Net sales including outstanding orders amounted to 1.6 MSEK during August – October, a noticeably increase compared with the corresponding period in previous years. The brief pause of the pandemic during the fall allowed us to again travel for on-site demonstrations and evaluations, most notably to Germany’s top pharmaceutical company Bayer AG.
Starting with HoloMonitor, the extensive evaluation by Bayer AG was planned to involve a number of instruments from various suppliers. But after just a few days, the laboratory at Bayer was closed due to the again rising spread of infection in Germany and consequently the researchers were sent home.
Fortunately, the few days of image recording turned out to be sufficient to evaluate HoloMonitor. After providing additional licenses for the HoloMonitor software, the Bayer scientists were delighted to be able to complete the data analysis from home on their laptops. HoloMonitor’s unique non-invasive functionality combined with the ability to work remotely prompted the Bayer researchers to immediately order a complete HoloMonitor system for their stem cell research.
Stem cells offer an enormous potential for medical research. See Stem cells – The new age of medical research to learn about stem cells and stem cell research at Bayer.
The cell cycle and cell differentiation are key concepts within stem cell biology.
Bayer is by no means unique in taking the pandemic very seriously. In general, the life science industry is closed for non-COVID-related business. Amplified by current uncertainties and practical difficulties, the industry’s preoccupation with COVID has led to that everything from technical evaluations to company mergers has been put on hold.
This focus is understandable as the world’s future economy depend on the industry’s ability to develop a safe and effective vaccine that is sufficiently inexpensive and practical to allow mass vaccination of close to 8 billion people. The required speed and scale make this the largest healthcare effort in human history.
Since our Boston Massachusetts subsidiary became operational, the spread of infection has severely limited our ability to visit customers in the United States. However, the lower infection rate during the fall, with temporarily eased visit and travel restrictions as a result, allowed us to secure the first US orders since PHI Inc. became operational in March.
From humble beginnings in the 1950s, cell culturing is now making its way into the food industry. One of the US orders was placed by a company aiming to create lab-grown meat. Fat makes meat tasty. HoloMonitor allows the company’s scientists to non-destructively monitor and quantify the fat content in fat cells.
The transition to more resource-efficient online sales and marketing together with financial support from the government has year-to-date resulted in a cost savings of approximately 3 MSEK.
Two HoloMonitor systems became operational in October at Queensland University of Technology. The systems will enable researchers to investigate cells for drug development in the fields of cancer, infection and regenerative medicine.
Learn more about HoloMonitor at QUT here.
As we are seeing, sales will intermittent during the pandemic. However, sales are not lost; they are temporarily postponed.
There is reason to believe that the life science industry will emerge stronger than ever when it has delivered a vaccine to the world and return to combat and invest in the non-infectious diseases that continue to plague humanity. To come out on top when non-COVID investments resume, we will continue to improve our products and adapt our sales and marketing to the emerging online world post COVID-19.
Net sales for the second quarter amounted to 826 (888) KSEK and operating result before depreciation (EBITDA) to -2 946 (-4 879) KSEK. Net result amounted to -4 777 (-6 761) KSEK.
During the period, the company invested 1 048 (617) KSEK in patents and product development.
Cash, cash equivalents and unutilized granted credits amounted to 21 595 (27 574) KSEK by the end of the period. The equity ratio was 62 (84) %.
PHI has received a loan facility to bridge the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan agreement between PHI and Danish Formue Nord Markedsneutral A/S allows PHI to call for loans totaling 15 MSEK at market terms. Together with additional support from the government, it is estimated that the PHI’s working capital is secured throughout 2021.
The company may be affected by various factors, described in the 2019/20 Annual Report. These factors may individually or jointly increase risks for the operation and result of the company.
The accounts are prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act and general advice from the Swedish Accounting Standards Board BFNAR 2012:1 Annual accounts and consolidated accounts (K3).
This interim report has not been subject to review by the company’s auditor.
Statements concerning the company’s business environment and the future in this report reflect the board of director’s current view of future events and financial developments. Forward-looking statements only express the judgments and assumptions made by the board of directors on the day of the report. These statements have been carefully assessed. However, it is brought to the reader’s attention that these statements are associated with uncertainty, like all statements about the future.
March 16, 2021 Interim Report 3
On behalf of the Board of DirectorsPeter Egelberg, CEO