iSpecimen Inc. (Nasdaq: ISPC) (“iSpecimen” or the “Company”), an online global marketplace that connects scientists in need of biospecimens for medical research with a network of healthcare specimen providers, today reported its financial and operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022.

“Our team has been working diligently on expanding the capabilities of the iSpecimen Marketplace® platform, accelerating the growth and utilization of our global supply chain, and invigorating revenue growth for long term value. Recently, we saw the fruits of our labors with the first update to the enhanced iSpecimen Marketplace® platform, which delivers incremental, yet foundational, improvements to our software platform. This includes new data integration capabilities to further grow and federate our supply chain – such as automated data ingestion and data harmonization tools,” said Christopher Ianelli, MD, PhD, CEO and President of iSpecimen. “We expect that the enhanced iSpecimen Marketplace® platform, coupled with the investments we’ve made this past quarter to strengthen and expand our operations and sales teams globally, have positioned us to even better support our research clients’ needs for biospecimens going forward."

Dr. Ianelli concluded, “During the first quarter, iSpecimen demonstrated operational resiliency and flexibility despite a sudden shut down of our critical supply network in the Ukraine and Russia. Against the challenging backdrop of the conflict there, and a testament to the global reach of our network, we were able to quickly mobilize and transition biospecimen orders to other suppliers. The effect of this transition was a delay in the collection of specimens for approximately $1.0 million in open purchase orders, which had a corresponding negative impact to revenue in the first quarter. That said, our ability to shift these orders to other supply partners in our network highlights the adaptability of iSpecimen’s marketplace and our ability to address the fragmented global biospecimen procurement market and overcome supply headwinds. In spite of the setback this quarter, we remain extremely optimistic about our ability to gain additional market traction and help advance critical medical research.”

Q1 2022 Financial & Operational Highlights

  • Revenue was approximately $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to approximately $3.0 million for first quarter of 2021. The reduction in revenue during the quarter was primarily due to the Russia and Ukraine conflict that shut down supply sites in those regions and affected approximately $1.0 million in open purchase orders.
  • Revenue mix in Q1 2022 was comprised of approximately $2.0 million in general specimen revenue and approximately $0.5 million in COVID-related revenue, or 81% and 19% of revenue, respectively, compared to approximately $2.3 million in general specimen revenue and $0.7 million in COVID-related revenue, or 77% and 23% of revenue, respectively the same period a year ago.
  • Unique supplier organizations under agreement were 205 as of March 31, 2022, up from 189 as of March 31, 2021.
  • Unique customer organizations who have purchased from iSpecimen totaled 437 as of March 31, 2022, an increase of 25% year over year.
  • iSpecimen Marketplace had more than 5,600 registered research and supplier users as of March 31, 2022, up 34% year-over-year.

Recent Corporate Updates

  • Enhanced its iSpecimen Marketplace® platform with a redesigned platform with an easy-to-use interface that allows researchers to directly search for desired samples in iSpecimen’s provider network via a Google-like search bar. The new software includes improved search and supplier data integration capabilities that have been designed to efficiently connect scientists with well-matched samples for their research, as well as help to increase supplier inventory utilization.
  • Added Acutis Diagnostics (“Acutis”), a clinical diagnostics laboratory, to its platform as a laboratory services provider. Through the Acutis relationship, iSpecimen will now offer sequencing services to its research community to help researchers better understand genetic mutations and their impact on diseases such as COVID-19 and cancer.
  • Surpassed 200 healthcare providers in the iSpecimen Marketplace network. iSpecimen providers consist of hospitals, clinics, labs, biorepositories, and clinical trial management organizations dedicated to streamlining biospecimen procurement.
  • Expanded its supplier capabilities with the addition of a reference lab in New York to support customers focused on COVID-19 research, including analyzing the Omicron and Delta variants.

Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2022

Revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was approximately $2.5 million, compared to approximately $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2021. The decrease in revenue was due to was primarily due to the Russia and Ukraine conflict which shut down supply sites in those regions and affected approximately $1.0 million in open purchase orders, along with a reduction in sales of COVID-19 specimens when compared to the prior year.

