THOROFARE, N.J., May 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akers Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:AKER) (AIM:AKR.L) (the "Company" or "Akers Bio"), a medical device company focused on reducing the cost of healthcare through faster, easier diagnostics, reports its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
Raymond F. Akers, Jr. PhD, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, commented:
"Domestic sales of our flagship rapid test to detect an allergic condition associated with the blood thinner heparin continue to rise, with sales of these products up 17% compared with Q1 2014. What is particularly encouraging is that this strong growth does not yet include the anticipated benefits of either the price increase (which took effect on May 1, 2015 for new customers and will be gradually implemented from July 2016 for existing customers), or from the expanded U.S. sales team."
"We estimate this test has the capacity to save the average U.S. hospital over $1 million a year. That's not just because our tests cost less than the existing testing procedures. By providing a near-instant diagnostic result that rules out a heparin allergy, we can often help physicians avoid the unnecessary use of very expensive medicines and the associated medical monitoring costs when a heparin allergy is otherwise suspected. This, we believe, will be the basis for driving domestic sales growth of these tests in the months and years ahead."
"The Q1 financial performance is in line with management's expectations for the period. Like other medical device companies in the early phases of commercialization, our revenues are staggered as we receive initial stocking orders from new distributors in new territories. The effect is that some quarters' sales, such as Q1 2015, are lighter than others due to the timing of product shipments to new markets. We expect this trend to continue and remain confident of the revenue prospects for the full fiscal year."
"The reduction in revenues for Q1 2015 when compared to Q1 2014 is due to our alcohol breathalyzer distributor, ChubeWorkx Guernsey Limited, placing no orders in the period for those products. That distributor was positioning the product last year for sales predominantly in France where the opportunity has since been impeded by the French Government's postponement of the fine that was to be imposed for drivers failing to possess breathalyzers in their vehicles. The decline in revenues from this distributor was therefore anticipated and, while we are exploring some opportunities in the U.S. for this product, international sales of alcohol breathalyzers are not core to Akers Bio's strategy at present as we continue to focus on higher margin tests."
"I was delighted to welcome, in Q1, more highly accomplished sales and marketing professionals both to the senior leadership team and out in the field across the U.S. The ability to attract people of their caliber to drive product commercialization is precisely why the cash infusion from 2014's NASDAQ IPO was such an important catalyst for Akers Bio."
"Our operational goals throughout 2015 are four-fold: firstly, to work with our newly expanded sales and marketing team to unlock the true growth potential of the heparin allergy test in the U.S.; secondly, to assist our distribution partners to establish international sales for these – and other – tests – particularly in China where sales have already begun; thirdly, to establish sales channels for our Akers Wellness products aimed at the substantial health and wellness sector including weight-loss and anti-aging; and, finally, to bring to market new, highly disruptive rapid testing solutions for conditions including chlamydia and diabetic ketoacidosis."
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|Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time|
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ABOUT AKERS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
Akers Biosciences develops, manufactures, and supplies rapid screening and testing products designed to deliver quicker and more cost-effective healthcare information to healthcare providers and consumers. The Company has advanced the science of diagnostics while responding to major shifts in healthcare through the development of several proprietary platform technologies. The Company's state-of-the-art rapid diagnostic assays can be performed virtually anywhere in minutes when time is of the essence. The Company has aligned with major healthcare companies and high volume medical product distributors to maximize product offerings, and to be a major worldwide competitor in diagnostics.
Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.akersbiosciences.com. Follow us on Twitter @AkersBio.
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