Sunday, April 24, 2011

Recombinant Human Albumin for Use in Unique Sealant Technology

Novozymes Biopharma is pleased to announce that its recombinant human albumin, albucult®, is being used by Neomend in its ProGEL® PLATINUM surgical sealant.
This product will be commercially available in Europe beginning in the second quarter of 2011. Neomend is an innovator in sealant and adhesion prevention products for the surgical marketplace. The company utilises albucult as a key component in ProGEL PLATINUM, the only sealant of its kind developed to treat pleural air leaks following lung resection surgery. Neomend’s ProGEL is a hydrogel polymer consisting of Novozymes’ albucult and a cross-linking component of polyethylene glycol (PEG). When they are combined, a rapid cross-linking reaction creates a hydrogel matrix that results in the formation of a strong, adherent and flexible seal. The technology, which has received a European CE Mark, enables surgeons to more effectively treat lung air leaks during surgery and has already been used in more than 8,000 procedures in the US since April of last year.
David Renzi, Neomend’s President and CEO, commented: “Novozymes’ extensive experience in manufacturing, regulatory and global supply, combined with its commitment to innovation, makes the company the ideal partner for Neomend to work with on its unique sealant technology. We will launch ProGEL PLATINUM in Europe in the second quarter of this year, while also continuing the development of this platform technology into other clinical areas such as spine, general surgery and gynecology.”
“Novozymes is delighted that Neomend has selected albucult for use in its unique sealant technology”, said Dermot Pearson, Marketing Director, Novozymes Biopharma. “The partnership demonstrates Novozymes’ commitment to providing quality materials for use in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and allows the company to position itself as a reliable partner in the wound sealant and medical device markets.” The use of albucult in ProGEL PLATINUM and other medical devices confers a range of unique advantages not possible with animal-derived ingredients such as sustainability of supply, GMP compliance and improved biocompatibility. Albucult also delivers unprecedented performance and quality benefits to medical applications including sealants, device coating and cell therapy applications while ensuring batch-to-batch consistency, which can significantly reduce lot testing burdens for customers.

ORTHOCON Receives CE Mark and Health Canada Medical Device License for HEMASORB

IRVINGTON, New York, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Absorbable Bone Hemostat Matrix Cleared For Clinical Use and Sale in Europe and Canada

ORTHOCON, Inc., a privately-held therapeutic device company, today announced that DEKRA and Health Canada have cleared its HEMASORB Absorbable Bone Hemostat Matrix for clinical use and sale in Europe and Canada.
HEMASORB is a ready-to-use, biocompatible, water resistant, and absorbable putty designed to rapidly stop bleeding when applied to damaged or cut bone. Control of bleeding from cut bone is a problem in many operative procedures including spine, orthopedic, cardiac, and craniomaxillofacial surgeries. Excessive bleeding during surgery may impair the surgeon's view of the operative field, may result in the need for blood transfusions, and may be associated with post-operative complications. ORTHOCON estimates that over 3.5 million patients undergoing surgeries in the United States, Europe, and Canada each year could benefit from the intra-operative use of HEMASORB.
"We are pleased that HEMASORB has been cleared for clinical use and sale in Europe and Canada," said John J. Pacifico, President and Chief Executive Officer of ORTHOCON. "We are confident HEMASORB will provide surgeons in Europe and Canada with an innovative and cost-effective tool to assist in their management of intra-operative bone bleeding, and we fully expect HEMASORB to become the standard of care for bone hemostasis."
HEMASORB, previously cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via the 510(k) premarket notification process, was first introduced in the U.S. in 2010. The product has been approved for sale at leading hospitals throughout the United States and is used successfully by hundreds of surgeons. ORTHOCON will continue to focus its efforts on increasing adoption of HEMASORB in the U.S. and is actively pursuing product distribution partnerships in Europe and Canada to ensure HEMASORB becomes widely available to surgical patients in these markets.

Founded in 2005, ORTHOCON develops, manufactures, markets, and sells implantable products that stop bone bleeding. ORTHOCON's technology platform is also being developed to enable controlled, local drug delivery to the treatment site.
ORTHOCON is funded by leading international venture capital investment firms. The company occupies 8,000 square feet at its state-of-the-art facility in Irvington, New York. For more information, please visit