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Elutia Announces FDA Clearance of EluPro®: The First Antibiotic-Eluting BioEnvelope Designed to Protect Patients with Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Jun 17, 2024
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EluPro becomes the only drug-eluting biologic envelope to receive FDA clearance in the $600 million U.S. implantable electronic device protection market

EluPro also granted clearance for indications beyond CIEDs, including neurostimulators and neuromodulators used for pain management, epilepsy, incontinence, and sleep apnea

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Elutia Inc. (Nasdaq: ELUT) (“Elutia” or the “Company”), a pioneer in drug-eluting biomatrix products, today announced that its Antibiotic-Eluting BioEnvelope, EluPro® (referred to as CanGaroo®RM during development), has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically designed to prevent post-operative complications for devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, EluPro incorporates powerful antibiotic therapy combined with advanced tissue engineering to create a BioEnvelope that over time regenerates into a protective pocket of the patient's own tissue. Infection, migration, and skin erosion are some of the most frequently encountered complications of pacemaker surgery, occurring in up to five to seven percent of cases. These cause significant patient morbidity and mortality, increase the length of hospitalization, and can add more than $50,000 to healthcare costs per event. In development since 2019 and protected by intellectual property extending beyond 2032, EluPro is the only biologic offering in the $600 million U.S. implantable electronic device protection market.

The Company also announced that EluPro was granted clearance for indications beyond the cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), including neurostimulators and neuromodulators used for pain management, epilepsy, incontinence, and sleep apnea. These additional markets, estimated to be $8 billion worldwide, have not previously been served by a drug-eluting biomatrix and present significant additional growth opportunities for EluPro.

“When I implant a pacemaker or defibrillator, minimizing the risk of any future complications is crucial,” said Dr. Benjamin D’Souza, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Section Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. “However, the body’s natural immunity can treat the device like a foreign object contributing to inflammation, causing device migration, potentially eroding through the skin, or sometimes causing a serious infection. Those are the specific problems EluPro was designed to solve. It combines the remodeling properties of regenerative medicine through extracellular matrix along with long-acting antibiotic delivery to create a healthy environment for every device implantation.”

The EluPro BioEnvelope is constructed from reinforced layers of natural extracellular tissue matrix and designed to create a conforming envelope with optimal stability for implantable electronic devices. The walls of EluPro are embedded with powerful antibiotics rifampin and minocycline, engineered for extended delivery directly into the surgical site long after closure. This unique combination of drug and biomatrix supports the regeneration of a healthy, vascularized pocket from the patient's own tissue, mitigating a long-term foreign body response.

“Post-operative infection, migration and erosion can result in significant morbidity and mortality for patients receiving a pacemaker or defibrillator. That is why we developed the antibiotic-eluting BioEnvelope,” said Dr. Randy Mills, Elutia’s Chief Executive Officer. "While the approval of EluPro is a major value inflection for Elutia, we believe it is just the tip of the iceberg. We have created a platform to protect patients from the foreign body response that can inevitably develop with any long-term implantable device. We intend to rapidly extend our product offering to other indications as we fulfill our mission to humanize medicine so patients can thrive without compromise.”

EluPro represents a significant opportunity in the $600 million U.S. implantable electronic device protection market, previously served by a single competitor. With over 600,000 devices implanted in the U.S. annually, EluPro addresses significant complications arising from these procedures. Elutia plans to launch EluPro into the CIED market nationwide in the second half of 2024 and is prioritizing adjacent markets in the neurostimulation and modulation space, where implantable medical devices result in high rates of addressable complications.

About Elutia

Elutia develops and commercializes drug-eluting biomatrix products to improve compatibility between medical devices and the patients who need them. With a growing population in need of implantable technologies, Elutia’s mission is humanizing medicine so patients can thrive without compromise. For more information, visit www.Elutia.com.

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