Singular Genomics Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMIC), a company leveraging novel next-generation sequencing (NGS) and multiomics technologies to empower researchers and clinicians, today highlighted recent corporate achievements and reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.
“We are pleased with the progression of the G4 launch. There has been robust engagement with potential customers, and we have accepted our initial orders as we track to begin shipping instruments in the second quarter. The production system performance metrics, technical report publication, and early access partner data continue to establish the G4 as the world’s most powerful benchtop sequencer,” said Drew Spaventa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The G4 delivers an industry-leading combination of power, speed, flexibility, and accuracy while providing major cost savings for all mid throughput applications. Furthermore, the G4’s data output rate extends into the high throughput range. We will offer competitive pricing down to sub $10 per Gb, expanding the benchtop market and offering a scalable, cost-effective solution to high-volume customers.”
Commenced G4 commercial launch, accepted initial orders, and remain on track to begin shipping G4 instruments and F2 flow cell kits in the second quarter of 2022.
Initiated G4 production unit assembly, completing the first production units for internal testing.
Published a technical report summarizing whole human genome sequencing data from the G4. The G4 produced sequencing data on par with current state-of-the-art NGS performance, with single-pass accuracy of ~99.8%, and uniform coverage of the high-confidence regions in the reference genome, evaluated at 20X, 30X, and 40X coverage.
Achieved targeted performance specifications at two additional EAP partner sites, further validating the G4 performance specifications across various applications and lab settings that represent target customers and markets.
Site 4, a government core lab, performed microbial genome sequencing, and achieved average read counts of 169 million per flow cell, >80% of bases ≥Q30, requiring 2×150 base paired read sequencing on a 300 cycle kit.
Site 5, a commercial CRO, performed liquid biopsy sequencing, and achieved average read counts of >200 million per flow cell, >80% of bases ≥Q30, requiring a 200 cycle kit.
Converted two of our EAP partners to orders, including the commercial testing companies Exact Sciences and Adaptive Biotechnologies.
Announced a partnership with Roche to validate its KAPA EvoPlus and HyperPrep library prep kits with the G4.
Announced a partnership with Agilent to validate its highly sensitive custom and catalog NGS Target Enrichment Products with the G4.
Announced a partnership with Qiagen to enable QIAseq kits for both DNA and RNA sample prep with the G4.
Announced Technology Access Program (TAP) for PX multi-omics platform in Fall 2022.
Added industry veteran and internationally recognized pioneering researcher in cancer genomics, Elaine Mardis, PhD. to our Board of Directors.
Launched our Scientific Advisory Board comprised of distinguished academic and industry experts to advise our product and service offerings and R&D pipeline.
Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $19.7 million, compared to $7.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 included non-cash stock-based compensation of $2.9 million. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was driven primarily by headcount growth, investments to support the G4 commercial launch, continued investment in the PX development and R&D roadmap, and the costs associated with being a public company.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $19.8 million, or $0.27 per common share, compared to $7.9 million, or $0.73 per common share, for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Full Year 2021 Financial Results
Operating expenses for 2021 totaled $61.3 million, compared to $27.5 million in 2020. Operating expenses for 2021 included non-cash stock-based compensation of $9.2 million. The increase in operating expenses was driven primarily by headcount growth, investments to support the G4 commercial launch, continued investment in the PX development and our R&D roadmap, and the costs associated with being a public company.
Net loss for 2021 was $98.8 million, or $2.10 per common share, compared to $27.9 million, or $2.64 per common share, in 2020.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, excluding restricted cash, as of December 31, 2021 totaled approximately $339.2 million.
Webcast and Conference Call Details
Singular Genomics’ management team will host a conference call today, March 2, 2022, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors interested in listening to the conference call may do so by accessing a live and archived webcast of the event at www.singulargenomics.com, on the Investors page in the Presentations & Events section.
About Singular Genomics Systems, Inc.
Singular Genomics is a life science technology company that is leveraging novel, next generation sequencing (NGS) and multiomics technologies to build products that empower researchers and clinicians. Our mission is to accelerate genomics for the advancement of science and medicine. Our Singular Sequencing Engine is the foundational platform technology that forms the basis of our products as well as our core product tenets: power, speed, flexibility, and accuracy. We are currently developing two products that are purpose-built to target applications in which these core product tenets matter most. Our first product, the G4, targets the NGS market. Our second product in development, the PX, combines single cell analysis, spatial analysis, genomics, and proteomics in one integrated instrument to offer a versatile multiomics solution.