Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology and Renowned Professor/Physician Establish a Collaboration to Repair and Regenerate the Uterus

Holliston, MA, Dec. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc. (OTCQB: HRGN) (“Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing the technology to regenerate organs inside the body to treat severe diseases, today announced that it officially executed a Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) with Hugh Taylor, MD, chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. The program will focus on the use of Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology’s cell-based scaffold platform to restore fertility by repairing uterine tissue in a mouse model of uterine damage.

Intrauterine adhesions (IUAs) are considered one of the main reproductive system diseases in women worldwide, characterized by endometrial fibrosis with partial to complete obliteration of the uterine cavity and/or cervical canal. Any event that causes damage to the endometrium may lead to the development of IUAs, resulting in menstrual disturbances, infertility and (recurrent) pregnancy loss. IUAs have a debilitating impact on the health and quality of life in women of childbearing age while the economic burden is substantial.

“We are excited to expand the use of our technology into an area of women’s health that will hopefully lead to treating infertility in women that require repair or regeneration of their uterine tissue,” commented Jerry He, HRGN's Chief Executive Officer.

“The program is designed to repair damaged uterine tissue and restore fertility by regenerating the endometrium in women whose uterus has been damaged following a Dilation and Curettage procedure, a common procedure used to remove unwanted embryonic tissue that may be retained following a miscarriage or abortion. This will be a unique opportunity to test our technology in a hollow organ outside the gastrointestinal tract,” commented William Fodor, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer. “Restoring fertility to women through the regeneration of the endometrium will be a significant advancement in women’s health and will provide a treatment for many who are unable to conceive due to a damaged uterus,” said Taylor, who is also a professor at Yale School of Medicine and endometriosis expert.

About Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc.

We are a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing regenerative-medicine treatments for disorders of the gastro-intestinal system and other organs resulting from cancer, trauma or birth defects. Our technology is based on our proprietary cell-therapy platform that uses a patient’s own stem cells to regenerate and restore function to damaged organs. We believe that our technology represents a next-generation solution for restoring organ function because it allows the patient to regenerate their own organ, thus eliminating the need for human donor or animal transplants, the sacrifice of another of the patient’s own organs or permanent artificial implants.

We conducted the world’s first successful regeneration of the esophagus in a patient with esophageal cancer in August 2017. This surgery was performed by Dr. Dennis Wigle, Chair of Thoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. The results were published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology Clinical and Research Reports in August 2021. The procedure demonstrated that our technology was able to successfully regenerate esophageal tissue, including the mucosal lining, to restore the integrity, continuity and functionality of the esophageal tube. 

HRGN has 13 issued U.S. patents, 2 issued in China, 1 issued in Japan, 2 issued in Europe, 2 U.S. orphan-drug designations which can provide seven years of market exclusivity in the US market after market approval from the FDA and 1 EMA orphan drug designation, which can provide ten years of market exclusivity in the European market after market approval from the EMA.

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