Histogenics’ NeoCart at the Forefront of Cartilage Regeneration
WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Histogenics, a regenerative medicine company combining cell therapy and tissue engineering technologies to develop highly innovative products for tissue repair and regeneration, announced today that it has been named to the FierceMedicalDevices “Fierce 15” list, designating it as one of the leading medical device and diagnostic companies of 2012. FierceMedicalDevices Editors Mark Hollmer and Damian Garde, in conjunction with Editor-in-Chief John Carroll and Executive Editor Ryan McBride, chose this year’s winners based on their top management teams, notable financial backing, and promising technologies and market opportunities.
“We have worked hard over the past year, securing $49 million in financing and adding key new staff, investors and board members, so that we are now in the position to focus our full attention on continued successful clinical and regulatory execution for NeoCart® cartilage regeneration implant, which is currently enrolling patients into the Phase 3 IND clinical study, and the EU regulatory development of our VeriCart™ cartilage repair scaffold,” said Patrick O’Donnell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Histogenics. “We believe our product candidates have the potential to transform the treatment of cartilage injury with the goal of returning some of the estimated 1.8 million patients each year in the U.S. and E.U. that undergo arthroscopy for knee cartilage defects to their pre-injury level of activity.”
“Nailing down $49 million in financing in July reinforces the notion that this regenerative medicine company stands out for doing things differently. One example how: The company is well underway enrolling patients in a Phase 3 trial for NeoCart, a cartilage implant that uses a patient’s own cells to build it before treating cartilage lesions in the knee,” said Hollmer.
NeoCart™ is an autologous neocartilage tissue implant in an ongoing Phase 3 clinical program that utilizes the patient’s own cells to regenerate cartilage in patients suffering from cartilage lesions in the knee. VeriCart™, is a single-step, cell-free collagen scaffold uniquely designed to be used in conjunction with the patient’s own stem cells to repair small cartilage defects frequently observed in meniscal and anterior cruciate ligament repair procedures. Histogenics is seeking regulatory clearance in the European Union for VeriCart.
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Histogenics is a leading regenerative medicine company that combines cell therapy and tissue engineering technologies to develop highly innovative products for tissue repair and regeneration. In May of 2011, Histogenics acquired Israeli cell-therapy company ProChon BioTech. Histogenics’ flagship products focus on the treatment of active patients suffering from articular cartilage derived pain and immobility. The Company takes an interdisciplinary approach to engineering neocartilage that looks, acts and lasts like hyaline cartilage. It is developing new treatments for sports injuries and other orthopedic conditions, where demand is growing for long-term alternatives to joint replacement. Histogenics has successfully completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials in which the NeoCart autologous tissue implant’s effectiveness is compared to that of standard microfracture surgery. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, the company is privately held. For more information, visit www.histogenics.com.