Celularity’s Pre-Request for Designation (Pre-RFD) is based on
data demonstrating 100 percent biochemical characterization of the product
Celularity intends to submit 510(k) pre-market notification to
the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) in early 2024
Today’s FUSE and February’s Investigational Celularity Tendon Wrap Regulatory Updates, Coupled with Celularity’s Growing Middle East Distribution Agreements, Highlight
Celularity’s Suite of Innovative Biomaterial Products
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Celularity Inc. (Nasdaq: CELU) (“Celularity” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company developing placental-derived allogeneic cell therapies and biomaterial products, announced today that it received notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the FDA’s Office of Combination Products (OCP) completed its preliminary product classification and jurisdictional assessment of Celularity’s investigational FUSE Bone Void Filler (“FUSE”). FUSE is being developed for use as a passive osteoconductive bone filler in the pelvis, extremities, and posterior-lateral spinal fusion settings as well as other skeletal defects that are not dependent on chemical action to mediate an effect.
The notification was in response to Celularity’s October 2022 Pre-Request for Designation (Pre-RFD). The OCP reviewed information provided by Celularity in its Pre-RFD, on the basis of which the OCP made a preliminary assessment that it agrees with Celularity’s recommendation that FUSE should be classified as a device regulated by the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The OCP preliminary assessment is non-binding. Based on the OCP’s preliminary assessment, Celularity now intends to submit a 510(k) notification for FUSE in early 2024.
“We are delighted to receive the FDA’s feedback about the preliminary FUSE product classification and CDRH jurisdiction, on the basis of which we anticipate a 510(k) pre-market notification submission for FUSE in early 2024,” said Robert J. Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., Celularity’s CEO, Chairman and Founder. “Celularity’s unique technology platform is grounded in our use of the post-partum placenta as the source of cells and biomaterials for the development of therapeutics. This creates two independent but complimentary product opportunities in cellular and regenerative medicine. FUSE is an example of how Celularity develops innovative products from the placenta, leveraging our more than 15 biomaterial-related patent families and multiple issued patents. For Celularity, our suite of biomaterial products is a revenue engine that supports continuous new product research and development and enhances the value proposition for our investors.”
As part of its FUSE pre-RFD submission, Celularity provided data to demonstrate that its proprietary processing steps are designed to remove all cells, cellular debris, residual nucleic acids, cytokines and chemokines, residual hormones, growth factors and other regulators of wound healing, scarring and fibrosis, and well as anti- and pro-inflammatory factors. These processing steps are fully aligned with stringent requirements defined within FDA’s Class II Special Controls Guidance Documents for Industry and FDA Staff.
FUSE has been designed as an absorbable, biocompatible, and osteoconductive in nature bone void filler. Following placement in the bony void or gap, FUSE resorbs and is replaced with bone during the healing process.
The global bone void filler market size was valued at $3.2 billion in 2021 and projected to reach $7.3 billion by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 percent from 2022 to 2031, according to a 2022 report by Allied Market Research (AMR). The growth of the market size for global bone void fillers is driven largely by an increase in prevalence of orthopedic diseases, such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, bone tumor and bone infection, as well as a surge in geriatric populations, according to the AMR report.
About 510(k) Submission
A 510(k) submission refers to Section 510(k) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which requires device manufacturers to notify FDA of their intent to market a medical device at least 90 days in advance. This is known as Pre-market Notification, also called PMN or 510(k). This allows FDA to determine whether the device is equivalent to a device already placed into one of the three classification categories. Thus, "new" devices (not in commercial distribution prior to May 28, 1976) that have not been classified can be properly identified.
Celularity’s Advanced Biomaterial Products
Celularity markets a suite of commercial placenta-derived biomaterial products, including:
- Biovance®, a decellularized, dehydrated human amniotic membrane derived from the placenta of a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Biovance® is an intact, extracellular matrix structure that is indicated for use in the United States as a natural scaffold to support the body’s wound healing process.
- Biovance® 3L and Biovance® 3L Ocular, tri-layer human amniotic membrane products focused on the surgical and ocular markets and available in both sheet and disk form.
- Interfyl®, a human connective tissue matrix derived from the placenta of a healthy, full-term pregnancy. It is indicated for use in the United States to replace or supplement damaged or inadequate integumental tissue resulting from wounds, trauma, or surgery.
- CentaFlex®, a decellularized human placental matrix derived from the umbilical cord that is indicated for use in the United States as a surgical covering, wrap or barrier to protect and support the repair of damaged tissue.
Recently, Celularity announced an exclusive distribution agreement with AD Ports Logistics (ADPL), a subsidiary of the Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group, the leading global facilitator of trade, logistics and industry based in Abu Dhabi. In partnership with CH Trading Group LLC, an international import, export and trading company and the exclusive territories distributor of Celularity’s previously announced Halal-Certified regenerative medicine products within more than 100 countries, ADPL will distribute the Celularity’s biomaterial products in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Egypt. “Celularity will continue to leverage global opportunities to distribute biomaterial products into untapped markets while aggressively advancing our cellular medicine candidates in clinical development in cancer, immunological and degenerative diseases,” added Dr. Hariri.
In addition, Celularity announced in February that, in response to its October 2022 Pre-RFD for its investigational Celularity Tendon Wrap (CTW), the FDA has reviewed information provided by the Company and other relevant available information, and agreed with the Company’s recommendation that its investigational CTW product be regulated as a device by the FDA Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH). The FDA feedback is preliminary and non-binding. Celularity intends to submit a 510(k) application for regulatory clearance to CDRH by the end of 2023. Celularity’s 510(k) submission to CDRH for CTW is intended to be for the management and protection of tendon injuries in which there has been no substantial loss of tendon tissue as a structural barrier for injured tendon tissue, and does not depend on chemical action to mediate this effect, to be classified as a surgical mesh.
Celularity Inc. (Nasdaq: CELU) headquartered in Florham Park, N.J., is a biotechnology company leading the next evolution in cellular and regenerative medicine by developing allogeneic cryopreserved off-the-shelf placental-derived cell therapies, including therapeutic programs using mesenchymal-like adherent stromal cells (MLASCs), T-cells engineered with CAR (CAR T-cells), and genetically modified and unmodified natural killer (NK) cells. These therapeutic programs target indications in autoimmune, infectious and degenerative diseases, and cancer. In addition, Celularity develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative biomaterial products also derived from the postpartum placenta. Celularity believes that by harnessing the placenta’s unique biology and ready availability, it can develop therapeutic solutions that address significant unmet global needs for effective, accessible, and affordable therapies.
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