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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 14, 2023




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Item 2.02

Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On August 14, 2023, we issued a press release announcing our financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2023. A copy of the press release and accompanying information is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this current report.

The information in this Item 2.02, and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. The information in this current report shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, whether filed before or after the date hereof regardless of any general incorporation language in any such filing, unless we expressly set forth in such filing that such information is to be considered “filed” or incorporated by reference therein.


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

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99.1    Press Release dated August 14, 2023.
104    Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated August 22, 2023     By:  

/s/ Antonino Morales

    Name:   Antonino Morales
    Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 99.1

Biocept Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

SAN DIEGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 14, 2023— Biocept, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOC), a leading provider of molecular diagnostic assays, products and services, reports financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and provides a business update.

“Biocept’s primary focus is establishing our proprietary cerebrospinal fluid assay CNSide as standard of care. We continue to diligently work towards submission to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) for consideration to include CNSide in their standard-of-care guidelines. We believe securing this status will broaden physician adoption and support reimbursement that reflects our test’s value in clinical decision-making,” said Antonino Morales, Biocept President and CEO. “Our ongoing FORESEE clinical trial is powered to generate data in support of this goal by assessing CNSide’s impact on physicians’ treatment decisions. I’m exceptionally pleased that patient enrollment in FORESEE has passed the midpoint, with four clinical sites open around the country for patient recruitment and several additional medical centers expected to join in the coming weeks.

“We plan to provide further evidence of CNSide’s clinical utility through publication in peer-reviewed medical journals. We have submitted a manuscript with a description of our assay and its features, validation from pilot studies and compelling case studies showing actual use in patient management. Four additional manuscripts are being prepared in collaboration with leading neuro-oncologists for submission to scientific journals, including several documenting their clinical experiences with CNSide in their practices,” Mr. Morales continued.

“We right sized our business to align with our primary focus, which is helping to extend our cash runway. Progressing towards standard of care, completing the FORESEE clinical trial, and reducing expenses are key to Biocept becoming a self-sustaining business,” Mr. Morales added.

Earlier today Biocept announced that Priya U. Kumthekar, MD, a United Counsel for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)-certified neuro-oncologist at Northwestern University, and David Piccioni, MD, PhD, Director of Neuro-Oncology at University of California, San Diego, discussed the use of CNSide in presentations at the 2023 SNO/ASCO CNS Cancer Conference, which was held last week.

Biocept intends to host a business update call later in August to present a progress report on the FORESEE trial and discuss other recent developments. Details of the call will be announced in a press release.

Second Quarter Financial Results

Net revenues for the second quarter of 2023 were $0.6 million, compared with $5.8 million for the second quarter of 2022, with the decline due to lower RT-PCR COVID-19 testing volume. As previously reported, the Company ceased providing COVID-19 testing services in February 2023. The number of commercial accessions delivered for the second quarters of 2023 and 2022 were 322 and 77,779, respectively.

Cost of revenues for the second quarter of 2023 was $2.6 million, compared with $8.0 million for the second quarter of 2022, with the decrease primarily due to the cessation of COVID-19 testing services and reduced headcount.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the second quarter of 2023 were $0.4 million, compared with $1.7 million for the second quarter of 2022, with the decrease primarily due to a reduction in headcount and lower purchases of materials and supplies.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the second quarter of 2023 were $3.5 million, compared with $4.3 million for the second quarter of 2022. The decrease was primarily due to lower headcount and consulting fees.

Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2023 were $0.3 million, compared with $1.7 million for the second quarter of 2022, with the decrease primarily due to a reduction in headcount, and lower consulting, promotion and outside service-related expenses.

Non-cash change in the fair value of warrant liability for the second quarter of 2023 was $2.4 million. There was no comparable item for the second quarter of 2022.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2023 was $3.6 million, or $3.50 per share, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2022 of $10.0 million, or $17.82 per share.

Six Month Financial Results

Net revenues for the first half of 2023 were $1.3 million, compared with $25.8 million for the first half of 2022.

Operating expenses for the first half of 2023 were $14.5 million, and included cost of revenues of $5.6 million, R&D expenses of $1.4 million, G&A expenses of $6.5 million and sales and marketing expenses of $1.0 million.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the first half of 2023 was $10.8 million, or $13.25 per share, compared with net loss attributable to common stockholders for the first half of 2022 of $12.3 million, or $21.78 per share.

Biocept reported cash of $6.6 million as of June 30, 2023, compared with $12.9 million as of December 31, 2022. In May 2023, the Company received net cash proceeds of approximately $3.6 million from an underwritten public offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and other expenses payable by the Company.

