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Avita Medical sends devices and personnel to help treat mass burn victims in Taiwan

October 28, 2015

Avita Medical

Avita MedicalAvita Medical Ltd., a regenerative medicine company specializing in the treatment of wounds and skin defects, today announced that doctors in Taiwan have reported positive results from using ReCell® to treat burn victims of June’s waterpark disaster, with medics saying they have seen superior wound closure and better outcomes.

A total of 12 people have died from burns sustained in the June 27 blast, triggered when a flammable starch-based powder ignited during a crowded music festival at the waterpark outside Taipei. The fire left 498 people with burn injuries, most of them teenagers, with the average wound size covering 43% of their bodies. Officials say 107 victims remain hospitalized, of whom 12 are still in intensive care.

Avita Medical donated 50 ReCell® devices and sent a team to support Taiwanese medical personnel. All of these units, and a number of purchased devices, were distributed to 12 hospitals. To date, about 76 patients have been treated with ReCell® and doctors contacted since the treatment began have now reported positive outcomes in their application of Regenerative Epithelial Suspension™ to both wounds and donor sites. Definitive conclusions around the impact of ReCell® are difficult to draw in circumstances where multiple treatments are being provided to meet the challenges of a mass casualty; however, when ReCell® is part of care, it is reported that better-than-expected outcomes are often being achieved.

“There was a great range and variation of burn wounds, so it is heartening to hear directly from the doctors that the regenerative healing mechanism has performed as we hoped it would,” said Adam Kelliher, CEO of Avita Medical. “Using ReCell® was a new approach for the surgeons, and it was being applied in extreme circumstances, so we are pleased to be able to report benefits amongst these various anecdotal accounts.”

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