In this pivotal trial, BioTime studied patients with HIV-associated lipoatrophy, which is a severe form of lipoatrophy characterized by the pathological loss of body fat from under the skin. All Renevia ® transplants were well tolerated and there were no device-related serious adverse events noted in this pivotal trial. The primary endpoint was the change in hemifacial volume at six months in the treated patients compared to patients in the delayed treatment arm as measured by 3-D photographic volumetric assessment. The 3-D volumetric endpoint directly measures retained volume over time.The additional data were encouraging as further supporting the commercial prospects of Renevia ®, and its potential for label expansion into other indications, such as cosmetic facial aesthetics. The facial aesthetics market is estimated to be over 5 billion dollars and growing at or near double digits. Treated patients received approximately 5cc of Renevia ® in each side of the face (hemifacial) and the following table details the average (mean) volume measured through 18 months.
|6 Months||9 Months||12 Months||18 Months|
|Mean volume measured (cc)||5.1||4.1||3.5||3.2|
|Percent of retention||100%||82%||70%||64%|
This positive data, along with the secondary endpoints and full safety report, will be presented at the upcoming International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) conference. The IFATS conference will be held in Miami, FL. from November 30 th through December 3 rd of this year.About Renevia® Renevia ® is an investigational medical device that is being developed as an alternative for whole adipose tissue transfer (fat grafting) procedures. Renevia's ® hydrogel polymer network provides the requisite amino acid sequences for adipose stromal vascular cell attachment and may support proliferation, localization and adipogenic differentiation. Renevia ® is part of the HyStem ® hydrogel family of proprietary injectable matrices, which are designed to facilitate the survival and growth of transplanted cells. About BioTime, Inc. BioTime is a late stage clinical biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing products addressing degenerative diseases. The Company's current clinical programs are targeting three primary sectors, aesthetics, ophthalmology and cell/drug delivery. Its clinical programs are based on two platform technologies: pluripotent cells, which can become any type of cell in the human body, and cell/drug delivery. Renevia®, a cell delivery product, met its primary endpoint in an EU pivotal trial for the treatment of facial lipoatrophy in HIV patients earlier this year. Submission for approval of Renevia® is expected later this year, with an anticipated commercial launch in 2018. OpRegen®, a retinal pigment epithelium transplant therapy, is in a Phase I/IIa multicenter trial for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in developing countries. BioTime also has significant equity holdings in two publicly traded companies, Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American: AST) and OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE American: OCX), and one private company, AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. BioTime common stock is traded on the NYSE American and TASE under the symbol BTX. For more information, please visit www.biotimeinc.com or connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+. To receive ongoing BioTime corporate communications, please click on the following link to join the Company's email alert list: http://news.biotimeinc.com. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements contained in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for BioTime, Inc. and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as "will," "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" should also be considered forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of BioTime, Inc. and its subsidiaries, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in more detail in the "Risk Factors" section of its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC (copies of which may be obtained at www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. BioTime specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.