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Biocartis Group NV: Biocartis Q1 2016 Business Update



Mechelen, Belgium
,12 May 2016 -
Biocartis Group NV (the 'Company' or 'Biocartis'), an innovative molecular
diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today provides a business
update for the first quarter of 2016 and outlook for the remainder of the

Key messages

* Significantly increased commercial cartridge consumption in Q1 2016 driven
by availability as of December 2015 of a full Idylla(TM) RAS solid biopsy
test offering (colon cancer), as well as a BRAF test offering (melanoma)
for both solid and liquid biopsies;
* On track to complete critical mass of solid biopsy testing for oncology
(comprising four tests) in H1 2016 with the planned launch of a solid
biopsy lung cancer panel in Q2 2016; and
* Guidance for 2016 reiterated: launch of at least four new tests, installed
base to grow with 150-175 Idylla(TM) instruments and year-end cash position
in the range of EUR 45m to EUR 55m.

Commenting on the business update, Rudi Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer of
Biocartis, said:

"I am excited to see that an increasing number of clients are starting to use
Idylla(TM) based testing in routine use and that liquid biopsy testing also
continues to generate a wider interest. Both developments will have a
positive impact on patients as they add significant value to cancer
Following a successful 2015, our teams are paving the way to execute on the
promises that we set for 2016. I am really looking forward to the launch of
the fourth Idylla(TM) solid biopsy test for oncology, our Lung Cancer Panel,
in Q2 2016. This will be a first milestone in the completion of our core menu
for oncology, something a lot of our prospects are waiting for and as such
will further drive installed base growth."

Commercial update

Biocartis is commercialising its molecular diagnostics platform Idylla(TM) via
direct representations in key European countries and via distribution
partners in geographies accepting the CE-mark.

* Cartridge consumption : The launch in December 2015 of the NRAS-BRAF-EGFR
S492R Mutation Assay and the Idylla(TM) ctBRAF Mutation Assay were
instrumental for the ramp up of commercial cartridge consumption in Q1
2016. These tests respectively completed the Idylla(TM) solid biopsy RAS
offering (enabling a 'same day' full RAS analysis) and allowed clients to
test for BRAF mutations on both solid and liquid samples on the same
platform. The latter meets the demand from clients that have interest in
BRAF testing on both types of samples simultaneously. The Idylla(TM) KRAS
Mutation Test was the top selling product in Q1 2016.
* Installed base: Installed base growth was further progressed in Q1 2016 and
is on track to realise the target of adding 150-175 Idylla(TM) instruments
in 2016, driven by the additional tests that Biocartis envisages to launch
before year end.
* Commercial footprint: Expansion of Biocartis' global commercial footprint
was continued in Q1 2016 with the addition of five direct sales
representatives and the signing of new distribution agreements in Asia.

test menu update

During Q1 2016, Biocartis further advanced the development of new tests for
its Idylla(TM) platform with a focus on its core menu for oncology (e.g.
solid and liquid biopsy tests for melanoma, colon and lung cancer) and the
first wave of infectious disease tests. Biocartis reiterates its guidance to
launch at least four new tests in 2016.

Oncology menu

* Solid biopsies: In Q2 2016, Biocartis aims to launch its fourth solid
biopsy test for oncology, which will allow for state-of-the-art testing in
lung cancer, the largest indication in oncology. The Idylla(TM) Lung Cancer
Panel is expected to analyse over 50 genetic changes in one of the key lung
cancer driver genes, from just a single slice of FFPE[1]in approx. 2.5
hours. Compared to existing tests, this is a significant reduction in the
number of required samples and turnaround time. Due to its unique features,
the test is expected to attract interest from both laboratories that do not
dispose of molecular diagnostics infrastructure, as well as large reference
centres. The exact panel composition will be disclosed upon launch of the
* Liquid biopsies: Following the announcement in January 2016 of the
collaboration with Merck KGaA for the development and commercialisation of
a new liquid biopsy RAS biomarker test for patients with metastatic
colorectal cancer (mCRC), Biocartis accelerated in Q1 2016 the development
of liquid biopsy versions of the Idylla(TM) KRAS Mutation Test and the
Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF-EGFR S492R Mutation Assay. Both assays are expected to
be launched in the second half of 2016. Upon launch, Idylla(TM) is expected
to be the only platform that can offer sample to result extended RAS
testing, for both solid and liquid biopsies, on the same system.
* Extended test applicability: Idylla(TM) oncology tests are validated for
specific cancer and sample types. In Q1 2016, numerous academic centres
that use Idylla(TM) studied the applicability of our tests for additional
cancer and/or sample types. For example, the Idylla(TM) BRAF Mutation Test
was successfully tested on colon and thyroid cancer samples, and the
Idylla(TM) KRAS Mutation Test on pancreas and lung cancer samples.
Additional samples types successfully tested by these centres included low
amounts of extracted DNA, cytological samples and fine-needle aspirates
(FNA). The excellent results shown during these studies could be used to
extend the clinical applicability of the respective tests, thereby
increasing their overall market potential.

