Anika Announces First Surgeries Performed using the Integrity™ Implant System, a Regenerative Hyaluronic Acid-Based Patch System for Rotator Cuff Repairs, Commencing Limited Market Release

Integrity marks Anika’s entrance into the fast-growing $150 million+2 U.S. rotator cuff augmentation market and expansion of its proprietary hyaluronic acid (HA) regenerative portfolio

BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK), a global joint preservation company focused on early intervention orthopedics, today announced that the first surgeries using the Integrity Implant System were successfully performed by Dr. Christopher Baker at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa, FL. Integrity, comprised of a hyaluronic acid-based scaffold with bone and tendon fixation components and single use arthroscopic delivery instruments, is designed to protect an injured tendon and promote healing in rotator cuff repair and other tendon procedures. The system was fully cleared by the FDA in August of 2023. This marks the beginning of the limited U.S. market release ahead of schedule that will ramp to a full market release during the first quarter of 2024.

“The successful first surgeries using Anika’s new Integrity Implant System mark another key milestone in the build out of our regenerative product portfolio as we continue to provide differentiated solutions to surgeons for rotator cuff procedures,” said Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D., Anika’s President and CEO. “The HA-based scaffold, together with the instrumentation and fixation components, provide a seamless, efficient, and elegant rotator cuff repair solution. While having a strong implant at time zero is critically important in rotator cuff repairs, the instrumentation and delivery are just as important, and we believe we have nailed it. The feedback received after the procedure exceeded our expectations highlighting the system’s ease of use and strength of the HA-based scaffold. We believe that Integrity is truly a game changer for surgeons and their patients and look forward to extending this exciting technology to other tendon repairs, for example, in the foot and ankle.”   

The Integrity implant itself is a flexible, knitted, HA-based scaffold that provides improved dry and wet strength and regenerative capacity over first generation collagen patches1, and supports regenerative healing through improved cell infiltration1, tissue remodeling1, and tendon thickening1. In an independent head-to-head animal study1 comparing Anika’s Integrity system and the market leading collagen implant, fibroblast infiltration and regularly oriented new collagenous tissue formation had occurred within the Integrity repair, demonstrating greater regenerative capacity as early as 12 weeks post-implantation. At 26 weeks, within the resorbing Integrity structure, new collagenous tissue infiltration had occurred, forming a new network of tendon tissue. This resulted in an average repaired tendon thickness nearly three times greater than with the market-leading collagen device. The scaffold component of the Integrity system is a porous, knitted, flexible construct combining Anika’s proprietary HYAFF® fibers with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is designed to support cell infiltration and regenerative healing. Integrity is inherently strong and can be confidently manipulated arthroscopically, which offers a truly unique and differentiated solution for shoulder surgeons to treat rotator cuff tears. Integrity is fixated using PEEK bone staples, resorbable PLGA soft tissue tendon tacks or suture fixation, as desired, at the site of the rotator cuff repair. The fixation components and instrumentation are delivered single-use and sterile for added efficiency.

Christopher Baker, MD, of the Florida Orthopaedic Institute commented, “The hybrid, multifilament structure provides superior implant handling and strength when compared to collagen-based products alone. This combination of materials is comprised of 80% HYAFF, a hyaluronic acid-based material in clinical use for more than 20 years, and 20% PET fiber, i.e. surgical suture, which also has a long and established clinical history. The material and knitted structure result in a compelling blend of strength and healing that stands out from other products. The suture material remaining after full resorption of the HYAFF component is less than 30% of the total amount of suture used in a typical double-row repair. Handling of the implant has met every expectation that I had for this new device.”

Timothy Codd, MD, of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center stated, “Integrity’s instrumentation, delivery and surgical technique are a game changer. Securing the implant laterally first helps ensure proper coverage across the repair site and the rolling deployment tool provides consistent and repeatable implant placement.” 

The U.S. rotator cuff augmentation market is currently over $150 million2 and is estimated to grow at a nearly 7% CAGR2 over the next 5 years, representing one of the high opportunity spaces in orthopedics. The Integrity Implant System continues Anika’s focus on delivering new, differentiated shoulder solutions, with a specific focus on the intersection of regenerative solutions and sports medicine. The launch of Integrity continues Anika’s release of differentiated products to support shoulder surgeons and a portfolio built around rotator cuff disease. Integrity, combined with recent product launches including X-Twist™ Fixation System, RevoMotion™ Reverse Total Arthroplasty System, and Tactoset® Injectable Bone Substitute for hardware augmentation, provide a truly innovative and comprehensive rotator cuff solution portfolio that is unmatched in the industry. These solutions position Anika to be a compelling partner for surgeons and facilities when treating all types of rotator cuff pathologies.

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About Anika
Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK), is a global joint preservation company that creates and delivers meaningful advancements in early intervention orthopedic care. Leveraging our core expertise in hyaluronic acid and implant solutions, we partner with clinicians to provide minimally invasive products that restore active living for people around the world. Our focus is on high opportunity spaces within orthopedics, including Osteoarthritis Pain Management, Regenerative Solutions, Sports Medicine and Arthrosurface Joint Solutions, and our products are efficiently delivered in key sites of care, including ambulatory surgery centers. Anika’s global operations are headquartered outside of Boston, Massachusetts. For more information about Anika, please visit www.anika.com.

ANIKA, ANIKA THERAPEUTICS, ARTHROSURFACE, HYAFF, INTEGRITY, REVOMOTION, TACTOSET, X-TWIST, and the Anika logo are trademarks of Anika Therapeutics, Inc. or its subsidiaries or are licensed to Anika Therapeutics, Inc. for its use.

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