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Enhanced iSpecimen Marketplace® Platform with Data Integration Capabilities to Simplify the Ingestion and Maintenance of Biospecimen Inventories for Providers

LEXINGTON, Mass., Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 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- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022.

“During the first half of 2022, we remained intensely focused on refining the iSpecimen Marketplace® platform along with expanding our healthcare specimen provider network. As a result, during the second quarter, we expanded the capabilities of the iSpecimen Marketplace to better support the sourcing of biospecimens critical for medical research and welcomed new healthcare providers specializing in oncology and cardiovascular disease research. Together, these efforts are helping to alleviate supply constraints, which will ultimately help researchers get the specimens they need to advance the pace of medical discovery,” said Christopher Ianelli, MD, PhD, CEO and President of iSpecimen.

“The first half of 2022 also posed challenges outside of our control, namely geopolitical unrest that affected some key suppliers and a difficult economic environment that is impacting some of our research clients. Despite these challenges, we remain extremely confident that the execution of our strategy, along with our investments in technology, supply development, and key personnel will continue to improve our position to gain market share over the coming quarters. I also believe that our leadership, including our senior team and our board, has done a great job of navigating the challenges of the past two years and we look forward to realizing the benefits of the ongoing development work and the restructuring of our marketing and sales processes – and returning to growth,” concluded Dr. Ianelli.

Q2 2022 Financial & Operational Highlights

  • Revenue mix in Q2 2022 was comprised of approximately $2.2 million in general specimen revenue and approximately $0.2 million in COVID-related revenue, or 93% and 7% of revenue, respectively, compared to approximately $2.0 million in general specimen revenue and $0.9 million in COVID-related revenue, or 69% and 31% of revenue, respectively the same period a year ago. This resulted in an 8% increase in general specimen revenue for Q2 2022 compared to the same prior year’s period.
  • Unique supplier organizations under agreement were 214 as of June 30, 2022, up from 205 as of March 31, 2022.
  • Unique customer organizations who have purchased from iSpecimen totaled 459 as of June 30, 2022, an increase of 21% year over year.
  • iSpecimen Marketplace had nearly 6,000 registered research and supplier users as of June 30, 2022, up 32% year-over-year.

Recent Corporate Updates

  • Expanded its global biospecimen suppliers list on the iSpecimen Marketplace® platform with the addition of new suppliers concentrated on the advancement of oncology and cardiovascular disease research.
  • Appointed Evan Cox, an industry veteran and healthcare data expert, as Vice President of Product Management to better support development efforts. In this role, Evan Cox is focused on the growth and future development of the Marketplace platform.
  • Presented new research on optimizing biobanking in three presentations at a key industry event, this year’s International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
  • 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, a clinical diagnostics laboratory, to its platform as a laboratory services provider. Through this relationship, iSpecimen now offers sequencing services to its research community to help researchers better understand genetic mutations and their impact on diseases such as COVID-19 and cancer.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2022

Revenue for the second quarter of 2022 was approximately $2.3 million, compared to approximately $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2021. The decrease in revenue was due to was primarily attributable to the continuing decline in sales of COVID-19 specimens, when compared to the same period in the prior year.

Cost of revenue was approximately $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2022, compared to approximately $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2021. The decrease was attributable to a 40% decrease in the average cost per specimen impacted by the specimen mix, offset somewhat by a 12% increase in the number of specimens accessioned for the current period compared to the same prior year’s period.

General and administrative expenses were approximately $1.6 million for the second quarter of 2022, compared to approximately $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to increases in directors’ and officers’ insurance and operating and maintenance expenses, somewhat offset by a reduction in compensation costs.

Net loss was approximately $2.6 million or $(0.30) per share for the second quarter 2022, compared to net loss of approximately $1.4 million or $(0.87) per share for the same period in 2021.

Cash was approximately $23.7 million as of June 30, 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, Thursday, August 4, 2022 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 Second Quarter 2022 Results Conference Call
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Live Call: +1-877-425-9470 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1-201-389-0878 (International)
Webcast: https://event.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=4jeXXrdH

For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a replay will be available through August 18, 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: 13730127. An archived version of the webcast will also be available on iSpecimen’s Investor Relations site: https://ispecimen.irpass.com/.

About iSpecimen
iSpecimen (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.

Forward Looking Statements
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For further information, please contact:

Investor Contact
KCSA Strategic Communications
Allison Soss
iSpecimen@kcsa.com

Media Contacts
KCSA Strategic Communications
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iSpecimen@kcsa.com

Condensed Balance Sheets and Condensed Statements of Operations can be viewed here.