Infectious disease menu

Biocartis' initial focus within infectious diseases is on offering highly
sensitive syndromic panel tests, tests that complement Biocartis' disease
surveillance strategy and tests for fast monitoring of bloodstream infections
(including Sepsis).

* Respiratory menu: Following CE-marking of the Idylla(TM) Respiratory
(IFV-RSV) Panel in Q4 2015, Biocartis initiated, together with Janssen
Diagnostics US clinical studies for this test in Q1 2016 (to pursue US
Federal Drug Administration (FDA) 510k[2]approval). Furthermore, Biocartis
continued to be on track with the development of its second and third
respiratory test, being respectively the MERS Test and the Respiratory
Mixed Panel Test that is capable of detecting over 25 different viral and
bacterial pathogens.
* Ebola test: In Q1 2016, Biocartis completed the interactive review process
with the US FDA for its Idylla(TM) Rapid Ebola Virus Triage Test and is now
awaiting 'Emergency Use Authorisation' (EUA).
* Bloodstream infections (including Sepsis): Workflow automation design
improvements have been completed in Q1 2016 for the Idylla(TM) Bloodstream
Infections (BSI) Test. Biocartis' expert meeting in March 2016 with
international key opinion leaders once more confirmed that the Idylla(TM)
BSI Test's comprehensive panel and rapid turnaround time is expected to
enable a more appropriate antibiotic stewardship, and that the new highly
automated workflow will make it suitable for usage in intensive care units
as well as in emergency rooms.

Financial and organisational update

* Cash position: Biocartis' cash position end of Q1 2016 amounted to approx.
EUR 84m. The cash burn for Q1 2016 was impacted by the pre-financing of
over EUR 5m of investments for cartridge manufacturing expansion. Biocartis
is currently having discussions to refinance these investments with a new
financing facility. Guidance on the cash position for the end of 2016 in
the range of EUR 45m to EUR 55m is reiterated.
* Executive team: During Q1 2016, Biocartis strengthened its manufacturing
expertise with the appointment of Reginald Van Genechten (Head of
Manufacturing and Supply Chain) who will also be a member of the executive
management team. Before joining Biocartis, Reginald held positions as,
amongst others, Head of Technical Operational Excellence at McNeil (US
based) and Senior Director Johnson&Johnson Global Supply Chain.
Furthermore, Patrick Hofkens (General Counsel) decided to take up another
professional challenge outside Biocartis.
* Board of Directors: Biocartis recommends the Annual General Meeting to
appoint Hilde Eylenbosch as a new non-executive member of its Board of
Directors. Hilde is a Senior Business Executive with over 25 years of
experience in marketing, product innovation, cross functional businesses
and organisational leadership in the life sciences industry. Over the last
five years, she held the roles of Chief Commercial Officer at Alere Inc (a
global diagnostic device and service provider) and was President of Alere
International reporting to the Chief Operational Officer. The commercial
experience of Hilde in the global diagnostics industry will further assist
Biocartis in successfully commercialising its Idylla(TM) platform and

Expected news flow remainder 2016

* The following test launches are expected: * Solid biopsy Lung Cancer Panel
(Research Use Only, Q2 2016); * Idylla(TM) Rapid Ebola Virus Triage Test
(Based on US FDA 'Emergency Use Authorisation', Q2 2016); * Two liquid
biopsy tests for colon cancer, being liquid biopsy versions of the
Idylla(TM) KRAS Mutation Test and the Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF-EGFR S492R
Mutation Assay (Research Use Only, H2 2016); and * Idylla(TM) MERS Test
(Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, H2 2016).
* The following regulatory updates of existing Idylla(TM) tests are expected:
* CE-marking of the Idylla(TM) NRAS and NRAS/BRAF solid biopsy tests (H2
2016); and * US FDA 510k submission for the Idylla(TM) Respiratory
(IFV-RSV) Panel and the Idylla(TM) Instrument and Idylla(TM) Console.

Financial calendar 2016

* Annual General Meeting Biocartis Group: 13 May 2016
* Half year results H1 2016: 6 September 2016
* Q3 Business Update 2016: 17 November 2016


For more information, please contact:

Renate Degrave, Corporate Communications&Investor Relations

+32 15 631 729

About Biocartis

Biocartis (Euronext Brussels: BCART) is an innovative molecular diagnostics
(MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at
improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers
and industry. Biocartis' proprietary MDx Idylla(TM) platform is a fully
automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system<...

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