Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are a group of malignant tumors that originate from intersections of the nervous system and endocrine (glandular) system throughout the body and are found in various locations, such as the pancreas, thyroid, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and biliary system. Nearly 9,000 patients in Europe have neuroendocrine tumors metastases in the liver, which is the most common site for neuroendocrine tumors to metastasize. Surgery is an accepted treatment for mNETs, but the type and extent of surgery for liver metastasis is contingent upon tumor size, disease progression, site of origin and other factors including the age and heath of the patient. Recent published data from the control arms of randomized controlled trials in pancreatic NET show that progression-free survival is of the order of 6 months without treatment.
About the Hepatic CHEMOSAT® Delivery System
CHEMOSAT allows the administration of concentrated regional chemotherapy by isolating the circulatory system of the liver using specially-designed catheters that are inserted in the groin and sit in the hepatic artery and inferior vena cava. Once the liver is isolated, the chemosaturation system delivers high-concentration chemotherapy, such as melphalan hydrochloride, directly to the liver. To limit systemic exposure and the related side effects, blood from the liver is redirected through an isolation-aspiration catheter to extracorporeal filters, which reduce the concentration of chemotherapeutic agent in the blood before it is returned to the patient. The procedure is minimally invasive and repeatable allowing for multiple courses of treatment.
About Delcath SystemsDelcath Systems, Inc. is a development stage specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company focused on oncology. Delcath's proprietary system for chemosaturation is designed to administer high dose chemotherapy and other therapeutic agents to diseased organs or regions of the body, while controlling the systemic exposure of those agents. The Company's initial focus is on the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancers. In 2010, Delcath concluded a Phase III metastatic melanoma study, and the Company recently completed a multi-arm Phase II trial to treat other liver cancers. The Company obtained authorization to affix a CE Mark for the Hepatic CHEMOSAT delivery system in April 2011. The Company has not yet received FDA approval for commercial sale of its system in the United States. For more information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.delcath.com. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by the Company or on its behalf. This news release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, uncertainties relating to the time required to build inventory and establish commercial operations in Europe, adoption, use and resulting sales, if any, for the Hepatic CHEMOSAT delivery system in the EEA, our ability to successfully commercialize the chemosaturation system and the potential of the chemosaturation system as a treatment for patients with terminal metastatic disease in the liver including mNET, acceptability of the Phase III clinical trial data by the FDA, our ability to address the issues raised in the Refusal to File letter received from the FDA and the timing of our re-submission of our NDA, re-submission and acceptance of the Company's NDA by the FDA, approval of the Company's NDA for the treatment of metastatic melanoma to the liver, adoption, use and resulting sales, if any, in the United States, approval of the current or future chemosaturation system for other indications, actions by the FDA or other foreign regulatory agencies, our ability to obtain reimbursement for the CHEMOSAT system, our ability to successfully enter into distribution and strategic partnership agreements in foreign markets and the corresponding revenue associated with such foreign markets, uncertainties relating to the results of research and development projects and future clinical trials, and uncertainties regarding our ability to obtain financial and other resources for any research, development and commercialization activities. These factors, and others, are discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they are made. SOURCE Delcath Systems, Inc.