VANCOUVER, BC- RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company, has secured two European patents related to its multi-needle dermal injection technologies.
The first patent, European Patent No. 2623146, has been validated in a total of fourteen national countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The second patent, European Patent No. 2809381, will also be validated in a number of European countries in the near future.
The first device being developed under these patents, RCI-02, is designed for injecting hyaluronic acid (HA) and other products as dermal fillers. The device is also being developed for the injection of RepliCel’s RCH-01 hair restoration and RCS-01 skin rejuvenation products. Future iterations of the technology and device will be optimized for other injectables such as drugs, biologics, vaccines, fat grafts, etc.
“These patents are an important milestone for the company as it underpins the near-term commercial value of RCI-02 for the delivery of other injectables beyond our own products. RCI-02 coupled for the injection of dermal fillers and other aesthetic treatments represents an early opportunity for licensing and revenue,” said RepliCel CEO Lee Buckler. “This year we will build and test commercial-grade functioning prototypes with the goal of having it ready for a CE-mark application and potential market launch in 2018. Ongoing discussions with several multinational companies about potential commercial partnerships for the device give us confidence this represents one of RepliCel’s next licensing deals.”
Overall benefits of this next-generation dermal injector technology are anticipated to include improved handling, reduction or elimination of the need for local anesthetic, quicker procedure times, improved patient experience, and a significant expansion of the areas that can be addressed with dermal fillers due to the ability to conduct broad, shallow, and evenly-dispersed injections. Additionally, the device’s simplicity and programmability is expected to enable less-experienced injection specialists to deliver predictable and consistent outcomes.