YAVNE, Israel, Sept. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediWound Ltd. (Nasdaq:MDWD), a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company bringing innovative therapies to address unmet needs in severe burn and wound management, reports positive top-line results from the second cohort of the Company's Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating EscharEx® for debridement of dead or damaged tissue in diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) and venous leg ulcers (VLU).
The second cohort was a prospective, randomized, controlled, assessor-blinded Phase 2 trial to evaluate EscharEx safety over extended periods of application (24-72 hours) in up to eight applications to provide supportive data for a future Biologics License Application (BLA) filing. The second cohort included 38 patients with DFUs or VLUs that were randomized to either EscharEx or the hydrogel vehicle at a ratio of 2:1, respectively. The top-line results include data following the completion of the debridement period by all patients. The primary objective of the second cohort of the study was to assess safety.
The overall patient demographics and wound baseline characteristics were comparable across both arms. No related systemic adverse events were reported and adverse events related to local application were mild to moderate, reversible and
resolved during the trial. Vital signs, pain scores, infection rates, laboratory parameters and blood loss were comparable between the two arms of the trial. Overall, no material safety concerns were identified.
"Effective debridement is a critical first step to facilitate wound management and is complementary to existing wound healing products, which require a clean wound bed. In the treatment of chronic wounds, it is important to adjust the treatment strategy to the patients' needs and wound conditions, and therefore establishing safety over extended period of application is important," stated Prof. Lior Rosenberg, M.D., Chief Medical Technology Officer of MediWound, former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Soroka University Medical Center (Beer Sheva, Israel).
"We believe EscharEx has the potential to become an important product in the wound care market, and a valuable asset for MediWound. We intend to initiate the EscharEx U.S. Phase 3 pivotal program in the first half of 2018," stated Gal Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediWound.
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, chronic and other hard-to-heal wounds, connective tissue disorders and other indications. MediWound's first innovative biopharmaceutical product, NexoBrid®, received marketing authorization from the European Medicines Agency as well as the Israeli and Argentinian Ministries of Health, for the removal of dead or damaged tissue, known as eschar, in adults with deep partial- and full-thickness thermal burns and was launched in Europe, Israel, and Argentina. 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, relative to the existing standard of care, without harming viable tissues.
MediWound's second innovative product candidate, EscharEx®, is a topical biological drug being developed for debridement of chronic and other hard-to-heal wounds and is complementary to the large number of existing wound healing products, which require a clean wound bed in order to heal the wound. EscharEx® contains the same proteolytic enzyme technology as NexoBrid®, and benefits from existing development data on NexoBrid®. In January 2017, MediWound reported final results from the first cohort of its second phase 2 study evaluating EscharEx for the debridement of
chronic and other hard-to-heal wounds in which EscharEx met its primary endpoint demonstrating higher incidence of complete debridement with statistical significance. For more information, please visit www.mediwound.com.
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