Axogen, Inc. Begins Processing Avance® Nerve Graft at New State-of-the-Art Facility in Dayton, Ohio
ALACHUA, Fla. and TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a global leader in developing and marketing innovative surgical solutions for peripheral nerve injuries, today announced the successful first week of processing for Avance Nerve Graft at the newly opened Axogen Processing Center (APC), in Dayton, Ohio.
“We are pleased to mark this significant milestone as we begin processing Avance Nerve Graft in our new APC facility,” commented Karen Zaderej, Axogen's Chairman, CEO, and President. “The APC is a world-class tissue processing center that will support our Biologics License Application (BLA) submission in the first half of 2024 and our long-term growth. The BLA will further solidify our leadership in the nerve market, as we continue to provide surgeons and their patients with improved quality-of-life solutions for nerve-related challenges.”
The commencement of Avance processing in the APC is an important step towards the biologics validation that will support the submission of the BLA. The new 107,000 square feet facility includes ISO14644 clean rooms, internal quality labs, a surgeon and tissue agency training lab, and state-of-the-art support systems and redundancies required of high-quality, biologic processes. The APC provides up to three times the current processing capacity and was designed for future growth and expansion.
“The local team in Dayton has done an impressive job in the construction of this world-class processing center,” remarked Todd Puckett, Vice President, Manufacturing. “We have assembled an excellent team of nearly 100 employees who are deeply committed to honoring the gift of tissue donation as we continue to revolutionize the science of nerve repair. We also appreciate our partnership with the State of Ohio, the City of Vandalia, and the Dayton Development Coalition for their support in the development of the APC.”
Axogen (AXGN) is the leading Company focused specifically on the science, development, and commercialization of technologies for peripheral nerve regeneration and repair. Axogen employees are passionate about helping to restore peripheral nerve function and quality of life to patients with physical damage or transection 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 that are used across two primary application categories: scheduled, non-trauma procedures and emergent trauma procedures. Scheduled procedures are generally characterized as those where a patient is seeking relief from conditions caused by a nerve defect or surgical procedure. These procedures include providing sensation for women seeking breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, nerve reconstruction following the surgical removal of painful neuromas, oral and maxillofacial procedures, and nerve decompression. Emergent procedures are generally characterized as procedures resulting from injuries that initially present in an ER. These procedures are typically referred to and completed by a specialist either immediately or within a few days following the initial injury.
Axogen’s product portfolio includes 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 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; Axoguard HA+ Nerve Protector™, a porcine submucosa ECM base layer coated with a proprietary hyaluronate-alginate gel, a next-generation technology designed to provide short- and long-term protection for peripheral nerve injuries; and Axoguard Nerve Cap®, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to protect a peripheral nerve end and separate the nerve from the surrounding environment to reduce the development of symptomatic or painful neuroma. The Axogen portfolio of products is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, and several other countries.
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Released August 21, 2023