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Q1 2018 CareDx Inc Earnings Call

Brisbane May 17, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of CareDx Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* David C. Clair

ICR, LLC - SVP

* Michael Bell

CareDx, Inc - CFO

* Peter Maag

CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director

* Robert Woodward

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Conference Call Participants

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* Per Erik Ostlund

Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst

* William Robert Quirk

Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst

* Yi Chen

H.C. Wainwright & Co, LLC, Research Division - MD of Equity Research & Senior Healthcare Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Greetings, and welcome to the CareDx First Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would like to turn the conference over to your host, David Clair. Thank you. You may begin.

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David C. Clair, ICR, LLC - SVP [2]

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Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today. Earlier today, CareDx released financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. The release is currently available on the company's website at www.caredx.com. Peter Maag, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Michael Bell, Chief Financial Officer, will host this afternoon's call. Before we get started, I'd like to remind everyone that management will be making statements during this call that include forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements contained in this call that are not statements of historical facts should be deemed to be forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, our examination of historical operating trends, expectations regarding coverage decisions, pricing and enrollment matters and our future financial expectations are based upon current estimates and various assumptions. These statements involve material risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by these forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. For a list and descriptions of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CareDx disclaims any intention or obligation, except as required by law, to update or revise any financial projections or forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise. This conference call contains sensitive information and is accurate only as of the live broadcast today, May 10, 2018. This call will also include a discussion of a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure may be found in today's earnings release filed with the SEC.

I will now turn the call over to Peter.

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [3]

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Thanks, David, and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us. We had an exciting first quarter. Most importantly, we gained significant traction on our transplantation-focused initiatives. We recently welcomed the National Kidney Foundation's CEO, Kevin Longino, to our headquarters at CareDx. We have tremendous respect for what Kevin and his team at the National Kidney Foundation are doing, and would like to give a shout out to them at the start of this call.

This afternoon, I will provide an update on the recent achievement across our 3 key business drivers: AlloSure, AlloMap and pre-transplant. I will also provide commentary on our recent agreement with Illumina, which we see as tremendous external validation from the technology leader in the industry of our strategy to build CareDx into the partner of choice in transplant care with respect to implementation. It also marks another highlight for CareDx in a stream of positive news since the beginning of this year. After my update, Mike will provide additional financial details on our first quarter performance and discuss our 2018 guidance.

It's great to see the acceleration of our top line with total revenues growing 21% year-over-year to $14.1 million, driven by a 34% year-over-year increase in testing revenue to $10.6 million. Now firstly AlloSure. We are delighted that in a short time since launch, AlloSure has made a big impact at many transplant centers as well as across the wider transplant community. Our approach to better kidney transplant surveillance is being embraced by patients and transplant centers. At the end of the first quarter, 52 centers have provided AlloSure results to their transplantation since launch, which is more than our initial internal projections. CareDx provided 1,051 patient results in the first quarter to 842 kidney transplantations. We continue to see gross demand for AlloSure, both with patients who recently received a kidney transplant as well as patients that received their kidney allograft in previous years. We remain focused on driving adherence to the AlloSure routine testing schedule and have seen multiple centers utilizing the recommended testing protocol. In the first quarter of 2018, 568 new standing order patients were added to the 115 standing order patients from the previous quarter. We defined standing order patients as patients that will follow the surveillance protocol for at least 1 year. Tracking standing order patients is important as it represents the basis of our flywheel dynamic, which we use to describe the recurring revenue effect from patients adhering to our arts protocol. An important element to establish this protocol is the rollout of our clinical trial, also known as our Kidney Outcome AlloSure Registry or K-OAR. As a reminder, K-OAR is out of our Medicare coverage with data development commitment. K-OAR follows patients longitudinally for 3 years. The study will enroll 1,000 patients across 35 transplant centers with the primary endpoint centered on observing patient outcomes at 1, 2 and 3 years post transplantation. In addition to providing a wealth of clinical data, we estimate K-OAR will generate more than 10,000 AlloSure testing opportunities over the next 5 years, representing incremental AlloSure volume.

