MRI Interventions Provides Perspective on Third Quarter, as Frank Grillo Assumes Leadership
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MRI Interventions, Inc. (OTCQB:MRIC), maker of the innovative ClearPoint® neuro navigation system, today welcomed Frank Grillo as its new President and CEO-elect and provided commentary on its third quarter 2014 results.
During the third quarter, surgeons continued to utilize the ClearPoint platform for a growing variety of MRI-guided neurosurgical procedures. Revenues generated during the quarter from the sale of ClearPoint disposable products are estimated at approximately $575,000. These estimated revenues from disposable sales reflect a 22% increase over the third quarter of 2013 and represent the company's second highest quarter ever of disposable sales. However, it ends the company's record of eight consecutive quarters of sequential growth. The company estimates third quarter total revenues at approximately $630,000. Although the company had no full system sales in the third quarter 2014 and that impacted total revenues, the company expects that ClearPoint capital product revenues will vary quarter to quarter, sometimes significantly, simply given the nature of capital product sales. Estimated product revenues totaled approximately $2.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, representing growth of 36% over the same period last year.
"As Frank now begins his tenure at MRI Interventions, we wanted to provide our investors with an update regarding our third quarter results," stated Kimble Jenkins, MRI Interventions' CEO. "I am disappointed with our revenues for the quarter, particularly given that interest and demand for ClearPoint among physicians and patients continues to be strong. As a leader and innovator in this emerging field, it is imperative that we more effectively convert this market interest into ClearPoint sales. I believe the recent significant changes made at both the board and executive levels, in particular the addition of Frank as incoming CEO, will enable the company to achieve this objective."
MRI Interventions' Frank Grillo stated, "ClearPoint is a powerful platform technology that is poised to revolutionize minimally invasive neurosurgery. As a result of my past experiences, I understand the challenges that come with the initial commercialization of disruptive technologies like ClearPoint, and I believe I have the insight needed to meet those challenges. ClearPoint technology has the ability to address a significant and growing unmet clinical need. I believe that with proper execution, we will be successful in meeting this need and transforming the field. I am very proud to take leadership of this effort."
MRI Interventions will release its full third quarter results and host an investor conference call in the first half of November 2014.
About MRI Interventions, Inc.
Building on the imaging power of MRI, MRI Interventions is creating innovative platforms for performing the next generation of minimally invasive surgical procedures in the brain and heart. The company's ClearPoint® system utilizes a hospital's existing diagnostic or intraoperative MRI scanner to enable a range of minimally invasive procedures in the brain. In partnership with Siemens Healthcare, MRI Interventions is developing the ClearTrace® system to enable MRI-guided catheter ablations to treat cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. For more information, please visit www.mriinterventions.com.
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