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Innocoll Announces Dosing of First Patient in a Second US Phase 2 Clinical Trial to Investigate CollaRx(R) BUPIVACAINE SURGICAL IMPLANT for the Management of Post-operative Pain
Date:3/13/2008

ASHBURN, Va., March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Innocoll, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, announced that the second of a series of planned phase 2 clinical trials sponsored by its wholly owned subsidiary, Innocoll Technologies Ltd, to investigate CollaRx(R) BUPIVACAINE SURGICAL IMPLANT for the management of post-operative pain, has commenced dosing.

Innocoll's BUPIVACAINE SURGICAL IMPLANT is a biodegradable and fully bioresorbable matrix of purified fibrillar collagen impregnated with the local anesthetic, bupivacaine, which has been specifically developed and formulated using Innocoll's proprietary CollaRx sponge technology. It is under development in the US and Europe for the management of post-operative pain following moderate/major abdominal, gynecological, abdominal, thoracic, and orthopedic surgeries.

Post-operative pain is typically controlled with narcotic analgesics such as morphine, but systemic administration of these drugs can result in unfavorable side effects including suppression of breathing, sedation, nausea and vomiting, and can also affect patient recovery. Innocoll's BUPIVACAINE SURGICAL IMPLANT is intended to provide pain control directly at the surgical site and thus reduce the level of additional analgesia required following surgery. The collagen matrix naturally biodegrades over a few days and the bupivacaine is released to provide local analgesia for up to 96 hours post- operatively. A key feature of Innocoll's product is the ability to implant it directly into the surgical cavity and at different layers within the wound, such as across the peritoneum incision and directly below the skin incision, which enables localized treatment of both the incisional and deep, visceral pain components normally associated with moderate and major surgery. The bioresorbable nature of the collagen matrix also offers significant clinical benefits and convenience advantages over ambulatory infusion pumps often used to pro
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