Healthcare Industry News: PROTECT Trial
News Release - September 29, 2021
TransMedics Receives FDA Approval for its OCS Liver System for Preservation and Assessment of Donor Livers for TransplantationANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 29, 2021 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- TransMedics Group, Inc. ("TransMedics") (Nasdaq: TMDX), a medical technology company that is transforming organ transplant therapy for patients with end-stage lung, heart, and liver failure, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted premarket approval (PMA) of its OCS Liver System for use with organs from donors after brain death (DBD) and after circulatory death (DCD).
The OCS Liver System is indicated for the preservation and monitoring of hemodynamics and metabolic function which allows for ex-vivo assement of liver allografts from DBD and DCD donor livers. This indication is based on the results of the OCS Liver PROTECT Trial.
"We are extremely proud of this approval of our OCS Liver technology, as it represents the first and only liver perfusion technology to be approved by the FDA in the United States," said Waleed Hassanein, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer. "TransMedics is now uniquely positioned to offer its OCS perfusion technology for lung, heart and liver transplantion. Our goal is to leverage these FDA approvals to make more donor organs available to help patients in need of the life saving transplant procedure. We are looking forward to expanding our commercial activities with all three OCS Systems starting in the fourth quarter of 2021."
"I am convinced that broad availability of warm extracoporeal donor liver perfusion will be the most important advance for the field of liver transplantation in decades," said Dr. James F. Markmann, Chief of the Division of Transplation Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Principal investigator of the OCS Liver PROTECT Trial. "The OCS Liver has the potential to save many lives by making liver transplants safer and by expanding the pool of available liver allografts."
About TransMedics Group, Inc.
TransMedics is the world's leader in portable extracorporeal warm perfusion and assessment of donor organs for transplantation. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, the company was founded to address the unmet need for more and better organs for transplantation and has developed technologies to preserve organ quality, assess organ viability prior to transplant, and potentially increase the utilization of donor organs for the treatment of end-stage heart, lung, and liver failure.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward looking statements with respect to future events, including the commercialization and market opportunity of the OCS Liver, OCS Heart, and OCS Lung. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment and new risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in or implied by any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Some of the key factors that could cause actual results to differ include: that we continue to incur losses; our need to raise additional funding; our existing and any future indebtedness, including our ability to comply with affirmative and negative covenants under our credit agreement to which we will remain subject to until maturity, and our ability to obtain additional financing on favorable terms or at all; the fluctuation of our financial results from quarter to quarter; our ability to use net operating losses and research and development credit carryforwards; our dependence on the success of the OCS; the rate and degree of market acceptance of the OCS; our ability to educate patients, surgeons, transplant centers and private and public payors of benefits offered by the OCS; the impact of the outbreak of the novel strain of coronavirus and associated containment, remediation and vaccination efforts; our ability to improve the OCS platform; our dependence on a limited number of customers for a significant portion of our net revenue; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals or clearances for our OCS products; our ability to adequately respond to FDA follow-up inquiries in a timely manner; the timing of and our ability to commercialize and market our OCS products; the performance of our third-party suppliers and manufacturers; the timing or results of clinical trials for the OCS; our manufacturing, sales, marketing and clinical support capabilities and strategy; attacks against our information technology infrastructure; the economic, political and other risks associated with our foreign operations; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our ability to protect, defend, maintain and enforce our intellectual property rights relating to the OCS and avoid allegations that our products infringe, misappropriate or otherwise violate the intellectual property rights of third parties; the pricing of the OCS, as well as the reimbursement coverage for the OCS in the United States and internationally; and the risks identified under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in any subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Additional information will be made available by our annual and quarterly reports and other filings that we make from time to time with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.
Source: TransMedics Group
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