sales was driven by new customer placements and adoption of Nanosphere's respiratory virus test which received FDA 510(k) clearance in the first quarter.

"The first quarter of 2011 validated our expectation that an expanded test menu will provide a catalyst to our customer ramp," said William Moffitt, Nanosphere's president and chief executive officer. "We generated more new business in the first quarter of 2011 than we have in any previous quarter. As we continue to expand our menu and market presence, we will build a revenue ramp that will enable us to sustain our operations for long-term maximum value creation."

Costs and operating expenses increased from $9.2 million in the first quarter of 2010 to $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2011, driven by sales and marketing expenses to support the international expansion. Research and development materials spending also increased to support clinical trials and product development.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2011 was $8.9 million as compared with $8.6 million for the same period in 2010.

Cash flow in the first quarter of 2011 was negative $9.6 million as compared to negative $9.4 million in first quarter of 2010. First quarter 2011 cash flow included $2.0 million of legal expenses related to a patent dispute that was settled during the third quarter of 2010. Cash at March 31, 2011 was approximately $30 million.

Conference Call Details

The company will hold a live conference call and webcast for investors on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:30 A.M., Eastern Time. The teleconference can be accessed by dialing 888-679-8040 (U.S./Canada) or 617-213-4851 (international), participant code 60282367. 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 May 4, 2011 by dialing 888-286-8010 or for international calls 617-801-6888, pass code 93038205, 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 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.

Nanosphere, Inc.

Statements of Operations

(dollars and shares in thousands except per share data)


  Three Month Periods Ended March 31,
   2011   2010 
Grant and contract revenue $ 54 $ 380
Product sales  586  446
Total revenue  640  826
Cost of sales  491  725
Research and development  4,695  4,413
Sales, general, and administrative  4,350  4,104
Total costs and expenses  9,536  9,242
Loss from operations  (8,896)  (8,416)
Foreign exchange gain (loss)  (4)  10
Interest expense  —  (164)
Interest income  11  19
Total other income (expense)  7  (135)
NET LOSS $ (8,889) $ (8,551)
Net loss per common share — basic and diluted $ (0.32) $ (0.31)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic and diluted  27,759  27,753
Nanosphere, Inc.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands)


  March 31, December 31,
   2011   2010 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 30,001 $ 39,628
Other current assets  3,785  3,299
Total current assets  33,786  42,927
Net property and equipment  4,850  5,142
Intangible assets - net of accumulated amortization  3,202  3,231
Other assets  75  75
Total assets $ 41,913 $ 51,375
Total liabilities $ 5,158 $ 6,851
Total stockholders' equity  36,755  44,524
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 41,913 $ 51,375
CONTACT: Investors:
         Nanosphere, Inc.
         Roger Moody, 847-400-9021
         Chief Financial Officer
         The Torrenzano Group
         Ed Orgon, 212-681-1700

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