As of end of March, 2018, 12 centers have been initiated as K-OAR study sites and 63 patients have been enrolled, which is in line with our internal expectations. The team continues to execute well on all of our studies. We see the in-house capability of running multicenter studies like K-OAR as a strategic advantage for the company. Studies provide us with an additional touch point with large transplant centers and keep us in direct dialogue with the key innovation hub and opinion leaders. We also view world-class institutions participating in K-OAR as a validation of the potential of this innovative technology. It also fits well with our theme of being the partner in transplant care, as these clinical research collaborations provide a great platform for scientific exchange. For example, we set ourselves the goal to support 10 or more investigator-initiated clinical trials by year-end. These trials provide learning opportunity and supports the generation of important clinical data for the field of transplantation.

We are currently preparing for the American Transplant Congress meeting in Seattle, in June, which is clearly a highlight this year. The company will showcase AlloSure's capability at a large symposium entitled "Innovation in Allograft Health Surveillance," clinical implementation of AlloSure testing for kidney transplant patient. The symposium will include 7 renowned physicians in kidney transplantation sharing their clinical experience with AlloSure. We are excited about the number of case studies that will demonstrate the utility of AlloSure.

Following the symposium, CareDx will be hosting a press conference to highlight new AlloSure data, and Dr. Daniel Brennan, the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at John Hopkins Hospital, will be available for a question-and-answer session.

Now shifting to AlloMap. First quarter 2018 test volume increased 3% year-over-year translating into 3,847 patient results. We would like to remind everyone of the inclement weather that impacted several territories in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2018. We believe that the various weather issues in the Southeast Central and Eastern U.S. had a noticeable impact on volumes during the quarter. Notwithstanding this, the first quarter volume growth was still within our overall volume growth target range, and we remain focused on our strategy to broaden patient adherence.

With HeartCare, we are excited about building out our offering in heart transplant surveillance. The receptivity of the heart transplant community has been fantastic. HeartCare is a comprehensive solution for rejection surveillance, as it combines our legacy gene expression based AlloMap test with our donor derived cell free DNA based AlloSure heart test. This provides heart transplantations with information on top, their immune system activity as well as graft out.

HeartCare has recently launched at ISHLT, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. And it was great to hear that CareDx is viewed as a disrupter in the field of transplantation care, as we are starting to integrate multimodality testing under our common offering, HeartCare. With so much tailwind, we have increased our field and service team territories from 7 to 10, which enables us to improve our coverage in major metropolitan areas, like New York, L.A. and Chicago. We now have dedicated CareDx transplant account managers, medical science liaisons, clinical research associates, patient care managers and draw site coordinators across the U.S., who provide an unique service offering to transplant centers.

Now turning to pre-transplant. Our pre-transplant revenues decreased 10% in the quarter to $3.3 million, reflecting a decline in our legacy Olerup SSP and SBT product and the delay last year of our Olerup QTYPE development efforts. In April 2018, we announced that Olerup QTYPE has received CE Mark approval and is now available on both Roche and applied file systems platforms. We're now scaling up manufacturing to meet the market demand from U.S. and European customers. As a reminder, QTYPE is a significant improvement in HLA type offering speed and precision for samples that require a fast turnaround time.

Olerup QTYPE represents an important gross driver for CareDx, and its recent CE Mark and availability on multiple platforms should help accelerate the company's path to profitability. This week, we announced that Illumina has chosen CareDx as the exclusive partner for its existing next-generation sequencing HLA transplantation business. This strategic licensing and commercialization agreement is another step for us in creating a global leader in data-driven transplantation solution. As a result of the agreement, CareDx will be the sole distributor of Illumina’s TruSight HLA solutions. These products lead the market in the rapidly growing next-generation sequencing HLA typing segment and are currently sold globally. While Illumina will continue to sell their generic NGS products to competitors in the HLA deal, CareDx will have the exclusive rights to finalize the development and commercialization of Illumina's new transplant-focused NGS products. Illumina had made significant progress on rebalancing these clinical applications for NGS technology and, CareDx takes them over at an exciting pace, as they are transferred into clinical practice. CareDx will be branding these NGS product under the umbrella of AlloSeq.