Cost of revenue was approximately $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to approximately $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2021. The decrease was attributable both a decrease in the overall number of specimens that comprised the cost of revenue, along with an 11% decrease in the average cost per specimen.

General and administrative expenses were approximately $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to approximately $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to increased costs related to cash compensation, stock compensation, D&O insurance and operating and maintenance expenses.

Net loss was approximately $2.4 million or $(0.27) per share for the first quarter 2022, compared to net loss of approximately $4.0 million or $(4.23) per share for the same period in 2021.

Cash was approximately $26.1 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to approximately 27.7 million as of December 31, 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast today, Tuesday, May 10th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time featuring remarks by Christopher Ianelli, MD, PhD, CEO and President, Tracy Curley, CFO and Treasurer, and Jill Mullan, COO and Secretary.

Event: iSpecimen First Quarter 2022 Results Conference Call
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Live Call: +1-800-954-0654 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-212-231-2933 (International)
Webcast: https://viavid.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1546450&tp_key=be907cc4df

For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a replay will be available through May 24, 2022, at +1-844-512-2921 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-412-317-6671 (International). Participants must use the following code to access the replay of the call: 22018635. An archived version of the webcast will also be available on iSpecimen’s Investor Relations site: https://ispecimen.irpass.com/.

About iSpecimeniSpecimen (Nasdaq: ISPC) offers an online marketplace for human biospecimens, connecting scientists in commercial and non-profit organizations with healthcare providers that have access to patients and specimens needed for medical discovery. Proprietary, cloud-based technology enables scientists to intuitively search for specimens and patients across a federated partner network of hospitals, labs, biobanks, blood centers and other healthcare organizations. For more information, please visit www.ispecimen.com.

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For further information, please contact:

Investor ContactKCSA Strategic CommunicationsAllison SossiSpecimen@kcsa.com

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iSpecimen Inc.BALANCE SHEETS
         
    March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021
    (Unaudited)    
Assets        
Cash   $ 26,099,178   $ 27,738,979
Accounts receivable - unbilled     1,258,515     1,739,020
Accounts receivable, net of allowance     2,356,688     3,002,442
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     295,750     327,035
Tax credit receivable, net of current portion     140,873     140,873
Property and equipment, net     28,069     32,781
Internally developed software, net     2,783,810     2,710,867
Operating lease right-of-use asset     296,832     -
Security deposits     27,601     27,601
Total Assets   $ 33,287,316   $ 35,719,598
         
Liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 281,494   $ 832,678
Accrued expenses     1,039,974     1,009,803
Accrued interest     8,167     8,167
Operating lease current obligation     150,007     -
Deferred revenue     567,321     654,746
Operating lease long-term obligation     147,375     -
Term loan, net of debt discount     3,425,664     3,422,616
Total Liabilities     5,620,002     5,928,010
Total Stockholders’ Equity     27,667,314     29,791,588
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 33,287,316   $ 35,719,598
         

         
iSpecimen Inc.STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
         
    Three Months Ended March 31,
      2022       2021  
Revenue   $ 2,518,660     $ 2,963,807  
Operating expenses:        
Cost of revenue     1,165,917       1,623,651  
Technology     527,522       409,951  
Sales and marketing     747,432       529,387  
Supply development     182,070       111,576  
Fulfillment     443,794       269,096  
General and administrative     1,810,313       962,790  
Total Operating Expenses     4,877,048       3,906,451  
Loss from Operations     (2,358,388 )     (942,644 )
Other income (expense), net:        
Interest expense     (38,048 )     (853,147 )
Interest income     12,654       47  
Other expense, net     40       (3,732 )
Loss on extinguishment of bridge notes and bridge notes, related parties           (2,750,171 )
Gain on extinguishment of note payable           788,156  
Change in fair value of derivative liability on convertible notes           (154,000 )
Change in fair value of derivative liability on bridge notes and bridge notes, related parties           (48,000 )
Other expense, net     (25,354 )     (3,020,847 )
Net loss   $ (2,383,742 )   $ (3,963,491 )
         
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