PASADENA, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoImmune Inc. today reported a net loss of $129,000, or $0.01 per share basic and diluted, for the three months ended December 31, 2008, compared with a net loss of $56,000, or break even per share basic and diluted, for the three months ended December 31, 2007. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the net loss was $345,000, or $0.02 per share basic and diluted, compared with net loss of $118,000, or $0.01 per share basic and diluted for the same period in 2007. The primary reason for the increase in losses was the reduction in interest income due to lower market yields. As of December 31, 2008, the Company reported $8.5 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 up from the third quarter and from 2007. The response to marketing through our licensee, Bronson Laboratories, LLC is encouraging." AutoImmune consolidates Colloral LLC for financial reporting purposes in accordance with FIN 46R "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, dirucotide (formerly referred to as MBP8298), if it reaches the market. In December 2007, BioMS sublicensed its rights in this product to Eli Lilly and Company. The FDA has granted the product fast track designation. We expect final trial data will be available during the second half of 2009 from the first of two ongoing Phase III trials of dirucotide for the treatment of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.
AutoImmune also announced today that its Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, at the offices of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, 155 Seaport Blvd. in Boston, Massachusetts. AutoImmune is a biopharmaceutical company involved in the development of treatments for autoimmune and cell-mediated inflammatory diseases and conditions.
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