MediWound Receives Positive CHMP Opinion Recommending Approval for NexoBrid® to Treat Pediatric Patients
The label expansion will solidify NexoBrid’s position in the EU as a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for burn patients of all ages
YAVNE, Israel, Nov. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediWound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD), a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on next-generation enzymatic therapeutics for tissue repair, today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion recommending a change to the terms of the marketing authorization for NexoBrid in Europe to include all age groups for removal of eschar in patients with deep partial- and full-thickness thermal burns. The CHMP positive opinion is pending a decision by the European Commission, which is expected imminently.
This positive opinion is based on the results of a global Phase 3 trial that evaluated the safety and efficacy of NexoBrid in hospitalized pediatric patients (CIDS study), funded by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is also supported by additional pediatric data available from Phase 3 and Phase 2 studies conducted during the clinical development of NexoBrid.
The Phase 3 study met its three primary endpoints with a high degree of statistical significance. NexoBrid demonstrated a significant reduction in the time to achieve complete eschar removal and a significant reduction in the wound area requiring surgical excision (surgical need) while demonstrating non-inferiority to SOC in quality of scars as measured by MVSS. The study also met certain secondary endpoints showing statistically significant reduction in the incidence of surgical excision and a reduction in the need for autograft in deep partial burns, as well as a favorable trend in the reduction of blood loss during the eschar removal process. In addition, the study confirmed NexoBrid to be safe and well-tolerated for all ages.
“This significant milestone advances our goal to redefine the standard of care for the treatment of severe burns. The current standard, surgery, is extremely traumatic to both patients and their families. NexoBrid offers a safe, fast, and highly effective debridement alternative to surgery, minimizing blood loss and reducing the time required for treatment,” said Ofer Gonen, CEO of MediWound. He added, “From a commercial perspective, pediatric burn victims comprise more than 30% of the total burn population making this new indication a significant addition to our addressable market.”
NexoBrid® is a topically administered biological product that enzymatically removes nonviable burn tissue, or eschar, in patients with deep partial and/or full-thickness thermal burns without harming viable tissue. NexoBrid is approved in over 40 countries, including in United States, European Union and Japan, where it has been designated as an orphan biologic drug.
NexoBrid development has been supported in whole or in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR); Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under contract HHSO100201500035C. This contract provided funding and technical support for the pivotal U.S. Phase 3 clinical study (DETECT), the randomized, controlled pivotal clinical trial for use in the pediatric population (CIDS), the marketing approval registration process for NexoBrid as well as its procurement and availability under the expanded access treatment protocol (NEXT) in the U.S. Additional projects for evaluation of NexoBrid funded under the BARDA contract include establishment of a pre-emergency use data package and development of the health economic model to evaluate the cost savings impact to enable market adoption in the United States.
MediWound Ltd. (Nasdaq: MDWD) is the global leader in next-generation enzymatic therapeutics focused on non-surgical tissue repair. Specializing in the development, production and commercialization of solutions that seek to replace existing standards of care, the Company is committed to providing rapid and effective biologics that improve patient experiences and outcomes, while reducing costs and unnecessary surgeries.
MediWound’s first drug, NexoBrid®, is an FDA-approved orphan biologic for eschar removal in severe burns that can replace surgical interventions and minimize associated costs and complications. Utilizing the same core biotherapeutic enzymatic platform technology, MediWound has developed a strong R&D pipeline including the Company’s lead drug under development, EscharEx®. EscharEx is a Phase III-ready biologic for debridement of chronic wounds with significant advantages over the $300 million monopoly legacy drug and an opportunity to expand the market. MediWound’s pipeline also includes MW005, a topical therapeutic for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma that has demonstrated positive results in a recently completed Phase I/II study.
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These and other significant factors are discussed in greater detail in MediWound’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 16, 2023 and Quarterly Reports on Form 6-K and other filings with the SEC from time-to-time. These forward-looking statements reflect MediWound’s current views as of the date hereof and MediWound undertakes, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect a change in their respective views or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release except as required by law.
|Hani Luxenburg||Daniel Ferry|
|Chief Financial Officer||Managing Director|
|MediWound Ltd.||LifeSci Advisors, LLC|