WIXOM, Mich. -- Rockwell Medical Technologies, Inc., a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company offering innovative products and services targeting end-stage renal disease (ERSD), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and iron deficiency anemia, reported record fourth quarter 2008 sales of $13.5 million, up 13.3% from $11.9 million for the same period of 2007. Loss for the fourth quarter was $3.0 million or ($.22) per share compared to $1.2 million or ($.09) per share for the same period of 2007.Year-end 2008 results were highlighted by record sales of $51.6 million, increasing over 20% compared to 2007. Loss for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $7.9 million or ($.57) per share compared to $3.7 million or ($.32) per share in 2007. The increased loss was due to higher costs for raw materials and fuel as well as investments in infrastructure to support core business growth.
Year End 2008
Drug Development Progress
Mr. Robert L. Chioini, Chairman and CEO stated, "Overall, we are pleased with our drug development program. We have continued to make solid progress in randomizing patients in our Phase IIb study and we expect to complete enrollment shortly. In the fourth quarter the DSMB recommended that we continue the Phase IIb study, which demonstrated SFP's strong safety profile. We added three new members to our Scientific Advisory Board and we recently hired Dr. Richard Yocum to spearhead SFP's clinical progress. We believe these actions will enable us to advance SFP through to commercialization."
Mr. Chioini also stated, "Our fourth quarter sales and margin results were in line with our expectations, and although margins suffered during the year due to higher raw material and fuel costs, we anticipate improvement in Q1 2009 and going forward. We also expect the investments we made in our quality systems, information technology infrastructure and personnel to provide improved financial results going forward."
Rockwell will be hosting a conference call to review its 2008 fourth quarter and year-end results on Monday, March 16, 2008 at 4:30 pm EDT. Investors are encouraged to call in several minutes in advance at (888) 572-7030 to hear the call or they may listen on the web at the following link: http://investor.shareholder.com/media/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=66691&CompanyID=RMTI&e=1&mediaKey=A2FAB283B25BD82A09AC1C359F047CEF
The call will be available for replay for one week at the same link above.
About Soluble Ferric Pyrophosphate (SFP):
SFP is a novel, physiological iron maintenance therapy designed to treat or prevent iron deficiency anemia in ESRD patients. SFP is a proprietary, water-soluble form of iron that travels directly to the bloodstream and transfers iron at a cellular level, similar to normal healthy iron uptake. SFP is a continuous maintenance treatment consisting of small doses administered with every dialysis session to maintain iron status tests stable within target, as per Kidney Disease Quality Outcomes Initiative (KDOQI) recommendations. Clinical trials have shown that SFP delivered during each dialysis treatment, via the Company's dialysate, maintains optimal iron balance and avoids liver toxicity while decreasing associated pharmaceutical intravenous iron administration costs. Recent academic studies have shown that more frequent maintenance doses of iron improve the therapeutic response and benefits of recombinant erythropoietin treatments. Rockwell has licensed exclusive world-wide rights and has secured patents for SFP in multiple countries, including the three largest dialysis markets in the world; the United States, Japan and the European Union. The total U.S. market for IV-iron is approximately $500 million annually while global market potential is approximately $850 million.
About Rockwell Medical Technologies:
Rockwell is a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company offering innovative products and services initially targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and iron deficiency anemia. An established manufacturer and leader in delivering high-quality hemodialysis concentrates/dialysates to dialysis providers and distributors in the U.S. and abroad, Rockwell's products are used to maintain human life by removing toxins and replacing critical nutrients in the dialysis patient's bloodstream. Dialysis is a process that duplicates kidney function for those patients who suffer from ESRD. There are approximately 375,000 ESRD patients in the United States growing at an annual rate of 4 percent and approximately 2 million ESRD patients world-wide
The Company is currently developing unique, proprietary renal drug therapies for iron treatment. These exclusive renal drug therapies support disease management initiatives to improve the quality of life and care of dialysis patients and are designed to deliver safe and effective therapy, while decreasing drug administration costs and improving patient convenience. Please visit www.rockwellmed.com for more information.
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