LYNBROOK, N.Y., May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: BSTC), a biopharmaceutical company that originated and continues to develop collagenase based-therapies with a first in class collagenase-based product marketed as XIAFLEX® in the U.S. and Xiapex® in Europe, today announced the publication of data highlighting the efficacy of collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) for the treatment of uterine fibroids in the May 2016 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in an article titled, "Loss of Stiffness in Collagen-Rich Uterine Fibroids after Digestion with Purified Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum." The data show that highly purified CCH can reduce the stiffness of human uterine fibroids ex-vivo and potentially decrease their size.
"These encouraging data showing reduction in stiffness are exciting as they demonstrate the benefits of CCH as a potential non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroid patients and further support our plans to initiate a Phase I trial in the second half of this year," said Thomas L. Wegman, President of BioSpecifics. "Uterine fibroids have a substantial content of collagen, which is believed to contribute to the many morbidities associated with the condition. We aim to demonstrate how CCH can ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes in a non-surgical setting due to its ability to improve elasticity which may lead to shrinkage through changed mechanotransduction and potentially result in reduced fibroid symptoms of pain and bleeding."
"Uterine fibroids are a significant health problem and the leading cause of hysterectomies in the U.S. They occur in 70-80 percent of women before age 50 and often cause bleeding and pain and can interfere considerably with daily life. There are limited current treatment options available to patients and we look forward to the start of the CCH trial later this year," said the study's lead author, Dr. Phyllis Leppert, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine.
In this preclinical study, uterine fibroid tissue samples were removed from uterine fibroids that were obtained from subjects undergoing scheduled hysterectomies. These tissue samples were injected with diluent, placebo, or highly purified CCH at three different dose levels. Fibrosis in untreated fibroids ranged from 37% to 77%, while fibrosis after treatment with collagenase for 96 hours ranged from 2.4% to 5.3%. A significant decrease in stiffness was achieved with all doses and at all time points.
This collaborative study was conducted with support from BioSpecifics by researchers at Duke Medicine including Dr. Friederike Jayes, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Dr. Phyllis Leppert, Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Leppert is a leading researcher in the molecular biology and development of medical treatments for uterine fibroids. This work stems from earlier work of Dr. Leppert conducted at the National Institutes of Health which demonstrated that disorganized interstitial collagens are a major component of uterine fibroids.
The article can be accessed online at www.ajog.org.
About Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors with significant co-morbidities, which can include pelvic discomfort and pain, decreased fertility, pregnancy complications, increased rate of miscarriage, heavy menstrual bleeding and frequent urination, and they contain large amounts of collagen. Uterine fibroids are the primary indication for hysterectomy in this country, accounting for approximately 200,000 annually. Uterine fibroids have been estimated to cost up to $9 billion annually in the U.S.
About BioSpecifics Technologies Corp.
BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company that has developed injectable collagenase for twelve clinical indications to date. Injectable collagenase is marketed as XIAFLEX® in the U.S. for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and Peyronie's disease by BioSpecifics' partner, Endo International plc (Endo). XIAFLEX® is also commercialized in Japan, Europe, Canada and Australia for Dupuytren's contracture and also for Peyronie's disease in Europe. Endo has the following partnerships outside the U.S. for these two indications: Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi) has marketing rights for Xiapex® (the European tradename for XIAFLEX) in 71 Eurasian and African countries, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Actelion) has marketing rights in Canada and Australia and Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation (Asahi) has marketing rights in Japan. Sobi is currently selling Xiapex in Europe for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and Peyronie's disease. Asahi has received regulatory approval and is currently selling XIAFLEX for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture in Japan. Actelion has received regulatory approval for and is currently selling XIAFLEX in Canada and Australia for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture. The XIAFLEX development pipeline includes several additional promising indications. Endo is currently managing the development of cellulite, adhesive capsulitis, canine lipoma, lateral hip fat and plantar fibromatosis. BioSpecifics is currently managing the clinical development of human lipoma and plans to initiate clinical development of uterine fibroids in the second half of 2016. For more information, please visit www.biospecifics.com.
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