PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Derma Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCI), a tissue regeneration company focused on advanced wound and burn care, announces the termination of its Phase 3 clinical trials with aclerastide (DSC127) for diabetic foot ulcer healing. This action is based on futility determinations conducted by the Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) for the planned, pre-specified interim analyses regarding the primary efficacy endpoint of confirmed complete wound closure of the target ulcer within 12 weeks of the start of treatment. The decision to end the studies followed the recommendation by the DMC to stop enrollment in the studies. The DMC also reported that there were no safety concerns attributed to aclerastide.
"We are very disappointed with the findings of the analyses of the DMC, but are grateful for the support and commitment from the participating patients and the study investigators," said Edward J. Quilty, chairman and chief executive officer of Derma Sciences. "We have stopped further enrollment and initiated an orderly termination of the aclerastide trials and program, which we believe will be substantially complete by year end. We are also halting all development work with DSC127 in scar reduction and radiation dermatitis."
The development program termination eliminates a projected cash burn of approximately $5 million per quarter in 2016. As of September 30, 2015 Derma Sciences had $49.4 million of cash and cash equivalents and $12.0 million of long-term investments. The Company's primary focus is to continue to grow its advanced wound care net sales and increase gross margins. The Derma Sciences Board of Directors and senior management are committed to a path of profitable growth and positive operating cash flow in 2016, including assessing all aspects of the Company's operations and infrastructure that could enhance shareholder value.
Derma Sciences will host a conference call beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today to discuss this announcement and answer questions. To access the conference call, U.S.-based listeners should dial 866-820-1713 and international listeners should dial 706-634-7417. All listeners should provide the following passcode: 78730079. Individuals interested in listening to the live conference call via the Internet may do so by logging on to the Company's website at www.dermasciences.com.
Following the conclusion of the conference call, a replay will be available through November 18, 2015 and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 from within the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 from outside the U.S. All listeners should provide passcode 78730079. The webcast will be available for 30 days.
About Derma Sciences, Inc.
Derma Sciences is a tissue regeneration company focused on advanced wound and burn care. It offers a line of products with patented technologies to help better manage chronic and hard-to-heal wounds, many of which result from diabetes and poor vascular functioning. The Company sells AMNIOEXCEL® amniotic allograft membrane and AMNIOMATRIX® amniotic allograft suspension into the $500 million market for skin substitute products. Derma Sciences' MEDIHONEY® product line is the leading brand of honey-based dressings for the management of wounds and burns. The product has been shown in clinical studies to be effective in a variety of indications. TCC-EZ® is a gold-standard total contact casting system for diabetic foot ulcers. Other novel products introduced into the $14 billion global wound care market include XTRASORB® for better management of wound exudate, and BIOGUARD® for barrier protection against microbes and other contaminants. The Company also offers a full product line of traditional dressings.
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