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Kerecis MariGen Omega3 fish skin (Photo Credit: Kerecis)

Kerecis' Fish Skin Completes Successful Immunology Study

  (ICELAND, 5/6/2013)

Kerecis has announced that its recent clinical trial found no allergenic reactions to its fish-skin-composed MariGen Omega3 technology. In the trial, 40 patients were tested for allergic reactions after having their skin challenged with MariGen Omega3. Kerecis made the announcement at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care in Denver, Colorado.

Kerecis is a medical device company focused on the treatment of tissue damage with Omega3-based regenerative technologies. The company is developing a range of tissue-regeneration products based on the company’s MariGen Omega3 technology. The most advanced product is MariGen Wound, which is indicated for the management of chronic wounds, including diabetic, vascular and other hard-to-heal wounds.

Currently marketed porcine transplant extra-cellular matrix (left) and MariGen Omega3 fish skin (right) at 300x magnification, SEM
(Photo Credit: Kerecis)

Products based on the MariGen Omega3 technology are intact, decellularized fish skin sheets that have had all cells and antigenic materials removed.(Fish skin is largely made from the same material as human skin, with the addition of Omega3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.)

MariGen Omega3 products are applied to areas of tissue damage where they recruit the body's own cells, are incorporated into the wound, and ultimately are converted into functional, living tissue. Patents are pending for the MariGen Omega3technology in several countries around the world.

 Kerecis MariGen™ Omega3 fish skin
(Photo Credit: Kerecis)

Fish allergies are caused by the GadC molecule, which plays a role in fish muscle movements. The clinical trial demonstrated that no GadC molecules are found in fish skin, which is the basic ingredient of the MariGen Omega3 products.

Dr. Baldur Tumi Baldursson (PhD) (MD), Kerecis Medical Director says: "This 40-patient clinical study further demonstrates the safety of the MariGen Omega3 tissue-regeneration technology. More than 100 patients have now participated in our clinical studies and no one has demonstrated any allergenic or otherwise adverse reaction to the material."

Kerecis Director for Clinical R&D, Dr. Hilmar Kjartansson (MD) says: "The allergy study is one of two studies that the U.S. Federal Drug and Food Agency (FDA) required us to execute before clearing MariGen Omega3 for use as a wound-treatment product. We are pleased that we are now half-way through the FDA-required program, and plan to have regulatory clearance before the end of the year.”

 Kerecis team (Photo Credit: NSA Ventures)

About Kerecis

Kerecis is a development and manufacturing business producing a novel, patent-pending, tissue-regeneration material derived from fish skin to accelerate the healing of wounds and tissue reconstruction.

The Kerecis material addresses the large unmet need of the double-digit-growth biologics segment of the chronic-wounds, hernia-repair and dermatology markets. Development programs both involve the development of regenerative technologies for repairing damaged tissue in vivo, as well as growing the tissues and organs in vitro and implanting them into the patient at a later stage.

The Kerecis material offers advantages over existing human- and porcine-derived products, including improved manufacturing economics and a lower risk of disease transfer. Since it is derived from fish, the material is both kosher and halal compatible, eliminating cultural and religious constraints on usage, with equivalent or better clinical performance.

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