PASADENA, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoImmune Inc. today reported a net loss of $107,000, or ($0.01) per share basic and diluted, for the three months ended March 31, 2008, compared with net income of $8,000, or break even per share basic and diluted, for the three months ended March 31, 2007. As of March 31, 2008, the Company reported $8.7 million in cash and marketable securities as compared to $8.8 million in cash and marketable securities as of December 31, 2007.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. Bishop, Ph.D. stated, "Product sales at Colloral LLC, our joint venture with Deseret Laboratories, Inc., were down from the fourth quarter, but have begun to rebound with orders in hand from both Futurebiotics LLC and The Shopping Channel in Canada." AutoImmune consolidates Colloral LLC for financial reporting purposes in accordance with FIN 46 "Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities."
AutoImmune has exclusively licensed certain of its intellectual property rights to BioMS Medical Corp., a Canadian company. Under the license agreement, BioMS makes monthly diligence payments to AutoImmune and will pay royalties to AutoImmune on sales of its lead drug MBP8298, if it reaches the market. BioMS recently sublicensed its rights in this product to Eli Lilly and Company and stated that an interim analysis on the first 200 patients in its pivotal phase II/III trial in Canada and Western Europe evaluating MBP8298 for treatment of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis is expected in mid- 2008.
AutoImmune is a biopharmaceutical company involved in the development of treatments for autoimmune and cell-mediated inflammatory diseases and conditions.
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