AVITA Medical, a global regenerative medicine company, announced that interim results describing clinical outcomes for pediatric patients treated using the RECELL® System were presented at the American Burn Association (ABA) 51st Annual Meeting in Las Vegas by Jeffrey Carter, MD, FACS University Medical Center New Orleans Burn Center and LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. Patients enrolled in the Investigational Device Exemption (IDE), Compassionate Use and Continued Access studies had mixed-depth and full-thickness (third-degree) burns and were treated with the combination of Spray-On Skin™ Cells prepared using the RECELL system and widely meshed autografts. Patients in the studies experienced excellent healing outcomes, with 98% of wounds healed four weeks after treatment. Dr. Carter's presentation describing the treatment of pediatric patients was selected as a "Best of the Best Abstract" out of more than 500 abstract submissions to the ABA meeting.
Another one of the ten presentations related to the RECELL System at the ABA meeting was a long-term review of patient outcomes by the co-inventor of the technology, Professor Fiona Wood, AM, Burns Service of Western Australia, Fiona Stanley and Perth Children's Hospitals. Professor Wood described her experience treating more than 3,500 patients with burns and other cutaneous injuries. In addition, the 2018 publication of the RECELL System pivotal trial in second-degree burns in the Journal of Burn Care & Research was recognized during the "The Year in Review: The Top Journal Publications" session of the ABA meeting.
The RECELL System uses a small amount of a patient's own skin to prepare Spray-On Skin Cells at the point of care in as little as 30 minutes, providing a new way to treat thermal burns. The RECELL System was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2018 for the treatment of acute thermal burns in patients 18 years and older. The pediatric presentation includes a class of patients that fall outside of the currently approved U.S. product labeling. Healthcare professionals should read the INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE - RECELL® Autologous Cell Harvesting Device (https://recellsystem.com/) for a full description of indications for use and important safety information, including contraindications, warnings and precautions.
Best of the Best Abstract - Pediatric Burn Care
Dr. Carter presented data showing that 98% of mixed-depth/full-thickness burn Injuries in pediatric patients treated using Spray-On Skin Cells in combination with widely spaced meshed autografts were healed within four weeks of treatment. The presentation, titled "Evaluation of a Pediatric Population Treated for Burn Injuries Using an Autologous Skin Cell Suspension: Interim Analysis," described the interim outcomes for 23 pediatric patients with a median age of 6.7 years old (ranging from 0.8 to 16.0) treated under FDA-IDE approved Compassionate Use and Continued Access programs. In patients with extensive burn injuries, lack of available donor skin is a major limitation achieving permanent closure; and the longer a wound remains open, the more susceptible a patient is to infection. In the U.S., one-third of burn injuries occur in children, and the availability of donor skin for traditional meshed autografts is even more limited in pediatric patients with extensive injuries. The use of the RECELL System, a donor skin sparing technology that enables rapid definitive closure of burn wounds, has the potential to improve patient outcomes.
In this study of pediatric patients which included those with life-threatening thermal burn injuries, Spray-On Skin Cells prepared using the RECELL System were applied in combination with widely meshed split-thickness autografts to achieve definitive closure using minimal donor skin. A total of 107 burn injuries were treated in the study, and 98% achieved definitive healing within four weeks of treatment. Importantly, for patients with greater than 50% total body surface area (TBSA) burns, treatment with the combination of Spray-On Skin Cells and widely meshed split-thickness autografts achieved the same high rate of healing at week four as patients with smaller burns (burns equal to or less than 50% TBSA) treated with the same combination. In addition, in the study the donor sites on all patients were treated with Spray-On Skin Cells, and 62.5% of the donor sites were healed within a week of treatment, and 100% were completely healed within two weeks of treatment.
"This interim analysis supports the use of the RECELL System as a viable option for treatment in these deeper burn injuries in pediatric patients," said Dr. Carter. "In this vulnerable patient population, we observed excellent clinical outcomes with 98% of wounds healing within four weeks of treatment, and with the majority of burn sites having cosmetic outcomes rated as satisfactory or equivalent compared to uninjured skin. The early healing of donor sites contributed to a decrease between harvest times for patients with limited donor skin availability."
Co-Inventor of the RECELL System Describes More than Ten Years of Experience with the RECELL System
Professor Wood described her long-term experience treating more than 3,500 patients using the RECELL System in a presentation titled "10 years of clinical experience using point of care non cultured autologous skin cell suspension harvested using the RECELL System." Professor Wood, the co-inventor of the technology forming the basis for the RECELL System, provided an analysis of the long-term impact of the integration of the RECELL System as the standard of care in a health system providing burn care to a population of 2.6 million in Western Australia. For more than a decade, the RECELL System was used in the treatment of more than 3,500 patients, 90% of which had acute burn injuries, 9% were treated for scar revision, and 1% had other wounds. More than 700 of these patients were pediatric patients, with approximately 50% suffering scald injuries.
"Our use of cell-based therapies which ultimately evolved into the RECELL System was driven by our desire to reduce the time to healing and improve the outcomes for our burn patients. The quality of life must be worth the pain of survival," said Professor Wood. "Treatment using the RECELL System was associated with a reduction in the number of surgical procedures, earlier intervention, and reduction in time to healing and length of stay. The RECELL System facilitated early intervention and wound healing as a solo treatment in partial-thickness injuries, and in combination with traditional techniques in deeper injuries with limited donor sites. Using a cumulative outcome index, intervention within one week of injury was associated with significantly improved outcome at three months which was maintained at one-year post injury."