August 10, 2017
Following an FDA-approved single-use expanded access application, Biostage Inc. has announced that surgeons used its Cellspan esophageal implant product candidate on a patient to reconstruct the esophagus during surgery at a major U.S. hospital, according to a press release. Biostage believes that these results indicate the Cellspan esophageal implant has performed as designed, per the release.
The surgeons implanted the product into a man aged 75 years who had a life-threatening tumor in the chest that had encroached on other vital organs. During the surgery, they removed a portion of the esophagus affected by the cancer and used the esophageal implant to reconstruct the organ. The patient is still alive, three months after the surgery.