It will now -- I will now talk you through these various products. AlloSeq HLA, AlloSeq BMT and AlloSeq Cell-free DNA. Firstly, AlloSeq HLA will significantly improve existing NGS HLA product offerings, by enhancing turnaround time and workflow to make this a best-in-class NGS HLA typing product. The product will be an advancement to the hybrid capture technology that Illumina has been developing for various applications. CareDx will finalize the development of the technology for the field of transplantation and we will add proprietary software to the offering. We anticipate AlloSeq HLA will be launched in the first half of 2019.

With AlloSeq BMT, bone marrow transplant, CareDx will develop a next-generation sequencing solution to enter the bone marrow transplant market. This product will evaluate the level of donor versus recipient cells in post transplant blood or bone marrow specimens in patients who have undergone allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Strategically, this is important as it allows us to expand from our focus on solid organ transplantation into a changing field. AlloSeq BMT will be made available in the beginning of 2019.

Finally, with this agreement, CareDx gets a head start on developing a kitted cell-free DNA solution. This will be important as we evaluate making cell-free DNA testing available in countries in which the diagnostics market is dominated by in-vitro diagnostic offerings. AlloSeq Cell-free DNA has been developed by Illumina to an alpha version. CareDx plans to advance the development and anticipates to commercialize this as a kitted cell-free DNA testing solution.

As we are already serving a large percentage of transplant labs today with our Olerup product lines, we potentially see AlloSeq Cell-free DNA as an option to support better patient care in a distributed model. As we would like to evaluate customer expectations for this offering, we have not finalized our launch assumptions for AlloSeq Cell-free DNA. Based on our financial projections, the new business generated from the Illumina agreement will add to our top line in 2018. We will see distributor like gross margins of 20% to 30% on the existing TruSight business and an OpEx increase of roughly $2 million to $3 million. Therefore, we do not anticipate the agreement to significantly impact our goal of achieving non-GAAP EBITDA profitability in the second half of this year. These new development and commercial activities will lead us to increase our planned headcount by approximately 10 to 15 in 2018. Specifically, we plan to fortify our pre-transplantation team by adding several experts in the field of next-generation sequencing testings.

I'm very pleased that David Sayer, a renowned expert in this field, has chosen to join CareDx. David has recently been with Illumina. He came to Illumina with the acquisition of Conexio, where David was the President and CEO. He and his team have significantly advanced HLA testing technologies for decades. This strengthens CareDx considerably, and we are very pleased to welcome David and his team to CareDx. We are continuously delivering on our promise to bring next-generation sequencing solutions to the transplant clinic. And with these additions to our product portfolio, CareDx is uniquely positioned to provide genomic information to transplantation. This will further enable personalized medicine in this high-need, high-cost patient population.

Turning now to the financials. We recently announced the completion of our efforts to simplify our balance sheet by refinancing our remaining debt with a single term loan with Perceptive Advisors. Mike and the team have done a great job in heading the company up for growth and providing us with the financial backbone and flexibility to support our growth.

Mike, I'll hand the call over to you to discuss financials.

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Michael Bell, CareDx, Inc - CFO [4]

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Thank you, Peter. Turning first to the income statement, our first quarter 2018 testing revenue increased 34% year-over-year to $10.6 million. Our 2018 first quarter testing revenue includes AlloSure volume of 1,051 tests, a 3% AlloMap volume increase to 3,847 tests and the January 1 increase in the AlloMap Medicare reimbursement rate from 2,840 to 3,240. We continue to be very pleased with the revenue and the momentum of AlloSure following the launch with test trajectory in line with our initial expectations. Our pre-transplant revenue decreased 10% year-over-year to $3.3 million. And as such, total revenue in the first quarter of 2018 was $14.1 million, representing a 21% increase compared to the prior year's $11.6 million. We adopted the new revenue recognition standard ASC 606 from January 1, 2018. This had a very minor impact on our testing revenue and no impact on our product revenue. Had we used the old ASC 605 revenue recognition standard, our total revenue in the first quarter of 2018 would have been $14.0 million.

