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May 25 Australian regenerative medicine maker
Mesoblast Ltd on Thursday posted a narrower quarterly
loss but booked a rise in research and development costs.
The company reported a net loss of $9.8 million for the
three months to March 31, compared with a loss of $16.9 million
a year ago.
Total revenue was $901,000, compared with $4.1 million a
year ago. Last year's figure was boosted by boosted by deferred
commercial revenues for the firm's Mesenchymal Precursor Cell
(MPC) technology platform.
With cash reserves of $69.1 million as of March 31, the
company reiterated that it needed new funding from a third party
partner or via raising further capital to continue in business.
"There is a material uncertainty that may cast significant
doubt on the group's ability to continue as a going concern," it
said in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
However, it said its management and directors believe the
company will be successful in meeting funding and debt
requirements and the results had been prepared on a going
Shares in Mesoblast were down 4.8 percent in late afternoon
(Reporting by Sandhya Sampath; Editing by Jane Wardell and