HeartBeam Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results
HeartBeam, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT), a cardiac technology company that has developed the first and only 3D vector electrocardiogram (VECG) platform for heart attack detection anytime, anywhere, has reported its financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.
Fourth Quarter and Subsequent 2023 Operational Highlights
"In our first year as a public company, 2022 was focused on advancing our product launch timeline for the HeartBeam AIMIGo 12-Lead 3D vector electrocardiogram device and HeartBeam AIMI™ platform," said Branislav Vajdic, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of HeartBeam. "Throughout the fourth quarter and into 2023, our movement toward production and commercialization of our products was underscored by a series of milestones including new acquisitions, partnerships, IP protection, and a strengthened management team. We continue to have strong conviction in our HeartBeam AIMI software platform technology and HeartBeam AIMIGo, and their potential to offer more accurate heart attack detection and expedite treatment. As we look toward FDA clearance for HeartBeam AIMI, we are also making significant progress with our core HeartBeam AIMIGo product as we prepare for FDA submission early this year.
"Most recently we announced the acquisition of LIVMOR's intellectual property and technology, including 3 US patents and the Halo+™ Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Detection System. The Acquisition extends our reach in remote monitoring and detection with full ownership of an existing cutting-edge FDA-cleared product. The Halo+™ AF Detection System is the world's first FDA-cleared prescription wearable for continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring. The Halo system provides continuous monitoring of pulse rhythms for the detection of AF on-demand during the day and automatically overnight. The Acquisition is a natural fit and extension of our successful partnership with LIVMOR and our complementary goals to dramatically improve patient outcomes and to significantly reduce healthcare system costs.
"In the fourth quarter we partnered with Evolve Manufacturing Technologies, a contract medical device manufacturing company, to build the credit card-sized HeartBeam AIMIGo 3D vector electrocardiogram recording device that provides a 12 lead ECG readout for remote heart attack detection. Evolve has deep medical device manufacturing expertise and a strong reputation in the industry for delivering consistent product quality and customer care rarely found in medical contract manufacturers. We can now leverage Evolve's manufacturing and packaging expertise to support commercialization of the HeartBeam AIMIGo device following expected FDA Clearance.
"The recent issuance of two patents provided further intellectual property protection for our technologies. An initial European patent strengthens IP for the HeartBeam AIMIGo technology offering 12-lead ECG capability, as we expand our product applications to reach a variety of regions in the global marketplace. In the fourth quarter, we also received a U.S. patent for a 12-lead electrocardiogram smartwatch-based monitor intended for detection of heart attacks and complex cardiac arrhythmias. The breakthrough inventions protected by this patent enable our proprietary 3D VECG technology to be built into a smartwatch, offering 12-lead ECG capability enabling heart attack and complex arrhythmia detection in a wearable device. We believe this patent may prove to be one of the most valuable, and we continue to expand on our granted and pending core patents for remote heart attack detection.
"Operationally, we recently welcomed Robert Eno to the newly created position of President. Rob is a passionate and visionary senior executive with over 28 years of experience creating go-to-market strategies for multiple breakthrough products. He plays a key role in our strategic direction, commercialization efforts, and day-to-day operations. We also welcomed Peter J. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD, as Chief Medical Officer. One of the world's preeminent opinion leaders in cardiology and digital health, Peter is now playing a major role in defining best paths to adoption, clinical strategies, and partnerships to advance our products in the market.
"Looking ahead into 2023, our next milestones on the commercialization path include FDA submission for the HeartBeam AIMIGo 3D VECG first-generation product and FDA clearance for HeartBeam AIMI, both expected in the near future. We have continued to engage in positive discussions with strategic institutions, including academic centers, regional healthcare systems, and regional community hospital systems. We also plan to focus in 2023 and 2024 on the expansion of our core technology features, the 3D VECG data and clinical studies that we believe will establish our platform as the standard of care for ambulatory-based cardiology and taking advantage of the comprehensiveness of our technology. We look forward to providing updates on our progress in the months ahead," concluded Dr. Vajdic.
Key Anticipated Milestones
Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2022 Financial Results
Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2022 were $1.6 million, compared to $96,000 for the fourth quarter of 2021. For the year ended December 31, 2022, Research and development expenses increased to $5.7 million compared to $255,000 the prior year.
General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2022 were $2.1 million compared to $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. For the year ended December 31, 2022, G&A expense increased to $7.4 million compared to $2.0 million in the same period of 2021.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $3.7 million, compared to a net loss of $2.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $13.0 million for the full year 2022 compared to $4.4 million in the year ago period.
Cash totaled $3.6 million as of December 31, 2022, compared to $13.2 million as of December 31, 2021.
Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2022 Results Conference Call
HeartBeam CEO and Founder Branislav Vajdic, PhD, President Robert Eno, and CFO Richard Brounstein will host the conference call, followed by a question-and-answer period. The conference call will be accompanied by a presentation, which can be viewed during the webcast or accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's website here.
To access the call, please use the following information:
A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call and will run through June 16, 2023, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 from the U.S., or 1-412-317-6671 from international locations, and entering replay pin number: 13735881. The replay can also be viewed through the webcast link above and the presentation utilized during the call will be available in the company's investor relations section here.
About HeartBeam, Inc.
HeartBeam, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) is a cardiac technology company that has developed the first and only 3D-vector ECG platform for heart attack detection anytime, anywhere. By applying a suite of proprietary algorithms to simplify vector electrocardiography (VECG), the HeartBeam platform enables patients and their clinicians to determine if symptoms are due to a heart attack, quickly and easily, so care can be expedited, if required. HeartBeam has two patented products in development. HeartBeam AIMI™ is software for acute care settings that provides a 3D comparison of baseline and symptomatic 12-lead ECG to more accurately identify a heart attack. HeartBeam AIMIGo™ is the first and only credit card-sized 12-lead output ECG device coupled with a smart phone app and cloud-based diagnostic software system to facilitate remote heart attack detection. HeartBeam AIMI and AIMIGo have not yet been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing in the USA or other geographies. For more information, visit HeartBeam.com.
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