For the first quarter 2018, our non-GAAP net loss was $4 million compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $6.7 million in the same period of 2017. Our non-GAAP net loss per share in the first quarter of 2018 was $0.14 compared to $0.31 in the same period of 2017. Net cash used in operating activities in the first quarter 2018 was $4.5 million, which was in line with our expectations, and our cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2018 was $18.7 million. As Peter mentioned, we completed our debt refinancing in mid-April and used some of the proceeds from our $15 million term loan with Perceptive Advisors to pay off our remaining debt of approximately $11 million over to Danske Bank and the Allenex former majority shareholders. Immediately following our refinancing in April, we had approximately $22 million in cash and $50 million in debt, which is a 3-year interest-only period. With this liquidity, and with the option to draw an additional $10 million debt from Perceptive within the next 12 months, we feel we have the balance sheet to support our growth initiatives.

Turning to guidance. We are increasing our 2018 revenue expectations to reflect the growth of AlloSure and the impact of our Illumina partnership, and now anticipate $64 million to $66 million for the year. We remain focused on driving the company towards profitability, and given our expectations, we are ramping AlloSure contribution as 2018 progresses. Our partnership with Illumina, the positive Medicare price increase from AlloMap and the growth of our pre-transplant revenues from Olerup QTYPE, we continue to anticipate reaching non-GAAP EBITDA profitability during the second half of 2018.

With that, I will open the call for questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) And our first question is from Bill Quirk from Piper Jaffray.

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William Robert Quirk, Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [2]

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First question is the -- so within -- with respect to the new guidance, how much of that is from Illumina or from the newly acquired distributed products?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [3]

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Bill, excellent question. We are obviously very early in the integration process and there is some handing overall customers as we are looking to sales as of June 1. I'll actually direct the question over to Mike, which is intricately closer to the numbers. Mike?

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Michael Bell, CareDx, Inc - CFO [4]

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Yes, as Peter said, we'll be transferring the revenue from Illumina over to us over the next 6 months. We are looking at roughly $2 million from that Illumina business in the second half of the year. So that's some of the driver for the increase in guidance, the other being the increase ramp on AlloSure.

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William Robert Quirk, Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [5]

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Very good. And, I guess, just thinking about the aspirational guidance, Mike, that you give a couple of quarters ago, and overlaying that with this very nice AlloSure ramp and now the new Illumina deal that should start to potentially generate some additional revenue in 2019 with new product launches, I guess, what's your comfort level around that? Dare I say the aspirational goal doesn't sound so aspirational anymore.

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Michael Bell, CareDx, Inc - CFO [6]

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Bill, we're still looking at that as an aspirational goal. I think we're focused on the revenue guidance, the revised revenue guidance for 2018. We'll give 2019 revenue guidance at the end of this year, start of next year, but I mean, we're still looking at that as aspirational, but the additional Illumina products are obviously going to help.

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William Robert Quirk, Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [7]

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Makes sense. And just last one for me. It's more of, I guess, just a housekeeping question. Can you give us the revenue split between AlloMap and AlloSure?

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Michael Bell, CareDx, Inc - CFO [8]

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Bill, we're not breaking that out. We've not been breaking out the product revenue by product, so we're doing the same with testing, just giving an overall testing number. We did disclose the volume. So 1,051 AlloSure tests and 3,847 AlloMap tests in the quarter.

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Operator [9]

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Our next question is from Per Ostlund from Craig-Hallum.

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Per Erik Ostlund, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [10]

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Want to start with AlloSure. It sounds like again everything is tracking very much in line with your expectations. Peter, you alluded to this a little bit in your prepared remarks, but I wonder if you could come back to it a little bit and discuss the mix of patients that are being tested with AlloSure. How many of those are that you're seeing are first year patients versus clinicians that are opting to offer the test to somebody that's a little further along post allograft? And then maybe similarly, curious as to the mix of centers that have adopted the test that were DART participants versus non-DART participants?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [11]

