Cohera Medical, Inc.® Enrolls First Patient in Clinical Trial of its Sylys® Surgical Sealant in the U.S.
RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cohera Medical, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, today announced that it has enrolled the first patient in a prospective, multicenter, randomized clinical trial for its Sylys® Surgical Sealant device.
Sylys® Surgical Sealant is intended to be used as an adjunct to standard closure techniques for the reinforcement and protection of anastomotic junctions in colorectal and ileorectal anastomosis procedures. Sylys is a resorbable synthetic sealant designed to help reduce anastomotic leakage by providing additional support to the anastomosis during the first few days of healing, when the development of leaks is most likely to occur.
The randomized clinical study will compare patients undergoing colorectal and ileorectal anastomosis after resection with and without the sealant. The study is the first phase of a clinical trial program designed to support the safety and efficacy of the sealant in reducing the leak rate in these procedures.
Anastomotic leakage, which occurs in up to 23 percent of patients undergoing colorectal surgery, is considered to be one of the most serious surgical complications encountered, frequently resulting in the rapid development of severe peritonitis, septic shock, multiple organ dysfunction, and death. At least one third of post-surgical deaths following colorectal surgery are attributed to leaks, and survivors generally have protracted and expensive recoveries.
“The start of our U.S. clinical trial for Sylys® Surgical Sealant is another major milestone for Cohera,” said Patrick Daly, President and CEO of Cohera Medical, Inc®. “The hard work and dedication of the entire team and our clinical partners is paying dividends now and we believe will provide patient and surgeon benefits in the future with reduced leaks and co-morbidities.”
The market for Sylys® Surgical Sealant is significant, with more than one million procedures per year worldwide representing a multi-billion dollar opportunity. Due to the unmet clinical need, Sylys would represent a breakthrough in this market that will lead to improved patient outcomes as well as reduced patient management costs for healthcare providers.
About Cohera Medical
Cohera Medical, Inc. is a growing medical device company that is developing and commercializing a line of surgical adhesives and sealants. Cohera Medical’s products are based on a unique chemical design that is resorbable, non-toxic, and easy-to-use. The Company’s lead product, TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive, is indicated for use in the U.S. for the approximation of tissue planes in abdominoplasty procedures. Refer to the complete Directions for Use information available at TissuGlu.com for a full description of use information including the contraindications, warnings, precautions, benefits, and risks of use of TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive. TissuGlu is currently approved for sale in the EU for the approximation of tissue layers where subcutaneous dead space exists between the tissue planes in large flap surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty and is being utilized in Europe to eliminate drains or reduce complications in patients undergoing large flap surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty, mastectomy, ventral hernia repair, decubitus and latissimus dorsi flap procedures. The Company’s second product under development, Sylys® Surgical Sealant, the first synthetic sealant designed specifically to help reduce anastomotic leaks, has received CE Mark approval in Europe as an adjunct to standard closure in ileostomy reversal procedures. TissuGlu and Sylys are the first products in a pipeline of technology that includes adhesives for surgical mesh fixation, meniscal repair and other orthopedic indications. Sylys and the other Cohera Medical products are currently available for investigational use only and have not yet been approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S..
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TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is covered by one or more of the following U.S. Patents 7,264,823; 8,182,647; 8,652,293; 8,950,629. Other Patents Pending.
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