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Old 12-11-2009, 05:00 PM
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Default Depuy Spine: Genetically Engineered human protien for Degenerative Disc Disease

Article source:Depuy Spine (Press&Releases)

April 1, 2009

DEPUY SPINE, INC, AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, LLC, BEGIN TESTING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED HUMAN PROTEIN FOR DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE :First Patient in Randomized Pilot Study Treated at Texas Back Institute


RAYNHAM, MA, April 1, 2009 - DePuy Spine, Inc., in collaboration with Advanced Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, LLC, announced today it has begun testing of a genetically engineered human protein in patients with moderate to severe low back pain. The first in a series of clinical studies evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the protein, intradiscal rhGDF-5 (recombinant human growth and differentiation factor-5), began at Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas.

The study outcomes will evaluate if injections of rhGDF-5 into the lower spine can relieve pain and slow or even reverse early stage degenerative disc disease. Researchers at 10 centers in the U.S. are part of this placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized Phase I-II study that will follow patients for up to three years. This product is investigational only within the United States. The rhGDF-5 protein is being used under license from Biopharm GmbH.

“In animal studies, the injection of rhGDF-5 influenced the growth and differentiation of numerous tissues including the intervertebral disc but these studies are limited in their ability to assess discogenic pain,” said Richard Guyer, MD, a clinical investigator and spine surgeon at Texas Back Institute. “For the first time, in a carefully controlled study, we will see how this recombinant version of human growth and differentiation factor-5 works with actual patients.”

The study consists of patients who have had persistent discogenic back pain for at least three months at one symptomatic lumbar level from L3/L4 to L5/S1 and who have not responded to conservative medical treatment such as physical therapy. Clinical outcomes will be measured using standard validated tools and lumbar disc changes will be measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data.

About DePuy Spine DePuy Spine, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, has worked with leading clinicians, researchers, and thought leaders to develop products to treat spine disorders for over 20 years. Today, DePuy Spine stands in the forefront of the worldwide spine market, with a substantial sales organization in the U.S. and an expanding worldwide distribution network. The company is committed to advancing the knowledge of all health care professionals and their patients in addressing spinal pathologies.

About Advanced Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, LLC (ATRM) The mission of Advanced Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, LLC, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is to transform medical devices and therapies through technical innovation and convergence. ATRM is an end-to-end research and development organization consisting of multidisciplinary technical groups, with a product and technology focus in the areas of Regenerative Medicine, Drug/Biologic/Device Combinations and Implantable Devices.

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