Tuesday, October 26, 2010

EU Protocol for the use of CryoLife BioFoam

CryoLife protocol for EU rollout of BioFoam, Click Thumbnail to view.

On 10/27/09, CryoLife (NYSE: CRY) announced that the FDA has granted approval for the company's Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) to conduct a human clinical trial for its BioFoam Surgical Matrix protein hydro-gel technology. BioFoam will be used to help seal liver parenchymal tissue when cessation of bleeding by ligature or other conventional methods is ineffective or impractical. The approved IDE is for a prospective, multicenter, randomized feasibility study evaluating safety outcomes of BioFoam as compared to a standard topical hemo-static agent. The feasibility investigation will be conducted at two investigational sites and will enroll 20 eligible subjects with 10 subjects in each treatment group.
CryoLife now will seek approval from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which will be the final step necessary to begin this trial. CryoLife is currently conducting a 60-patient controlled clinical launch of BioFoam at up to six centers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. Upon successful completion of the feasibility study, and subsequent FDA and DoD approvals, a follow-on prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled pivotal study will be conducted. It is currently anticipated that the pivotal investigation will enroll a total of 164 eligible subjects, 82 subjects in each treatment group across a maximum of 10 investigational sites.

Tenaxis Medical, Inc. Announces 'Fileable' Status of PMA

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Tenaxis Medical submitted its PMA to the FDA on July 27, 2010 and has now received confirmation from the FDA that "we have made a threshold determination that the PMA is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review and is, therefore, suitable for filing."
In the pivotal study designed to demonstrate superiority, the ArterX Surgical Sealant was compared to a thrombin soaked gelatin-sponge hemostat to reduce or eliminate suture line bleeding.  President & Chief Executive Officer, David Smithcommented, "We are delighted that the FDA has made the determination to substantively review the PMA. We are continuing to prepare for our US launch and this was an important milestone."
About Tenaxis Medical, Inc.
Incorporated in 2004 and located in Mountain View, CA, Tenaxis Medical, Inc. is a privately held company. It develops novel, high performance sealants for use in vascular and general surgery.  In addition to the ArterX Surgical Sealant, the company is developing a second high performance sealant for use throughout the gastrointestinal tract, and an anti-adhesion agent that can be delivered laparoscopically to help prevent or reduce pelvic and abdominal adhesions.
CONTACT: Ronald Dieck, +1-650-691-9016, ext. 110, for Tenaxis Medical, Inc.