CO.DON AG, DE000A1K0227

CO.DON AG, DE000A1K0227

05.10.2017 - 14:31:30

CO.DON AG: Further progress on CO.DON's launch of Spherox in the UK

CO.DON: Further progress on CO.DON's launch of Spherox in the UK

- Autologous chondrocyte implantation recommended as first choice for surgical treatment in the United Kingdom

- Wholesale licence obtained for the UK

Berlin / Teltow, 05 October 2017 - The British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends the method of autologous chondrocyte transplantation for persistent symptoms after conservative non-invasive treatment (e. g. physiotherapy and pain medicine) of cartilage defects from 2 cm². NICE has two roles that are separate in Germany: the appraisal of and final guidance on Health and Social Care, and the reimbursement of costs for treatments.

Dirk Hessel, CEO of CO.DON AG: "This is very good news, particularly in the context of the ongoing single technology appraisal for our articular cartilage implantation product Spherox, which was granted marketing authorisation by EMA (the European Medicines Agency) in July. Spherox is currently the only authorised cell-based pharmaceutical for the treatment of cartilage defects in the knee." "We are on track with planning market entries."

This week the UK Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted us a wholesale licence and now we are expecting the first treatments in the coming weeks." In addition to marketing authorisation, the licence is an essential prerequisite for finalising and realising the market launch. It gives CO.DON the right to distribute Spherox in the UK. It will be the first European country outside Germany.

About CO.DON AG: CO.DON AG develops, produces and markets autologous cell therapies for the minimally invasive repair of cartilage damage in knee joints following traumatic or degenerative defects. The product being marketed is a cell therapy product that uses only the patient's own cartilage cells ("autologous chondrocytes"). CO.DON's method has been used for more than 10 years in over 150 clinics to treat more than 11,000 patients. In Germany the statutory health insurance companies have paid for the treatment of knee and hip joints since 2007. In July 2017 the company received EU marketing authorisation for Spherox. The shares in CO.DON AG are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE000A1K0227). Executive Board: Dirk Hessel (CEO), Ralf M. Jakobs (CFO).

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Investor Relations and Press Contact:

Investor Relations and Press Contact: Matthias Meißner, M.A. Corporate communications / IR / PR Tel. +49 (0)30 240352330 Fax +49 (0)30 240352309 Email:

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Language: English Company: CO.DON AG Warthestraße 21 14513 Teltow

Germany Phone: 03328 43460 Fax: 03328 434643 E-mail: Internet: ISIN: DE000A1K0227 WKN: A1K022 Listed: Regulated Market in Frankfurt (General Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange   End of News DGAP News Service

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