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Terrific. Well, thank you so much. And Per, first of all, congratulations to your promotion to senior analyst and great to have you here holding the company even closer. Diving into the AlloSure, I would say there are really 2 things. One is, we are positively surprised about the 52 standards that we are now having seen cumulatively having used AlloSure. That's probably ahead of our expectations. The 1,000 patient results is very much tracking against our expectations. Now when you look into one of the things that we have learned is that actually the average patient duration after transplantation is above 365. So on average, these patients are actually older patients after transplantation that we have originally anticipated, because some standards are really finding the test very useful in patients where that come back in and they have a high suspicion of rejection and they put them on an AlloSure. And actually then many times on the multiple AlloSure protocol. So we see these 2 things now happening. One, we're driving this K-OAR early adoption of AlloSure in the first year post-transplant, and then we see many centers are actually using the tests in 2 and 3 years post-transplant, which is exciting for us because it demonstrates the utility of the test. To your specific question on K-OAR, we did share with you that there are 63 patients enrolled in the first quarter. So if you think roughly the 63 patients having 1 AlloSure each in the first quarter, that gives you an approximation of the 1,051 probably around 60, 70 would be from patients enrolled in K-OAR.

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Per Erik Ostlund, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [12]

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Okay. And then how about centers that participated in the DART study versus centers that did not? Is adoption being spread nicely across those 2 sets?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [13]

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What is really confirming it that on the 50 transplant centers that have started using the tests, it really follows an 80/20 rule, where most of the volume is coming actually from 20% of the centers. So I think that's what we had anticipated and it really came through. Now in terms of how all these DART centers, no, not necessarily. We have a good mix. DART trials were really 14 centers that are -- were all high-volume and high academic institutions, and some of them, you can imagine, especially in tertiary care centers that have a large academic presence. It actually takes even longer to get something into a routine testing protocol. So I would say we're evenly distributed in these DART centers, but we continue to have excellent relationship with these centers because they are so important and valuable academic institutions.

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Per Erik Ostlund, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [14]

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Very good. One more question on AlloSure, if I may. You mentioned the 80/20 rule here. I know you've talked about having 100 centers doing the vast majority of kidney transplants. So realizing that you would have been targeting those centers, front-end center, the centers that haven't necessarily adopted the test yet, and again, realizing it's very, very early, is -- are there pushback points that are keeping any of the centers from kind of tipping into the adoption ledger at this point? And if so, what are those push points?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [15]

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Good question, Per. I actually have here with me, Robert Woodward, our Vice President of R&D, which might have any additional data point as he has been talking a lot with these transplant centers over the years and has additional insight. But I think this is very general technology adoption in large tertiary care hospitals. There is nothing unusual about many clinicians wanting to see more clinical information. They believe that their patient population is different than our study population and they like to see more data. So it's very difficult. I think one of the key questions that we get is integration into the electronic medical records and making it easy for the centers to adopt the technology by just doing a mouse click. But I think it's very typical and something that we had anticipated, which we know because of the AlloMap that we have done for years. Maybe Robert, you have an additional vantage point.

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Robert Woodward, [16]

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Yes, please, Peter. There is -- in addition to just numerous things that are just a standard in marketing and sales activities. On the research side, as Peter mentioned, they're often interested in how does the data compare to by center. Have you done kind of case that looks exactly like this. And we saw a lot of interest at our symposium that we held at the CEoT meeting in February where there were some solved cases that were presented by some of the initial users that really caused certain centers to think, hey that looks like what I've seen. I want to start using the test more. And so we expect that the strong program that we have for our program at ATC and a lunch time symposium with an even larger audience and attended ATC will have I think some of the same because we've got 7 presenters with variety of application and how they've used AlloSure and that's going to really, I think, cause a lot of centers to see whether this use that matches what their expectations are and what they're looking for.

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Per Erik Ostlund, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [17]

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That's excellent color. Last question for me on AlloMap and again you did address this in the prepared remarks, Peter. On the volume growth there being potentially a little bit impacted by weather. I guess, first part of the question would be, is there a way to roughly quantify what that impact might have been? Secondly, did -- was there any lack of focus on AlloMap because of the genesis of the AlloSure launch? And then, I guess, the last piece of it is coming back to HeartCare, how do you envision HeartCare ultimately driving AlloMap adoption going forward?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [18]

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Well, thank you very much for the question. Per, we continue to believe that AlloMap is growing in this mid -- rigid range. We'll feel comfortable with this volume growth range that we have targeted. HeartCare is very exciting but it will take some time to get traction. We'll roll it out through a clinical registry trial as well, that is called Sure. And so it'll take some time to come through. We are excited about the concept. In terms of the specific impact on the weather, we saw a little bit of a slower growth in the beginning of the quarter and then caught up in the second part of the quarter, but as long as this is still within our gross volume corridor, we will focus more on driving adherence going forward.

