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aap receives approval from ethics commissions for human clinical study for innovative antibacterial silver coating technology; all regulatory requirements for starting study in Germany fulfilled

DGAP-News: aap Implantate AG / Key word(s): Study
23.04.2020 / 12:42
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aap Implantate AG ("aap") announces that it has received yesterday approval from the ethics commissions to conduct a human clinical study for its innovative antibacterial silver coating technology. Now that the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices ("BfArM") has already given its approval, all the regulatory requirements for starting the study in Germany have been fulfilled. aap is the first company worldwide to test an antibacterial silver coating on anatomical plates for fracture treatment in a study of this kind.

In view of the significant effects of the corona pandemic on both aap and the participating clinics, coupled with the uncertainty as to the exact time of a return to normality, no statement can be made at present about a specific date for the start of the human clinical study in Germany. In the meantime, the Company will press ahead with all preparations for the study in the best possible way so that it will be able to act immediately once the situation eases. With a view to financing the human clinical study, aap can initially draw on further funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ("BMBF"). Here, the Company has been granted up to approximately EUR 2.7 million to cover expenses incurred by carrying out the study. In addition, aap is still in talks with interested global medical technology companies about potential co-financing and other cooperation options (e.g. joint product development or licensing deal) and will now intensify these further against the background of the approval from the ethics commissions.

As a platform technology, aap's antibacterial silver coating technology has a broad spectrum of applications. In addition to trauma, it can be used in other areas of orthopaedics as well as in cardiology, dentistry or for medical instruments.

With its innovative silver coating technology, aap addresses one of the biggest challenges in trauma that has not yet been adequately solved: the reduction of surgical site infections (SSI). Surgical site infections are a major burden on healthcare systems worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)[1], SSI result in costs to health care systems of up to USD 18.6 billion in the USA alone. In Europe, the economic costs caused by surgical site infections are up to EUR 19.1 billion. In view of this and of its broad spectrum of applications, aap's antibacterial silver coating technology offers enormous market potential.

[1] Source: WHO's Global Guidelines For The Prevention Of Surgical Site Infection, 2016.

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About aap Implantate AG
aap Implantate AG is a globally active medical technology company based in Berlin, Germany. The Company develops, manufactures and markets products for trauma. The IP-protected portfolio includes besides the innovative anatomical plating system LOQTEQ(R) a wide range of cannulated screws. In addition, aap Implantate AG has an innovation pipeline with promising development projects such as the antibacterial silver coating technology and magnesium-based implants. These technologies address critical and unmet needs in trauma. In Germany, aap Implantate AG sells its products directly to hospitals, purchasing groups, and hospital groups, while at international level it primarily uses a broad network of distributors in around 25 countries. In the US the Company pursues a hybrid distribution strategy with its subsidiary aap Implants Inc. Distribution is carried out both through distribution agents and partnerships with global orthopedic companies. aap Implantate AG's stock is listed in the General Standard segment of Frankfurt Stock Exchange (XETRA: AAQ.DE). For more information, please visit our website at

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aap Implantate AG; Fabian Franke; Manager Investor Relations; Lorenzweg 5; 12099 Berlin, Germany; Tel.: +49/30/750 19 - 134; Fax.: +49/30/750 19 - 290;

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Language: English
Company: aap Implantate AG
Lorenzweg 5
12099 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 75 01 90
Fax: +49 (0) 30 75 01 91 11
ISIN: DE0005066609
WKN: 506660
Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (General Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange
EQS News ID: 1028197

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