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CORRECTED: Bionovo Announces Second Quarter 2011 Highlights and Financial Results

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CORRECTED -- Bionovo, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNVI) today announced second quarter highlights and financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

"We have made excellent progress on our menopausal hot flash drug candidate, MF101, or Menerba™, during the past quarter, delivering on milestones and commitments," said Isaac Cohen, O.M.D., Bionovo's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have completed the tasks which were required for us to begin the phase 3 clinical trial for Menerba, and we are on track to initiate the trial in the third quarter."

Key Events and Milestones


Second Quarter Results

Total operating expenses for the three months ending June 30, 2011 were $6.4 million compared to $4.1 million for the same period in 2010. Total operating expenses for the second quarter included costs associated with the start-up of our cGMP manufacturing facility in Hayward, California in preparation for the Phase 3 clinical trial of Menerba. The Company also launched the production of ten clinical batches of Menerba, completed 13-week animal toxicology studies evaluating the safety of Menerba and completed enrollment to a tolerability clinical trial assessing the safety and tolerability of higher doses of Menerba to be evaluated in the Company's Phase 3 trial of Menerba.

The Company reported a net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2011 of $7.9 million, or $0.14 per share, compared with a net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.19 per share, for the same period in 2010.  The increase in net loss is primarily due to the increase in operating expenses as described above combined with the change in fair value of the Company's warrant liability of $1.4 million included in non-operating expense for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

The Company ended the quarter with $13.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and short term investments, and began the year with $2.6 million, a net increase of $10.4 million; the Company began the quarter with $23.1 million, a decrease of $10.1 million during the quarter. The cash balance at the end of the quarter reflects the proceeds of the Company's February 2011 public offering offset by operating expenses and capital expenditures to support the Menerba manufacturing facility in Hayward, California.

Conference Call

Bionovo will conduct a conference call and webcast to review the Company's financial results, in September, 2011, when further information on the non-clinical and clinical progress of Menerba will also be provided.

About Bionovo, Inc.

Bionovo, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of safe and effective treatments for women's health and cancer, markets with significant unmet needs and billions in potential annual revenue. The company applies its expertise in the biology of menopause and cancer to design new drugs derived from botanical sources which have novel mechanisms of action. Based on the results of early and mid-stage clinical trials, Bionovo believes they have discovered new classes of drug candidates within their rich pipeline with the potential to be leaders in their markets. Bionovo is headquartered in Emeryville, California and is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol, "BNVI". For more information about Bionovo and its programs, visit: http://www.bionovo.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to the business of Bionovo, Inc. that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties relating to product development, efficacy and safety, regulatory actions or delays, the ability to obtain or maintain patent or other proprietary intellectual property protection, market acceptance, physician acceptance, third party reimbursement, future capital requirements, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. Bionovo, Inc. is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Financial Tables on Following Pages

Bionovo, Inc.

(A Development Stage Company)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)



Three months ended
June 30,


Six months ended
June 30,


Accumulated
from February 1,
2002 (Date of
inception) to
June 30,


2011


2010


2011


2010


2011











Revenues

$         -


$      14


$       65


$      14


$             1,858











Operating expenses:










Research and development

5,506


3,328


9,390


7,135


63,738

General and administrative

931


788


1,925


1,639


23,053

Merger cost

-


-


-


-


1,964

Total operating expenses

6,437


4,116


11,315


8,774


88,755











Loss from operations

(6,437)


(4,102)


(11,250)


(8,760)


(86,897)











Other income (expense):










Change in fair value of warrant liability

(1,421)


-


1,701


-


2,437

Interest income

9


6


18


14


2,109

Interest expense

(25)


(10)


(54)


(24)


(575)

Other income (expense)

3


(14)


3


(11)


(202)

Total other income (expense)

(1,434)


(18)


1,668


(21)


3,769











Net loss

$(7,871)


$(4,120)


$ (9,582)


$(8,781)


$          (83,128)

Basic and diluted net loss per common share

$  (0.14)


$  (0.19)


$   (0.20)


$  (0.41)


$              (6.43)











Shares used in computing basic and diluted
   net loss per share

54,561


21,524


49,086


21,516


12,919













Bionovo, Inc.

(A Development Stage Company)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share data)




June 30,
2011


December 31,
2010


(unaudited)



ASSETS

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$        7,036


$            2,638

Short-term investments

5,919


-

Receivables

45


49

Prepaid expenses

933


973

Other current assets

502


396

Total current assets

14,435


4,056

Property and equipment, net

12,326


6,647

Patent pending, net

1,529


1,259

Other assets

1,101


1,020

Total assets

$      29,391


$          12,982





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY


Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$           383


$               655

Accrued compensation and benefits

594


901

Current portion of lease obligations

1,040


1,055

Current portion of notes payable

13


40

Warrant liability

10,333


1,843

Other current liabilities

1,309


970

Total current liabilities

13,672


5,464

Non-current portion of lease obligations

388


836

Non-current portion of notes payable

77


81

Total liabilities

14,137


6,381





Commitments and contingencies








Shareholders’ equity:




Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding

-


-

Common stock $0.0001 par value, 340,000,000 shares authorized, 54,561,312 and 24,530,112 shares outstanding at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

5


2

Additional paid-in capital

98,374


80,145

Accumulated other comprehensive income

3


-

Accumulated deficit

(83,128)


(73,546)

Total shareholders’ equity

15,254


6,601

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$      29,391


$          12,982





* The balance sheet at December 31, 2010 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.



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