About the FORESEE Clinical Trial

The multi-center, prospective FORESEE clinical trial is a longitudinal therapy response monitoring study in subjects with leptomeningeal metastases (LM) using CNSide (CSF Tumor Cells) compared to standard of care (CSF cytology, clinical evaluation, and imaging). The goal of the FORESEE trial is to evaluate the performance of CNSide in monitoring the response of LM to treatment and to assess the impact of CNSide on treatment decisions made by physicians. The trial is enrolling up to 40 patients with breast or non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have suspected or confirmed LM. Standard of care methods to diagnose or assess the treatment response of LM have limited sensitivity and specificity. This creates challenges for physicians to manage LM or determine the best course of treatment. CNSide is a Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) that is used commercially at the physician’s discretion in Biocept’s CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory.

About Biocept

Biocept is a molecular diagnostics company with commercialized assays for patients with carcinomas or melanomas. Our experts have spent years working to change the way physicians look at cerebrospinal fluid in cancer patients. Biocept has developed a unique, patented methodology to isolate cancer material that is shed from the primary tumor, such as CSF tumor cells (CSF-TCs) and cell-free DNA (cfDNA). As such, Biocept is a leading commercial provider of testing services designed to enable clinicians to rapidly detect and monitor cancer biomarkers from a cerebrospinal fluid sample.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by the use of words like “will,” “expect,” “goal,” “objective,” “believe” or “intend” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. To the extent that statements in this news release are not strictly historical, including, without limitation, statements regarding FORESEE’s potential to generate evidence of CNSide’s clinical utility to support adoption into clinical care guidelines and broaden physician adoption and support reimbursements, our expectation that several additional medical centers will join the FORESEE clinical trial in the coming weeks, our plan to provide further evidence of CNSide’s clinical utility through publication in peer-reviewed medical journals, additional manuscripts to be submitted for peer review, our cash runway, and other statements that are not historical fact, are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including that the results of the FORESEE clinical trial may not support the inclusion of CNSide in clinical care guidelines; Medicare and private payors may not provide coverage and reimbursement or may breach, rescind or modify their contracts or reimbursement policies or delay payments; risks related to our need for additional capital; and the risk that our products and services may not perform as expected. These and other factors are described in greater detail under the “Risk Factors” heading in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 10, 2023, and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, being filed with the SEC today. The effects of such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. We do not plan to update any such forward-looking statements and expressly disclaim any duty to update the information contained in this press release except as required by law. Readers are advised to review our filings with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/.

Biocept, Inc.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)


     June 30,
    December 31,



Current assets:



   $ 6,633     $ 12,897  

Accounts receivable

     800       2,151  

Inventories, net

     551       757  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     876       538  

Total current assets

     8,860       16,343  

Fixed assets, net

     2,395       2,572  

Lease right-of-use asset—operating

     8,190       8,486  

Lease right-of-use assets—finance

     2,272       3,086  

Other non-current assets

     386       386  

Total assets

   $ 22,103     $ 30,873  

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity


Current liabilities:


Accounts payable

   $ 1,467     $ 1,523  

Accrued liabilities

     1,529       2,249  

Current portion of lease liability—operating

     565       518  

Current portion of lease liabilities—finance

     815       1,099  

Financed insurance premiums

     526       117  

Total current liabilities

     4,902       5,506  

Non-current portion of lease liability—operating

     8,849       9,175  

Non-current portion of lease liabilities—finance

     836       1,200  

Payor liability

     6,149       6,132  

Warrant liability

     1,077       —    

Total liabilities

     21,813       22,013  

Commitments and contingencies


Stockholders’ equity:


Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized; 2,090 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022

     —         —    

Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized; 2,407,381 shares and 568,994 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively.

     —         —    

Additional paid-in capital

     309,503       307,298  

Accumulated deficit

     (309,213     (298,438

Total stockholders’ equity

     290       8,860  

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 22,103     $ 30,873  

Biocept, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except shares and per share data)



     For the Three Months
June 30,
    For the Six Months
June 30,
     2023     2022     2023     2022  

Net revenues

   $ 589     $ 5,819     $ 1,262     $ 25,763  

Costs and expenses:


Cost of revenues

     2,550       8,023       5,578       18,357  

Research and development expenses

     409       1,729       1,449       3,574  

General and administrative expenses

     3,494       4,300       6,482       10,556  

Sales and marketing expenses

     250       1,656       965       5,314  

Total costs and expenses

     6,703       15,708       14,474       37,801  

Loss from operations

     (6,114     (9,889     (13,212     (12,038

Other income (expense):


Interest expense, net

     (50     (155     (96     (217

Other income, net

     91       —         91       —    

Change in fair value of warrant liability

     2,442       —         2,442       —    

Total other income (expense):

     2,483       (155     2,437       (217

Loss before income taxes

     (3,631     (10,044     (10,775     (12,255

Income tax expense

     —         —         —         —    

Net loss

     (3,631     (10,044     (10,775     (12,255

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

   $ (3,631   $ (10,044   $ (10,775   $ (12,255

Weighted-average shares outstanding used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:



     1,036,529       563,528       813,180       562,561  


     1,036,529       563,528       813,180       562,561  

Net loss per common share:



   $ (3.50   $ (17.82   $ (13.25   $ (21.78


   $ (3.50   $ (17.82   $ (13.25   $ (21.78

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