Respiri developing Next Generation AirSonea device

By Trevor Hoey. Published at Jul 31, 2017, in Biotech

Last Thursday’s announcement by Respiri (ASX: RSH) regarding the development of a next-generation breath sensor to replace the AirSonea 2013 model triggered a positive response from the market with its shares increasing 10% to an intraday high of 4.3 cents.

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As a market leader in the development of innovative devices and mobile health apps, which improve the management of chronic and costly respiratory disorders such as asthma and COPD, the development of a new device will assist the company in maintaining a competitive edge in that industry segment.

Consequently, this news could spark positive near to medium-term share price momentum after the company appeared to be sold down in June, largely due to tax loss selling.

Release of market ready device assisted by record of gaining regulatory approvals

Explaining the company’s strategy management said, “Whilst there have been significant technology changes to the 2013 AirSonea breath sensor device that received regulatory approval for sales in Europe, it is imperative that Respiri integrates the latest technology components to maintain our competitive edge in a rapidly evolving technological environment”.

Management stressed the importance of the company’s successful history of regulatory approvals as setting it apart from most companies in the medical technology and biotech industries that are still undergoing various trials.

The development of a market ready device, which is expected to be poised for release in six months, could provide a significant boost to second-half revenues in fiscal 2018.

Partnership negotiations are already in progress, but management said that it was difficult to indicate exactly when agreements were likely to be struck.

However, the company did note that as previously advised, it had received a written commercial-in-confidence proposal to establish a partnership vehicle in China, and subsequent variations have been extended to include global considerations.

Given that the potential deal structure is complex, involving at least six parties and requiring detailed negotiations over an extended period this initiative is likely to take a number of months.

Market data indicates continued demand for asthma and COPD devices

RSH highlighted that market research continued to strongly indicate that there was an unmet need for an over-the-counter, smart symptom monitoring product that supports patient compliance with asthma plans and complement drug delivery products such as prescription smart inhalers.

The over-the-counter breath sensor captures and transmits breath sounds to RSH’s state-of-the-art software technology platform where the group’s clinically proven proprietary technology detects and measures wheeze.

The latest generation app allows users to set preventer medication reminders, log symptoms, allergic triggers and reliever medication doses. This provides a complete digital asthma history securely stored in the cloud.

RSH is in a strong position to fund development of the new product with cash at bank of $2.2 million as at July 14, 2017.

The company’s forecasts cash flow includes research and development tax incentives of $600,000 over the next six months. Depending on the timing of research and development expenditures and incentives, management is forecasting net cash burn of approximately $100,000 per month.

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