Biomerica HQ; inset: Irani

Biomerica HQ; inset: Irani

Biomerica Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRA) reported third quarter net sales of $3.9 million, down slightly from $4 million a year ago. Its net loss widened to $861,000 from $679.000 year-over-year.

The Irvine-based diagnostics company said results don’t include recent positive novel coronavirus impacts on its operations. Biomerica said on March 17 and April 2 that a blood test it offers could be used to find antibodies for COVID-19 in a person’s blood.

Such a result would indicate the person had survived a coronavirus infection and possibly developed some immunity to its recurrence.

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The company said its California manufacturing operations can process 3.5 million tests a month.

Biomerica shares traded counter to the market, up about 5.5% to an $87 million market cap.

The Business Journal profiled Biomerica and its new antibody testing efforts in its April 13 print edition.

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