Exhibit 5.1



DLA Piper LLP (US)

51 John F. Kennedy Parkway, Suite 120

Short Hills, New Jersey  07078



T: 973-520-2550

F: 973-520-2551


Attorneys Responsible for Short Hills Office:


Andrew P. Gilbert

Michael E. Helmer




May 26, 2017


AxoGen, Inc.

13631 Progress Boulevard, Suite 400,

Alachua, Florida 32615




AxoGen, Inc. – Registration Statement on Form S-8


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to AxoGen, Inc., a Minnesota corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the preparation of a Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”). The Registration Statement relates to the registration of 2,200,000 shares (the “Plan Shares”) of  the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), issuable under the AxoGen, Inc. 2010 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated as of April 5, 2017 (the “2010 Incentive Plan”), as referenced in the Registration Statement.

In connection with this opinion letter, we have examined the Registration Statement and originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company and such other documents, records and other instruments as we have deemed appropriate for purposes of the opinion set forth herein.

We have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, the legal capacity of all natural persons, the authenticity of the documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity with the originals of all documents submitted to us as certified, facsimile or photostatic copies and the authenticity of the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies.

Based upon the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the Plan Shares have been duly authorized and, when and to the extent issued in accordance with the terms of the 2010 Incentive Plan and any award agreement entered into under the 2010 Incentive Plan, the Plan Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

The opinion expressed herein is limited to the Minnesota Business Corporation Act. 

We hereby consent to the use of this opinion as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not hereby admit that we are acting within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules or regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder.


Very truly yours,


/s/ DLA Piper LLP (US)