Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (operates as EMD Serono in Canada) Announces FDA Clearance for Auxogyn's Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva™) System

 

  • FDA clearance validates Eeva System, which enables in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinicians to offer the proprietary Eeva™ Test and further demonstrates commitment by Merck Serono and Auxogyn to bring innovative technologies to the IVF community
  • Eeva Test first-of-a-kind prognostic, non-invasive test that provides IVF clinicians objective information regarding embryo development to help optimize treatment plans for their patients

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced that the proprietary Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva™) System of Merck Serono's strategic partner Auxogyn received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its de novo classification process, a regulatory pathway for select novel, low-to-moderate risk medical devices that are first-of-a-kind. Merck Serono is the exclusive commercial partner of Auxogyn, Inc., for the Eeva™ System in Europe and Canada.

The Eeva™ Test, used adjunctively to traditional morphology, is the first and only prognostic, non-invasive embryo test to receive clearance from the FDA.  The Eeva™ Test utilizes proprietary software that automatically analyzes embryo development against scientifically derived cell-division timing parameters captured through continual video imaging. This objective information provided to reproductive endocrinologists and embryologists helps to optimize treatment plans for their patients.

"The FDA clearance of the Eeva™ System reinforces the value of the applicability of the Eeva™ Test in the IVF lab and may improve IVF outcomes. It marks another significant and exciting milestone in our continued collaboration with Auxogyn to further support the clinical development and commercialization of their Eeva™ Test," said Meeta Gulyani, Head of Strategy and Global Franchises at Merck Serono. "We, therefore, welcome this further validation for the potential of the Eeva™ Test to objectively identify the embryos with the highest implantation potential, which may ultimately improve patient outcomes."

The Eeva™ System received the CE Mark in 2012 and has been commercially available in the European Union ever since, and more recently in Canada since 2013. The potential of the Eeva™ System led to an expansion of the original partnership agreement to include a licensing agreement between Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Auxogyn, announced in April 2014 for the exclusive rights to commercialize the Eeva™ Test in Europe and Canada. Auxogyn plans to commercialize the Eeva™ Test in the United States later this year.

"We're excited to receive the de novo FDA clearance for the Eeva™ System and believe this marks a significant milestone in the field of IVF," said Lissa Goldenstein, president and CEO of Auxogyn. "We have followed a rigorous, years-long clinical validation process and regulatory pathway to bring the Eeva™ Test to market. Our clearance provides a new level of confidence to IVF clinicians who, for the first time, have quantitative information that can be used in addition to traditional morphology to aid in deciding which embryo or embryos to transfer."

According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), approximately five million additional babies have been born worldwide since 1978 as a result of assisted reproduction technologies (ART), like IVF.1 This trend may increase due to advancements in ART and IVF technologies such as the Eeva™ Test.

References

  1. European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. (2012). The world's number of IVF and ICSI babies has now reached a calculated total of 5 million [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.eshre.eu/Press-Room/Press-releases/Press-releases-ESHRE-2012/5-million-babies.aspx

About Auxogyn
Auxogyn is revolutionizing the field of reproductive medicine by translating scientific discoveries in early embryo development into clinical tools. The company's flagship product, the Eeva™ Test, delivers consistent, objective and quantitative information regarding embryo viability that IVF clinicians and infertility patients can use to make important treatment decisions. Auxogyn is privately held and funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, MS Ventures, SR One and TPG Biotech.

For more information regarding Auxogyn, please visit www.auxogyn.com.

About Eeva
Auxogyn's non-invasive early embryo viability assessment (Eeva™) Test when used adjunctively to traditional morphology may improve IVF outcomes by providing IVF clinicians and patients with objective information on embryo viability. The Eeva™ System utilizes proprietary software that automatically analyzes embryo development against scientifically and clinically validated cell-division timing parameters. With Eeva's quantitative data on each embryo's potential development, IVF clinicians can optimize the treatment path for their patients undergoing IVF procedures.

Auxogyn received CE mark for Eeva™ in July 2012, and it is currently available for use in selected countries in the EU. 

For more information regarding Eeva, please visit www.eevaivf.com.

About Merck Serono
Merck Serono is the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. With headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck Serono offers leading brands in 150 countries to help patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, endocrine and metabolic disorders as well as cardiovascular diseases. In the United States and Canada, EMD Serono operates as a separately incorporated subsidiary of Merck Serono division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Merck Serono, division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines of both chemical and biological origin in specialist indications. We have an enduring commitment to deliver novel therapies in our core focus areas of neurology, oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology.

For more information, please visit www.merckserono.com.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. With its four divisions Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Performance Materials and Merck Millipore, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated total revenues of € 11.1 billion in 2013. Around 38,000 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to further the success of customers and to help meet global challenges. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany is holding the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States, where the company is known as EMD.

About EMD Serono, Canada
EMD Serono is a Division of EMD Inc., Canada, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. In Canada, EMD Serono provides innovative drug therapies that address unmet medical needs in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases, fertility and endocrinology. EMD Serono, Canada employs approximately 150 people across Canada and is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information, please visit to www.emdserono.ca.

 

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