YAVNE, Israel, Jan. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediWound Ltd. (Nasdaq:MDWD), a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company bringing innovative therapies to address unmet needs in severe burn and wound management, announces that two presentations highlighting NexoBrid’s potential role in managing Mass Casualty Incidence will be presented at the 4th International Conference on Preparedness and Response of Healthcare Systems to Emergencies and Disasters (IPRED IV), being held January 10 – 13, 2016 in Tel Aviv.
The following presentations highlighting NexoBrid will be presented on January 12th between 14:40-16:10:
|Title:||“The Role of Effective, Fast and Specific Enzymatic Debriding Agent”|
|Authors:||Prof. Lior Rosenberg, M.D., Chief Medical and Technology Officer, MediWound Ltd.|
|Title:||“The role of NexoBrid rapid enzymatic debridement in the treatment of fire disasters in view of the recent Romanian mass casualty incident”|
|Authors:||Yaron Shoham, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs, MediWound Ltd.|
The Israeli Ministry of Health and the Home Front Command have established a tradition of providing an international platform for sharing ideas, knowledge and experience for practitioners and researchers in the fields of preparedness and response to disasters and emergencies.
The IPRED IV conference will provide an excellent platform and opportunity for international networking, as well as enhancement of research, in order to contribute towards the development of the Science of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
MediWound is currently conducting a U.S. Phase 3 clinical study of NexoBrid for the removal of eschar in adults with deep-partial and full-thickness thermal burns, which is being funded, in part, with federal funds under a contract from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) that is valued at up to $112 million. The BARDA contract underscores the important role NexoBrid can have in treating severe burn patients, particularly in mass casualty incidents, where rapid medical intervention is critical.
“The use of NexoBrid, a fast-acting, eschar-specific enzymatic debriding agent, reduces surgical burden and can contribute in a mass casualty incidence by reducing dependency on burn specialists, nurses and surgical facilities, which are scarce during such large scale emergencies. The resulting reduced surgical burden may increase surge capacity and preparedness for burn mass casualties disasters,” said Gal Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediWound.
“In a disaster in Romania, where the capacity to carry out surgeries in over 100 burn victims was limited, NexoBrid demonstrated its ability to contribute to the management of a mass casualty incidence by allowing for the nonsurgical treatment of over 35 patients in less than three days, thus alleviating the surgical bottleneck,” noted Mr. Cohen.
“We look forward to working with various governments and international agencies to advance the use of NexoBrid for mass casualty and disaster preparedness, as well as in military medicine,” added Mr. Cohen.
NexoBrid represents a new paradigm in burn care management having demonstrated in clinical studies, with statistical significance, its ability to non-surgically and rapidly remove in a single, four-hour application the dead or the damaged tissue (eschar) earlier than other modalities, without harming viable tissue. In clinical studies NexoBrid has demonstrated a significant reduction in surgical burden with long-term outcomes that are comparable to the current surgical treatment. NexoBrid was granted marketing authorization from the European Medicines Agency and the Israeli and Argentinean Ministries of Health for the removal of eschar in adults with deep partial and full-thickness thermal burns, and has been launched in Europe and Israel.
About MediWound Ltd.
MediWound is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing novel therapeutics based on its patented proteolytic enzyme technology to address unmet needs in the fields of severe burns, as well as chronic and other hard-to-heal wounds. MediWound’s first innovative biopharmaceutical product, NexoBrid, received marketing authorization from the European Medicines Agency for removal of dead or damaged tissue, known as eschar, in adults with deep partial- and full-thickness thermal burns and has been launched in Europe. NexoBrid represents a new paradigm in burn care management, and clinical trials have demonstrated, with statistical significance, its ability to non-surgically and rapidly remove the eschar earlier and, without harming viable tissues. For more information, please visit www.mediwound.com.
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|Anne Marie Fields|
|Sharon Malka||Senior Vice President|
|Chief Financial & Operations Officer||LHA|