AxoGen Announces RECON® Study Update
Study Supports Company’s Planned Biologic License Application (BLA) for Avance® Nerve Graft
ALACHUA, Fla., Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a global leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for damage or discontinuity to peripheral nerves, today announced that the RECON® Study supporting its Biologic License Application (BLA) Submission for Avance® Nerve Graft has reached its current enrollment milestone of 170 subjects.
RECON® is AxoGen’s phase three pivotal study comparing Avance® Nerve Graft to manufactured conduits. The study requires a one year follow up period for all subjects and is designed to assess return of sensation in digital nerve injuries, quality of life outcomes, and subject satisfaction. The FDA-approved statistical analysis plan was designed with an interim blinded analysis to provide a safeguard for the assumptions used in the design of the protocol. It is possible to increase the study sample size to maintain the original power of the study in the event the pooled variance of the standard deviation, a key statistical assumption in the power analysis, is not consistent with the original assumptions. This interim analysis is designed to protect the validity and integrity of the study. AxoGen has submitted the interim analysis to the FDA for review with the intention of obtaining agreement on next steps, which could include continuing study enrollment. The Company will provide further updates upon completion of the review, the timing of which is uncertain based upon near-term funding issues faced by the FDA.
“We are pleased to have achieved this important enrollment milestone, which we could not have reached without the dedication and commitment of each of the participating study teams,” said Karen Zaderej, chairman, CEO, and president of AxoGen. “We have been working diligently to transition our nerve graft from classification as a 361 HCT/P tissue product to a biologic product. The RECON® study is a critical step in this transition process.”
In September 2018 the FDA granted a Regenerative Medicine Advance Therapy (RMAT) designation for Avance® Nerve Graft. A regenerative medicine therapy is eligible for the designation if it is intended to treat, modify, reverse or cure a serious or life-threatening disease or condition, and preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the product has the potential to address unmet medical needs for such a disease or condition. The RMAT designation provides access to a streamlined approval process for regenerative medicine technologies and ensures continued informal meetings with the FDA in support of the BLA for Avance® Nerve Graft.
AxoGen (AXGN) is the leading company focused specifically on the science, development and commercialization of technologies for peripheral nerve regeneration and repair. We are passionate about helping to restore peripheral nerve function and quality of life to patients with physical damage or discontinuity to peripheral nerves by providing innovative, clinically proven and economically effective repair solutions for surgeons and health care providers. Peripheral nerves provide the pathways for both motor and sensory signals throughout the body. Every day, people suffer traumatic injuries or undergo surgical procedures that impact the function of their peripheral nerves. Physical damage to a peripheral nerve, or the inability to properly reconnect peripheral nerves, can result in the loss of muscle or organ function, the loss of sensory feeling, or the initiation of pain.
AxoGen's platform for peripheral nerve repair features a comprehensive portfolio of products, including Avance® Nerve Graft, a biologically active off-the-shelf processed human nerve allograft for bridging severed peripheral nerves without the comorbidities associated with a second surgical site; AxoGuard® Nerve Connector, a porcine submucosa extracellular matrix (ECM) coaptation aid for tensionless repair of severed peripheral nerves; AxoGuard® Nerve Protector, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to wrap and protect damaged peripheral nerves and reinforce the nerve reconstruction while preventing soft tissue attachments; and Avive® Soft Tissue Membrane, a minimally processed human umbilical cord membrane that may be used as a resorbable soft tissue covering to separate tissue layers and modulate inflammation in the surgical bed. Along with these core surgical products, AxoGen also offers AcroVal® Neurosensory & Motor Testing System and AxoTouch® Two-Point Discriminator. These evaluation and measurement tools assist health care professionals in detecting changes in sensation, assessing return of sensory, grip, and pinch function, evaluating effective treatment interventions, and providing feedback to patients on peripheral nerve function. The AxoGen portfolio of products is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and several other European and international countries.
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Kaila Krum, VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
Released January 15, 2019