BioTime Announces First Quarter 2014 Results and Recent Developments

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTX) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 and highlighted recent corporate accomplishments.

BioTimes efforts in the first quarter of 2014 were focused on advancing near-term products through clinical trials while also preparing certain novel stem cell-based therapeutics for clinical trials later this year. Enrollment in three diagnostic clinical studies has remained rapid, with completion expected later in 2014. Following the successful safety trial of ReneviaTM, we have made rapid progress in preparing for the pivotal ReneviaTM trial during the second half of the year, said Michael D. West, Ph.D., BioTimes Chief Executive Officer. At our subsidiary Asterias Biotherapeutics, we have been preparing to initiate a new Phase 1/2a clinical trial of OPC1 for the treatment of spinal cord injury in 2014, pending clearance from the FDA, and also preparing our VAC2 cancer vaccine for a potential clinical trial. Also in the quarter, BioTimes subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd. advanced preclinical development of OpRegen for a planned IND filing in 2014 for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

We have continued to develop our subsidiaries businesses, commented Dr. West. Shares of the Series A common stock of our subsidiary Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. are now scheduled to begin trading publicly this summer following Gerons distribution of those shares to its stockholders, for which a record date of May 28th has been set. We were also pleased to recently announce that LifeMap Solutions, Inc., a newly organized subsidiary of our LifeMap Sciences, Inc., has entered into an agreement with a major medical center to create innovative mobile health (mHealth) products powered by biomedical and other personal big data.

As the industry leader in regenerative medicine with over 600 patents and patent applications worldwide, BioTime and its subsidiaries have assembled a broad array of strategically important regenerative medicine technologies and assets for the development of therapeutic and diagnostic products, Dr. West continued. Our expenditure levels were higher than usual during the fourth quarter and the recently ended first quarter, but our recent progress in streamlining our workforce through shared core resources among our subsidiaries should reduce our cash burn rate and optimize value for our shareholders during this exciting time in the companys history. We would like to thank our long-term investors for their continued support and our collaborators at leading academic medical institutions for their help in advancing our products toward our goal of helping patients who have serious unmet medical needs.

First Quarter and Recent Highlighted Corporate Accomplishments

Financial Results

Revenue

For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, on a consolidated basis, total revenue was $1.1 million, up $0.5 million from $0.6 million for the same period one year ago. The increase in first quarter revenue is primarily attributable to grant income awarded to BioTimes subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd. from Israels Office of the Chief Scientist.

Expenses

Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2014 were $12.1 million, compared to expenses of $8.8 million for the same period of 2013. The increase in operating expenses is primarily attributable to an increase in staffing and the expansion of research and development efforts of Asterias and the amortization expense of intangible assets recorded in connection with the Geron stem cell asset acquisition in October 2013.

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