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Operator [19]

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(Operator Instructions) Our next question is from Yi Chen from H.C. Wainwright.

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Yi Chen, H.C. Wainwright & Co, LLC, Research Division - MD of Equity Research & Senior Healthcare Analyst [20]

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Congratulations on the unit volume ramp-up for AlloSure test. And so I noticed that for your first quarter sales and marketing and G&A expenses, they are quite significantly higher than the previous quarters. So I'm just wondering, is there any -- was there any onetime expense? Or these are the kind of level expenses we should expect going forward? Or will they even increase in the future quarters once you start distributing Illumina products?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [21]

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Well, excellent question, Yi Chen. Thank you very much. I'll actually divert that over to Mike Bell, who, again, has the details.

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Michael Bell, CareDx, Inc - CFO [22]

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Yes. On the quarter itself, yes, the sales and marketing expense pretty much reflects the fact that we've increased our sales and marketing territories and we've added 4 territory account managers in the quarter. So on the base business, we should expect that sales and marketing expense to stay reasonably flat now for the next foreseeable quarters. There was onetime expense in Q1 as there always has been Q1 for us with our audit costs of about some $500,000 to $700,000, which won't repeat itself in future quarters. And then we did mention that with the -- with this Illumina deal in the second half of the year, our overall OpEx will increase by about $2 million to $3 million. So if you're modeling out the numbers, adding that for the second half of the year is definitely -- should definitely be in that.

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Operator [23]

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We actually do have a follow-up question here from Bill Quirk from Piper Jaffray.

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William Robert Quirk, Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [24]

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On HeartSure (sic) [HeartCare], is this a product that we should expect every AlloMap patient to get? Or is this going to continue to be used to try to incrementally increase adoptions in AlloMap to clean some of those centers that had historically been resistant?

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [25]

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Excellent question. And I think we're -- the answer to it, it will be different by center by center almost. What we continue to believe is that we have a lot of lack of adherence to the follow-up protocol. So what HeartCare will allow us to roll out is the hearts protocol, which -- you might be familiar with the arts protocol in the kidney transplant setting. We -- for hearts, we call it the hearts protocol where be suggest to the centers that are signing up for the HeartCare to have a rigorous follow-up of these patients with multiple testings in the first year and then also frequent testing in the second and the third and the fourth. So with HeartCare, we're establishing what we learned from kidney into the heart modality. So we anticipate that there will be a volume impact from HeartCare as centers are adopting HeartCare.

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William Robert Quirk, Piper Jaffray Companies, Research Division - MD and Senior Research Analyst [26]

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Understood. And certainly makes a lot of sense to me, Peter. I guess flipping the question over to Mike. Should we -- how should we think about this from a gross margin standpoint? Are you -- presumably, you're just billing for AlloMap, but presumably, you'll be adding any additional cost of goods associated with AlloSure?

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Michael Bell, CareDx, Inc - CFO [27]

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Yes, we'll be adding in the additional variable cost for AlloSure-Heart. It shouldn't have a significant impact on gross margins this year based on the sort of the expected volume. So we're still targeting 60% to 65% in gross margin throughout the year, so there shouldn't be any significant impact on that.

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Operator [28]

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This concludes the question-and-answer session. I'd like to turn the floor back over to management for any closing comments.

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Peter Maag, CareDx, Inc - President, CEO & Director [29]

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Well, thank you very much. We are very excited on continuously building our business around genomic information and transplantation. Thank you very much for joining our call, and I'm looking forward to updating you as we are making progress at CareDx. Thank you so much.

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Operator [30]

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This concludes today's teleconference. You may disconnect your lines at this time. Thank you for your participation.