Osiris Therapeutics Creates Biosurgery Division
COLUMBIA, Md. -- Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIR) today announced the creation of a new Biosurgery Division focused on developing and marketing high-end biological products for use in surgical procedures. The company intends to build on the success of its first generation implantable product, Osteocel, which it launched in July of 2005. In its first three years, Osteocel generated over $40 million of revenue for the company before being sold to Nuvasive for up to $85 million in 2008.
"We believe we have the best-in-class team, infrastructure, and experience to attack unmet surgical problems with biologic solutions and significantly improve outcomes for patients," said Michelle LeRoux Williams, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Osiris Therapeutics, who led the successful development and launch of Osteocel. "Although we officially closed our Osteocel business unit in April, we retained a core team of physicians, scientists, regulatory, and manufacturing experts who are now focused on the commercialization of next generation biological constructs. With 18 years of experience in cell therapy, Osiris is uniquely positioned to advance surgical aspects of regenerative medicine."
Substantially advancing bone repair is a major focus of this new division. Given the strong acceptance of Osteocel in the marketplace, the Biosurgery team will aggressively pursue introducing a new, generationally superior line of bone repair and regeneration products, termed XC. These products will utilize more advanced manufacturing techniques to produce highly purified, culture-expanded stem cells. The goal of the XC project is to create a line of osteogenic products that can be used to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions.
About Osiris Therapeutics
Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. is the leading stem cell therapeutic company focused on developing products to treat serious medical conditions in the inflammatory, orthopedic and cardiovascular areas. The Company's pipeline of internally developed biologic drug candidates under evaluation includes Prochymal for inflammatory, autoimmune, and cardiovascular indications, as well as Chondrogen for arthritis in the knee. Osiris is a fully integrated company, with capabilities in research, development, manufacturing, and distribution of stem cell products. Osiris has developed an extensive intellectual property portfolio to protect the company's technology including 49 U.S. patents each having one or more foreign counterparts. Osiris, Prochymal and Chondrogen are registered trademarks of Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. More information can be found on the company's website, www.Osiris.com. (OSIR-G)
In November 2008, Osiris and Genzyme announced a strategic alliance for the development and commercialization of Prochymal and Chondrogen. Under the terms of the agreement, Osiris retains commercialization rights to Prochymal and Chondrogen in the United States and Canada, with Genzyme having these rights in all other countries.
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