The antibiotic surgical product may reduce incidence of surgical site
infections and reduce post-operative cost and complications
DEERFIELD, Ill. and ASHBURN, Va., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Baxter Healthcare Corporation today announced a licensing agreement with Innocoll Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a division of Innocoll, Inc., granting Baxter exclusive rights to market and distribute the company's gentamicin surgical implant in the United States. The gentamicin surgical implant will be the first and only biodegradable, leave-behind antibiotic surgical sponge used as an adjunct (add-on) therapy for prevention and treatment of surgical site infections (SSIs) in the United States. This agreement is expected to add to Baxter's biosurgical portfolio by giving surgeons an innovative option to help reduce risk of post-operative complications of SSIs during surgery.
The collagen-based implant is saturated with a high concentration of an antibiotic, gentamicin, designed to deliver the antibiotic directly to the target tissue while maintaining low levels of the drug in order to potentially reduce infection during and after surgery. The gentamicin surgical implant is fully biodegradable and can be left in the body after surgery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SSIs remain an ongoing problem for surgeons and are a burden on patients and the healthcare system, affecting more that 500,000 patients a year in the United States.
The product was developed using Innocoll's proprietary, collagen-based drug delivery technology, CollaRx, and is indicated outside of the United States as an adjunct to systemic antibiotic therapy for the treatment of localized, deep tissue infections and the prevention of SSIs in both hard and soft tissues.
The implant is approved in 49 countries spanning Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It is currently in two Phase III clinical trials in the United States to support a planned 2009 New Drug Application for U.S. regulatory approval.
"We look forward to making this product available for surgeons to help alleviate the burden of infections occurring from surgery. A gentamicin surgical implant complements Baxter's surgical portfolio of products for hemostasis and tissue sealing," said Ron Lloyd, vice president and general manager of Baxter's BioSurgery business.
Baxter is a global, diversified healthcare company with many specialty biologic products used in surgical settings for hemostasis, tissue sealing, tissue fixation and adhesion reduction. Innocoll, a privately held biopharmaceutical company, focuses on targeted biodegradable surgical implants and topical products to reduce infection.
"We are very pleased to announce this agreement with Baxter, a recognized market leader in specialty biologics," said Dr. Michael Myers, Innocoll chief executive officer. "We look forward to establishing a strong partnership with Baxter as we prepare for NDA filing and subsequent launch in the U.S. market."
Under the terms of the agreement, Baxter will pay a license fee and will make contingent clinical, regulatory and commercial milestone payments. Baxter will also contribute to the Phase III clinical costs and a portion of the registration fees. Innocoll will be responsible for the continued management of the clinical programs and the regulatory filing. Innocoll will manufacture and supply product to Baxter. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, Baxter expects to record a pre-tax charge of approximately $12 million for in-process research and development associated with this transaction in the third quarter of 2008.
About Innocoll, Inc.
Innocoll is a privately held, biopharmaceutical company focused on biodegradable surgical implants and topically applied healthcare products. It develops and manufactures a range of pharmaceutical products and medical devices using its proprietary collagen-based technologies, CollaRx(R) and Liquicoll(R). Innocoll's lead product, Gentamicin Surgical Implant for the treatment and prevention of SSIs, is approved for sale in 49 countries in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The gentamicin surgical implant is currently in Phase III development in the United States for the prevention of SSIs. Other late stage pharmaceutical products in Innocoll's development pipeline include CollaRx Gentamicin Topical for the treatment and prevention of infected diabetic foot ulcers and CollaRx Bupivacaine Implant for the management of post-operative pain, both of which are currently in Phase II development. For more information, please visit http://www.innocollinc.com.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation is the principal U.S. operating subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX). Baxter International Inc. develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Baxter's expectations related to its licensing agreement with Innocoll and the timing of U.S. regulatory approval of Innocoll's gentamicin surgical implant. These statements are based on assumptions about many important factors, including the following, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: the ability of Innocoll to obtain U.S. regulatory approval of its gentamicin surgical implant; the ability of Baxter to effectively capitalize on opportunities in the U.S. for gentamicin surgical implants; demand for and market acceptance of gentamicin surgical implants in the U.S.; the impact of competitive products and pricing and disruptive technologies; internal and external factors that could impact commercialization; and other risks discussed in Baxter's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Baxter's SEC filings are available on its website. Baxter does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements and all forward-looking statements speak only as of the time when made. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements.
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